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Brown A Patriot, Jackson ‘Not Bad For A RB”, Mahomes Great Day, Foles Suffers Broken Bone, Andreescu & Nadal Win U.S. Open

FOOTBALL

The Antonio Brown saga is seemingly over. After a tumultuous, drama-filled couple of days, Brown signed with the New England Patriots for a one-year deal worth up to $15 million just hours after he was released from the Oakland Raiders. If the seven-time Pro Bowl receiver thrives under Pats’ coach Bill Belichick’s strict system, the Patriots could have grabbed the next secret weapon target for quarterback Tom Brady.

After the first weekend of NFL games, here are just a few stories. For the full weekend recap, click here.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was spectacular against the Miami Dolphins throwing for 324 yards and 5 touchdowns, giving him a perfect passer rating.  In the news conference after the game, Jackson smiled about his performance and said: “Not bad for a running back”. The comment was in reference to those who thought he should switch positions to running back because of his athleticism.

The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes also had a great passing day throwing for 378 yards and three touchdowns against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Speaking of the Jaguars, in some upsetting news, quarterback Nick Foles suffered a broken left clavicle. He will have surgery on Monday, but there is no timetable set for his return.

TENNIS

Nineteen-year-old Bianca Andreescu beat Serena Williams 6-3, 6-5 in the U.S. Open finals and became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title.

Rafael Nadal held off Daniil Medvedev in an exciting five-set, almost five-hour Men’s U.S. Open final. The win marks Nadal’s 19th major tournament singles title, just one win behind Roger Federer’s record for most men’s major titles.

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Packers D Beats Bears, Brown Saga Continues, Serena Advances To Open Final

FOOTBALL

In the NFL season opener Thursday night, the Green Bay Packers defense shined in an otherwise uneventful game against the Chicago Bears. The 10-3 victory gives Packers’ new head coach Matt LaFleur his first win.

The Antonio Brown saga continues. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Oakland Raiders are now planning to suspend Brown, but the length of the suspension is still unknown. After Brown posted on Instagram the letter he received from general manager Mike Mayock outlining his $54,000 in fines, he reportedly had a confrontation with Mayock telling him he’d hit him in the face. The Browns are weighing their options and figuring out what to do with his $30.125 million guaranteed contract.

TENNIS

Thirty-seven-year-old Serena Williams advanced to the US Open finals. On Saturday she will face nineteen-year-old #15 Bianca Andreescu. With a victory, she will claim her seventh Open championship and her 24th grand slam, tieing her with Margaret Court for the record.

 

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Elliott And Goff Sign Massive Contracts, Nationals Stun Mets, Federer Loses, Serena’s 100th Win

FOOTBALL

The Dallas Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott drama looks to be over with Elliott agreeing to a six-year $90 million contract extension.  With $50 million guaranteed (surpassing Todd Gurley’s $45 mill), the contract makes Elliott the wealthiest running back to play in the NFL. Elliott is expected to be at practice Wednesday and ready to play the season opener against the New York Giants.

In other huge contract news, Rams quarterback Jared Goff agreed to a record-setting four-year contract extension worth $134 million (with $110 million guaranteed).

BASEBALL

The Washington Nationals stunned baseball fans with their improbable comeback victory over the New York Mets in the ninth inning Tuesday night. With a three-run walk-off home run, the Nationals came back from a  10-4  deficit in the bottom of the ninth to win 11-10. The ugly loss for the Mets likely ended their season.

TENNIS

In a stunning upset, #3 ranked Roger Federer lost to 78th ranked Grigor Dimitrov at the US Open Tuesday night. Federer was previously 7-0 against Dimitrov.

Serena Williams handily defeated Qiang Want in 44 minutes in the quarterfinals, making her only the 4th player in the Open era to win 100 matches at a single major. She will face Elina Svitolina in the semifinals.

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Osaka Consoles Coco, Nadal Reaches Quarterfinals, Hurts Impressive Debut At Oklahoma

TENNIS

It was an exciting weekend at the US Open.

In an emotional post-game interview after #1 seed Naomi Osaka beat 15-year old phenom Coco Gauff in the 3rd round, Naomi told Coco’s parents they raised an amazing player and should be proud of their daughter. Unfortunately for the defending champion Naomi, she was eliminated in the next round, losing to #13 seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.

On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal reached the quarterfinals at the Open for the ninth time in his career (with his buddy Tiger Woods wildly cheering from the stands). Nadal is attempting to win his fourth US Open championship and 19th Grand Slam. Nadal could potentially face his rival Roger Federer (whom he has never played in New York) in the Finals. Federer holds the record for 20 Grand Slam titles.

FOOTBALL

Former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts impressed the college football world this weekend in his debut as the starting quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners. In a 49-31 win over Houston, Hurts had 6 touchdowns and a career-high 508 offensive yards. Hurts went 26-2 in his two seasons at Alabama but then was replaced by Tua Tagovailoa before last season. Hurts joined Oklahoma’s team in January as a graduate transfer. Alabama coach Nick Saban had only good things to say about his former player. He said, “And we’re really happy for him, not only in the way he handled himself throughout this entire process, but now that he’s having success as well.”

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Jones Says Elliott Will Miss Starter, Daniel Jones Solid, Fitzpatrick Over Chosen Rosen, Mets Swept By Cubs, Coco In 3rd RD

FOOTBALL

Running back Ezekiel Elliott is back at the top of the news this morning after Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones dropped a bombshell Thursday night when he stated, “I’m operating as though right now he’s going to miss regular-season games.”

