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‘Justin Fields is really special,’ LeBron James said of the Bears quarterback following his outstanding NFL debut.

In the Chicago Bears’ 20-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins, NBA superstar LeBron James was blown away by rookie Justin Fields’ outstanding performance in his NFL preseason debut.
On Twitter, the five-time NBA champion described Fields as “amazing.”
Justin Fields is a ONE-OF-A-KIND GUY!!
Keep going young, LeBron James (@KingJames) August 14, 2021 Justin Fields impresses in debut For the Bears, incumbent starter Andy Dalton opened the game and played the first quarter before being substituted by Fields for the second and third quarters.
The rookie quarterback got off to a shaky start, throwing three interceptions in his first three possessions.
During the third quarter, he almost threw an interception and then mishandled the ball, only to recover it himself.
The rookie guided the offense down the field on his fourth and final drive of the quarter, setting up a field-goal try that helped the Bears get on the board.
On the first drive of the third quarter, Fields looked much more collected, throwing some assured passes before sprinting for an eight-yard touchdown.
As the game progressed, the rookie quarterback gained confidence and began to show why the Bears selected him first overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.
He marched down the field with the team on his penultimate drive and delivered a 30-yard touchdown pass to put the Bears ahead.
Fields was ejected from the game after the Bears’ final third-quarter drive ended in a three-and-out.
Fields rushed for 33 yards on five attempts and completed 14 of his 20 pass attempts for 142 yards.
He scored both of the Bears’ touchdowns during the contest.
While head coach Matt Nagy has designated Andy Dalton as the Bears’ starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams, Fields’ performance likely force him to reconsider that choice.
The NFL is too slow for Justin Fields pic.twitter.com/pkL9nhaeWk — PFF (@PFF) August 14, 2021 The Bears will play the Buffalo Bills on Saturday, August 21st, before concluding their preseason on August 29th in Nashville against the Tennessee Titans.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Fields take the Bears’ first snap against the Rams at SoFi Stadium on September 12th, if he can perform as well and sound as confident as he did today.
Shivam Damohe edited the piece.

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Larry Fitzgerald has yet to determine whether or not to return in 2021.

Larry Fitzgerald’s future with the Arizona Cardinals is uncertain, as he has yet to determine whether or not to retire from the league.
Fitzgerald told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that he’s still debating whether or not to return to the game.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM According to reports, the Cardinals would like Fitzgerald to return for the 2021 season, but the decision to return or not is ultimately his.
“They admire how he gives a lot of vitality to the franchise.”
Jim Trotter of the NFL remarked, “They like his presence in the locker room.”
“And now for the important part:
They admire his ability to make clutch receptions,” Trotter adds. Fitz, who will turn 38 in August, may just be waiting for the Cardinals to make him an offer.
Fitzgerald was the third overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Cardinals, and he has spent his whole career in Arizona.
In his NFL career, he has started 261 of 263 games and has 17,492 yards receiving and 121 touchdowns.
In addition, he has appeared in 11 Pro Bowls.
Fitzgerald was instrumental in the Cardinals’ Super Bowl run in 2008, when he nearly won the game against the Steelers after catching a long touchdown throw from quarterback Kurt Warner in the final two minutes.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP With training camp starting next week, Fitzgerald will have to decide what he wants to do next in his NFL career.

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As the early events at the Tokyo Olympics get begun, Japan thrashes Australia in softball.

As far as first pitches go, this one was far from ceremonial.
When Yukiko Ueno, a 39-year-old pitcher, hit the first pitch of Japan’s Olympic softball pool match against Australia, it finally signaled the start of a Games that had been delayed by a year and were still being questioned even as they began.
Only hours before, Toshiro Muto, the head of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, had given a very flat-bat response, prompting a new round of headlines highlighting the possibility of the most 11th-hour of 11th-hour cancellations, and the argument will undoubtedly continue for the next three weeks, and most likely into next months Paralympics as well.
Although the Games do not officially begin until Friday night’s opening ceremony, there will be some relief that they are now begun in some sense, with baseball and football games slated to begin on “Day minus two.”
Recovery was made a primary subject of these Games long before the pandemic, and they were always scheduled to begin 150 miles from Tokyo in Fukushima, the site of the 2011 nuclear disaster, but the symbolic impact was nothing like what had been envisioned so long ago.
“It’s a bit of a letdown,” Ueno stated afterward.
“We wanted to demonstrate our performance in front of the people of Fukushima, who have put in a lot of effort to rebuild Fukushima.” We’ll have to get used to seeing empty bleachers again, just as we seem to have done in the UK, but the return of softball and baseball to the Olympic schedule for the first time since 2008 still promises to be a source of excitement.
Baseball is Japan’s most popular sport, and its premier league, Nippon Professional Baseball, is the world’s fifth most popular domestic league, trailing only the NFL, Bundesliga, Premier League, and AFL.
While the men will be vying for their first Olympic gold, the Japanese women are the defending softball champions, having defeated the United States in an upset victory in Beijing.
It was fitting that the lady who struck out the United States to take gold was back 13 years later to kick-off this tournament as Japan began their defense in excellent form, with a smashing win against Australia.
“I was actually trying to calm down before the game and not let myself get unduly enthusiastic about this opportunity to go back to the mound for the Olympics,” said Ueno, who got off to a rough start, giving up the opening run on a hit-by-pitch before recovering as Minori Naito and Yamato Fujita each hit home runs in an 8-1 rout that was called after five innings.

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As the early events at the Tokyo Olympics get begun, Japan thrashes Australia in softball.

As far as first pitches go, this one was far from ceremonial.
When Yukiko Ueno, a 39-year-old pitcher, hit the first pitch of Japan’s Olympic softball pool match against Australia, it finally signaled the start of a Games that had been delayed by a year and were still being questioned even as they began.
Only hours before, Toshiro Muto, the head of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, had given a very flat-bat response, prompting a new round of headlines highlighting the possibility of the most 11th-hour of 11th-hour cancellations, and the argument will undoubtedly continue for the next three weeks, and most likely into next months Paralympics as well.
Although the Games do not officially begin until Friday night’s opening ceremony, there will be some relief that they are now begun in some sense, with baseball and football games slated to begin on “Day minus two.”
Recovery was made a primary subject of these Games long before the pandemic, and they were always scheduled to begin 150 miles from Tokyo in Fukushima, the site of the 2011 nuclear disaster, but the symbolic impact was nothing like what had been envisioned so long ago.
“It’s a bit of a letdown,” Ueno stated afterward.
“We wanted to demonstrate our performance in front of the people of Fukushima, who have put in a lot of effort to rebuild Fukushima.” We’ll have to get used to seeing empty bleachers again, just as we seem to have done in the UK, but the return of softball and baseball to the Olympic schedule for the first time since 2008 still promises to be a source of excitement.
Baseball is Japan’s most popular sport, and its premier league, Nippon Professional Baseball, is the world’s fifth most popular domestic league, trailing only the NFL, Bundesliga, Premier League, and AFL.
While the men will be vying for their first Olympic gold, the Japanese women are the defending softball champions, having defeated the United States in an upset victory in Beijing.
It was fitting that the lady who struck out the United States to take gold was back 13 years later to kick-off this tournament as Japan began their defense in excellent form, with a smashing win against Australia.
“I was actually trying to calm down before the game and not let myself get unduly enthusiastic about this opportunity to go back to the mound for the Olympics,” said Ueno, who got off to a rough start, giving up the opening run on a hit-by-pitch before recovering as Minori Naito and Yamato Fujita each hit home runs in an 8-1 rout that was called after five innings.