#SportBitsDaily … #TGIF

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Happy 4th of July weekend #SportBits readers! Hopefully, you are all where you’re going to be for the big day, because traveling today will be a nightmare. You might need some satellite radio, portable charges, and lots of patience to get you through the traffic jams and long security lines. Thankfully, I got to my destination yesterday….so good luck to you. Stay strong!

CWS: This is what it looks like when a school wins its first National Championship in program history.

Coast Carolina won the College World Series yesterday, beating Arizona 4-3 in a hard fought and tense Game 3. Severe weather in Omaha, Nebraska caused the game to be postponed from its original Wednesday night start time. Head coach Gary Gilmore won his first title after 21 years of coaching, and the Chanticleers (it’s a rooster!!) capped off their improbable run with its first National Championship.

NBA: Let the CRAZY off-season deals begin…..

  • The Los Angeles Lakers will pay the 7-1 center Timofey Mozgov, who will turn 30 in two weeks, $64 million over the next four seasons. The Cavaliers traded two first-round picks to the Denver Nuggets for Mozgov in January 2015. DUDE IS 30 AND COMING OF MAJOR KNEE SURGURY. #wtf
  • Free agent DeMar DeRozan has agreed to a five-year, $139 million-plus deal to stay with the Toronto Raptors.
  • Free-agent center Joakim Noah and the New York Knicks are working to finalize a deal in the range of four years and $70 million-plus.

More free-agency news here. And there is more to come…. #Durant #Gasol #Howard ~> stay tuned.

MLB:

The Cleveland Indians won their 13th straight behind Carlos Carrasco‘s 14 strikeouts last night. The win gave the Indians their longest winning streak in nearly 65 years

IT IS PANIC TIME FOR DODGER FANS. Superman ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw has a herniated disc and has been put on the 15day DL. The Dodgers quickly scrambled to beef up their ailing pitching staff by acquiring right-hander Bud Norris from the Atlanta Braves. Holeeeeee hell this is not good.

Love me a good comeback: The Detroit Tigers began an 11-game road trip yesterday with a WICKED ninth-inning rally v. Tampa Bay. The Tigers trailed 7-2 entering the ninth and opened the inning with four consecutive hits, overcoming a five-run deficit win 10-7.

More MLB news and yesterday’s scores…here.

 Wimbledon:

Of course it’s the fashion getting all the news. Nike’s “lingerie” dress is really irritating some people. Many feel the free flowing outfit belongs in the bedroom and not the All England Tennis Club. Jeez-Louise…everyone needs to lighten up! Thoughts?

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No. 8 seed Venus Williams won her match v.  Maria Sakkari 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, on the smaller, outer court 18 yesterday. Afterwards, she said she didn’t mind playing on the outside court as long as EVERYONE has to, insinuating that the scheduling is not fair. When asked if she could imagine a five-time male champion being on an outside court, Venus said with a smile, “I haven’t seen that in the scheduling yet.” The rain is wreaking havoc, so scheduling matches is proving to be quite a challenge. Guess you can’t please everyone.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has not decided if he’s playing in Rio. “I’ve been trying to reach out to Brazilian friends and acquaintances, [to] get information … When I get more, I’ll be able to make my final decision.” #RioWorries

The biggest upset yesterday was No. 2 seed and French Open winner Garbine Muguruza losing 6-2, 6-1 to Slovakian qualifier Jana Cepelova who is ranked No. 124. The match took less than an hour. Ouch.

Here are all your results and match updates.

Olympic News:

22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps became the first swimmer to qualify for 5 Olympics yesterday when finished first at the men’s 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. Olympic trials. This sets up a Friday night showdown between Phelps and longtime competitor Ryan Lochte in the final of the 200-meter individual medley.This one is especially significant for the 31-year-old Lochte, given it’s his only real shot at swimming a race of his own (rather than a relay) at the Olympics.

L A S T L Y :  #JohnnyFootball Update: Johnny Manziel’s dad called him a “Druggie” who would best benefit from some time in jail. Johnny responded maturely with this instagram from Costa Rica with caption #HiDad.

