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U.S. Soccer Reveals New Crest (Logo)

Posted On: February 29, 2016

The U.S Soccer Team revealed their new crest (logo) today. The crest exhibit the US colors of red, white and blue, the letter U.S.A are on top of red and white detailed stripes. With the launch of the new crest, a picture was uploaded on Twitter explaining what the colors, letters, crest, stripes and etc. signified. 

The crest has a purposed saying of: "One nation, One team," to promote unity.

In marketing the new crest, scarves were distrubuted. 

And worn by soccer players to familiarize the public with the US soccer team's new crest. 

The crest will make its premier next month, actually right around the corner, sported in new jerseys worn by the players, during the men’s World Cup matches.

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FIFA Elects New President, Gianni Infantino

Posted On: February 29, 2016

After eighteen years, Gianni Infantino will become FIFA's first president to be elected into the organization. It was a gripping election of two rounds in Zurich, Switzerland, with four candidatesto vote on. The candidates were: Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, Jerome Champagne of France, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Gianni Infantino. 

Football is what soccer is to Americans but different for most international and Caribbean countries which calls the sport of soccer, football. The elections for FIFA came about when Sepp Blatter announced his resignation, stemming from a corruption scandal, resulting in a six year ban from football. During the rounds of the votes, Khalifa was leading with 88 but in the second round, Infantino flooded the ballots of 115 out of the 207 votes from FIFA's national associations. 

Gianni Infantino is a sports adminstrator, UEFA general secretary and has a solid resume in European football's governance. During his victory speech, Infantino's stated his mission of restoring FIFA's principles and policies to adhere to the public needs, address issues and make effort of reform in diversity, accountability, transparency, governance and more. 


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Tom Brady and New England Patriots Extend Contract For Two More Years

Posted On: February 29, 2016

Earlier this morning (Feb. 29th), the New England Patriots announced their contract extension with Tom Brady for two more years. 

Referencing an article from the NFL, it's unsure if Bill Belichic will remain as coach or come to table about extending his own contract. But at the same time, Belichic and Brady are like Batman and Robin in football. 

The terms of Tom Brady's extended contract have not been disclosed but in reference of the NFL, the contract will lower his salary cap. 

The financials behind the extension have yet to be released, but Brady is scheduled to cost $15 million against the cap next season and another $16 million in 2017 under his current deal. Coming off another MVP-level season, his base salary makes him one of the league's most underpaid signal-callers after signing a five-year, $60 million contract in 2013.

-- As reported by the NFL

Based on sports analyst, this past season, Tom Brady excelled in touchdowns, interceptions, passes and etc.; and will contrinue to be an NFL notable, game changer and MVP. 

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Ian Desmond Signs One Year Deal With Texas Rangers, Consisting of $8 Million in Salary

Posted On: February 29, 2016

The former Washington Nationals' baseball player, Ian Desmond has been a free agent since November of 2015 and did not extend nor re-sign his contract. Desmond held the shortstop position for the Nationals and in 2012 became the National League All-Star and won three Silver Slugger awards. But because the Washington Nationals' offer in salary were conflicting with Desmond terms, he opt out. Prior to that, he turned down a five year extension deal at $89.5 million in 2014. 

As of today (Feb. 29th), the Texas Rangers announced Ian Desmond as their newest player, to start as a leftfielder. Although the contract terms were not broadcast, Desmond signed a one year deal with an $8 million dollar accumulation in salary. 

 

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Marshawn Lynch Pulls Up Riding a Camel and Spits Rhymes

Posted On: February 29, 2016

Camels are known for spitting, it's a defense mechanism for them based on science research. Well in this case, it's a little different and Marshawn Lynch is the one doing the spittin', riding a camel. Spittin' in terms of constructing 16 bars and rapping.

Marshawn Lynch who recently retired from the NFL is in Egypt with the American Football Without Barriers program. The AFWB varies in resources and services from: mentorship, distribution of scholarships, worshops in fitness, health and nutrition, leadership in sportsmanship, mission of servitude around the world; and more. 

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Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista Seeking $150 Million Deal in a Five Year Period

Posted On: February 25, 2016

In a sports news conference, Jose Bautista revealed his terms for an extended contract with the Toronto Blue Jays', consisting of a $150 million dollar deal over a period of five years. 

Bautista will not negotiate with the Blue Jays. 

"I'm not going to sit here and bargain for a couple of dollars," he stated.

"They either meet it or it is what it is."

Jose made it clear the amount in salary that he was seeking. 

"If this is going to happen, they should know what it takes, and I told them the number because they asked me," he stated to a ESPN news reporter.

