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Sports journalist Stephen A. Smith didn't bite his tongue while discussing NFL Diva Antonio Brown on ESPN on Monday.

When asked what he makes of Brown joining the New England Patriots, Smith responded, "What I make of it is that he's a disgrace. There's no way to slice that. I can't excuse the kind of behavior that he has exhibited. It's absolutely positively embarrassing."

Smith went on to say Brown should be ashamed of himself and his family and friends should be ashamed of him.

"Nobody should condone this kind of behavior," he added. "Because when you look at it, you can talk about whether it was orchestrated or not or whatever, it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever."

Brown, 31, reportedly forced his way out of the Pittsburgh Steelers organization only to be picked up by the Oakland Raiders.

While still in training camp, Brown threw one diva tantrum after another until the Raiders showed him the door on Saturday.

According to published reports, Brown's exit from the Raiders was orchestrated so he could sign with the Patriots for a one-year deal worth $15 million. That's $15 million less than he would have earned if he'd behaved himself with the Raiders.
 

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Serena Williams was reportedly "worried" about bestie Meghan Markle's presence at her U.S. Open championship match against Canadian tennis phenom Bianca Andreescu, 19.

Bianca beat Serena in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 to win her first ever major title.

Meghan flew to New York City on a budget commercial airline to watch her bestie try to win her 24th Grand Slam title in the U.S. Open women's final on Saturday.

Serena's camp was reportedly "concerned" that Meghan's presence would be a bad omen for Serena, who loses whenever Meghan watches her play.

According to Page Six, Serena, who turns 38 this month, asked her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, if the Duchess should attend the women's final because Serena is "superstitious".

"Serena asked her coach about Meghan coming when she won last night and everyone is worried, as tennis players are very superstitious, and Serena lost when Meghan came to watch her at Wimbledon," a source told Page Six.

A separate source told Page Six, "Serena adores Meghan and she's so excited about her coming to the Open."

But Serena is reportedly so superstitious that she wears the same dirty socks every day of a 2-week tennis tournament.

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Serena's coach (pictured in the player's box with Meghan on Saturday) said Meghan's presence at the Open would not be a distraction for Serena.

"There will be 22,000 people in the stadium, 23,000, actually. One more or less won't change a thing."

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Serena has not been herself since giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., 2 years ago.

She reached four major finals since becoming a mother - Wimbledon twice and the US Open twice - but she lost all four times to much younger opponents.

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Mouratoglou practically guaranteed Serena would beat Andreescu. He said Serena is not the same woman who lost to 20-year-old tennis prodigy Naomi Osaka at last year's US Open.

"It's totally different situation now, because now she can move," said Mouratoglou of Serena.

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Mouratoglou blamed Serena's losses on motherhood. Daughter Alexis Jr. is pictured above with Serena's husband, Reddit.com co-founder Alexis Ohanian in January.

"The first problem she had was not an injury, but her body transformed to become a mother," he said. "You don't come back to your previous body, which is the body of a professional top athlete, overnight. So that was the first goal, to be completely in shape and able to perform at the highest level physically."

"She finally got rid of her knee problem, and she was able to run without thinking about her knee. So now it's several weeks in a row, so I think her fitness just went up and up, and I think her movement now is better than I have ever seen since she became a mother."

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Superstar wide receiver Antonio "AB" Brown never played a down for the Oakland Raiders after they acquired him in an offseason trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Brown's attention-seeking behavior during the offseason landed him in hot water with his coaches and divided his teammates.

He was back at the Raiders team facility on Friday, Sept. 6, apologizing to his coaches and teammates after a series of distracting antics in the offseason.

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Brown had good reason to apologize: he was on the verge of a suspension and his $20 million per year contract was in jeopardy.

His many distractions included threatening to retire because he wanted to wear his old helmet, which the league deemed a safety hazard.

Then on Friday, Brown posted a bizarre video of a phone conversation he had with head coach Jon Gruden, in which he complained that everyone portrayed him as the bad guy.

But the last straw was a report that he called Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock a "cracker" during a verbal altercation in the locker room Wednesday.

Brown later told Dianna Russini of ESPN he would "never use that word."

On Saturday, the Raiders decided to cut its losses and released the troublesome 31-year-old wide receiver from his contract.

Brown became a free agent at 4:01 p.m. Within hours, the New England Patriots and Brown had agreed to a one-year contract worth $15 million.

The Internet's reaction to the news of Brown's signing was joy from Patriots' fans and outrage from everyone else. Some of his former Raiders teammates reportedly said they were glad he was gone.

The NY Post published a scathing rebuke of the Patriots for giving Brown another job. The Post said the Patriots "deserve hell" for signing the superstar.

"Shame on the Patriots. They should get what they deserve with Brown, which at the very least is a collective season-long migraine headache, but at the worst a team torn apart by the nonsensical distractions Brown brings with him."

