7th Grader Gets Scholarship Offer From Harbaugh, Warriors Record 51-Point 1st Q

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Isaiah Marshall, a 7th grader from Southfield Michigan, made history this week when Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh watched film of the quarterback and offered him a scholarship when he graduates. At 13 years old, Isaiah is the youngest player to receive a scharship from Michigan.

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The Golden State Warriors made history (again) when they recorded a 51-point first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson finished the game with 31 points each. The Warriors are now a half-game ahead of the Nuggets in the Western standing. Warriors 142, Nuggets 111.

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#1 Duke Loses To Unranked Syracuse, Harden’s 57 Points, Murray Announces For Draft, Clemson Enjoys Fast Food At White House

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Even with a freshman scoring record of 35 points from Duke’s superstar Zion Williamson, the #1 ranked Blue Devils lost to unranked Syracuse 95-91 on Monday night. Before the loss, Duke had gone 104-0 in wins at their home stadium against every team other than their rivals at North Carolina. Injuries to two of Duke’s starters contributed to the loss and the end of their streak.

In the NBA, Houston Rockets’ James Harden keeps setting records. With his 57 points in a win over the Memphis Grizzlies, Harden recorded his 17th consecutive 30- point game. Rockets 112, Grizzlies 94.

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Heisman trophy winner, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, announced he will enter the 2019 NFL draft. The reason this is big news is Murray is already a first-round pick from the Oakland Athletics for baseball. After Murray’s impressive season as the quarterback for Oklahoma, there’s been speculation on whether he’d continue with baseball or football. The decision to enter the draft doesn’t necessarily mean Murray will forego baseball, it just means he hasn’t ruled out the NFL and will decide after the draft.

The government shutdown did not stop President Trump from hosting the winners of the College Football National Championship, the Clemson Tigers.  According to press secretary, Sarah Sanders, Trump bought fast food from McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s for the players on their visit because, “the Democrats refuse to negotiate on border security” and “much of the residence staff at the White House is furloughed.”

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NFL Divisional Playoffs

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The NFL playoffs are down to 4 teams and the results are not surprising. The teams that seemed to get hot toward the end of the season flamed out, and the expected top seeds will be competing next weeekend to win their conference and then go on to battle it out in the Super Bowl. In fact, it’s the first time since 2015 that all four regular season top seeds will compete in the Conference Championship. Here’s a quick recap of the weekend games:

1) The Kansas City Chiefs blew out the Indianapolis Colts 31-13

2) Thanks to Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson, the Los Angeles Rams marched to a win over the Dallas Cowboys, marking their first playoff victory in 14 years. Rams 30, Cowboys 22

3) The New England Patriots are the energizer bunnies of the NFL by earning their eighth consecutive trip to an AFC title game in a win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Patriots 41, Chargers 28

4) Former Super Bowl champs, the Philadelphia Eagles had a chance to pull out a win late in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints, but a devastating missed catch by Alshon Jeffrey sealed the win for the Saints. Saints 20, Eagles 14

Next up is the Conference Championships where the Los Angeles Rams will take on the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots will compete against the Kansas City Chiefs.

 

 

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Tennis Price Fixing, Murray May Retire, Divisional Round Schedule, Tebow Engaged To Miss Universe

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Spanish police have arrested 15 people so far, including some professional tennis players,  over a price fixing scheme linked to an Armenian ring. According to the authorities, players took bribes from the Armenian group in exchange for fixing the results of their matches.

In advance of the upcoming Australian Open, former US Open and Wimbledon Champ, Andy Murray announced he might be retiring after the tournament. At 31 years old, Murray has suffered from hip issues and had hip surgery last January. Murray’s retirement will be a big blow to the sport as he, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are the main draws in men’s tennis.

