Tyreek Hill’s Dramatic Punt Return, Houston To Hire Kiffin

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Tyreek HilWith a big win over the Oakland Raiders, the Kansas City Chiefs are now tied with the Raiders in the AFC West. The most exciting part of the game came in the 2nd quarter when the Chiefs‘ Tyreek Hill lined up for a punt return, and the fans in the stadium started chanting his name. Hill responded dramatically with a 78 yard punt return. After the game, Hill said, “It was crazy, man. I didn’t know what to do, for real, except for give them what they want, I guess.” Chiefs 21, Raiders 13.

In college football, Alabama’s offensive coordinator, Lane Kiffin looks like he’ll be the University of Houston’s next head coach. Kiffin was head coach at USC then offensive coordinator at Alabama since 2014. Houston’s President still needs to sign off on hiring, but all signs point to Kiffin taking the job.

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Chapman Signs $86 Mill, UConn Streak, LeBron’s Water-Bottle Challenge

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aroldis-chapman-2Aroldis Chapman signed an $86 million over 5 years contract with the NewYork Yankees, the largest reliever contract in the history of the game. Chapman was traded to the Yankees in December of last year, but in July the Yankees traded Chapman to the Cubs where he helped them secure their World Series Title.   At 28 years old, Chapman should have a lot of baseball left in him, but he’s had some off the field issues including violating the domestic violence agreement and suspended license for speeding.  Chapman told ESPN he’s excited to go back to the Yankees, “Every player dreams of being a Yankee, and if they don’t it’s because they never got the chance.”

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On Wednesday night, #1 UConn defeated their rival,  #2 Notre Dame 72-61.  With the win, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball won its 83rd straight game. Their win streak is one of the most dominant in all of sports.

The Cleveland Cavaliers had some fun on the bench during their routed of the New York Knicks Wednesday night. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving sat on the bench doing the now infamous water-bottle challenge.  After a 126-94 win, LeBron said, “I always have fun. The game of basketball is always fun for me.”  My son’s opponents last weekend in 12 year old travel basketball were also trying to have “fun” with the water-bottle challenge, but the refs wouldn’t have it as they found it distracting and annoying, so they awarded our team an extra free throw. Wonder if there’s anything in the rule book about this.

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JPP Out For Season, Former Heisman Winner Found In Park, John Wall Posts 52 Points

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jason-pierre-paul-2 The New York Giants Jason Pierre-Paul will likely be out for the rest of the season due to surgery on a sports hernia. The defensive end rallied back from a freak accident last year during 4th of July festivities. He lost his right index finger and partial injuries to other fingers after the fireworks accident, but was having a successful resurgence this year. The Giants take on the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday.

Former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam, was found dead in a park in Colorado. There are no reports of foul play. Salaam played for the University of Colorado and won the coveted Heisman in 1994. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 1995 draft, but didn’t last long in the NFL (according to Salaam after he retired) because he partied too much off the field. Salaam was 42 years old.

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A night after the Warriors Klay Thompson scored 60 points in 3 quarters, the Washington Wizards John Wall shot an impressive 52 points against the Orlando Magic. Unfortunately his effort wasn’t enough to win the game. Magic 124, Wizards 116.

 

 

 

 

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Klay Thompson’s 60 Points In 29 Minutes, Westbrook’s 6th Straight Triple-Double, Luck Dominates MNF, Heisman Candidates Announced

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klay-thompson-2Klay Thompson was on fire Monday night against the Indiana Pacers. Klay scored 40 points in just the first half, then scored 20 more in the 3rd quarter. At 60 points in 3 quarters and only 29 minutes of play, who knew how many points he would have scored if he stayed in the game. Steph Curry went crazy on the sidelines cheering his teammate on. After the game he said, “That’s a feat that I’d put money on to probably never be touched ever again in the history of basketball. It’s unbelievable.” Warriors 142, Pacers 106.

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook continues to shine with his sixth straight triple-double in a win over the Atlanta Hawks Monday night. Wilt Chamberlain still holds the record for 9 straight triple-doubles back in 1967. Thunder 102, Hawks 99.

