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Djokovic Loses Big At Australian Open, KD’s 40 Points, Westbrooks Fall, Baseball HOF

TENNIS

Novac DjokovicThe Australian Open is underway and we already have a major upset. The world’s #2 ranked Novak Djokovic lost in the second round to the 117th ranked, Denis Istomin. Djokovic’s loss to the wild card Istomin is even more surprising as Djokovic has won 6 Australian Opens and was looking to make this the 7th (a feat which no one has yet achieved).  The 5 set match lasted 4 hours and 48 minutes.

BASKETBALL

Golden State Warrior Kevin Durant left it all on the court against his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. With an impressive 40 points, Durant was on a mission. Emotions were running high between the two teams all night, especially after the Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia caused OKC’s Westbrook to fall to the ground and grab his face. Pachulia didn’t seem fazed and just glared at Westbrook. After the game Westbrook commented, “I don’t play that game. I’m going to get his ass back, so whenever that is, I don’t know when it’s going to be, but I don’t play that game.” Warriors 121, Thunder 100.

BASEBALL

Congratulations to the new selections to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez and Tim Raines. Eligible players need to receive at least 75% of the votes from the Baseball Writers Association or the Veterans Committee.

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CMU’s Hail Mary, Lions Pull Win, Wentz Debut, Raiders’ 2 Points, Ray Rice, Wawrinka Wins Open

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The most talked about college football game over the weekend was Central Michigan’s unbelievable Hail Mary throw then lateral with no time left on the clock to beat Oklahoma State. That play in itself would have caused fans to talk, but what was even more remarkable was the game should have ended before that play even began. The officiating crew called an intentional grounding penalty on Oklahoma State as time expired, but they misinterpreted the rules and let CMU have one last play (in which they scored a TD). The officiating crew was suspended for two games for making this egregious mistake which could cost #22 ranked Oklahoma State a potential playoff appearance.

NFL

Some highlights from around the NFL this weekend!

Andrew LuckIndianapolis Colts’ QB Andrew Luck was a bit hesitant in his debut (after injuries in 2015) but came back to form with 385 yards and 4 touchdowns. Unfortunately for the Colts it wasn’t enough to top the Detroit Lions. The Lions pulled out a 39-35 win.

carson-wentzThe hype is already starting after rookie QB Carson Wentz’s debut on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Wentz threw for 2 touchdowns and completed 22 of 37 throws for 278 yards. With his confidence and poise, many believe he could bring new life into the Eagles franchise. Eagles 29, Browns 10.

The Oakland Raiders made the bold move of the day with a decision to go for  a two point conversion instead of just an extra point attempt (which would have tied the game) against the New Orleans Saints. Raiders’ Coach Jack Del Rio said, “I was thinking that we’re here to win; let’s win it right now.” And they did with a 35-34 victory in the Super Dome. The game winning two point catch by former San Francisco 49er, Michael Crabtree, was extra meaningful. Three years ago during SB when the SF 49ers were playing the Baltimore Ravins in the Super Dome, Crabtree failed to catch a few attempts at a game winning TD in the endzone. If he had caught any of these passes, the 49ers would have won the big game. Crabtree admitted he had a difficult time thinking about playing in the superdome again, but as he stated, “this time, the last play ended good.

Finally, there is a possibility former running back, Ray Rice, could be back in the League sometime soon. In case you don’t remember, Rice was suspended from football after a video was released where he pushed his former fiancee out of an elevator. Rice became the poster boy of domestic violence and has since tried to reform his image. If he does get another chance to play, he has stated he would donate his entire 2016 salary to charity.

For more NFL highlights, click here.

TENNIS

The US Open came to an exciting close when defending champion, Novak Djokovic lost to Stan Wawrinka. At 31 years old, Wawrinka is the oldest male to win the US Open since the 1970’s. It was Wawrinka’s 3rd Grand Slam title.

