LeBron Wants Carmelo, Derrick Henry Puts On Show, Tebow One Injury Away

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Sources say LeBron James is interested in Carmelo Anthony joining him on the Lakers. At 34 years old, Anthony has been sitting out the season after the Houston Rockets let him go (while still paying his league minimum salary of $2.4 million). We won’t know if LeBron and the Lakers are serious until after December 15th, however, as Anthony can’t be traded until then.

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Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry put on a show Thursday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars scoring 4 touchdowns, rushing for 238 yards and thrilling everyone with a record-tying 99-yard touchdown run. Henry tied Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett from the Dallas Cowboys for the longest run in NFL history. Titans 30, Jaguars 9.

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Former Heisman Trophy Winner Tim Tebow may play in the Majors this season according to recently hired New York Mets manager Brodie Van Wagenen. Tebow will begin the season with the Class AAA team, but if there’s an injury to the starting lineup, Wagenen thinks Tebow has a chance of stepping up. Prior to becoming the Mets manager, Wagenen was co-head of baseball at Creative Arts Agency and represented Tebow.

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Walmart Customers Get Early Present, USA Gymnastics Files Bankruptcy, Westbrook And George Big Night

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The New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson gave a number of Walmart customers an early Holiday present when she paid off 400 layaway items. The total for all the items came to $93,502. Gayle is the sole owner of the Saints and Pelicans franchises after her husband, Tom Benson, passed away last March. The Walmart store owner said, “It’s a good thing for the community. It’s a good thing for the store.”

GYMNASTICS

USA Gymnastics filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday thereby allowing it some time to figure out how to pay off all the lawsuits it still owes for the way it handled the allegations against longtime physician Larry Nasser and the 350 girls he molested.

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Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook passed former NBA star (and former Nets coach) Jason Kidd for his 108th career triple-double. He’s now 3rd in NBA history. On the same night, Thunder’s Paul George scored 47 points for a dramatic comeback win over the Brooklyn Nets. Thunder 114, Nets 112.

 

 

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NHL Expansion Team In Seattle, Redskins No Kaep, Fultz Has TOS

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The NHL is adding an expansion team in Seattle. With this addition, the League will now consist of 32 franchises. The group is co-owned by David Bonderman, the founding partner of TPG Capital (formerly Texas Pacific Group).  The Seattle franchise will be ready to compete in the 2021-22 season.

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The Washington Redskins have lost two quarterbacks to injuries in the past few weeks and have a somewhat shaky Mark Sanchez now at the helm. The team is still in the playoff mix so considering some other quarterback options, but according to coach Jay Gruden, Colin Kaepernick is not part of the discussion. Kaepernick is still pursuing a collusion case against the NFL and has been unsigned since 2016.

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Philadelphia 76ers Markelle Fultz, the #1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, announced he has Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) which, according to his agent, “affects nerves between the neck and shoulder resulting in abnormal functional movement and range of motion, thus severely limiting Markelle’s ability to shoot a basketball.” Fultz will begin physical therapy and is expected to miss 3-6 weeks. Many critics believed Fultz’s shooting issues were psychological, but with this new diagnosis, it appears Fultz really has some physical issues and can hopefully get healthy soon.

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Urban Meyer To Retire, Another Redskins QB Out, Eagles Win MNF

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Ohio State’s Urban Meyer will retire after the team plays Washington in the Rose Bowl on January 1st.  At 54 years old, Meyer has spent the last seven seasons with Ohio State (bringing them a national championship in 2014) and six years before that with Florida where he won two national titles. Meyer’s year in Ohio was bumpy, as he was suspended for a few games for not properly reporting a domestic abuse allegation against one of his assistant coaches. With a cyst on his brain leading to constant headaches, Meyer has also had to deal with some significant health issues. Offensive Coordinator Ryan Day will take over on January 2nd.

On Monday Night Football, the Philadelphia Eagles got the win over the Washington Redskins. The Redskins have had bad luck at quarterback this year with their starter Alex Smith out for the year with a broken leg and then backup Colt McCoy suffering a fractured fibula in the second quarter. Signed by the team just two weeks ago, Mark Sanchez took over. Unfortunately for the Redskins, though, they’ve had too many injuries and too little time left in the season.  Eagles 28, Redskins 13.