And one commenter on NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk wrote:

"What a joke!!! Any cost to try to 'just win baby' He should be suspended for the racial slur period..end of discussion!! Over end of it!!"

The Patriots is Brown's 3rd team in six months. Brown will suit up for the Patriots game on Sunday against his former team the Steelers.

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Four years ago, then 15-year-old junior tennis player Bianca Andreescu wrote herself a $3.3 million check and declared herself the winner of the U.S. Open.

"I just kept visualizing this moment and I just never let up and kept fighting for my dreams."

On Saturday, Andreescu's dreams became reality as she defeated tennis superstar Serena Williams in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 to win the U.S. Open women's championship at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, NY.

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The giddy 19-year-old collected the winner's trophy and the top prize of $3.85 million.

Williams feared Andreescu would be an obstacle to tying Margaret Court's major singles titles record.

During a post-workout interview with ESPN a week ago, Williams pointed to Andreescu's name on the board and predicted the youngster would advance to the U.S. Open final.

On Saturday Andreescu quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening game of the 1st set.

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After dropping the first set 3-6, Williams turned to her box, where bestie Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, sat with her coach, and wailed, "I can't get my serve in!"

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The NY crowd roared as Williams rallied from 1-5 down in the 2nd set to even the set at 5-all.

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With Williams serving at 5-6, Andreescu crushed a forehand winner into the corner to end Williams's quest for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title.

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Andreescu is the first Canadian - man or woman - to win a Grand Slam title.

During the post-match interview with ESPN, the giggling teen recalled writing that imaginary US Open check to herself four years ago.

When asked if she wrote herself a check for "3 point whatever million," Andreescu laughed and said, "Well, back then it wasn't that much."

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Andreescu was ranked No. 208 just a year ago. She didn't even qualify to play in the U.S. Open last year.

But after sitting out 3 months with an injured shoulder, Andreescu returned to dominate the women's pro tour.

Andreescu got everyone's attention when she knocked off 8 of the world's top 10 women players on her way to a 8-0 record in just eight months.

Andreescu's impressive victories include a default win in the Rogers Cup championship in Toronto last month when Williams retired with a back injury while down 1-3 in the 1st set.
It was the first Rogers Cup title for a Canadian in 50 years.

Court was not in attendance to watch Williams make another run at her major singles record. The Australian will not be invited back to the US Open after comments she made about the homosexual community in 2017.

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Tennis legend Billie Jean King, who is openly lesbian, was fully supportive of Court's banishment and Williams making history.

"It'll be great if she won this and went on to Australia and broke [the record]. That's my prayer," said King before the final match in the tennis center that bears her name.

 

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Chris Paul stripped down to his birthday suit for ESPN's Body Issue. The issue showcases sports superstars in provocative poses.

The 34-year-old, nine-time NBA All Star posted photos from the shoot on his Instagram account on Wednesday.

In the photos, Paul's fit body glistens and he is bathed in blue lights.

"Man listen! It seems counter intuitive to think you would start feeling better in your body as you get older, but that’s EXACTLY the path I’m on!! 34, recently turned plant-based, and feeling pretty damn good! Stay disciplined and take care of yourselves, it all starts here!"

After the shoot, Paul discussed his body and staying in shape as he approaches middle age.

"My abs. When I eat, that's where the weight comes immediately. If I eat french fries, one or two, they go right there."

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When asked what keeps him going, Paul said:

"My competitive nature. And my family and my team -- all my homies that I grew up with and everybody who supports me. I think when I go out and play, it's never just about me; it's about my whole squad."

Paul named Grant Hill and LeBron James as his influences.
 

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Defending U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka of Japan consoled a crying Cori "Coco" Gauff of the United States after she defeated the teen phenom in the Women's Singles round 3 match at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Day 6 of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Flushing, Queens, New York City on Sunday.

Osaka dropped just three games on her way to an easy 6-3, 6-0 win over the Florida teenager.

After embracing at the net Osaka consoled the sobbing 15-year-old near the umpire's chair. Osaka, 21, asked Gauff to remain on the court for the on court interview.

"She did amazing and I'm going to learn a lot from this match," Gauff said. "She's been so sweet to me, so thank you for this.

"Once again, thank you, Naomi. I don't want people to think that I'm trying to take this moment away from her. She really deserves it, so thank you."

Gauff became the youngest woman to win two matches at the U.S. Open since 1996.

Osaka also fought back tears as she reminisced about playing on the junior tennis tour.

"I don't want to cry," Osaka said. "I remember I used to see you guys training in the same place as us. For me, the fact that both of us made it, and we're both still working as hard as we can, I think it's incredible. I think you guys are amazing. I think Coco, you're amazing."

The showdown between Osaka and Gauff topped the tennis rankings on ESPN2.
 

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