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Steve Yzerman Stepping Down As GM Of Tampa Bay Lightning

Steve Yzerman announced Tuesday that he is stepping down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Longtime assistant Julien BriseBois will take over, just two days before training camp begins. BriseBois, 41, had been an assistant to Yzerman since they joined the Lightning in 2010. Yzerman will move to a senior adviser role working under BriseBois. Owner Jeff Vinik and both men appeared at a news conference announcing this news in Tampa, Florida. Yzerman, 53, spent the past eight seasons as Tampa Bay’s GM.  The team during that time made five playoff appearances, three trips to the conference final and an appearance in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. ...Read more

No Decision Made On QB Aaron Rodgers Availability To Face Vikings This Sunday

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that the team continues to collect information about quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ knee injury, and have made no decision on Rodgers availability to play the Vikings this weekend.  “I know Aaron wants to play, and is always driven to play, but that’s all I have for right now,” McCarthy said. The Vikings contributed to Rodgers’ 2017 season, with Anthony Barr‘s hit on Rodgers breaking the quarterback’s collarbone. Rodgers returned to play against Carolina late in that season.  ...Read more

Luol Deng Finalizes 1-Year, $2.4 Million Deal With Minnesota Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms with free agent Luol Deng on a one-year deal after he was bought out by the Los Angeles Lakers. Deng will be reunited with Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau, Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. Deng agreed to a $7.5 million buyout contract buyout with the Los Angeles Lakers in order to find a chance to play elsewhere. Deng’s buyout left him with $29 million for the two years left on his contract, for which the Lakers used the waive and stretch provision to soften the short-term salary cap hit. Deng signed a four-year, $72 million free agent deal with the Lakers in 2016. The Lakers benched Deng, 33, for all but one game of the past season. ...Read more

Justin Allgaier Wins 5th NASCAR Xfinity Series Race Of 2018 At Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Justin Allgaier won the Xfinity Series race that kicked off a NASCAR doubleheader at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday. The race was originally scheduled for Saturday but was delayed two days due to rain. Allgaier earned his fifth victory of the season and first career win at Indianapolis in the 250-mile race, winning in a Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, the team owned by retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Tyler Reddick finished second, Ryan Blaney was third and Chase Elliott fourth. Blaney and Elliott both completed the Xfinity Series race then headed to their Cup cars for the second race. ...Read more

Serena Williams Fined $17,000 For 3 Code Violations In U.S. Open Final

Serena Williams was fined $17,000 on Sunday for three code violations during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the U.S. Open final: $4,000 for being warned for coaching after her coach made a hand gesture to her, $3,000 for breaking her racket and $10,000 for “verbal abuse” of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, whom she accused of sexism. The U.S. Tennis Association said on Sunday that $17,000 will be deducted from Serena Williams’ $1.85 million check as the runner-up to Naomi Osaka.  Osaka became the the first tennis player from Japan to win a Grand Slam singles title. The fine money will be donated to the Grand Slam Development Fund. According to the International Tennis Federation, the purpose of the fund is to “develop competitive tennis opportunities worldwide.” During a press conference after the match, Williams said that Ramos’ ruling was “sexist” because she has witnessed male players calling umpires “several things,” but they were not penalized. Williams said, “for me to say thief and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. He’s never taken a game from a man because they said thief. For me it blows my mind. But I’m going to continue to fight for women.” ...Read more

Boston Celtics Shooting Guard Jabari Bird Arrested In Alleged Domestic Violence Incident

Boston Celtics shooting guard Jabari Bird was arrested in Brighton, Mass. after an alleged domestic violence incident, according to the Boston Police Department. Boston Police said in a brief statement that Bird was being guarded by police at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and was undergoing an evaluation after the incident. The victim was taken to a separate hospital to be treated for injuries sustained. The Boston Celtics said in a statement on Saturday morning, “we are aware of the incident involving Jabari Bird and are taking it very seriously. We are actively gathering information and will reserve further comment at this time.” Bird was drafted by the Celtics with the 56th pick in 2017. He spent his rookie season on a two-way contract before being signed to the Celtics active roster in late July. Bird, 24, will face charges for assault and battery, strangulation and kidnapping, and is expected to appear in court on Monday to officially face charges. No other details were released regarding the incident. ...Read more

Dallas Cowboys Become First NFL Team To Partner With A Casino

The Dallas Cowboys officially announced their partnership with WinStar Casino on Thursday. Jerry Jones and WinStar general manager Jack Parkinson held a press conference to announce their big financial move. The casino will be located in Thackerville, OK, and Jones announced that Dallas will hold “various” team functions at the casino. Financial details were not disclosed but leadership of the Chickasaw Nation Tribe and the NFL franchise touted the agreement as a “league-changing partnership.” The deal between WinStar and the Cowboys marks the first time in NFL history that a casino has been granted official designation as a team’s exclusive partner, granting exclusive use of a team’s logos and trademarks. An amendment passed by NFL owners created the opportunity for casinos to obtain official partnerships with NFL teams. ...Read more

Naomi Osaka Reaches US Open Semifinals By Defeating Lesia Tsurenko

Naomi Osaka earned a spot in her first Grand Slam semifinal, defeating Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1 on Wednesday in the US Open quarterfinals. She is the first Japanese woman to do so in 22 years. The No. 20 seeded Osaka won in just 57 minutes, the third time in her five matches she didn’t even have to play an hour. Osaka will face either 14th-seeded Madison Keys or No. 30 Carla Suarez Navarro in the first major semifinal appearance for a Japanese woman since Kimiko Date reached the final four at Wimbledon in 1996. Osaka, 20, said she was nervous and “freaking out inside” — though she seems to remain cool. “Just, like, my entire body was shaking, so I’m really glad I was able to play well today,” she said. Osaka won 59 points to just 28 for the unseeded Ukrainian Tsurenko, who had knocked off No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki in the second round. ...Read more

Nike To Air TV Ad Featuring Colin Kaepernick During NFL Season Opener

Nike Inc. is planning to air a new “Just Do It” TV ad during the opening game of the NFL’s new season Thursday that will be narrated by Colin Kaepernick.  It will also feature a number of other athletes, including Odell Beckham Jr, LeBron James and Serena Williams. The ad is to inspire people to follow their dreams and ignore those who say it can’t be done. “Calling a dream crazy is not an insult,” Kaepernick says, “It’s a compliment.”Kaepernick hasn’t played in a game since the 2016 season and has filed a grievance alleging that NFL teams colluded to keep him unsigned. Meanwhile Nike’s shares fell on Tuesday after the ad campaign was announced, but were back up 0.5% on Wednesday. You can check out the commercial in the link below. ...Read more