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UNDOUBTEDLY the biggest stories from the past seven days were all NBA orientated. We saw Chris Paul traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets and Paul George traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, leaving the Indiana Pacers. Both of those HUGE trades shook up the landscape of the NBA, stealing the headlines away from some NBA free agent moves.
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IT’S tough to recap every free agent move over the first few days of free agency, but here is where some of the relevant names landed.
RESIGNED: Steph Curry – 5yrs/$201mil, Warriors
Blake Griffin – 5yrs/$173mil, Clippers
Jrue Holiday – 5yrs/$126mil, Pelicans
Kyle Lowry – 3yrs/$100mil, Raptors
Kevin Durant – 2yrs/53mil, Warriors
OTHER notable names who resigned: Andre Iguodala (Warriors), Tony Snell (Bucks), Joe Ingles (Jazz), Patty Mills (Spurs), Serge Ibaka (Raptors) and Kyle Korver (Cavs).
SWITCHED TEAMS: Gordon Hayward – 4yrs/$128mil, Celtics
Paul Millsap – 3yrs/$90mil, Nuggets
George Hill – 3yrs/$57mil, Kings
Jeff Teague – 3yrs/$57mil, Timberwolves
J.J. Redick – 1yr/$23mil, 76ers
OTHER notable names who switched teams: P.J. Tucker (Raptors>Rockets), Taj Gibson (Thunder>Timberwolves), Zach Randolph (Grizzlies>Kings) and Darren Collison (Kings>Pacers).
- CHAUNCEY Billups has turned down the offer to become the Cleveland Cavaliers GM, with many speculating it’s because he knows LeBron James isn’t going to stay with the team.
- SUMMER League action saw pick’s #1 & #3 from last year’s draft against each other. Jayson Tatum (21pts, 7rbs, 5stls) claimed bragging rights over Markelle Fultz (17 points, 3 blocks) drilling the go-ahead game winner in a 89-88 contest.
- THE Miami Heat have made the tough decision to waive Chris Bosh. The 11x All-Star will have his jersey retired by the Heat after blood clotting issues cut his career short.
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AFTER seeing their NBA peers get seriously paid, many NFL have voiced their opinion on their own paychecks. Sammy Watkins of the Buffalo Bills tweeted out his displeasure in saying ‘we gotta get paid more’ and also retweeted player promoter Jake Steinberg’s tweet “NFL players have the right to be pissed. They get the smallest piece of the pie. NFL has $12B in annual revenue; NBA has $5B.”
RB Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys), TE Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles) and WR Julian Edelman (New England Patriots) are the latest footballers selected to grace the 2017 ESPN Body Issue feature. Ertz will appear alongside his wife Julie marking the first time a husband and wife combo have graced the magazine.
MARSHAWN Lynch appears ready for the NFL season with a few viral videos of the Oakland Raiders tailback surfacing over the past week. Firstly it was Lynch working out (in boots) and secondly it was him channelling ‘Beast Mode’ in a charity soccer match.
- IN the most prominent roster move last week the Eagles opted to waive wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham after just one season with the team.
- EARLIER in the offseason Tom Brady voiced his opinion on how he wanted to play in China before he retired. Well to do so he may have to hang around for a bit longer with the NFL targeting 2019 as the year a Chinese game comes to fruition.
AS we near the All-Star break we now know what players are going to appear in the All-Star Game in Miami. Much like every year there were regular faces on the list of players selected, with other unlucky stars left off the rosters.
TIM Tebow may not find himself in a St. Lucie Mets uniform for long if he keeps playing the way he is. Tebow has starred since joining the High-A affiliate of the New York Mets, hitting homers, base clearing RBI’s and taking amazing catches in his seven games to date. The question that remains now is if Tebow can maintain this torrid pace for a lengthy period of time.
- WITH the final vote spot up for grabs the Royals’ Mike Moustakas leads the AL vote over Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, while Justin Turner from the Dodgers is outpacing last year’s NL MVP Kris Bryant.
- ANOTHER week another Aaron Judge feat you have to see to believe. The Yankees slugger hit a home run ball so hard that he literally dented Yankee Stadium. Check out the video here.
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WAYNE Rooney seems poised to make a return to Goodison Park, opting to leave Manchester United. The United captain began his EPL career at Everton before playing 393 games as a Red Devil, scoring a club record 183 goals.
THE boxing world was STUNNED over the weekend, with Aussie Jeff Horn stunning Manny Pacquiao to claim a decision victory and become the new WBO Welterweight tile holer. The Brisbane fight was shrouded in plenty of controversy though, with many believing that Pacquiao was robbed.
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TENNIS’ most prestigious tournament of the year got underway this week, with a slew of big names already on their way home. Nick Kyrgios was forced to retire hurt ending his campaign just two sets in, the finalist at Roland Garros Stan Wawrinka was outed in the first round as was 22nd seeded Richard Gasquet.
IN one of the games of the year we have our first draw of the 2017 AFL season. 1st placed Greater Western Sydney hosted 3rd place Geelong and after four quarters it came down to a Tom Hawkins kick after the siren. The Cats forward was on a tight angle and pushed his kick to the near side, meaning the two teams were forced to share the four points.
TIGER Woods appears to be on the road to recovery, after successfully completing a treatment program. Woods sought treatment after becoming reliant on medications used for back pain and sleep issues and tweeted out that he finished the private intensive program and is appreciative of all the support he is recieving.