LeBron Makes History, Williams/Corden/Gronk Dance With Lakers, Carmelo Makes Debut

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LeBron James made history…again. After his 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, LeBron became the first player in NBA history to record a triple-double against all 30 teams. LeBron claimed he had no idea he had achieved this feat until his coach congratulated him.

Records aside, the best part of the Lakers game was watching Venus Williams, James Corden and Rob Gronkowski appearing with the Lakers’ dancers during halftime.

In other NBA news, Carmelo Anthony took to the court with his new team, the Portland Trailblazers. In a 115-104 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, Anthony hit a 3-pointer for the Trailblazers’ first points of the game, but then missed his next 10 of 14 shots finishing with only 10 points for the night.

 

 

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Rivers 4 Interceptions In Loss To Chiefs, Jeter And MLB’s List For 2020 Hall Of Fame

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Thanks to four interceptions on the part of quarterback Philip Rivers, the Los Angeles Chargers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs on a Monday night football game played in Mexico City. The 38-year old Rivers now has 13 interceptions and 15 turnovers this year. With the loss, the Chargers are 4-7 and unlikely to make the playoffs. Chiefs 24, Chargers 17

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To no one’s surprise, Derek Jeter is included in Major League Baseball’s list of  players for possible induction in the 2020 Hall of Fame. The newly released ballot listed 32 names including 18 newcomers. For a list of all names click here. We’ll know the new class of inductees on January 21st.

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Tua Out With Hip Injury, Lamar Makes History, Darnold Throws Career High, Kaep’s Workout

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In some upsetting college football news, Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is out for the season. During the Crimson Tide’s 38-7 blowout win over Mississippi State on Saturday, Tua disclocated his hip and is scheduled to have hip surgery on Monday. Not only will Tua miss the rest of the season, but sources say he may not be ready for the NFL draft on April 23rd, 2020.

In NFL news, Lamar Jackson became the first player in Baltimore Ravens’ history to deliver four or more touchdown passes in multiple games. On Sunday, in a rout agains the Houston Texans, Jackson threw four touchdown passes, and in the season opener against Miami, he threw five touchdown passes. Ravens 41, Houston 7

New York Jets’ quarterback Sam Darnold got out of his interception funk and threw for a career-high four touchdowns, giving the team a much-needed 34-17 win over the Washington Redskins.

Colin Kaepernick worked out in front of 8 NFL teams on Saturday but created some controversy when he changed the venue at the last minute. Twenty-five teams were supposed to attend at the original location. The teams in attendance were the Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, and Tennessee Titans. No word on whether any teams are interested in signing him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Myles Garrett’s Vicious Hit On Rudolph, Carmelo Anthony Signs With Trailblazers

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With just a few seconds left in Thursday night’s matchup between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, Browns’ defensive end Myles Garrett ripped off Steelers’ quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet and struck him in the head. Fortunately, Rudolph was ok, but the hit was deliberate and violent and has shocked the sports world. The NFL hasn’t handed down a verdict on the incident yet, but the punishment will likely be very severe as this hit was so violent it could have permanently ended Rudolph’s career or worse. Garrett was the former #1 pick by the Browns in 2017. Browns 21, Steelers 7

 

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According to reports, Carmelo Anthony has signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Portland Trail Blazers. Anthony has been out of basketball for a year (and only played 10 games last season with the Houston Rockets).

 

 

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Jacob deGrom Wins 2nd Consecutive Cy Young, Awkward Thanksgiving For Rivers’ Family

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Mets’ pitcher Jacob deGrom won his second straight National League Cy Young Award, joining  Max Scherzer, Clayton Keyshawn, Tim Lincecum and Randye Johnson as the only back-to-back winners in the past century.

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In an amusing moment during the LA Clippers/Houston Rockets game Wednesday night, Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers was ejected for arguing with the ref, while his son, Rockets’ guard Austin Rivers, laughed and encouraged the crowd to cheer. After the game, Austin tweeted, “Welp…. Thanksgiving is going to be weird….” Rockets 102, Clippers 93

 

 

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Astro Pitcher Claims Team Stole Signs, Kaep’s Private Workout, Georgia Replaces Alabama In Top Playoff Rankings

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Ex Astro pitcher, Mike Fiers, claimed Houston used a center-field camera to steal signs during their 2017 season. Fiers, who now pitches for the Oakland Athletics, told The Athletic website that Astros hitters would decode signs from opposing teams via a video feed from the dugout. Fiers explained why he spoke up saying, “I just want the game to be cleaned up a little bit because there are guys who are losing their jobs because they’re going in there not knowing.” The Astros released a statement saying they’ll look into the allegation.

