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Colin Kaepernick To Work Out For NFL Teams

(Atlanta, GA) – Almost three years ago, Colin Kaepernick sacrificed his career to take a stand on racial injustice and police brutality. He became known more for kneeling during the national anthem in protest than for his football prowess and it eventually came at the expense of his career.
As the protest picked up support with dozens of other athletes, not just football players, taking a knee with Kap, the NFL found itself in a gray area that left coaches and owners stuck between supporting their players’ rights or the Flag. Even though it was never about the flag or saluting the country, anti-kap supporters quickly turned it into that and Colin Kapernick was soon seemingly banned from the NFL.  So much so, that the former 49er’s QB filed a grievance/collusion suit against the league and won and undisclosed amount of money.
Through it all, Colin has always maintained that his heart was on the field and if ever given a chance to get back in the league, he would take it.  Well, that chance is finally here.
The NFL reached out to Kaepernick and told him that a private workout could be scheduled for him Saturday in Atlanta where all 32 teams in the professional football league would be invited. Most question the league’s sincerity because the workout is on a Saturday, a day where all head coaches and general managers will be traveling and preparing for games on Sunday.
Kap could take it or leave it and Saturday he’ll be in Flowery Branch at the Falcons’ practice facility where he will officially embark on a possible return to the NFL.
The workout includes on-field work and an interview. Kaepernick tweeted he’s stayed in shape and has been waiting for this opportunity for three years.
He arrived in Atlanta early this morning. Good Luck Kap!

Browns Star Garrett Facing NFL Discipline After Outburst

(CLEVELAND, OH (AP) Myles Garrett swung a helmet. The NFL will soon swing back. The Browns star could be facing an unprecedented league suspension for his violent outburst Thursday night, when he ripped off Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet and clubbed him on the head during the final seconds of Cleveland’s 21-7 win.

Garrett’s startling actions on national TV will come with a price. It’s possible the league could come down hard on the former No. 1 overall pick, who made strides in cleaning up his game after picking up personal fouls earlier this season.

Following the game, Garrett was contrite, but the damage was already done.

”What I did was foolish, and I shouldn’t have allowed myself to slip like that,” Garrett said softly. ”It’s out of character.”

It’s now out of his hands, and it’s possible the league could end Garrett’s season by docking him the final six games.

In 2006, Tennessee’s Albert Haynesworth was suspended five games after he stomped on Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode’s head. Haynesworth’s punishment is the longest for on-field behavior in league history.

The NFL could act swiftly to punish Garrett, whose actions brought reaction from players across the league.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes posted ”Bro I can’t believe that just happened” on Twitter following the game and Houston defensive end J.J. Watt wrote: ”That. Is. Insanity. Wow.”

After pulling Rudolph down with eight seconds to go following a short pass, Garrett wrestled with Pittsburgh’s QB on the ground with both players grabbing each other’s heads. When they got to their feet, Garrett ripped off Rudolph’s helmet and swung wildly, hitting the second-year player on top of the head.

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Ice Trae Hits Orlando Up For 39 As The Hawks Start The Season Off Undefeated

