Bears Snap Losing Streak, Cowboys Defense Issues, Josh Allen’s 4 TD’s In Bills Win

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Here’s a recap of the Thanksgiving NFL games!

In the first game of the day, the Chicago Bears snapped a five-game losing streak in a very boring win over the Detroit Lions. Bears 16, Lions 14.

The Dallas Cowboys tried valiantly to stage a comeback in the second game of the day, but thanks to the Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson’s field goal in overtime (his fifth of the game), and the Cowboys defensive penalties (Anthony Brown had four defensive pass interferences), the Raiders prevailed 36-33 OT.

In the final game of the day, thanks to Buffalo QB Josh Allen’s four touchdowns, the Bills destroyed the New Orleans Saints 31-6. In the last two seasons, only Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have more games with 4-plus passing touchdowns than Allen. Both Brady and Rodgers have 9 each.

 

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LeBron/Stewart Suspensions, Shumpert Wins DWTS, Shuai Emerges, Bucs Beat Giants MNF

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LeBron James elbowed Isaiah Stewart in the face on Sunday night leading to an on-court tussle. Both players were ejected, and LeBron will miss Tuesday’s game against the NY Knicks. It’s LeBron’s first suspension in his 19 years in the League. Stewart was suspended for two games for continuing to engage LeBron in the altercation even after the play was finished.

Former NBA player Iman Shumpert and his dancing partner Daniella Karagach won Dancing with the Stars becoming the only former NBA player to win the competition and the only NBA player to make even make it to the Finals. Watch their amazing freestyle routine.

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The tennis star, Peng Shuai, finally emerged over the weekend in a 30-minute video call with IOC President Thomas Bach. The call and subsequent videos and photos of Peng out and about didn’t satisfy WTA CEO Steve Simon who is demanding a full investigation into her disappearance over the last few weeks and her allegations of sexual assault. Simon is threatening to pull out of tournaments in China over the incident.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had no trouble cruising to an easy 30-10 victory over the NY Giants on Monday Night Football.

 

 

 

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Patriots Crush Falcons, Brown Fake Vaccine, Newton’s 50 Free Tkts, Peng Shuai Ordeal, Harper/Ohtani MVP’s, Curry Shining

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The New England Patriots crushed the Atlanta Falcons 25-0 on Thursday Night Football thanks to their defense which made four interceptions and had four sacks.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown is in hot water again. His former chef accused Brown of not paying him $10,000 for services rendered and showed a text exchange implicating Brown and his  girlfriend of buying fake vaccination cards.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton certainly entertained the crowd in his first press conference since returning to his old team. He arrived in a fedora hat with a Clark Kent press pass (Cam is known as Superman for his touchdown celebrations). He also promised to give away 50 free tickets to the Panthers home game this weekend to fans who have never been to the Bank of America stadium. And, then to cap it all off, he moon danced off the podium.

TENNIS

Tennis start Peng Shuai is still missing. Two weeks ago she posted on social media of sexual assault by a powerful government official. The posts were quickly deleted but then she went missing, and no one has seen from her since. A couple of days ago the Chinese government released a statement attributed to her stating that she was fine and no assault ever took place, but most are skeptical the statement was actually from her. The Women’s Tennis Association has been heavily weighing in on this issue, and there are now questions about what to do with the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing if this situation is as dire as it seems.

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Bryce Harper was awarded the National League MVP and Shohei Ohtani took home the American League MVP awards Thursday night. Ohtani got a unanimous vote, while Harper received 17 of 30 first-place votes.

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Steph Curry continues to shine in the Warriors decisive 104-89 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. With 40 points, four rebounds and six assists, he made history again by making at least nine 3-pointers for the 38th time in his career. According to ESPN Stats and Info, “he now has more nine 3-pointer games since April (10) than any other player in NBA their entire NBA career.”

 

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Crypto.com Arena, NBA In Abu Dhabi, Curry’s Perfect Shot

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On December 25th, the Staples Center will be renamed Crypto.com arena. The Singapore Cryptocurrency exchange and AEG will have the naming rights to the arena, where the Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Sparks play, for 20 years and $700 million. The new logo will be revealed on Christmas Day when the LA Lakers host the Brooklyn Nets.

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The NBA will host two preseason games in Abu Dhabi in October 2022. According to NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum, “Abu Dhabi is a vibrant multicultural hub with a demonstrated track record of hosting world-class sporting events.”

In other NBA news, Golden State Warriors Steph Curry recorded yet another milestone (in a win over the Brooklyn Nets) by hitting at least nine 3-pointers in 37 games. Check out this article in the Wall Street Journal on how Curry has perfected his shot.

 

 

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Packers Selling Stock, 49ers Beat Rams On MNF, Deebo Dons Celebratory Chain

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The Green Bay Packers will offer up 300,000 shares of stock at $300 each in their first stock sale since 2011. The sale begins Tuesday morning and will end on February 25th, 2022. The Packers will use the money for improvements to Lambeau Field. The Packers are the only publicly owned team in the NFL.

