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This Week In Sports: Bengals, Chuck Harmon, and More


Bengals Cut Linebacker Vontaze Burfict

The Cincinnati Bengals released linebacker Vontaze Burfict after 7 years on the team. “We felt it best to give both the team and Vontaze a fresh start,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said in a statement. Despite signing a three-year extension contract, Burfict only played 10 games over the past three seasons. Because of this, the Bengals didn’t consider him a lock for a spot on the team in the 2019 season.

Because of his style of play, the NFL has suspended Burfict many times over his career. In addition, Burfict dealt with many injuries that prevented him from playing. Right now, the Bengals may be out almost $2M for the remainder of his contract.

First African-American Reds Player Dies

Charles “Chuck” Harmon died on Tuesday at the age of 94. This is almost 65 years after he became the first African-American to start on the Cincinnati Reds. In his four years in the majors, he played half of them with the Reds. The team announced his death but gave no specifics. After he retired, he continued to show his support for the team. He attended many fan and community events for the Reds.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Out For Ankle Injury

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo suffered an ankle injury against the 76ers on Sunday. Because of the injury, he is out for his second straight game in a row. After he sat out against Tuesday’s win against the Lakers, he will sit out against Wednesday’s game against Cleveland.

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said Antetokounmpo is making a good recovery but is still experiencing soreness. The team wants to be cautious for his return to the court.

Dan Girardi Out Indefinitely

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi is out indefinitely for a lower-body injury. The team announced his status before the Stanley Cup game on Wednesday. In addition, the  Lightning is also down a second defender, and are currently relying on midseason pickup Jan Rutta. Currently, the Lightning has 9 more games left to play.

Kyle Busch ties Richard Petty’s 200 Win Record

Kyle Busch secured his 200th win during Sunday’s race. After a speeding penalty pushed him back to the middle of the pack, Busch quickly regained his position in the 73 laps left in the race. In fact, he didn’t need 50 of them to get it back.

“It certainly is a monumental moment for all of us,” Busch said. “I knew we had a great race car, and we were fast. I just wasn’t sure how we were going to able to come back through traffic and get through the field. Maybe the stars aligned a little bit more perfectly today.”