Ingram Honores Bryant, Brees Moves Ahead Of Favre, Anthony May Not Return

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Former Dallas Cowboy superstar Dez Bryant signed a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints last week and just 48 hours later, tore his Achilles’ tendon, ending his season. His new teammate Mark Ingram paid a tribute to him on Sunday by crossing his arms in the form of an X after he scored a touchdown in the Saints win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Ingram explained the gesture and said, “Great playmaker, good dude, and we all hated to see what happened on Friday. So we just wanted to let him know he’s still part of us, and we’re holding him down.” Running back Alvin Kamara and receiver Michael Thomas also honored Bryant after scoring their touchdowns. Saints’ Quarterback Drew Brees had a big day moving ahead of Brett Favre and right behind Peyton Manning for career touchdown passes. Saints 51, Bengals 14.

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The Houston Rockets may have seen the end of their very short tenure with Carmelo Anthony. Anthony signed a one year deal with the Rockets but hasn’t been performing up to his All-Star status. At 34 years old, he’s now only averaging 13.4 points.  He’s also missed the last two games with an “illness”, and his teammates don’t know if he’ll return.

 

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Roethlisberger On Fire Thursday Night, 7-Year Old Writes Scathing Letter To Jerry Jones, Wade And Union Welcome Baby

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was on fire Thursday night demolishing the Carolina Panthers 52-21 with 328 yards and 5 touchdowns. With the win, the Steelers are on a five game win streak.

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett still has a job even though the team is struggling. The pressure, however, is still on owner Jerry Jones to reconsider firing him or make some other drastic changes. A 7-year old boy even got in the action by writing a scathing letter to Jones explaining his disappointment in the team. The boy’s mom thought the letter was hillarious so posted it to Facebook and it’s making the rounds. Here’s what the boy said:

“Dear Mr. Jones, My name is Rylan Wood. I am a 7-year-old 2nd grade student in Mansfield, Texas. My family has been Dallas Cowboys fans since the team was started. I have a lot of Cowboy gear and I have met ‘Zeke, Taco, Jason Witten and two other players who play on other teams.

You have made my mom very mad because WE SUCK! Every game day she is yelling at the TV and turns off the game. We are wanting to believe in the boys but its hard. I hope ‘Coach Garrett’ is clapping if this letter gets to you. See what happens when Dez X is gone?? The cheerleaders are better than the team this year. I do not want to hurt your feelings. Thank you, Rylan”

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Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade and wife actress Gabrielle Union welcomed a baby girl on Thursda via surrogate. After 16 years in the League, this is Wade’s last year on the court as he wants to spend more time with his family.

 

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Dez Bryant Signs With Saints, Bell’s Upside Down Tweets

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The New Orleans Saints signed former Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant to a 0ne year deal hoping to get some more help at receiver (even though at 7-1, they’re having a great season so far). The Cowboys all-time leader in catches, Bryant, was released from Dallas in April and has been trying to find a fit since then. Bryant turned 30 this week and went to social media to express his enthusiasm for re-joining a team, especially a playoff contender. He said, he was “going to be ready this go around”.

The sports world has been following Le’Veon Bell’s holdout from the Pittsburgh Steelers and wondering if he’ll return at all this season. On Thursday, Bell seemed to mess with everyone by writing tweets upside down. The tweets are not easy to read, but here’s what he said: “Just about everybody has an opinion on my life & worried about what I’m doing. Don’t judge me off my decisions because maybe this isn’t what you’d do but most people don’t take the time to just simply read between the lines & that’s clearly on them. I’m not apologizing for what I believe is right for myself, family, and rest of my peers, period. Also, if you’re really finding the time to figure out what I’m saying, you’ve proved my point.”

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LaMelo Returns To High School, Finalists For Major League Baseball Awards

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LaMelo Ball has decided to return to high school and complete his senior year. LaMelo dropped out of Chino High School to play with his brother LiAngelo in Lithuania last year. After returning from Lithuania, the brothers played for their dad, the very outspoken LaVar, in the Junior Basketball Association. LaMelo was previously committed to playing at UCLA, but after signing with an agent last December, he became ineligible to play for any college so presumbably he’s hoping to attract attention from the pros.

