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Dez And Demaryius Sign Long Term Deals, Giants Don’t Sign Jason Pierre-Paul, Jenner At Espy’s

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In the NFL, two superstar wide receivers, Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas, have been holding out all off-season, demanding long-term contracts.  Wednesday was the deadline to sign these players or potentially lose them to free agency.  Both players wanted big, long deals, and were threatening to miss games.  And at the end of the day, both of them won. Bryant is staying with the Dallas Cowboys and Thomas will remain a Denver Bronco.  Both signed 5-year $70 million deals. Losing Bryant or Thomas would have been a huge setback for both teams.

While Bryant and Thomas got their deals, Jason Pierre-Paul of the Giants did not.  The reason, as you may recall, was Pierre-Paul lost a finger in a fireworks accident.  He had a chance to sign a lucrative deal, but Pierre-Paul decided to hold out for a better option.  Unfortunately for him,  that option didn’t come.  It is possible the Giants may be moving on without JPP.   Not signing JPP could  be a big loss for the Team, but not having an index finger can potentially affect someone’s game — especially because he needs to grab the quarterback.

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JennerAt the ESPYs Wednesday night, everyone was looking forward to the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.  Last year, the award went to ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott, who died from cancer shortly after.  This years’s award went to Caitlyn Jenner.  There was a piece on Jenner that profiled his remarkable athletic achievements in the late 70s, and showed the anguish that he went through in his transformation in becoming a woman. Jenner addressed the audience saying “Trans people deserve your respect.”

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Pierre-Paul Contract, Brandon Marshall Claims Racial Preference In Deflategate, UT Switches Up

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In the NFL, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul finally met to discuss his contract with the team.  Pierre-Paul infamously blew off one of his fingers with fireworks during a 4th of July celebration.  The incident occurred BEFORE he signed his contract, meaning he could lose millions of dollars.  The Giants apparently don’t feel Pierre-Paul is ready to play and don’t want to waste money on a player that will need to sit on the bench for a season so no deal has been signed as of yet.

Brandon MarshallElsewhere in the NFL, New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall is speaking up about Tom Brady’s suspension being overturned.  He said “race” played a role in the decision, and argued that African-American athletes don’t get treated the same way as other athletes.  Marshall said he’s not alone on this issue, and many players in locker rooms across the league feel the same way.

And in college football, the University of Texas boasts the biggest athletic program in the nation.  They are typically a perennial Top 10 powerhouse, but they have been completely lackluster the past few seasons.  After Notre Dame crushed UT this weekend, head coach Charlie Strong demoted his offensive coordinators, and promoted his receivers coach.  We’ll see if that makes a difference going forward.

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Pierre-Paul Finger Amputated, Serena Williams In Wimbledon Finals

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It was reported over the weekend that New York Giants’ defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had an injury Saturday night due to a fireworks mishap. ESPN’s Adam Schefter found his medical records and broke the story this week that that Pierre-Paul had part of his finger amputated. Pierre-Paul had a great 2014 season and the Giants offered him a one year franchise tender of $14.8 mill. Pierre-Paul hasn’t signed the offer yet and it remains to be seen if he’ll even play this season. Pierre-Paul is still in the hospital and we wish him a speedy recovery.

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Serena WilliamsSerena Williams is in the finals again. After beating Maria Sharapova on Thursday in the semi’s, she will face Garbine Muguruza on Saturday for the chance to win her 4th straight major title. Serena is unbeaten in majors since last year’s US Open. If she wins Wimbledon and then the upcoming US Open, she will have achieved a true Grand Slam (a sweep of all 4 majors in one year).

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Raptors Take Lead Over Sixers, Denver Blows Out Trailblazers, JPP Suffers Neck Injury

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Thanks to a huge second quarter, the Toronto Raptors were able to steamroll over the Philadelphia 76ers in game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinal. Raptors 125, 76ers 89

In the Western Conference Semifinals, Denver blew out the Portland Trail Blazers 124-98 putting them one game away from getting to the Western Conference Finals.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman, Jason Pierre-Paul, could possibly miss the entire season after he suffered a neck injury in a recent car crash. According to reports, JPP was not accused of any crimes associated with the accident. Pierre-Paul was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft with the #15th overall pick in 2010 by the New York Giants. The Giants traded JPP before last season to the Buccaneers.  This is the second major accident for Pierre-Paul. Back on July 4th, 2015, JPP had to have his finger amputated after a fireworks incident.

 

 

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Lamar Jackson Wins Heisman, Giants D Steps Up In Cowboys Loss, Packers Stun Seahawks, Jets New QB

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lamar-jackson-2Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson won the Heisman trophy on Saturday, bringing Louisville its first ever Heisman. Lamar became the frontrunner for this prestigious award and finished the season with 51 touchdowns. Accepting his reward, Jackson said, “I’m extremely proud to represent this class and Louisville as their first Heisman Trophy winner. For my teammates, it’s an award for all of us. I can’t wait to cherish it with all of you.” As the youngest player to ever win the Heisman, Jackson credited his single mother. He said, “Everything I do is for my mother,”

After 11 straight victories, the Dallas Cowboys lost to the New York Giants on Sunday thanks to a Giants defense who stepped up even though defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul underwent surgery and is likely out for the season. The Giants also got some big plays from wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr to cement their 10-7 victory. Dallas rookie QB Dak Prescott didn’t perform up to expectations, but is still expected to remain at the helm over veteran Tony Romo.

