The Antonio Brown saga just keeps on rolling by the looks of things. After airing the Oakland Raiders’ laundry all over the world and being a general nuisance all summer long, Brown looked like he was set to play come Monday night in their season opener. But he’s went and outdone himself again, this time posting a recording of a phone call he had with Head Coach Jon Gruden. It revealed Gruden begging him to stop the off-field shenanigans, to which Brown responded that it was difficult. There is very real possibility that Brown could end up being cut or suspended, at the very least, and it’s just mind-boggling to see it happening in such a bizarre and unprecedented way.
The Cleveland Indians are just about out of the race for the AL Central title, but they still have a small chance to get back in it. Coming into Friday night’s game at the Twins, the leaders of the division, they had six games remaining against their foes. That means there was plenty of time for them to right the ship and possibly win the division all things being equal. They began well, winning 6-2 in 11 innings to grab the first win, a victory that now places them 5.5 back of Minnesota. It was Roberto Perez that proved to be the hero, hitting an RBI single with two outs to break the game open and hand his team what could be a crucial kick-starting win.
The 2019 US Open Men’s Final will see two men with completely different outlooks facing off after Friday night confirmed it will be Rafa Nadal taking on Daniil Medvedev. Nadal, who was down four points in the first-set tiebreaker with Matteo Berrettini, somehow pulled himself out of the fire and won in straight sets (7-6, 6-4, 6-1) to book a spot in the Final against the Russian. Meanwhile, the Russian fought off extremely unfancied Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 to keep up his villainous run. There will be a clear fan favorite in this one: Nadal. That much is for sure.
The United States Men’s National Team is still a long, long way from where it wants to be, and that was proven once more on Friday night as Mexico dealt them a 0-3 loss in New Jersey. Christian Pulisic, considered to be the best player on the team, stated that they will have to start being less scared if they are to beat the mighty El Tri. That would be a nice start, you’d think. The first goal came from Chicharito Hernandez. The second would wait for quite a while, coming in the second half with 12 minutes left when the US made comical work of passing out of the bag to gift Erick Gutierrez with a goal. Uriel Antuna topped it off just four minutes later in the 82nd minute to kill off the game and show just how wide the gap remains between the two teams.