June 05, 2020
Ruth J Morrison

Ruth J Morrison

 

The legendary professional tennis player, Serena Williams, won a historic 20th grand slam championship and a third French Open and 3rd major in a row, going back to 2014's US OPEN victory.

Williams who was fighting off the flu managed to stave off Lucie Safarova's upset bid to prevail 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2.

Williams now has three French Open trophies to go alongside six each from the U.S. Open and Australian Open, and five from Wimbledon. She also became the first woman to win consecutive U.S. Open, Australian Open, and French Open titles since Monica Seles in 1991-92.

Check out Naomi Grey and the rest of the What's The 411Sports Panel Discuss the New York Liberty 

Although the New York Liberty struggled during the preseason, the New York women's basketball team opened its season strong beating the Atlanta Dream 82-73.

In front of the home crowd at Madison Square Garden, Tina Charles led the way for the team with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Swin Cash added 15 points, 11 of those coming in the second half on 6-of-8 shooting from the field. Brittany Boyd was a source of energy in the first half, where she scored 12 of her 14 points and dished out three assists.

Atlanta Dream’s Angel McCoughtry scored 27, with 14 in the second half with Tiffany Hayes adding 17 of her own including three 3-pointers.

 Watch What's The 411Sports Episode 35

In this 35th episode of What's The 411Sports, we show off our new set and have a jam-packed discussion about:

Serena Williams

American Pharoah

The FIFA Scandal

The New York Liberty

David Wright of the New York Mets

Bleacher reports list of the 50 Greatest Quarterbacks

Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson's Marriage Annulment

Lewis Hamilton's Win of the Canadian Formula 1 Race

In the Dog House are: Brandon Spikes; FIF; and Brian Matusz

 

New York Rangers to Meet Tampa Bay Lightning; Phil Jackson May Be Unhappy With Isiah Thomas’ Presence at MSG; and lots more!

 

Watch the video of What's The 411Sports Episode 34:

Featuring What's The 411Sports hosts Glenn Gilliam and Gregory Alcala; and special guest panelist, Jason E. Schott, Reporter/Assignment Editor at BrooklynFans.com.

 

What’s Poppin’

Congratulations to the owner of American Pharoah; jockey, Victor Espinosa; and of course American Pharoah for winning the Preakness on the heels of winning the Kentucky Derby. Triple Crown madness is starting already!

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The New York Rangers needed extra time to beat the Washington Capitals, 2-1, in game 7 of the 2nd of the NHL playoffs. The Rangers have advanced to play the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Eastern Conference Championship. How good are the Rangers chances to advance to the Stanley Cup Championship round?

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According to The New York Daily News, New York Knicks president, Phil Jackson, is not happy with Isiah Thomas being named president of the New York Liberty and given a stake in the women’s professional basketball team.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has decided to hear New England Patriots QB-Tom Brady’s appeal regarding his four-game suspension associated with deflating footballs during the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. However, the NFL Players Association says no way to Goodell’s reigning over the arbitration proceedings. What does this mean for Brady?

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NY Mets Manager Terry Collins speaks out. After suffering a four-game sweep by the Chicago Cubs, the Mets received a passionate speech by manager Terry Collins revolving around the issues the ball-club’s struggles as of late.

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Jason, as a reporter for www.Brooklynfans.com, you know that soccer is drawing huge crowds in New York, but like hockey, it is not a media darling. Give us a synopsis of the soccer picture in New York and what will it take for soccer to be a breakout star?

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The WNBA suspended Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner and her wife, Tulsa Shock Forward Glory Johnson for seven games for their roles in a domestic dispute last month. WNBA president Laurel J. Richie said in a statement on the league’s website:

"WITH CONSIDERATION OF ALL THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THIS MATTER, WE ARE SUSPENDING BRITTNEY GRINER AND GLORY JOHNSON EACH WITHOUT PAY FOR A PERIOD OF SEVEN REGULAR-SEASON GAMES. BRITTNEY AND GLORY'S CONDUCT IS DETRIMENTAL TO THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE WNBA AND VIOLATES APPLICABLE LAW."

