Mets Hitting Stride But Cano Torn Hamstring, Former Ohio Player Failed Drug Test Due To Pregnancy

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The New York Mets are hitting their stride and are now over .500. Unfortunately, though,  they also received some upsetting news that their second baseman Robinson Cano has a torn left hamstring, and they are uncertain when he’ll be able to return.

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In an odd story from EuroHoops, a former Ohio University basketball player D.J. Cooper was trying to make a Bosnian national team but failed his drug test because it revealed he was pregnant. Cooper received a two-year suspension for using his pregnant girlfriend’s urine (which contained the hormone gHC which is produced in pregnancy) instead of his own.

 

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42-Year Old Tom Brady Receives Two-Year $70 Million Contract Extension

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady received a two-year $70 million contract extension bringing his salary to $23 million for 2019, $30 million for 2020 and #32 million for 2021. Brady just turned 42 years old and is showing no signs of slowing down. As a six-time Super Bowl champion and one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, he is only the 10th highest-paid quarterback in the league with Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Wentz, Matt Ryan, Kirk Cousins, Matthew Stafford, Jimmy Garoppolo, Derek Carr, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson all making more than Brady this season.

 

 

 

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Ninja Rocks Streaming World With Switch To Mixer, A’s Sign Fan After His 96MPH Pitch, Clemson Top Of Amway Poll

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Gaming superstar Ninja, aka Tyler Blevins, rocked the streaming world by announcing he’s switching platforms from Twitch (owned by Amazon) to Mixer which is run by Microsoft. Ninja explained the move saying, “Mixer provides me with more ways to connect with my community.” Ninja has over 14 millions followers on Twitch, but his management team will be looking to bring his fans to Mixer and will start by him hosting his first Mixer livestream on Friday from the music festival Lollapalooza in Chicago. Ninja is also reported to be writing three books and a graphic novel.

BASEBALL

The Oakland A’s made a baseball fan’s dreams come true when they signed him to a contract after he threw a ball 96 mph in a speed-pitch booth at Coors Field while at a game with his brother. 23-year old Nathan Patterson played high school baseball, but didn’t start getting serious about playing until last summer when he began working out.

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The college preseason Amway Coaches poll revealed almost no surprises. Clemson was easily ranked #1 while Alabama came in at #2. The rest of the top five went to Georgia at #3, Oklahoma at #4, and Ohio State at #5.

 

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Astros Trade For Zack Greinke In Big MLB Deadline Move

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The Major League Baseball trade deadline came and went, and the most notable and celebrated move came from the  Houston Astros. The Astros traded for 35-year old Zack Greinke who joins Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. The team now appears primed for a successful postseason run and emerge as favorites to win the World Series.

For more on the Winners and Losers from the trade deadline, click here.

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Puig’s Fight Shortly After Trade To Indians, Luck’s Setback, A.J. Green Ankle Surgery, LeBron’s AAU Fun

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A fight broke out between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds in the 9th inning Tuesday night. Shortly after the Reds traded Yasiel Puig to the Cleveland Indians, Puig was ejected. Pirates 11, Reds 4.

The Major League Baseball trade deadline is Wednesday at 4:00 pm ET.

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Coming off a great season, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck recently experienced a setback after suffering a left calf strain. He will be out at least 2 practices. According to Luck, “If I Go Out Here With Pain, I’ll Be Average….It’s Not Good Enough for This Club.”
In more injury-related news, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green suffered an ankle injury during the first practice of the preseason. He underwent surgery on Tuesday and is expected to miss multiple games once the regular season begins.

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LeBron James has been getting lots of attention (good and bad) for hamming it up at his son Bronny’s AAU summer league. He’s clearly having a blast (and so are the kids) dunking and being dunked on. On one enthusiastic play, he even lost his shoe.

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Cowboys Sign Alfred Morris, Elliott In Cabo, Bell Apologizes To Fantasy Owners

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Ezekiel Elliott still hasn’t reported to Dallas training camp (reportedly heading to Cabo San Lucas), so the Cowboys signed former Pro Bowler Alfred Morris. This isn’t the first time Morris has filled in for Elliott. In 2017, the team brought Morris in while Elliott was suspended for six games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

After a year-long contract dispute, Le’Veon Bell signed with the New York Jets this offseason. In expressing his enthusiasm for the upcoming season, he also tweeted an apology to fantasy football owners for drafting him last season. He said, “this is loooong overdue!! but I want to take a moment to apologize to all the fantasy owners who picked me last year, I’m sorry I couldn’t pull through for y’all…but trust me, this year’s about to be wayyyy different, I’m bringing the

🏆 🏆this year 😈😈

 

 

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Giants Receiving Corp Suffering, Fortnite Champ Bugha Wins $3 Mill, Bernal Wins Tour De France, Stroman To Mets

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It’s only been three days into the New York Giants training camp, and already the team’s receiving corp is suffering. Sterling Shepard fractured his thumb and will be out most of the pre-season, and Golden Tate has been suspended four games for performance-enhancing substance abuse violations. Their #3 and #4 receivers have also sustained injuries.

