Serena Williams wins 20th Gram Slam title

 

After beating Timea Bacsinszky in the French Open semifinals on Thursday Serena Williams said in a statement ” I felt really terrible during the semis.  I’m actually not sure how I got through the match, and when it was over, I just kind of collapsed. I couldn’t move. I think I have some kind of flu, which makes it tough, because it’s just a matter of resting and keeping hydrated.”
With her minor setback, rest and hydration was clearly the winning antidote. Serena camback on Saturday to win the 20th Grand Slam Title against 28 year old Czech tennis player Lucie Šafářová.

 

Brittney Griner files for annulment from Glory Johnson

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From a Fight, to an Arrest, a 7 game suspension from the WNBA, A Jumping  ofthe broom, then an annoucement of a expecting Glory Johnson.

Now this couple is headed for an Annulment which was previously reported by TMZ , Griner says the marriage to Johnson is based on “fraud and duress” — because Griner was “pressured into marriage under duress by [Johnson’s] threatening statements.”

I have a feeling that this is not the end of the Brittney and Glory saga, this shall be continued…..

Mystery Men

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It’s the names you don’t know that will win the NBA        Finals

Steph Curry can hit shots from anywhere at a ridunkulous rate.  LeBron can outmuscle forwards and outrun centers.  Klay Thompson has a masterful balance of outside shooting and slashing ability.  Kyrie Irving seems to move in slow motion to everyone…..except the dude guarding him.  We all know these players and what they’ll do.  Like we know Charles Barkley will say something random and Shaq will say something no one can understand.  These have all been constants throughout the playoffs.

It’s what we don’t know that’s going to make the difference in this series.

Golden State seems like a perimeter team on the surface.  It seems like Steve Kerr has given everyone the green line from outside the arc.  The reality is the Warriors are 8th in points in the paint in the playoffs and Festus Ezeli has been a huge part of that.  He’s averaging 4 rebounds in just 11 minutes and also providing solid interior defense.  Cleveland will need to know where he is on the floor or the Splash Brothers will penetrate and leave him some beautiful lobs for rim-rockin’.

On the flip side, Mozgov could be the X-factor in the middle for the Cavs.  Tristan Thompson has been the hot ticket in the playoffs, but Timofey’s girth might match up better against Bogut in the trenches.  The Aussie likes to throw his weight around and is great at leaning in and creating contact with defenders.  Thompson is strong but is better at using space to slide into rebounding position……and battling with Bogut might also lead to foul trouble.

Draymond Green is going to guard King James a lot, but Harrison Barnes will spell him at times and his ability to make LeBron work for baskets and on defense will be key.  Barnes has hit some big threes in the playoffs and can get in the lane off the dribble.  That could mean fouls and fatigue for BronBron.  The former Tarheel won’t shut him down, but any chance at slowing him will help.

JR Smith and Iman Shumpert are going to be tough for the Warriors to match up with when the second unit is on the floor.  Smith can kill you from the perimeter when he’s on…….but he can also kill himself when he’s not.  JR has reigned it in for most of the playoffs and make pretty good decisions.  He can be a real problem for defenses when he decides to attack the lane because he’s solid physically.  I don’t see Livingston or Barbosa able to contain him.
Shumpert is even more of a wild card than Smith.  He can rebound well for a guard and really gets after it on defense.  Dude is long and active and throws all kind of crazy at offenses.  He’s also been pitching in 10 pts a game, much of that from deep.

And finally, my man Delly.

Dellavedova scores 7 points and dishes out 3 assists a game, but bruh leads the league in aggravation, hustle and grit.  He will D up anybody and dives for every ball within sight.  Some have called him dirty.  Others say he’s a throwback to when G’s were playing the game.  I like to think of him as a white, Australian Charles Oakley.  This is the guy harassing Curry or Klay or maybe even Draymond and I bet he baits on of them into a technical foul in the first game.  If he’s able to play his game and not get tossed, look for the Cavs to steal one in San Fransisco.

This will be a grinding series, even with the up tempo of the Warriors.  Whoever gets the most out of their 3rd and 4th options will force the other team to play reactive basketball.  And that’s when the grimiest players make a difference.

 

Browns QB Johnny Manziel is in Trouble Again

 

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Some people are destined for greatness and then there are some people who are destined to do everything in their power to prevent their own greatness from ever occurring.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel AKA Johnny Football is back in the news for yet another incident involving a fan. This time it was at the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament in Irving, Texas.

On Saturday evening, a heckling fan at the golf event attempted for two hours straight to get an autograph from Manziel – that is some serious dedication. When the fan realized he wasn’t going to get that autograph, he began to trash-talk Manziel who in turn threw a water bottle at him. Fortunately for Manziel, this was the one pass that he was probably relieved that he didn’t complete, as the bottle missed the fan. At that point, one of Manziel’s friends stepped in and shoved the fan.

The 18-year-old fan that was involved decided not to press charges against Manziel and his friend.

Johnny’s Future Outlook so far

Johnny Football is no stranger to publicity and controversy. Remember his days at Texas A&M University where he allegedly received money for signing autographs? No evidence was found to support that allegation, but he was still suspended for a whole…half of a game probably because he tried to rub his nose in it and the NCAA didn’t want to appear incompetent.

More recently, Manziel entered rehab in February months after his brief, lackluster performance in his rookie year. Also, With the signings of quarterbacks Josh McCown and Thaddeus Lewis in the offseason, Manziel will most likely start out the season as the 3rd-string quarterback since those quarterbacks have way more experience in their pinky fingers than he has overall.

Now Manziel’s career isn’t over by a long shot. He could theoretically outperform McCown and Lewis in training camp and/or the preseason and get the nod to start. But if he doesn’t, would he really be willing to wait for his chance to start in Cleveland, which could take months if not years? If not, at least the need for quarterbacks in the NFL will never end as long as there aren’t clones being mass-produced from younger versions of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees.

On the other hand, like I said earlier, some people are destined to prevent their own greatness from ever being displayed. I get that Johnny is still practically a child and wants to go out and have his fun. He should still have his fun, but only after he has proven himself in the NFL. As many NFL players will tell you, you don’t get awarded for just making it to the pro level. This is where the real journey for a football player begins.

If Johnny Football wants it bad enough, he is going have to start acting like it. He has a chance to do something for a living that most people wish they could do but can’t because of a lack of talent, skill, or in Johnny’s case – discipline. He should take notes from Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, a 3rd round draft pick with little to no expectations who beat out his competition for the starting position and has just recently played in his second Super Bowl at the age of 26. He’s young as well and probably will never get caught up in the same foolishness that Manziel just seems to thrive in.

 

 

 

Another Falcons player accused of dog mistreatment

 

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Even after the whole Michael Vick incident that lingered on the minds and palates of adoring fans. The Falcons franchise was restructured. The team and fans were able to move pass the past. Now the Falcons are reliving a familiar story of one of their beloved players being accused of mistreating a dog.

According to the AJC, 23 year old Prince Shembo has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals.

Shembo’s former girlfriend Denicia Williams called the police on April 19 to report that her former boyfriend had killed her Yorkie, named Dior. She allegedly left Dior with Shembo and when she returned, Dior was unresponsive. Dior died shortly after.

The Falcons released a statement: “We are aware of the charges that have been filed against Prince Shembo. We are extremely disappointed that one of our players is involved in something like this. Accordingly, we have decided to waive Prince Shembo.”