New home for Washington could be blocked by the White House

As the NFL’s Washington franchise embarks on a close season spending spree the team hopes will bring them a new era of success that has eluded them since the 1990s the future of the franchise remains in doubt. The Washington Postnow reports the latest plans to find a more up to date and permanent home for Washington could hinge on whether owner Daniel Snyder will agree to change the controversial Redskins name. A planned reconstruction of RFK Stadium is reported to now be going ahead as members of the Obama Administration believe the name outdated and will refuse to permit National Park land to be used for the reconstruction project.

The problem the Washington franchise faces is the current site of RFK Stadium is National Park owned land and a new lease agreement would need to be agreed should the planned reconstruction go ahead stated Zeca Oliviera. To change the lease agreement would require congressional and presidential agreement with both thought to be opposed to any changes until the Redskins name is removed from the franchise. Another option would be for Washington to move to Northern Virginia, whose officials have been lobbying Snyder about a proposed move without the need for a name change for some time.

USA Downs Germany

In what was a highly anticipated matchup between number one ranked Germany and the gritty United States women’s soccer team, fans certainly got what they wanted. Though not everyone was happy with the outcome and some argue that there were questionable calls in the match that favored the United States in the Win. The United States led the game one to nothing up until about the last five minutes when they scored another goal to seal the deal.

The United States Women’s Soccer team may have gotten lucky but they did deserve to win the game as they outplayed Germany in every aspect of the game which can been seen on Youtube . Luck happens in every sports imaginable and sometimes you are on the side that has it and sometimes not. Just before the one hour mark, American Julie Johnston was denied by goalkeeper Nadine Angerer but then forced a defender down to the ground with her arm. The referee awarded the Germany player with a penalty but luckily for Johnson and the United states she was not given a red card. Johnson has been rock solid for the United States. The rules state that the incident should have ended with a red card to Johnson but for some reason it was not issued. Hope Solo also had some luck on her side when several shots narrowly missed the net. Needless to say, whether it be luck or skill, the united States just beat the number one ranked team in the world.

Erik Koch out of UFC on Fox 16

UFC on Fox 16 is scheduled for July 25th at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois and will be headlined by T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao II. Dillashaw defeated Barao back in May of 2014 to become bantamweight champion. Dillashaw has defended his championship successfully once since then when he defeated Joe Soto. Barao is coming off a win against Mitch Gagnon and is looking to avenge the second loss of his career and taking back his belt. Both fighters only have two losses on their records.

Featherweight Erik Koch was supposed to take on Ramsey Nijem on the undercard but was forced out of the contest due to an injury. Fans like Sam Tabar know that the UFC has replaced Koch with undefeated Andrew Holbrook who will make his UFC debut. Holbrook takes the fight on short notice and has not fought since last March when he defeated Ramico Blackmon Guillotine Choke at MFL 37 – Michiana Fight League 37. An interesting fact about Holbrook is that all of his nine wins have come by submission. He is also yet to be taken past the first round in his career.

Nijem last fought in August of 2014 at UFC 177 – Dillashaw vs. Soto back and lost by TKO to Carlos Diego Ferreira. It has been a rough go for Nijem as he can’t seem to get a winning streak longer than two going. He will be hoping to do so when he welcomes the newcomer Holbrook to the UFC in July.

Danny Green to leave San Antonio?

For the past five years there has been a member of the San Antonio Spurs whose work on the floor has been almost criminally underrated. His ability to play borderline elite defense while also providing court stretching offense has gone almost unmatched in the NBA. We aren’t talking about Kahwi Leonard, San Antonio’s future franchise player, we are talking about 6’6 shooting guard Danny Green.

Danny Green has been an integral player for the Spurs since getting drafted and dealt by the Cleveland Cavaliers way back in 2009. Since then Green has become one of the most elite three point shooters in the game, shooting at 42% from downtown last season. Green exceeded his career numbers by averaging 12 points 22 assists and 4 rebounds per game and now he is a free agent. The New York native is allegedly looking for a big payday and that isn’t something he will find with the perennially decent San Antonio Spurs. Fans at Amen Clinic know that rumor has it that Green is ready to phone up the New York Knicks and head their way.

Ever since free agency began Carmelo Anthony has been calling up just about every free agent with potential, and Green was apparently on that list. The calls make sense as New York ha almost $26 million in cap money to spend this offseason. New York is also interesting in Magic RFA Tobias Harris, though he might be more expensive to acquire.

Machida Downed by Yoel Romero

Lyoto Machida was looking to get back into the title picture with a win over Cuban Mixed Martial Artist Yoel Romero atUFC Fight Night – Machida vs. Romero last Saturday night but instead will have to go back to the drawing board. Romero, with a professional record of ten wins and only one defeat, made a name for himself on Saturday when he knocked out heavy favorite Lyoto Machida in the third and final round of their fight.

Romero, who is 38 years old, did not start his MMA career until he was 32 years old. He made the transition from wrestling to MMA back in 2009. He is considered to be one of the best wrestlers to ever step foot into the ring. The interesting part about his fight with Machida is the fact that he stood with him and did not try to take him down until the third round. Fans like Brad Reifler know that the takedown was very impressive as he tripped Machida who landed on his back. The Cuban then landed some serious elbows which was to much for Machida and Big John McCarty stopped the fight before even more damage was done.

