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Weekly Replay for January 24-30



This was a busy week for sports news, and it included a little bit of everything. Out Olympic gold diver Matthew Mitcham has announced his retirement while Michael Sam is giving football one more try. Then there are a variety of stories on questionable activities – more on the allegations of match-fixing in tennis, an NFL investigation of HGH allegations involving Peyton Manning, even grand jury charges against a former USC athlete in an international crime ring.

But there are also some happy and fun stories, like a Florida cop and Shaq playing hoops with a group of kids and a dog who decided that running a nearby half-marathon was a fun way to spend her bathroom break. Enjoy!


Matthew Mitcham retires from diving

Matthew Mitcham, the openly gay Olympic gold medal diver has announced that he’s retiring from the sport rather than going for a third Olympic Games in Rio this summer. Having won Olympic gold in 2008, world number one in 2010 and Commonwealth gold in 2014, he says he’s achieved all his sports goals and is now ready to work on goals in other areas of his life.

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Sydney Leroux won’t be playing soccer in Rio

Sydney Leroux of the U.S. Women’s World Cup (USWWC) championship squad has announced she won’t be playing with the team at the Summer Olympics in Rio since she and husband Dom Dwyer are expecting their second child in September.

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Peyton Manning welcomes NFL investigation of HGH reports

Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos quarterback, say he welcomes an NFL review that he had human growth hormone (HGH) delivered to his home. A report last month by Al Jazeera had an intern at an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic recorded secretly suggesting that Manning’s wife had gotten deliveries of HGH which is banned by the league. The intern later recanted his statements that also alleged that James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Mike Neal. All have denied having any involvement with HGH.

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Cop and Shaq shoot hoops with kids

A cop in Florida answered a noise complaint about kids playing basketball in the street and decided to join them in a game of hoops. He said he needed backup and Shaquille O’Neal (sworn in as a reserve police officer a year ago) joined them. Shaq left the kids with a positive message.

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Michael Sam giving football “one more shot”

Now 26-years-old, Michael Sam tweeted that he’s going to give football “one more shot.”

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Maty Mauk kicked off Missouri football team but not for video

Maty Mauk, quarterback for the University of Missouri football team was kicked off the team for “violating team rules” according to coach Barry Odom, who also said it was not for the recently surfaced video that appeared to show Mauk snorting cocaine.

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Former USC athlete Owen Hanson charged in international crime ring

A California grand jury has charged 22 people in an international narcotics trafficking and gambling ring that’s allegedly headed by Owen Hanson, a former University of Southern California athlete that played both football and men’s volleyball.

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Flames Dennis Wideman suspended indefinitely for hitting linesman

Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman has been suspended indefinitely pending a Tuesday hearing with the NHL’s department of hockey operations for hitting linesman Don Henderson.

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Professional skier fell 1,000 feet down a mountain; brushed it off

Professional skier Angel Collinson was performing a stunt for a movie and wound up falling 1,000 feet down an Alaskan mountainside and brushed it off.

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Panthers owner is taking every team employee to the Super Bowl

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is taking every employee, including interns, to the Super Bowl.

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Some Patriots’ fans convinced Roger Goodell is behind “Tabletgate”

The temporary brake down of the Patriots sideline tablets during the Denver-Patriot game caused a few Pats’ fans to cry foul, convinced that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was behind the trouble, now known as “Tabletgate.”

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Dog runs half-marathonDog’s bathroom break turns into half-marathon run

When April Hamiln of Elkmont, Alabama let her dog Ludivine out for a bathroom break, she didn’t know the dog would end up participating in … and completing … a 13.1-mile long half-marathon. A great day was had by all.

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Jameis Winston replaces Tom Brady at 2016 Pro Bowl

Since Tom Brady of the New England Patriots has chosen not to play in the 2016 Pro Bowl, Jameis Winston, rookie quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been tapped to replace him. This makes him the first rookie QB in NFL history to be named to a Pro Bowl roster.

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FSU settles lawsuit over Jameis Winston rape allegations

Florida State University will pay $950,000 to settle a former student’s lawsuit alleging that FSU was “deliberately indifferent” to her claim that their star quarterback Jameis Winston raped her, according to FSU president John Thrasher.

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Serena Williams looking to match Steffi Graf’s record of 22 career Grand Slam titles at Australian Open

Serena Williams’ match against Angelique Kerber is her chance to match Steffi Graf’s record of 22 career Grand Slam titles in the Australian Open final.

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Hockey enforcer John Scott says NHL pressured him to drop out of All-Star Game

Former Arizona Coyotes enforcer John Scott, whose stats are less that the other All-Star players says the league made clear he shouldn’t be playing in the All-Star game. But he changed his mind about cooperating when someone from the league reached out, asking him, “Do you think this is something your kids would be proud of?” He said, “But while I don’t deserve to be an All-Star, I also don’t think I deserve to be treated like I’ve been by the league throughout this saga. I’m an NHL player — and, whatever my set of skills may be, that I’m an NHL player is no accident. I genuinely believe that when I’m on the ice, or even just the bench, I make my teammates feel safe to do what they do best.”

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Oakland Raiders may be considering move to Las Vegas

A leaked memo from University of Nevada, Las Vegas president Len Jessup has Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis schedule for a tour of Las Vegas as part of the search for a new home for the team.

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New report raises suspicions of match-fixing in mixed doubles match at Australian Open

Following last week’s allegations by BuzzFeed and the BBC of rampant match-fixing in the highest levels of professional tennis, a new report in the New York Times says a popular sports betting website temporarily suspended betting after a swell of suspicious betting activity took place hours prior to a mixed doubles match at the 2016 Australian Open.

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One gambler may have revealed how much tennis players make fixing matches

Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times published a first-person account of bizarre online correspondence he had with a Russian man claiming to be part of the tennis gambling and match-fixing world. He also provided rough prices of various fixes.

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