Beckham Officially Signs, Ginobili Retires, and US Open Tennis Begins

Jonathan Grant | August 28th, 2018

A whole lot is going on in New York City currently in regards to the sports world. To begin with, the city will be keeping its star wide receiver around, with many believing that could be the key to them making a deep run or not. Odell Beckham, Jr. has officially put pen to paper in a deal that is worth $95 million over 5 years, averaging out at $19m a year. It is being reported that $65m of it is guaranteed money, putting him above Antonio Brown to be the best-paid wide out in the business. It might not be exactly what he wanted, but it’s still a huge amount considering he is just back from injury.

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Across the city, the US Open has also began. It’s the season’s final major in tennis, and the women’s side of it is already looking like a thriller. Most of the time, we’d lead off with the Williams sisters, but this time around we have to talk about the #1 seed. Simona Halep, hailing from Romania, had been on top since last October. But it did little to intimidate Estonian opponent Kaia Kanepi, who beat her 6-2, 6-4 to take her out in straight sets. To make matters worse, Halep has become the first #1 female seed to lose in the Open era. Yikes. This means that that part of the bracket is shaping up to be Williams heavy. If each of them, who won their opening round matches wins their next two, they will meet in a blockbuster early round clash.

Over to the court, where one of basketball’s most underrated greats has decided to call time on his career. Manu Ginobili, the Argentine that has helped forge a path for others from his country, announced his retirement on Monday. This comes five years after he had began considering it after a tough NBA Finals loss in 2013. While there with the San Antonio Spurs, he won four NBA titles, with 2014 being the last. He was a fine player on both sides of the court, playing terrifying defense against both humans- and bats- alike. And he could shoot the clutch shot as well. He’ll be missed, that’s for sure.

Last and not least, we have some MLB news to talk about. It looks like Jose Batista will continue his tour of the NL East. The aging slugger, who signed with the Atlanta Braves in May, had a tough time there before getting cut and moving to the New York Mets. Now, it looks as if he is headed to the Philadelphia Phillies. This is surely just a way to clear room for Tim Tebow, right? Let’s all hope so.

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