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Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, McCarthy Fired, Giants Put On Show, Hunt Released

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The College Football Playoff selection committee chose the four teams to compete for the National Championship. As expected, Alabama, Clemson, and Notre Dame took the top three spots with the final spot going to Big 12 champion Oklahoma.  The Semifinals will be held on December 29th with the National Championship game on January 7th.

On quarterback Aaron Rodgers 35th birthday, the Green Bay Packers fired head Coach Mike McCarthy. In 2010, McCarthy led the Packers to a Super Bowl win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. While no one was particularly surprised McCarthy’s tenure with the team would end, it was unusual for the Packers to fire him with only a month left to go. It was McCarthy’s 13th season with the team.

The New York Giants and the Chicago Bears played one of the most entertaining games of the weekend. Early in the third quarter, in a trick play, Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr threw a 49-yard touchdown to Russell Shepard. A bit later in the quarter, running back Saquon Barkley leaped over a Bears defender. Beckham then caught a touchdown, but before the game ended got criticized for not recovering an on-side kick. In overtime, Saquan Barkley ran the Giants into field goal territory for a 30-27 win.

The Kansas City Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt was released from the team when TMZ published a video from February showing the star running back shoving and kicking a woman in a hotel hallway. In describing the events, Hunt said, “It was just a long night, and to be exact, it don’t really matter what happened. I was in the wrong.” No word on whether another team will pick up Hunt for the remainder of the season.

 

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Cowboys D Dominates Saints, 9-Year Old Writes Steph Curry And He Responds

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The Dallas Cowboys fought hard for a big upset of the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night. With the win, the Cowboys snap the Saints 10 game win streak. The Cowboys defense dominated and prevented the Saints offense from scoring in the first half, the first time that’s happened in 72 games. Cowboys 13, Saints 10.

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In case you haven’t seen this story, it’s pretty sweet. A 9-year-old girl wrote the Warriors’ Steph Curry to tell him Under Armour (the company making his shoes) doesn’t sell girls shoes. Here’s her letter and here’s his great response:

Dear Mr. Stephen Curry,

My name is Riley (just like your daughter), I’m 9 years old from Napa, California. I am a big fan of yours. I enjoy going to Warriors games with my dad. I asked my dad to buy me the new Curry 5s, because I’m starting a new basketball season. My dad and I visited the Under Armour website and were disappointed to see that there were no Curry 5s for sale under the girls section. However, they did have them for sale under the boys section, even to customize. I know you support girl athletes because you have two daughters and you host an all-girls basketball camp. I hope you can work with Under Armour to change this because girls want to rock the Curry 5s, too.

Sincerely,
Riley Morrison

Hey Riley,

I appreciate your concern and have spent the last two days talking to Under Armour about how we can fix the issue. Unfortunately, we have labeled smaller sizes as “Boys” on the website. We are correcting this now! I want to make sure you can wear my kicks proudly — so I am going to send you a pair of Curry 5s now and you’ll be one of the first kids to get the Curry 6. Lastly, we have something special in the works for International Women’s Day on March 8, and I want you to celebrate with me! More to come on that, but plan to be in Oakland that night! All the best! #RuinTheGame

Stephen

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Curry Returns, Trinity HS Cancels Classes, Magnus Carlsen Wins Chess Championship

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The Good news for Golden State Warriors fans is that Steph Curry will return on Saturday vs the Detroit Pistons. Curry has missed the last 10 games due to a strained left groin. Curry said, “I’m itching to get back”.

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Trinity High School in Louisville canceled classes Thursday when a crazy Louisville fan tweeted he would burn down the high school because Jeff Brohm decided to remain the head football coach at Purdue instead of accepting an offer to coach at the University of Louisville. Brohm attended Trinity before heading to the University of Louisville. The tweet (which has since been taken down) said, “If Jeff Brohm doesn’t come, we burn down Trinity,” and “If you see a man running down frankfort with a gas can and wild look in his eye, its me.” According to a radio station, the person posting was a prankster, but the high school isn’t taking any chances.

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The World Chess Championship began in London on November 9th and after three weeks with 12 straight draws (and ultimately a series of sudden death tiebreakers), Norway’s Magnus Carlsen retained the championship with a victory over the United States’ Fabiano Caruana. The world championship dates back to the 1800s, and this year marks the first time that regulation play ended with a draw in each game. Even though some games lasted for 7 hours, the chess championship was not without its share of drama. Caruana’s chess preparations were leaked out and Carlsen suffered a black eye (from playing soccer between matches not from sitting over a chessboard for hours :)).