The Green Bay Packers stunned the Seattle Seahawks in a 38-10 rout. The Packers defense intercepted Seahawks QB Russell Wilson five times, and an injured QB Aaron Rodgers put the game away by the end of the 3rd quarter. If the Packers continue to play with this dominance, they will be a major threat in the NFC.

The New York Jets win over the sinking San Francisco 49ers in overtime didn’t look pretty, but Jets QB Bryce Petty (who took the reigns from Ryan Fitzpatrick) showed mental toughness and kept his cool to lead his team to a 23-17 win. Maybe he’ll be the answer going forward for the 4-9 Jets.

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JPP Out For Season, Former Heisman Winner Found In Park, John Wall Posts 52 Points

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jason-pierre-paul-2 The New York Giants Jason Pierre-Paul will likely be out for the rest of the season due to surgery on a sports hernia. The defensive end rallied back from a freak accident last year during 4th of July festivities. He lost his right index finger and partial injuries to other fingers after the fireworks accident, but was having a successful resurgence this year. The Giants take on the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday.

Former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam, was found dead in a park in Colorado. There are no reports of foul play. Salaam played for the University of Colorado and won the coveted Heisman in 1994. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 1995 draft, but didn’t last long in the NFL (according to Salaam after he retired) because he partied too much off the field. Salaam was 42 years old.

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A night after the Warriors Klay Thompson scored 60 points in 3 quarters, the Washington Wizards John Wall shot an impressive 52 points against the Orlando Magic. Unfortunately his effort wasn’t enough to win the game. Magic 124, Wizards 116.

 

 

 

 

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Missouri Players Boycotting For Racism On Campus, Gabbert Leads Niners To Win, JPP Back, Hardy Abuse

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University of MissouriIn College football, 30 black football players at the University of Missouri are boycotting activities until the President of the school steps down. Black Student groups have been complaining for awhile about insults and slurs on campus, but now that the football players are talking about boycotting the remaining games,  it could cost the school more than $1 million dollars.

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The San Francisco 49ers backup QB Blaine Gabbert led the Team to an unexpected win over the Atlanta Falcons. Starting QB Colin Kaepernick was “given a rest”this week in order to get his head together moving forward for the season. Now fans are asking coach Jim Tomsula whether Gabbert will start in 2 weeks against the Seattle Seahawks. 49ers 17, Falcons 16.

Giant’s defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul returned to the Team after losing part of his hand during a 4th of July incident with firecrackers. JPP had a solid game and almost sacked Jameis Winston in the Giants win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Giants 32, Bucs 18.

In some very disturbing news, very graphic photos and upsetting 911 calls emerged over the weekend of the domestic violence incident involving Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy. It doesn’t appear that Hardy will suffer any more punishment as he’s already served a 10 game suspension that was reduced to 4 while he was playing with the Carolina Panthers. The victim stopped cooperating with the prosecution and reportedly agreed to a settlement. Now that the disturbing photos have surfaced, everyone is in an uproar that Hardy hasn’t shown proper remorse and did not get the punishment he deserved.

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WATERCOOLER CHAT: FREE AGENT SIGNINGS, BEARS WIN IN OT, CELTICS WIN, TO GOSSIP

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The winter meetings just concluded in Las Vegas.  That’s where managers talk about the upcoming season, but primarily — it’s all about free agent signings.  Two days ago, C.C. Sabathia signed with the New York Yankees for $161 million dollars.  That’s not bad, but there are still two other big name players looking to cash in.  Those names… the Rangers’ Mark Teixeria, and LA Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez.  It’s no guarantee that either player will leave their current team, but they both had monster years last season, and will be looking to bank that success.

NBA

The Boston Celtics just keep rolling along. They are now 21-2, and on an incredible win streak.  Last night, their prey… the Washington Wizards.  And they absolutely massacred Washington (not too much of an accomplishment, but still).  Paul Pierce and Ray Allen led the way, with each putting up 22 points.  It seems to be almost a lock (baring injury) that the Celtics and Cavs will have a show down in the Eastern Conference Finals.  Boston 122, Washington 88.

NFL

Some Thursday night action between the Bears and the Saints. Chicago jumped out to a big lead in the first half, but rallied back behind their rookie running back, Pierre Thomas, who broke away for a 42 yard touchdown in the 3rd quarter.  Then, in the 4th, Saints QB Drew Brees hit his old favorite receiver Marques Colston for an 11-yard strike, putting them up 24-21.  But, the Bears would force an over time with 2 seconds left on the clock, as kicker Robbie Gould hit a clutch 28-yard field goal.  And then in OT, it was Gould again, booting a 35-yard field goal to win the game.  Chicago 27, New Orleans 24.

Finally, a bit of a humorous gossip story from the NFL.  Apparently, Terrell Owens has made his thoughts clear about Cowboys QB Tony Romo.  His grievance:  He’s jealous of Romo’s friendship (and thus passing chemistry) with tight end Jason Witten. Owens thinks that Romo and Witten hold private meetings to plan plays, and then throw to Witten no matter what, even if Owens is open.  Remember — these are just Terrell Owens… assumptions.  But you have to admit, they’re pretty imaginative.

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