Fun Fact of the Day: The last time Roger Federer did not win a single tennis tournament in a calendar year was in 2000.
Once a Knick, always a Knick. Amar’e Stoudemire retired yesterday after 14 seasons in the NBA. Before he started getting knee problems, Stoudemire was a 6x NBA All-Star and was known for being dominant in the paint. He played most of his career with the Phoenix Suns, where they made 3 deep runs into the playoffs, but he left his heart in the Big Apple, where he played 5 seasons with the Knicks. What’s next? Who knows! Amar’e’s always had a ton of side hustles, including philanthropy, writing children’s books, and appearing in TV shows and movies. You might also see more of him on the runway. He was a big NBA style icon, including collaborating with Rachel Roy (yep, that “Becky with the good hair”) on a fashion line a few years ago.
The Blue Jays are moving Up-ton. The Toronto Blue Jays traded to get outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. (formerly known as “B.J. Upton”) from the San Diego Padres. Upton has been in the middle of a decent comeback, after 2 truly abysmal seasons with the Atlanta Braves in 2013-14. Why all the wheeling and dealing? Right now the Blue Jays are trying to make sure they have a ticket to the playoffs. They are currently just 2 games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East, and Upton will help add depth to their outfield. Meanwhile the Padres have given up hope, so they’re busy trading away all their assets to rebuild for next season.
Do you Roger that? Roger Federer announced that he is going to sit out the rest of the year. This is really sad news for tennis fans, who are going through serious Federer-withdrawal. Earlier this year, Federer pulled out of the French Open with back pain, and now he will miss both the U.S. Open and Rio Olympics to rehab his knee. This is definitely a far cry from the good old days when Federer was one of the most durable players on the court. Even though he’s still one of the best tennis players in the world, Federer hasn’t won a Grand Slam title since 2012 and now his chances of getting an 18th Grand Slam title are looking pretty slim.
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You win some, and you lose some… Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory could be looking at a 10-game suspension. The NFL had already given him a 4-game suspension for failing a drug test, and then he tested positive, again. All the other teams in the league are probably saying ‘I told you so.’ During last year’s NFL combine, Gregory was supposed to be a top prospect. Then he tested positive for marijuana and his stock dropped really fast. The Cowboys, who are known for giving questionable players second chances, took a gamble and picked him up 60th in the NFL Draft. So far, this risky move has not been paying off.
Intervention interrupted. After last year’s near death experience, former Los Angeles Lakers star Lamar Odom is still reportedly struggling with substance abuse. Just last month, he was reportedly escorted off a flight because he was drunk and vomited before the plane took off. Last week, his close family and friends tried to stage an intervention but he stormed out. Hopefully, someone will be able to get through to him soon.