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Basketball great LeBron James of the reigning NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers has become the highest-paid player in the league’s history after agreeing to a new contract on August 12th. The deal is reportedly worth a total of $100 million and it also includes the typical player option when it comes to the third year. The majority of basketball fans believed James would eventually sign with his hometown club this summer, he hails from nearby Akron, Ohio, but they may be surprised at the length of the new deal.
It’s hard to compare athletes from different eras and from different sports. But when it comes to the number of Olympic medals won, there’s no doubt that American swimmer Michael Phelps is second to none. The 31-year-old has won a total of 28 medals during his Olympic career with 23 of them being gold, three being silver and the other two bronze. Phelps helped the American men’s 4×100 metre swimming relay team take the gold on August 13th in what could very well have been his last ever Olympic appearance. Phelps has stated that he won’t compete at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, Japan, but since he’ll still only be 35 years old in four years time, he may very well change his mind before then.
The diving and swimming pools down in Rio de Janeiro looked a sparkling blue colour for the first few days of the 2016 Summer Olympics, but then two of them suddenly turned a dark and cloudy green colour. The diving pool was the first to be affected, but the majority of competitors said it didn’t really affect their performances. However, the neighbouring outdoor swimming pool turned the same shade of green a couple of days later and water polo players started to complain that it was hurting their eyes. The Olympic organizers then decided on August 13th to drain the million-gallon swimming pool and refill it with fresh water since synchronized swimmers need to see each other below the water level.
The Alex Rodriguez era with the New York Yankees came to an on Friday, August 12th and it took less than 24 hours for a new one to begin with 24-year-old rookies Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin leading the way. Both Judge and Austin thrilled the Yankee Stadium crowd on August 13th in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays when they each hit a home run in their first major league at bats. The feat came on the day the Yankees honoured their 1996 World Series team before the game, which they ended up winning by a score of 8-4.
Forty-two-year-old Japanese baseball star Ichiro Suzuki of the Florida Marlins became the 30th MLB player to reach 3,000 base hits when he achieved the feat on Sunday August 7th. Ichiro slapped a triple off of the right field wall against the Colorado Rockies and pitcher Chris Rusin to enter the Major League history book. The hit came in the top of the seventh inning during the game in Colorado. While it was the 3,000th hit of his MLB career, it was the 4,278th hit of his pro baseball career as Ichiro also had 1,278 hits while playing in Japan. He is the all-time leader for hits in a professional baseball career.
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