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His trouble continues as yesterday the NFL announced Johnny has been suspended for the first four games of the season…making his return to the an even bigger uphill battle. He’s a free agent.  Who is going to take a chance on him?  I’m all for second chances, but ya gimme something to work with. #maturity #commitment

Ok. That’s it…so now you know. Enjoy your 4th! Lot’s of good sports on this weekend. Watch…learn…and chat it up around the BBQ. And can I recommend a digital thermometer. It really is THE ONLY WAY to get those burgers, steaks and chicken cooked properly. Cheers!

 

 

 

 

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#SportBitsDaily … Wednesday

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Happy Wednesday yo. I’m feeling a bit spicy today…I think it’s that new Kanye West video with all those naked waxy bodies in the bed that has me rethinking things. Or perhaps it’s the anxiety I’m feeling over what time the #TWC guy is actually going to show up to fix my wifi.  Either way – I’ve gotta just deal – and report some sports – so let’s go.

Conor McGregor and his continuing gripe against the UFC lives on. As you may recall, McGregor and his much anticipated rematch with Nate Diaz was pulled from UFC 200 because he/McGregor wouldn’t break his training routine to do the required publicity for the fight.  McGregor retired…then un-retired…and after he and UFC prez Dana White seemingly kissed and made up, the rematch was back (UFC 202 – August 2oth). Word has it the bad blood is still a-flowin, and with the publicity requirements for 202 set to kick off next week in Las Vegas, many are wondering if McGregor will show. I’ve got $20 that says he doesn’t.

High drama at the CWS  last night. Down 1-0 in the best-of-three series to Arizona, Coastal Carolina staved off elimination for the fourth time in the CWS and fifth time in the NCAA Tournament, but not before some nervous moments in the eighth inning, when their three-run lead was cut to one. The Chanticleers held on for the 5-4 win, forcing a WINNER-TAKE-ALL final game TONIGHT, 8pm on ESPN.

In the MLB, the pitchers are having a rough go:

  • Clayton Kershaw had to fly back to LA yesterday to see a specialist about his sore back. (HOLEEEE HELL)
  • Zach Greinke left his game in the 2nd with a sore left oblique.
  • Thor and Steven Matz both have bone spurs in their elbows.

On the flip side: Dodger teenager Julio Urias got his first MLB win as the Dodgers beat the Brewers 6-5. And 21yr old Lucas Giolito, the pride of Santa Monica, CA ,made his MLB debut for the Nationals. He and his 100-mph fastball kicked ass for 4 innings before the rain came.

More MBL scores…here.

Wimbledon news, scores and highlights … here.

The Olympic Trials continue, and in swimming it’s the shiny and new that stole the show last night in Omaha (cue Peyton Manning). Many familiar faces are being left behind as these plucky newbies are taking their spots in Rio. Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Natalie Coughlin are a few of the household names that have been swept aside by their younger versions. #FatherTime…. when he calls…RUN (or swim) as fast as you can!

In other Olympic news, world No. 1 golfer Jason Day is the latest to pull out of the #RioOlympics over Zika concerns. As I understand it, it’s the men who need to worry since doctors are unsure how long the virus can live in sperm. Doctors say it lives in the blood stream for 7-10 days, so as long as a woman doesn’t get pregnant in that time, she should be safe. The men on the other hand…should be thinking one way or another about  “pulling out.”

Speaking of “pulling out,” Donald Trump has nabbed his first celebrity endorsement in former Seattle Seahawk Terrell Owens. He joins Bobby Knight and Mike Tyson as Trump believers who hope their stellar reputations within the sporting world can help sway those undecided voters to hop on the Trump train.

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I’m still reflecting on the legendary life and career of Pat Summitt, who passed away yesterday from early-onset Alzheimer’s. To say she paved the way for women in sports is a huge understatement.

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Lastly, you’ll be happy to know the legendary banana boat picture from Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade and LeBron James’ vacation last year now lives on — through a Snapchat filter. OH THANK GOD! Sadly, there is just no way to look cool riding on a banana boat…unless you’re a cartoon filter. Way to go guys.

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That’s it…so now you know. #ttyt

PS. This is disturbing….right? It’s not just me.

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#SportBitsDaily … Tuesday

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Good morning…here’s some sports news for you. Take it => use it => impress someone with your knowledge. Why the hell not?

