Dallas Cowboys Become First NFL Team To Partner With A Casino

The Dallas Cowboys officially announced their partnership with WinStar Casino on Thursday. Jerry Jones and WinStar general manager Jack Parkinson held a press conference to announce their big financial move. The casino will be located in Thackerville, OK, and Jones announced that Dallas will hold “various” team functions at the casino. Financial details were not disclosed but leadership of the Chickasaw Nation Tribe and the NFL franchise touted the agreement as a “league-changing partnership.” The deal between WinStar and the Cowboys marks the first time in NFL history that a casino has been granted official designation as a team’s exclusive partner, granting exclusive use of a team’s logos and trademarks. An amendment passed by NFL owners created the opportunity for casinos to obtain official partnerships with NFL teams.

 The NFL has long avoided any association with casino gaming; however after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in May allowed any state to legalize and regulate sports betting, it softened it’s opposition of professional sports’ leagues toward gambling. Since June, regulated sports books have opened in casinos and racetracks in New Jersey, Delaware, Mississippi and West Virginia.

Cowboys make history, partner with casino

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Naomi Osaka Reaches US Open Semifinals By Defeating Lesia Tsurenko

Naomi Osaka earned a spot in her first Grand Slam semifinal, defeating Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1 on Wednesday in the US Open quarterfinals. She is the first Japanese woman to do so in 22 years. The No. 20 seeded Osaka won in just 57 minutes, the third time in her five matches she didn’t even have to play an hour. Osaka will face either 14th-seeded Madison Keys or No. 30 Carla Suarez Navarro in the first major semifinal appearance for a Japanese woman since Kimiko Date reached the final four at Wimbledon in 1996. Osaka, 20, said she was nervous and “freaking out inside” — though she seems to remain cool. “Just, like, my entire body was shaking, so I’m really glad I was able to play well today,” she said. Osaka won 59 points to just 28 for the unseeded Ukrainian Tsurenko, who had knocked off No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.

Osaka Powers Into US Open Semifinals by Routing Tsurenko

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Nike To Air TV Ad Featuring Colin Kaepernick During NFL Season Opener

Nike Inc. is planning to air a new “Just Do It” TV ad during the opening game of the NFL’s new season Thursday that will be narrated by Colin Kaepernick.  It will also feature a number of other athletes, including Odell Beckham Jr, LeBron James and Serena Williams. The ad is to inspire people to follow their dreams and ignore those who say it can’t be done. “Calling a dream crazy is not an insult,” Kaepernick says, “It’s a compliment.”Kaepernick hasn’t played in a game since the 2016 season and has filed a grievance alleging that NFL teams colluded to keep him unsigned. Meanwhile Nike’s shares fell on Tuesday after the ad campaign was announced, but were back up 0.5% on Wednesday. You can check out the commercial in the link below.

Nike’s Kaepernick ad to run during NFL opener

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Former Phillies All-Star Ryan Howard Retires From Baseball

Former Philadelphia Phillies star Ryan Howard announced his retirement from baseball on Tuesday. Howard, 38, has not played in the majors since 2016 and has been a free agent since November. The former National League MVP signed minor league deals with the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies last season, but his entire major league career was spent with the Phillies.  Howard was a career .258 hitter with 382 home runs and 1,194 RBIs in his 13 seasons with the Phillies. He twice led the majors in homers and led the majors in RBIs three times during a dominant six-year stretch from 2006 to 2011, when he averaged 44 homers and 133 RBIs per season. As a rookie in 2005, Howard had 22 home runs and 63 RBIs in just 88 games and was named the NL Rookie of the Year. He was voted MVP the following season, when he led the majors with 58 homers and 149 RBIs. Howard again led the majors in homers (48) and RBIs (146) in 2008, while helping the Phillies win their first World Series title since 1980.  In 2011, he suffered a torn Achilles on the final play of the NLD and over the next five years his career was plagued by knee, foot and Achilles injuries. 

Former Philadelphia Phillies great Ryan Howard officially retires from baseball

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Defending Champion Sloane Stephens Eliminated In U.S. Open Quarters

Defending champion Sloane Stephens was beaten by Anastasija Sevastova 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at the U.S. Open, eliminating her from the tournament. Sevastova, the No. 19 seed from Latvia, will play either Serena Williams or 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova in her first Grand Slam semifinal. Stephens said she had been battling a cold, but her biggest problem Tuesday might have been her serve. The No. 3 seed was broken five times in the 84-minute match, missing numerous chances to grab an early lead in the rematch and could never get back into the match. ”You don’t win matches when you don’t take your opportunities,” Stephens said.

Stephens sent packing by Sevastova in U.S. Open quarters

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Rookie QB Sam Darnold Will Start For NY Jets In Week 1 Vs. Detroit Lions

Rookie Sam Darnold will start at quarterback in the New York Jets’ season-opening game at Detroit next Monday night. The 21-year-old Darnold will also make history by becoming the youngest quarterback to start in Week 1 in the NFL. Darnold, who the Jets traded up to take with the No. 3 pick in this year’s draft, beat out veteran Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater to win the job. Bridgewater was traded to the Saints last week. Darnold went 29 of 45 for 244 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in the preseason. 

Sam Darnold Named New York Jets Starting QB, Youngest Week One Starter in NFL History

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Buffalo Bills Name Nathan Peterman Starting Quarterback Over Rookie Josh Allen

The Buffalo Bills named Nathan Peterman their starting quarterback for the regular-season opener Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Peterman has been one of the better preseason quarterbacks; he had a 80.5 completion percentage and averaged 10.5 yards per attempt. The decision to name Peterman the starter was expected after he completed 33 of 41 passes this preseason for 431 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Peterman will be the Bills’ 11th season-opening starting quarterback since 1997, their first season without Jim Kelly. Peterman, 24, was a fifth-round pick of the Bills in the 2017 draft. He began his college career at Tennessee before transferring to Pittsburgh for his final two seasons.

Bills to start Nathan Peterman at quarterback against Ravens ahead of rookie Josh Allen

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Golden State Warriors’ Forward David West Announces Retirement

Golden State Warriors’ forward David West announced his retirement on Thursday. “I have been fortunate enough to live out my childhood dream of playing in the NBA,” West wrote on Twitter. “After 15 seasons I have decided to retire from the game of basketball. “I am humbled and thankful for the support of my family, friends, coaches, teammates, organizations, and fans throughout this experience.” West was a two-time All-Star with New Orleans, where he played his first eight seasons. He joined the Pacers in 2011-12, but shocked many in 2015 by rejecting a $12.6 million option to stay in Indiana and instead signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the Spurs. When he didn’t win a title with San Antonio, he joined the Warriors the following season. West won the championship with the Warriors in his 14th season, and again this year. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said in a statement, “the consistency that he displayed at a high level on the court for 15 years was amazing and a testament to his hard work and dedication. He is a true champion in every sense of the word.”

Two-time champ West retires after 15 seasons

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NY Jets Trade QB Teddy Bridgewater To Saints For Draft Picks

The New York Jets are trading quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and a sixth-round pick to the Saints in exchange for a third-round pick. Bridgewater joined the Jets this past offseason. In March, he signed a one-year, $6 million deal that included $9 million in incentives after being released by the Minnesota Vikings at the end of last season. Earlier this month, it was reported that at least two teams had expressed interest in acquiring Bridgewater. The Jets close their preseason schedule against the Eagles on Thursday and they start their regular season on Monday, Sept. 10 on the road versus the Lions. New York head coach Todd Bowles said he would not name a starter until after New York’s final preseason game.

Source: Jets trading QB Bridgewater to Saints

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