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The Antonio Brown saga, which broke all kinds of NFL norms, is over. The 30-year-old wideout will officially be an Oakland Raider come Wednesday, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are getting a third- and fifth-round pick in exchange for him.
Between the lines: Once Brown decided he wanted out of Pittsburgh, he essentially threw a public tantrum, making so much noise in the locker room and on social media that his parents (the Steelers) eventually relented and let him sleep over at Derek Carr's house.
Why it matters: In the NBA, players routinely exert their leverage and control their own destinies. But in the NFL, where individualism is frowned upon, what A.B. just pulled off is a rarity.
The bottom line: "Antonio Brown pulled off a savage power play, sabotaging his own trade value while making himself untenable in Pittsburgh on his way to earning nearly $20 million in raises and more than $30 million in guarantees," writes ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
Bradley won its first Missouri Valley title in 31 years. Photo: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images
1. Ohio Valley: Murray State
2. Big South: Gardner-Webb
3. Missouri Valley: Bradley
4. Atlantic Sun: Liberty
What's next: Two more tickets will be punched tonight, one from the Southern Conference and one from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
The USWNT poses for a picture during last week's SheBelieves Cup. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
28 members of the U.S. women's national soccer team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer on Friday, accusing the federation of paying them far less and subjecting them to far worse working conditions (when they play, how they travel, medical treatment, etc.) than their male counterparts.
Why it matters: This immediately becomes the dominant storyline leading up to the Women's World Cup, which kicks off in three months. It also "brings to the fore an issue that affects all women's sports, not just soccer. Per the New York Times:
The precedent: After threatening to boycott the world championships in 2017, the U.S. women's hockey team received a new contract that paid each player ~$71,000 annually — a huge increase over the ~$10,000 some of them had been making.
What they're saying:
"We feel a responsibility not only to stand up for what we know we deserve as athletes, but also for what we know is right — on behalf of our teammates, future teammates, fellow women athletes and women all around the world."— USWNT co-captain Megan Rapinoe
Julia Ruth Stevens, the adopted daughter of Babe Ruth, passed away on Saturday in an assisted living facility. She was 102.
Go deeper: Can you imagine being Babe Ruth's daughter?! Back in 2012, Jane Leavy wrote a fantastic piece on Grantland that helps illuminate what Julia's childhood was like.
An NFL official waiting on word from the replay booth upstairs. Photo: Rick Stewart/Getty Images
33 years ago today, the NFL owners voted to adopt instant replay for the upcoming 1986-87 season after years of experimentation and debate.
Details: This was definitely your grandfather's version of instant replay. Officials reviewed plays through two nine-inch TV monitors that used VCRs to record plays.
Go deeper: History of Instant Replay
Darts referee Russ Bray is known as "The Voice." Photo: Nigel French/PA Images via Getty Images
"Watch enough professional darts competitions, and you will be treated to one of the most iconic calls in sports: 'OOOONE-HUUUUNDRED-AND-EIIIIIGHTEE!'" writes Nick Dunne for Deadspin.
The backdrop: In 1992, the world's best dart players — fed up with dwindling sponsorships and prize money — broke off from the British Darts Organization (BDO) to form the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC).
The bottom line: Professional darts has turned into quite the spectacle, and the booming, theatrical calls from its referees are an integral piece of the experience.
Watch: Russ Bray's best "180" calls
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Trivia answer: Blake Griffin, who is having one of the most underrated seasons ever.