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Baylor Honors Robert Griffin III

 

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Baylor University unveiled a bronze statue of current Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. RG3 had a brilliant career with the Baylor Bears winning the Heisman trophy in 2011, ahead fellow standout Andrew Luck. Luck and Griffin were drafted first and second respectively in the 2012 draft.

Griffin broke records and brought a lot of attention to the program. The statue will be placed outside of Baylor’s brand new McLane Stadium. For 65 years the Bears played games 4 miles away, from their Waco campus at Floyd-Casey Stadium. The new stadium became a reality after an increase in donations.

The unveiling is good news for Griffin, who has faced a lot of scrutiny in the aftermath of his rookie season. Griffin has battled injuries and turmoil with coaches Mike and Kyle Shannahan. Despite the praise Griffin was quick to deflect the attention praising his college coaches and teammates in an interview with the Washington Times.

“No, it wasn’t just me. If you look at the guys who came in with me, the guys who were there before we got here. They are all part of it, from Grant Teaff to coach (Art) Briles,” Griffin said, mentioning his former teammates. “They know we couldn’t have done it without each other.”

Prior to the Bears blowout win fans chanted “RG3” for three hours. The Bears hope to continue building their football program, with the hope of sending more players to the NFL. As for Griffin, he’ll look to rebound from a disappointing season week one against the Houston Texans.

St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam

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The first openly gay player drafted in the NFL has been dropped by the St. Louis Rams.

ESPN writes:

“Sam’s efforts to become the first openly gay player in NFL history came up just short in a competition against undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks.

“Westbrooks is one of nine defensive linemen to land a roster spot.

“Sam officially hit waivers Saturday at 4 p.m. ET when all NFL teams had to trim their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players. From there, the other 31 teams will have 24 hours to put in a claim for Sam.

“According to one league source, the Rams would like to bring Sam back to their 10-man practice squad.”

Sam, who played defensive end for Missouri in college, was selected 249th out of 256 in the May draft after coming out earlier in the year about his homosexuality.

Another NFL team could possibly sign Sam to its roster, or the defensive end could wind up back with the Rams, on their practice squad.

Sam has remained positive about the release and even took to Twitter to thank the Rams and the city of St. Louis. He also writes, “I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career.”

 

Johnny Manziel makes obscene gesture during pre-season game

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During a pre-season match between the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Redskins, Johnny Manziel gave the Redskins’ bench the middle finger towards the end of the third quarter.

Manziel was in a position battle for the starting quarterback position versus Brian Hoyer.

Some of the Browns players were in defense of Manziel. Cornerback Joe Haden said “Manziel was a target of verbal abuse throughout the game from Redskins players and fans alike.” While that does not completely justify his actions, it does show that there were mitigating factors.

Manziel clearly did not expect the cameras to be on him as he jogged away from the Redskins bench after a third-quarter play and raised his middle finger towards the bench.

The rookie QB referred to his gesture as a lapse in judgement. Manziel later stated “I should have been smarter. It was a Monday Night Football game. There’s always words exchanged on the football field.”

When Coach Mike Pettine was asked if this incident will factor into the quarterback decision, he said: “It’s whoever gives us the best chance to win the opener will be the starter.”

13 Year Old Girl on All Boys Team Leads Them to Major Championship

Mo’ne Davis, Little League Superstar

The 13 year old ace throws up to 70mph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This month’s biggest story revolves around a three-sport athlete in baseball, basketball, and soccer, a 13-year-old pitcher with a seventy-mile per hour fastball, and a girl?

Mo’ne Davis of the Philadelphia Taney Dragons, has taken the nation by storm. She’s not only playing with boys in the 13-year-old age group, but dominating them. Davis just pitched back-to-back two hit shutout games.

Davis is the 18th girl to compete in the Little League World Series, except she is making history by becoming the first female to pitch a shutout. The Taney Dragons have also made Philadelphia history becoming the first Little League to represent the city in the series. The country has taken notice and she’s headlined ESPN, ABC, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Sports Illustrated.

An honors student at Chestnut Hill Academy, Davis shows the confidence needed to play in a sport dominated by males. Cool, calm, and collected it’s hard to believe Davis is 13, by the way she carries herself in interviews. Davis even called out superstar pitcher Clayton Kershaw to a pitch off in an interview with ESPN-w. Kershaw accepted and the pitch off could be well on the way.

