1st Down: The NFL wasn’t happy with the length of the suspension handed down to Deshaun Watson, so they are set to appeal it, with that news emerging on Wednesday. The six-game ban handed down to Watson was criticized with many, and it’s being rumored that the league is wanting to do an ‘indefinite’ type of ban that would hold him out for around a year. A lot of this will depend on Commissioner Roger Goodell and his decisions, so it could get quite interesting to see how it all unfolds for the Cleveland Browns, Watson, and co.
2nd Down: The UConn basketball program got some terrible news on Wednesday in the form of a season-ending injury to superstar guard Paige Bueckers. The junior, according to the school’s press release, tore her ACL while playing a pickup game on Monday, and that will rule her out for the entirety of the 2022-23 season as a result. Bueckers was sensational as a freshman in 2020-21, averaging over 20 points per game, but she missed a large portion of last season with an injury. Whether Bueckers stays or goes after this season remains to be seen, as the WNBA will certainly be calling and looking promising after such injury issues.
3rd Down: Eleven of the players suspended by the PGA Tour have decided to band together and sue the organization as of Wednesday, with Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau leading the charge in an anti-trust suit. On top of that, three of the players have filed for a temporary restraining order which would allow them to play in PGA Tour events while the suit is ongoing. Should that be granted, it would set a big precedent and could mean that it ends up being years before any ban is able to be enforced. As with anything, there’s much that can change and it’s very early days for LIV Golf and PGA’s relationship- or lack thereof.
4th Down: Manchester United coach Erik Ten Hag, new to the club this summer, has made it clear that he was not happy with Cristiano Ronaldo’s behavior in their friendly with Rayo Vallecano this past weekend. The Dutchman saw one of his star players leave before the game had ended, and he called it ‘unacceptable’ to the media in response to the decision made by the Portuguese megastar. Rumors have abounded all summer long that Ronaldo was not happy, but he was set to stay with most indications pointing as such. Now with the departure and Ten Hag’s response, those plans are thrown back into the air.