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Even a die-hard football fan probably turned off the Indianapolis Colts vs New York Jets on Monday Night Football. With QB Andrew Luck’s 4 touchdowns carrying his team to a devastating 41-10 win over the Jets, the Colts are now in a first place tie in the AFC South.

The ceremony for the most prestigious award in college football, the Heisman trophy, will take place Saturday December 10th. The five finalists, announced Monday night, will travel to New York City to attend the ceremony. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is considered the favorite, but Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield and WR Dede Westbrook, Michigan linebacker Jabril Peppers, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson are all in the running.

 

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College Football Playoffs Set, Brady’s New Record, Cam Newton Tie-less,

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The College Football Playoffs are now set and the top 4 teams are Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Washington. On December 31st, Alabama will play Washington in the Peach Bowl and Ohio State will matchup against Clemson. The winning teams will face each other in the National Championship game on January 9th in Tampa.

In the NFL, Brady fans just keep celebrating. This weekend, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady reached yet another milestone. In a 26-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams, Brady became the all-time leader for wins by a quarterback (201) surpassing Peyton Manning’s 200 wins. According to Patriots coach Bill Belichick, “Tom breaking the record, that’s what it is all about — winning games.”

Cam NewtonCarolina Panthers QB Cam Newton, who always looks dapper, was benched for the first series of the Sunday night matchup against the Seattle Seahawks for violating the team dress code. According to Newton, he wasn’t wearing a tie, so coach Rivera benched him for the start of the game. He went on to say, “When you’re 6-5, trying to get a shirt — I was away from home for a week — I didn’t pack a shirt. There was a lot of ties that were given, but I can’t wear a tie with this. Meaning I have a tank top on under this — we discussed it internally. … I thought we were on the same page; I felt as if I wore a similar outfit like this before, and nothing was done. But he has rules in place and we have to abide by them. No person is greater than the next person — it is what it is.” Backup QB, Derek Anderson started the game and was intercepted on the first play. The Panthers finished the game with a devastating 40-7 loss.

 

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Cowboys Streak Alive, Gronk Surgery, McNight Victim Of Road Rage, Draymond Strikes Again

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The Dallas Cowboys win streak is still alive. In Thursday night’s matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, the Cowboys capitalized on Vikings mistakes and turned the game in their favor. Even though it wasn’t a great night for the Cowboys, they managed to win their 11th straight game. Cowboys 17, Vikings 15.

Rob GronkowskiNew England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski’s season is likely over. He is scheduled to have back surgery for a herniated disk on Friday. The Patriots will miss Gronk for his play and his leadership. They stated: “Rob has always been one of our hardest workers and was voted captain for the leadership he provides on our team.” This will be Gronk’s 8th surgery of his career.

For the second time this year, a former professional player was a victim of road rage. Joe McKnight, former New York Jets running back and star at USC, was shot Thursday afternoon. The police are investigating the incident and potential motives.

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The Golden State Warriors Draymond Green can’t seem to keep his limbs in check. After Draymond was fouled by Houston’s James Harden, he kicked him in the head. The NBA League office called Draymond’s flagrant foul  an “Unnatural leg extension, foot made contact with head.” The Warriors lost the game in the second overtime period, ending their 12 game winning streak. Rockets 132, Warriors 127.

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Vikings Zimmer Emergency Eye Surgery, Westbrook Triple Double, Durant Fits In

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Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer underwent emergency eye surgery Wednesday night, and may not be on sidelines when the Vikings play the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night football. The team said they have plans in place to take over coaching if Zimmer is unable to make it. Thursday night’s game features the Cowboys explosive offense, led by rookies QB Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, matching up against a tough Minnesota defense.

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Russell WestbrookRussell Westbrook posted his 4th straight triple double (46th of his career) Wednesday night when the Oklahoma City Thunder fought back to beat the Washington Wizards in overtime. Thunder 126, Wizards 115.

Kevin Durant, who famously left the Thunder  to play for the Golden State Warriors, is fitting in seamlessly with the Warriors crop of veteran superstars (Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green). With a current record of 16 wins, 2 losses, Durant said, “I try to think about so much when I’m playing, but sometimes you’ve just got to say ‘Forget it’ and just go. Who cares who shoots? Our offense is so freeflowing that the ball is going to find the open guys. If you move, you get open, you’re going to get shots. Some nights I might have it, some nights Steph might have it or Klay might have it, but I don’t think any one of us really cares if someone shoots more shots than us.”

