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25 Aug 2016 21:31:09 -0400
Lochte to be summoned to appear in Rio, charged with making false report
The Ryan Lochte saga is not over quite yet. The U.S. swimmer will be summoned to appear at a hearing in front of Brazil’s Justice Department regarding the incident from the Olympics, according to ESPN. ESPN reports that Lochte will not be permitted to give his testimony in the United States, as Decetive Clemente Braune stated. Braune was responsible for the investigation in the case. If Lochte does not appear at the hearing, the case will go on without his testimony. Braune told ESPN, “We depend on this measure of cooperation, but he has to come to Brazil and testify in court.” FOX News details other scenarios in the case, including what happens if he doesn’t appear: There is no penalty for him not appearing in front of the Justice Department, but if he doesn’t appear he won’t be able to engage in a plea deal, Detective Clemente Braune said. Lochte returned to the U.S. last week. The civil police in Brazil say they will finish their investigation this week and send their findings to state

25 Aug 2016 19:20:31 -0400
Carlos Ruiz traded to Dodgers
The Carlos Ruiz era in Philadelphia has officially come to an end. According to a report by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Thursday, the longtime Phillies catcher has been traded along with cash to the LA Dodgers in a backstop exchange for AJ Ellis. Also headed to the Phillies are right-handed pitching prospect Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later. The 33-year-old Ruiz had been in the Phillies organization since 1998, when he was signed by the team as an amateur free agent. He won a World Series with them in 2008. The Dodgers have struggled to receive a consistent contribution from the catcher position with Ellis and Yasmani Grandal hitting just .220 combined on the season. Ruiz, who has a .261 batting average and a .719 OPS in 2016 should be able to help out in that regard. With the Dodgers trying to fight off the San Francisco Giants for the NL West lead, a cost-effective acquisition like the former All-Star Ruiz could really make a difference for them down the stretch and onwards into the pos

25 Aug 2016 18:43:28 -0400
Ezekiel Elliott reportedly arrived at training camp overweight
Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott doesn’t seem like he’s the best at first impressions. According to a report by Albert Breer of The MMQB on Thursday, Elliott caused “some concern” when he arrived to Cowboys training camp overweight at 231 pounds. While that mark was only six pounds heavier than Elliott’s listed playing weight at Ohio State and the 21-year-old is said to have “worked off some of that weight before tweaking his hamstring,” it’s still not a great look. It’s been a rough first few months in Dallas for Elliott, who has also managed to anger Cowboys fans and cause a distraction with allegations of domestic violence in the short period since he was drafted by the team at No. 4 overall in April. But with Elliott possibly in line for 300 carries this season, it looks like he’ll get the opportunity to put all of this behind him with a strong performance on the gridiron. Hopefully he makes the most of it.

25 Aug 2016 15:46:51 -0400
Olympian auctions off medal to help young cancer patient
Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski won the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but was not interested in hanging on to the medal. Instead, he chose to auction the medal off, hoping to raise funds for Olek Szymanski, a three-year-old boy battling eye cancer. The auction was a success. On his Facebook page, Małachowski excitedly announced that the medal had been bought by Polish siblings Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk, raising the necessary funds. Roughly translated, Malchowski said: “Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk just declared their willingness to buy my silver medal for the amount which enables you to complete the treatment, what I wanted most. Thus, we end the bidding and the medal will go into the hands of Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk.” This is certainly a great gesture from Malachowski, who reached out to help a boy who obviously needed a lot of it. It’s also a great move from the Kulczyk’s, estimated to be worth $3.4 billion. They’ve shown a willingness to use ...

25 Aug 2016 15:33:58 -0400
Report: Dodgers have turned down lowball offers for Puig
Despite the rumors that the Los Angeles Dodgers are desperate to get rid of Yasiel Puig and would take whatever they could get for him, a new report states that that is not the case. According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, team have been lowballing the Dodgers in offers, but the team has resisted them and seem intent on at least getting fair value for him. “They don’t seem ready to trade him,” Heyman quoted one rival GM as saying. “This guy has a lot of talent,” another GM said. “They can’t just give him away now.” Puig is unlikely to play for the Dodgers again, at least in 2016. However, they are impressed with his demeanor since being demoted, and he has also played well at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The Dodgers were reportedly trying to pawn Puig off onto anyone who would take him, but this runs counter to that report. Puig remains just 25 years old and has shown his talent, so it makes sense that they would at least demand some sort of return for him.

