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- FINALLY, there is an end to the drama between Cleveland and Boston. With the Celtics adding a 2020 2nd round draft pick from Miami, the Cavaliers officially will be without Irving and are gaining Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 1st rounder from the Brooklyn Nets.
- SERENA Williams celebrated the birth of a healthy baby girl on Friday. There is no news on the name of the baby yet, but apparently, both girls are doing well post-birth.
- J.D. Martinez became the first Arizona Diamondback to hit four home runs in a single game. Martinez pitched with six RBI’s in their 13-0 thrashing of the top of the table Los Angeles Dodgers.
- GOOD news for Richmond fans heading into their blockbuster with Geelong this week as Dusty Martin put pen to paper to stay with the club. Martin, who is expected to claim the 2017 Brownlow in a few weeks will be a Tiger for life after signing a seven-year extension.
- DEONDRE Francois is set for a lengthy stint on the sidelines after suffering a torn patella tendon on the weekend. The injury came during Florida State’s 24-7 loss to Alabama, leaving the Seminoles in a bad position.
- AS NFL teams prepare for the regular season kick off there was plenty fo roster movement with teams making their cuts to the required 53 men roster. T.J. Ward (Broncos, CB) is heading to the Bucs, Jacoby Brissett was traded to the Colts for Phillip Dorsett, and Sheldon Richardson is now a Seahawk with Jermaine Kearse heading to the Jets in exchange.
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- AFTER missing the boat on trade before the deadline the Houston Astros have made their move to strengthen the bullpen. Justin Verlander, who will make his debut tonight, is a 6x All-Star and has led the AL in strikeouts four times.
- U.S. Open action continued last week, with the field no trimmed to the quarterfinalists. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal remain on track to meet in the semi-final if they can get one more win each and four U.S. women (Sloane Stephens, Venus Williams, Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys) are doing the host city proud with each player trying to book a spot in last four.
- THE rumour mill continues to churn out Cavs trades and this time DeMarcus Cousins‘ name is being thrown around. Supposedly Cleveland is interested in offering the Brooklyn pick and Iman Shumpert for the colourful center.
- WITH a break in AFL action before the finals commence we saw the heroes of yesteryear take to the field in the EJ Whitten Game. After four quarters of laughs and highlights it came down to Jonathan Brown’s shot after the siren for the Vics to snatch victory from the All-Stars.
- WE live in a world where the Cleveland Browns are 4-0. The Seahawks, Broncos and Ravens also ended the preseason without a loss as each team preps for kickoff. Oakland and Atlanta emerged winless from the season tune up while Houston and Dallas had their final game cancelled so the Texans could be with family and help with the cleanup post-Hurricane Harvey.
- LAMELO Ball is now the first high schooler to have a signature shoe. The 16-year-old’s sneaker (the MB1) retails for $395 on the Big Baller Brand site and it is causing concerns over his potential NCAA eligibility in the future.
- THE first weekend of college football got underway with the top two ranked teams recording reasonably easy wins. Alabama defeated Florida State and Ohio State survived a nervous start against Indiana to win 49-21. Most of the other top seeds won with the exception of Florida, Texas and West Virginia.