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September 17th, 2018

It was another wild weekend in college football.

LSU got a big win at Auburn. Ohio State fought hard and beat TCU. Wisconsin was stunned at home by BYU. Florida State was humiliated by Syracuse. Nebraska lost to Troy.

Maryland fell at home to Temple. Arkansas got blitzed at home by North Texas.Northwestern lost to Akron.

Notre Dame got a win over Vanderbilt. I predicted that the Commodores would not be cupcake city.

In the NFL, Tampa Bay moved to 2-0 for the first time since 2010 as Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for over 400 yards. Patrick Mahomes had six TD passes vs. the Steelers.

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September 10th, 2018

 

It was a great weekend in sports.

College football, the NFL, baseball…

Alabama rolled again. Notre Dame and Florida State struggled. The Patriots won. The Bucs stunned the Saints.

The one thing that stood out was the US Open women’s final. Fans booed at the end and it took away from a great championship performance.

It is so sad the US Open women’s championship will be remembered for the controversy involving Serena Williams. Naomi Osaka was brilliant in winning the title. She deserves a lot of credit. I thought that Serena should have been warned before a game penalty was given.

Novak Djokovic beat Juan Martin DelPotro in straight sets to win the men’s title. It was a great tournament.

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September 3rd, 2018

I love attending the US Open in New York. I love the atmosphere and the tennis is great! Seeing the likes of Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Serena…wow!

I also had a great time in the Big Apple seeing Bruce Springsteen and Pretty Woman.
 
College football got under way. Notre Dame got a big win over Michigan as the Irish defense was impressive. Alabama rolled over Louisville, Auburn edged Washington. Penn State struggled but got past Appalachian State.
 
Baseball also made news as Andrew McCutchen, Josh Donaldson and Gio Gonzalez were dealt.
 
The big NFL news came with the Raiders trading Khalil Mack to the Bears.
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August 27th, 2018

Another great weekend in sports.

The Tampa Bay Rays pulled out the brooms and swept the Red Sox. Blake Snell moved to 16-5 as Kevin Cash’s team continues to impress.
College football got underway with Hawaii beating Colorado State behind Cole McDonald throwing for ver 400 yards. Rice beat Prairie View, Wyoming beat New Mexico State and Massachusetts took out Duquesne.
 
The US Open is gearing up and I am excited to bring my family to the Big Apple.
NFL preseason rolls on and teams keep making moves.
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August 20th 2018

The US Open is right around the corner and Novak Djokovic showed why he is a legitimate contender. He beat Roger Federer in the finals of the event in Cincinnati.

Simona Halep was upset in the women’s final.
 
The Red Sox actually lost a game on Sunday!
 
The Astros got past the Athletics to avoid disaster.
 
Duke completed its impressive trip to Canada with RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson dominating.
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August 13th, 2018

Tiger Woods made a run at the PGA Championship, but he finished second behind champion Brooks Koepka. That marked the third major win in his last seven appearances on the big stage.

Rafael Nadal added another championship trophy, winning at Toronto. The big story at Rogers Cup was Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who beat Novk Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Kevin Anderson before losing to Nadal in the final. The Greek is just 20 years old and has a bright future.
Big Blue Nation got a glimpse of what to expect as Kentucky shined in an exhibition event in the Bahamas. John Calipari has a legitimate national title contender.
The Red Sox continued to roll as JD Martinez makes a good case for MVP.
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August 6th, 2018

It was another good weekend in sports.

The Red Sox continued to dominate, winning a series over the Yankees. One of the best stories in baseball stayed hot as the Athletics won six in a row. Oakland would be in the wild card if the season ended today.

There was great emotion in the Pro Football Hall of Fame speeches. It was a very talented class enshrined in Canton.

There was great golf as Justin Thomas won the WGC-Bridgestone event.

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July 30th, 2018

Lots of news with the baseball trade deadline.

Cole Hamels, JA Happ, Nathan Eovaldi, Asrubal Cabrera, Mike Moustakas, Zach Britton and Brad Brach were among the players moving.

We will see if there are other blockbusters ahead.

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July 23rd, 2018

The British Open provided lots of drama. Tiger Woods was back in contention for a major championship. He actually led in the final round before fading a bit.

Francesco Molinari won the championship, becoming the first Italian to win a major. He beat out a star-studded group of contenders, including defending champion Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Kevin Kisner, to name a few.

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ESPN Radio: Interview with Bob Valvano and Randy Scott

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July 16th, 2018

Another great sports week...

France won the World Cup, a sporting event embraced by millions worldwide. The French beat Croatia in the finals, 4-2.

Wimbledon concluded with Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber winning the title. It was a great event and the men's semifinals were memorable for very long matches.

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July 9th, 2018

It was another great week in sports.

Wimbledon saw a ton of upsets as nine of the top 10 seeded women made it through the first week. Serena Williams moved on as she is alive in the hunt for a 24th Grand Slam title. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are still going strong on the men’s side.