On Monday Night Football, the San Francisco 49ers handily beat the Los Angeles Rams 31-10 for their first home win in more than a year. One of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s two touchdown passes went to wide receive Deebo Samuel who quickly donned the team’s celebratory gold chain necklace. According to Samuel, teammate Jason Verrett “got it for the team. Whenever you make a play, you put it on.”

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Pats Win Streak, WFT Ends Losing Streak, Harris Now Knows About Tie Games, Cam’s Impressive Debut

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Some highlights from the weekend’s NFL games:

The New England Patriots are on a four-game win streak thanks to rookie quarterback Mac Jones who threw for three touchdowns in a massive 45-7 win over the Cleveland Browns. Kudos to Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers who finally scored a touchdown after having the most catches (134) and most receiving yards (1,560) without seeing the endzone.

And, speaking of streaks, the Washington Football Team ended their four-game losing streak by shutting down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 29-19. The defending Super Bowl champs QB Tom Brady had a rough day after getting intercepted twice in his first 6 passes.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions ended their day in a sloppy 16-16 rain-soaked tie marked by four penalties, two turnovers, three fumbles, and one missed field goal (and that was just in overtime).  After the game, Steelers running back Najee Harris got some attention by saying he didn’t realize it was possible to have a tie game in the NFL.

Cam Newton had a memorable debut in his return to the Carolina Panthers by scoring twice in his first two possessions leading to a 34-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

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Dolphins Pull Out Win Thanks To Tua, Odell Signs W/Rams, Newton Signs W/Panthers, Soccer Scandal

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Jacoby Brissett started at quarterback for the Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football, but was replaced by Tua Tagovailoa (who had a fractured finger). Tua scored late in the game to give the team a 22-10 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

In other NFL news, Odell Beckham Jr., who was released by the Cleveland Browns, has signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams. And, quarterback Cam Newton, who was cut by the New England Patriots in August, is returning to Charlotte for a one year deal. Cam won the NFL MVP award in 2015 and led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50 but then struggled with injuries the last few years.

SOCCER

In an odd story out of the soccer world, a Paris St-Germain player was arrested for potential foul play in an attack on her teammate by masked men. According to reports, Aminata Diallo was giving her teammate Kheira Hamraoui (who has replaced her as a starter on the team), a ride home from a team dinner when masked men pulled Hamraoui from the car and beat her up. The investigation is ongoing.

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Sarver’s Wife Intimidating, Yeshiva University Longest Win Streak

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The NBA is continuing to investigate Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver for allegations of racism, misogyny and a bad work environment. Meanwhile his wife Penny has reportedly been sending “intimidating messages” to try and “set the record straight” to a few former Suns employees.

D-III Yeshiva University defeated Eastern Connecticut on Wednesday night bringing its win streak to 39 games, the longest winning streak across all levels of men’s college basketball. The Maccabees coach, Elliot Steinmetz, became coach in 2014 and has led the team to winning seasons ever since. And, in 2020, Steinmetz was named coach of the year for leading the Maccabees to the Sweet 16 of the National Tournament.

 

 

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Broncos/Browns Know How To Win, Titans Shock Rams, Steelers Beat Bears For Tomlin’s 150 wins, Raiders Release Arnette, LeBron Out, Bucks Visit WH

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According to the Sports Business Journal, interest in the NFL is on the upswing. This year, NFL games are slated to have the highest number of games in TV’s top 100 telecasts.

With that said, here is a highlight of some of the weekend/Monday night games:

The Denver Broncos lost their defensive star Von Miller, and the Cleveland Browns broke up with Odell Beckham Jr, but both teams managed big wins over the weekend. The Broncos dominated the Dallas Cowboys (who had QB Dak Prescott back on the field) 30-16, while the Browns, thanks to running back Nick Chubb, ran over the Cincinnati Bengals 41-16.

The Tennessee Titans, without their star Derrick Henry, shocked everyone with a 28-16 win over the Los Angeles Rams. And at 36 years old, Adrian Peterson came off the practice squad to score a touchdown.

On Monday night football, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Chicago Bears 29-27, giving coach Mike Tomlin the second-most wins in franchise history (150).

In other NFL news, the Las Vegas Raiders are having some major personnel problems. After releasing first-round pick Henry Ruggs III for driving under the influence resulting in the death of a driver, they’ve now released Damon Arnette for threatening to kill someone. Arnette was also a first-round pick (19th overall in 2020 from Ohio State).

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LeBron James could be out for four to eight weeks due to an abdominal strain.

The Milwaukee Bucks were honored at the White House for their 2021 NBA title. They are the first team to visit the White House in almost five years.

 

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Browns To Release Odell Beckham Jr., Scorigami In TNF, Suns Owner’s Toxic Work Environment

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According to reports, the Cleveland Browns plan to release wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham’s father has been on social media bashing the Browns’ quarterback, and Beckham hasn’t been at practice all week, so there appears to be no love lost on the team for him.

In Thursday night football, the Indianapolis Colts beat the NY Jets 45-30. In case you’re wondering if that’s an unusual score, it is. It’s a Scorigami (a unique score that’s never happened before in that sport).

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In a developing story from ESPN, Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver has been accused of “fostering a  toxic work environment, repeated racially insensitive remarks, and misogynistic comments toward women in the organization.”

 

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