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The past weekend has been crazy. Rumors are swirling in the NBA, Super Bowl Media week started, two tennis legends are back on the mountain top, and the NHL and NFL all star game ensued.

NBA

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Rumors continue to swirl about Carmelo Anthony, but just how true are they? Well…unfortunately, for Anthony, it looked like his stock is way down and the Knicks are looking to get rid of him for next to nothing for the caliber of player he is. The Clippers, Celtics, and Cavaliers have been linked as potential suitors for Melo. The Celtics have come out and said they weren’t interested, but they might be interested in being the third team  in a deal to help the Knicks and Clippers complete a trade. The stumbling Cavs are likely out as well as the combination of Lebron, Kyrie, and Melo would probably sour in Cleveland very quickly.

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The rumor mill is also firing up with Jimmy Butler’s name in the center of it. Rajon Rondo’s comments about the Bulls on his Instagram page didn’t go unnoticed. Tempers are flaring and what was thought to be a contender in the East, has fallen a long way off. NBA analysts have talked about the Bulls calling the Celtics in regards to a trade between the two teams involving Butler.

NHL

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The NHL All star skills competition and game took place this weekend in Los Angeles. The Atlantic came out on top in the skills competition with 9 points, but the highlight of the night was when Ryan Kesler’s son took part in the final shootout competition. Kesler’s son took the puck down the ice and dangled Montreal goalie Carey Price and slid the puck 5-hole, then followed it with an even better celebration.

The All Star game took place Sunday afternoon in the new 3v3 format. The Metropolitan division took the crown with a 10-6 victory against the Atlantic, with Wayne Simmonds getting the MVP award.

Tennis

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Roger Federer and Serena Williams made history this weekend in Australia taking home the men’s and women’s title in the Austalian open, the first major championship of the year.

Roger won his 5th Aussie open title and 18th major championship overall, the most in the open era. Federer took on his longtime rival Rafael Nadal and took him down in an epic 5 set match.

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Serena Williams cruised through the competition winning her 7th Aussie Open title and her 23rd major championship overall, a record in the open era. Williams took on her sister Venus for the first time in a final since 2009. Serena coasted to a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

NFL

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The NFL held their first skills competition since the mid 2000’s and it was an extreme waste of time. If you didn’t watch it, you did not miss out. The Pro Bowl however was a much more entertaining game with the AFC edging out a victory 20-13. It was a rare defensive battle where there was multiple turnovers and somewhat entertaining football, something we have not seen a lot from in past Pro Bowls.

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On top of the Pro Bowl, the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots made their way to Houston. Media week is under way and the rest of our NFL coverage including predictions will be posted later this week so be on the look out!

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Tiger…Who?

Arguably one of the most polarizing athletes in the last two decades, Tiger Woods’ agent announced Tuesday that Woods will miss the PGA Championship next week at Baltusrol and the rest of the 2016 PGA tour season. This is sad news for Tiger fans as the golfer hasn’t played since the Wyndham Championship last August.

The question surrounding Woods this past year was when will he come back and even will he comeback at all?

Since Woods has been on tour in 1996, he has been one of the most competitive athletes out there willing to do anything to be the champion. Whether it is hitting thousands of golf balls a day or working out hours on end, Tiger has always been willing to do anything to be the best. Knowing Tiger’s attitude, I bet that he will return sometime during the 2017 season. Analysts have talked about Tiger returning at the Hero World Challenge, a low stakes tournament Tiger founded a few years back. It would create great publicity for the tournament and Tiger’s foundation would benefit greatly from this widespread press. The tournament is set to start on November 29th, which will be 13 months post-surgery.

Tiger’s return will create of a lot of buzz around the PGA Tour when it occurs, but it shouldn’t. Tiger has been the face of golf even before he reached the PGA Tour and he was deserving that title until about 2013, when he lead the PGA Tour in wins. Since then, Tiger’s golf game has been nonexistent and fans are now getting excited simply when he makes the cut, which is crazy to think about after the streak of tournaments he previously had making the cut. All those major titles and victories, the richest most recognizable athlete on the planet…and it all fell apart one weekend, 7 years ago.

Golf hasn’t forgotten Tiger, but maybe it should. He will never be what he was; he might create some stir here and there. His twilight years may get him one magical weekend where he takes home one more major title, but he is no longer the face of golf nor should he be.

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It’s time to focus on the new crop of ultra-talented golfers topped with guys who can drop 300 yard bombs with ease like Dustin Johnson or no look putts like Jordan Spieth. The PGA Tour has a new crop of young individuals who have taken the torch away from Tiger and led golf to a better place. Casual fans need to realize this, the fans that used to tune in strictly to see Tiger can get the same level of entertainment, maybe even better if they just tuned in now. Critics said the game of golf would die without Tiger, well it hasn’t.

Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Jason Day. These are the new faces of golf; we should focus on their bright futures, instead of what’s left of Tiger’s diminishing one.

Murray and Serena take Wimbledon

The Championships at Wimbledon wrapped up on Sunday with Britain’s prodigal son, Andy Murray taking home the Men’s singles title dispatching the Canadian Milos Raonic in 3 sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2). It was Murray’s second Wimbledon title. He was deemed the favorite to take the title when former champions, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic went down earlier in the tournament.

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Murray’s counterpart in the final match was upcoming tennis star Milos Raonic who carries with him a powerful serve and good hands at the net. Raonic led the field in Aces with 174 and had the tournament’s fastest serve of 146 MPH. This was Raonic’s first Major title final and it sure will not be his last.

The star of the tournament however came from the Women’s side of the bracket. USA’s own Serena Williams was the champion taking home the Wimbledon title for the 7th time in her career. It was Williams 22nd career major title tying Steffi Graf for the most major titles in the Open Era.

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Williams took the Championship match in typical Serena fashion beating Angelique Kerber in straight sets 7-5, 6-3. Kerber, who had previously beaten Williams at the Australian Open earlier this year, could not stop Williams this time from reaching her goal of tying Steffi Graf’s record. Now Serena eyes Margaret Court’s record of 24 major titles, but at 34 years old many would say Serena is nearing the end of her career. Serena’s game says otherwise as she still has the most dominating serve in Women’s tennis and the insatiable desire to win. Serena has at least 3 to 4 years of GREAT tennis left.

Amazingly, the singles title was not the only trophy Serena will be taking back to the States with her. She will also be taking home the Women’s Doubles title with her sister and playing Partner Venus Williams. It was the first time the two have played together in a major title in years so they came into the tournament unseeded. This did not change anything for the Williams sister’s extending their major title finals record to 14-0. After the tournament the Williams sister’s said that Wimbledon was simply a warmup for them to get acclimated with each other before they take on the rest of the World in Singles and Doubles tennis for America later this summer in Rio.

Remembering “The Greatest”

A sad day for the world of sports as boxer and civil rights activist, Muhammad Ali passed away yesterday at the age 74, due to respiratory complications.

Born with the name, Cassius Clay Jr. on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, his boxing career began at the mere age of 12. When Clay was young, a police officer named Joe Martin saw him fuming after another boy stole his bike. Clay said to Martin that he was going to “whup”him. Martin was quick to recruit Clay, saying that he should learn how to box first, and that he did.

In 1954, Clay’s amateur career began, during this time he went on to win six Kentucky Golden Gloves, two National Golden Gloves, and Amateur Athletic Union national title. Clay also made it to the 1960 Olympics in Rome where he won the Light Heavyweight Gold medal. He ended his amateur career with a record of 100 wins and 5 losses.

On October 29, 1960 Clay turned pro amassing a 19-0 record with 15 knockouts (KO’s) while becoming the number one contender for Sonny Liston’s Heavyweight title. Clay was a 7-1 underdog in the fight while many thought that it would be a quick victory for Liston. But this was not the case as Clay came out firing an dominated much of the match; winning in the 7th round by Technical knockout (TKO).

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Shortly after the first championship bout with Liston in 1963, Clay converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. Ali proceeded to defend his title a number of times until getting it stripped due to his refusal to be drafted to army service. From March 1967 to October of 1970, Ali did not fight.

In 1971, Ali won his Supreme Court Case by a decision of 8-0 and was reinstated.

On March 8, 1971 “The Fight of the Century” occurred when Ali took on current heavyweight champ, Joe Frazier. During this fight Ali debuted his famous “rope-a-dope strategy.” Unfortunately, Ali lost by unanimous decision.

This loss set the stage for his next title fight also known as, “The Rumble in the Jungle” against George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire. Ali defeated Foreman regaining the title for the first time since he lost it in 1967.

Ali then moved on to his next big fight against Joe Frazier for the decisive third time. The famous fight known as the “Thrilla in Manila.” With temperatures rising to 100 degrees fahrenheit, Ali won after an excruciating 14 rounds of boxing after Frazier’s trainer refused to let him come out for the 15th round.

Ali’s boxing career came to an unceremonious end in 1980-81 losing his first fight by knockout. Ali stayed active after his boxing career. Ali was involved in a number of diplomatic negotiations, including the release of American Hostages with Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein. He also served as the Ambassador of Peace traveling to Afghanistan on a three day goodwill mission. In 1996, Ali was bestowed with the honor of lighting the Olympic Flame in Atlanta.

Ali had dealt with many health issues through the years after his boxing career including a 32 year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Ali had been hospitalized a number of times throughout the last 3 years, this time it was pneumonia and he was unable to recover.

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“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”- Muhammad Ali

RIP to “The Greatest” January 17, 1942- June 3, 2016.