New York Giants first-round pick Daniel Jones played very well this pre-season, which begs the question of if he’ll take over soon as the starting quarterback from veteran Eli Manning. Manning will start the season, but with Jones looking solid in the pre-season, many are wondering when Jones will take over the starting job.

The Miami Dolphins named 36-year old Ryan Fitzpatrick over Josh Rosen (nicknamed “Chosen” Rosen) as their starting quarterback. Twenty-two-year-old Rosen is playing in his second year with the team and didn’t “feel great” about the decision but said, “The battle and competition never stops. I’ll push him every single day for him to get better, and if he doesn’t get better, hopefully I’ll surpass him at some point. It’s only [a matter of] time that this team is mine, but until then I’m going to be as supportive of a backup as I can and push him every single day.”

BASEBALL

After the Chicago Cubs completed a 3-game sweep of the New York Mets, the Mets have lost the last 6 games (falling 5 back to Chicago) in the race for the second National League wild-card spot.

TENNIS

15-year-old Coco Gauff becomes the youngest woman to reach the 3rd round of the US Open since 1996. She’ll play #1 Naomi Osaka on Saturday.

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Alonso Sets Single-Season Franchise Home Run Record, Judge Hits 100th Homer, Coco Wins 1st Round

BASEBALL

New York Mets rookie first baseman, Pete Alonso, set the single-season franchise homer recorded for his team with his 42nd home run. He becomes only the seventh rookie to achieve this feat, and the first since 1938. The 24 year old Alonso will likely win the National League Rookie of the Year.

The New York Yankees also made news when Aaron Judge hit his 100th homer of his career. Judge also holds the record (52)  for the most home runs in a rookie season. With Tuesday’s milestone hit, Judge becomes the third quickest player to achieve that feat.

TENNIS

Fifteen-year old teen sensation (who captivated the tennis world at Wimbledon by beating her idol Venus Williams and advancing to the round of 16)  Cori (Coco) Gauff won her first round of the US Open. It wasn’t a pretty win, but she managed to eek out a three-set victory over Anastasia Potapova.

 

 

 

 

 

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Djokovic Defeats Federer In Epic Wimbledon Finals, Halep Beat Williams In Final, Ryan Leaf Back

TENNIS

Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in an epic finals at Wimbledon. After four hours and 57 minutes, the match  was the longest final in Wimbledon history and could have potentially gone on even longer, but it was the first time the championship was decided by the tournament’s new fifth-set rule, which institutes a tie-breaker in the fifth set if the score reaches 12-12. With his 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3), Djokovic won his fifth Wimbledon championship and his 16th major.

In the women’s final, Serena Williams lost to Simona Halep. Williams was attempting to win her 24th Grand Slam title.

FOOTBALL

Ryan Leaf is back. Leaf was a football phenom when he was the #2 overall pick in the 1998 NFL pick for the San Diego Chargers. His life went into a tailspin from drug addiction and prison-time, but he has now been hired by ESPN to work as a college football analyst.

 

 

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Serena Williams Advances To Wimbledon Final, Westbrook To Join Harden On Rockets

TENNIS

Serena Williams defeated Barbora Strycova to advance to the Wimbledon Finals for the 11th time. She will face #7 Simona Halep of Romania on Saturday. Serena has 23 Grand Slam titles, and if she wins on Saturday she’ll tie the all-time record of 24 set by Margaret Court.

BASKETBALL

The Oklahoma City Thunder traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and a two first round draft picks. Westbrook will join James Harden on the Rockets. The two played together back in 2012 for the OKC Thunder.

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Pete Alonso Won Home Run Derby, Coco’s Run Over, Serena Fined $10K

BASEBALL

New York Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso won the 2019 Home Run Derby. He’s the second rookie to win the Home Run Derby outright and only the second Mets player to win.  He faced Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (who had to endure three tie-breakers in the second round before moving on) in the Finals. Alonso will take home $1 million dollars for the win.

TENNIS

15 year old Coco Gauff’s amazing run at Wimbledon is over as she lost in the fourth round to Simona Halep. In other Wimbledon news, Serena Williams has been fined $10,000 for damaging a court with her racket during practice. The All England Club also fined Fabio Fognini $3000 for saying he wished a bomb would hit Wimbledon, and Nick Kyrgios $8000 in total for unsportsmanlike conduct in his first and second rounds.

 

 

 

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U.S. Women Mesmerize The World With World Cup Victory, Clippers Sign Leonard & George, Coco Talk Of Wimbledon

 

SOCCER

The U.S. dominated the Netherlands to win the Women’s World Cup title on Sunday. It’s their 4th World Cup title and their second in a row. And with 26 goals in the tournament, they set a World Cup record. These women mesmerized the world with their stellar play and their enthusiastic celebrations. If that wasn’t enough, they were dominating their opponents while in the midst of a lawsuit over gender bias and equal pay. Outspoken Megan Rapinoe won the Golden Ball for the tournament’s best player and the Golden Boot as the top scorer. Shortly after the win, Nike celebrated these amazing athletes with a powerful ad ending with the tag line, “This team wins. Everyone wins.”

BASKETBALL

The Los Angeles Clippers made a splash over the weekend by announcing their signing of Kawhi Leonard to a 4-year $141 millions deal while also acquiring Paul George for two players and 5 first round picks.

TENNIS

The big story at Wimbledon this week was 15-year old Coco Gauff who beat her idol Venus Williams in the first round.  After her victory over her idol and becoming the talk of the tournament, Gauff kept her composure, continued winning, and is now the youngest player to advance to the round of 16 in this tournament since 1991 when a then 15-year old Jennifer Capriati made the semifinals.

 

 

 

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