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BIG3 Skips San Antonio

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On July 19, 2019 the Big3 announced that a brand new major basketball festival will be taking place in Dallas, TX on August, 17th, the day the league was scheduled to play in San Antonio. It is my understanding that this is the third season the BIG3 has skipped San Antonio.

It is unfortunate that ticket holders like myself had to find out through individual sources and Facebook that the game was canceled. So, in the event you are a Big3 ticket holder and was not aware that the San Antonio games have been canceled, it is a fact. If you purchased your tickets through Ticketmaster online you will want to follow up on your refund by calling the Ticketmaster Fan Support line.

The “New” Basketball Festival is supposed to include additional events throughout the entire weekend to included musical performances by rappers T.I. and Yella Beezy. The festival is also set to feature all six weekly games on one day at American Airlines Center with fans being able to watch six games with just one ticket and experience a series of Young3 clinics for area youth throughout the weekend, with player meet and greets for fans.

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Jackson State Football Team On Probation

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Deion Sanders is the NHCIC (New Head Coach In Charge) at Jackson State University; however, he’s going to have to work through some drama that took place before his being named the team’ new coach.

Last week the NCAA reported that the Jackson State football team had violated NCAA Certification and recruiting rules (between 2014-2018) according to an agreement released by the Division 1 Committee on Infractions and the team was placed on two year’s probation also resulting in a fine of $5,000, a recruiting ban and other penalties. The university and the NCAA enforcement staff agreed that 34 student-athletes had practiced and competed before receiving final certification from the NCAA Eligibility Center. The university also acknowledged and agreed that it failed to monitor its certification process.

For more on the developed story visit www.ncaa.org.

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LAKER NATION IS BACK

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On the heels of early voting, Sunday Night Football, political debates, playing through a pandemic, and everything else going on in the world, the LA Lakers won the 2020 NBA Finals Championship inside the first ever “NBA Bubble.” Lakers clinched the game 6 win over the Miami Heat with their 106-93 victory. The Lakers are now tied with the Boston Celtics for the most NBA championship wins in NBA league history; they each have 17 apiece.

This championship was unique and historic in more ways than one. With the burning reminder of former Laker Kobe Bryant’s death, Laker championship drought frustrations, players vocally expressing their thoughts on race and inequality (the Black Lives Movement), and spending months quarantined at Walt Disney Resort playing in the midst of COVID-19, these were all factors and fighting motivation for the 2020 Lakers team. It had been 10 years since the Lakers last Championship win when Kobe lead the team.

This win was Lebron James’ 4th NBA championship title and 4th NBA Finals MVP title (with 3 different teams; Cleveland 2012 & 2016, Miami 2013, and LA 2020).

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Naomi Osaka Wins 2020 US Open

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No. 4 seed Naomi Osaka rallied for a thrilling 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka to win the women’s singles title at the 2020 US Open.

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