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The baseball writers association has announced the finalist for the awards given to Major League Baseball’s finest. The voting concluded before the start of the playoffs and the ultimate winners will be announced next week. Not surprisingly, Jacob DeGrom, Max Scherzer, and Aaron Nola are finalists for the National League Cy Young Award, and Mookie Betts, Jose Ramirez, and Mike Trout are finalists for the American League Cy Young. Click here for a list of all categories and finalists.

 

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Amari Coopers First Game In Dallas, Le’Veon Bell Tweets “Fairwell Miami”

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Monday Night Football featured the Dallas Cowboys and the Tennessee Titans. It was Amari Cooper’s first game for the Cowboys since he was traded from the Oakland Raiders for a first round pick. Cooper scored early on giving the Cowboys some hope. Unfortunately for the team though, they couldn’t keep up the energy, and according to owner Jerry Jones, “It looked like we were tired. Throughout the game, actually tired. I don’t know if that’s the case at all, physically. But that’s what it looked like.”  Jones also denied he was thinking of firing head coach Jason Garrett. Titans 28, Cowboys 14.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell tweeted “Fairwell Miami” causing many to wonder if he’ll be reporting to team practices this week in anticipation of playing in the Thursday night matchup against the Carolina Panthers. If Bell doesn’t show up before next Tuesday the 13th, he won’t be able to play at all this season and could forfeit his ability to become an unrestricted free agent next season. Apparently, the team has minimal contact with Bell and don’t seem to miss him, as they’ve moved on with the stellar play of second-year running back James Conner.

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Alabama Shuts Out LSU, Pats Win Showdown, Rams Finally Lose, Thomas Cell Phone Call

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In college football, #1 Alabama has been blasting their opponents all season, but some claim they’ve had easy matchups. This weekend, however, Alabama played rival, #4 ranked LSU, and easily quieted any critics. The Crimson Tide’s quarterback and Heisman trophy favorite, Tua Tagovailoa, threw for two touchdowns and even ran for a TD, but Alabama’s defense deserves much of the credit for not allowing the Tigers any wiggle-room and leading to an embarrassing shutout for LSU.  With the win, Alabama clinched a spot in the SEC Championship. Alabama 29, LSU 0.

The NFL’s most anticipated matchup of the weekend featured the showdown between quarterback greats: Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. In the 4th quarter, the game was tied 17-17, but the Pats added a jolt of excitement when they ran a trick play.  Brady lateralled to receiver Julian Edelman who then passed to James White who ran to the 2-yard line (with the next play resulting in a TD).  The Patriots won their 6th straight game. Patriots 31, Packers 17.

The Los Angeles Rams have finally lost a game thanks to Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.  Brees looked unstoppable all day and put the final touch on the game when he found Michael Thomas in the end zone late in the 4th quarter.  Thomas had anticipated he’d score at some point in the game and placed a cell phone in each end zone. After Thomas scored, he grabbed the cell phone from the goal posts in an homage to former Saints’ receiver Joe Horn, who infamously pulled this stunt in 2003 and was fined $30,000 for doing so. When Horn was asked his reaction to Thomas’s celebration, he said, “It took a lot of courage … and I appreciate that, and I’ll never forget that.” He went on to quote Muhammad Ali and stated, “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” Saints 45, Rams 35.

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49r QB Mullins Historic Debut, 49er Cheerleader Takes Knee, Owens Receives Ring, Maryland Chair Resigns

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San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Nick Mullins had a historic debut Thursday night against the Oakland Raiders. With 262 yards and three touchdowns, Mullins recorded the best quarterback debut since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970 and snapped a 6 game losing streak for the Niners.  The 49ers destroyed the Raiders 34-3. In addition to Mullins receiving accolades from sports fans around the country (including Brett Favre who also graduated from Mullins’ alma mater, Southern Mississippi), many are talking about the San Francisco 49er cheerleader who appeared to take a knee during the National Anthem. If she did indeed take a knee, she would be the first cheerleader to join the National Anthem protest started a couple of years ago by former 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

At halftime during the game, former 49er Terrell Owens received his Hall of Fame ring. Owens skipped his Hall of Fame ceremony in Canton, Ohio earlier this year because he felt voters overlooked him for three years and factored in his personal issues instead of just focusing on his success on the field.  Owens played for the Niners for 8 of his 15 years in the League.