(Atlanta, GA) – The Atlanta Hawks got off to a pretty good start that saw Ice Trae break some records along the way in Detroit for the season opener.  The youngster scored the most points in a Hawks’ season opener since Dominique Wilkins in 1986. The magic number 38…Trae-mazing to say the least.
But could the Hawks take that 1-0 record and boost it to 2-0. Fans were certainly ready for it as State Farm Arena was pretty much full.
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Opening night, Trae Young had 25 points in the first half and it looked as if he was on his way to another stellar night racking up a quick 13 points in just 13 minutes of play, with 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
Offense looked smooth minus some senseless turnovers that Atlanta was surely hoping wouldn’t come back to haunt them. Good ball movement helped them find some easy buckets down low and one thing about this young Hawks’ team, once they get rolling their chemistry is tough to break-through. Quick baskets by De’Andre Hunter, Kevin Heurter, Jabari Parker and Cam Reddish helped push Atlanta up 46-42 with 3 minutes left in the 1st half.
Trae Young would return with 2:30 left in the first half and you have to keep your eyes on him or you might miss something. He ended the first half with 17 points playing just 18 minutes, the only Hawk in double digits after 2 quarters.
For Orlando, Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier and Markelle Fultz would all end the first half with 10 points each.  But it wouldn’t be enough to grab the lead as the Magic went into halftime 2 down – 52-50.
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Trae Young added 7 quick points as the 2nd half got underway, but a series of fouls kept giving Orlando opportunities to inch closer. Alex Len had 3 but made up for it hitting a seismic 3 from the left corner that helped the Hawks stretch it out a little bit more; but Orlando quietly moved within 4, 64-60 with 6:30 to play in the 3rd quarter.
If the Hawks were getting comfortable, Jabari Parker made sure to spark things up taking up some real estate down low and dunking on quite a few folks but a bad touch foul matched with some good acting skills by Aaron Gordon made it a 2-point game real quick. 70-68. Atlanta managed to end the 3rd quarter up 77-75, so all is fair in love and basketball.
In the 4th quarter, Batman and Robin got started as Trae lobbed one up to John Collins who jammed it in. But for every point the Hawks scored, the refs found a foul to give to Orlando and before you knew it, the Magic had the lead 80-79.
At this point, the Hawks had 20 personal fouls and 14 turnovers and that cloud was starting to form. When the home team only hits the line for 9 free throws and the visiting team has 24 + , that could certainly steal your joy and the game. 6:42 left to play and the Magic had a 5 point lead. 90-85.
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Coach Pierce brought in his young boys, Young, Collins, Bembry and Parker with vet Vince Carter to regroup.  Carter’s first basket would pull Atlanta within 3, 90-87 and after an offensive charge by Orlando, there was a chance to make a move. Trae Young pulls up from the belt-line draining a 3 and tying it all up 90-90.

Carter’s leadership would prove to be pivotal.  And the fact that Trae Young doesn’t see anyone on the court is that kind of fierceness that will get you through the storm. With just a couple of minutes left, Atlanta forced a big turnover that would see Trae Young lob a high three that hit the glass and found its way in.

Post game, Vince said he was watching it come down and thought if it hits the back of the rim it’ll bounce back out to him.  But luck was on their side this time, after being on the other side of Victory several other times, and the Hawks will take it how it comes.

As for Trae, who finished the game with 39, he’s never been afraid of the big moments and said he wanted to get off to a more powerful start in his second season in the NBA. Looks like he’s doing just that.  And Coach Pierce wasn’t to upset about the fouls.  He said anytime you can get 60 in the paint, you can live with it. Final Score 103-99.
Up next, the Hawks will host the 76ers on Monday while the Magic will visit the Raptors.

David Ortiz Opens Up For First Time Since Shooting

(Miami, FL-AP) – Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz is opening up about the shooting that temporarily left him in a coma.

“Big Papi” sat down with Univision and became teary-eyed when he reflected on the June shooting in the Dominican Republic. Ortiz says he couldn’t believe some were criticizing him as he fought for his life.

He was shot in the leg, but the bullet passed through his lower back, piercing intestines and lower organs. Ortiz said when the bullet first hit him, he felt a sting and thought he was having a nightmare. He says he was overwhelmed with the feeling to survive.

Police say Ortiz was not the intended target. Ortiz dismissed rumors that he was involved with shady people and deserved the attack.

Serena Misses 24th Grand Slam In U.S. Open Finals Loss

(Queens, NY) – She was so close but it looks like tennis goddess Serena Williams will have to keep swinging to catch that 24th Grand Slam title.
After a pretty impeccable run at the U.S. Open, the G.O.A.T. fell short way short to 19-year old Bianca Andreescu.  The Canadian capped an extraordinary 2019 by winning her first major at the U.S. Open.
The teenager beat Serena 6-3, 7-5 Andreescu held on for a 6-3, 7-5 win.
Serena, who is chasing a title held by Margaret Court, has now lost all four major finals she has reached since returning from giving birth.
More work has to be done to get to #24 and #25 to take the top spot in the tennis history books.