Bautista is documented as a six time All-Star with 40 home-runs in his resumes, who is currently at a $14 million dollar salary and can become a free agent after the World Series, if contract negotiations are not reached. 

The Toronto Blue Jays' general manger, Ross Atkins expressed how Bautista's contract renewal is a private matter. 

 "It doesn't need to be public, and it won't be from our end."

And asserted there are no miscommunications between the league and Jose, hoping he would keep his focus on baseball. 

"To me, it's really clear we've had really clear, effective communication. There is no ambiguity. We can focus on playing baseball. Jose feels good about doing that."

Picture Tag: Sports Center 

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Nike Honors Kobe Bryant With 'Fade To Black' Collection

Posted On: February 25, 2016

As a tribute and to honor Kobe Bryant's retirement from the NBA, Nike will be releasing a collection called 'Fade to Black.' It will hallmark Kobe's line of different sneakers from the Kobe 1 through Kobe XIHuarache 2k4,  the Mamba’s final NBA shoe and more. 

The Fade to Black collection is similiar to Nike's Prelude and its release date is pending somewhere between next month and April. 

Below is a compilation of Kobe Bryant sneakers over a ten year period. 

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Twitter Hashtags: #BlackHistoryMonth Part 2

Posted On: February 25, 2016

Part two of Twitter Hashtags: #BlackHistoryMonth focuses on sports and the African-American athletes who went above and beyond to do the impossible. 

 Beginning with, Prentice Gautt who became the first football player and runnig back for the University of Oklahoma. 


During the 2002 OlypmpicsVonetta Flowers boblsledded her way into history books as the first African-American to win in that sport title. 

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Washington Redskins Confirm Robert Griffin III Will Not Be On Their Team Next Season

Posted On: February 24, 2016

Robert Griffin III will soon be released from the Washington Redskins when the president, Bruce Allen confirmed the quarterback would not be playing on their team next season. In his statements, Allen expressed the contingency of Griffin being signed to another NFL team and hearing through the grapevine of possible scouts for him. 

"I see Robert getting an opportunity with another team."

"We've heard from some teams that are interested. I think he's going to have a choice of a couple teams that will let him excel in the future."

Referencing an article from ESPN, the Redskins have till next month on the 9th to release Robert Griffin III from his contract. If by any chnce, Griffin remains, he will calculate $16.155 million of funds against the salary cap. In 2012, Griffin also known as RG3 made the Rookie of The Year but somehow became a benchwarmer last season. ESPN sports news reporters advised how Griffin has to find the right team and coach in order for him to get back in the game. 

 

 

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UFC Heavyweight, Alistair Overeem Re-Signs Contract

Posted On: February 24, 2016

Upon the expiration of his contract last year and being a free agent, heavyweight Alistair Overeem came to the tables and re-signed with UFC. 

Terms of the contract were not disclosed, however Alistair Overeem is scheduled for his first fight on May 8th, under the new contract in one of UFC's main event. Overrem has been on a winning streak, prized from three fights and determined to continue to reign as a champion. 

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Adidas Tributes Jesse Owens With Black History Month Collection Sneakers

Posted On: February 11, 2016

In celebration of Black History Month, Adidas introduced and released special editions of D Rose 6, D Lillard 2 and Crazylight Boost to honor and tribute Jesse Owens.

The footwear collection is to commemorate Jesse Owens for his achievements, contributions and the accomplishments of breaking barriers in sports. Jesse Owens was documented in 1950 by the Associated Press as the greatest track and field athlete of all time, who made history by breaking three world records and attempted to break a fourth.

At the 1936 Berlin Olympic games, Jesse Owens became a symbol of courage by standing up for equality and social justice in not only sports but the world as a African-American athlete, who was under tremendous pressures of racism and ignorance. Owens managed to soar above it all and made history as the first American ever to win four gold medals in track and field.

The Jesse Owens' Adidas special editions were first showcased by Derrick Rose, James Harden and Damian Lillard during the Martin Luther King day games last month and will continue to be worn at selected games to celebrate Black History Month.

Jesse Owens' family worked behind the scenes with Adidas to deisgn the sneaker collection and were ovewhelmed with excitement about the honorary of Owens' legacy.

"On the feet of athletes who compete in the spirit of Jesse’s historic accomplishments, these shoes encompass the significance of one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen."

The Owens' special Adidas sneakers were constructed with mostly gold detailing, paneled in off white and beige tones, also black detaling, white outsoles; and a mixture of color block tones in cream and white.

The collection already debuted in the market and can be purchased at Adidas.

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