GAMING

Professional video gamers competed over the weekend for $30 million in prizes at the Fortnite World Cup Finals at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Sixteen-year-old Kye “Bugha” Giersdorf won the Solo finals with a prize of $3 million.

CYCLING

Twenty-two-year-old Egan Bernal became the first Colombian to win the Tour de France. He’s also the youngest cyclist to win the race in more than 100 years.

BASEBALL

The New York Mets appear to be in reshuffling mode after Sunday’s news that the Blue Jays traded pitcher Marcus Stroman to the NY Mets. The Rays will receive pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson. There’s also speculation that the Mets will trade Noah Syndergaard (possibly to the San Diego Padres). Expect more news from around the league for the next two days as the Major League Baseball trade deadline is Wednesday.

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Odell Beckham Jr. Without Signature Hair, Manning Responds To OBJ, Elliott May Not Appear At Camp

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Odell Beckham Jr. arrived at the Cleveland Browns training camp without his signature blond dreadlocks. Beckham Jr. told USA Today Sports, “My mom blessed me. I’ve got the premium up top. I just wanted to cut it off and start over. In a sense, I felt like my hair, it had built a reputation of its own. Not to say that’s not who I am, but I’m much bigger than that. I might grow it back. But I just wanted to start over. I just wanted to clean the slate.”

Odell Beckham Jr. continued to stay in the news with his comment about his former team, the New York Giants and quarterback Eli Manning.  He told GQ Magazine, “I was a main reason at keeping that brand alive.”  Manning responded appropriately by saying, “I won a few games before he was here.”

In other training camp news, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott did not join the team on their scheduled charter to Southern California. Elliott is looking to secure a massive contract extension, and it’s unclear if the Cowboys will agree.

 

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Ramsey In Armored Truck, Byard Highest Paid Safety, Julio Jones Contract

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NFL training camps begin this week, but some players are still waiting to hear about their contracts. The Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey made his complaint very public when he had TV crews film his arrival to training camp in an armored truck.  Before Ramsey exited the truck, the driver introduced Ramsey shouting, “You know what time it is. This man covers so good, he better have his own cell phone service. … The man, the myth, Jalen Ramsey! It’s time to get this money.”

One player who is not complaining is the Tennessee Titans’ Kevin Byard. Byard agreed to a five-year, $70.5 million contract extension making him the highest-paid safety in NFL history!

Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones is waiting for the team to offer him a contract consistent with his production. He’s led the league in receptions and is a six-time Pro Bowler, but his outdated salary ranks him 15th among receivers. In his current contract, Jones will make $9.6 million compared to Cleveland Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr’s base salary of $16,750,000. Jones explained he’s not concerned about making more than Odell. He said, “I want to be the best teammate I can possibly be no matter where I’m at and the type of person that when you see me you say, ‘I enjoyed playing with that guy. I had a great time with that person. More than all this other stuff that everybody gets all caught up in. Contract talk, things like this — I just love the game of football in general.”

 

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Zion Signs With Jordan Brands, Adrian Peterson In Debt

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The New Orleans Pelicans’ rookie Zion Williamson signed a seven-year shoe contract with Jordan Brands. The #1 pick in the NBA draft was courted by many shoe companies, but according to Zion, it was his “dream” to wear the Jordan logo. He said, “I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of the Jordan Brand family. Since I was a kid, I dreamed of making it to the league & having the type of impact on the game Michael Jordan had & continues to have today. He was one of those special athletes I looked up to.” The Jordan Brand also represents Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Jimmy Butler, and Blake Griffin.

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Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson is having financial trouble even though he has made close to $100 million over his 13 seasons in the NFL. Peterson’s lawyer explained that this is “yet another situation of an athlete trusting the wrong people and being taken advantage of by those he trusted.” Peterson will enter Redskins training camp this week competing with Derrius Guice for the starting position.

 

 

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