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Osaka & Djokovic Australian Open Champions, Raptors Fire Saunders, Tahoe Hosts NHL, Bruins 90’s Style

TENNIS

Naomi Osaka beat Jennifer Brady to win the Australian Open for the second time (also won in 2019). Osaka now has four Grand Slam singles titles.

In the men’s final, Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev to claim his 18th Grand Slam singles title, just two away from the record held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Djokovic clearly likes the Australian Open, as this win marks his ninth championship (in nine appearances).

BASKETBALL

The Toronto Raptors fired Ryan Saunders and expect to replace him with the Raptors assistant coach Chris Finch.

HOCKEY

The NHL experimented with outdoor hockey and hosted two games over the weekend in Lake Tahoe. Other than an eight-hour delay due to the sun’s effect on ice conditions, the games were a hit with hockey fans. The Boston Bruins even got into the spirit of the weekend by showing up in full 1990’s attire.

Colorado Avalanche beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2

Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-3

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Osaka Beat Serena, Djokovic In Final, Jazz On Tear, Tebow Retires, Cam Newton Spends Millions On Clothes

TENNIS

Naomi Osaka beat Serena Williams in the Australian Open semifinals for her 20th consecutive victory and her second Australian Open final. At 23 years old, Osaka is trying to win her fourth Grand Slam title. She will take on 25-year old Jennifer Brady.

In the men’s final, Novak Djokovic will play either Stefanos Tsitsipas or Daniil Medvedev. With his victory in the semis over Aslan Karatsev, Djokovic will be playing in his ninth Australian Open final.

BASKETBALL

The Utah Jazz are on a tear. With the amazing play of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert (the Stifle Tower), the Jazz have won nine straight games (and 20 of their last 21).

BASEBALL

Tim Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback, is retiring from professional baseball. Tebow signed with the NY Mets in 2016 and has been part of their minor-league program.

FOOTBALL

New England Patriot quarterback Cam Newton admitted he spends too much money on clothes he only wears once, and he wants to change the habit. He said, “I’ve spent thousands and thousands of dollars, maybe even millions of dollars on clothes that I only wore once, so to be able to recycle the closest, so to speak, is something that’s challenging. But at the same time, it’s going to be fun to do so throughout this whole year.”

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Urban Meyer Makes Controversial Hire, J.J. Watt Leaving Texans, Fans Prohibited From Australian Open, Daytona 500 (Fans, Pitbull, Michael Jordan)

FOOTBALL

Urban Meyer is making headlines again and not in a good way. Meyer is the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and just hired Chris Doyle as the director of sports performance. Doyle was the former strength and conditioning coach at Iowa but agreed to leave over allegations of racist comments and bullying. Meyer has vocally defended his hire, but it’s a controversial decision since Meyer was suspended at Ohio State after he allegedly overlooked accusations of domestic violence associated with his assistant coach.

In an emotional twitter announcement, one of the best defensive players in the league, J.J. Watt, said he was leaving the Houston Texans. Watt spoke about the respect and admiration he has for the team (in which he was selected with the #11th overall pick in 2011) and the fans and said he was excited about what the future holds.

TENNIS

The organizers of the Australian Open announced that due to a rise in COVID-19 cases, fans will be prohibited from attending matches. According to reports, there was an outbreak at a Holiday Inn near the Melbourne Airport, and now the state of Victoria is preparing for a five-day lockdown.

NASCAR

The Daytona 500 is on Sunday, and 30,000 fans will be in attendance (larger than last week’s Super Bowl). According to the President of the Daytona International Speedway, “It’s going to be the largest sporting event that happens in the United States since COVID hit.” Pitbull, the new co-owner of Trackhouse Racing, will be the grand marshall, and Bubba Wallace will make his debut for Michael Jordan’s 23XI Racing, driving a No. 23 Toyota Camry.

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Australian Open Looks Like We Remember, Rodgers Feels Slighted And Bitter

TENNIS

The Australian Open begins next week and will have fans…lots of fans…in the stands. With up to 30,000 spectators expected per day, the sporting event will look like the good old days.

