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Rob Gronkowski retires… again, plus Auston Matthews cleans up at NHL Awards

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NHL: NHL Awards

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Auston Matthews received his first MVP award. It probably won’t be his last. 24 year old Maple leaves superstar won Hart Trophygiven to the league’s most valuable player, by a large margin over the runner-up Connor McDavid. Matthews also won the Ted Lindsey Awardgiven to the most outstanding player in the league.

  • Matthews is only the third maple leaf – and first in 67 years — win the Hart Trophy by joining Ted Kennedy (1954-55) and Babe Pratt (1943-44).
  • Matthews led the league with 60 goals and 0.82 goals per game this season.
  • Matthews was also named to the 2021-22 First All-Star Team along with the goaltender. Igor Shesterkindefenders Roman Josie as well as Cale Makarright winger Mitchell Marner and left winger Johnny Gaudreau.

Here are the other winners from last night:

  • Norris Trophy (Defensive Player of the Year): Cale Makar (Colorado Avalanche)
  • Calder Trophy (best rookie): Moritz Seider (Detroit Red Wings)
  • Vezina Trophy (best goaltender): Igor Shesterkin (New York Rangers)

honorable mentions

  • Aaron Judge as well as Mookie Betts lead the AL and NL respectively in All-Star Match.
  • Carson Wentz impressive With commanders.
  • Ohio continues to wind five-star reversals: Brandon Inniss yesterday after Carnell Tate on Monday.
  • Nick Faldo to retire as golf broadcaster from CBS at the end of this season.

And not such a good morning for…

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers have already been promoted with one retirement and no retirement this off-season (thanks, Tom Brady). Now they’ll be hoping for the same with one of his favorite targets. Rob Gronkowski called it a career yesterdaywriting on Instagram, “[I’m] I’m leaving football again with my head held high, knowing that I gave it everything I had, good or bad, every time I took the field.”

This is not Gronkowski’s first retirement.. He left the game in 2019, missed the entire regular season, and then reunited with Brady for 2020 and 2021 in Tampa. Gronkowski’s agent Drew Rosenhaus even confessed. he wouldn’t be surprised if Gronkowski came back if Brady called.

However, if Gronkowski is indeed finished, he is leaving as one of the greatest tight ends of all time:

  • 2010s All-Decade team, five-time pro bowler, four-time All-Pro first team, four-time Super Bowl champion, 2014 Comeback Player of the Year
  • Third all-time tight end with 92 regular season touchdownsback only Antonio Gates as well as Tony Gonzalez
  • Second all time since 15 touchdowns in the playoffsback only Jerry Rice

It is difficult to overestimate the influence of Gronkowski. He was an amazing receiver, a very good blocker and a constant source of joy both on and off the field. You can check out his best moments from both here. As for the impact on the field, this is a big loss for the pirates. There are five tight ends on their list. Only one, Cameron Bright, caught the NFL pass. Three newbies.

In addition, Brady threw six touchdowns and zero interceptions while targeting Gronkowski last season, his best of any goal. Here’s how he reacted to the news.

SportsLine data expert Steven Oh says with Gronkowski’s retirement The chance of pirates winning NFC dropped from 22.1% to 20.6%.and them The chance of winning the Super Bowl dropped from 11.8% to 11.2%..

Brooks Koepka moves to LIV Golf while Colleen Morikawa stays on the PGA Tour 🏌



As you briefly read at the start of yesterday’s morning newsletter, the LIV Golf has received its final star: Brooks Koepka joins Saudi-backed league ahead of their event in Portland next week. Let’s dive a little deeper into this topic today:

  • Kopka is four-time grand winner: 2017 & 2018 US Open, 2018 & 2019 PGA Championship. He also former world number 1.
  • Ranked 19th in the latest official world golf rankings Kopka is ranked second in the LIV Golf rankings.behind Dustin Johnson (15th).
  • Like Johnson, Phil Mickelson as well as Bryson DeChambeauKoepka reportedly received millions of dollars to make the switch.
  • Abraham Unser also joins LIV Golf.

Koepka spent most of last week at the US Open annoyed by the number of LIV Golf related questions he received. However, it’s easy to see why the LIV’s deep pockets and laid-back schedule suit Koepke well. He hasn’t played in a minor since the end of March, and four of his eight PGA Tour wins are majors (which he can still play); he doesn’t seem to care as deeply or prepare as much for other events.

In a big win for the PGA TourHowever, Colleen Morikawa denied rumors about leaving LIV Golf. World No. 4 player and two-time major games winner tweeted he is “here to stay on the PGA tour.”

Deshawn Watson settled 20 of 24 civil lawsuits against him



browns defender Deshawn Watson reached confidential agreements in 20 out of 24 civil sexual harassment lawsuits against him.

However, Watson not out of the woods, neither by law nor by possible suspension from NFL.

  • Four more cases against Watsonincluding Ashley Solis, original accuser. Tony Busbywho represents all 24 accusers, called Solis “one of the heroes of this story”.
  • Watson could also face discipline from the NFL no matter how the other four cases turn out. NFL may fine or suspend players for violating the privacy policy.
  • This was stated by the official representative of the NFL Brian McCarthy. “Today’s development has no influence on the collectively concluded disciplinary process.”

Watson, 26, did not play last season and was sold from Texans to Browns in March, shortly after a grand jury decided not to bring criminal charges against him in connection with allegations of sexual harassment. Cleveland immediately gave him a fully guaranteed five-year, $230 million contract..

Rest in peace Caleb Swanigan 🏀



Caleb Swaniganformer Purdue basketball star who played three seasons in the NBA, died Monday night, Purdue announced yesterday. He was 25.

  • Suanigan endured an extremely difficult childhood, in which he moved from Utah to Indiana many times, lived in homeless shelters, and struggled with weight problems. Former Purdue Star Roosevelt Barnes coached Suanigan in grassroots basketball, took him and became his guardianhelping him develop McDonald’s All-American and one of the nation’s top recruits..
  • Swanigan has been a force for Purdue, gaining momentum. Big Ten Player of the Year and several All-American honors as a sophomore in 2016–2017 before being selected for the NBA draft.
  • Trail Blazers selected in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft and has also spent time in the G League and with kings. His last season in the NBA was 2019-20.

According to the Allen County Coroner’s office, Suanigan struggled with weight issues in the days following the game and died of natural causes. He was considered a great teammate who worked a lot with the youth off the court and his openness about his upbringing was truly inspiring.

Numerous former NBA teammates and players, including Jaylen Brown as well as Yusuf Nurkic expressed their condolences.

What are we watching on Wednesday?

🏀 Freedom in the sun19:00 on ESPN2
🏒 Stanley Cup Final Game 4: Avalanche at Lightning8pm on ABC


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