All-Star Forward Jimmy Butler Requests Trade From Minnesota Timberwolves

Following a meeting with Minnesota Timberwolves officials, All-Star forward Jimmy Butler has requested a trade after playing just one season with the team. However, reports state that Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau is not ready to part ways with Butler just yet. Despite missing 23 regular season games in 2017-18, Butler earned All-NBA Third Team honors for the second consecutive season; posting averages of 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. Minnesota was 37-25 with Butler in the lineup and 10-13 without him. In the 2018 post-season, the 29-year-old averaged a team-high 15.8 points along with 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists over five games.

Jimmy Butler requests trade from Timberwolves


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UFC’s Jon Jones Suspended 15 Months By USADA

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been given a 15-month suspension by the United States Anti-Doping Agency and will be able to return to the octagon by October 28th. Jones tested positive for metabolites of an anabolic steroid in July 2017, less than a month after winning the light heavyweight title by knocking out Daniel Cormier in the second round at UFC 214. Jones has already served almost 14 months, since his suspension is retroactive to the date of the test.  In order to regain his fight license, Jones must complete three months community service and pay a previously ordered $205,000 fine. Jones posted on his Twitter soon after the news broke saying he plans on going after the title. UFC 230 is slated for November 3 in Madison Square Garden; Jones would be eligible to fight on that card, but UFC president Dana White spoke said that Jones will likely return in 2019.

UFC’s Jones suspended but can return in Oct.


Tampa Bay Bucs QB Jameis Winston Sued by Uber Driver Over Incident

The female Uber driver who accused Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston of groping her has filed a lawsuit against him. The plaintiff, identified as “Kate P.”, is seeking more than $75,000 in damages in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Arizona. Winston is serving a three-game suspension from the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. He is set to return from his ban following the Buccaneers’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday. The NFL investigated the incident for eight months before concluding that Winston was involved in detrimental conduct by “touching the driver in an inappropriate and sexual manner without her consent and that disciplinary action was necessary and appropriate.” In Winston’s absence on the field, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown for 819 yards to go along with eight passing touchdowns and a rushing score for the Buccaneers (2-0).  Winston became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 4,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. He was hampered by a shoulder injury in 2017.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston Sued by Uber Driver Over Alleged Groping


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Philadelphia 76ers Promote Elton Brand For Vacant GM Role

The Philadelphia 76ers hired Elton Brand as general manager on Tuesday. Brand beat out several more-experienced candidates inside and outside the Sixers organization, sources said. Brand, 39, had been recently promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations after serving the past year as GM of the Sixers’ G League affiliate in Delaware. After retiring as a player in 2016, he spent two years in the organization. Among those considered for the vacant GM role were Utah Jazz assistant GM Justin Zanik, Houston Rockets vice president Gersson Rosas and assistant Golden State Warriors GM Larry Harris. Brand replaces coach Brett Brown, who had been the interim GM since Bryan Colangelo resigned in June. Brand was the No. 1 overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in the 1999 NBA draft, and he made two All-Star appearances in 16 seasons. He signed a five-year, $82 million free-agent deal with Philadelphia in 2008 but was marred by injury. He returned to Philadelphia in 2015 as a player and retired there in 2016.

NBA notebook: 76ers to promote Brand to GM role


New Orleans Pelicans Bringing Back Veteran Guard Jarrett Jack

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to terms on a one-year, veteran-minimum contract with guard Jarrett Jack. Jack, who turns 35 next month, has played 13 years in the NBA, including two stints with New Orleans. He also has played for Portland, Indiana, Toronto, Golden State, Cleveland, Brooklyn and New York. Jack averaged nearly 11 points per game throughout his career and averaged a career-best 15.6 points in the 2011-12 season with New Orleans. Jack’s contract is not guaranteed, meaning he’ll have to compete for a roster spot in training camp, beginning next week.

