Rajon Rondo Rumors True, Mumps In Hockey, Harbaugh Mulls Move To Michigan Or Raiders

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Rajon RondoThe rumors of the Boston Celtics trade of Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks appear to be true.  The deal would bring Brandon Wright, Jameer Nelson, serviceable bench player Jae Crowder and a future 1st and 2nd round pick to the Celtics.  This essentially gives the Celtics some good money bargains and some draft picks, while the Mavericks would instantly become a serious contender.  This is an exciting year in the NBA, and this trade only makes it better.

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There is a weird fluke mumps epidemic right now.  Apparently, a lot of the players that are suffering from the mumps stayed at a specific DoubleTree hotel.  It even sidelined arguably the face of hockey Sidney Crosby.  But on Thursday, Crosby returned from his illness to take on the Avalanche.  And with Pittsburgh Penguins having a lackluster season (i.e. if the playoffs started today, they wouldn’t make it), the Penguins desperately needed him back.

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Jim HarbaughFinally, in college football, serious rumors are surrounding current 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and the University of Michigan.  Apparently, Michigan has offered Harbaugh $8million per year to run their program.  And considering that the 49ers brass may not want Harbaugh back next year, especially after the team fell apart this season, he may have to explore this offer.  Then again, Harbaugh has already won at the collegiate level, and he wants to prove he can win the big one in the pros.  It is also rumored that the Oakland Raiders are very interested in Harbaugh, and even might consider a move back to LA.  That is also an intriguing offer that Harbaugh may have to mull.  This could get very interesting.

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Jay Cutler Benched, Grizzles In Groove, Rajon Rono Trade Rumors

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Jay CutlerIn the NFL, the main story of the day centered around Chicago Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler was brought into Chicago hoping that he would be their savior. He showed flashes of excellence, flashes, that would earn him a huge contract. But it seems like the Bears story every year is that they start out hot, then completely collapse around Week 8. This year was no different, and finally the Bears brass  had enough. They have opted to bench Cutler this week in favor of back-up Jimmy Clausen. Cutler is likely on his way out of Chicago, and the Bears will go hunting for a new QB in the draft.

 

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The Memphis Grizzlies appear to be emerging as the best team in the NBA. This is a team that has had the same nucleus for a few years now, and appear to have found an unstoppable groove. They would be tested Wednesday night by the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are a team that takes “nights off” (meaning they play down to their opponent), but they were ready to take on the Grizzlies. So much so that they game needed three overtimes to be decided — one of which came about because of a miracle shot by Tim Duncan. But, in the end, the Grizzlies just did more, and got the win in San Antonio. Memphis 117, San Antonio 116.

Finally, in the NBA, rumors are swirling that the Celtics and Mavericks are talking about a trade for Celtics’ star point guard Rajon Rondo. Rondo would be a huge asset for a contending team like the Mavericks, and the Celtics are still in rebuilding mode. Getting some young pieces from the Mavs or even some draft picks would be just what they need. This trade might happen, and could be just enough to help the Mavericks win the West.

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Saints Jump Ahead Of Bears In MNF, Stephenson On Trading Block, Andrew Luck’s Niceness Routine

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In the NFL, it was Monday Night Football between the New Orleans Saints and the Chicago Bears.  Both of these teams aren’t looking so great, but the difference is that the Saints are actually fighting for a playoff spot — and a home game at that.  So they came ready to play.  People were expecting an offensive shootout, but only the Saints were doing the shooting.  They jumped out to a 21-0 lead and never looked back.  The Bears got some garbage time points, but their team is truly ugly and uninspired.  They need to make some serious changes in the off-season.  The Saints are now tied with Carolina for the playoff spot.  New Orleans 31, Chicago 15.

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In the NBA, LeBron James and Cleveland just keep on rolling.  They actually jumped out to a 21-0 lead on the Charlotte Hornets.  But while the Cavs are on fire, the Hornets are the complete opposite.  In fact, they are getting so bad, that they are even putting their big free agent signing, Lance Stephenson, on the trading block.  Apparently, he is just as much of the head case that people thought he was a year ago, and now the Hornets don’t want anything to do with him.  The problem is, not many other NBA teams do either.  He’s not good enough to merit the money or the stress.  Expect the Hornets to make some major changes.  Cleveland 97, Charlotte 88.

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Andrew LuckFinally, in some humorous NFL news, Indianapolis Colts’ QB Andrew Luck is clearly a rising superstar, but he may have some tricks up his sleeve that have never been used before.  According to other players, Andrew Luck has a “Kindness” routine to confuse opposing defenses.  When a defense sacks him hard, Luck just gets up and, instead of being mad, he gives them a compliment, saying things like, “Good job, man”.  Well this gets in the defensive players head, and it may even make them try not to hit him as hard. It’s an interesting and unique strategy he’s employing, and that might be why the Colts could find themselves in the Super Bowl this year.