Show Me The Money: Falcons Finalize Contract Extension With Julio Jones

(Atlanta, GA) – Whatever the Falcons need to do to keep Julio Jones…they need to do it.  He is one of the most if not the most prolific wide receiver in the NFL and the one-two punch that him and Matt Ryan deliver is priceless.
Questions were abound when Julio was absent from preseason action amidst contract talks. But it looks like Uncle Arthur secured the bag and the roster just in time for the Falcons’ official first game of the 2019 season.
The three year extension that locks Julio in until 2023, is pretty much fully guaranteed and worth $66 million dollars. Last season, Julio had 113 catches for a league-leading 1,677 receiving yards and  eight touchdowns.
The Falcons visit the Vikings Sunday.  Kickoff is at 1pm.

Analysis: Coco vs. Osaka At US Open Could Be Rivalry’s Start

(NEW YORK (AP) –  It’s rather rare that a third-round Grand Slam match involving a player ranked merely 140th and playing in her second major tournament would generate a ton of buzz.
When that player is Coco Gauff, though, the calculus changes. And when her opponent is the U.S. Open’s defending champion and No. 1 seed, Naomi Osaka, well, the hype and hyperbole are bound to be limitless.
In this case, it might just be justified.
”I definitely think it’s the future of women’s tennis,” 23-time major champion Serena Williams said Friday after winning her third-round match. ”And I’m really excited to just be a `fan girl’ and kind of watch.”
These are two of the most dynamic young players on tour at the moment and Saturday night’s showdown at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the round of 32 might just be the start of a rivalry between the 15-year-old Gauff and Osaka, who is the grizzled veteran in this one at 21.
”They both have something to prove in this match,” said Chris Evert, who won six of her 18 Slam trophies in New York and is calling matches for ESPN. ”Coco will really get an accurate reading on where she is, compared to the other women. And Naomi has something to prove, too. She has to prove that she’s really No. 1 in the world and that, even though she’s had a mediocre year (lately), she can still find that `A game’ when she needs to.”
The two players have known each other for a while now, even practicing together at the Miami Open when Gauff was 13. Their fathers are friends.
Osaka, who’s been wearing a black sleeve on her problematic left knee, looks out for Gauff in the locker room.
Gauff looks up to Osaka.
”She’s a big inspiration for everyone,” said Gauff, who teamed with 17-year-old Caty McNally to win a first-round doubles match Friday. ”She’s 21. She has two Slams. She’s still (striving) for more.”
Both are, of course.
Osaka followed up her major championship breakthrough in New York a year ago – who could forget that chaotic final against Williams? – by adding a second trophy at the Australian Open in January, then becoming the first player representing Japan to ascend to No. 1 in the rankings.
What got lost amid the controversy in 2018 was how supremely well Osaka played, essentially producing a better version – for that evening, at least – of Williams’ power-based game, filled with dangerous serves, booming groundstrokes and confident court coverage.
Gauff can wallop a ball, too, which became apparent during her fascinating trip to Wimbledon in July.
She arrived there ranked 313th, recipient of a wild card from the All England Club into qualifying. Gauff, who is based in Florida, was a known quantity in the tennis world, having been a junior runner-up at the U.S. Open two years ago and a junior champion at the French Open last year, but not the world at large, which quickly learned all about her.
First came a victory over Williams’ older sister, five-time Wimbledon champ Venus. Then came two more wins against older, more experienced players, before it took the eventual champion, Simona Halep, to put an end to the riveting run in the fourth round.
Gauff is now ranked 140th, which would have been too low to get her into the field at Flushing Meadows, but the U.S. Tennis Association opted to ignore the WTA’s age eligibility rule limiting how many wild cards someone her age can be offered and gave her one, anyway.
”Coco’s … obviously the underdog at this point, but I’m excited to watch it,” said Kathy Rinaldi, the USTA’s head of women’s tennis and Fed Cup captain. ”It’s two very talented, young players. It’s going to be fun.”
Gauff sure looks as if she belongs, having gutted out a pair of three-setters so far.
Osaka has the edge in experience and accomplishments, but hasn’t played at her highest level this week.
”Coco is playing like a top-20 player now. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if she did win the match, from just the way she’s been playing and what I’ve seen. On the other hand, this is just the type of match Naomi Osaka will get psyched up for and maybe we’ll see her best tennis – because we really haven’t seen it here,” Evert said.
”Even though they might downplay it, believe me, it’s a pressure match for both of them,” she said. ”You know there’s going to be that electricity, because everyone’s seeing the future for maybe the first time.”