25 Aug 2016 15:32:57 -0400
Jason Pierre-Paul’s lawsuit against Adam Schefter, ESPN will proceed
Nearly six months after New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul filed an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against ESPN and reporter Adam Schefter, a Miami federal judge has ruled the case can proceed. “The court correctly ruled that Jason properly stated an invasion-of-privacy claim against ESPN and Adam Schefter, who we allege improperly published Jason’s medical records. Today’s ruling is a recognition of Jason’s right, as a professional athlete, to oppose the publication of his medical records without his consent,” JPP’s attorney, Mitchell Schuster of Meister Seelig & Fein, told the New York Post. Although Schefter and ESPN did not technically violate HIPAA laws with their July 2015 release of Pierre-Paul’s medical charts, the former Pro Bowl defensive end says the documents were “improperly obtained” and their release was not “a matter of legitimate public concern.” ESPN obtained medical charts that show Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul had right index finger amputated today.

25 Aug 2016 14:42:38 -0400
The Rock, Vin Diesel to settle 'rivalry' at WrestleMania 33?
Are Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel playing us all? The Rock caused a stir recently when he called out some of his “Fast 8” male co-stars for being “candy asses,” but an insider told the gossip magazine Life & Style the beef largely is a publicity stunt to generate interest for both the movie and a match at WrestleMania 33. “They are playing a huge prank, and it’s all for publicity,” the insider told Life & Style. Perhaps there is some truth to there being a real rivalry between The Rock and Diesel — the insider said as much to Life & Style — but some astute internet commenters were quick to suggest shortly after The Rock’s social media call-out that it might be by design. After all, WrestleMania 33 is scheduled to take place April 2, 2017, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. The movie “Fast 8” — starring both The Rock and Diesel — is set to hit theaters April 14. How convenient. “The Rock convinced Vin to amp up the drama between them so they

25 Aug 2016 14:11:32 -0400
Report: Browns trade former No. 6 overall pick Mingo to Pats
The Cleveland Browns are giving up on their No. 6 overall pick from the 2013 NFL Draft. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Browns have agreed to a trade that will send linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the New England Patriots. Browns are trading the sixth overall pick from the 2013 draft, LB Barkevious Mingo, to the New England Patriots, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 25, 2016 Mingo was a star at LSU, but he has been a disappointment with the Browns. He appeared in all 16 games last season but recorded just 24 total tackles and no sacks. His sack totals have decreased each season since he had five his rookie year. It’s unclear what the Patriots are sending to Cleveland, though it can’t be much. Mingo’s stock has plummeted at this point, and he may have to fight for a final roster spot in New England. In other news, Harry Potter is probably a Patriots fan now.

25 Aug 2016 14:04:28 -0400
Harden organizing players-only minicamp with Rockets
For the second consecutive year, James Harden is looking to get a jump on preparing for the upcoming season with a players-only minicamp. According to Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston, Harden has rounded up his Houston Rockets teammates for some pre-camp workouts beginning next week. Corey Brewer says Harden has been responsible for all the planning and organization. “James is doing everything,â€* Brewer said. “He is showing he wants to be a leader. He’s the franchise player. He signed the extension. So it’s his team, and he’s doing all the right things to do what we need to do to have a chance to win championships.â€* Harden did the same thing last season, and the Rockets got off to a painfully slow start. However, this is a new team. Dwight Howard has moved on and Harden signed a lucrative extension. “We want to send a message that we’re ready to go,â€* Brewer added. “We’re going to work our butts off. All the guys have been working hard this summer. Last year was a year that we didnâ€

25 Aug 2016 12:09:53 -0400
Raiders file trademark applications for ‘Las Vegas Raiders’
How serious are the Oakland Raiders about moving to Las Vegas? Serious enough that they have filed for trademarks in case it happens. Darren Heitner of Forbes discovered this week that the Raiders filed trademark applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the mark “Las Vegas Raiders” on Aug. 20. The trademarks have been filed to cover such areas as education and entertainment services, apparel, mobile applications, football helmets, trading cards, jewelry and play figures. Here’s a screenshot of one of the filings: As Heitner notes, the filings don’t necessarily mean the Raiders relocating is a guarantee or even anywhere close to happening. The San Diego Chargers filed trademarks for “LA Chargers” but are still trying to determine if they are leaving their current home. However, a Raiders move to Vegas has picked up steam in recent months. There are obviously some serious financial obstacles involved, but team owner Mark Davis wants it to happen. We’d say trademark filings