 

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Siemian Not Rattled In Broncos’ Win Over Panthers, Brandon Marshall Kneels During Anthem, Seahawks Plan Demonstration, Serena Loses In Semis

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trevor siemianThe Denver Broncos kicked off the NFL season by beating the Carolina Panthers in a close Thursday night game. Broncos’ rookie QB Trevor Siemian threw two interceptions but rallied in the second half to put together two touchdown drives giving the Broncos a slight edge over the Panthers. The Broncos’ linebacker Brandon Marshall (former teammate of Colin Kaepernick at Nevada and not to be confused with the NY Jets receiver Brandon Marshall) generated some angry tweets before the game when he was the only player on the field not standing during the National Anthem. Marshall explained he was kneeling “for social injustice”. The Broncos’ organization put out a statement saying: “While we encourage members of our organization to stand during the national anthem, we understand and respect it being a personal decision.” Marshall ended the game with 6 tackles. Denver 21, Carolina 20.

Stay tuned for Sunday’s matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins. The Seahawks’ receiver, Doug Baldwin, has been talking about some kind of pre-game demonstration. It’s unclear exactly what they’ll be doing but sounds as if whatever they do it will be a team effort. The team recognizes Sunday’s game falls on September 11th, so hopefully they will be respectful of this date. Baldwin stated, “To express a desire to bring people together, our team will honor the country and flag in a pregame demonstration of unity,”

TENNIS

The mighty Serena Williams has fallen. Although she wasn’t making excuses, Serena appeared to be fighting a knee injury in her US Open semifinal loss to #10 seed Karolina Pliskova. With the loss, Serena loses the #1 ranking she’s held for 186 weeks.

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Djokovic’s Opponent’s Keep Retiring, Brees Close To Extension, Manziel Back In School

TENNIS

Novac DjokovicNovak Djokovic’s opponent retired…again! For the third time in four matches, Djokovic did not play out a full match before his opponent, Tsonga, retired from a knee injury. #1 seed Djokovic has only played 9 total sets in the US Open.

FOOTBALL

It’s reported New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is really close to a contract extension. 37 year old Brees has one year left on his current contract and, even though he signed a whopping $100 million contract back in 2012, his average of $20 million a year is less than other QB’s of his caliber. The issue for the Saints seems to be Brees’ age and whether they can afford a long term contact on a QB who is almost 40 years old. The deadline for the Team is approaching as their season begins on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

Troubled former QB Johnny Manziel will not be playing in the NFL this year (or perhaps ever again considering his history on and off the field) so has decided to go back to College. He will be taking online courses at Texas A&M and is hoping to get a degree in recreation, parks and tourism sciences.

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Cavs Dominate Game 3, Von Miller Still Negotiating Huge Contract, Sharapova Banned For Drug Use

NBA

Kyrie & LeBronThe Cleveland Cavaliers dominated game 3 from beginning to end and have now made the NBA Final against the Golden State Warriors competitive. Kyrie Irving stepped up early and finished the game with 30 points while LeBron added his magic with 32 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Compare those stats to the Warriors’ Splash brothers, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson only combing for 35 points. Game 4 is Friday night 9:00 pm ABC. Cavaliers 120, Warriors 90.

NFL

The Denver Broncos organization has more on its mind than Aqib Talib’s gunshot wound. They are now reportedly still trying to sign an agreement with their franchise linebacker Von Miller. The offer on the table is  $114.5 million over 6 years. The issue apparently is the how much of the money is guaranteed. The Broncos have offered $35 million in the first 2 years while Von Miller’s reps have asked for a number closer to $69 million. Even though Von Miller hasn’t attended the Bronco’s off-season practices, he did join the Team in meeting President Obama at the White House this week.

TENNIS

The former #1 player Maria Sharapova plans to appeal her 2 year suspension from tennis for taking the drug meldonium. Sharapova claims she unintentionally took a banned substance and she should have been warned in advance of the drug’s listing. In addition to not playing in tournaments,  Sharapova’s major endorser, Tag Heuer, has cut its ties to her while Porsche says its keeping its distance.

