Drama In Dolphins Win, Lamar Jackson On Fire, Raiders 0-3, Rush Solid In Dallas Win, Rihanna Super Bowl Performer

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Highlights from week 3 NFL games:

The Miami Dolphins are now 3-0 thanks to a strong quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa (who took a big hit on Sunday which is under investigation by the Players Association). The win over the Buffalo Bills had some interesting drama in the last few minutes. First, there was, what is being called, the “butt punt” when Miami punter Thomas Morstead kicked the ball from the end zone into his teammate’s rear end resulting in a safety. Then the Bills only needed a field goal to win, but they ran out of time.

The Baltimore Ravens are on fire thanks to quarterback Lamar Jackson, who didn’t sign a contract extension this season in order to increase his chances of a big payday going forward. Ravens 37, Patriots 26

The Las Vegas Raiders are the only team to lose all of its games this season and sit at 0-3.

Dallas quarterback Cooper Rush, starting for the second week for the injured Dak Prescott, is making a name for himself with another solid game and a 23-16 win against the NY Giants.

Rihanna announced she will be the Super Bowl LVII halftime performer on February 12th, 2023. Rihanna hasn’t performed publicly since the Grammy Awards in 2018. She also previously refused to perform at the halftime show in protest of the league’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback who knelt during the national anthem and then claimed the league blackballed him.

 

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Bezos & Iger Interest In Buying Suns/Mercury, Celtics Suspend Udoka, Browns Beat Steelers, Apple Replacing Pepsi, Utah Student Threatens Detonating Reactor

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After an investigation surfaced accusing Robert Sarver (owner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury) of mistreating employees and “fostering a toxic workplace”, the owner agreed to sell the franchises. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos  and former Disney CEO Bob Iger have expressed an interest in buying the Suns, which is valued at $1.8 billion.

The Boston Celtics suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the season after reports surfaced that Udoka had an inappropriate relationship with a female member of the staff.

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The Cleveland Browns beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 29-17 on Thursday Night Football.

For $50 million annually, Apple Music is the proud sponsor of the Super Bowl Halftime Show. Apple replaces Pepsi as the official sponsor.

A University of Utah engineering student posted on social media she would detonate a nuclear reactor on campus if the football team lost to San Diego State. The threat was determined to be a joke, but the student was arrested and the police stated, “We have a zero-tolerance policy for these kinds of threats.”

 

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Aces WNBA Champs, Dolphins/Jets Comeback Wins, Garoppolo Starter, Rodgers 450th TD, Bills/Eagles Prevail On MNF

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The Las Vegas Aces beat the Connecticut Sun to win the WNBA Championship, the city’s first major pro sports championship.

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Some exciting week 2 NFL games:

The Miami Dolphins stunned the fans with a 42-38 win after a deficit of 35-14. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw four fourth-quarter touchdown passes (two to WR Tyreek Hill). Tua captured a special place in Dolphins history by joining Hall of Famers Bob Griese and Dan Marino in throwing six touchdowns in one game.

The New York Jets were down 13 points but came back to beat the Cleveland Browns 31-10.

The San Francisco 49ers lost their starting quarterback Trey Lance (#3 pick in the 2021 draft) for the season due to an ankle injury. Veteran QB Jimmy Garoppolo will take over the reins.

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw his 450th career touchdown pass on Sunday in a 27-10 win over the Chicago Bears. Rodgers joins an elite group of passers with over 450 touchdown passes: Tom Brady (626), Drew Brees (571), Peyton Manning (539), and Brett Favre (508).

In the Monday night doubleheader, the Buffalo bills outscored the Tennessee Titans 41-7, while the Philadelphia Eagles overshadowed the Minnesota Vikings for a 24-7 win.

 

 

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TNF On Amazon Prime, Favre Improper Funds, Federer Retiring

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Thursday Night Football featuring L.A. Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs will be the first regular season game available exclusively on a streaming platform (Amazon Prime at 8:15 pm). One of the cool gimmicks will feature chips embedded in the player uniforms tracking their stats for Amazon X-Ray Users to dissect.

According to reports, former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre is under investigation for improperly receiving welfare money to fund a volleyball facility at his daughter’s school. Favre previously denied the allegations, but text messages implicating him in this exchange have recently surfaced.

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Tennis legend Roger Federer announced he’s retiring from tennis after next week’s Laver Cup in London. Federer has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles

 

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Dodgers Officially Clinch, Judge Hits 56/57th HR, Sarver Suspended, Aces Up 2-0

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Major League Baseball accidentally announced the Dodgers clinched a postseason berth on Sunday, but they made an error, but after a 6-0 win on Monday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers officially clinched. At 97-43, the team is the first to clinch a postseason berth this year.

In other baseball news, Aaron Judge hit his 56th and 57th home runs on Tuesday night. With 20 games to go, he only needs five more home runs to record an American League single-season record.

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The NBA suspended Robert Sarver, owner of the Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury. According to the report, Sarver “violated common workplace standards” and “engaged in demeaning and harsh treatment of employees, including by yelling and cursing at them.” Sarver will be fined $10 million and serve a one-year suspension.

After Tuesday’s win, the Las Vegas Aces took a 2-0 lead over the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA Finals.

