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July 3rd, 2019

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1. What’s New

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The Toronto Raptors haven’t backed off one centimeter and Drake is said to be mounting his own recruiting campaign on top of whatever the freshly minted champions are doing to convince Kahwi Leonard to stay.

This past season Leonard dropped $13.3 million on a beautiful mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, California where he is spending his offseason and hosting his suitors. Google “Kawhi Leonard house” and you will find multiple articles with pictures of the place.

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star point guard Ben Simmons and the 76ers are negotiating a $170 million, five-year extension. Simmons will make about $8.1 million this season, the last of his four-year rookie deal. Assuming the sides agree on what will be a full max, Simmons’ salary for the following season would jump to about $29.3 million and eventually rise to nearly $39 million in 2024-25.

Free-agent forward Jared Dudley has agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

So much for the Houston Rockets making dramatic changes. Chris Paul, Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker are still around. Ditto for lame-duck head coach Mike D’Antoni. Danuel House and Gerald Green re-upped Sunday, while Austin Rivers inked a new deal Monday, per Wojnarowski.

According to Adam Schefter, during the first hours of free agency,
Adrian Wojnarowski was adding about 175 followers per minute on Instagram.

If Los Angeles Lakers were able to acquire Andre Iguodala on a veteran minimum deal following a buyout with Memphis that would be among the biggest steals of the offseason.

Klay Thompson is celebrating his new max deal with a special edition sneaker drop this weekend, highlighting his pre-game locker ritual of reading the newspaper.

Free-agent center Willie Cauley-Stein will sign with the Golden State Warriors.The 7-foot Cauley-Stein had played all four of his seasons in Sacramento since the Kings took him sixth overall in the 2015 draft.

The Warriors have also signed small forward Glenn Robinson has agreed to a two-year deal. Also, Kevon Looney is returning to the Golden State on a three-year, $15 million deal.

Free-agent forward Jeff Green has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million veterans minimum contract with the Utah Jazz.

The Jazz also reached agreement with free-agent point guard Emmanuel Mudiay on a one-year deal.

According to Bloomberg, shares of MSG Networks fell more than 6% during Monday’s trading,largely because of the fact that the team missed on marquee free agents like Durant and Irving.

Massive television and digital audiences have tuned in to watch the first three weeks of live coverage, prompting organizer FIFA to forecast a total global audience of 1 billion viewers across all platforms by the time the final whistle blows.

United States’ Alex Morgan celebrates after scoring her side’s second goal during the Women’s World Cup semifinal soccer match between England and the United States, at the Stade de Lyon, outside Lyon, France, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

With Alex Morgan’s cheeky tea-sipping celebration and a postgame mobbing of goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, the United States has moved a step closer to successfully defending its latest Women’s World Cup title with a 2-1 win over England.

The U.S. women’s national soccer team added wattage to its World Cup star power on Monday as sports apparel-maker Nike (NKE.N) said the team’s home jersey is a record-breaking seller on its retail site.

Sue Bird, former UConn and current WNBA star didn’t appreciate President Donald Trump’s tough Twitter comments directed toward her girlfriend Megan Rapinoe.

The reigning WNBA rookie of the year A’ja Wilson trailed Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics by less than 5,000 votes in the returns which were released Tuesday. Delle Donne was one of the two captains in last year’s All-Star Game, and her team lost to Candace Parker’s team. She received 20,337 votes, and Wilson had 15,379.

Los Angeles Angels manager Brad Ausmus wipes tears from his eyes as he responds to questions during a news conference about the passing of Tyler Skaggs, before a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

With the memory of Tyler Skaggs weighing heavy on their hearts, the Los Angeles Angels took the field for their first game since the death of the much-loved 27-year-old pitcher who got to play for his favorite childhood team.

Christian Yelich hit his major league-leading 31st homer Tuesday night, but Yasiel Puig homered to start Cincinnati’s comeback and scored the winning run in the 11th inning, rallying the Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

John Sterling has called all but two New York Yankees games since taking over as the team’s radio play-by-play announcer in 1989. That streak, which began after he missed two games that first season, is about to end.

Slugger Manny Machado of the San Diego Padres sat out against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night after Major League Baseball upheld his one-game suspension for a confrontation with an umpire.

Major League Baseball is set with six of the eight players that are already known for the Home Run Derby, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Christian Yelich, Ronald Acuña Jr., Pete Alonso, Josh Bell and Carlos Santana.

Major League Baseball is expanding its international outreach by opening a regional office in New Delhi, India. It is MLB’s sixth overseas office. To help engage with local fans, convert cricket players to baseball, and grow overall participation in the sport.

Major League Baseball teams are spending big bucks in the international free agent market, reportedly the New York Yankees are signing 16-year-old center fielder Jasson Dominguez. According to ESPN and MLB PipeLine he is the most highly regarded international prospect from Latin America in a decade.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott issued a statement about his meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday, saying he had made a poor decision in Las Vegas and needs to work harder to not put himself in such situations.

Nike struck down a plan to release a shoe featuring the original version of the U.S. flag this week at the request of Colin Kaepernick, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

LSU has hired former USC and Los Angeles Rams coach John Robinson as a senior consultant to Tigers coach Ed Orgeron.

Florida State Seminoles are bracing for a ticket sales situation that could see a decrease of more than $8 million in overall football ticket revenue, according to Ira Schoffel of Warchant. According to FSU’s planned budget for the coming year, the Seminoles are projecting a decrease of more than $8 million in overall football ticket revenue from over $23 million to around $15 million.

Add Cal to the list of pro teams/college programs who are looking to ticket passes to try and help solve attendance issues. Called the “March to Victory Pass”, it will cost either $149 or $299 per person depending on location for the six home games.

Kentucky‘s Brad Calipari, son of coach John Calipari, is transferring to Detroit Mercy, where he will be able to play immediately as a graduate transfer.

Serena Williams is teaming up with Andy Murray for mixed doubles at Wimbledon. Murray’s agent, Matt Gentry, said Tuesday night that the two Grand Slam champions and former No. 1-ranked players will be partners at the All England Club.

NBC kicks off its Nascar Cup season coverage this Sunday with a race from Chicagoland Speedway on NBC Sports Network. It comes on the heels of Fox Sports posting a 2% ratings increase compared to 2018 for its first-half race schedule. The gain was a welcome change for the race series where ratings are off nearly 50% over the past decade.

A social media campaign on Adidas’ U.K. Twitter account backfires. The company was using artificial intelligence to respond to users. The retailer’s U.K. Twitter account sending out anti-Semitic messages and other inappropriate slurs to its more than 800,000 followers.

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