FOOTBALL

Aaron Rodgers’s close friend and former teammate, T.J. Lang, has riled up the sports world by announcing on a radio interview that Rodgers feels “slighted by the organization and is hellbent on some revenge.” He explained that Rodgers is “bitter” that the Packers drafted quarterback Jordan Love in the first round last year.

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Brady’s TB12 Diet, Magnus Carlsen Loses To 18 Yr Old, Mice At Australian Open

FOOTBALL

One of the topics of conversation leading up to the Super Bowl is the obvious comparison of how a 43-year old Tom Brady will fare against a 25-year-old Patrick Mahomes. In order to keep in peak physical condition, Brady swears by his TB12 diet. Check out CBS Sports’ Pete Blackburn attempting to live like Brady for a week.

CHESS

The best chess player in the world, Magnus Carlsen shockingly lost to 18-year old Andrey Esipenko at the Tata Steel Tournament. In a tweet after the match, Carlsen jokingly said, “Had a very unpleasant experience at the playing hall today, felt like a swab was being shoved into my nostril and all the way inside my brain, causing a lot of pain. Covid test after the game was not that bad though #TataSteelChess”

TENNIS

The 2021 Australian Open will begin on February 8th, but the players are already on-site due to quarantine protocols. Unfortunately, though, the accommodations are not ideal. Number 28th ranked Yulia Putintseva documented the mice problem in her hotel room, but rather than trying to solve the issue, local authorities are blaming the players for feeding the mice and contributing to the problem.

 

 

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Lakers Win NBA Championship, LeBron’s 4th Finals MVP, Alex Smith Back, Prescott Out, Seahawks 5-0, Falcons 0-5, Swiatek & Nadal Win French Open

BASKETBALL

The Los Angeles Lakers handily beat the Miami Heat in Game 6 to win the NBA Finals. The NBA champions are now tied (with the Boston Celtics) for the third-most major North American sports titles (17). LeBron James won his fourth championship and fourth Finals MVP, becoming the first player in NBA history to win MVP with three different teams.

Kudos to the NBA for managing to pull off a 172 game season over three months in the Walt Disney World bubble with no coronavirus outbreaks.

FOOTBALL

After suffering a major injury two seasons ago, quarterback Alex Smith returned to the Washington Football Team after starter Kyle Allen got knocked out of the game. Two years ago, Smith broke his fibula and tibia in his right leg, and after 17 surgeries contracted an infection that doctors feared would require them to amputate his leg.

Unfortunately, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott needed surgery Sunday night on his ankle and is unlikely to return this season.

For the first time in franchise history, the Seattle Seahawks are starting the season 5-0.

On the other hand, the Atlanta Falcons are now 0-5 on the season and have fired head coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff.

TENNIS

Nineteen-year-old Iga Swiatek (ranked #54 in the world) beat Sofia Kenin to win the French Open.

In the men’s final, Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic to claim his 20th Grand Slam title. The only other player with 20 Grand Slams is Roger Federer.

 

 

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Authentic Wins Derby, Djokovic Hits Lineswoman And Gets Disqualified, Eagles Sign 41-Yr Old McCown

HORSE RACING

With no fans in the stands, Authentic (at 8-1 odds) edged out the favorite, Tiz the Law, to win the Kentucky Derby.  The win gives Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez his third Derby victory and gives trainer Bob Baffert his sixth Derby win (tied for the most wins in the history of the Run for the Roses).

TENNIS

Number one seed Novak Djokovic was widely expected to win the U.S. Open, but an unfortunate event this weekend disqualified him from the tournament. In his fourth-round match against Number 20th seed Pablo Carreño Busta, Djokovic unintentionally hit a lineswoman in the throat with a ball. He immediately rushed to the back of the court to check on her, but the rules of conduct in tennis are explicit, and he had to default the match.

