Cowboys Lose To Bears, Kaepernick Receiver Gets Signed

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The Dallas Cowboys’ season is unraveling with a 31-24 loss to the Chicago Bears on Thursday night. The Cowboys have now lost three straight games and are 6-7 on the season. The Bears’ quarterback Mitchell Trubisky served up four touchdowns (three throwing and one running) in the win.

A few weeks ago, controversial former 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick worked out for a select group of NFL teams, but still remains unsigned. The player catching passes from Kaepernick fared much better. The Washington Redskins signed 24-year old Jordan Veasy to their practice squad after fielding passes from Kaepernick. Veasy stated,

 

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Mets In Talks With Steve Cohen, ISU Nominates Auschwitz-Themed Costume

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The New York Mets are in talks with hedge fund manager Steve Cohen to sell up to 80% of the team at a value of $2.6 billion. According to Bloomberg News, the announcement states that as part of the agreement “Fred Wilpon will remain in the role of the Control Person and CEO for five years and Jeff Wilpon will remain in his role of Chief Operating Officer for the five-year period as well.”

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The International Skating Union apologized for nominating an Auschwitz-themed skating outfit for a best costume award. Anton Shulepov skated to the theme from “Schindler’s List” while wearing a yellow star similar to what Jewish prisoners wore during the Holocaust. The Skating Union apologized stating that the nomination was a mistake, and they had meant to nominate a different outfit Shulepov wore. According to the Anti Defamation League, the apology was “inadequate” as the ISU had posted the picture of the Auschwitz-themed costume in its nomination. Many took to social media to express their disgust with one twitter user saying, “I am truly shocked at the inclusion of Anton Shulepov’s free skate costume in the best costume list. It is irresponsible and offensive. The horrors of genocide is not entertainment. Remove it immediately.”

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Ron Rivera Fired By Panthers, Harden’s Breakaway Dunk Doesn’t Count

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With only four weeks left in the NFL regular season, teams are starting to re-think their coaching needs. On Tuesday, the Carolina Panthers fired coach Ron Rivera. Rivera led the Panthers to the Super Bowl after the 2015 season, but the team missed the playoffs last year and don’t appear to be making the playoffs this year. There could be more coaching layoffs in the weeks to come.

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The Houston Rockets lost in double-overtime to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, but the team is hoping the NBA will overturn the loss due to the Rockets’ James Harden’s breakaway dunk. Harden dunked the ball with 7:50 remaining in the game and the Rockets leading 104-89. The refs said the shot wasn’t good due to basket interference, but then after the game, they reviewed the call and determined the ball did clear the basket.  The refs also stated that Houston could have challenged the play but let too much time elapse.  The successful dunk could have changed the course of the game, and Houston is holding out hope the NBA will make amends.

 

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Seahawks Beat Vikings In MNF, Minshew To Start Over Foles

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In a high-stakes Monday Night Football game, the Seattle Seahawks held on for a 37-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings. With the leadership of quarterback Russell Wilson (who holds the best quarterback record in night games since the 1970 merger), the Seahawks take over first place in the NFC West. Check out the team’s choreographed dance after David Moore’s touchdown.

Gardner Minshew II and his iconic mustache will be back on the field after the Jacksonville Jaguars benched their $88 million dollar quarterback Nick Foles. Minshew started for the team (going 4-4) while Foles was recovering from a broken collarbone. After four straight ugly losses, the Jags plan to start Minshew for the rest of the season.

 

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Major Upset In Iron Bowl, Ole Miss Fires Coach, Ravens Beat 49ers, Pats Lose To Texans, Bengals Finally Win

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Alabama suffered a major upset on Saturday losing to rival Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Alabama coach Nick Saban criticized the officiating during the 48-45 loss, referencing the 1 second placed on the clock before halftime (allowing Auburn to kick a field goal) and the penalty for too many players on the field in the final seconds of the game. With the loss, the Crimson Tide slide out of playoff contention.

Just days after Ole Miss lost the Egg Bowl due to an embarrassing touchdown celebration, the athletic director fired coach Matt Luke. Luke had been with the team for three seasons.

In the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens’ win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday put the Ravens at the top of the AFC rankings (slightly edging out the New England Patriots who lost 28-22 to the Houston Texans).  Ravens 20, 49ers 17.

In other NFL news, the Cincinnati Bengals finally won a game this season with their victory over the New York Jets. Bengals 22, Jets 6

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Egg Bowl Lost By Imitating Dog Urinating, Saints Secure Playoff Spot, Bills Close, Lions Out

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The Egg Bowl, played annually between Mississippi State University and Ole Miss, is always a big game, but this year’s rivalry will go down as one of the most memorable. With four seconds left, Ole Miss redshirt freshman quarterback Matt Corral threw a touchdown to receiver Elijah Moore, making the score 21-20. With a successful extra point, Ole Miss could have won the game. Instead, the team received a 15-yard penalty because Moore celebrated in the end zone by pretending to urinate like a dog on a fire hydrant. The kicker missed the extra point and the game went to Mississippi State.

