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- REGRETTABLY, the top stories in pro sports circle around injuries this week. On Sunday in the first quarter of the Viking/Packers game, an Anthony Barr tackle all but ended Green Bay’s season. Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone that he will require surgery on. It could see Rodgers miss the rest of the season.
- THE NBA tipoff for a new exciting season was soured by a horrific injury to Gordon Hayward. The new Celtics swingman went down just minutes into the game against Cleveland with a gruesome fractured ankle and is likely to miss a massive chunk of time, potentially the whole season.
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- MUCH like last week Port Adelaide continued to dominate the AFL trade period headlines. They made moves to bring in Steven Motlop and Jack Watts as well as Tom Rockliff last week, continuing to strengthen their depth. Jake Lever (Crows > Demons), Hayden Crozier (Dockers > Bulldogs), Brendon Ah Chee (Power > Eagles), Jarman Impey (Power > Hawks), Adam Saad (Suns > Bombers), Harley Balic (Dockers > Demons), Harrison Wigg (Crows > Suns) and Devon Smith (Giants > Bombers) all found new homes in the past week as well.
- AS a new season was looming two NBA guns signed contract extensions with their current team. Andrew Wiggins (5yrs/$148mil) and LaMarcus Aldridge (3yrs/$72.3mil) will be staying with the Timberwolves and Spurs for the foreseeable future.
- THE NFL was full of head-turning results in Week 6, leaving us more confused than ever. The undefeated Chiefs had their first L of the season at the hand of the Steelers, The reigning NFC champs Atlanta blew a 17-0 lead to a mediocre Miami team and probably most shocking of all, the New York Giants got their first win of the year against the previously dominant Denver Broncos.
- IT comes as no surprise that Bruce Arena the coach of the US Men’s National Soccer team has decided to step down. Three days after USA failed to qualify for the World Cup (for the first time since 1986) the coach stood down with Laurent Blanc the prime candidate to replace Arena.
- THE world of college football was once again turned on its head this time though it claimed a BIG name. The previously undefeated No. 2 Clemson was upset by the unranked Syracuse 27-24 after a late field goal separated the two teams. No. 5 Washington and No. 8 Washington State also recorded their first loss of the season with No. 10 Auburn also falling to the unranked LSU.
- OPENING night in the NBA provided two games that hinged on the final shot to determine the result. Cleveland overcame the Hayward-less Celtics 102-99 as Kyrie Irving’s potential game-tying shot fell short at the buzzer. Shortly after, the Golden State Warriors unveiled their new championship banner, but couldn’t defeat the Houston Rockets, with Kevin Durant’s game-winner leaving his hand a second late resulting in them falling 121-122.
- CHAMPIONSHIP series’ in the MLB playoffs are well and truly underway with two series of two very different tales. After the Yankees stunned the Indians by winning the final three games of the ALDS they find themselves locked in a battle with the Astros with consecutive victories resulting in a 2-2 series tie led by the hard-hitting Aaron Judge. Chicago was able to keep their chances of defending their crown alive. They are on the verge of losing that fight though, thanks to the dominant Dodgers who are leading the best of seven series 3-0.
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- EZEKIEL Elliott’s yo-yo suspension story continues to puzzle football fans across the globe. Earlier in the week, the appeal surrounding his six-game suspension was denied only for a second temporary restraining order against the Cowboys running back’s ban granted earlier today. Confused yet?
- THE collegiate career of Rick Pitino seems officially done after Louisville voted to terminate the head coach’s contract. Pitino has since lodged a lawsuit against Adidas as he continues to plead oblivious to any of the corruption allegations connecting his former program and the global shoe brand.
- HE won’t go down as one of their greatest ever, but Richard Jefferson leaves Cleveland with a legacy that is hard to ignore. The Cavaliers traded the 37-year old to Atlanta earlier in the week in a bid to finalise their roster before the 2017-18 season. It’s not all bad news though with Jefferson landing on his feet and signing a 1 yr/$2.3mil deal with the Denver Nuggets.