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Doc Rivers Held Back, J.R. Smith’s Alter Ego, Oregon’s Helfrich Fired

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screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-8-17-04-amClippers’ Coach Doc Rivers flew out of control during Tuesday night’s matchup against the Brooklyn Nets. After a technical foul call at the end of the first overtime,  Rivers had to be held back from running at the refs and was ejected from the game shortly after his outburst. The Clippers ended up losing in double overtime. Nets 127, Clippers 122.

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-8-33-39-amThe Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night, but the talk was J.R. Smith wearing a black ski mask during the press conference after the game.  Smith said the ski mask was a gift from his trip to Ohio State last weekend, and it represents his alter ego. He said his “alter ego” has a name but wouldn’t mention what it is.

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After a disappointing season, the Oregon Ducks fired head coach Mark Helfrich. According to reports, it was a tough decision as Helfrich was well liked and is sitting on a $11.6 million buyout. No replacement has been named yet.

 

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Aaron Rodgers Helps Packers End Losing Streak, Tiger’s Return

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The Green Bay Packers came to play Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.  QB Aaron Rodgers stepped up his game with two touchdowns on the first two series of the game helping his team end their 4 game losing streak. The team is still way behind in the NFC North, but according to their coach, Mike McCarthy, “We look at this as a launching pad. Definitely a game we can build off of.” Packers 27, Eagles 13.

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Tiger WoodsTiger Woods is set to play on Thursday in his first tournament over a year. He will play at the Albany Club in Nassau in a tournament that benefits his charitable foundation. Woods who used to be almost unbeatable at the height of his golf career has slipped to number 879th in the world. When speaking to reporters about his return, he joked “I’m not dead”.

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Ohio State Wins Historic Game, Alabama Iron Bowl Win, Brady Another Record, Browns Lose Again, Broncos Postseason In Doubt

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Ohio StateOne of the greatest rivalries in college football is Ohio State and Michigan. The teams have met 113 times since 1897. All last week, the media hyped the game with articles everyday talking about Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and his team’s tough defense and coach Urban Meyer and Ohio State’s dominating offense.  The buildup did not disappoint, as Saturday’s game will go down as an instant classic. In double overtime, the Michigan Wolverines thought they stopped Ohio State on 4th down, but the refs called a first down extending the game for the Buckeyes. As Coach Harbaugh screamed from the sidelines, Ohio State scored a touchdown on the next play and won the game 30-27.

In the 81st matchup of the Iron Bowl (the Alabama vs Auburn rivalry) Alabama performed as it has all season, by completely dominating its opponents. After a shaky first half, Alabama eased into a 30-12 win. With the win,  #1 ranked Alabama finished the regular season undefeated for the first time since 2009. In a touching moment during the Alabama Senior Day announcements before the game,  Senior Lawrence Erekosima’s mother, who is stationed in Kuwait and wasn’t supposed to be home until next year, ran on the field to surprise her son. She was allowed a leave to be with her son for this special game.

Tom Brady was uncharacteristically shaky at the beginning of the New England Patriots vs New York Jets on Sunday. After a trip to the West Coast last week, plus a knee injury that kept him out of two practices this week, his passes were a bit off. Even though Brady was vulnerable, he (characteristically) worked with his team to pull out a win. He also added another stat to his resume by tying Peyton Manning with 200 career wins. Patriots 22, Jets. 17.

Some things remained the same this week. In a loss to the New York Giants, the Cleveland Browns now have a remarkably disappointing 0-12 record. Browns 13, Giants 20.

In the late game on Sunday night, the Denver Broncos lost in a heartbreaker when their kicker missed a 62-yard field goal in overtime, setting up the Kansas City Chiefs for a 34 yard field goal which bounced off the uprights before falling in for the win. With the loss, the Broncos will have to fight in the final weeks of the regular season to make it to the postseason. Chiefs 30, Broncos 27.

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