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French Open Bans Serena Williams from Wearing Her Life-Saving Catsuit

Even though it helped her with a major health issue.

When Serena Williams returned to tennis after giving birth to her daughter, she did so in the ultimate power suit. She wore a black Nike catsuit, a nod, at least in part, to Black Panther. “I call it, like, my Wakanda-inspired catsuit,” she joked at the time. On Instagram, she dedicated it to “all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy.” The Associated Press reports that she’ll be banned from wearing a similar outfit thanks to a new dress code. Bernard Giudicelli, the president of the French Tennis Federation, told Tennis magazine her catsuit was specifically a problem. “It will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place,” he said. “I think that sometimes we’ve gone too far.” Williams' suit was more than a fashion moment, though. It had potentially live-saving functionality. As a full-body compression garment, it was made to help with blood clots, a health issue she’s dealt with frequently in the past. At one point, a pulmonary embolism in her lung left her on the sidelines for a year. “They told me I had several blood clots in both lungs,” she said in 2011. “A lot of people die from that.” And when she was giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia, last year, she had a pulmonary embolism, and her knowledge of her history with blood clots helped her advocate for herself when doctors and nurses ignored her. “I had a lot of problems with my blood clots, and, God, I don’t know how many I have had in the past 12 months. So it is definitely a little functionality to it,” Williams said of the suit. “I have been wearing pants in general a lot when I play, so I can keep the blood circulation going. It’s a fun suit but it’s also functional, so I can be able to play without any problems.” Giudicelli said the rules won’t be as strict as Wimbledon, which makes everyone wear white, but they will be asking designers to give them an advance look at designs for players and will “impose certain limits.” It’s just the latest example of Williams being singled out and shamed for her outfits—and, by extension,

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NBA Rookies Are Split On Who Will Win Rookie Of The Year

The 2018-19 NBA season is still weeks away but, on Tuesday, an annual landmark of the off-season arrived in the form of the league’s “rookie survey.” For more than a decade, John Schuhmann of NBA.comhas been sitting down with the NBA’s incoming rookie class and this year’s crop of 36 players answered various questions about the group, headlined by a choice from each on the favorite for Rookie of the Year.

Even before the first-year prospects arrived for the league’s annual photo shoot, it is quite clear that no definitive “favorite” actually exists this time around. There are certainly years in which a player (usually the No. 1 pick) enters with lofty expectations when compared to the field but, for the 2018-19 campaign, the draft provided real intrigue and a deep class of realistic candidates.

With that as the backdrop, the NBA.com survey yielded its most balanced results ever in the ROY category, with no rookie garnering even 20 percent of the overall vote in the most prominent category. Suns center Deandre Ayton and Cavs guard Collin Sexton led the way in a tie with 18 percent each and it was the first year in which the “favorite” received less than 24 percent of the voting.

After Ayton and Sexton, the field was predictably wide open. Mavs wing Luka Doncic and Knicks forward Kevin Knox tied for third place with nine percent of the vote, and a quartet of Magic center Mo Bamba, Hawks guard Trae Young, Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. and (stunningly) Hornets guard Devonte Graham finished in a tie for fifth place with six percent of the vote.

It has to be noted that the track record of the rookies picking the actual Rookie of the Year is ugly, with only one correct vote in the history of the survey. Still, it is informative to see what the first-year players think of their counterparts across the league and it is an intriguing mix of top draft picks and players with favorable situations.

Elsewhere, Young made history as the first player to top the voting in both the “best playmaker” and “best shooter” categories, edging Doncic and Jalen Brunson in the playmaking

Bryce Harper Reportedly Won't Be Traded by Nationals After Dodgers Waiver Claim

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The Washington Nationals decided to wave the white flag, but impending free agent Bryce Harper reportedly will not be among those moved.

Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan reported on Tuesday that the Los Angeles Dodgers placed a revocable waiver claim on the outfielder. However, Jon Heyman of Fancred followed that up minutes later by tweeting Harper's waivers had expired, meaning he could no longer be traded. .
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The Jets signed Teddy Bridgewater on the cheap. The deal could soon pay huge dividends.

The Jets suddenly have a surplus of apparently capable quarterbacks in, from left, Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater and rookie Sam Darnold. (Adam Hunger/AP)

The New York Jets’ signing of Teddy Bridgewater in March was viewed as a low-risk deal: Bridgewater, who missed all but a few snaps the past two seasons after suffering a devastating knee injury during practice in August 2016, was brought in for only $500,000 in guaranteed money, meaning New York could cut him with few salary cap repercussions should he prove ineffective in training camp or if his knee didn’t hold up.

But after the first few weeks of camp, the Bridgewater deal has turned from low risk to potentially high reward. Both Sam Darnold — the Jets’ quarterback of the future after they drafted him No. 3 overall in April — and Bridgewater have looked strong in training camp, and with veteran Josh McCown entrenched on the team’s depth chart, the Jets suddenly are holding a fairly valuable trade asset.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, at least two teams have expressed interest in trading for Bridgewater, who has completed 17 of 23 passes for 212 yards, two touchdowns and an interception with a team-high 113 passer rating thus far in the preseason. The Jets are just waiting on the right offer, namely a draft pick in the first four rounds of the draft (ideally in rounds 1-3). “He’s never showed me that he was injured,” New York Coach Todd Bowles said of Bridgewater, per Mehta. “He did everything in the spring and everything in the summer. He hasn’t taken a play or a day off or [shown] any limp or any hitch to his giddy-up. I’ve never seen it, so I just keep it out of mind. He’s always smiling and doing everything full speed, so I don’t even worry about it. I’m just happy for him.”

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