Rockets Sold For $2.2B, Elliott Suspension Upheld But Will Play This Week, Dolphins/Bucks Opener In Question, Venus/Sloane In Semis, Red Sox Apple Watch

September 6, 2017

By: Betsy Berns

Basketball

Tilman Fertitta bought the Houston Rockets for a record $2.2 billion marking the highest price for an American sports franchise. The previous records were $2 billion for both the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 and the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014.

Football

In an Ezekiel Elliott update, his suspension was upheld, but he will get to play in the first game this weekend while the NFL Players Association continues to lobby for the suspension to remain on hold until the League hears Elliott’s appeal.

The Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not play their opener at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday due to the threat of Hurricane Irma. The game will either be played November 9th instead (during their bye week) or at a neutral site this weekend. Playing during a bye week in November could be tough as that’s when teams need time off to rest their players.

Tennis

The US Open women’s semi-finals will feature 2 Americans having great comebacks. 83rd ranked Sloane Stephens won a grueling three set tiebreaker and enters the semis after having taken the last 11 months off due to surgery on her foot for a stress fracture. She will face Venus Williams who continues her impressive 2017 run after beating Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova in a close three set tiebreaker 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2). The other women’s semi-final matches on Wednesday feature Madison Keys who plays Kaia Kanepi and Karolina Pliskova taking on CoCo Vandeweghe. For the full schedule of men’s and women’s matches, click here.

Baseball

The Boston Red Sox have been accused of using an apple watch to steal signs from their opponents. According to Major League Commissioner Rob Manfred, stealing signs is legal, but it’s not legal to use electronics. He told the media, “We actually do not have a rule against sign-stealing. It has been a part of the game for a very, very long time. To the extent that there was a violation of the rule here, it was a violation by one or the other that involved the use of electronic equipment. It’s the electronic equipment that creates the violation.”