Whitehead Cleared Of Shoplifting Charge, Vick Summer Intern, Djokovic Elbow Injury

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There has been drama unfolding in the Dallas Cowboys training camp. The shoplifting charge against Lucky Whitehead which caused the Cowboys to to release him, was dropped as it was a case of mistaken identity, but the Cowboys still stand behind their decision to release Whitehead indicating it was in the “best interest of the team.” The controversy surrounding this incident is causing many to question the teams’ decision making.

Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick has landed a job as a summer intern for the Kansas City Chiefs, working with his former Philadelphia Eagles coach, Andy Reid. Vick retired in June and stated he wants to ultimately continue his career as a head coach. “I would love to coach in the National Football League one day. At some point, I’d definitely love to help work with young quarterbacks and develop them and still compete, you know, with the team and with the coaches.”

TENNIS

Novak Djokovic announced he will miss the rest of the season as he’s suffering from an elbow injury. He will be ending his streak of participating in 51 straight Grand Slam tournaments.

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Derrick Rose Signs With Cavs, Dallas Cowboys Off-Season Scandals

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Derrick Rose agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers after his rocky season with the New York Knicks. The 2010-11 NBA MVP signed a league minimum salary of $2.1 million and will give the Cavs some star power in the backcourt if Kyrie Irving leaves the team. LeBron James went on social media saying “Let’s Rock G!!” to express his excitement about his new teammate!

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The Dallas Cowboys just can’t seem to avoid off-season scandals. The latest incident involves receiver Lucky Whitehead who was arrested last month for shoplifting at a Wawa convenience store. Whitehead didn’t show up at his cout appearnance and even though he claims it was a case of mistaken identity, Cowboy coach, Jason Garrett, doesn’t want any more problems so released him from the team. He stated, “There’s a certain way we want to handle ourselves, on and off the field. There’s a standard that we have. We believe very strongly in adhering to those standards and trying to uphold them, each and every day, in everything that we do. When we don’t do that, we do everything we can as an organization to hold players and everyone in the organization accountable to what those standards are.” The Cowboys franchise is also dealing with domestic violence allegations against their star running back Ezekiel Elliott.

 

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Jordan Spieth Wins British Open, Irving Seeking Trade, Gilbert’s Apology Over Detroit Ad

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Jordan Spieth won the British Open by shooting 5 under par in his final 5 holes. With the win, Spieth is celebrating his 3rd major grand slam title. At only 24 years old, Spieth is one of the favorites to win the 2017 PGA Championship.

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Cleveland Cavaliers point guard, Kyrie Irving is seeking a trade for next season. According to reports, Kyrie doesn’t want to be in LeBron James’ shadow anymore and is interested in the San Antonio Spurs, the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat.

In more Cleveland news, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dan Gilbert (who also owns a Detroit real estate company), dealt with major backlash over the weekend when his company popted a sign in downtown Detroit stating, “See Detroit like we do”. The image in the ad only showed white people, while census data reflects the city as more than 82% black. Gilbert posted on Facebook his mistake and said, “Although not intended to create the kind of feelings it did, the slogan/statement we used on these graphics was tone deaf, in poor taste and does not reflect a single value of philosophy that we stand for at Bedrock Development or in our entire Family of companies.”

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OJ Simpson Granted Parole, Huge Freeze Resignation After Escort Call

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After serving for almost 9 years in prison for stolen sports memorabilia, OJ Simpson was granted parole and could be out of prison as early as October. Due to the continuing fascination with OJ, the parole hearing was broadcast live. Back in 1968, OJ won the Heisman trophy and then went on to become one of the most accomplished and recognizable running backs in the NFL. He had a Hollywood following and seemingly blessed career until his arrest in 1994 for allegedly killing his ex-wife and her friend. In a live court battle which mesmerized the entire nation, OJ was found not guilty. OJ is now 70 years old.

The big news out of the college football world is Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze’s resignation. Freeze was initially caught calling an escort service (although he claims it was a wrong number), which led to an investigation into other transgressions. Why were people looking into Freeze’s phone records? Over the last few years, Freeze had been accused by the NCAA for paying players. When Freeze threw the blame on former coach Houston Nutt, Nutt fought back and asked investigators to look into Freeze’s phone records (where they uncovered the call to the escort service and led to more investigations).  According to reports from the school, the investigation led to “a pattern of personal conduct inconsistent with the standard of expectations for the leader of our football team.”

 

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Chargers’ Williams Herniated Disk, KD Mision In India

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The Los Angeles Chargers can’t seem to catch a break. Last season, the team was riddled with injuries, and this season may not be starting so well either. Their 1st round draft pick (at #7), Mike Williams, has a herniated disk and may need surgery. He’s had two epidurals so far and if he responds well, he may not need surgery, but as of now, he’s not expected to play during training camp.

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The Championship Golden State Warriors’ Finals MVP, Kevin Durant, is planning a busy and fulfilling summer. He is heading to India where he’s on a mission to promote basketball. He plans to donate 2 basketball courts in New Delhi as well as coaching a youth clinic for 5000 male and female players via the NBA Academy India,”an elite basketball training center for the top male and female prospects in India.”

