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- KYRIE to Boston might take some fine tuning, with the Cavs demanding more after Isaiah Thomas’ medical. Cleveland is apparently sceptical of committing to Thomas who is rehabbing from a hip injury and has demanded another pick be included to finalise the deal. Watch this space.
- TOUGH news for New England Patriots fans with fan favourite and Tom Brady’s popular target Julian Edelman suffering a non-contact ACL injury. The injury came in the Pats preseason win over the Detroit Lions, with Edelman humbled by the support he has received and determined to return stronger and better than ever.
- GIANCARLO Stanton’s incredible home run numbers continue to tick over. He tied the record for home runs in the month of August with 18, a record that has stood since 1937. Stanton will try to break the record and increase his league leading tally of 51 home runs for the season in two games against the Nationals Phillies to close August.
- A four-day PGA Tour event over the weekend needed a playoff hole and came down to just one shot in the end. Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson both finished 13 under par at The Northern Trust event, held at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, New York, with a playoff hole needed to determine the winner. Johnson, the defending champ, was able to defend his title and label as the No. 1 golfer in the world, with Speith moving to No. 2 thanks to his runner up tag.
- SEASON 2017 got the finish it deserved on Sunday afternoon with the last spot in the AFL finals almost coming down to the final kick. The Eagles were able to topple the minor premiers Adelaide by 29 points and push Melbourne out of the eight by 0.5 of a percent. Earlier on in the weekend, a 10 goal haul from Lance Franklin catapulted him to his fourth Coleman Medal with round leader Josh Kennedy failing to fire.
- EASILY the biggest sporting event of the weekend, and perhaps the year got underway on Saturday night as Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fought in their highly anticipated bout. An admirable McGregor was the aggressor early but tired in the middle rounds as Mayweather began to pounce. Money Mayweather ended it via a TKO in the 10th round and retired with a now perfect 50-0 boxing record.
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- THE money continues to flow for NFL players with Matthew Stafford now earning the honour as the highest paid player in NFL history. Derrick Carr held the throne after signing a 5yr/$125mil extension earlier in the offseason, but he has been dethroned by Stafford’s 5yr/$135mil deal with the Detroit Lions.
- US Open competition kicked off on Monday and Day 1 wasn’t short of headlines. Big names like Angelique Kerber, Jack Sock and Johanna Konta all fell in their first game, but there was no match bigger than Sharapova vs Halep. Fresh off her 15-month suspension, Sharapova overcame the current world number two in a three set thriller, to announce she is well and truly back.
- WITH the UEFA Champions League draw announced last week, the best players of the 2017 season were also honoured. Cristiano Ronaldo (best forward), Luka Modrić (best midfielder), Sergio Ramos (best defender) and Gianluigi Buffon (best goalkeeper) were the lucky four to take home top honours.
- AS is the way every year as one AFL season comes to a close we farewell another batch of the game’s greats. Nick Riewoldt, Robert Murphy, Brent Stanton, Josh Gibson, Matthew Boyd, Dennis Armfield and Luke Hodge all officially ended their careers on the weekend, with the likes of Sam Mitchell, Jobe Watson, Steve Johnson, Andrew Mackie and Matt Priddis all taking part in finals action. Leigh Montagna announced today that he is joining the illustrious list of retirees, which begs the question is this the greatest departing group of AFL players ever?