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- THE two teams with the longest active Grand Final droughts are heading to the last game of the year. Richmond and Adelaide will fight it out for the 2017 AFL Premiership after they overcame Greater Western Sydney and Geelong respectively in convincing fashion.
- IRONICALLY it took another dumb statement from Donald Trump to unify the NFL players and coaches. After Trump suggested that players who knelt in protest during the national anthem should be fired and called those players ‘sons of a bitch’, players and coaches came together and rallied against the President. They did so by either kneeling, linking arms or sitting during the anthem with some teams opting to skip the anthem all together and stay in the locker room.
- IT’S reunion time in Cleveland with two former championship teammates. After giving back $8mil of his 2017-18 salary the Chicago Bulls and Dwyane Wade agreed to a buyout with Wade expected to sign with the Cavaliers once he clears the waivers. While at 35 Wade can’t get up regularly anymore expect to see plenty more highlights like the ones below.
- TURNING our attention to the actual football this week and there were plenty of Week 3 upsets. The New York Jets, Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts all brought up their first W’s of the season, while the Atlanta Falcons and Kansas City Chiefs remain the last two undefeated teams.
- THE race to the playoffs is etching even closer and as a result, most of the seeds have now been snapped up. The Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees have secured one of the wildcard spots with the Twins/Angles and Rockies/Brewers fighting it out for the last AL and NL spots respectively.
- IT comes as no huge surprise, but Gary Ablett has confirmed he wants to home to the Geelong Cats. After 110 games as the Gold Coast skipper over a seven year period, the former Cats star will likely rejoin his old club by trade….that is if the two sides can agree to a deal.
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- AARON Judge continued his record-breaking rookie campaign in the most ‘Aaron Judge’ way possible. He hit his 49th and 50th home runs of the season against the Kansas City Royals, giving him more home runs in his first pro season than any other player has hit.
- WITH Diego Costa falling out of favour at Stamford Bridge a move away from Chelsea seemed inevitable. It was confirmed this week that Costa would make his way back to Atletico Madrid for a transfer fee around £58 million ($98.9 million). He previously suited up for Atletico from 2010 to 2014 before joining Chelsea.
- JUST when we thought this NBA offseason couldn’t get any crazier, Carmelo Anthony was finally dealt. However, Melo didn’t land where many expected him too, with the Knicks star joining the Oklahoma City Thunder with Paul George and Russell Westbrook.
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- BRUCE Maxwell became the first MLB in history to kneel during the national anthem. It has been a big week for protesting during the anthem in a bid to raise awareness to racial injustice and treatment of people of colour.
- NO surprises on Monday night with Dustin Martin claiming his first ever Brownlow medal. The shortest odds favourite to claim the medal in history, Martin polled an AFL record 11 best on ground and 36 votes in total, breaking the record set by Patrick Dangerfield last season (35).
- IT was a big week for Donald Trump too with the President rescinding his offer to the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House to celebrate their championship. Copious players have thrown their support behind Curry and the Warriors with Lebron James calling the President a bum after his latest tweets.
- PROFESSIONAL boxer Andre Ward announced he would retiring last week, leaving the sport as one of the all-time greats. Ward, the undisputed light heavyweight and super middleweight champ retires having never lost a bout with a perfect 32-0 record.
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- AFTER becoming the first AL pitcher to record 300 strikeouts since 1999, Chris Sale now has the Red Sox record in his sights. Sale threw 8 K’s against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday and with one start left he needs six more to top Pedro Martinez’s club record of 313.
- CONCERNS are still high over the health of Joel Embiid as the NBA season approaches. While the Philadelphia 76ers insists he will be fine to go once the regular season gets underway, Embiid has not yet been cleared for 5-on-5 drills and played just 31 games last season, missing big chunks of time with knee issues.
- AARON Hernandez’s brain has been found to have levels of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) that is commonly found in a 60-year-old person at the time of his death. Doctors believe it is the most severe case of CTE medically seen in a person at his age, reaching Stage 3 (out of 4) brain injuries. His fiancee and daughter are attempting to sue the NFL and New England Patriots for causing Hernandez’s death.