Report: Jack’s going back to New Orleans


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Chair Umpire Who Gave Nick Kyrgios “Pep Talk” At U.S. Open Suspended By ATP

The ATP Tour said on Tuesday that the Swedish chair umpire who gave a pep talk to Australian Nick Kyrgios during a U.S. Open match this year has been suspended without pay for two weeks. Chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani got down from his chair to offer some words of encouragement to Kyrgios who was playing Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in New York nearly three weeks ago. Lahyani reportedly told him “I want to help you” and “I’ve seen your matches: you’re great for tennis … I know this is not you.” Kyrgios’s level of play rose dramatically after the incident and he went on to win the match in four sets. An internal ATP review decided Lahyani’s actions were deemed to have compromised the impartiality required of an official. Lahyani, who was next scheduled to work at the China Open and Shanghai Masters, will return to the umpire’s chair during the Oct. 15-21 Stockholm Open.

Umpire who gave Nick Kyrgios pep talk at US Open is suspended by ATP


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Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz Cleared To Start Week 3 Against The Indianapolis Colts

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was cleared for contact Monday and will start the team’s Week 3 game against the Indianapolis Colts. Coach Doug Pederson made the announcement at his day-after news conference. Wentz suffered a multi-ligament knee injury on Dec. 10 against the Los Angeles Rams, tearing both the ACL and LCL in his left knee. ACL recovery typically takes nine to 12 months. The nine-month mark from the date of Wentz’s surgery was last Thursday. Nick Foles, who helped the Eagles win their first Super Bowl while filling in for Wentz late last season, has not played at a Super Bowl MVP level in his two games this season, but the team is in good shape at 1-1. Wentz was a regular-season MVP candidate in 2017 before getting injured. He finished second in the NFL with 33 touchdown passes despite missing the last three-plus games.

Carson Wentz cleared and will start in Week 3 for the Eagles


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Minnesota Vikings Cut Rookie Kicker Daniel Carlson After 3 Missed Field Goals In Game Against Packers

The Minnesota Vikings have cut ties with kicker Daniel Carlson one day after he went 0-for-3 on field goals against the Green Bay Packers. Minnesota is replacing the rookie with veteran kicker Dan Bailey. The Vikings also announced the signing of wide receiver Aldrick Robinson Carlson missed field goals from 48, 49 and 35 yards out in the Vikings 29-29 overtime tie against the Packers. After his first field goal attempt in OT sailed wide right, Minnesota went back to Carlson to kick a 35-yard would-be game-winner. Postgame, Carlson hinted that nerves likely played a role in missing his final kick. “It feels terrible. Obviously I let my team down,” Carlson said. “That last one was probably more just confidence after missing twice early. That’s frustrating. That shorter one I should never miss like that.”

Vikings cut rookie kicker Carlson after 3 missed FGs in tie


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Fourth-Quarter Comeback By New Orleans Saints Bring Them A 21-18 Win Over The Cleveland Browns

The New Orleans Saints spent most of their game on Sunday trailing the Cleveland Browns (who haven’t won a game since Christmas Eve of 2016.) until Michael Thomas and Marcus Williams brought the Saints back. New Orleans overcame a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Cleveland 21-18 on Wil Lutz’s 44-yard field goal with 26 seconds left. New Orleans (1-1) spent most of the game giving Browns fans hope that their losing streak would end. Cleveland hasn’t won a game in its last 18 tries, and the Browns have not come away with a road win in their last 22 games in total.

Saints come back to win, 21-18, on 44-yard, Lutz field goal


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Canelo Alvarez Defeats Gennady Golovkin In Middleweight World Champion Rematch

Saturday night’s rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin lasted 36 minutes but at the sound of the final bell, Alvarez won by majority decision, with judges seeing the bout 114-114, 115-113 and 115-113.  However according to many, the scores could have easily been declared in favor of Golovkin, or could have brought the two another draw like their original fight. Alvarez was crowned the new middleweight champion of the world, ending GGG’s stronghold title reign. 

Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin 2: Did Canelo Deserve To Win? Was GGG Robbed?


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