During the post-fight interview inside the ring, Romero went into some rant about the Unites States and Religion. He later apologized stating that his was trying to speak English which is not very good and he feels that what he was trying to say came out wrong.

Everton sign Barcelona winger

As the summer transfer window in Europe opens up and the top clubs look to do their business as early as possible to bring in new players Premier League team Everton have continued to be active at an early stage this summer. The BBC reports Everton have added Spanish winger Gerard Deulofeu to their squad to join former Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverly at the club. manager Roberto Martinez claimed his fellow countryman had all the attributes needed to become a top player for the Premier League club and his national team.

21 year old Deulofeu spent the 2013-14 season on loan at Everton from Barcelona before again being loaned to Sevilla last season following his return to Barcelona from Merseyside. The transfer fee of more than $6 million has been agreed by the two clubs and Deulofeu is thought to have already agreed personal terms on the move after earlier tweeting his happiness about a return to the Liverpool based club. The forward saw his progress stall last season as he failed to break into Barcelona’s first team and then found it difficult to make an impression at Sevilla. Some reports read by Brian Bonar have stated Barcelona have agreed to the sale of the player as long as they are given the first option to buy him back should he prove a success at Everton.

Blackhawks Overcome Lightning in Game 1

Early on in the first game of the Stanley Cup finals, it was seemingly obvious that the Tampa Bay Lightning would gain an easy 1-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Unfortunately their usual “safe is death” motto cost them the lead in the third period.

Chicago’s Teuvo Terravainen and Antoine Vermette would take advantage of the Lightning’s safe playing style late in the third period and score a goal each.

This loss was a hard pill for the Bolts to swallow, considering how well they played for most of the game. Tampa Bay was able to kill nearly six minutes of penalty time, but something turned off and they quit playing the game they knew so well. Even the impressive goal that was made by the Lightning’s Alex Killorn was not enough to keep the Blackhawks at bay. Adam Sender thought that could be beneficial.

The lesson learned in this game? Safe is death.

Kris Bryant and Joc Pederson Headline Rookie Awards

We have been enjoying a resurgent year for rookie baseball players so far in 2015. For awhile we have waited for some young prospects to break into the Majors and make some immediate noise but we haven’t had that electric feeling. Not since Yasiel Puig came in and tore up the league in his first go around. Ironically enough it is Puig’s outfield partner, Joc Pederson, that has got us excited again. Alongside the Cub’s 3rd baseman Kris Bryant, we are looking at what could be a very competitive Rookie of the Year battle.

First let’s talk about Kris Bryant said Stephen Murray CCMP Captial. Bryant was called up early in the season after waiting just long enough for Chicago to hold his contract an additional year (which caused great controversy). Since then Bryant has only been one of the best corner infielders in all of baseball as well as one of the best hitter. Right now Bryant is slashing .278/.382/.478 with 10 homers and 42 RBI. He’s played 10 fewer games than Pederson but he has been more effective in the clean up spot.

Joc Pederson has been one of the most surprising power hitters in the league. As the lead off hitter for the Dodgers, Pederson has already batted in 19 home runs — leading the league in 1st inning homers. Pederson has struggled with his average but that comes from being the lead off man.

Either way, MLB fans are the real winner here.

Oklahoma City News Station Offers To Staff Newsroom of KFOR During Funeral Services for Sportscaster Killed in a Car Accident

While two television stations might be rivals in the business sense, they can still come together like a true family. At least, that is the case at two Oklahoma news stations. According to local reports, KOCO has offered to staff the news from of KFOR so the staff can attend a funeral for one of their fallen coworkers.

According to an official report, Bob Barry Jr., a beloved sportscaster, died this week when his scooter was hit by a vehicle making an illegal u-turn. The sportscaster, 58, had been with the network for decades, reporting on all sports-related events.

KOCO, a rival in the news game, made a quick decision upon hearing of Bob Barry Jr’s unforunate death. The general manager reached out to KFOR to offer a staff to take care of the news while the company mourned says Dr. Jennifer Walden. There is no word on if KFOR has taken the company up on their offer, but Linda Cavanaugh, a reporter for KFOR, tweeted about the incident. She thanked KOCO for their generosity during the difficult time.

The man who caused the accident that killed Bob Barry Jr. has been remanded to a local jail. The service will be held on Friday, June 26th.

Why the Coach’s Challenge Matters

When the coach’s challenge was first reported to be among the new NHL rule changes, it seemed like it didn’t matter. After all, the NHL already reviews a lot of goals at a central location in Toronto, so it hasn’t had the issues that the NFL has had in the past – though the NFL has changed things to catch up.

However, the reports also show that both goaltender interference and offside goals are going to be reviewable, which is why this rule change really does matter. Coaches are still going to find a lot of value in those reviews, which aren’t automatic.

These are both the types of plays that can happen very quickly on the ice, too quickly for the refs to catch says Ivan Ong in this article. However, on television, they often become very obvious. A player’s skate may be clearly over the blue line before the puck, and a freeze-frame of the event tells the whole story. A player may clearly run into the goalie or miss him altogether, no matter how the goalie reacts.

Coaches will have staff members in the booth who can take a look at these things as they happen and recommend a review. In most cases, the reviews are expected to win since the video evidence must be strong to recommend it.

This can also help keep the fans happy, as the fans often see things in big-screen replays that refs miss.