In the NFL, the New Orleans Saints secured the first playoff spot of the season, clinching the NFC South with their 26-18 win over the Atlanta Falcons. The Buffalo Bills are also close to a playoff berth after their 26-15 victory over Dallas. In the third Thanksgiving Day game, the Detroit Lions lost again (24-20 to the Chicago Bears) and are now officially out of playoff contention.

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Duke Loses To SFA, Ohio State Tops Rankings

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In one of the biggest upsets in the history of college basketball, #1 ranked Duke lost to unranked Stephen F. Austin on a last-second layup. Before the loss, Duke had won 150 consecutive nonconference home games, and for the first time since 1983, Duke lost to an unranked mid-major team. SFA 85, Duke 83

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In more college news, the new College Football Playoff rankings were announced Tuesday night, and Ohio State claims the #1 spot over LSU. Clemson and Georgia round out the top 4, while Alabama held on at #5. There are still a few big games left that could disrupt the rankings including an important Ohio State vs Michigan matchup on Saturday.

 

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Lamar Jackson’s Historic Win On MNF, Anthony Credits La La, Embiid Held Scoreless For First Time

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Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson continues to shine. With another historic feat (the first player to throw for five touchdowns on a Monday Night Football debut), Jackson led his Ravens to a crushing 45-6 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. Jackson has avoided throwing an interception for the 9th time this season and thrown multiple touchdowns for the 6th time.

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Portland Trailblazers’ Carmelo Anthony credited his wife, La La Anthony, for his season-best 25 points in his team’s 117-94 win over the Chicago Bulls. He said his wife kept him going by saying, “Don’t do it, don’t think about it, don’t do it, don’t you let that thought creep into your head. So, she was a major, major part of why I’m here today.”

For the first time in his career, Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid was held scoreless in a 101-96 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Ben Simmons handed out some reassuring words to his teammate saying,  “Everyone has down games. No one is Superman. It happened tonight to Jo, but he’s going to be good.”

 

 

 

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49ers’ Offense Steps Up, Tripping Penalty Messes Up Cowboys, Haskins’ Selfie With Fan

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The San Francisco 49ers’ defense continued to shine in a big win over the Green Bay Packers, improving to 10-1 for the first time since 1997. The Niners’ defense has been getting all the attention this season, but thanks to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s leadership, the offense really stepped up. After a few plays into the game, tight end George Kittle said Jimmy got the offense together and said, “Hey, you gotta play with intensity. Our defense is playing their asses off and we just have to take advantage of the opportunities they’re giving us.” San Francisco 37, Green Bay 8

Every week there seems to be a major complaint about officiating. This week, everyone is talking about the tripping penalty called on Dallas Cowboys’ Travis Frederick on a 3rd and 1, which could have led to a game-winning drive. Instead, the penalty led to a 3rd-and-11, and the Cowboys lost momentum. With the 13-9 loss to the New England Patriots, the Cowboys are 6-5 on the season.

Quarterback Dwayne Haskins was so excited for his first win as a starter with the Washington Redskins, he missed the final play of the game. Instead of taking the field with a few seconds left on the clock to seal the team’s win, Haskins was taking a selfie with a fan. According to Haskins, “I was so hype, I think I broke a water bottle. I look up and we’re in victory (formation). I thought the game was over with already. But I’ll get it next time.” Washington Redskins 19, Detroit Lions 16

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Texans Beat Colts Thanks To Hopkins & Fuller, Garrett Lost Suspension Appeal, Mayweather Jr. Coming Out Of Retirement

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The Houston Texans beat the Indianapolis Colts in an important AFC South matchup thanks to Texans’ receiver DeAndre Hopkins’ two touchdowns, and the return of receiver Will Fuller, who added 140 yards on seven catches. Hopkins’ mother lost her vision 17 years ago and always sits in the same spot at games. It was emotional seeing Hopkins hand her the footballs after his touchdowns. Texans 20, Colts 17

Cleveland Browns’ defensive end Myles Garrett lost his appeal to revoke his suspension for hitting Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Mason Rudolph with his helmet. In the appeal, Garrett claimed that Rudolph used racial slurs to provoke him. Garrett stated, “I know what I heard. Whether my opponent’s comment was born out of frustration or ignorance, I cannot say. But his actions do not excuse my lack of restraint in the moment, and I truly regret the impact this has had on the league, the Browns and our devoted fans.”

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced he’s coming out of retirement. At 50-0, Mayweather is currently undefeated, but hasn’t boxed since August of 2017 when he beat Conor McGregor, surpassing Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 victories. Mayweather posted a photo on Instagram saying, “Coming out of retirement in 2020”.

 

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