NBA All-Star Weekend Rosters, Ravens OT Rule Change

BASKETBALL

The NBA All-Star Game takes place this weekend but will look very different from years past. The much-anticipated skills events (Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest, and Slam Dunk Contest) which usually entertains us on Saturday before the Sunday game will now take place before and during Sunday’s All-Star Game. The Skills Challenge (Robert Covington, Luka Doncic, Chris Paul, Julius Randle, Domantas Sabonis, Nicola Vucevic) and 3-Point Contest  (Devin Booker, Jaylen Brown, Stephen Curry, Zach LaVine, Donovan Mitchell, Jayston Tatum) will be before the game, and the Slam Dunk Contest (Anfernee Simons, Cassius Stanley, Obi Toppin) will be during halftime.

For the All-Star Game rosters….

On Team LeBron: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steph Curry, Luka Dončić, Nikola Jokić, Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons, Chris Paul, Jaylen Brown, Paul George, Domantas Sabonis, Rudy Gobert

On Team Durant: Kyrie Irving, Joel Embiid, Kawhi Leonard, Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum, James Harden, Devin Booker, Zion Williamson, Zach LaVine, Julius Randle, Nikola Vucevic, Donovan Mitchell

FOOTBALL

The Baltimore Ravens proposed a “spot-and-choose” rule change for overtime. This new proposal allows one team to choose the yard lane to start overtime, and the other team to choose whether to play offense or defense.

 

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J.J. Watt Signs With Cardinals, U.S. Soccer Federation Repeals Kneeling Policy, Hawks Fire Head Coach

FOOTBALL

After 10 years with the Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals pass-rusher J.J. Watt signed a two-year $31 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

SOCCER

The U.S. Soccer Federation’s National Council voted to repeal a policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem. The original policy passed in 2017 stated, “All persons representing a Federation national team shall stand respectfully during the playing of national anthems at any event in which the Federation is represented.”

BASKETBALL

The Atlanta Hawks fired head coach Lloyd Pierce after a 14-20 start to the season.

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Golfers Wear Red/Black To Honor Tiger, Jason Sudeikis Wins Best Actor, NFL’S First Commissioner

GOLF

Colin Morikawa finished 18-under par to win the WGC-Workday Championship. There was a swarm of golfers around the world wearing red shirts and black pants on Sunday in honor of Tiger Woods who is recovering from a major car crash last week. From his hospital room in LA, Woods commented, “It is hard to explain how touching today was when I turned on the TV and saw all the red shirts. To every golfer and every fan, you are truly helping me get through this tough time.”

SOCCER/FOOTBALL

At the Golden Globe Awards, Jason Sudeikis won Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as a loveable and earnest coach in “Ted Lasso”.

FOOTBALL

Eighty years ago, Elmer Layden became the first commissioner of the NFL. In the history of the League, there have only been 5 commissioners. Back then, Layden was given a five-year contract for $100,000. Compare that to the NFL’s current commissioner Roger Goodell’s salary of $200 million over 5 years.

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Tiger Woods Seriously Injured In LA Car Crash, Bezos Might Be Interested In Washington Football Team

GOLF

Tiger Woods was seriously injured in a car crash near Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA Tuesday morning. According to reports, Tiger was “traveling at a high rate of speed” when his SUV rolled over.  Tiger sustained multiple leg injuries but is not in critical condition.

FOOTBALL

According to Front Office Sports’ A.J. Perez, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos might be interested in owning the Washington Football Team.

 

 

 

 

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Osaka & Djokovic Australian Open Champions, Raptors Fire Saunders, Tahoe Hosts NHL, Bruins 90’s Style

TENNIS

Naomi Osaka beat Jennifer Brady to win the Australian Open for the second time (also won in 2019). Osaka now has four Grand Slam singles titles.

In the men’s final, Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev to claim his 18th Grand Slam singles title, just two away from the record held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Djokovic clearly likes the Australian Open, as this win marks his ninth championship (in nine appearances).

BASKETBALL

The Toronto Raptors fired Ryan Saunders and expect to replace him with the Raptors assistant coach Chris Finch.

HOCKEY

The NHL experimented with outdoor hockey and hosted two games over the weekend in Lake Tahoe. Other than an eight-hour delay due to the sun’s effect on ice conditions, the games were a hit with hockey fans. The Boston Bruins even got into the spirit of the weekend by showing up in full 1990’s attire.

Colorado Avalanche beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2

Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-3

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Eagles Trade Wentz To Colts, NBA All-Star Game Lineup And Same-Day Format

FOOTBALL

The Philadelphia Eagles traded quarterback Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 second-round pick (that could become a first-round pick if Wentz takes 75% of the offensive snaps in 2021 or takes 70% of the snaps and the Colts make the playoffs).

BASKETBALL

The NBA announced the All-Star Game will be held on March 7th in Atlanta, and for the first time ever, the All-Star Game will be held on the same day as the fan-favorite Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest, and the Slam Dunk Contest.

