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Sports Brief 8-26

Los Angeles Angels for sale

Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno has expressed his desire to sell the team. Moreno first acquired the team in 2003 for $184 million, while the team is now valued at $2.2 billion.

“Although this difficult decision was entirely our choice and deserved a great deal of thoughtful consideration, my family and I have ultimately come to the conclusion that now is the time,” Moreno said. 

Despite initial success in the early years of Moreno’s ownership, the Angels are currently facing their seventh consecutive losing season and have only made the playoffs once since 2009.

Bryce is back 

The defending national league MVP Bryce Harper is planning to return to the team after breaking his thumb on June 25. 

Harper hit in his first rehab start with the Phillies’ triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.In two rehab starts, Harper is 5 for 8 with two home runs. 

Harper’s current timetable has him returning to the Phillies by the beginning of next week, Aug. 29.  

Albert Pujols’ quest for 700

Albert Pujols is now seven home runs away from 700 in his career. Only three players in the league’s history have hit 700 career home runs, but42 year old Pujols is surging towards the milestone at seven home runs in the month of Aug. alone. Pujols stated before the season began that2022 would be his last. 

Chet Holmgren

Oklahoma City Thunder first round draft pick Chet Holmgren will miss the entirety of the 2022-2023 season with a foot injury. General manager Sam Presti said Holmgen suffered a ruptured tendon and the team is optimistic for his long-term recovery. 

“Cetaintly, we are disappointed for Chet, especially given the excitement he had about getting on the floor with his teammates,” Presti said. “We know Chet has a long career ahead of him with our organization and the Oklahoma City community.” 

Nets, Durant and Irving

In a statement by the Brooklyn Nets general manager, Sean Marks said Kevin Durant will remain with the team for the 2022-2023 season. This comes after Durant requested a trade away from the team on June 30. 

“We have agreed to move forward with our partnership,” Marks said. “We are focusing on basketball, with one collective goal in mind: build a lasting franchise to bring a championship to Brooklyn.”

Drama also surrounds the team’s star point guard Kyrie Irving. After only playing 29 games last season due to being unvaccinated, the relationship between Irving and the Nets is reportedly not good. Irving has not made it known whether or not he wants out of Brooklyn, but trade rumors between the Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers have been swirling throughout the offseason.

NFL around the corner

The fourth and final week of the preseason kicked off with the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs on Aug. 25. Every team will play their final four quarters of preseason football before the regular season begins on Sep. 8, with the defending super bowl champions, the Los Angeles Rams, hosting the Buffalo Bills. 

Tom in Tampa

Tom Brady has returned to Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp after an 11 day hiatus. The break was described by the organization as prearranged for personal reasons. The reason Brady left training camp in the first place is unknown, but two weeks away from the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, Brady is back. 

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