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San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili Announces Retirement After 16 Seasons

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, 41, announced Monday that he is retiring. “Today, with a wide range of feelings, I’m announcing my retirement from basketball,” he said in a tweet. “It’s been a fabulous journey. Way beyond my wildest dreams.”  His decision brings a historic 16-season run with the Spurs to an end. He is one of the most decorated international players in basketball history, a four-time NBA champion, a two-time NBA All-Star, an Olympic gold medalist for Argentina and a Euroleague MVP. Ginobili played 1,057 regular-season and 218 playoff games with the Spurs, ranking in the franchise’s top five all time in games, points (14,043), assists (4,001) and steals (1,392). He averaged 8.9 points and 20 minutes a game for the Spurs last season. Ginobili had one year left on his contract, worth $2.5 million. ...Read more

Odell Beckham Jr. Signs Five Year Extension With New York Giants

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants has signed to a five-year extension that is worth $95 million. The new deal for makes Beckham the highest paid receiver in the NFL, and contains $65 million guaranteed. Odell is coming off an injury, however he is currently slotted to start in Week 1 of the 2018 season. Prior to his injury, Odell racked up over 300 catches and 4,000 yards with 38 touchdowns in his first four seasons. ...Read more

NASCAR Xfinity Driver Conor Daly Loses Sponsorship Over Father’s Alleged Racial Slur

NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Conor Daly will no longer be sponsored by Eli Lilly due to allegations that his father, former IndyCar and Formula 1 driver Derek Daly, used a racial slur during a radio interview in the early ’80s. The allegations surfaced last week when the employee of an Indianapolis radio station overheard longtime NFL Colts radio commentator Bob Lamey narrate a story that took place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway nearly 30 years ago. Lamey’s usage of the N-word while retelling his story motivated the anonymous employee to submit a complaint to the company’s HR department, which resulted in an investigation that targeted Derek Daly. As a result, Lamey has been forced into retirement and Derek Daly was fired from his racing analyst position at a local TV station. Despite having to pay for his father’s actions from over 30 years ago, Daly released a statement on Twitter where he thanked his team, fans and even the pharma company for its support. ...Read more

Jacksonville Jaguars’ Wide Receiver Marqise Lee Taken Off Field With Knee Injury

Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee had to be carted off the field on Saturday night, after suffering a knee injury midway in the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons when making a catch across the middle of the field. Safety Damontae Kazee was penalized 15 yards because he tackled Lee low using the crown of his helmet and the league’s new helmet rule was enforced. The Jaguars announced shortly after Lee’s injury that he would not return. The Jaguars signed Lee to a four-year, $34 million extension in March. He is set to earn $2.5 million this season but it will increase to $7.2 million in 2019. He caught 56 passes for 702 yards and three touchdowns last season. ...Read more

Ex-Michigan State Gymnastics Coach Charged In Larry Nassar Case

A former Michigan State gymnastics coach was charged Thursday with lying to police during the investigation into the school’s handling of sexual abuse complaints against former sports doctor Larry Nassar. Kathie Klages, who resigned in 2017 after she was suspended for defending Nassar, is now the third person other than Nassar to face criminal charges in the case. If convicted of the felony and misdemeanor counts, she could face up to four years in prison. Klages has denied allegations that former gymnast Larissa Boyce told her that Nassar abused her in 1997, when Boyce was 16. It wasn’t immediately clear if Klages has a criminal defense lawyer. A message seeking comment Thursday was left with attorneys defending her in civil lawsuits. The charges were announced by special independent counsel Bill Forsyth, who was appointed by the state attorney general to investigate the university. ...Read more

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson Set Nov. 23 Date For $9M Match-Play Event

Tiger Woods on Wednesday afternoon tweeted that the rumored winner-take-all match against Phil Mickelson will become a reality. The PGA Tour shortly after confirmed the news. The two golfing icons will play 18 holes in an event titled, “The Match.” MGM Resorts International will host the event on Friday, November 23, at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, the winner taking home $9 million. According to the PGA Tour, the event will be carried on pay-per-view and on-demand services. Woods, 42, and Mickelson, 48, are longtime competitors dating back to their days playing junior golf in Southern California. Their relationship has had it’s ups-and-downs but they are currently both involved in the United States teams for the Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup. ...Read more

MLB Releases 2019 Schedule With Games In Monterrey, Mexico And More

Major league baseball will return to Monterrey, Mexico, for six games in 2019, starting with spring training games between Colorado and Arizona in March. In the regular season, Cincinnati will host St. Louis on April 13-14, and the Los Angeles Angels will play the Houston Astros on May 4-5. All games will be played at Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey, the home of the Sultanes de Monterrey of the Mexican League. The Rockies will be making their third trip to Mexico. The Diamondbacks have played 10 exhibition games there, all in Hermosillo. The Reds and Cardinals will be making their first trips to Mexico. The Angels and Astros have previously played exhibitions there. The Dodgers and Padres played a regular-season series in Monterrey in May. ...Read more

Ex-Brazil Soccer Boss Gets 4 Years In Prison In FIFA Probe

A former South American soccer official convicted on corruption charges in FIFA bribery scandal has been sentenced in New York to four years in prison. Jose Maria Marin, a former president of Brazil’s soccer federation, was sentenced on Wednesday in Brooklyn federal court.  Dozens of people and entities have been charged in the U.S. with a scheme to extract hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.The former president of Peru’s soccer federation, Manuel Burga, was acquitted in December. ...Read more

Former NFL Player Richie Incognito In Police Custody For Disorderly Conduct And Threats

Former NFL offensive lineman Richie Incognito is in police custody on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and making threats, a spokesperson for the Scottsdale, Arizona, police department said Tuesday. According to the police, they were called to Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary, where Incognito was making arrangements for his father’s funeral. According to the police, “Incognito reportedly was upset with staff and began to damage property inside the business and shout at employees. At several points during his contact with staff, Incognito threatened to retrieve guns from his vehicle and return to shoot the employees.” Incognito announced Sunday on Twitter that his father had died Saturday. This is the second time Incognito has been in police custody since being released from the Buffalo Bills’ retired list in May. Two days after being released by the Bills, Incognito was taken into custody after a disturbance at a Boca Raton, Florida, gym, during which police believed Incognito to be in an “altered, paranoid state.” Incognito threw items at gym employees and patrons, and “believed ordinary citizens were government officials that were tracking and recording him.” ...Read more

Washington Nationals Trade Second Baseman Daniel Murphy To Cubs And First Baseman Matt Adams To Cardinals

The Washington Nationals on Tuesday began the sell-off that they opted not to do ahead of the trade deadline, by sending second baseman Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs and first baseman Matt Adams to the St. Louis Cardinals in separate waiver deals. Murphy was owed $17.5 million this season on his expiring three-year, $37.5 million contract. Meanwhile, Adams is playing on a one-year, $4 million deal. The Nationals received infielder Andrew Monasterio and a player to be named later or cash considerations from the Cubs for Murphy. Adams was sent to the Cardinals in exchange for cash considerations. ...Read more