 

 

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Caitlyn Jenner Mulls Running For Senate, Christie Booed At Mets Game

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Caitlyn Jenner (formerly known as Bruce Jenner the 1976 gold medal winning decathlete and even better known as part of the Kardashian clan) is considering running for Dianne Feinstein’s (CA) seat in the Senate. Jenner is a fiscally conservative Republican who has become a spokeswoman for the transgender community.

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In more politics/sports news, New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie was booed after catching a foul ball at the Mets/Cardinals game Tuesday night. He caught the ball with one hand and handed it to a young boy sitting behind him, but that still didn’t impress the fans and announcers.

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Michael Vick Thinks Kaepernick Should Cut Hair, Manziel Wants Back In NFL

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Michael Vick knows what it’s like to try and repair an image (he was arrested for dog fighting), and is now giving his unsolicited advice to former SF 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. He believes Kaepernick hasn’t been picked up by an NFL team yet because of the controversy surrounding him last year (not standing for the National Anthem) and suggests Kaepernick cut his hair and look more “clean cut”. He said,

“The first thing we got to get Colin to do is cut his hair. Listen, I’m not up here to try to be politically correct, but even if he puts cornrows in it, I don’t think he should represent himself in that way in terms of just a hairstyle. Just go clean cut. Why not? You’re already dealing with a lot of controversy surrounding this issue. What he needs to do is just try to be presentable.”

Speaking of repairing reputations, former Cleveland Browns’ top pick, QB Johnny Manziel, admits he made mistakes (domestic violence, substance abuse) and wants to come back to the NFL. He said,  “I know the situation that I put myself in. I know the year I took off and obviously the mistakes that I made. Right now, I’m hopeful. I’m really hopeful,”Manziel said. “I think that I made some progress in that regard. But we’ll see. Whenever I get a call, I’ll do whatever I can to make the most of it.” Not “if” I get a call, but “whenever.” Seemingly, few people actually think Manziel will make a roster (especially before Kaepernick makes one), but you never know.

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Williams Loses In Final, Federer Keeps Dominating, Ball Out With Tight Calves

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As the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Martina Navratilova in 1994, Venus Williams fell in the Championship match to Garbine Muguruza. Ranked #15, Muguruza beat Venus 7-5, 6-0.

In the men’s final, Roger Federer continued his dominance by winning his 8th Wimbledon final. At 35 years old, Federer keeps adding to the record books.  Unfortunately for fans, his Wimbledon final was uneventful against Marin Cilic with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 victory. Cilic claimed to have a blister, and at one point Cilic broke down in tears knowing he couldn’t play his best against the best. He now has 19 Grand Slam titles under his belt and will try for his 20th in New York during the US Open which begins August 28th.

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The LA Lakers Lonzo Ball has been turning in solid performances during the NBA Summer League, but now has the team and his fans concerned as he walked off the court in the 3rd quarter of the Laker’s semi-final match against the Dallas Mavericks. The injury appears to be “tight calves”, but the Lakers certainly don’t want an injury to the most hyped player of recent memory.

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Venus Williams In 9th Championship On Saturday, Tebow Hits Walk-Off Homer, Brown Skating To Hamilton

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At 37 years old, Venus Williams advances to Women’s Wimbledon final. Saturday’s match will be her 9th Championship match at Wimbledon.  If Venus wins on Saturday, she will become the oldest woman to win a grand slam. One of her biggest competitors has always been her sister Serena, but Serena is sidelined right now due to her pregnancy.

BASEBALL

Former Denver QB Tim Tebow is continuing to thrive in the NY Mets’ Class A affiliate in St. Lucie. On Thursday night, he continued his streak of 11 straight hits with a walk off homer to win the game. He hasn’t seemed to slow down since getting promoted to the Class A League, and the fans are loving it!

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It’s still a bit too early to start talking about the Winter Olympics (February 2018), but for all the Lin-Manuel Miranda fans, skater Jason Brown, announced he will perform his short program to the Hamilton song “Room where it happens”. Brown still needs to make the U.S Team, but Lin-Manuel responded to the announcement via twitter with a heart emoji!

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ESPY’s, Lonzo Best Game In Nikes

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Peyton Manning hosted the 2017 ESPY’s (the annual sports awards show) handing out awards to Russell Westbrook for best male athlete, Kevin Durant for best championship performance, the Golden State Warriors for best team, Simone Biles for best female athlete after her 4 gold medals, and the Chicago Cubs (for best moment) by winning the World Series after 108 years. For the full list of winners, click here. Peyton Manning hosted the show, and in the opening took some barbs against Kevin Durant, joking he should join the women’s winning gymnast team because they’re so dominant. KD did not look pleased!

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The Lakers’ Lonzo Ball had his best game of the summer league. Against the Philadelphia 76ers, Lonzo electrified the crowd (including LeBron James) by posting 36 points, 11 assists, and 8 rebounds and 5 steals. Lonzo noticeably wore Nikes instead of his $495 Big Baller Brand shoes.

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