Mets swept by Yankees in Subway Series for 1st time since 2003

For the first time since 2003 – and only the second time in franchise history – the New York Mets were swept by the New York Yankees in the Subway Series.

Outscored by no more than two runs in each of the four games, the series appeared close by run differential, yet the Mets were unable to squeak out a single victory.

"It sucks to suck," Mets losing pitcher Steven Matz told Mike Puma of the New York Post following Thursday's decision.

The Yankees improved to 66-46 against their senior-circuit rival, having won or split 18 of the 21 season series against the Mets since 1997.

In 2017, the four-game set that spanned Monday to Thursday represented the only games the two teams would play against each other. The last time the Bronx swept Flushing was back in 2003, when the Yankees won all six meetings – outscoring the Mets 39-19.

To his credit, Curtis Granderson provided some late-game heroics Thursday, hitting a ninth-inning grand slam off of Bryan Mitchell. After cutting the lead to 7-5 though, the Mets' rally was snuffed out by Dellin Betances, who retired the next three batters for the save.

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Report: Notre Dame, Wisconsin to play series at Lambeau, Soldier Field

College football and the NFL will collide in 2020 and 2021 as Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that Notre Dame and Wisconsin will play a home-and-home series at Lambeau Field and Soldier Field.

The official announcement will be made on Monday during a press conference at the Under Armour store in Chicago.

The 2020 game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay will act as a home game for the Badgers, while the return leg at Soldier Field in 2021 will be a Notre Dame home affair.

The two storied programs haven't met since 1964, but the Fighting Irish are experienced playing at the home of the Chicago Bears. Notre Dame is 10-0-2 all time at the venue, including a 41-3 win over Miami in its last appearance there in 2012.

Wisconsin has also played at Soldier Field previously, with the last trip in 2011 against Northern Illinois. The Russell Wilson-led Badgers hammered their opponents 49-7.

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LeBron James Producing Comedy Series About Sneaker Culture For HBO

Sorry Cleveland, but it seems more and more likely that LeBron James is LA bound come next summer. The latest clue comes out of tinseltown where LeBron is going to be producing his new HBO project which centers around two friends who own an up and coming sneaker store in Los Angeles.

The half-hour single-camera comedy about the insanity that surrounds the sneaker culture phenomenon that’s taken over the world seems to be filling a part of the culture that’s yet to be explored by a television series. If done right, it should be a smash. And with LeBron’s Nike connect who knows what kind of original sneakers and designs will make their debut in this series. Don’t expect Big Baller Brand or Kyrie’s to get any shine though.

Though the project has yet to be named according to Highsnobiety the series is going to be written by Shawn Wines (High Maintenance) and Lemon Andersen (She’s Gotta Have It).

No word on when a pilot might air but best believe sneakerheads around the world will be glued to their tubes and tablets when it does indeed debut.

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Magic Johnson guarantees Dodgers win World Series

Despite making the postseason 10 times since their last World Series victory, the Los Angeles Dodgers are still chasing their first championship since 1988, and part-owner of the team Magic Johnson believes this is the year – in fact, he guarantees it.

“The Dodgers are going to win the World Series this year,” Johnson told Bill Shaikin the Los Angeles Times on Thursday night. “This is our year.”

The Dodgers boast the best record in baseball this year in a surprisingly competitive division featuring three postseason teams – along with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies – if the season ended today. At 71-31, the team is just under a .700 winning percentage – a remarkable 113-win pace.

Johnson, who is also the president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, was a five-time NBA championship and three-time Finals MVP during his playing career.

“That’s the only ring I don’t have, and I need that ring,” Johnson added during Clayton Kershaw‘s annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose tournament regarding a Dodgers championship.

Kershaw, who is currently on the disabled list with a back injury, is having yet another great season with a 2.04 ERA and 2.94 FIP over 21 starts. Johnson implored his staff’s ace during the charity event.

"Get healthy," Johnson told Kershaw in front of the audience. "Lead us."

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Rick Ross Working On Film With Gucci Mane & New VH1 Music Competition Series

Rick Ross has managed to carve out mogul status for himself as the founder of his Maybach Music Group label. The Miami rap star is now turning his focus onto films and has an indie feature he co-wrote with Gucci Mane in the works along with a new music competition series airing this week on VH1.

Ross sat down recently with Page Six to discuss his filmmaking aims, sharing that he has a pair of films in the works. The unnamed project with Gucci was at the top of his mind when discussing the new venture.

From Page Six:

“I am getting ready to shoot a film. I got two different flicks that I am ready to make a move on,” Ross revealed. “Me and Gucci Mane got a flick that we wrote together.”

He mused of his starring role, “It would be a good idea to see me as a preacher,” but then hinted of the movie, “All I can say is at the beginning of the film, I am at the car wash and it will go from there.”

Last week, VH1 aired a sneak peek of its new series, Signed, which also features The-Dream and Lenny S. as the “moguls” who will oversee the competitors hoping to launch their career on one of the labels helmed by the celebrity judges.

Check out the sneak peek of Signed below. The show make its debut on July 26 at 9 PM ET/8 PM CT.

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ESPN to air 4-part series on Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck

One of the most energetic personalities in college football will now have his own miniseries, as ESPN will air a four-part documentary on Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck.

The series will follow Fleck's day-to-day life throughout the offseason, documenting visits to local hospitals, his motivational speeches throughout the country, and preparations for the first Golden Gophers campaign under his watch.

"To my surprise, P.J. is all heart, all the time … no matter what he is doing, no matter what time of day," co-executive producer Bo Mattingly said in a statement. "Throughout the filming, which continues for a few more weeks, we capture his personality, passion and drive with his family, team, and others he interacts with in various situations."

The series will air Wednesdays on ESPNU throughout the month of August beginning on the 2nd.

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Girardi: Chapman’s World Series use may be affecting him this year

The Chicago Cubs only employed Aroldis Chapman for three months in 2016, and, save for the very end of the World Series, he was as dominant as they expected on the mound.

But since returning to New York on a record five-year, $ 86-million deal with the Yankees – who dealt him to Chicago last July – Chapman has struggled to regain his form. The Cuban's latest meltdown came Friday night when he coughed up his third blown save of the season by walking in the winning run in the ninth, handing the Red Sox a 5-4 walk-off victory.

In Girardi's mind, Chapman's struggles can be traced right back to his work with the Cubs – a run that included an extra 15 2/3 innings in the month of October.

“That’s sometimes the cost of going a long way and deep into the playoffs, the extra wear and tear,” Girardi said Saturday, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. “Sometimes it does catch up to you the next year.

“We knew that going in (when we signed him).”

Chapman's brief stint with the Cubs finished in controversial fashion after manager Joe Maddon had him throw 35 pitches on zero days' rest in Game 7 of the World Series, a night after he'd pitched in a Game 6 blowout. Chapman gave up a now-famous game-tying homer to Rajai Davis in Game 7; though he hung on to throw a shutout ninth and picked up the win when the Cubs won in extras, his velocity was noticeably down during that entire outing.

"Personally, I don't agree with the way he (Maddon) used me, but he is the manager and he has the strategy," Chapman said of the Cubs manager in December, shortly after he'd rejoined the Yankees.

Related: Maddon defends use of Chapman during WS

Chapman has struck out nearly 15 batters per nine innings this year, but still owns the highest ERA of his career (3.92) to date, has saved just eight games, and missed over a month of action due to shoulder inflammation. Since returning from the DL on June 18, opponents are hitting the 29-year-old at a .294 clip.

Overall this season, his fastball velocity has dropped to 100.1 mph – the lowest it’s been since 2015, per Fangraphs.

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