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Here’s the schedule for the NFL divisional round playoffs this weekend (all times EST):

Saturday: 4:35 pm-Indianapolis Colts vs Kansas City Chiefs

Saturday: 8:15 pm-Dallas vs Los Angeles Rams

Sunday: 1:05 pm-Los Angeles Chargers vs New England Patriots

Sunday: 4:40 pm-Philadelphia Eagles vs New Orleans Saints

 

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Tim Tebow, former Heisman trophy winner, NFL player with the Broncos and Jets and currently in the NY Mets farm system, is recently engaged to Miss Universe 2017, DemiLeigh NelPeters from South Africa.

 

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Sean Payton Motivates Players With Vince Lombardy Trophy And Cash, Jets Hire QB Guru Gase

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The eight teams in the divisional playoffs this weekend are working hard to advance to the conference championship on January 20th, then on to the Super Bowl. Every NFL coach has his own methods for conditioning and motivating players. Sean Payton, coach of the New Orleans Saints,  put the Vince Lombardy Trophy, a ring and $225,000 in cash on display to remind players what they would get if they win their next three games. The Saints will have to get past the defending Super Bowl champs, the Philadelphia Eagles, on Sunday to get one step closer to this stash.

In more NFL coaching news, the New York Jets hired Adam Gase away from their division rival, the Miami Dolphins. Gase is considered a quarterback guru, and the Jets are hoping he’ll work his wonders on rookie quarterback Sam Darnold.

 

 

 

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1897 UPenn Quakers Prove Swinney Wrong, Kingsbury To Cardinals, Arians To Buccaneers

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After his team won the College Football National Championship on Monday, Clemson’s head coach Dabo Swinney excitedly pronounced “There ain’t never been a 15-0 team in college football history.” Swinney was misinformed. Two teams have achieved this feat: Yale went 16-0 in 189,  and the University of Pennsylvania Quakers went 15-0 in 1897. According to Tom Perrin’s Football: A College History, the 1897 Quakers were “maybe their greatest team ever.”

The NFL coaching carousel continues. Kliff Kingsbury, the former Texas Tech coach and University of Southern California offensive coordinator and a quarterback himself at Texas Tech, was named head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. Kingsbury’s claim to fame is he coached Kansas City Chiefs quarterback phenom Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech.

Bruce Arians, the retired former Arizona Cardinals coach, will take the helm for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Arians retired last year due to some health-related issues, but with a new four-year contract, Buccaneers owner Bryan Glazer said, “Bruce Arians is one of the NFL’s most well-respected coaches over the past two decades and we are excited to have him leading our team.”

 

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Clemson Tide Wins National Championship, True Freshman Lawrence And Ross, Parkey’s Kick Blocked

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The Clemson Tigers completely dominated the Alabama Crimson Tide in the National Championship game to win their third national championship in the school’s history. The story of the game, including talk of how Alabama’s defense didn’t show up, was the remarkable play of Clemson’s true freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence is 19 years old and is only the second true freshman to win a national championship. Lawrence won offensive player of the game with 347 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.

The other big story of the game was the other true freshman, Justyn Ross, who made two unbelievable grabs. Need to watch these highlights. Clemson 44, Alabama 16

In the NFL, as reported on Monday, the Chicago Bears lost a heartbreaking playoff game to the Philadelphia Eagles after Bears’ kicker Cody Parkey missed a 43-yard field goal. A day later, the NFL ruled the missed kick was actually a blocked field goal. The ruling doesn’t change anything about the game other than hopefully making Parkey feel a bit better about the loss.

 



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NFL Wild Card Weekend, Warriors/Kings Combine For Record 41 3’s

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The NFL’s wild card weekend did not disappoint.

The Dallas Cowboys battled it out with the Seattle Seahawks, but hung on for the win and will play the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional playoff January 12th. Cowboys 24, Seahawks 22

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is having quite a season and isn’t slowing down. His two touchdowns and 222 yards against the Houston Texans on Saturday pulled his team to the divisional round in an easy 21-7 win. Up next for the Colts is the Kansas City Chiefs.

