Cam’s Longest Losing Streak, Tennessee Offers Bullied Boy Scholarship

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Quarterback Cam Newton struggled against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night losing 14-20. The loss puts the Carolina Panthers at  0-2 to start the season extending Cam’s losing streak to 8 games (the longest in his career as a starter). After the game, Cam told reporters, “It’s time for me to look myself in the mirror & do some real soul searching”.

MISC

In a feel-good story for the day, a fourth-grade Florida boy who designed a University of Tennessee shirt for “College Colors Day” then was bullied for his design, not only got a package of Vols gear sent to him by the University, but also had the school use his design in a t-shirt they are selling to “STOMP OUT” bullying. But that’s not all. The University of Tennessee also announced it is offering the boy admission and a four-year scholarship to the school for the class of 2032 if he meets admission requirements and decides to attend.

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Pete Alonso Remembers 9/11 With Themed Cleats, Justify Failed Drug Test, LeBron Failed “Taco Tuesday” Trademark

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To honor the anniversary of 9/11, Mets’ rookie Pete Alonso supplied all the players with special commemorative 9/11-themed cleats. In the running for National League rookie of the year, Alonso recorded the players’ shoe sizes and ordered and paid for the cleats. In the 9-0 win (9 runs and 11 hits) at home over the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Mets also honored the first responders and had them on the field for the National Anthem.

HORSE RACING

According to a report from the New York Times, 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug weeks before the Kentucky Derby (the first leg of the Triple Crown).  Apparently, the California Horse Racing Board took months to confirm the results of a test (taken after the Santa Anita Derby which qualified Justify for the Kentuck Derby) and made some decisions in secret for horses testing positive to the substance scopolamine.

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied LeBron James’ attempt to trademark “Taco Tuesday”. The USPTO explained, “The applied-for mark is a commonplace term, message, or expression widely used by a variety of sources that merely conveys an ordinary, familiar, well-recognized concept or sentiment message.” According to LeBron, the application accomplished what he intended, which is to ensure HE won’t be sued for using the phrase.

 

 

 

 

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Antonio Brown Accused Of Assault, Swimmer Disqualified For “Butt Cheeks”, Dodgers Clinch NL West

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The Antonio Brown drama isn’t over. The wide receiver has now been accused of sexual assault by his former trainer, Britney Taylor. The lawsuit claims Taylor, a gymnast who met Brown when they were both at Central Michigan University, was sexually assaulted on three occasions in 2017 and 2018. Brown, “denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit,” according to his lawyer. The Patriots released a statement acknowledging the NFL will be investigating the allegations.

SWIMMING

A referee disqualified a swimmer from Dimond High School in Alaska after she won her 100-meter freestyle event for a “uniform violation” which in the referee’s words meant “butt cheek touching butt cheek.” The Anchorage School District said it would reverse the disqualification and possibly decertify the official saying, “We cannot tolerate discrimination of any kind, and certainly not based on body shape.”

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The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their seventh consecutive National League West title.

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Wil Lutz Makes History, Raiders Win W/O Brown, Jerry Rice “We all got played”

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In a wild finish on Monday night football, New Orleans kicker Wil Lutz made history with a 58-yard field goal as time expired to give the team a 30-28 win over the Houston Texans. The career-long kick for Lutz also ranked as the longest field goal in the final 10 seconds of a season-opening game (since the 1970 NFL/AFL merger).

The Oakland Raiders capped off a difficult week dealing with the Antonio Brown saga and came out looking strong and focused in their season-opening win over the Denver Broncos (24-16). Speaking of Brown, former San Francisco 49er and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice said “We all got played” by Brown. He went on to say, “I think when he asked to be released from the Steelers, he wanted to go to the Patriots. He wanted them to trade him to the Patriots. And there was no way that the Steelers would trade him to a rival. So he had to go a different route. And he decided to come through the Bay Area. And I feel sorry for the fans over in Oakland. He was a Denzel Washington and he won the Oscar. He won an Oscar, guys. I’m gonna be honest with you.”

 

 

 

 

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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

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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

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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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NFL Kicks Off 100th Season, Brown Creating More Drama, Cowboys Most Valuable Team

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The NFL kicks off its 100th season tonight featuring the Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

Heading into the new season, Oakland Raiders’ receiver Antonio Brown, who missed practices due to a helmet issue and frostbite, continues to create drama. He posted on Instagram a screenshot of a letter he received from the team listing his fines for unexcused absences. He then commented, “WHEN YOUR OWN TEAM WANT TO HATE BUT THERE’S NO STOPPING ME NOW DEVIL IS A LIE. EVERYONE GOT TO PAY THIS YEAR SO WE CLEAR.”

The Dallas Cowboys are listed as the most valuable NFL team at $5.5 billion according to Forbes.com. The New England Patriots come in at #2 with a value of $4.1 billion and the New York Giants at #3 with a value of $3.9 billion. The Indianapolis Colts are listed at #20 at $2.64 billion and were just offered $3.2 billion to sell the team. The offer was declined.

 

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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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