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Novak Djokovic Clears Up On ‘Political Chat’ With Rafael Nadal About the New Players’ Association

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Novak Djokovic Clears Up On 'Political Chat' With Rafael Nadal About the New Players' Association

Novak Djokovic recently cruised into the third round of the 2020 Italian Open with a win over Italian Salvatore Caruso. But he made bigger headlines during a recent press conference, when Djokovic reiterated to the fans and media about what the Professional Tennis Players’ Association (PTPA) stands for. Moreover, he brought up the subject of having talks with Rafael Nadal about tennis politics. 

The new PTPA has been seeing tremendous hype, and it is because Novak Djokovic is heading the first players only tennis council since 1972! He’s also said that it’s been a long project on the works which has finally been stitched together. But, did Novak get a chance to talk with Rafa about the players’ association in the ongoing tournament in Rome? 

“Rafa, I saw him very briefly very quickly and just said hello. We didn’t chat about tennis politics or anything like that. That’s not gonna happen during the tournament for sure,” Djokovic said, about his brief meeting with Nadal.

The Serb mentioned that he did not chat “tennis politics” with Rafa as they didn’t have the time for that. But, will he hold such talks with the Spaniard in due time?

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“Maybe there will be time for that next week before Roland Garros when we don’t have matches for maybe three-four days and maybe that will be a chance to do it,” the Djoker mentioned. 

Novak Djokovic created a sensation when he resigned as the head of the ATP player council and that is when the resulting PTPA was unveiled. There are mixed feelings around this new association, but the Serb is willing to clear the air to anyone who wants to know. 

Novak Djokovic thinks a lot of them have got the players’ association wrong

A lot has been going on in Djokovic’s life recently. There was the PTPA’s unveiling, the US Open debacle, and the haunting controversy surrounding the new players’ association. The 33-year-old spoke widely about the PTPA in a recent press conference, mentioning how it has been a long desire for the players to have their own council. 

“The main point of the Players Association is that’s something that you’re referring to you know as I was saying in New York is not that we want to fight ATP, ITF, Grand slams, or anybody else,” Djokovic mentioned.

Novak Djokovic at the 2020 Italian Open
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“A lot of people have gotten the Players Association wrong, and I was trying to answer the questions. But you know obviously people construct the storylines the way they want to and I understand that. I respect everybody has their own opinions,” he added. 

There is certainly a lot of buzz around the new and historic players’ association. We’re yet to see the complete effect of it, and how it will positively impact the players and safeguard them. Novak Djokovic seems like a man in control, and the Serbian is undoubtedly setting new standards in the men’s game.

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Paul Pierce goes too far with ‘scared of’ LeBron James theory: ‘Shut up’

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Paul Pierce goes too far with ‘scared of’ LeBron James theory: ‘Shut up’

Paul Pierce is shifting the focus in his determination not to give LeBron James credit.

Pierce, now an ESPN analyst, and the Celtics spent years battling James in the Eastern Conference. Now that James has reached his 10th NBA Finals — this time with the Lakers — Pierce thinks it is more about the opponents than James himself.

“Players today are scared of LeBron,” Pierce said on “NBA Countdown” over the weekend.

“If they see LeBron standing in front of them, fear’s chasing. I know this. You know, my era is out of the league. We weren’t afraid of LeBron. These guys today, he strikes fear in these guys.”

Draymond Green disagreed with the sentiment. Green’s Warriors played James’ Cavaliers four straight times in the NBA Finals and came away with three titles.

“Enjoy retirement man,” Green wrote on Instagram about Pierce’s comments. “You still fear Bron…Shut up already! We get it!”

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Green and Pierce have exchanged words in the past. When Pierce was playing his final season with the Clippers in 2017, Green told him that his farewell tour did not compare to the one Kobe Bryant had in his Lakers goodbye.

“Chasing that farewell tour, they don’t love you like that. You can’t get no farewell tour,” Green told Pierce on the court. “They don’t love you like that … You thought you was Kobe.”

Pierce did eventually admit that James would move up and be right “behind Michael Jordan” in his personal rankings if James led the Lakers to an NBA championship this season.

The Lakers and Heat begin the NBA Finals on Wednesday night.

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What time is the NFL game tonight? TV schedule, channel for NFL ‘Monday Night Football’ in Week 3

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What time is the NFL game tonight? TV schedule, channel for NFL ‘Monday Night Football’ in Week 3

All “Monday Night Football” games for the rest of the 2020 NFL season are scheduled for the same start time. In Week 3, the good news for fans waiting to watch what might be the NFL game of the year is Monday night games start five minutes earlier than other prime-time games.

Chiefs vs. Ravens on “Monday Night Football” this week is the second of 15 consecutive Monday night games scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m. ET now that the unique, season-opening doubleheader is in the books. Quarterbacks typically hog the spotlight in these prime-time games, and that absolutely will be the case for Kansas City vs. Baltimore.

