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Aces Talking Trade for Liz Cambage

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The Las Vegas Aces are working on the final details of a trade with the Dallas Wings that would bring All-Star center Liz Cambage to Las Vegas, according to SB Nation’s Bradley Klopfer.

The 6-foot-8 Cambage finished second in the WNBA MVP voting in 2018 behind the Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart following an impressive season in which she averaged 23 points and 9.7 rebounds per game while also earning her second All-Star appearance in three seasons.

2018 was a special year for Cambage as she led the WNBA in player efficiency rating with 30.7, and also set a single-game record by scoring an impressive 53 points.

Las Vegas had yet another disappointing season, posting a 14-20 record and finishing 9th.

As part of the trade, the Wings will receive Aces guard Moriah Jefferson, forward Isabelle Harrison and a future WNBA draft pick.

The Los Angeles Sparks had reportedly been discussing a trade for Cambage with Las Vegas and supposedly had offered a package including Kalani Brown, Maria Vadeeva, and a draft pick.

Those talks gained a lot of traction as Cambage stated that she only wanted to play in Los Angeles, making a trade with the Sparks the most likely outcome.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cambage requested a trade in January and cited the Los Angeles Sparks as a preferred destination, but reportedly would play in Las Vegas.

Talks between the Aces and Wings were ongoing since the trade request but went dormant of late before picking back up over the past 2 weeks and picking up major steam by Sunday.

While Cambage has not commented on a potential move to Las Vegas, or publicly changed her stance on playing in Los Angeles, she could have changed her mind during these trade talks.

Jefferson, 25, was the 2nd overall pick of the San Antonio Stars in 2016 and averaged 13.9 points and 4.2 points as a rookie.

While she has been a very productive and consistent player throughout her WNBA career, she was limited last season due to injury, averaging 5.4 points and 2.1 assists.

When healthy, she provides solid, consistent production.

Harrison, 25, was the 12th overall pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft, but missed her rookie season due to a knee injury. She sat out the 2018 WNBA season with an auto-immune issue.

Harrison had a solid 2017 season with the Stars, averaging 11.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

While a deal is not done yet, the two sides are “finalizing” a deal, per the SB Nation report. However, the Las Vegas Review Journal states that
no deal is imminent and characterized the likelihood of one as “50-50”, meaning the betting odds are literally a toss up at this time, depending on which report you choose to believe.

Regardless, this story is developing and one thing is seemingly for certain; Cambage is on her way out of town, one way or the other.

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Tiger-Cats’ Brandon Banks Upset with Fine

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Brandon Banks is upset over a fine he was hit with for “making unnecessary contact on an on-field official” during his team’s win over the Calgary Stampeders back on Saturday.

Banks was hit with a 10-yard objectionable conduct penalty during the questionable play, which took place during the third quarter of play.

Banks, who was named a top performer for his performance, hauled in 9 receptions for 86 yards and two touchdown. Banks also returned a missed field goal for a touchdown.

Banks responded to the fine on Twitter, directing his message to CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrose.

“This is bull—- @RandyAmbrosie! I want U to review this type and I want a personal meeting with u about this one I not letting this one slide by easy!!”

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R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers Defends Pay Gap

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R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers is defending the massive pay gap in regards to the purses for The Open Championship and the Women’s British Open.

Slumbers was being flooded with questions from the media regarding the sizable disparity, but stood his ground in defending it.

“We’re as ambitious for the Women’s British Open as we are for The Open,” Slumbers said, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach. “But as I have said previously, we want to grow the women’s game. We’re passionate about growing the women’s game, but we need to build a sustainable women’s game, and that means building a bigger amateur game right from the very beginning up to the top.

“To build the economics of the Women’s British Open, to be able to keep raising the prize money we need to do it as a sustainable business model. It needs to be a long-term business model, and that is what we are spending a long time doing. How do we build a better model to have a more financially successful Women’s British Open that will flow then down into the prize money? Where it ends up, I don’t know. But my ambition is to keep growing the overall performance of it and keep enhancing the status of the event.”

The purse for the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club this week is $10.75 million, with the Champion Golfer of the Year collecting $1.935 million.

In comparison, the purse for the 43rd Women’s British Open is $4.5 million, with the winner taking home $675,000.

“As we’re looking at the Women’s British Open, how we attract more people to watch the championship, to watch it live or watch it on TV, it may be that only being on links courses might not be the right answer. I wouldn’t be surprised to see with the Women’s British Open a mix of some of the great inland courses and the great links courses, but all aimed at trying to make the championship more engaged with by the public.”

“There’s been a lot of talk about (taking The Open outside England) and I think that’s because of the success of bringing it to Royal Portrush,” Slumbers said. “But we have 10 courses in the pool that we use and we think they’re the best links courses in the world, and we’re happy with those courses.

“If we think about the past few years, going back to Carnoustie, going back to Hoylake and coming back to here, they’ve been great successes. We are not looking, at the moment, beyond those 10 courses.”

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Rory McIlroy Starts The Open with Quadruple-Bogey

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Rory McIlroy didn’t kick off his play at The Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club in the way he may have wanted to. In fact, it couldn’t have gone much worse.

McIlroy, widely considered to be the favorite to win and playing in his native Northern Ireland, hit his tee shot on the first hole out of bounds and ended up with a quadruple-bogey 8 on the par-4, 421-yard hole.

Statistics show that tt’s the first time McIlroy started a major championship with a double-bogey or worse since the 2012 Masters.,

“I’m just treating this like any other Open Championship,” McIlroy said, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.

“I’ve played well here for the last few years. I’ve played well on this golf course. So I’ve just got to go out and hit the shots and stay in the present. If I just keep putting one foot in front of the other, hopefully by Sunday night that will be good enough.”

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