Dallas Mavericks Acquire Center Chinanu Onuaku From Houston Rockets

The Dallas Mavericks have acquired Chinanu Onuaku and cash in a deal with the Houston Rockets. In exchange, the Rockets are receiving a 2020 second round pick, which makes room for the Rockets to sign Carmelo Anthony. Onuaku appeared in just one game for Houston last season. In his two seasons in the NBA, the 6-foot-10 Onuaku has appeared in just six games, spending the majority of his time with Houston’s G League affiliate the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. While there he’s played a total of 83 games, averaging 12.3 points, 10 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.4 blocks. Onuaku has also played for the Rockets in Summer League the last three years. 

Report: Rockets trade Chinanu Onuaku, cash to Mavericks for second-round swap

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MLB Trade Deadline Winners And Losers

A busy trade deadline for the MLB came and went Tuesday, with 10 deals getting done on the final day.  Several teams made decisions to chase a title, or go into rebuilding mode.  The New York Yankees did well at the trade deadline acquiring J.A. Happ from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney. They also landed Zach Britton from the Baltimore Orioles for right handers Dillon Tate and Cody Carroll and lefty Josh Rogers. San Diego Padres closer Bran Hand and Adam Cimber went to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Francisco Mejia. Tampa Bay Rays, LA Dodgers and, Atlanta Braves all made big moves as well.  See the full list of trades and details in the article below.

Winners and losers at the MLB trade deadline

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Former Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel Named Starter For CFL’s Montreal Alouettes

 Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is a starter once again, this time in the Canadian Football League. One week after being acquired by the Montreal Alouettes in a trade from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Manziel will start against his former team at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium on the campus of McGill University in Montreal at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. The Alouettes confirmed the news on their Twitter account Tuesday. Following his release from the Browns in March of 2016, Manziel spent the better part of nine months dealing with domestic violence charges, which required him to meet certain requirements, including anger management education and entering the NFL’s substance-abuse program.

Manziel: ‘Very blessed’ to be starting QB again

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Ross Cockrell Of Carolina Panthers Suffers Fractured Left Leg During Practice

Carolina Panthers cornerback Ross Cockrell went down in pain on Monday morning, and a source later stated that Cockrell suffered a broken leg as a result of a red zone collision with wide receiver Torrey Smith. According to a report, witnesses to Cockrell’s injury reported hearing an audible ‘crack’ of a bone. Cockrell’s injury was confirmed by Bill Voth of the Panthers, stating that he suffered a broken left tibia and fibula. Cockrell will undergo surgery, and will eventually be placed on Injured Reserve.  This is the Panthers second player lost to injury in the past three days. On Saturday, All-Pro right tackle Daryl Wlliams dislocated his kneecap and tore his MCL, which will leave him indisposed for some time if not all season.

Panthers’ Cockrell suffers fractured tibia, fibula

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Toronto Blue Jays Send Roberto Osuna To Astros For Ken Giles

The Astros picked up right-handed reliever Roberto Osuna from the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday in exchange for a package that includes former Houston closer Ken Giles. Minor league pitchers Hector Perez, 22, and David Paulino, 24, are also headed to Toronto in the deal. Paulino had been Houston’s No. 3 prospect, according to MLB.com, prior to his 80-game suspension last season for a PED violation. Perez is the Astros’ No. 10 prospect.  Osuna hasn’t pitched since May 6, and has been serving a 75-game suspension for violation of Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. He was arrested May 8 and charged with assault. His next court appearance is Wednesday, and he is eligible to be activated Sunday. Meanwhile  Giles, 27, is 0-2 with 12 saves and a 4.99 ERA in 30⅔ innings this season for the Astros.