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Mariota Wins Heisman, Bills Hurt Packers’ Destiny, Johnny Football Atrocious, Cowboys Avenge Loss

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Marcus MariotaIn college football, it was time to present the Heisman Trophy.  This year, there were only 3 candidates:  Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon (who broke the all time single game rushing record before it was broken again the following week by an Oklahoma running back), and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (arguably the #1 pick in the NFL draft).  In the end, the award went to Mariota for leading the Ducks to the #2 seed college football playoff.  He had a great year, and NFL teams are drooling to draft him.

In the NFL, the Green Bay Packers felt like they were on a destined course for winning home field advantage in the NFL playoffs.  But to Buffalo, a team that is mathematically alive for the playoffs even though they likely won’t make it, this was a chance to show the world that they are a super tough team with a staunch defense that can beat anyone. They gave Aaron Rodgers a day he will never forget.  Interceptions, sacks, you name it.  The Bills held on for the win, and the Packers’ hopes for home field advantage took a huge hit.  Buffalo 21, Green Bay 13.

Elsewhere, everyone was looking forward to the big debut of Johnny Manziel’s first starting job in the NFL.  Expectations were high, and people were hoping to see Manziel running around out there putting on a fireworks show.  Instead, they got 4 quarters of Manziel getting sacked and throwing interceptions.  It was a true ‘Welcome To The NFL’ moment.  He was atrocious leading the Cincinnati Bengals to a shut out!  With the win, the Bengals are in good position to win a playoff birth, while the Browns’ hopes for a playoff spot may be behind them.  Cincinnati 30, Cleveland 0.

Finally, on Sunday Night, the Cowboys were looking to avenge their loss at home to the Eagles on Thanksgiving Day.  They got out to a hot start, reeling off 3 straight touchdowns, but then the Eagles came flying back, and even took the lead.  Thankfully for the Cowboys, the Eagles still were led by Mark Sanchez, who made a number of costly mistakes to put the Cowboys in multiple good scoring positions to win the game.  They cruised to a victory in the 4th quarter, but in the tough NFC, their hopes of making the playoffs are still up in the air.  They have a difficult schedule the rest of the way, and will need to play perfectly if they want to ensure their post-season birth.  Dallas 38, Philadelphia 27.

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No TD’s In Thursday Night Football, Cavs First Test, Kobe’s Cursing

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In the NFL, it was Thursday Night Football between the Arizona Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams.  The Cardinals needed the win to clinch a playoff spot.  This wasn’t exactly a fun game to watch.  The Rams offense looked awful, and the Cardinals lost yet another starting QB to injury.  Drew Stanton went down and was replaced by Ryan Lindley.  In the end, the Cardinals defense held the Rams from doing anything.  There were no touchdowns scored in this game, and with the win, the Cardinals now sit atop the NFC, while the Rams are officially ousted from the playoffs.  Arizona 12, St. Louis 6.

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And in the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers had their first big Western conference test of the season as they took on the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Unfortunately, they were without LeBron Jams, but they held their own.  In the end, Russell Westrook, Kevin Durant and the Thunder took the win, but the Cavs look like they can hang out with some tough Western Conference teams.  OKC 103, Cleveland 94.

Kobe BryantFinally, in the NBA, a Los Angeles Lakers practice was caught on tape, featuring Kobe Bryant cursing repeatedly at his teammates — calling them soft like “m______F_____ Charmin”.  Clearly Bryant doesn’t think much of his current squad.  In the video, he says it’s no wonder they lost 20 games.  When questioned about this, Kobe simply said that he likes to push his teammates.  Kobe has never been known for being the most likable teammate, but he is a 5-time champion, so perhaps his team should consider listening.

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Knicks In Disarray, Redskins’ Fight On Camera, Wisconsin Coach Leaving For Oregon State

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Tim Hardaway JrIn the NBA, the New York Knicks are having a pretty awful season and it’s being reported that the organization is in total chaos.  Apparently, the players are yelling at each other after games, they all hate Phil Jackson’s triangle offense, and they think that Carmelo Anthony is a ball hog. It seems a lot of the fury is between Tim Hardaway Jr. and Carmelo Anthony.  This team is in disarray and will likely need to send some guys out of town if they want to rebuild.

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Speaking of teams in disarray, we also have the Washington Redskins.  Their once lionized franchise quarterback, Robert Griffin III, is likely going to be shipped out of town after the season, and now players are getting into fights after practice.  On Wednesday, wide receiver Andre Roberts threw punches at cornerback teammate Bashaud Breeland.  This was all captured on camera, and made the national media, which is not good for team chemistry.  It will be interesting to see how they try to mend the fence.

