Ohio University basketball fans remember their star player DJ Cooper. He never made it to the NBA, but he has found a place in the European leagues. That is, until now. Mr. Cooper just got a nasty two-year suspension for failing a drug test. The test revealed that he was pregnant! It was not performance enhancing drugs or recreational drugs that brought him down, it was substituting his girl friend’s specimen in an apparent attempt to avoid something else that got him. It’s a first. His FIBA suspension was actually for fraud, but it’s the same thing, right? Cooper’s friend didn’t know she was pregnant at the time, so in spite of being out of work, the good news for DJ is; you’re goin’ be a daddy. Congrats.
LeBron James tormented Drake’s Raptors during his tenure in the eastern conference, but now he and Drake are joining forces. The two icons announced that LeBron’s digital media company Uninterrupted will be coming to Canada in its first international expansion. The brand will be called Uninterrupted Canada (UIC). Fitting.
Uninterrupted was launched back in 2015 by LeBron and his business partner Maverick Carter. It was designed to create a platform for U.S. athletes to better connect with fans, free of mainstream interference. It features videos from the athlete’s perspective, original series, podcasts, and documentaries.
Now, with Drake onboard, the company’s expansion into Canada will be the first step into becoming a more global entity. It’s been reported that the first official content out of UIC will be from Raptors’ forward Serge Ibaka. We can expect much more out of Canada from the Raptors, Blue Jays, and all the hockey teams that dominate the sports market north of the border.
Drake commented, “Uninterrupted has been an incredible platform for athletes to tell their stories and connect with fans. I’m honored to partner with LeBron to bring Uninterrupted to Canada, a country that continuously supports innovation and creativity.”
More global expansion is in the works. It is said there are plans for a European venture channeling in on the soccer world and Asian venture that will focus on cricket in India.
Coco Gauff is 15 years old. She has homework, studies, and takes tests in school like the rest of the students in her class, but she is not like the other students in her class. Far from it. She has arrived on the international tennis scene as an up and coming superstar, and at just 15 years old, as made her mark at one of the most prestigious events in tennis, Wimbledon.
Coco Gauff became a household name after she took down a tennis legend in Venus Williams less than a week ago, who was one of her idols. A dream come true for an ascending 15 year old prodigy, but she was not done there. She would go on to defeat Magdalena Rybarikova, and Polona Hercog before matching up with former world #1 Simona Halep. It was a frustrating match for Gauff who lost in straight sets 6-3 / 6-3 to Halep, committing many unforced errors along the way. While the historic run came to an end for the teenager, her legacy has only just begun.
a complete star. I personally was nothing like her at 15. First of all, I didn’t play like that. I didn’t look like that. She’s just so poised. She’s an absolute star”. That was said about Gauff by a woman whose posters mark the walls of Coco’s room, Serena
hearing what Serena said about her, Guaff blushed, and said “That’s really surprising and shocking when your idol even knows you exist, that’s pretty crazy.”
What’s even more crazy is that tennis has its next up and coming star, and she can’t even drive a car yet. If you haven’t heard of Coco Guaff yet, you will soon enough.
With the U.S. Women’s National Team celebrating a World Cup Championship in Paris just hours prior, the U.S. Men’s National Team had a final of their own Sunday night. The writing was on the wall for a triumphant weekend for US Soccer as millions of Americans observed Independence Day holiday, but Mexico had something to say about it. Soldier Field in Chicago was the setting for the 2019 Gold Cup Final where Mexico defeated the United States thanks to a late winner from Jonathan dos Santos.
The game was played to a 0-0 stalemate in the first half, with all statistical categories being essentially even as well. The scoreless halftime draw wasn’t for lack of chances however. The USA got off to a fast start with Pulisic getting in behind in the 5th minute and denied by Ochoa. Then in the 7th minute Jozy Altidore had a clear 1v1 with Ochoa and rolled it wide of the post. Arriola would also have a great chance in the 30th minute but that too rolled wide, and the U.S. had little to show for their great first half efforts.
Morris had a header cleared off the line in the 50th minute of the second half from a Pulisic corner kick as the U.S. looked to be snake bit. Fast forward to the 72nd minute and Mexico’s standouts Jiminez and dos Santos combined for a beautiful sequence at the top of the USA box, which resulted in a top class finish dos Santos on his left foot into the upper corner of the net. That would be all from the scoring as some late pressure from the USA amounted to nothing.
It was a well played game from both teams, and both teams had their moments to seize control. In the end it was Mexico who grabbed their record setting 8th Gold Cup title in Chicago Sunday night. Christian Pulisic was named young player of the tournament, a formality at the least. The final closed the summer international window for the two teams as players will head back to their respective clubs for MLS & MX league action, or preseason across Europe. The future looks brighter for team USA, who are loaded with some young talent, they now need to learn how to win big games together to take that next jump.
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