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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Stories by Steve DelVecchio:

Andy Roddick had funny reaction to Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic marathon match

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic treated fans to arguably the greatest final match in Wimbledon history on Sunday, and it sounds like Andy Roddick was exhausted just watching it.

At some point in the middle of a lengthy fifth set, one of Roddick’s Twitter followers asked him what it feels like to take part in a match that lasts well over four hours. Roddick had a great response.

We can only imagine how exhausted Federer and Djokovic were. The match featured an insane 35-shot rally and was the longest final in Wimbledon history. It was also the first time the final featured a fifth-set tiebreak, so it goes without saying that it was a test of endurance. Roddick retired from tennis several years ago, and he’s clearly at peace with his decision.

Ex-NBA player Ognjen Kuzmic suffers ‘severe’ injuries in car crash

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Former NBA player Ognjen Kuzmic was involved in a car accident over the weekend that left him with serious injuries.

Serbian media outlets are reporting that Kuzmic was hospitalized and treated for injuries to the head and chest. Kuzmic was reportedly driving in Bosnia and Herzegovina when his Porsche was involved in a collision with a BMW. His current club Crvena Zvezda called the injuries “severe.”

Kuzmic was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft. He was on the roster in 2015 when the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. He has since played for several different teams in Europe.

Watch: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic had incredible 35-shot rally at Wimbledon

Two of the greatest tennis players of all time met in the championship match at Wimbledon on Sunday, and to say they did not disappoint would be an understatement.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic had several long rallies during their match, but the most impressive came during the fourth set. It lasted a remarkable 35 shots and ended with Federer getting the point.

Federer eventually won the set to force a fifth and deciding set. The 35-shot rally was a prime example of the incredible conditioning these guys possess.

Giannis Antetokounmpo hopes to remain with Bucks his entire career

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo will be eligible to sign the richest contract in NBA history next summer, and it sounds like he is planning to do just that if the Milwaukee Bucks make the offer and the team remains competitive.

ESPN’s Malika Andrews reported during the playoffs back in April that Giannis may be convinced to sign a contract extension next year if the Bucks make it to the NBA Finals. While speaking with ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk at the PUBG MOBILE Team Up Superstar Showdown event over the weekend, Antetokounmpo seemed to indicate that is accurate. The reigning MVP said his ultimate goal is to win a championship, and he fully intends to remain with the Bucks as long as they share that same level of commitment.

“As long as that we are all on the same page and we are all focused on that goal, why not play for the Bucks 20 years, why not play 25 years?” he asked. “Why not, after playing, be a member of the coaching staff or a member of the front office? But we got to have the same goal. We got to have the same principles. … We got to focus on winning a championship.”

Giannis reiterated that he wants to be part of a winning team, and he said he would love to take the same career path as superstars like Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan if the Bucks find sustained success.

“As long as we have the same mindset and same approach to the game, there’s no reason for me to move and not be like Steph [Curry], not like be like Dirk [Nowitzki] or Kobe [Bryant] or Tim Duncan,” he added.

The contract Antetokounmpo will be eligible to sign next summer has some truly eye-popping figures, but he has the potential to own the NBA after LeBron James retires. The supermax exists to give teams like the Bucks a chance to keep their star players, and it may end up working the way it is intended to in this instance.

Marcus Morris, agent Rich Paul part ways after botched deal

Marcus Morris

Marcus Morris landed with the New York Knicks this week following a bizarre turn of events, which has led to a parting of ways between him and his agent.

Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reported early Sunday morning that Morris and agent Rich Paul have mutually agreed to part ways. The split comes after Morris verbally agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with the San Antonio Spurs but backed out to sign with the Knicks for one year and $15 million. Morris also reportedly turned down a $41 million offer from the Los Angeles Clippers prior to the Spurs agreement.

As Bondy notes, the Knicks made a late offer because they had unexpected salary cap space when free agent Reggie Bullock had an issue with his physical. The Knicks are still signing Bullock, but they’re reworking his contract to pay him less.

Bondy initially reported that Morris had fired Paul, but he later clarified that it was a “mutual” parting of ways.

It’s unclear what exactly unfolded. Did Paul encourage Morris to turn down the Clippers offer in hopes of something more? Did Morris not want to take the Clippers deal and that bothered Paul? Did Morris feel Paul steered him towards the Spurs and away from the Knicks? Was Paul upset that Morris backed out on San Antonio and wanted to split because of a matter of professionalism? Any number of things could have happened.

We do know that in the end Morris got $15 million for one year, which is good money. We also know that Paul has become a massive influence in the NBA with his high-profile clients. Losing business probably isn’t something he’s used to.

Derrius Guice could miss some of training camp with hamstring injury

Derrius Guice

Derrius Guice was unable to play at all in his rookie season with the Washington Redskins last year after he suffered a torn ACL in a preseason game, and he is reportedly banged up again this summer.

Erin Hawksworth of 106.7 The Fan reports that Guice is battling a hamstring injury that could force him to miss the start of training camp later this month.

It’s hard to get a real read on the severity of the injury, as the Redskins will likely play it safe with Guice after what happened a year ago. The former LSU star was expected to be leaned on heavily after he was drafted in the second round, but the injury obviously threw a wrench in those plans.

Washington re-signed Adrian Peterson this offseason, and the veteran has set an incredibly lofty goal for himself. However, the Redskins would almost certainly prefer to limit his touches while also working Guice into the mix. Hopefully injuries don’t once again prevent Guice from doing that.

Doc Gooden arrested for cocaine possession, DUI

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Former MLB pitcher Dwight “Doc” Gooden has been struggling with drug use for the past several years, and it does not appear that he has the problem under control.

Lia Eustachewich of the New York Post reports that Gooden was arrested last month in New Jersey for possession of cocaine and driving while under the influence. Police say he was pulled over just before 1 a.m. on June 7 for driving too slowly on a highway, failing to maintain the lane, and for having overly tinted windows. Officers discovered “two small green zip-lock style plastic baggies containing suspected cocaine” during a search.

According to the complaint, Gooden was formally charged with third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while under the influence.

Gooden’s problems with cocaine use date back to his playing days. He was suspended multiple times for failing drug tests and was sent to rehab by the New York Mets just months after they won the 1987 World Series. Friends said a few years back that they feared Gooden’s cocaine addiction might cost him his life.

Patrick Peterson would ‘love to be a Cardinal for life’ despite drama

Patrick Peterson

Patrick Peterson was extremely frustrated with the Arizona Cardinals last season to the point where he asked the team to trade him, but a lot has changed over the past several months. Now, the All-Pro cornerback insists he is perfectly content right where he is.

Peterson was a guest on SiriusXM NFL Radio Friday, and he discussed some of the reasons he wanted out of Arizona. He admitted he was frustrated at times last season getting used to a new coaching staff and new defensive scheme, and he also defended himself for wanting a change of scenery.

“People upstairs can trade players and try to shop players around whenever they need to, so I didn’t see what was wrong with me asking for a trade at the time,” Peterson said. “It kind of works both ways, but right now I’m in a very, very happy place with the team.”

Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, and one report claimed he was upset with the Cardinals for not agreeing to rework his deal before the suspension was handed down. Even if that is true, he appears to have made amends with the higher-ups.

“I would love to be a Cardinal for life, but things happen,” he said. “Something can change next month. Things happen not only in football, but in the world in general. I would love to be a Cardinal for life. I would love to be one of the guys to bring that organization its first championship.”

It seemed like Peterson’s future in Arizona could be in doubt as recently as April, when he had a cryptic post on social media. He has obviously worked through some things, and the suspension probably made any potential trade impossible, anyway.