24 Aug 2016 20:24:58 -0400
U.S. Soccer hands Solo six month suspension for Olympic comments
Before Ryan Lochte got himself into trouble at the Olympics, Hope Solo was at the center of her own self-inflicted controversy in Rio de Janeiro. And we’re not even talking about her Zika virus jokes. Following the U.S. women’s soccer team’s stunning quarterfinal loss against Sweden at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Solo said USA “lost to a bunch of cowards,” among other things. Well, actions have consequences, and Solo learned that the hard way Wednesday night when the USWNT announced it has suspended Solo for six months for “conduct that is counter to the organization’s principles.” “The comments by Hope Solo after the match against Sweden during the 2016 Olympics were unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players,” U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a press release. “Beyond the athletic arena, and beyond the results, the Olympics celebrate and represent the ideals of fair play and respect. We expect all of our representatives to

24 Aug 2016 15:37:37 -0400
Report: Josh Gordon will be restricted free agent after 2016
Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon will not be entering unrestricted free agency after the 2016 NFL season. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Gordon will become a restricted free agent—meaning his team, be it or the Browns or some other franchise—can control his rights for the 2017 season by issuing one of the three restricted tenders after this season. The finding is relevant both for the Browns and any team interested in trading for Gordon, who reportedly has several potential suitors in the NFL. Teams attempting to deal for the former league leader in receiving yards wouldn’t be getting a one-year, 12-game (factoring in his four-game suspension to start 2016) rental. Instead, Gordon’s contract is essentially good for two years, with significant draft pick capital (based on the tender given) available if another team attempts to sign him in restricted free agency after 2016. NFL rules allow teams to place one of the three tenders on restricted free agents. There’s the lowest

24 Aug 2016 14:35:14 -0400
Chargers release statement on Joey Bosa situation
The San Diego Chargers took an especially odd situation and made it a tad more questionable on Wednesday. In response to a report that contract talks are going nowhere between the Chargers and rookie defensive end Joey Bosa, the team released this statement. Statement from the San Diego Chargers on defensive end Joey Bosa. — San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) August 24, 2016 There are a few different things to look at here. First off, the Chargers made sure to get into specifics regarding their latest offer to Bosa. The initial signing bonus portion of the contract is said to be higher than what any other player has received in each of the past two drafts. Meanwhile, he’d earn more money this calendar year than any player from the 2016 NFL Draft class outside of Carson Wentz. While that’s fine and dandy, the Chargers’ statement solely addresses guaranteed cash. It doesn’t take into account the real issue here, which is off-set language. The 2011 Coll...

24 Aug 2016 14:15:36 -0400
Yoenis Cespedes says he will not opt out of Mets contract
Yoenis Cespedes says he is planning to do something that is extremely uncommon for a professional athlete — turn down the opportunity to get a massive raise. Cespedes, who is once again producing big numbers for the New York Mets this season, signed a three-year contract with the team this past winter. The total deal is worth $75 million, but Cespedes has the ability to opt out of the final two years and $47.5 million after this season. However, he claims he is not planning to exercise that option. Matt Ehalt of The Record recently asked Cespedes — who was speaking through an interpreter — if he intends to honor all three years of his current contract in New York. His answer was simple. “Yes,” the 30-year-old said. Cespedes is hitting .295 this season with 25 home runs, 64 RBI and an OPS of .935. He helped lead the Mets to the World Series last year and genuinely seems to like playing at Citi Field, but he is expected to be the top free agent on the market this winter. Many predict he will be of

24 Aug 2016 13:04:32 -0400
Zach Johnson unloads on Olympic golf
You can add Zach Johnson to the list of golfers who have no intention of ever representing their country at the Olympics. After a practice round at the Barclays Championship on Monday, Johnson was asked if he watched any of the Rio Olympics. He said he watched “a lot,” but he most certainly didn’t follow along with the sport he plays. “Oh, I didn’t watch golf,” Johnson told Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post. “I’d rather watch the sports that should be in the Olympics. I’d rather watch the athletes who train for four years for that one week. I’d rather watch swimming and diving, track and field — the athletes that are relevant for one week. All of our [golf] athletes are relevant 24-7, 365. I just don’t see the need for golf to be in the Olympics. Same thing with basketball. It’s relevant all the time. LeBron James, Kevin Durant? They’re relevant all the time.” Tell us how you really feel, Zach. The 2015 Open Championship winner took it a step further, saying he has a “str

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