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Muhammad Ali’s Legacy, Djokovic’s Historic Win, Williams Loses In Final, Warriors’ Defense Crushes Cavs

BOXING

Muhammad AliThe most charismatic and greatest boxer of the ages, Muhammad Ali, died over the weekend at the age of 74 due to respiratory issues related to his Parkinson’s disease. Ali was a three-time heavyweight champion but transcended the world of boxing and became known for his anti-war stance and his opinions on the world.  One of his assistants captured Ali’s presence in the ring with the now famous saying, Mr. Ali would “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

 

TENNIS

By winning the French Open, Novak Djokovic accomplished what no male player has in over a decade, won all four Grand Slam titles at once. The last player to accomplish this feat was Rod Laver in 1969.

In the women’s draw, top seeded Serena  Williams lost to Garbine Muguruza. The win was Muguruza’s first Grand Slam title.

 

NBA

The Golden State Warriors certainly made a statement at home in game 2 of the NBA Finals. Their defense simply crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers for a decisive win. On offense, the Warriors’ Draymond Green was the star with 28 points and 5 3-pointers. The Warriors are up 2-0 in the best of seven series. Game 3 is Wednesday in Cleveland 9:00 pm EST ABC. Warriors 110, Cavaliers 77.

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Sherman Voices Disdain For Goodell’s Comments, Serena Williams Fires Back, Rymer Hit In Face

NFL

Richard ShermanSeattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman always lets his voice be heard loud and clear. Don’t expect that to stop any time soon. When asked about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s comments back in February suggesting that any player who got two personal fouls be ejected from a game, Sherman didn’t hold back. “I think it’s foolish. But it sounds like something somebody who’s never played the game would say, something that they would suggest, because he doesn’t understand. He’s just a face. He’s just a suit. He’s never stepped foot on the field and understood how you can get a personal foul.” He had similar feelings on the NFL’s murky definition of what a catch is.

TENNIS

Indian Wells tournament director Raymond Moore had some disturbing things to say about women’s tennis recently. “If I was a lady player, I’d go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport. They really have.” Serena Williams, who lost in the women’s final to Victoria Azarenka, didn’t appreciate the comments. “I don’t think any women should be down on their knees thanking anybody like that.” Williams eluded to all the people who only watch Tennis for female stars such as herself and her sister. Then she brought up last year’s U.S. Open. “I’m sorry, did Roger play in that final? Or Rafa, or any man, play in that final that was sold out before the men’s final? I think not.”

MLB

The Milwaukee Brewers may have lost one of their potential players. Outfielder Rymer Liriano left Sunday’s game on a stretcher after he was hit in the face by a pitch from Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt West. The ball hit him just under the eye. Coaches and staff rushed over to help and carted him off the field after about ten minutes. Teammates say the player’s nose was still gushing blood when he got back to the training room. Liriano remains hospitalized.

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Serena Sportsperson Of Year, Patriots Blount Out, Ravens Sign Mallett, Dwight Howard Unhappy

TENNIS

Serena Williams 2Serena Williams was named the 2015 “Sportsperson of the Year” by Sports Illustrated. Williams posted, “This year was spectacular for me. For Sports Illustrated to recognize my hard work, my dedication, and my sheer determination gives me hope to continue on and do better.” At 34 years old, Williams won 53 of 56 matches and remained ranked #1 ever week. Congratulations Serena!

FOOTBALL

In the NFL, the football Gods must truly want to challenge the Patriots this year.  In the past 2 months, they’ve already lost their up-and-coming phenom running back Dion Lewis, then it was Brady’s trusted receiver Julian Edelman, and then Gronkowsky suffered an injury that will keep him from playing at 100% the rest of the season.  Now it has been reported that their starting running back LeGarrett Blount is out for the season.  The Pats are still in line to make a deep run in the playoffs, but it won’t be easy without a healthy team.
Elsewhere in the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens season is officially over, but that didn’t keep them from signing troubled quarterback Ryan Mallett.  Mallett was cut from the Houston Texans 2 months ago for failing to make a team flight.  Apparently, he was such a head case, the Texans couldn’t deal with him.  Mallett has said that he has dealt with all of his off-the-field issues, and now feels ready to win some games with the Ravens.  The Ravens desperately need Mallett, as they already lost their starter Joe Flacco for the season, as well as back-up Matt Schaub for the next few weeks.  Quarterbacking the Ravens is likely Mallett’s last chance to prove he belongs in this league.

