This week the United States saw an NBA All-Star ask for a trade, a MLB superstar return from injury and tragedy on a golf course.
All the while, the NFL received a stark reminder that racism still exists and is perpetuated across multiple levels of society, even amongst those who educate children.
Here's a look at the week on the American sports landscape.
1. NBA drama has no offseason
Just because the NBA season ends in June and is technically off until the beginning of October, does not mean it will not steal headlines and that is all it did this week with Jimmy Butler spearheading the theft.
The Minnesota Timberwolves guard was rumoured to be meeting with the team early in the week to discuss the future of the franchise. He did indeed meet with them and what immediately came out of said gathering was a trade request.
Butler does not want to play for the Timberwolves and Tom Thibodeau anymore. He wants to go to a big market where he can be the leader of a team so he tabbed the Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks as his preferred destinations. He reportedly prefers the Clippers.
The drama does not stop there. First, it was reported Butler finds the Los Angeles Lakers "less appealing" now that LeBron James is there. Second, with rumours swirling around that Andrew Wiggins is one of the reasons Butler does not like the future in Minnesota, Wiggins' brother responded "hallelujah" to news the former Chicago Bulls star wanted to leave the city.
That snowballed into Fox Sports analyst Stephen Jackson saying Wiggins had no heart on Instagram and then the Timberwolves star himself responding and calling the NBA champion a "Bum a**". You cannot make this stuff up. The NBA season does not start until the middle of October.
2. All rise once again for Aaron Judge
New York Yankees All-Star and phenom Aaron Judge finally returned to action this week and his return promptly paid dividends.
He played a couple of matches before he was able to swing a bat again in game action, but once he took the plate against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, the Yankees clearly received a boost.
While Judge did not light the world on fire, the Yankees responded by winning their next two games over their arch rivals at home.
Even better for New York, those two wins prevented the Red Sox from locking up the American League East title.
At this point, it is a foregone conclusion that Boston win said title, but the Yankees are happy to prevent them from clinching on their home field.
3. Grace under fire
Deshaun Watson had a tough moment on Sunday when he ran the clock out on the final play of the game in a loss to the Tennessee Titans, but he did not deserve to take a racist shot for his mistake.
That is exactly what he got though as news broke on Tuesday that Lynn Redden – a superintendent of a school district 100 miles north of Houston – posted a Facebook comment saying "you can't count on a black quarterback."
Redden has since "apologised" for the statement, but his words were condemned by Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien.
"In this day and age, it's just amazing that BS exists. But it does. We're moving forward," O'Brien said. "And our fans, they love Deshaun and we're really concentrating on the [New York] Giants, but I feel like I've wasted about a minute and a half responding to that BS."
Watson responded to the comment as well.
"May peace be with him," he said. "I'm not worried about what he had to say."
4. A tragedy in Iowa
The United States sporting world was shocked when they discovered on Monday that Celia Barquin Arozamena – a Spanish golfer playing for the Iowa State Cyclones – had been murdered on a golf course in Ames, Iowa.
Arozamena was playing nine holes at Coldwater Golf Links in Iowa when she was allegedly assaulted and stabbed multiple times in the neck and torso.
Arozamena was a top amateur golfer for the Lady Cyclones and won the 2018 Big 12 Championship. Her suspected killer, Collin Daniel Richards, 22, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
"Losing one of our student-athletes is like losing a child," Jamie Pollard, the athletic director at Iowa State, said on Tuesday. "Celia was the victim of a senseless, random act by a stranger in the middle of broad daylight playing something she loved."
A memorial fund has been set up by Iowa State for Arozamena's family.
5. Pittsburgh reeling
The Pittsburgh Steelers cannot seem to figure it out. While they are just two weeks into the season, nothing has gone right in Pittsburgh as the team have started the year 0-1-1.
Le'Veon Bell continues to hold out, but he was not the most dramatic part of the Steelers this week.
Antonio Brown got into a fight with a coach on the sideline and responded to a critical tweet which claimed he was nothing without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger by saying, "Trade me let's find out."
Brown then missed a team meeting on Monday which resulted in punishment handed out by head coach Mike Tomlin.
But winning fixes everything so all could be right with the world if the Steelers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday.
10 de diciembre 2018
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|Chelsea issue suspensions pending investigation into Sterling incident|
|Kane is extraordinary – Valverde hails reported Barcelona target|
|Man behind Naomi Osaka´s rise wins WTA Coach of the Year|
|England name unchanged Test squad as Willey returns for West Indies ODIs|
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|Klopp confirms 2013 talks with ´chatty´ Napoli president De Laurentiis|
|Sri Lanka spinner Dananjaya suspended due to illegal action|
|His reaction was just brilliant – Klopp praises Sterling for response to abuse|
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|Magnificent Molinari named European Golfer of the Year|
|Barcelona best option for Frenkie de Jong, insists midfielder´s father|
|Gronkowski on Miami Miracle: ´Got to make that tackle´|
|Tottenham youngster Walker-Peters signs on until 2023|
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|Kingsley Coman contemplates retirement if injury nightmare continues|
|McVay ´sick´ over offensive failings as Rams coach takes blame for loss|
|Calleja axed as Villarreal coach|
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|Ronaldo: I deserved Ballon d´Or, the numbers don´t lie|
|Rugby Australia to make Cheika decision this month|
|England defender Gomez signs new Liverpool deal|
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|Paine insists he is ´fine´ after taking blow to finger|
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|Bears shut down Goff, Rams|
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|Klopp calls for electric Anfield atmosphere against Napoli|
|Saints clinch back-to-back NFC South titles, Bears trump Rams|
|Bucks improve to 2-0 against Raptors with win in Toronto|
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|Cowboys top Eagles in OT behind stellar Cooper display|
|AC Milan evaluating Fabregas signing – Leonardo|
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|Boca boss Schelotto: The only thing I feel is sadness|
|Cardinals´ Fitzgerald makes NFL history with most receptions for one team|
|River Plate´s Copa Libertadores star Gonzalo Martinez confirms January departure|
|Klopp: I was never worried about Salah´s form|
|Packers QB Rodgers sets NFL record for most passes without an interception|
|World Cup bulking hampered Man United form – Lukaku|
|Leonardo rules out Ibrahimovic Milan return|
|Warriors´ Green to return against Timberwolves|
|I feel for him… we´ll make it work – Butler responds to Embiid´s frustration|
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9 de diciembre 2018
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