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Simone Biles will return to Olympics after dealing with things ‘internally’

Simone Biles

Simone Biles shockingly withdrew from the women’s gymnastic team final at the Olympics on Monday, but she is not done competing in Tokyo.

There was some speculation that Biles may have suffered an injury, but one of her coaches told the NBC broadcast that Biles withdrew for mental health reasons. Biles later confirmed that she is not injured and said she is “dealing with some things internally.” She expects to return for individual finals on Thursday.

Biles also said her team has been “a little too stressed out.”

Biles struggled a bit during the preliminary rounds despite being a heavy favorite at the Olympics. She indicated in an Instagram post on Monday that she was having a tough time with the pressure in Tokyo.

“It wasn’t an easy day or my best but I got through it. I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times,” Biles wrote. “I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn’t affect me but damn sometimes it’s hard hahaha! The olympics is no joke! BUT I’m happy my family was able to be with me virtually they mean the world to me!”

Biles, 24, is the most decorated American gymnast by a wide margin. She has 30 total medals in competition, including her four gold medals and one bronze medal from the Rio Olympics in 2016. She’s such a well-known star that she even got her own emoji ahead of the Olympics.

Aaron Rodgers reports to Packers training camp

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers appears to have officially ended his offseason holdout.

Rodgers was spotted outside Lambeau Field on Tuesday morning at the start of Green Bay Packers training camp. PFF’s Mike Renner shared a photo of Rodgers at the facility.

Renner says his mother was present at the start of training camp and asked Packers president Mark Murphy when Rodgers is going to shown up. Murphy replied that the star quarterback is “here already.”

Numerous reports on Monday stated that Rodgers and the Packers have reached an agreement where the reigning MVP will play for the team this season and then have the freedom to leave next year. The Packers have restructured Rodgers’ contract in a way that assures they will not force him to stay in Green Bay beyond the 2021 season. They are also reportedly going to let him have a say in where he plays next if he chooses to leave.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk predicted earlier this month that Rodgers would end his holdout after the Packers’ Annual Meeting of Shareholder, which was held on Monday. The belief was that Rodgers wanted Green Bay’s brass to have to answer uncomfortable questions and squirm a bit. Now that Rodgers has reported to camp, it looks like Florio nailed it.

Bill Belichick shares hint about Patriots’ QB situation

Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick was quick to say that Cam Newton is the New England Patriots’ starting quarterback after the team drafted Mac Jones in the first round, but it sounds like that is less of a sure thing now.

Belichick spoke with reporters at the start of training camp on Tuesday, and he was asked if there will be a quarterback competition in the coming weeks. He said everyone has a “clean slate.”

That’s a big change from what Belichick said immediately after the draft. He conceded that Jones and Jarrett Stidham would have a chance to compete but called Newton “our quarterback.”

Newton is still the favorite to start in Week 1, but there have been numerous reports that Jones could push him for the starting job. The Patriots have improved their supporting case by signing tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry and wide receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne. They’ll likely give Newton a chance to improve upon his abysmal 2020 season with those new skill players, but there will be plenty of pressure to make the switch if Newton struggles.

Even Newton has had very high praise for Jones. One anonymous Patriots player also had a very telling comment about the former Alabama star recently. Belichick has always said that he will do whatever he can to put the team in the best position to win. If that means playing Jones, that is what he will do.

Simone Biles withdraws from gymnastics team final due mental health issue?

Simone Biles

Simone Biles pulled out of the women’s gymnastic team final at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday.

Biles competed in Team USA’s first rotation on vault when she appeared to slip and land awkwardly on her knees. She was then expected to compete on uneven bars in the second rotation, but Jordan Chiles was subbed in. Biles left the floor before returning to the arena in warmup gear to hug her teammates. She watched the remainder of the competition from the sideline, according to NBC Sports.

There was some speculation that Biles may have suffered an injury, but one of her coaches told the NBC broadcast that Biles withdrew for mental health reasons.