Under The Radar

The Cleveland Cavaliers won game 6 against the Chicago Bulls to advance to the eastern conference finals round and J.R. Smith took to Instagram to take a jab at the New York Knicks. Smith posted side-by-side pics of him and Iman Shumpert in both Knicks and Cavs gear stating:

“ONE MAN’S TRASH…..IS ANOTHER MANS TREASURE”

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The NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee announced that it would recommend shortening the shot clock from 35 seconds to 30, increase the restricted area arc in front of the basket from three feet to four feet, and three other changes aimed at reducing timeouts.

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File this one under sports meets pop culture. While the Washington Wizards John Wall was sitting on the sideline during Game 4 against the Atlanta Hawks, J.R. Smith, who won the NBA fashion show during the NBA All-Star Week, took to twitter to comment on John Wall’s suit.

#JWall your suit tho! #Turrrbile #WorstThenCrCharlesDraftSuit

John Wall retorted according to Adam Mcginnis from truth about it:

"I LOVED MY OUTFIT IN GAME 4," WALL TOLD MCGINNIS. "I DON’T CARE WHAT DECISION NOBODY MAKES, I AM GOING TO BE ME. I AM GOING TO WEAR WHAT JOHN WALL IS COMFORTABLE WITH. THE ONLY SOMEBODY WHO SAID SOMETHING BECAUSE HE WON A FASHION CONTEST, ONCE."

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Springfield Gardens High School, the high school that the late New York Knicks player Anthony Mason attended, named its gymnasium “MASE COURT”, in his honor.

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And in memoriam, just two days after the death of pro golfer Calvin Peete, winner of the 1985 Players Champion, we have lost yet another pioneering African-American golfer.

African-American Golfer's Digest reports that Pete Brown, first black golfer to win on PGA tour, died on May 1st at 80-years old.

Brown was among those who blazed the trail for Calvin Peete and Tiger Woods.

In the Dog House

Greg Alcala stated: I picked the Cleveland Cavaliers to beat the Chicago Bulls in round 2 of the NBA playoffs, but I am putting the Chicago Bulls in the Dog House for not showing up in Game 6.

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Glenn Gilliam stated that he is putting the NFL in the Dog House. According To NJ.com, The National Guard has made deals with 14 NFL teams to honor the veterans of this country from 2011 To 2014.

According to federal contracts from the Department of Defense, the National Guard spent over $5 million to teams during that time span.

U.S. Senator Jeff Flake ripped the entire practice carried out by the National Guard.

“THOSE OF US GO TO SPORTING EVENTS AND SEE THEM HONORING THE HEROES,” SAID FLAKE. “YOU GET A GOOD FEELING IN YOUR HEART. THEN TO FIND OUT THEY’RE DOING IT BECAUSE THEY’RE COMPENSATED FOR IT, IT LEAVES YOU UNDERWHELMED. IT SEEMS A LITTLE UNSEEMLY…IT JUST LEAVES A BAD TASTE IN YOUR MOUTH.”

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Come cheer on KEISHER “FIRE” MCLEOD-WELLS AKA KEISHER THE BOXING DIVA, as she goes for her second professional title championship belt on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Resorts World Casino in Queens brought to you by New Legend Promotions.

Tickets can be purchased through www.KeisherMcleodWells.com or call Gleason's Gym AT (718) 797-2872 or (646) 537-5059

The French Open, held in Paris, France, IS May 24-June 7, so if you’re not booked already, it may be too late!

The 2015 NBA Draft is on June 25th.

Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, today held a press conference at the NFL Spring Meeting in San Francisco and stated that he “won’t appeal” the NFL’s punishment for #DeflateGate.

Kraft did make it clear that he still doesn’t agree with Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to fine the Patriots $1 million and take away two draft picks for the team's role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game against the Indiana Colts.

