Get ready for the return of Premier League, plus what’s next for Brittney Griner?

Happy Friday everyone! Another week less. Congratulation!

Let’s cut to the chase.

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PREMIER LEAGUE FANS

Rejoice, football fans: The Premier League is back! Arsenal visits crystal palace this afternoon to kick things off, and then the other 18 teams open their respective seasons this weekend.

In case you missed it this summer, the rich got richer as defending champions Manchester City added Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund. Third top scorer in the Bundesliga last year, Haaland is a huge reason why our football expert Roger Gonzalez is calling City”undisputed favorites to win the league” in his overview of the 20 teams.

But that means there is a lot of pressure on Haalandalso notes football journalist James Benge in his preview of the Manchester City season.

  • Benge: “Haaland has scored 115 times in 116 games for Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund. … He may just be on one of the big hot streaks early in his career. The best and only the best strikers can be counted on to consistently outperform their expected targets (xG) to some degree, but not to Haaland’s level. … They are a team that fetishizes point-blank shots in line with goal more than anyone else. … Haaland’s sweet spot is City’s and vice versa.”

Our team of football experts have done an amazing job previewing other top teams including…

We also have choice of experts for title winners, top four, bottom four and individual awards.

We will have live analysis during the weekend — and the The French Ligue 1 also starts this weekend – so be sure to stay tuned for our football coverage in the future.

Honorable mentions

And not such a good morning for…

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CLAYTON KERSHAW AND THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Dodgers will most likely sail to another NL West title as they own the best record in MLB. The only thing they doesn’t need was an injury to one of their stars. Clayton Kershaw left his departure against the giants after experience back pain while throwing warm-up pitches in the fifth inning.

It is worrying for some reasons, notes our MLB expert Mike Axisa. First, it’s away from Kershaw’s first issue.

  • Axis: “He missed 41 days with an inflamed back in 2014, 74 days with a herniated disc in 2016 and 39 days with a sprained back in 2017. Kershaw also had short stints on the injured list with back issues. in 2018 and 2020. Last season, a flexor injury cost him much of the second half and the playoffs, and he missed time with a hip injury earlier this year.”

The 34-year-old pitcher has been tremendous this season with a MRE2.64 and one 0.98 WHIP, both top 10 in the Netherlands (min. 80 IP). Any extended absence would be a blow to the Dodgers, whose rotation is starting to dwindle.

  • 1. HPR Walker Buhler (out since June 10 with a forearm injury, could return in September)
  • 2. HPL Clayton Kershaw (left early Thursday with an injury)
  • 3. HPL Julio Urias
  • 4. HPR Tony Gonsolin (23 1/3 innings away from his previous career high)
  • 5. HPL Tyler Anderson
  • 6. HPL Andrew Heane (healthy now, but limited to five starts per shoulder issue so far this year)
  • 7. HPR Ryan Pepiot (9 2/3 innings away from his previous career high)

Not so honorable mentions

Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison

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Phoenix Mercury star Britney Griner was convicted of drug trafficking and possession of cannabis in Russia and sentenced to 9 years in prison. She was also fined 1,000,000 Russian rubles (just over $16,000).

  • In a statement, the President Joe Biden says the sentence is “more of a reminder of what the world already knew: Russia wrongfully detains Brittney.”

Griner was arrested in February for allegedly carrying marijuana concentrate in his luggage. She has since been detained and recently pleaded guilty. During closing arguments in her trial on Wednesday, Griner said she “never intended to break any law.”

This is far from the end of Griner’s story. At the end of July, the United States would have proposed an exchange of prisoners who would release Griner and the director of corporate security Paul Whelan in exchange for a convicted Russian arms dealer Victor Bout. While the WNBA star has now been officially sentenced, a prisoner swap still remains a possibility.

College football season preview: 22 questions for 2022 🏈

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We’re fast approaching the 2022 college football season and boy, it’s been a wild offseason. From transfer gate madness to NIL deals to realignment on the horizon, we have plenty of storylines to uncover. This is where our college football insider Dennis Dodd can help, as he reviewed in his 22 Captivating Scenarios That Will Dominate 2022.

Let’s start with the big one: Who will participate in the College Football Playoffs? Dodd says usual suspect Alabama as well as defending champion Georgia both will be there… but what about the other two teams?

  • Dodd: ohio state: Ryan Day has his best team since the powerhouse of 2019 which was upset by Clemson in the CFP semi-finals. Day is 28-3 since then with a Big Ten loss to his name. So here is. If the defense meets under new coordinator Jim Knowles, watch out. Utah: Kyle Whittingham hit the peak of his career entering the year 18. The Utes have the physique to match anyone and the ability to go undefeated. They open the 2022 season ranked No. 4 in the CBS Sports 131.”

But before we get to the end of the season, we have to start at the beginning, and as Dennis notes, this Week 1 is absolutely busy.

  • Cincinnati to Arkansas
  • Oregon vs. Georgia
  • Utah to Florida
  • Our Lady of the State of Ohio
  • Florida State vs. LSU
  • Clemson vs. Georgia Tech

All 22 of these scenarios add another layer of excitement to the season, and guess what? We are now 22 days away from kick-off. Let’s go!

Which teams didn’t do enough by the trade deadline? ⚾

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There was a lot of movement at the MLB trade deadline: Our trade tracker was incredibly busy all day. But not everyone got in on the action as much as they should have. Of course, not all teams can be declared “winners” at the deadline, and there were a few teams that just didn’t do everything right.

Who stands out among this disappointing group? That’s the question our MLB experts answered in their Round table “Battle Around” this week, and our Matt Snyder says one of the best teams in the league has left their fans wanting more.

  • Snyder: “I will go with the Dishes. … They could have been more aggressive in propping up the bridge to get closer Edwin Diaz with more preparers than Mychal Givens – whose debut with the Mets was a disaster – and the receiver remains a big question mark as All-Star Willson Contreras wasn’t even traded. … The Mets haven’t won the World Series since 1986 and they have a collection of talent who could do it again. Why they didn’t go full throttle to load the roster before the deadline is beyond my comprehension.”

While the Mets were the top team on this list, two AL Central clubs didn’t fare too well either.

What we’re watching this weekend πŸ“Ί

We watch the NWSL on Paramount+.

Friday

πŸ€ Sparks in the dream7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network
πŸ€ Mystics in Heaven8 p.m. on NBA TV

Saturday

⚾ Yankees to Cardinals7:15 p.m. on FOX

Sunday

πŸ€ sun in the sky1 p.m. on ABC
πŸ€ Ace to the storm3 p.m. on ABC
⚾ Padres at Dodgers7 p.m. on ESPN

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