In another follow up to the University of Maryland firing head coach DJ Durkin, the Chair of the Board of Regents (the one who initially re-instated Durkin even after evidence of a toxic culture surrounding the football program which led to the collapse and death of one of the players) resigned.

 

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DJ Durkin Fired 24 Hrs After Reinstatement, Butler Sits While Rose Scores 50

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One day after the University of Maryland Board of Regents announced they were re-instating head football coach DJ Durkin, the President of the school Wallace Loh, fired him.  Durkin was blamed for Jordan McNair’s death. McNair was an offensive lineman who collapsed on the practice field after suffering from heatstroke and seizures.  According to reports, Durkin created a “toxic environment” for the team. There was a tremendous backlash from the players, the faculty and political leaders when it was announced Durkin was returning.  Jordan’s father Marty McNair said he was relieved for his family and for the teammates. He said, “This could have happened to anybody’s child. I think that was the relatable experience for everyone. We don’t send our children away to be bullied, to be called names, to feel inferior. We send our young people away to be developed as young people and have fun while they’re doing it.”

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Jimmy Butler did not play in the Minnesota Timberwolves matchup against the Utah Jazz Wednesday night (saying his body was hurting), but thankfully veteran and former MVP Derrick Rose stunned the crowd with an exciting career-high 50 points. After the game, an emotional Rose said, “(It means) everything. I work my ass off. I’m doing anything just to win. I play my heart out. My teammates told me before the game to just play my game and tonight was a hell of a night.” Butler is receiving a lot of backlash for sitting out the game and focusing on himself and not what’s best for the team. Timberwolves, 128, Jazz 125.

 

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NFL Trade Deadline, Maryland Reinstates Durkin, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer Headaches

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The NFL trade deadline took place on Tuesday and there were some big moves including wide receiver Golden Tate leaving Detroit for Philadelphia, and the Denver Broncos saying goodbye to their longtime receiver Demaryius Thomas who will now be on the field as a Houston Texan. Keep an eye out for Thomas making his debut on Sunday back in Denver when the Broncos host the Texans….awkward!

In a big story out of the college football world, the University of Maryland reinstated head coach DJ Durkin who was placed on leave in August due to an investigation into his football program after the death on June 13th of offensive lineman Jordan McNair. McNair died of heatstroke after a grueling workout on May 29th. The Maryland Board of Regents defended the reinstatement of Durkin, while Jordan McNair’s father expressed his outrage saying, “I feel like I’ve been punched in the stomach, and somebody spit in my face.”

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer explained to a number of media outlets he’s been suffering bad headaches due to a cyst on his brain. Meyer had brain surgery in 2014 and has dealt with pain off and on since then. The question on everyone’s mind is whether Meyer will be able to remain with the team. Meyer, however, said, “I am fully committed to Ohio State and the football program for as long I can.”

 

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Klay Breaks Curry’s 3-Point Game Record, Cavs Fire Head Coach, Pats D Steps Up

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The Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson broke teammate Steph Curry’s record for most  3-pointers in a game. Thompson scored 14 3-point field goals in an easy 149-124 win over the Chicago Bulls. After the game, Thompson said, “It’s the best feeling in basketball or one of the best feelings in basketball when you touch the ball and feel like it’s going in every time.”

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One day after the Cleveland Cavaliers ousted their head coach, the other professional sports team, the Browns, fired their head coach, Hue Jackson, and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. The Browns may have finally gotten a couple of wins this season, but it was too little too late and needed to make a change. Last season the team went 0-16 and the prior season 1-15. The team’s defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, will take over as interim coach.

The New England Patriots couldn’t put together much of an offense on Monday Night Football, but their defense stepped up in a big way and propelled them to a 25-6 win over the Buffalo Bills. Everyone is now anticipating next week’s matchup featuring two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks, the Patriots Tom Brady, and the Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers.

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