In an Instagram post, he said, “This whole situation has left me really sad and empty. I checked on the lines person and the tournament told me that thank God she is feeling ok. I’m extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended. So wrong… As for the disqualification, I need to go back within and work on my disappointment and turn this all into a lesson for my growth and evolution as a player and human being. I apologize to the @usopen tournament and everyone associated for my behavior”

FOOTBALL

The Philadelphia Eagles signed 41-year old quarterback Josh McCown to their practice squad, but they have no intention of having him join the team. The NFL increased the number of players they are allowed to have on their practice squads from 12-16 to give teams some insurance in case COVID-19 outbreaks affect their rosters. McCown, who will serve as the Eagles’ emergency quarterback and make $12,000 a week while living in Texas, is the oldest practice squad player in NFL history.

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Big 10 Considering Thanksgiving Return, Jags Release Fournette, U.S. Open Starts, Jamal & Kawhi Big Nights

FOOTBALL

Just over two weeks ago, the Big 10 announced it was postponing the football season to the spring of 2021. After considerable backlash about the lack of leadership and transparency in making these decisions, the Big 10 is now mulling the idea of starting sometime around Thanksgiving.

In NFL news, the Jacksonville Jaguars released running back Leonard Fournette. Fournette was in the final year of his rookie contract and would have earned a guaranteed $4.17 million in base salary. Fournette did not have a great relationship with the team, but according to reports all was going well in training camp, so the news of his release took many by surprise.

TENNIS

The U.S. Open begins today, but many of the top-ranked players have opted out. In the men’s draw, #1 ranked Novak Djokovic is the heavy favorite particularly since rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal aren’t competing. In the women’s draw, 6 of the top 10 players aren’t playing.

BASKETBALL

In the NBA playoffs, the Denver Nuggets, thanks to a 50-point game from Jamal Murray, beat the Utah Jazz forcing a Game 7.

With a big night from Kawhi Leonard, the Los Angeles Clippers eliminated the Dallas Mavericks winning the series 4-2. The Milwaukee Bucks and the LA Lakers will also be moving on to the semifinals. For more NBA playoff news, click here.

 

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Pac-12 Players List Of Demands, Hawk-Eye Live, Cespedes Sit Out Season

FOOTBALL

A group of Pac-12 football players are threatening to sit out the upcoming season unless the Conference addresses their concerns. The list of demands include:

  1. Increase in health and safety protocols and protections including medical insurance for six years post-eligibility
  2. Commitment to social justice issues including a special task force
  3. Redistribution of revenue, specifically 50% of each sport’s revenues evenly distributed among athletes

TENNIS

We will see major technological innovations throughout the sporting world over the next few months and years. One such innovation, called Hawk-Eye Live, will replace line judges at tennis tournaments with an automated system. The U.S. Open (August 31st-September 13th) will use this system.

BASEBALL

The New York Mets announced Yoenis Cespedes will opt-out of the season due to concerns over COVID-19. Many players are deciding to opt-out of their season, but Cespedes did it in an unusual (and seemingly disrespectful way).  Over the weekend, Cespedes did not show up for the game against the Atlanta Braves. The team sent security to his hotel room and found the room completely cleared out. Cespedes did not tell anyone he was leaving, sparking speculation he’s upset with the team for his lack of adequate playing time.

 

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Patriots Transport N95 Masks From China, Wimbledon Canceled

FOOTBALL

The New England Patriots transported 1.2 million N95 masks from Shenzhen, China to the United States. The expedition took weeks to arrange, as there was red-tape, global negotiations, and logistics in managing the transfer.  The Wall Street Journal reported that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker was concerned about the state’s mask supply. He struck a deal to purchase the masks from China but had to figure out how to transport them back to the US through King City Northway. Baker told his friend, Jonathan Kraft, who is the Chairman of the board at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Patriots’ president. Kraft offered up the teams’ airplane. According to the Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft, “I’ve never seen so much red tape in so many ways and obstacles that we had to overcome. In today’s world, those of us who are fortunate to make a difference have a significant responsibility to do so with all the assets we have available to us.”

TENNIS

Wimbledon, the oldest Grand Slam tournament, was canceled on Wednesday for the first time since 1945. This is the first time the tournament was canceled for reasons other than war.

 

 

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