SOCCER:

#Brexit Part Two: In a shocking upset, England lost to Iceland, 2-1, in the Euro 2016 soccer tournament yesterday. Right after the loss, Roy Hodgeson pulled a Lionel Messi and resigned as team manager. English fans lost their minds, the Iceland announcer almost lost his voice, and the country once again lost all that they thought was right and just in the world.

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Not quite as dramatic, but almost as impressive, was Italy’s defeat over two-time defending champion Spain in the round-of-16. Does this mean the end of Spain’s reign (mainly in the plain)? Who knows. There is so much soccer going on right now, I’m just trying to stay afloat here, people. Spain’s manager Vicente de Bosque doesn’t think so, however.

BASKETBALL:

Legendary Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt died this morning. She was 64 years old. Summitt, who built the Lady Vols into a major powerhouse, was the winningest coach in the history of major college basketball. She passed away after battling early onset dementia, “Alzheimer’s type,” according to a statement from the Pat Summitt foundation.

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The #USABMT was “officially” announced yesterday…but the roster had been leaked and it was all kinda anticlimactic.

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FOOTBALL:  (not soccer)

Pittsburgh Steeler James Harrison agreed yesterday to sit down with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the league’s investigation into performance-enhancing drugs among it’s players  (mainly himself) –  but only on his terms. This is the instagram he sent out:

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Harrison was implicated (along with Peyton Manning) in an Al-Jazeera report back in December, but has refused to meet with the league to discuss the allegations, until now. In the meantime, he seems to be enjoying taking shots at Goodell and the NFL on Twitter.

Former NFL coach and defensive wizard Buddy Ryan died this morning. He was 82yrs old. Ryan coached in the NFL for 35 seasons, and was known for building some of football’s top defenses.

The attorney who inadvertently sent a text message to The Associated Press expressing doubt about whether Johnny Manziel could stay clean has withdrawn from representing Manziel in his domestic violence case. Manziel, 23, is accused of hitting and threatening his former girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, during a night out in January. He is facing a misdemeanor assault charge that carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

BASEBALL:

#STUDALERT: Chicago Cubs third-baseman Kris Bryant hit 3 home runs in an 11-8 win over the Reds on Monday night, supplanting Ernie Banks as the youngest in franchise history to accomplish the feat. Bryant, 24, who went 5-for-5 with two doubles and six RBIs, is 10 days younger than Banks was when he hit three homers in 1955.

Thor lost yesterday…. first time in over a month.

The Yankees and Stub Hub have ended their feud over the team’s elimination of the print-at-home service, with a $100million dollar deal that benefits…. well, you decide.

Yesterday’s MLB scores…here.

CWS: JC Cloney pitched a four-hitter for Arizona and the Wildcats beat Coastal Carolina 3-0 in Game 1 of the College World Series. Game two is tonight.

TENNIS:

The first round continues on day two of Wimbledon and there have been no major upsets thus far…unless you’re upset that the eventual Champions may lose $400,000 because of #Brexit.

Wimbledon scores and highlight…here.

That’s it for now, folks. Check in with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more news throughout the day. #ttyt

 

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#SportBitsDaily … Monday

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Hello #SportBits readers! I’m back after a week away. Did you even notice? Oy. Don’t answer that.  I took the kids east for their summer camp jobs in the glorious Adirondack Mountains. We even managed to squeeze in a Dead and Company show. #familytime . Did you miss me? I feel like so much has happened since we last spoke…HELLO NBA CHAMPIONS CLEVELAND CAVALIERS! I’m happy to be writing my daily reports again, so let’s just dive right in.

SOCCER:

I’ll be on the east coast for a bit, and dealing with the time change is a TOTAL DRAG for watching my games. Last night I had to stay up until ALMOST 11PM to watch the end of the Copa America championship game! But it was worth it…unless you’re a Lionel Messi fan. His Argentinian team fell short for a second year in a row to Chile in overtime penalty kicks. Messi himself missed a PK (first time EVER according to the broadcast), and was so devastated by the loss, he announced his retirement from international play shortly thereafter. It was painful to watch.

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Lionel Messi trying to figure out how it all happened.