Astros, Blue Jays swap Ken Giles, Roberto Osuna

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Alan Trammell, Jack Morris, Vladimir Guerrero Among Those Inducted Into The National Baseball Hall Of Fame

On Sunday, July 29, The Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed in six new legends, as Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Jack Morris, Jim Thome and Alan Trammell were all inducted in Cooperstown, New York.  Tigers greats Alan Trammell and Jack Morris were both were elected by the Modern Era Committee, which votes every two years on players active between 1977-1994. Vladimir Guerrero, Chipper Jones, Trevor Hoffman and Jim Thome were elected in the normal voting this year.  The 2018 Hall of Fame class was filled with major stars; Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina are close to being inducted. Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Andy Pettitte, Roy Oswalt and Todd Helton headline the stars who will be eligible starting in 2019, with Rivera and Halladay the most likely inductees in their first go-round.

Baseball Hall of Fame induction: Chipper, Guerrero, Hoffman, Thome, Trammell, Morris

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WWE Hall Of Famer Nikolai Volkoff And Former WWE Star Brian Christopher Lawler Pass Away Over The Weekend

The wrestling world is in mourning this weekend with the passing of two of it’s stars.  Wrestlers Nikolai Volkoff and Brian Christopher both passed away over the weekend. Christopher, son of WWE legend Jerry Lawler, died on Sunday following an apparent suicide. WWE also announced the death of Hall of Famer Volkoff at the age of 70. Volkoff, whose real name Josip Nikolai Peruzovic, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.  Christopher began wrestling in the late ’80s at age 16, and in 1997 he signed to WWE. Christopher, who went by the ring name Grandmaster Sexay, reportedly hung himself in his jail cell outside of Memphis. The 46-year-old had been jailed earlier this month for a DUI and evading police. 

WWE Wrestlers Nikolai Volkoff and Brian Christopher Have Died Over the Weekend

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Falcons WR Julio Jones Will Report To Training Camp

After reaching an agreement to renegotiate the star receiver’s contract next year, Julio Jones will report to training camp with the Atlanta Falcons, the team said late Wednesday  General manager Thomas Dimitroff announced the compromise about 16 hours ahead of Thursday’s 4 p.m. reporting deadline. “We have had continued dialogue all offseason with Julio and his representation,” Dimitroff said. The Falcons had informed Jones several weeks ago that they wouldn’t be able to renegotiate his current $71.5 million package, which still has three years remaining and included $47 million in guaranteed money. Jones skipped offseason workouts at the team’s training facility as well as a mandatory minicamp to demonstrate his unhappiness. His next option was to hold out during training camp, which could have led to fines of $40,000 per day.

Julio Jones will report when Falcons training camp opens, GM says

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MMA Star Conor McGregor Pleads Guilty In New York Melee Case

Conor McGregor pleaded guilty on Thursday to disorderly conduct and will perform five days of community service to resolve charges stemming from a backstage melee at a New York City arena in which he was caught on camera hurling a hand truck at a bus full of fighters. McGregor will also be evaluated for an anger management program and barred from contact with fighters injured in the mayhem after a news conference for the UFC 223 event at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in April. “I just want to say I’m thankful to the DA and the judge for allowing me to move forward,” McGregor said outside a Brooklyn courthouse. “I want to say to my friends, my family, my fans, thank you for the support.” The UFC stripped him of its 155-pound championship belt in April because he had not fought in 17 months. The UFC declined to comment Thursday on the outcome of McGregor’s case.

Mixed martial arts star McGregor pleads guilty to role in NYC melee

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New York Yankees Agree To Deal For Closer Zach Britton Of Baltimore Orioles

The New York Yankees have acquired former All-Star reliever Zach Britton from the Baltimore Orioles for three minor league pitchers in a trade announced Tuesday night. The deal will send right-handed starter Dillon Tate, left-handed starter Josh Rogers and righty reliever Cody Carroll to Baltimore. Britton, 30, has garnered 139 saves for the Orioles since 2013. Britton had ruptured his right Achilles during an offseason workout session and didn’t make his 2018 debut until June 12. He joins Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances and David Robertson as part of the Yankees bullpen, which leads the major leagues with a 2.75 ERA and 448 strikeouts.

Yankees get Britton from O’s for trio of minor league arms

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