“Hey Mo’ne, just wanted to say congratulations on making it to Williamsport,” Kershaw said in a video posted by ESPN-w. “That’s awesome, such a cool thing for you to get to do. Such a fun opportunity, and I heard you’re ready for a pitch-off. I don’t know exactly what that means, but I’m prepared. I’m ready for whenever you can make it out to L.A., just let me know.”

The Little League World Series has seen a gradual increase in popularity seemingly ever year. Players have the spotlight placed on them during introductions, where they talk about their favorite players, pregame ritual, and interests. The series really highlights their unique personalities. Clayton Broeder of the Pearson, Texas squad told Sports Illustrated he is hoping to steal Kate Upton from Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander.

Needless to say these young athletes are very ambitious. After high school Davis wants to play point guard at her dream school UConn, before turning pro. She may be well on her way, after receiving an encouraging phone call from their coach Geno Auriemma. Davis told the New York Times she received some tough love. After Auriemma wished her luck he told her “get more hits,” since hitting isn’t  one of her strengths. Mo’ne Davis and the Taney Dragons will look to continue their winning Wednesday evening against Las Vegas.

 

Tony Stewart Hits and Kills Driver Kevin Ward Jr.

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The three-time champion NASCAR driver struck and killed a sprint car driver Saturday night in upstate New York.

Kevin Ward Jr. climbed out of his car and tried to confront Stewart during the race. Ward stepped out into the middle of the dimly lit track when Stewart came and struck the driver. Ward was 20 years old.

Ward and Stewart were racing side-by-side for position as they exited a turn. Ward was on the outside when Stewart seemed to slide toward Ward’s car and crowd him toward the wall. The rear tire of Stewart’s car seemed to clip the front tire of Ward’s car, and Ward spun into the fence.

There has been speculation that Stewart hit the driver on purpose even though he claimed it was an accident. Stewart appeared to be very shaken up after the incident and would later decide that he would not race Sunday at Watkins Glen.

 

Jamie Foxx Will Play Mike Tyson In Upcoming Film

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Jamie Foxx is selected to play Mike Tyson in an upcoming biopic. The script is set to be written by Terrence Winter, who was also a writer for “The Wolf of Wall Street”, “The Sopranos”, and “Boardwalk Empire”.

The film is currently untitled and has not yet been picked up by a studio. Foxx’s manager, Rick Yorn, is set to be a producer.

Tyson is one of the most polarizing figures in sports who is known for his power and brutality in the ring.

Though it’s unknown specifically which parts of Tyson’s life Terrence Winter will concentrate on, he has a large amount of material to cover over the past 30 years. HBO has told the story before with the 1995 television film “Tyson” starring Michael Jai White, but no one has tried to adapt his story as a feature film.

Rory McIlroy Wins British Open

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It wasn’t the strongest start, but after a strong surge Rory McIlroy wins the 2014 British Open.

Going into the final round, McIlroy had a six-shot lead and was able to deliver a strong enough performance to finish with one shot under and a victory. After two years of struggling, McIlroy finally looked like a champion again.

McIlroy won by two shots over Sergio Gracia and Rickie Fowler.

Garcia was within two shots with four holes to play until he put his tee shot in a bunker just right of the 15th green. His first shot failed to get over the sodden wall and rolled back into the sand. Garcia shot 66 and was runner-up in a major for the fourth time.

Fowler, playing in the final group for the second straight major, couldn’t do enough to make up his six-shot deficit. Fowler played without a bogey, made three birdies on the last four holes and shot 67.

This was the first time two straight majors were won wire to wire. Martin Kaymer did it last month at Pinehurst No. 2, taking the U.S. Open by eight shots.

Stuart Scott Receives Jimmy V Award

Germany Defeats Argentina in World Cup Final

Germany celebrates

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In a very tough battle that remained scoreless in regulation time, Germany was able to pull out a victory against Argentina in the World Cup Final with a score of 1-0.

Both sides played tough and had many good shots, but both defenses would not let up.

Not until the 113th minute would Germany score. Schweinsteiger centered the ball to Mario Gotze who would then drill the ball into the goal with his left. The 22-year-old did not even start for Germany’s last three games.

For Argentina, it was too little, too late. The last play of the game was a free kick from Lionel Messi which sailed over the crossbar in the 123rd minute.

Colombia’s James Rodriguez was rewarded the Golden Boot as he scored 6 times throughout the World Cup.

The host for the next World Cup in 2018 will be Russia.

 

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