 

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19-Yr Old Alcaraz Wins Open, Swiatek Wins Women’s Final, Ravens/Jackson Can’t Agree

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Nineteen-year-old Carlos Alcaraz won the U.S. Open men’s final, his first Grand Slam championship. Alcaraz, who is now number 1 in the world, is the youngest Open men’s champion since Pete Sampras in 1990.

In the women’s final, Poland’s Iga Swiatek (the #1 seed) defeated Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur for her third major championship and first U.S. Open title.

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Heading into the first weekend of the NFL football season, the biggest news was that the Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Lamar Jackson failed to agree to a contract extension, which means Jackson is betting on himself to excel, as he’ll be playing this season on the fifth year of his rookie deal.

For a recap of Sunday’s NFL games, click here.

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Alabama #1 AP Ranking, Rams Lost To Bills, Legendary Bird Retires, Tiafoe Vs Alcaraz, Swiatek Vs Jabeur

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In the first in-season College Football poll, the AP ranked Alabama at #1 with Georgia moving to #2 after their monstrous 49-3 win over Oregon. Rounding out the top five is Ohio State at #3, Michigan at #4, and Clemson at #5.

In the opening game of the NFL season, the Rams lost to the Buffalo Bills 31-10.

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It’s the end of an era for the legendary Sue Bird after the Las Vegas Aces beat her Seattle Storm in the semifinals. Bird will retire with a historic 13 All-Star appearances and as the WNBA’s all-time assists leader. The Aces will play the Connecticut Sun in the best-of-five Finals beginning Sunday at 3:00 pm ET.

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The 24-year-old Frances Tiafoe will take on 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz (who beat Jannik Sinner in a five-hour, 15-minute riveting match) in the semifinals of the US Open. Tiafoe is the first American man to reach the semifinal since Andy Roddick in 2006.

Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur will meet in the Women’s Final. It is the first U.S. Open final for both players.

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Serena Retires, Margaret Court Bitter, Coco Loves NY, Kyrgios and Tiafoe Eliminate #1 & #2, Week 1 College Football, 12-Team Playoffs In 2026

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The GOAT Serena Williams lost in the third round of the US Open to Ajla Tomljanovic, likely ending her inspiring tennis career. Williams will retire with 23 Grand Slam Titles just shy of  Australian Margaret Court’s record of 24 titles. Court was interviewed by Britain’s Daily Telegraph and slammed Williams stating, “Serena, I’ve admired her as a player. But I don’t think she has ever admired me.”

In other US Open news, eighteen-year-old Coco Gauff advanced to her first US Open quarterfinal saying, “New York is bringing out a side of me that I haven’t had since I was 15.”

On the men’s side, the always entertaining Australian Nick Kyrgios defeated the #1 player in the world, Daniil Medvedev (check out this strange play), while American Frances Tiafoe eliminated second-seeded Rafael Nadal in the round of 16.

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Here’s a snapshot of the winners and losers after week one of the College Football Season.

In 2026, the College Football Playoff will look very different. The CFP Board of Managers announced a 12-team college playoff format with the six highest-ranked conference champions and six at-large teams competing for the Title.

 

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Donovan Mitchell A Cavalier, Wilson Agrees To Contract Extension, Venus/Serena Lose 1st Rd, Nadal Cruises

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In a blockbuster trade, Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell is now a Cleveland Cavalier. After the Knicks walked away on Monday night, the Cavs swooped in and grabbed Mitchell in exchange for three players and a bunch of first round picks and pick swaps.

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Russell Wilson agreed to a five-year $245 million contract extension with the Denver Broncos. Wilson will get $165 million guaranteed, the fourth largest contact for quarterbacks.

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After a four-year hiatus, Venus and Serena Williams teamed up to take on Linda Nosková and Lucie Hradecká at the U.S. Open. Unfortunately for the sisters, they lost in straight sets to the Czech players. 7-6 (5), 6-4

Rafael Nadal and longtime rival Fabio Fognini took center court next. Fognini grabbed the first set and was ahead in the second before Nadal found his rhythm and cruised to victory. 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1

 

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Serena Defeats #2 Ranked Kontaveit, Cameron Smith Joins LIV, Garoppolo Staying With Niners

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Serena Williams pulled out an exciting win Wednesday night against #2 ranked Anett Kontaveit, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2. Serena will turn 41 later this month and hasn’t played many matches this year, but ESPN’s Chris Evert stated what we’re all thinking, “She’s Serena. Anything is possible.” After the match, Serena was asked how she was able to defeat the #2 player in the world and she said,

“Well … I’m a pretty good player. This is what I do best. I love a challenge. I love rising to a challenge. I haven’t played many matches, but I’ve been practicing really well, and my last few matches, it just wasn’t coming together.” She went on to say, “Honestly, I’m just looking at it as a bonus. I don’t have anything to prove. I don’t have anything to win. And I have absolutely nothing to lose. I never get to play like this, since ’98, really. Literally, I’ve had an ‘X’ on my back since ’99. So, it’s kind of fun, and I really just enjoy coming out and enjoying it, and it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to do that.”

Serena plays again at 7:00 pm ET Thursday night with her sister Venus (who lost her first round in singles). They’ll attempt to win their 15th Grand Slam doubles title.

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Australian Cameron Smith, the British Open winner, is the highest-ranked player to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour. Smith is ranked #2 in the world

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Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is staying with the San Francisco 49ers after agreeing to a one-year deal where he’ll be Trey Lance’s backup. Garoppolo will make $6.5 million guaranteed and another $9 million in playing time incentives.

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