 

 

 

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College Football Playoff Rankings, Redskins Feel Heat For Claiming Foster

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The new college football playoff rankings are out, and not surprisingly, Michigan fell out of the top 4. Oklahoma grabbed the 5th spot while Ohio State jumped from #10 to #6. Alabama remains at #1 with Clemson at #2, Notre Dame at #3 and Georgia now at #4. Saturdays’ championship games will decide which teams the College Football Playoff Committee will place in the top four and compete for the Championship. So what should we look out for on Saturday?  #1 Alabama plays #4 Georgia. This is a big game as Alabama has won every other game this season by at least 20 points and appears unstoppable. Saturday 4pm ET. Then at 8:00 pm, Ohio State will play #21 Northwestern. If the Buckeyes can not just win, but make a big statement win, they might have a chance of leaping to the final four. The only problem for Ohio State is Northwestern has won 5 of 7 games as underdogs this season.

The Washington Redskins are feeling the heat after claiming former SF 49er Reuben Foster off waivers. Foster was arrested last weekend in Tampa for alleged domestic battery charges. The 49ers told the press they weren’t comfortable having Foster on the team, as this wasn’t the first time he’s had issues. In the off-season, Foster was suspended for personal conduct and substance abuse issues, and according to coach Kyle Shanahan, “…to put yourself in the situation that he put himself in, whether it happened or not, if it happened, it’s so easy, but if it didn’t, that still was too bad of a decision to make us comfortable with keeping that person in our organization.” The Redskins, on the other hand, had a very different statement for bringing him on the team. They said, “The Redskins fully understand the severity of the recent allegations made against Reuben.” And, went on to say, “Nothing is promised to Reuben, but we are hopeful being around so many of his former teammates and friends will eventually provide him with the best possible environment to succeed both personally and professionally.”

 

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Lamar Miller Makes History, Jeopardy Makes Fun of Detroit Lions

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Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller made NFL history by running 97 yards for a touchdown (only the 4th player to do so), but then really cemented his place in the records as he also ran for 97 yards in 2014 when he played for the Miami Dolphins. He’s now the only NFL player to ever score multiple TD’s of over 93-yard runs. The Texan defense brought pressure all night and overwhelmed the Tennessee Titans for a big divisional win on Monday Night Football. Texans 34, Titans 17.

The Detroit Lions have long struggled in the NFL, and on Monday the popular game show Jeopardy used their struggles as one of the answers to a $600 category called, “Predictions by 2030”. The Answer was: “As of 2018 this NFC North team had never even made the Super Bowl, much less won it. But by 2030? Gotta happen, right?” The question was, “Who are the Detroit Lions”.

 

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Ohio State Embarrasses Michigan, Highest Scoring FBS Game, Rivers Sets Record

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In college football, the most interesting game of the weekend was #10 Ohio State’s huge win over rival #4 Michigan. The selection committee which determines the final four teams to play for a chance at the College Football Championship will submit their second to last rankings on Tuesday. The top four teams before this weekend were #1 Alabama, #2 Clemson, #3 Notre Dame and #4 Michigan.  Now that Ohio State embarrassed Michigan 62-39, it’s likely Michigan will drop out of the final four with #5 Georgia moving up and potentially opening a slot in a couple weeks (depending on next weekend’s games) for Ohio State. The College Football Playoff Committee will submit the semifinalists on Selection Day, December 2nd so next weekend’s matchups are crucial.

If you sat through the Texas A&M vs LSU game on Saturday, you witnessed the highest scoring game in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) history. With 7 overtimes and a final score of 74-72, the #22 ranked Texas Aggies defeated #7 LSU Tigers.

In the NFL, one of the highlights of the weekend was watching Los Angeles Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers set the NFL single-game record for 25 consecutive completions (and best single-game completion percentage) in league history. Rivers ended the day with 28 of 29 completed passes and three touchdowns. After the game Rivers said he thought he was doing well but had no idea he was making history. He said, “Those are kind of those far-off dreams you think about. Like, (what if I would ever play a game) where I don’t miss one (pass)? Then you quickly say (to yourself) — (it’s) probably not (going to happen)”. LA Chargers 45, Arizona Cardinals 10.

For the rest of the NFL highlights, click here.

 

 

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