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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

Former Phillies All-Star Ryan Howard Retires From Baseball

Former Philadelphia Phillies star Ryan Howard announced his retirement from baseball on Tuesday. Howard, 38, has not played in the majors since 2016 and has been a free agent since November. The former National League MVP signed minor league deals with the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies last season, but his entire major league career was spent with the Phillies.  Howard was a career .258 hitter with 382 home runs and 1,194 RBIs in his 13 seasons with the Phillies. He twice led the majors in homers and led the majors in RBIs three times during a dominant six-year stretch from 2006 to 2011, when he averaged 44 homers and 133 RBIs per season. As a rookie in 2005, Howard had 22 home runs and 63 RBIs in just 88 games and was named the NL Rookie of the Year. He was voted MVP the following season, when he led the majors with 58 homers and 149 RBIs. Howard again led the majors in homers (48) and RBIs (146) in 2008, while helping the Phillies win their first World Series title since 1980.  In 2011, he suffered a torn Achilles on the final play of the NLD and over the next five years his career was plagued by knee, foot and Achilles injuries.  ...Read more

Defending Champion Sloane Stephens Eliminated In U.S. Open Quarters

Defending champion Sloane Stephens was beaten by Anastasija Sevastova 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at the U.S. Open, eliminating her from the tournament. Sevastova, the No. 19 seed from Latvia, will play either Serena Williams or 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova in her first Grand Slam semifinal. Stephens said she had been battling a cold, but her biggest problem Tuesday might have been her serve. The No. 3 seed was broken five times in the 84-minute match, missing numerous chances to grab an early lead in the rematch and could never get back into the match. ”You don’t win matches when you don’t take your opportunities,” Stephens said. ...Read more

Rookie QB Sam Darnold Will Start For NY Jets In Week 1 Vs. Detroit Lions

Rookie Sam Darnold will start at quarterback in the New York Jets’ season-opening game at Detroit next Monday night. The 21-year-old Darnold will also make history by becoming the youngest quarterback to start in Week 1 in the NFL. Darnold, who the Jets traded up to take with the No. 3 pick in this year’s draft, beat out veteran Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater to win the job. Bridgewater was traded to the Saints last week. Darnold went 29 of 45 for 244 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in the preseason.  ...Read more

Buffalo Bills Name Nathan Peterman Starting Quarterback Over Rookie Josh Allen

The Buffalo Bills named Nathan Peterman their starting quarterback for the regular-season opener Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Peterman has been one of the better preseason quarterbacks; he had a 80.5 completion percentage and averaged 10.5 yards per attempt. The decision to name Peterman the starter was expected after he completed 33 of 41 passes this preseason for 431 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Peterman will be the Bills’ 11th season-opening starting quarterback since 1997, their first season without Jim Kelly. Peterman, 24, was a fifth-round pick of the Bills in the 2017 draft. He began his college career at Tennessee before transferring to Pittsburgh for his final two seasons. ...Read more

Golden State Warriors’ Forward David West Announces Retirement

Golden State Warriors’ forward David West announced his retirement on Thursday. “I have been fortunate enough to live out my childhood dream of playing in the NBA,” West wrote on Twitter. “After 15 seasons I have decided to retire from the game of basketball. “I am humbled and thankful for the support of my family, friends, coaches, teammates, organizations, and fans throughout this experience.” West was a two-time All-Star with New Orleans, where he played his first eight seasons. He joined the Pacers in 2011-12, but shocked many in 2015 by rejecting a $12.6 million option to stay in Indiana and instead signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the Spurs. When he didn’t win a title with San Antonio, he joined the Warriors the following season. West won the championship with the Warriors in his 14th season, and again this year. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said in a statement, “the consistency that he displayed at a high level on the court for 15 years was amazing and a testament to his hard work and dedication. He is a true champion in every sense of the word.” ...Read more

NY Jets Trade QB Teddy Bridgewater To Saints For Draft Picks

The New York Jets are trading quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and a sixth-round pick to the Saints in exchange for a third-round pick. Bridgewater joined the Jets this past offseason. In March, he signed a one-year, $6 million deal that included $9 million in incentives after being released by the Minnesota Vikings at the end of last season. Earlier this month, it was reported that at least two teams had expressed interest in acquiring Bridgewater. The Jets close their preseason schedule against the Eagles on Thursday and they start their regular season on Monday, Sept. 10 on the road versus the Lions. New York head coach Todd Bowles said he would not name a starter until after New York’s final preseason game. ...Read more

Cleveland ​Browns’ Linebacker Mychal Kendricks Charged With Insider Trading​

Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks has been charged with using insider trading tips from an acquaintance to make about $1.2 million in illegal profits on four major trading deals, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. Co-defendant Damilare Sonoiki was paid $10,000 in kickbacks in the scheme from 2014-2015, as well as perks like tickets to Philadelphia Eagles games and tagging along to a music video shoot or nightclub appearances, said U.S. Attorney William McSwain. Kendricks won the Super Bowl with the Eagles last season before signing with the Browns in June. Sonoiki had been working as a junior analyst at an unnamed investment bank in New York, prosecutors said. ...Read more

Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers To Become Highest Paid Player In NFL

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will become the highest paid player in NFL history, after agreeing a four-year contract extension reported to be worth $134M. The 34-year-old will reportedly earn more than $80m by March 2019. The new deal surpasses that of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who held the previous record. Rodgers, 34, led the Packers to the Super Bowl championship in 2011, where he was also named most valuable player. The two-time MVP has spent his career at the Packers since being selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft. Rodgers still has two years remaining on his contract, but it has been extended through 2023. ...Read more

Veteran Slugger Jose Bautista Traded From NY Mets To Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired veteran slugger Jose Bautista from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash. Bautista batted .196 with 11 homers and 42 RBIs for the Braves and Mets this season. Bautista is a six-time All-Star for Toronto between 2010-2015 and has 342 career homers. The Phillies entered Tuesday night’s game against Washington 3 1/2 games behind Atlanta in the NL East. Bautista is expected to come off the bench for the Phillies. Right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. was designated for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster for Bautista. ...Read more