In the Western Conference, the Starters are:

Warriors, Steph Curry

Mavericks, Luka Doncic

Lakers, LeBron James (Captain)

Clippers, Kawhi Leonard

Nuggets, Nikola Jokic

In the Eastern Conference, the Starters are:

Nets, Kyrie Irving

Wizards, Bradley Beal

Nets, Kevin Durant (Captain)

Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo

76ers, Joel Embiid

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Osaka Beat Serena, Djokovic In Final, Jazz On Tear, Tebow Retires, Cam Newton Spends Millions On Clothes

TENNIS

Naomi Osaka beat Serena Williams in the Australian Open semifinals for her 20th consecutive victory and her second Australian Open final. At 23 years old, Osaka is trying to win her fourth Grand Slam title. She will take on 25-year old Jennifer Brady.

In the men’s final, Novak Djokovic will play either Stefanos Tsitsipas or Daniil Medvedev. With his victory in the semis over Aslan Karatsev, Djokovic will be playing in his ninth Australian Open final.

BASKETBALL

The Utah Jazz are on a tear. With the amazing play of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert (the Stifle Tower), the Jazz have won nine straight games (and 20 of their last 21).

BASEBALL

Tim Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback, is retiring from professional baseball. Tebow signed with the NY Mets in 2016 and has been part of their minor-league program.

FOOTBALL

New England Patriot quarterback Cam Newton admitted he spends too much money on clothes he only wears once, and he wants to change the habit. He said, “I’ve spent thousands and thousands of dollars, maybe even millions of dollars on clothes that I only wore once, so to be able to recycle the closest, so to speak, is something that’s challenging. But at the same time, it’s going to be fun to do so throughout this whole year.”

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Clinton/Bush Hager New Owners In NWSL, Happy Gilmore’s 25th Anniversary

SOCCER

Chelsea Clinton and Jenna Bush Hager invested in the ownership group of the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League.  The daughters of former Presidents have become friends over the years and are joining a budding list of celebrities investing in the NWSL. The League will begin play with the Challenge Cup from April 9th-May 8th. The regular season will begin after the conclusion of the Cup tournament.

GOLF

Happy 25th anniversary to Happy Gilmore. In a tribute to the film, Adam Sandler took to Twitter to recreate his infamous golf shot, while his rival Shooter McGavin sent him an equally awesome response.

 

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Daytona 500 Crash/Delay/McDowell Wins, Fan Controlled Football League, Jalen Johnson Leaving Duke

NASCAR

The Daytona 500 started off with a 16-car crash early on Sunday followed by a 5-hour and 40-minute rain delay. Michael McDowell ended up winning the race after only leading by one lap (the final lap). It’s his first victory.

FOOTBALL

Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel made his debut in the new Fan Controlled Football League, a professional sports league controlled by the fans. The season began on February 13th and will last six weeks. Fans can view the season via Twitch.

BASKETBALL

Duke freshman Jalen Johnson announced he’s leaving the team and entering the NBA Draft. Johnson stated, “My family, Coach and I have made the decision that I should not play the remainder of this season so I can be 100 percent healthy in preparation for the NBA Draft. This was not easy but we feel it’s best for my future. I have nothing but love for the Brotherhood and thank my teammates and everyone associated with the program. Duke will always have a special place in my heart and will always be a part of me.”

 

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Urban Meyer Makes Controversial Hire, J.J. Watt Leaving Texans, Fans Prohibited From Australian Open, Daytona 500 (Fans, Pitbull, Michael Jordan)

FOOTBALL

Urban Meyer is making headlines again and not in a good way. Meyer is the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and just hired Chris Doyle as the director of sports performance. Doyle was the former strength and conditioning coach at Iowa but agreed to leave over allegations of racist comments and bullying. Meyer has vocally defended his hire, but it’s a controversial decision since Meyer was suspended at Ohio State after he allegedly overlooked accusations of domestic violence associated with his assistant coach.

In an emotional twitter announcement, one of the best defensive players in the league, J.J. Watt, said he was leaving the Houston Texans. Watt spoke about the respect and admiration he has for the team (in which he was selected with the #11th overall pick in 2011) and the fans and said he was excited about what the future holds.

TENNIS

The organizers of the Australian Open announced that due to a rise in COVID-19 cases, fans will be prohibited from attending matches. According to reports, there was an outbreak at a Holiday Inn near the Melbourne Airport, and now the state of Victoria is preparing for a five-day lockdown.

NASCAR

The Daytona 500 is on Sunday, and 30,000 fans will be in attendance (larger than last week’s Super Bowl). According to the President of the Daytona International Speedway, “It’s going to be the largest sporting event that happens in the United States since COVID hit.” Pitbull, the new co-owner of Trackhouse Racing, will be the grand marshall, and Bubba Wallace will make his debut for Michael Jordan’s 23XI Racing, driving a No. 23 Toyota Camry.

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