BASKETBALL

In the NBA, surprise surprise, Dwight Howard is unhappy again.  He said that he was tired of playing second fiddle to James Harden.  The odd thing about this statement is that the reason he left Orlando for Houston is that he wanted to be surrounded by a winning team so he could get to a championship.  Howard always wants attention, however and it’s likely the Rockets will trade him, as that is bad for chemistry for the rest of the team. It’s possible Howard will be picked up by another team such as Boston or Sacramento.

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Bills Overpower Colts, Carrols Odd Play In Overtime, Winston/Mariota Showdown, Djokovic Wins US Open

FOOTBALL

NFL on Sunday is back!  And, the games did not disappoint
In Buffalo, the Bills were looking to prove that they are a defensive force, but they had to take on one of the most explosive offenses of last season:  Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.  Buffalo came out strong and the Colts could not get anything going.  Bills fans went crazy, as their team looked tough and their young quarterback, Tyrod Taylor helped guide the Bills to an impressive opening day victory.  Buffalo 27, Indianapolis 14.

In St. Louis, the Rams were out to prove that they had no intention of being pushovers but their game on Sunday was against the mighty Seattle Seahawks. The Rams got out to a sizable lead, but then the Rams’ offense made some mistakes and the Seahawks put up quick points to send the game into overtime.  We all remember Seattle head coach Pete Carroll’s peculiar play call that lost them the Super Bowl last season.  He did it again as he called an onside kick to start overtime.  The Rams recovered and were able to get a field goal that gave them the advantage, and the momentum to stop Seattle and take the victory.  Watch out for St. Louis this season.  St. Louis 34, Seattle 31.

Marcus Mariota & Jameis WinstonIn Tampa Bay, we saw the battle between the #1 overall draft pick, Jameis Winston of the Buccaneers, and the #2 overall draft pick, Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans.  Mariota was breathtaking.  He threw 4 touchdown passes in JUST THE FIRST HALF!  Unfortunately Jameis Winston did not fare so well. On his very first NFL career throw, he threw an interception that was picked off for a touchdown.  The only other QB in the history of the NFL to do that was Brett Favre (who ended up with a Hall of Fame career).  The Titans overwhelmed the Buccaneers for a decisive victory. Tennessee 42, Tampa Bay 14.

TENNIS

The Men’s US Open final featured Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer.  Once again, Djokovic proved that he is the best in the game.  He defeated Federer for his 10th grand slam title of his brilliant career.

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Serena Completes Serena Slam, Djokovic Beats Federer For Ninth Grand Slam, Lebron Signs $23 Mill Contract

TENNIS

Serena Williams won her 21st career Grand Slam title with a win over Garbine Muguruza on Saturday at Wimbledon.  Serena completed her “Serena Slam” winning last year’s US Open and this year’s Australian Open and French Open. If she wins the US Open starting August 31st, she will have completed a true calendar Grand Slam. Only 3 other women (last one Steffi Graf in 1988)  have achieved this feat.

Novac DjokovicIn the men’s tennis final, it took 4 sets for Novac Djokovic to beat Roger Federer for his 3rd Wimbledon title and ninth Grand Slam Championship.  The Djokovic/Federer rivalry is one of the best in the sport. They are evenly split on results of their 40 matches…20 each.

BASKETBALL

It’s official, Lebron James recommitted to the Cleveland Cavaliers. According to ESPN, Lebron will make $23 million next season with a player option for 2016/17 that could be worth $24 mill. Now that the Cavs players are signed and healthy, watch out. They could be the team to be next season!

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