Fun Fact of the Day: The Carolina Panthers have never put together 2 consecutive winning seasons.
Easy Brees-y beautiful contract extension. Instead of becoming a free agent when this season ends, QB Drew Brees signed a 1-year contract extension with the New Orleans Saints. The reworked deal spreads Brees’ big paycheck across this year and next, which will help the team’s salary cap space. Brees was actually hoping for a longer-term deal because he thinks he’s “got a lot of good years left.” But the Saints didn’t want to risk it, since Brees is already 37 years old. Despite his advanced age, Brees isn’t showing signs of slowing down. He led the NFL in passing yards in 4 of the past 5 seasons, including last year.
A player challenge. After winning Wimbledon and his second straight Olympic gold medal this summer, #2 Andy Murray was upset by #7 Kei Nishikori in the U.S. Open quarterfinals. The grueling match included a rain delay and went for 5 sets. This will be the first time in the last 8 events that Murray has failed to make the final. On the women’s side of the net, #1 Serena Williams beat #5 Simona Halep in a close match that lasted 2 hours and 14 minutes—double the time any other opponent has been able to keep Williams on the court.
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Lochte’d out. Ryan Lochte has been suspended for 10 months from competition for causing an international incident at the Rio Olympics. In case you’ve living under a rock or have amnesia, we’ll fill you in on what happened: Lochte told a bunch of tall tales to his mom and the Today Show about how he and his swimming buddies were pulled over in a cab and robbed at gunpoint. In reality, Lochte was drunk, peed outside a gas station, broke a poster, and was forced to pay for the damages. Over the past month, he’s lost a few endorsement deals, but he’s trying to rehab his image by competing on the next season of “Dancing with the Stars.”
Out of the Woods. Tiger Woods announced that he plans to return to competition next month in the Safeway Open. It’s been a long time since you last saw Woods on the course—that is, other than these 3 shots that went straight into the water. If he competes next month, Woods will have been out of competition for 416 days while recovering from 2 back surgeries. Why do his golfing buddies miss him so much? Let’s take a walk down memory lane to a time when he dominated the sport of golf… Woods spent 683 weeks as the #1-ranked golfer in the world, including 281 consecutive weeks from 2005-10. Since that time, there have been no clear front-runners in golf. Just this past year, we saw 4 first-time winners at each of the majors.
Denver Broncos v. Carolina Panthers. We’re kicking off the new NFL season with a Super Bowl 50 rematch! After getting dismantled by the Broncos’ defense during the Super Bowl and Newton’s pouty exit from the post-game press conference, the Panthers are back with a vengeance and are favored to win tonight’s game. What’s changed? The Broncos’ lost both their old QBs: Peyton Manning to retirement and Brock Osweiller to the Houston Texans. Instead, they will start their former 3rd string QB Trevor Siemian, who has literally never attempted a pass in a game before. Fortunately, the Broncos will return Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, who was the key to their killer defense. The Panthers will be missing one familiar face as well: cornerback Josh Norman, who left for the Washington Redskins after the Panthers made the rare decision to rescind his franchise tag. 8:30pm ET on NBC
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U.S. Open. Tune in to see the women’s singles semifinals. #1 Serena Williams will play #10 Karolina Pliskova and Caroline Wozniacki will play #2 Angelique Kerber. Starting at 7pm ET on ESPN