Finally, in some shocking college football news, Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen is leaving the school after 2 years to take the head coaching vacancy at Oregon State.  Wisconsin is a larger program than Oregon State, which seems like a step down, so you have to conclude that there was something unsettling for Andersen behind the scenes to leave.  One potential reason was the academic standards of Wisconsin, as Andersen couldn’t target high quality junior college players because they had poor grades.  It seems as if this move will enhance the rivalry between Oregon and a newly re-vamped Oregon State.

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Cavs Winning Again, Vegas Point Spread High In 49ers Matchup, Cam Newton’s Car Accident

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In the NBA, when LeBron James decided to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers, expectations for them to make it to the championship and even win it were sky high.  Then they struggled mightily to start the season, and everyone thought it was a failed experiment.  Looks like we spoke to soon.  Tuesday night, the Cavs took on the top seeded Toronto Raptors.  The Raptors made a lot of noise, but LeBron and the Cavs rallied back to beat them and grab their 8th win in a row.  The Cavs are now starting to look like the team to beat again.  Watch out.  Cleveland 105, Toronto 101.

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In the NFL, the 49ers season has spiraled out of control, hitting a huge low as they lost to their crosstown rivals:  the Oakland Raiders, a team that was blown out by more than 40 points the week prior.  Now, the 49ers face their highest point spread in the Jim Harbaugh era, as Vegas bookmakers have them as a 10 point underdog when they travel to Seattle next week.  Vegas even put a $30,000 bet limit on Seattle.  Seattle hates the 49ers, and it’s likely that, if possible, they will try to run up the score as much as possible.  This could get ugly.

Cam NewtonIn some sad NFL news, Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers’ quarterback, suffered two back fractures after a car accident Tuesday afternoon. Cam was heading to the stadium to study game film on his day off when the crash happened. The Panthers are unsure when Cam will be back in action.

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Packers Hold On For Win Over Falcons, Heisman Trophy Finalists Announced

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The Green Bay Packers dominated the Atlanta Falcons for the first half of the Monday Night Football matchup. Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 3 TD’s, one of which went to running back Eddie Lacy (who also ran for a TD). The Falcons came back strong in the second half but it wasn’t enough and the Packers held on for the win, tying them with Arizona for the best record in the NFC. Packers 43, Falcons 37.

Heisman TrophyIn college football, the Heisman Trophy finalists were announced and the honors went to: Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper, Wisconsin’s running back Melvin Gordon, and Oregon’s quarterback Marcus Mariota. The Heisman trophy recognizes the best college football player. The finalists will travel to New York on Saturday evening and one of them will take home the famous prize.

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Patriots Relaxed In San Diego, Colts Hold On To Beat Browns, 49ers Embarrassing Loss To Raiders, Rams Shutout, Final Four Announced In Football Championship

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Tom BradyIn the Sunday night game, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots looked relaxed and ready to play the San Diego Chargers after spending the week in San Diego in order to cut down on late season travel. Patriots 23, Chargers 14.

The Indianapolis Colts, the highest scoring team in football because of QB Andrew Luck, had a tough start to the day but held on to beat the Cleveland Browns in an exciting final 2 minutes. With a clutch pass interception call, Luck pulled it together and threw for his 4th career go-ahead passing touchdown in the final minutes of the game to hold on for a 25, 24 win. And, no Johnny Manziel did not play. QB, Brian Hoyer was back in the game.

Jim Harbaugh.JPGIn one of the most surprising games of the day, the San Francisco 49ers lost to their crosstown rivals, the Oakland Raiders.  This is only the second win for the Raiders this season. As embarrassing as that is for the 49ers, they are also in danger of not making the playoffs for the first time in coach Jim Harbaugh’s tenure with the team. Expect to see even more chatter about Harbaugh not staying with the team for the final year of his contract. There is speculation that Harbaugh might accept a job with as the Oakland Raiders’ head coach. And to add to the gossip, Harbaugh was even seen before the game chatting away with the Raiders’ owner Mark Davis.  Raiders 24, 49ers 13.

Finally, the St. Louis Rams are on a roll. They demolished the Washington Redskins 24-0 for their second consecutive shutout.

In college football news the top four teams in the first ever College Football Playoffs have been announced. And, the final four are: Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon and Florida State.

#2 Oregon will take on #3 Florida State. at the Rose Bowl Jan. 1st 4:30 pm  then immediately following that game at 8:30 pm #1 Alabama will play #4 Ohio State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The winners will face off at the College Football National Championship on January 12th at 8:30 pm.

 

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DeMarco Murray Monster Night For Cowboys

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Tony RomoAfter a disastrous Thanksgiving matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys came back strong Thursday night against the Chicago Bears. The Bears haven’t been playing the best football as of late, but in the NFL anything can happen so it was even more important that the Cowboys dominate and dominate they did with a 41-28 win. The Cowboys can thank their running back DeMarco Murray who had a monster night with a season high 179 yards and a touchdown. To make this win even more spectacular, Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo said he’s been playing the last few games with a broken rib…in addition to a back issue.

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