Antonio Brown Is Not Playing About His Helmet

(Oakland, CA)  – If it ain’t broke….. The drama surrounding Antonio Brown and his helmet continues.   The wide receiver doesn’t want to part with his old helmet even after the NFL says it’s no longer certified for use in the league.
The Oakland Raiders’ baller has been in and out of the news most recently after suffering from some serious frostbite on is feet because he didn’t  have on the proper footwear during cryotherapy treatment.
Now, Brown is threatening to quit if he can’t use the same helmet he’s been using for the last 10 years.  To his defense, Antonio says the new helmets interfere with his vision.  Brown has filed a grievance with the league.
At last check: League sources told Pro Football Talk Brown’s preferred helmet is not one of the 11 banned helmets that were allowed to be used through last season. Brown’s helmet is not allowed to be worn because it is not certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment. The helmet is too old to receive that certification and the league prohibits the use of helmets without that certification.

Tension Between Reds And Pirates Come To A Head With 5 Minute Brawl

(Cincinnati, OH) – There’s been tension between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates since April and it all came to a head Tuesday night in Ohio as the Reds and Pirates met for Game two of 3-game series.
It really seems like a case of who can poke their chests out the furthest, as reportedly the brawl seems to stem from the Pirates having an issue with Derek Dietrich pausing to admire his own homerun against the Pirates back in April.
Pirates pitcher Keone Kela threw an inside pitch at Dietrich during Tuesday’s game and all hell built up to break loose from there. Kela reportedly taunted Dietrich after striking him out and from there things got worse.

Reds’ pitcher Amir Garrett was on the mound having a heating conversation with the Reds’ manager when he charged towards the Pirates’ dugout and started swinging.
“I don’t condone what I did. It’s not in the game for something like that to happen,” Garrett said after the game, according to MLB.com. “Sometimes, you let emotions get the best of you. I don’t condone that. I don’t like for kids to see that in the baseball environment. Baseball is fun.”
Eight players from both teams were ejected in total throughout the game, including Reds manager David Bell. Yasiel Puig — had been traded to the Cleveland Indians just minutes before he was ejected from the game as a result of the fight.

Top Headlines: Djokovic Takes Wimbledon, Braves Keep Rolling And Procter & Gamble Put Up $500K For Women’s Soccer Team

(London-AP) – Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in an epic Wimbledon final to win his second straight and fifth title at the All England Club. Djokovic won 13-12 in a fifth-set tiebreaker for his 16th major championship while denying Federer the chance to extend his records with a ninth Wimbledon title and 21st overall Grand Slam championship. Djokovic has now won four of the last five majors to pull within two of tying Rafael Nadal for the second-most all-time.
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(Atlanta, GA) – The NL East-leading Braves kept rolling as Freddie Freeman’s three-run homer in the eighth inning helped fellow All-Star Mike Soroka win his 10th consecutive decision in Atlanta’s 4-1 victory over the Padres. Freeman’s two-out blast broke a scoreless tie and enabled Soroka to improve to 10-1 after the rookie struck out a career-high nine over seven innings. The Braves swept the three-game series and have now won seven of eight.
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(USA) – Procter & Gamble is donating $529,000 to the U.S. women’s national soccer team to support equal pay for the World Cup champions.Procter & Gamble, which sponsors the team through its Secret deodorant brand, took out a full-page ad in The New York Times that urged the U.S. Soccer Federation to “end gender pay inequality once and for all.” The donation will be broken down into $23,000 for each of the 23 players on the team.