Thanks to 5 field goals and a tough defense, the Los Angeles Chargers held off the Baltimore Ravens and their rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson to advance to the next round of the playoffs where they’ll face the New England Patriots. Chargers 23, Ravens 17

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles, led again by backup quarterback Nick Foles, beat the Chicago Bears in a close game that came down to a heartbreaking missed 43-yard field goal by Bears’ kicker Cody Parkey. Foles led the Eagles to a surprising Super Bowl win last year after starter Carson Wentz blew out his knee. Wentz played most of this season, but suffered another injury late in the season, and Foles stepped in again leading his team to victories. The Eagles will try and keep their unlikely winning season alive when they play top ranked New Orleans next weekend in the divisional round. Eagles 16, Bears 15

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The Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings made history over the weekend when they combined for a record 41 3-pointers (21 for the Warriors and 20 for the Kings).The Warriors pulled out the win in this shootfest. Warriors 127, Kings 123.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pro Football Hall Of Fame Finalists, Wild Card Weekend, Harden Puts On Show

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame has selected their 15 finalists including tight end Tony Gonzalez, cornerback Champ Bailey, and safety Ed Reed who are all in their first year of eligibility. The 2019 Class will be announced on February 2nd.

The NFL Playoffs begin this weekend with 4 wild card games. The New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots all earned first-round byes. The other 4 teams need to battle it out for the opportunity to continue to play. Here’s the game schedule:

Saturday, January 5th at 4:35 pm: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans than at 8:15 pm the Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, January 6th at 1:05 pm: Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens than at 4:40 pm the Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears

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The Houston Rockets’ James Harden put on a show in a nail-biter of a game against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night. Harden scored a three-pointer to force overtime. In a close overtime (with a controversial missed call by the referees when Kevin Durant clearly stepped out of bounds), Harden nailed an impossible looking 3 to win the game. Harden extended the longest streak in NBA history by scoring  35 points and 5 assists in his 9th straight game. Rockets 135, Warriors 134

 

 

 

 

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Browns Are Kardashians, CFP Championship Tickets Cheap, PETA Weighs In On Bevo/Uga

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have been in the news all week and not for good reasons. It all has to do with wide receiver, Antonio Brown and whether or not he has played his last game as a Steeler. Last week, he missed practice Thursday and Friday then missed Saturday’s walk-through. Coach Mike Tomlin said he didn’t know if Brown would be healthy on Sunday so couldn’t play him. He expressed his disappointment with Brown’s lack of communication with the team.  In a statement from Brown, he said, “My options may seem limited by people or circumstances. It is then that I remind myself I am in command of my attitude. I am divinely blessed with free will. I utilize that gift, choosing to take charge of my life; to express the creativity, vitality, and wholeness that truly define me.” The players on the team are clearly not happy with one player, Jesse James, stating, “Ah man, we are-Kardashians”. He might not be far off as Antonio Brown dressed as a hippo in a new show on Fox called “The Masked Singer” where a panel of judges try and guess the celebrity singer behind a costume. Here’s the clip.

If you’re interested in attending the College Football Playoff final on Monday night in Santa Clara, CA, tickets are cheap (and getting cheaper). The face value for a ticket to see #1 Alabama battle for the championship against #2 Clemson is $475 and has dropped to $115. Flights for fans from Alabama and South Carolina are around $1000, and hotels in the Bay Area are expensive which according to TicketIQ makes it “sort of a perfect storm of factors at play this year.”

In other college football news, as previously reported, there was an incident at the Sugar Bowl where the University of Texas mascot, a steer named Bevo went after Georgia’s mascot, a bulldog named Uga. Now, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is asking Universities to stop using live animals as their mascots. They wrote, “It’s quite possible that Bevo was simply scared by the noise, lights, and chaos in the stadium and tried to flee from the confines of his makeshift pen. But that doesn’t change the fact that Uga or any of the humans standing nearby could easily have been trampled and killed.”

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