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- AFTER mounting speculation and rumours flying left right and center, Neymar has finally departed Barcelona for PSG. The Brazilian star has been linked to the French club for weeks now and Paris Saint-Germain forked out a record breaking €222 million ($329mil AUD) fee to release Neymar from his contract at Camp Nou. That resulted in Neymar signing a £450 million ($739mil AUD) contract over five years with PSG. No, that’s not a typo.
- JAY Cutler’s days as a retired quarterback didn’t last very long with the former Chicago Bear play caller turning in his broadcasting headset before calling a single snap. The 34-year-old will be returning to the gridiron for the Miami Dolphins after they moved swiftly to replace Ryan Tannehill, who is likely to be sidelined for the entire season with a knee injury.
- THE G.O.A.T Michael Jordan made the statement last week that Kawhi Leonard is the best two-way player in the league today. It comes as no surprise to NBA fans, but it’s high praise that Leonard has earned after improving annually to become an MVP candidate.
- MIKE Trout celebrated his 26th birthday by bringing up a significant milestone. In the Angels 6-2 loss to the Orioles, Trout crushed a double in the 4th inning to bring up his 1,000th career hit.
- JUST when we thought the Patrick Dangerfield suspension was bad AFL Fantasy coaches were presented with a whole new problem this week. The likes of Mitch Duncan, Brodie Grundy, Shane Mumford, Zach Merrett and Tom Hawkins are all facing time on the sidelines after their actions in Round 20, sending many coaches carefully structured trade plans into chaos.
- THE fastest man in the world has officially retired, with Usain Bolt running his last race on the weekend. He couldn’t take home gold in London, settling for a bronze medal, but he was fittingly honoured by race winner Justin Gatlin.
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- A new batch of NFL Hall of Famers was inducted over the weekend. The Class of 2017 consists of seven of the games greatest including: Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley, Jerry Jones, Jason Taylor, LaDainian Tomlinson and Kurt Warner.
- THE sun has set (pun intended) on Rodney Eade’s coaching tenure in the Gold Coast. The Suns fired the 59-year-old who was in his third season with the club, leading them to a 16-46-1 record. Eade currently has coached 377 games, the most coached by anyone without a premiership on their resume.
- A 108-97 scoreline saw Team World continue their winning ways against Team Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday night. Victor Oladipo took home MVP honours in a losing effort with 28 points, nine rebound and five assists, while Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle Lowry and Andre Drummond were the best for Team World.
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- NOT in 105 years have we seen a team do something the Los Angeles Dodgers did over their recent 50 game stretch. LA chalked up a 43-7 win/loss ledger, tying the record with 1912 Yankees for the best 50 game stretch game in league history.
- THERE aren’t many NBA players that can say they have topped Kobe’s 81 point output in a single game of basketball, regardless of what level of competition. Stanley Johnson of the Detroit Pistons is now one such player though after he dropped 86 points in a Toronto at the 2017 OVO Bounce basketball tournament. Eighty. Six. Damn.
- AS training camp battles heat up the Browns and Texans have chosen their starters for this weekend’s first preseason game. Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage will get a chance to lay claim to the starting gig under center this weekend, with the jobs presumably theirs to lose.