The World Cup Final Four is set. France, Belgium, England and Croatia are still in the hunt.

The NBA summer league got underway as DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley, Trae Young and a solid rookie class got under way. Don’t get carried away with all the stats from NBA summer league action.

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July 2nd, 2018

It was another great weekend in sports.

The big news broke on Sunday night. King James decided to sign with the Lakers. LeBron agreed to a four-year deal, and the Western Conference got even stronger. The Warriors-Lakers rivalry will intensify with four regular-season meetings between James and Kevin Durant.

The World Cup saw two Sunday games got to penalty kicks. Talk about drama, baby! Who would have thought Russia would make the quarterfinals and Germany, Argentina, Spain, Portugal and Italy would not.

Baseball has been heating up. The Rays did a great job vs. the defending World Series champion Astros. Tampa Bay even beat Justin Verlander. The Yankees and Red Sox renewed the best rivalry in sports.

There was more NBA news as free agency got under way. Kevin Durant, Chris Paul. And Paul George re-signed with their respective teams. Trevor Ariza went to Phoenix, DeAndre Jordan to Dallas. 

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June 25th, 2018

A lot of things from last week.


The NBA draft had few surprises. Michael Porter fell to Denver at 14. Robert Williams dropped to Boston at 27.

Roger Federer saw his 20-match grass court streak end when he was upset at a Wimbledon warmup by Borna Coric.

The Tampa Bay Reds swept the Yankees. The Cincinnati Reds swept a for-game series against the Cubs.

The World Cup rolled on. Germany rallied to beat Sweden. Argentina fell to Croatia and was in trouble.

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June 18th, 2018

It was another great sports weekend.

The World Cup got underway and there was a lot of excitement. Mexico stunned defending champion Germany. Argentina and Brazil had to settle for ties in their openers.

Brooks Koepka was great during the final round, making several clutch putts. He won his second straight U. S. Open title.

The Houston Astros stayed hot, extending a win streak to 11 games.

I also hope all the fathers out there had a Happy Father’s Day!

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June 11th, 2018

It was time to crown champions.

The Golden State Warriors won their third title in four years as Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry were too much for King James and the Cavaliers. Steve Kerr earned another ring coaching this talented  team to the winner’s circle.

The Washington Capitals won their first Stanley Cup. It was great to see the enthusiastic response of Alexander Ovechkin and company.

Justify made history by winning the Triple Crown, capturing the Belmont. Congrats to Jockey Mike Smith and trainer Bob Baffert.

The French Open saw Rafael Nadal add to his trophy case, beating Domenic Thiem in the finals. Simona Halep finally won a Grand Slam singles title, rallying from a set down to beat American Sloane Stephens.

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June 4th, 2018

It was a super weekend in sports.

The Golden State Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the NBA finals. The Cavaliers had a great chance to win game 1 but fell short.

The Washington Capitals took a 2-1 lead over Las Vegas in the Stanley Cup finals.

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova moved to the round of 16 showdown on Monday at the French Open.

Injuries took a toll in the majors. Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts, Josh Donaldson, Rhys Hoskins and Noah Syndergard all went on the DL.

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May 28th, 2018

Wow, both NBA conference finals going to seven games. That is the first time that has happened since 1979.

King James showed why some feel he is the GOAT, going to his eighth consecutive championship series. This is not a vintage Cavs team and they won game seven over Boston without Kevin Love.

Cleveland won at Boston, handing the Celtics their first home loss of this playoff season. A salute to Brad Stevens, who got so much out of this young team. They simply struggled shooting the trifecta in game seven.

Golden State and Houston were battling in game seven out west.

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May 21st 2018

What a weekend in sports.

Justify won the Preakness. Now there will be excitement galore in New York in three weeks. Will the Belmont Stakes produce a Triple Crown winner?

The Las Vegas Golden Knights made it to the Stanley Cup finals in year one of existence. That is an incredible story.

The Tampa Bay Lightning won three straight to take the lead in the eastern Conference final.

The NBA playoffs rolled on, and baseball had some exciting moments too. The Dodgers swept the Nationals, Oakland swept the Blue Jays in Toronto.

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May 14th, 2018

Sarasota was the sports capital of the world on Friday night. Thanks to everyone involved in the 13th annual Dick Vitale gala.

We raised over $3.7 million for cancer research. Over the 13 years, we have now gone over $25 million for kids battling the dreaded disease.

Our honorees gave great speeches. Thanks to Jim Harbaugh, Mike Greenberg, Leonard Hamilton, Chris Berman and Shelley Smith. There were over 80 sports celebrities, including all of the Final Four coaches, David Robinson and Grant Hill, to name a few.

We need to beat the disease. It was a special evening for the V Foundation.

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Quote of the Week

“Ryan Fitzpatrick is throwing the football like an All-Pro.”

 -Dick Vitale