USA Gymnastics said in a statement that Biles withdrew due to a “medical issue” and will be evaluated on a daily basis.

“Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue,” the statement read. “She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”

Biles struggled a bit during the preliminary rounds despite being a heavy favorite at the Olympics. She indicated in an Instagram post that she was having a tough time with the pressure in Tokyo.

“It wasn’t an easy day or my best but I got through it. I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times,” Biles wrote on Monday. “I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn’t affect me but damn sometimes it’s hard hahaha! The olympics is no joke! BUT I’m happy my family was able to be with me virtually they mean the world to me!”

It’s unclear if Biles will compete in any events going forward.

Biles, 24, is the most decorated American gymnast by a wide margin. She has 30 total medals in competition, including her four gold medals and one bronze medal from the Rio Olympics in 2016. She’s such a well-known star that she even got her own emoji ahead of the Olympics.

Naomi Osaka avoids media after losing at Olympics

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka on Tuesday continued her pattern of being a sore loser following defeats.

Osaka was upset by Marketa Vondrousova in the third round of the women’s singles event at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. She played a poor match and lost in straight sets 6-1, 6-4.

The Olympics marked Osaka’s return to tennis after a controversy at the French Open where Osaka stated her refusal to fulfill media obligations. Osaka eventually withdrew from that event and then did not participate in Wimbledon.

After her loss to Vondrousova, “organizers said that Osaka had left the venue and would not be talking to the media,” the AP reported.

A Bloomberg reported expressed her disappointment over Osaka avoiding a question.

NBC reported that Osaka left the building quickly and did not speak with the media. However, Osaka returned and answered one question from NBC’s Trenni Kusnierek.

Osaka was asked how much the heat was a factor. Osaka said that everyone played in the same conditions, so it didn’t really matter that much.

And that was that.

Osaka continues to be a walking contradiction. She portrays herself as a victim of an evil media that is bullying her. Yet she voluntarily takes advantage of the benefits of the media by posing on the cover of a magazine and lighting the Olympic cauldron. She even spoke with the media after her two Olympic wins. But then she avoided them after a loss. She wants the good of the media without the bad, which is definitive proof that her issue is an inability to cope with losing.

Video: Javy Baez taunted the ever-loving crap out of Amir Garrett

Javy Baez taunting

Javy Baez delivered a walk-off hit for the Chicago Cubs on Monday night, and he sure took pleasure in taunting Amir Garrett afterwards.

Garrett and Baez have history dating back to a 2019 game when the Cincinnati Reds pitcher taunted Baez after striking out the Chicago Cubs infielder. The next season, Baez stood up to Garrett after the pitcher chirped at Anthony Rizzo.

So when Baez came in to pinch hit against Garrett in the bottom of the ninth with one out and the bases loaded on Monday, the two players were already talking. But Baez got the best of things, delivering a shot to deep center field to win the game 6-5.

Baez was so busy taunting Garrett after the hit that he barely made it to first base.

You can be assured that Garrett and the Reds won’t be happy about that. You also have to wonder if the league will have anything to say to Baez after that display. Nick Castellanos was suspended for less.

Naomi Osaka loses in third round at Olympics

Naomi Osaka

The Olympic cauldron lighter has been eliminated from her competition at the Olympics.

Naomi Osaka lost on Tuesday in Tokyo in the women’s singles event at the Summer Olympics. The 23-year-old was defeated in straight sets to Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-4.

Osaka committed 32 unforced errors in the match and only had one ace. Her serve was broken five times by Vondrousova.

Osaka is the premier hardcourt women’s tennis player in the world. But she withdrew from the French Open after starting a controversy over her refusal to fulfill her media obligations. Osaka had been struggling on clay entering the tournament and dealing with confidence issues on the playing surface.

Still bothered by mental issues, Osaka did not participate in Wimbledon. However, she chose to take part in the Olympics, where she lit the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony. The Olympics were taking part on hardcourt — her surface of choice — but Osaka has exited with a disappointing finish.

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