Kraft’s decision is showing is pragmatic side because only a few days ago, Kraft went in hard on NFL Commissioner Goodell’s decision saying the penalty was “way over the top, unreasonable and unprecedented.”

More than disgusted with the Ted Wells report, which was the result of the investigation into the deflation of footballs by the New England patriots and ordered by the NFL Commissioner, Kraft told Peter King of MMQB:

"I just get really worked up. To receive the harshest penalty in league history is just not fair. The anger and frustration with this process, to me, it wasn’t fair. If we’re giving all the power to the NFL and the office of the commissioner, this is something that can happen to all 32 teams. We need to have fair and balanced investigating and reporting. But in this report, every inference went against us … inferences from ambiguous, circumstantial evidence all went against us. That’s the thing that really bothers me."

Today is new day and Kraft has a new attitude: “I’m gonna accept — reluctantly…
at no time should the agenda of one team outweigh the collective 32” teams in the NFL.

Now what wasn’t stated in Kraft’s brief press conference in San Francisco is whether the Patriots decision to not appeal the #DeflateGate sanctions includes Tom Brady’s four-game suspension.

A reporter did ask the question whether the decision not to appeal includes Tom Brady as Kraft left the podium, but Kraft did not answer to the reporter’s question.

Kraft did not take or answer any questions.

Now we wait for Tom Brady and/or the NFL Players Association.

The New York FC Soccer Club signed two well-established Euro stars in Spanish striker David Villa and Chelsea mid-fielder Frank Lampard.

Will soccer ever steal headlines in New York City?

Will soccer ever become as popular in the U.S. as it is around the world?

Also is there an American that could have been drafted first?

Watch this video, as the What's The 411Sports team weighs in on soccer in NYC. 

A look back at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

 

The 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP occupied television screens everywhere for weeks.

The German team won, beating Argentina one-nil in extra time.

What's The 411Sports reporter, Chris Graham, still can't forget the Brasil debacle, losing to German, 7-1.

The USA team defied the odds with great sportsmanship and determination.

Sadly, it wasn't enough. The good news, though, soccer has gained a slew of fans in the U.S.

Or, has it?

Greg Alcala says soccer is great, and he is a fan, but he likes basketball better.

 

WATCH VIDEO: Tim Howard's FIFA Performance Gets Rewarded With New Job

American soccer player Tim Howard who plays as a goalkeeper for English club Everton and the United States national team, just signed on with the television network, NBC to do color commentating.

If Tim Howard's soccer commentating on NBC is as good as his play on the field, NBC has a winner!

The National Hockey League season is over.

The New York Rangers tried to bring New York fans the Stanley Cup, but it just wasn't in the cards. In one of the more memorable stretches of playoff hockey, the Los Angeles Kings finally ended it in double overtime on Alec Martinez's Cup-clinching goal, beating the New York Rangers 3-2 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals. This is the Kings second championship in three years.

The Rangers were able to avoid being swept on home ice with a 2-1 win in Game 4 at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. But they couldn't stop a determined Kings squad in their own building.

What's The 411Sports hosts and reporters Glenn Gilliam, Bianca Peart, Gregory Alcala, and Christopher Graham discuss the outcome of the New York Rangers venture or adventure into the NHL Finals against the Los Angeles Kings.

Check out the video to see discussion about the New York Rangers

Keisher “Fire” McLeod-Wells, aka Keisher The Boxing Diva, Protege of Gleason's Gym, Shows Women's Boxing Still Alive

Come cheer on Keisher “Fire” McLeod-Wells aka Keisher The Boxing Diva, as she goes for her second boxing championship belt.

On May 30, 2015, Keisher "Fire" Mcleod-Wells will fight for her second professional title championship belt in New York at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York, under New Legend Promotions.

For tickets and more information, go to www.KeisherMcLeodWells.com or, call Gleason's Gym at(718) 797-2872 or (646) 537-5059.

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