In a rematch of the tourney opener, the #USMNT once again fell short against Columbia, 1-0, who ended up with the bronze medal. Who wants third place anyway?

BASEBALL news:

Well, this isn’t earth shattering news, but it always amazes me when some dumbass fan runs out onto the field for his/her 15seconds of fame. So here is said dumbass fan, running out onto the field during a Cardinals v. Mariners game. I say, if you’re going to run out in the MIDDLE OF THE PLAY, at least try and catch the ball. #doofus

Albert Pujols hit career homer #574 last night, passing Harmon Killebrew on the all-time list, and is nine away from tying Mark McGwire.

The NY Mets signed former star shortstop Jose Reyes, a move that has left many scratching their heads. First off, Reyes is not the player he was when he left the team in 2011. But even more controversial is that Reyes was arrested for domestic violence charges after he allegedly assaulted his wife in Hawaii last October. He was suspended during legal proceedings, but reinstated after his wife refused to cooperate and charges were dropped. Apparently the suspension was enough under the MLB policy. Dude got big cheers from fans, kids included, when he made his first at-bat yesterday, which just feels WRONG.

Here are yesterday’s scores

The best-of-three-games College World Series finals begin tonight (7 ET on ESPN), with the Arizona Wildcats (48-22) taking on the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (53-17) at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha (cue Peyton Manning).

TENNIS:

Wimbledon begins today and here’s all you need to know about that!

The NBA season may be over (and what a finish it was!!) but the basketball news doesn’t stop there. Unrestricted free agent Kevin Durant has chosen his list of teams by whom he’d like to be courted: OKC, Golden State, San Antonio, Boston, Miami, and the Clippers – corsages not mandatory. Of course his current OKC team is a-hoping and a-praying he signs a 2year deal with an opt-out, but if he’s focusing on that ring (he’s not getting any younger!) I don’t see that happening. I see a move to the Bay Area and GSW, which would TOTALLY suck for my Lakers. #sadface

The Olympic roster for the USA men’s team was announced yesterday:

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There are some notables missing, Steph, LeBron, Russell, Blake, to name a few, but it’s still an impressive group.

In other Olympic news, swimmer Ryan Lochte was denied a chance to defend his Olympic title in Rio in the 400-meter individual medley when he finished third behind a pair of college teammates who raced right by him on the closing laps. The 11-time Olympic medalist looked slow in the pool and was apparently hindered by a groin injury sustained in the morning prelims. It’s called #FatherTime my friend …and it’s a bitch.

Last week the World Anti Doping Agency suspended the accreditation of the Brazilian Doping Control Laboratory due to a non-conformity with the International Standard for Laboratories.  The suspension, which took effect on June 22nd, prohibits the Laboratory from carrying out all anti-doping analyses on urine and blood samples. It may appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within 21 days of receipt of notice.

39 days until the games begin.

That’s it for now. I’m dealing with some spotty wifi here folks.  I’m hoping to get my sh*t together and post a bit earlier in the AM. But with the kids gone, that extra hour (or two) of sleep is soooo tempting. Have a good day. #ttyt

 

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#SportbitsDaily … Wednesday

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NHL:

The NHL has settled on Las Vegas as it’s choice for expansion, provided organizers can come up with the $500 million fee. They’re calling them the Black Knights (love it!!) …and they’ll make their debut (most likely) in 2017. Next to Vegas…the Oakland Raiders!

SOCCER:

Copa America continues…here are yesterday’s results.

UEFA Euro results….here.

Team Russia was handed a suspended disqualification yesterday, and a fine of $168,000 for the actions of Russian fans following a 1-1 draw in a game against England in Marseille. Should more violence occur in the stadium, Russia will automatically be disqualified from Euro 2016. Put down your beer and chairs people, and just watch the match fahcrissakes.

NFL:

A lawsuit launched by a group of Patriots fans against the National Football League regarding the handling of the “Deflategate” investigation was dismissed by a federal judge. Major props for trying though..

MLB:

MLB scores and highlights…here.

The NCAA College World Series tournament is set…here is your lineup, game times and TV schedule.

ICYMI:

The 2016 Rio Olympics medals were unveiled yesterday….hmmmmm. #jurysout

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Ok. That’s it. So now you know…

 

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