Category Archives: Sports

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.

Advertisements

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.
image
(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.
gettyimages-479601250
(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.

Atlanta Native Continues Run At Wimbledon

(London, England-AP) – An American teenager is continuing her historic run at Wimbledon’s tennis championships.

Fifteen-year-old Coco Gauff  heads into a round-of-16 match today in London against the tournament’s number seven seed, Simona Halep.

She started her run by taking out tennis legend Venus Williams in the first round. No one this young has made it this far into the tournament since Jennifer Capriati in 1991

U.S. Women Defeat Netherlands In World Cup Final

(Lyon, France-AP)  —  The U.S. Women’s National Soccer team is the 2019 World Cup champions.  They defeated the Netherlands 2-0 today in Lyon, France, for their second consecutive World Cup win and fourth overall.

The women’s team previously took home the trophy in 1991, 1999 and 2015.  It took 61-minutes for the first goal to be scored by either team, as Megan Rapinoe  gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick.  In the 69th minute, Rose Lavelle  increased their lead to 2-0.
 Following the match, Rapinoe was awarded the Golden Boot, given to the player who scored the most goals in the shortest amount of time.  She finished the tournament with six goals and three assists.

Angels Pitch Tyler Skaggs Found Dead In Hotel Room

(Southlake, TX) – Sad news coming out of the MLB.  It appears Angels’ pitcher Tyler Skaggs is dead at the age of 27. According to a statement released by the police, authorities responded to a call of an unconscious man in a hotel room at the Hilton hotel at 1400 Plaza Place in Southlake Texas, in the early afternoon.
Upon arrival officers found Skaggs unresponsive where he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Skaggs, who pitched Saturday against the A’s was on a road trip with the team and had posted a pic with his teammates on Instagram wearing cowboy hats and said, “Howdy y’all. #TexasRoadtrip.”
The match against the Rangers has been postponed as an investigation into what caused this man to pass so early gets underway. At this time, investigators don’t believe it’s suicide or foul play and really don’t have any answers right now. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner said an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday to determine a cause of death.
The Angels released a statement on Twitter Monday afternoon saying, “It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas. Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels family.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time.”
Skaggs, a lefty  was 28-38 with a 4.41 ERA in 96 career starts.
He was a newlywed having just married Carli Miles 7 months ago in December 2018.  He would’ve turned 28 on July 13th.