MORE: Watch tonight’s NFL games live with fuboTV

With Patrick Mahomes on one side and Lamar Jackson on the other, Chiefs vs. Ravens on Monday night marks the first game in NFL history featuring two former league MVPs under the age of 26. It’s also the fifth game in the last six years featuring the two most recent MVPs. The more recent winner has been victorious in the past two such meetings.

Below is more about the start times for the Monday night game in Week 3, plus everything you need to know to watch Chiefs vs. Ravens on ESPN.

What time is the NFL game tonight?

  • Date: Monday, Sept. 28
  • Matchup: Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens
  • Location: M&T Bank Field in Baltimore, Md.
  • Start time: 8:15 p.m. ET

With the exception of the season-opening “Monday Night Football” doubleheader back in Week 1, all Monday night games are scheduled for the same start time of 8:15 p.m. ET.

This is the second of five prime-time games on the defending Super Bowl-champion Chiefs’ 2020 schedule. They’ll be back in the national spotlight in Week 6 for a Thursday night game in Buffalo.

The Ravens also have five prime-time games on their 2020 schedule, with Monday night’s Chiefs game being the first. Baltimore will appear in a prime-time slot three weeks in a row from Weeks 12-14 (at Steelers, vs. Cowboys, at Browns). 

What channel is ‘Monday Night Football’ on tonight?

ESPN reportedly is trying to negotiate a better TV rights deal with the NFL to negotiate more games in the future, but in 2020, the network’s only package of NFL games is the complete slate of Monday night games. The network will broadcast all “Monday Night Football” games in 2020 on its flagship ESPN channel.

ESPN is available on most cable systems in the United States. The network also is available via satellite providers DirecTV (Channel 206) and Dish Network (Channel 140) as well as IPTV providers AT&T U-verse (Channel 602 for SD; Channel 1602 for HD), Verizon Fios (Channel 70 for SD; Channel 570 for HD) and Google Fiber (Channel 21).

ESPN has a new lineup of commentators for its “Monday Night Football” broadcasts in 2020 after moving on from last year’s broadcast booth duo of Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland. Steve Levy (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst) and Louis Riddick (analyst) will call all Monday night games for ESPN this season. Lisa Salters is still the network’s sideline reporter.

NFL live stream for ‘Monday Night Football’

Because all “Monday Night Football” games in 2020 will broadcast on ESPN, they are available to stream live on all of the network’s digital platforms (ESPN.com, ESPN App, etc.). This should be the streaming preference for anybody who has a cable/satellite subscription but can’t get in front of a TV.

For cord-cutters, there are plenty of live streaming options available to watch “Monday Night Football.” Below is the list. 

‘Monday Night Football’ schedule

A total of 17 games are on the “Monday Night Football” schedule in 2020. That includes the two games in the Week 1 doubleheader and no Monday night game in Week 17.

Below is the complete schedule of Monday night games this year.

Week 1 Sept. 14 New York Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 1 Sept. 14 Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans
Week 2 Sept. 21 Las Vegas Raiders vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 3 Sept. 28 Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Week 4 Oct. 5 Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Week 5 Oct. 12 New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Week 6 Oct. 19 Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals
Week 7 Oct. 26 Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears
Week 8 Nov. 2 New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 9 Nov. 9 New York Jets vs. New England Patriots
Week 10 Nov. 16 Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings
Week 11 Nov. 23 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 12 Nov. 30 Philadelphia Eagles vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 13 Dec. 7 San Francisco 49ers vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 14 Dec. 14 Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens
Week 15 Dec. 21 Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 16 Dec. 28 New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills

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Bayley Furious With WWE Ahead of Clash of Champions 2020

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Bayley Furious With WWE Ahead of Clash of Champions 2020

WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion  Bayley is not happy with WWE! Her disdain with the company is due to a recent promotional poster for WWE Clash of Champions 2020.

BT Sports designed the latest (and probably the last) poster for Clash of Champions. However, they seemingly forgot to put the blue brand’s championship belt on Bayley. This caused Bayley to lash out at everyone involved.

Champions are generally very touchy with their titles. However, with former best friend Sasha Banks‘ constant threats to take the title away and with Nikki Cross challenging her, Bayley is really on the edge.

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On the other hand, along with Bayley, Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, Nia Jax, and Shayna Baszler did not have their WWE, United States, and Women’s Tag titles with them. Fans were quick to call out the graphics team on the lack of titles and for putting the leaders of the women’s division to the back.

Were the missing titles a genuine mistake from the graphics team? Or is it a prediction of the events to come?

Read more – WWE Clash of Champion 2020: Full Match Card Prediction and Preview

Bayley is ready to win at Clash of Champions

Bayley will take on Nikki Cross at the PPV. However, she has proven from time to time that she wants to destroy Sasha Banks, especially after Banks threatened to take her title away from her.

On the last Smackdown, Bayley promised to make both Banks and Cross pay if they tried to take her title. She warned Cross that she will be “slapping that silly little smile off her stupid little face.” She then held up a steel chair and said, “you can only imagine what will happen next.”

It is highly unlikely that the champion will use a chair unless she wants to win via disqualification. Even if she tries something like that, Cross’ best friend Alexa Bliss will be there to teach the champion a lesson.

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