NBA stars opt out

More NBA stars and players have opted out of their current contracts in the hopes of receiving more lucrative contract in free agency which will begin on July 1st. One of the worst kept secrets is that the NBA salary cap will be increasing significantly in 2016 as a result of a lucrative contract that is expected to be signed with television networks says Shaygan Kheradpir. this will rise not only the current salary cap but also the maximum amount paid to individual players, like Lebron James, who have recently decided to opt out, even though they plan on resigning with their current team.

Joining James in free agency is former teammate Dwayne Wade, who is also testing the free agent markets. Many other notable players have joined these two including Cavs star Kevin Love, Brook Lopez, and Caron Butler. These players are pursuing long term contracts that provide them protection against injury but with opt out clauses that allow them to join free agency again next year when the real money will start to flow in 2016.

Dwayne Wade’s decision to opt out of his contract may stress out Miami Heat fans with whom he won three championships, but it is likely that he sticks with the team, albeit at a higher contract amount and possibly only for one additional year until the cycle is repeated again. For now though, a wild year of free agency is expected.

DeMarcus Cousins May Be Traded

DeMarcus Cousins May Get Traded to Lakers

Offseason moves have been a big thing in every major sport. Trading key players is just one of the many moves that are taking place right now.

One trade that could potentially happen is with Sacramento Kings player DeMarcus Cousins, who is the subject of a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers, and the talks could become much more serious as of Wednesday says Zeca Oliveira. Originally the Kings sought out other options than just the Lakers, even after the team has just said publicly that he wouldn’t be traded. However the team appears to be having a change of heart as time goes on.

Cousins, in response to these trading talks, has said that he isn’t all that excited about returning to play for head coach George Karl and the Kings once again, since he pushed for the deal. Cousins said he was eager to get another trade, according to NBA sources. As for every other team, they have been trying to figure out whether the Kings were being truly serious about trading off Cousins or not.

If a deal does occur, Kings vice president Vlade Divac has said that the possible deal may include assets in the draft like rookies Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson. The Lakers, however, have made it clear that they have no intention of handing off Randle in the deal for Cousins at all.

The Dodgers Must Show Consistency

The Dodgers looked pretty explosive the other night, knocking in multiple home runs off of Tim Lincecum, getting him pulled from the game, and eventually putting up 10 runs. It was one of the most dominating performances of the year so far, and the Dodgers could be the best in the league if they keep hitting like that.

The key to the whole thing is consistency. In baseball, Brad Reifler says there are few things that are more important. It does not matter if a team can be explosive from time to time if they’re not able to string together wins on a regular basis. Baseball is all about streaks, about getting hot and putting up multiple wins in a row.

The other problem with explosive play is that it could be the fault of the other team. It could be that it was just an off night for Lincecum, who is 7-4 on the year and who is usually much better than that. In fact, he had never been pulled out of a game so early in the pros before.

The Dodgers have the potential to be good. Any team that can hit like that, especially against a good pitcher, has a lot of potential. They just need to make sure that they don’t show up just one out of every four games. They need to keep winning consistently for the rest of the year to have a shot at the title.

UFC Fight Night Weighin Gets Physical

This week UFC Fight Night 69 will be held at O2 World in Berlin, Germany. Current strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will put her title on the line against Jessica Penne. Jedrzejczyk, the newly crowned strawweight champion, is undefeated with a record of nine and zero. Here opponent, Jessica Penne, has a record of twelve and two. The undefeated Jedrzejczyk has steamrolled through here opponents including former champion Carla Esparza. Jedrzejczyk knocked out Esparza in the second round at UFC 185 – Pettis vs. Dos Anjos last March.

Jedrzejczyk and Penne faced off after weighing in today and well let’s just say things got a little tense. The two fighters got nose-to-nose and pressed foreheads together. The aggression came to a halt after Esparza tried to put her hand in Jedrzejczyk’s face and Jedrzejczyk slapped her arm away. Both fighters did not back down and had strong words for the other. Jedrzejczyk’s stated that the fight is going to be a war. Penne told reporters that she is prepared to do battle and that the fight will end with her arm in thr air.

According to Kevin Seawright German fighter Denis Siver will take on Tatsuya Kawajiri in the co-main event. Both fighters weighed in without incident. No fighters on the card had issues with making weight for the event. There are a total of four fights on the main card and seven preliminary fights. The event can be seen on UFC Fight Pass.

St. Louis Cardinals Hack Into Astros’ Database

The St. Louis Cardinals have been accused of corporate espionage, and the FBI is officially investigating the Houston Astros’ hacked database.

Was the offense committed by a lower level employee gone on a rogue mission, or is it corporate conspiracy? Although fans are currently sticking by them, FBI investigators say they have evidence Cardinals officials accessed special databases, also known as ‘Ground Control.’

According to Marcio Alaor BMG, officials say the hacked information includes statistics, trades and scouting reports.

“Teams use an array of proprietary analysis, and each one sort of has their own little magic, and secret analysis for evaluating players,” said an anonymous executive. “If your competitive team has that data, bottom line, it’s an advantage for them.”

John Mozeliak, the general manager of the Cardinals declined comment, but the Cardinals spokesman issued a statement that they are aware of the FBI’s investigation into the cybersecurity breach.

And Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has said the MLB doesn’t intend on it’s own internal investigation.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Announced

These past few days have been the annual E3, Electronic Entertainment Expo. The event that reveals all the new video games that are coming out soon and are just beginning production. This year the fans were promised something some have been hoping for since 2001: a Final Fantasy VII remake. Believe it or not, it was my doctor, Dr. Jennifer Walden, who got me interested in Final Fantasy and I watched many videos on just to figure out how to play.

