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- THE Wimbledon champions were crowned over the weekend with Garbiñe Muguruza claiming her 2nd career Grand Slam and her 1st Wimbledon honours. She defeated Venus Williams in straight sets 7-5, 6-0. Roger Federer also won in straight sets against Marin Cilic as he earned his record breaking 8th Wimbledon trophy and his 19th career Grand Slam.
- WITH the MLB trade deadline fast approaching a number of relevant trades have already taken place. The Chicago Cubs acquired Jose Quintana from the White Sox and J.D Martinez will be heading to Arizona from Detroit in exchange for a number of prospects. The Yankees and White Sox also agreed to a deal to send Todd Frazier and relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to New York in exchange for New York’s 2016 first-round pick, outfielder Blake Rutherford and a handful of prospects.
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- MARSHAWN Lynch might not be the only former NFL star coming out of retirement this year, with the Detroit Lions extending an invite to Calvin Johnson to attend training camp. The invite comes after Megatron made public statements saying the Lions losing factored into his decision to retire after the 2015 season. Johnson is reportedly flirting with the idea of coming back, but personally I think he will stay retired.
- SUMMER League came to a conclusion at Las Vegas yesterday with the LA Lakers claiming the Championship Game against the Portland Trailblazers. The Lakers were able to win the comp despite Summer League MVP Lonzo Ball missing the game with a calf complaint. Ball led the All-NBA Summer League First Team alongside Dennis Smith Jr (Mavs), Josh Jackson (Suns), Caleb Swanigan (Blazers) and John Collins (Hawks).
- IN his second game representing Manchester United, new forward Romelu Lukaku found the back of the net in a friendly against Real Salt Lake. The £75 million dollar summer signing will likely be the focal point of the Red Devils attack after Wayne Rooney’s return to Everton.
- PAUL Pierce has officially retired as a Boston Celtic. The 10x All-Star signed a one day contract with the Celtics to end his 19-year career where it all began. Pierce is the Celtics franchise leader in made three point field goals (1,823), made free throws (6,434), and steals (1,583) and is second only to John Havlicek in scoring with 24,021 points, after spending the first 15 years of his career in Beantown.
- FREMANTLE Dockers fans breathed a sigh of relief earlier this week, with captain Nat Fyfe signing a record breaking extension. The six-year deal, reportedly worth $1-$1.2 million a year, is the biggest in the clubs history and will keep the superstar at Freo until the end of the 2023 season.
- NOW that Monday’s deadline has passed Kirk Cousins will officially become the first player to play under that franchise tag in consecutive seasons. The Washington Redskins quarterback was unable to come to terms with the organisation on a possible extension and will be paid $23.9 million next year as a result.
- RAJON Rondo has a new home after he signed a one year deal to join the New Orleans Pelicans to serve as Jrue Holiday’s back-up. He wasn’t the only player to sign a new deal with Jonathon Simmons joining the Orland Magic (3yrs/$20mil) and Manu Ginobili will be reportedly be staying with the Spurs for a 16th season. Derrick Rose, Monta Ellis and Pau Gasol headline the biggest names still on the table.
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- RUMOURS surrounding Neymar’s move to PSG continue to fly. The Brazilian and Barcelona forward has stated that he is happy at Camp Nou, despite all the allegations he will leave in a deal worth €222 million. Watch this space.
- WHAT better way to kickstart the second half of the season than by setting a Dodgers rookie record. Cody Bellinger became the only first year player in the clubs history to hit for the cycle as the Dodgers continue to fire atop the National League standings. In his second game back from the All-Star break, Bellinger went 4-5 at the plate with three RBI’s in their 7-1 win over the Miami Marlins.
- WE have reached the end of the Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather touring festival with the two fighters trading insults and headlines over the past few days. Los Angeles, Toronto, Brooklyn and London played host to the travelling circus that was the May-Mac world tour with dollar bills, F-bombs and clothing choices captivating the sporting worlds attention for four straight days.
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- THE Hodge-led Hawks weren’t able to claim four points in the match of the round in the AFL. Sydney continued their surge up the ladder and St Kilda plummeted as they were humbled on the Friday Night stage. The ongoing battle between Dusty and Danger for the Brownlow continued with both players likely to poll best on ground honours in Round 17.
- IN a topsy turvy NFL story Cowboys receiver Lucky Whitehead had his dog Blitz stolen on Monday who was held for ransom money. After he refused to pay the $10K bounty, many feared the worse, but Whitehead posted on Snapchat Tuesday night saying that Blitz was back home safely.
- REJOICE Angels fans, Mike Trout is back! The 2x AL MVP has been slowly building since his return from a thumb injury, hitting his first homer last night in their 4-3 loss to the Nationals.
- WITH talks on hold between the Knicks and Rockets over Carmelo Anthony’s services, many are mentioning Portland as a potential landing spot. The 10x All-Star would have to waive his no-trade clause if a deal was to be made, but it would be a pretty interesting combo seeing Melo with the Blazers star backcourt duo, C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard.