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- WAYNE Rooney and Romelu Lukaku will be changing uniforms next season. After 393 games and 183 goals (a club record) for the Red Devils Rooney returns to his boyhood club that he played 67 games for. Stints in Chelsea, West Brom and Everton have led to Lukaku heading to Manchester for reportedly £75 million, with £15 million in add-ons.
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- THE most prolific NBA free agents off the board in the last week include Dirk Nowitzki (Mavs, 2yrs/$10mil), Otto Porter (Wizards, 4yrs/$106.5mil), Rudy Gay (Spurs, 2yrs/$17.2mil), Vince Carter (1yr/$8mil) and Jamal Crawford (2yrs/$8.9mil). Notable names like Pau Gasol, Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo remain unsigned.
- ROUND 16 in the AFL dealt us many more questions, but a few premiership contenders stood out. The Giants and Hawks played out a dramatic draw in Tassie, while the Dockers were able to hang on to grind out a four-point win over North. A few massive blowout wins went the way of Geelong, St Kilda, Sydney and Adelaide, while the Tigers and Eagles were amongst the biggest disappointments.
- MOST of the big names in the Ladies bracket of Wimbledon have succumbed to lower seeds as the semi-final match-ups were set. 14th seeded Garbine Muguruza will meet the unseeded Magdaléna Rybáriková, while 5x champ Venus Williams squares off with world #6.
- ROBINSON Cano was the hero of this year’s MLB All Star Game that the American League won 2-1 over the National League. Cano’s solo home run gave his squad the lead at the top of the 10th and Andrew Miller closed out the deal with the save.
- CONOR McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have traded insults in their first press conference leading to their now infamous boxing match. The 26th August bout will see the MMA and boxing legend square off at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
- AARON Judge had himself one hell of a week. As well as being voted into the starting line-up of the Midsummer Classic, Judge also dominated the Home Run Derby in record fashion and write his name into Yankees record books. Before the All-Star break, he hit his 30th home run of the year, breaking a record previously held by Joe DiMaggio for the most long bombs by a first-year pro.
- DONOVAN Mitchell, Dennis Smith and Jayson Tatum are amongst the first year pros stealing headlines at Summer League in Las Vegas. The Suns Josh Jackson and Lonzo Ball are struggling somewhat, with No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz forced to sit out the remaining contests after injuring his ankle.
- LUKE Hodge called time on his storied AFL career on Monday, informing the football world that season 2017 will be his last. Hodge plays his 300th game this weekend against arch-rival Geelong as he begins his farewell tour.
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- FIVE individual judges re-scored the Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn match from their 2nd July match in Brisbane. Of the five judges, three awarded Horn the win, one went Pacquiao’s way and the fifth declared a draw.
- UFC 213 in Nevada didn’t exactly live up to the hype that many expected, but there were still plenty of stories that emerged from the interesting card. Amanda Nunes was a late scratch from her title bout against Valentina Shevchenko with a sinusitis issue. That meant that the interim title fight for the middleweight crown was the headliner between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero. Whittaker took out the fight setting up a date with the real champ Michael Bisping in the near future.
- BENARD Tomic once again finds himself in hot water after his latest allegation at Wimbledon. He was fined $15,000, the second biggest fine in Wimbledon history and had his racquet sponsor Head drop him after Tomic stated he was bored and faked an injury during his first round exit at the hands of Mischa Zverev.
- IN a hectic week one of NBA free agency, Detroit went all in on Avery Bradley trading Marcus Morris to Boston in order to receive him. The Pistons also rescinded their rights on restricted free agent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who has since signed a one-year, $18 million dollar deal. In another deal, DeMarre Carroll was shipped to the Nets in order to free up cap space, that the Raptors used to sign C.J. Miles to a 3yr/$25mil deal.
- FINALLY, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros both reached 60 wins prior to the mid-season break. The two squads are World Series favourites as they sit atop the National League and American League respectively.