August 22, 2021

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Rob Anthony

Sport Shorts will be a weekly group of tidbits from around the sports world that involve the movers and shakers of the major sports MLB, NFL, and NBA, etc., as well individual sports like Golf, Tennis, Boxing and others.

By Rob Anthony

A seasonable out take on trending sports around the country.

(NFL News)

Justin Fields wears #1, how long will it take him to be QB1 in Chicago, after shining in preseason debut.

Justin Fields shines in his preseason debut for the Chicago Bears in their first preseason game against the Miami Dolphins at Soldier Field on Saturday. The young rookie who was taken by the Bears with the 11th pick of the first round of the 2021 draft, touched the field in the second quarter to give the team offense a spark.

Fields finished his preseason debut going 14-20 for 142 yards, and he also ran for a touchdown and thrilled Bears fans who have been starving for a Franchise QB for a very long time. 

 Coming into the season Bears Head coach put Andy Dalton at the top of the depth Chart as QB 1, so not to rush the development of Justin Fields. Fields may be arriving ahead of schedule, at least in his first action it appears that way.

Boxing

Errol Spence pulls out of clash with Manny Pacquaio over eye injury

Unified champion at 147 pounds (welterweight Errol Spence Jr) one of boxing’s pound for pound best fighters, was scheduled to meet Manny Pacquaio August 21st in a Fox PPV bout, but due to Errol Spence because of a retinal tear in his left eye.   

Now, the future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao will face rugged welterweight Yordenis Ugas instead.  Ugas was scheduled to be on the card anyway so he was preparing to fight on the 21st and wouldn’t be considered really a terribly disadvantaged under trained opponent.

While this should still be a decent fight, the star power of the card has been diminished without Errol Spence. But despite that, Fox will still keep the fight as a Pay per view event charging boxing fans 75$ to buy the event.

Ali’s grandson makes pro debut on ESPN

Nico Ali Walsh the grandson of Muhammad Ali had his first pro fight on ESPN this passed Saturday.  There was lots of history in the ring that night.  Ali Walsh fought wearing a pair of white Everlast trunks, that was originally designed for his grandfather.   

Ali Walsh is also promoted by Bob Arum who also promoted his grandfather. The first fight that Bob Arum ever promoted was an Ali fight in 1966.  

With great fanfare Ali Walsh scored a 1st round knockout. I anxiously await the next time he gets to get in the ring and make more progress in the ring.  

He’s only 21 years of age, and is training with the Kronk gym in Detroit with SugarHill Steward (the nephew of legendary trainer Emmanuel Steward.)  From the reaction of the crowd and the television coverage there will be many eyes watching his career as he moves forward.

NBA

Kawhi Resign with the Clips

Kawhi Leonard – Re-Signed with the Los Angeles Clippers, signing a 4 year deal according to the Athletic, that will keep him with the team for sure until 2023-2024, and in 2024-2025 he has a player option on whether or not he wants to return.   Kawhi turned 30 years old this summer and is coming off of a partial tear of his ACL.   Kawhi was already a guy who was being “Load managed” because of old injuries.

Lets see how he will be handled in coming back from his knee injury.  Also Paul George will be with the Clippers through 2023-2024 as well.  So the Clippers Championship window is going to be 3 years.  It will be interesting to see how the Clippers try to counter the moves of the LA Lakers who have an all 30+ team as they added Camelo Anthony, via free agency, Dwight Howard, and they traded for Russell Westbrook from the Wizards gutting a lot of the team’s young core.

Story 8

Clippers and Grizz make a trade (Eric Bledsoe heads to LA)

Los Angeles Clippers make a trade for Eric Bledsoe from the Memphis Grizzlies for Patrick Beverley, Rajon Rando and Daniel Oturu.  According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski the deal will save the Clippers 30 million dollars in luxury tax dollars and creates an 8.3 million dollar traded player exception that they will have to use to acquire another player.   

Bledsoe was drafted by the Clippers in 2010 and player in LA his first 3 years., but didn’t get much run because the Clippers had acquired Chris Paul and that took away minutes from him.   

Bledsoe will be joining Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Reggie Jackson to try to make another run at an NBA championship in the 2021-2022 season.

Tennis:

Naomi Osaka to donate her winnings from next tournament, also speaks on her anxiety

The World’s #2 ranked Women’s tennis player will be donating her winnings from the Western and Southern Open, a hardcourt tournament on the WTA tour to victims of the Haiti Earthquake. 

Osaka’s father is a native Haitian and he was the one that got her into tennis similar to Richard Williams and the Williams sisters.  The famed tennis player broke down during her press conference when talking about dealing with her fame, and trying to deal with the pressure of being a big time athlete.  

She has had bouts with mental health, as she’s pulled out of Grand Slam tournaments dealing with anxiety with having to do press events. Hopefully, she can have a strong showing at this tournament so she’s sharp for the US open in Flushing Queens, NY, in September and so she can donate lots of prize winnings to her father’s home country Haiti.

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