The NFL (sort of) is back tonight! Also, the Peggy Bookers injury affects all of women’s college basketball.

The NFL (sort of) is back tonight!  Also, the Peggy Bookers injury affects all of women’s college basketball.

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Happy Thursday everyone. Hope you are doing well.

Let’s get right into it.

Good morning to all but especially to…

NFL fans

The NFL is back! Kind (kind enough for me!) of Jaguars And Robbers Tonight they will face each other in the Hall of Fame game, mark the beginning of the pre-season. Both teams are very different from what they did at the end of last year.

  • The Jaguars hired him. Doug Pederson After being the head coach City Mayor The crash last season. While last year’s No. 1 overall pick, K.B Trevor LawrenceHe won’t play tonight, we’ll see this year’s No. 1 pick OLB Travon Walker.
  • Meanwhile, the robbers are hiring. Josh McDaniels and brought in several big-name veterans including Davante Adams And Chandler Jones. They are looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2000-02.
  • These teams were selected to play in the Hall of Fame game because they faced former Jaguars. Tony Bocelli and former Raiders wide receiver cliff branch They are being inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend. You can see the whole episode over here.

Listen, this isn’t going to be the highest quality football you’ll ever see. Teams have only been in training camp for two weeks, and most starters (indeed, maybe all starters) and some established starters aren’t playing. But, hey, there’s NFL football on TV for the first time since February. I will take it.

Honorable verses

And not such a good morning …

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Page Buckers, UConn Huskies and college basketball in general

UConn women’s basketball will be without its brightest star, and women’s college basketball will be worse for it. Page Backers He tore his ACL in Monday’s game And he will miss the entire 2022-23 season.

  • The rising junior He missed a significant portion of last season. After suffering a tibial plateau fracture in December.
  • She returned late in the year and helped lead UConn to the national title game, where the Huskies lost. South Carolina.
  • In the year As a freshman in 2020-21, Buickers averaged 20.0 points, 5.7 assists and 4.9 rebounds to become the first freshman to win AP Women’s Player of the Year. She also won the Naismith Prize.

Buecers is an absolute joy to watch, and she’s unstoppable when she’s rolling offensively, with a silky-smooth mid-range shot, impressive handle and passing ability, and ability to knock down the 3-pointer. In the Elite 8 — one of the best games of the year — Buecers poured in 27 points on 15 shots.

This is a huge loss for UConn and women’s basketball in general. Buecers is truly irreplaceable in every sense of the word.

They are not very respected

NFL Deshaun Watson suspension appeal. What happens next? 🏈

The NFL has it He filed an appeal Deshaun WatsonIt was a six-game suspension. Monday gave by Disciplinary Officer Sue L. Robinson.

  • The ability to appeal is guaranteed in the league’s collective agreement; Watson and the NFLPA had previously said they would not appeal the decision and urged the NFL to do the same.
  • NFL commissioner Roger Good He decides who will hear the appeal. Goodell can choose himself.
  • The NFL needs one An indefinite suspension of at least one yearAccording to CBS Sports’ NFL Insider Jonathan Jones.
  • According to reports, the NFLPA is preparing to sue the NFL in federal court following the league’s decision to appeal. The NFLPA has two business days to respond to the appeal.

Here’s a key passage from the NFL statement:

  • “Pursuant to the 2020 NFL-NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (‘CBA’), the Disciplinary Officer’s actual findings are binding and not subject to appeal. Judge Robinson found Mr. Watson He has violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy on multiple occasions And suspended him for six games.”

Robinson engaged in Watson. “Sexual harassment, conduct that poses a real risk to the safety and security of another person, and conduct that damages or threatens the integrity of the NFL.” While the NFL persisted in seeking an indefinite suspension of at least one year, Robinson wrote that she was. “Bound by standards of fairness and consistent treatment among players alike.”

There is no specific timeline for Gudel’s or his appointee’s decision.

LIV Golfers Sue the PGA Tour ⛳

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Thought the LIV vs PGA drama was over? Think again. Phil Mickelson He is among a group of 11 LIV Golf League players. Filing an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour A potential goal of a comeback on the PGA Tour. Here are the main details:

  • The PGA Tour Banned players who went to LIV Golf Come back in June. He was on the PGA Tour. Mickelson was suspended in March After his comments regarding Saudi Arabia and LIV Golf.
  • The PGA Tour allows up to three exemptions per season to allow members to play on other tours. That was not the case for LIV events.
  • LIV has been preparing this lawsuit for some time, according to reports; They say the PGA Tour has a monopoly in the golf market. And using that power to stop a fledgling league from entering the market.
  • Players like Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka And Dustin Johnson — excluded from the PGA Tour — They are not part of this lawsuit.

There is a potential solution. — at least in the short term — writes our golf expert Kyle Porter for all of this.

  • Porter: “Whether players will be allowed to play both tours remains to be seen, but we should have a quick answer as to whether players will be allowed to play in the FedEx Cup next week. Here’s a recent example.” Ian Poulter And there were two other golfers. Despite being banned from the DP World Tour, he was allowed to play in the Scottish Open. It was postponed shortly before the start of the tournament. Perhaps the same applies in this case.”

Will Juan Soto Be MLB’s First $500-Million Man? ⚾

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Now the dust is settled John Soto Join the Padres — made his team debut last night — we turn our attention to the big long-term question. What kind of contract does he get?

Remember, Soto He rejected an extension of 440 million dollars for 15 years from the nationals At the beginning of this season, Washington was the first to listen to trade offers. That $440 million would have made Soto the highest paid player in MLB history by total money. Does this mean it’s headed for the once-unthinkable $500 million mark?

Our MLB expert Dane Perry has. Four reasons why it can beincluding…

  • Perry:Soto’s career OPS+ of 160 is the fourth-highest for a player age 23 and under who has played at least 500 games. … When a player combines excellence with youth — especially when free agency hits — he’s going to make a lot of money. This is because it promises a proven level of high performance and expects to maintain that level or beyond for many years. When you’re as young as Soto, chances are he’s still pre-high. Teams pay for that.”

We are watching Thursday 📺

🏀 Mercury in the Sunon ESPN 2 at 7 p.m
Rays on tigers7:10 pm on FS1
🏈 Hall of Fame Game: Jaguars vs. Raiders8 p.m. on NBC



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