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The NFL arranged a private workout in Atlanta on Saturday for controversial free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaep tweeted his enthusiasm, “I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.” According to reports, however, the quarterback’s reps requested a Tuesday workout instead (so head coaches and scouts can attend), but the NFL said video will be available.

The new college football rankings are out and so is Alabama. For only the fifth time in the College Football era (since 2014), the Crimson Tide is not in the top four. With Alabama’s loss to LSU on Saturday, Georgia jumped ahead of Alabama to grab the 4th spot. LSU, Ohio State and Clemson round out the top 3. It’s still early, however, and a lot can change. In fact, Alabama has never missed a College Football Playoff since the current playoff system was adopted in 2014.

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49ers Lose 1st Game, Alonso & Alvarez Win Rookies Of Year

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The Seattle Seahawks handed the San Francisco 49ers their first loss of the season on Monday night. With a strong defense that kept harassing SF quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and a solid showing by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Seattle gained the final three-point lead with a 42-yard field goal in the final seconds of overtime. With the Niners’ 27-24 loss, there are now no undefeated teams left in the NFL this season, and the perfect record set by the 1972 Miami Dolphins remains unchallenged.

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The New York Mets’ Pete Alonso won the National League Rookie of the Year thanks to his rookie record 53 home runs. He also recorded 120 RBI’s (the seventh most for a rookie). Even though he started his season in Triple-A, Houston Astros’ Yordan Alvarez made his mark quickly and won the American League Rookie of the Year.

 

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Alabama Loses To LSU And Ingram Believes Trump To Blame, Browns’ Ugly Win, Lamar’s Amazing Run, Jets Over Giants, Waiters Suspended For THC

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After a 31-game home winning streak, Alabama lost to LSU, shaking up the college football ranking system. The Tigers beat the Crimson Tide 46-41, and according to former Alabama star and Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram, the loss is because Donald Trump attended the game. The next set of rankings comes out Tuesday night, and LSU has a shot of eclipsing Ohio State with the number one slot.

In the NFL, the Cleveland Browns managed to win a game, but it was ugly. Quarterback Baker Mayfield threw a late game winning touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins for a Browns’ 19-16 victory.

Leading his Baltimore Ravens to another win, quarterback Lamar Jackson is cementing his legacy, but all anyone is talking about after the 49-13 trouncing of the Cincinnati Bengals, is his 47-yard run where he faked out a defender and spun around another for a impressive touchdown.

In the battle of New York, the Jets found a way to beat the Giants. The Giants’ Saquon Barkley had nowhere to run, and Jets’ quarterback Sam Darnold finally had an interception-free game. Jets 34, Giants 27

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The Miami Heat suspended Dion Waiters 10 games without pay. Waiters had an adverse reaction to edibles infused with THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) while on a team flight from Phoenix to LA. According to reports, Waiters experienced a panic attack. The Heat posted a statement saying, “We expect all of our players, including Dion, to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards, and to show professionalism and respect for their teammates, the team, the fans and the NBA community.”

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Raiders Triumph Over Chargers, Raiders’ Fan Trending, Brown Profanity-Laced Tweet

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The Oakland Raiders hosted what will likely be their final primetime game at Oakland Coliseum against their AFC West rival, the Los Angeles Chargers.  With just 1:02 left to play, Raiders’ running back Josh Jacobs scored, giving the Raiders a dramatic 26-24 victory at home. Of course, it didn’t help that LA Chargers’ QB Philip Rivers had the worst game of the season throwing three interceptions. One particular Raiders’ fan has been trending on social media when he was caught on camera with a sign reading, “I missed my court date to see this game!”

Troubled wide receiver Antonio Brown is back in the news. Next week, he is scheduled to meet with the NFL to discuss allegations of sexual assault. Instead of laying low and just trying to present his case, he posted a profanity-laced tweet on social media saying, “Imagine conforming to a system giving it a 100 percent to see them treat me like this is unfairly! Making money off my sweat and blood F— the @nfl I’ll never play in that s— treat black people the worse! Clear my name and go f— your self.” He slightly recanted later in the day stating “he was ‘very frustrated’ and ‘determine’ to return to the NFL.”

 

 

 

 

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College Football Playoff Rankings-Ohio State#1, Defending Champ Clemson Out, LeBron Makes History

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The College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings are out, and Ohio State grabbed the top spot. LSU came in at #2, Alabama at #3, Penn State at #4 and defending national champ Clemson at #5.  LSU and Alabama play each other Saturday in what should be an intense (and determinative) game.  The CFP committee will publish four more sets of rankings before the final list is revealed on Sunday, December 8th.

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LA Lakers’ LeBron James continues to make history. He recorded his 3rd straight triple-double becoming the first Laker with 3 straight triple-doubles in 32 years (since Magic Johnson from March 31st-April 5th, 1987). Lakers 118, Bulls 112.

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