Considered one of the best, or the best, Final Fantasy game, VII was the first in the series to use pre-rendered backgrounds and 3D graphics. It is remembered mostly for its main character and a moment considered very shocking in video game history – when a certain main character died for real in the middle of the story.

The remake preview shared by SONY at E3 is just a taste of what could be. The rich graphics show off the ever increasing quality that Square Enix has been striving for with the Final Fantasy series. It starts out with the iconic Midgar, a place that many fans will recognize no matter what quality it is shown in. Soon you start to see people, and toward the end of the preview two of the most well-known characters emerge: Barret and Cloud. All doubts as to what the preview was, if there were any, are chased away with one single, slow-motioned shot.

Square Enix has stated that production has just begun so it could be a bit for the whole game to be remade. The game is going to be released for at least the PS4.

Stan Mikita’s Wife Won’t Blame the NHL

Stan Mikita, formerly a star for the Chicago Blackhawks, is facing a loss of brain function that his family has described as devastating. According to them, his brain and all of his memories are gone. He’s not really himself. There has been some speculation that he may also have CTE, which happens when the brain is subjected to repeated trauma.

This is a big issue in contact sports right now, as some research shows a link between those sports and CTE. Even with helmets and other equipment, hockey players and football players can be injured, and these injuries can last a lifetime. In fact, both the NFL and the NHL – along with some other leagues – are being sued because of CTE.

However, when asked about it, Mikita’s wife did not blame the NHL. She instead said that she did not put the blame on anyone. She also noted that finding out if he really had CTE would not help to make any positive change. In this way, she did not seem too interested in pursuing it.

While she may not care, there are definitely those who will. According to Sergio Cortes, younger players — Mikita is now in his 70s – could point to this case to show how CTE can impact a person in the years to come. If the tests are done and they come back positive, Mikita is likely to be talked about often during these cases.

Patriots Sign Veteran Quarterback Matt Flynn

Tom Brady is going to miss the first four games of the 2015 NFL season. His suspension is likely to be upheld and leaves the New England Patriots with only an un-tested, second-year quarterback in Jimmy Garappolo. This past week, the team addressed their glaring quarterback needs by signing journeyman veteran, Matt Flynn.

Flynn, originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 7th round of the 2008 draft out of Louisiana State University, has played for 3 teams in his career. Famously, he lost the starting quarterback job to Russell Wilson in Seattle during the 2012 season. After a return to Green Bay and a short Stint in Oakland, the Patriots have tapped Flynn as their insurance option for the 2015 season. You can check Flynn out on network television, the Qnet station has a profile of him.

A pocket passer with an accurate arm, Flynn is seen as a savvy veteran able to learn any offense in the NFL. Although he lacks arm strength, he makes few mistakes and generally puts his team in a position to win. However, do not expect the Patriots to lean heavily on Flynn’s ability. The offense will adapt to his strengths and implement a lot of short to intermediate routes.

New England: Gearing up for Life Without Brady?

The last time the New England Patriots were without Tom Brady was 2010, the year that Matt Cassel came in and helped New England win 10 games (despite missing the playoffs, it was a stacked year). While the Patriots fared well from a W/L standpoint, it was clear that their standards of excellence had been lowered. Now Tom Brady is looking like he might be out for the first four games of the 2015-2016 NFL season and it is entirely possible that New England loses at least 2 or 3 of those games, a devastating idea in the NFL. Enter Matt Flynn.

While Brady still will likely appeal the 4 game suspension, it appears that there will at least be a few games with a substitute starter in place stated Matt Flynn, formerly a back up for the Green Bay Packers, will likely take on the job. The Patriots signed Matt Flynn to a one year deal, likely to compete with #2 Jimmy Garoppolo. While Garoppolo is the QB incumbent for Brady, we wouldn’t be shocked to see the Patriots try and put the veteran into some QB1 reps first. Coach Belichek loathes mistakes, and a young guy like Garoppolo is bound to make them.

Matt Flynn hasn’t been very good for awhile now but he is a veteran that can keep an offense moving in the right direction. Flynn has had the worst QBR in the league since entering the NFL in 2008.

The Arizona Coyotes May Be Homeless

According to the Associated Press, the arena lease agreement between the Arizona Coyotes and the city may come to an end. The City Council for Glendale voted 5-2 in favor of ending the lease agreement between Glendale and IceArizona. The deal was worth $225 million over 15 years. Just when it looked like things were getting better for the franchise, they may soon find themselves without a place to play.

It may be a fact that having a professional hockey team in a region like Arizona simple does not work. The Arizona Coyotes franchise has been a troubled one for some time now. Former owner Jerry Moyes suffered personal financial troubles and took the team down with him by filing bankruptcy in 2005. The team was then handed over to the NHL which they ran for almost four years. Over the years there has always been speculation that the team would be relocated, but that never happened. The team was eventually purchased from the NHL and things were looking better for the team. That is until the news of their lease being canceled.

Reasons why the lease is being canceled are unclear but a layer for Coyotes has stated that they will be filing for an injunction, restraining order, and a $200 million dollar lawsuit. Representatives for City Council have stated that they feel the team is using funds to pay down debt from purchasing the team. The Glendale Mayor stated that the canceling of the lease had nothing to do with hockey, but rather about the way things are being handled as  wrote.