Heisman Favorite Mayfield On Sidelines, Falcons Snap Seahawk MNF Streak

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Heisman trophy favorite Baker Mayfield will start on the sidelines of Oklahoma’s matchup against West Virginia this weekend. In Kansas last Saturday, the OU quarterback got agitated during the pre-game handshake leading to some obscene gestures during the game. Mayfield may only miss a series or two, but his antics could hurt his chances of winning the coveted Heisman. The description of the award states, “The outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. The winners of the trophy epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.” This isn’t Mayfield’s first infraction, so it will be interesting to see if any of this affects his chances.

The Monday Night Football matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks came down to the wire. The Falcons got a got a much needed win and the Seahawks snapped their 11 game win streak on Monday night football.  Falcons 34, Seahawks 31.

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Bills’ QB Situation, Belichick Third Most Wins By Head Coach, Trump Tweets Agst Lynch & LaVar

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The Buffalo Bills will be re-evaluating their quarterback situation this week. Coach Sean McDermott benched their starting QB Tyrod Taylor for rookie 5th round pick Nathan Peterman in Sunday’s 54-24 loss to the Los Angles Chargers. Peterman had a disastrous debut with five interceptions in just the first half, the first QB since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger to throw five picks in the first half of a game. Peterman had a good attitude after the game saying, “Coach always says, ‘We never lose, we learn,’ and that will definitely be my mindset moving forward. I’m going to learn a lot from this and make sure it never happens again.”

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick notches another accolade in his legendary carreer. With the Patriots’ win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, Belichick passed the former Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry for third most wins of an NFL Head Coach. Belichick gives credit to his arsenal of great players, but according to his players and owner Robert Kraft, Belichick works tirelessly to get his team prepared and comfortable before games.

Fewer players sat for the National Anthem this week, but one player in particular received the tweeting wrath of President Trump. Oakland Raiders’ running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the National Anthem during their game against the Patriots in Mexico but then stood for the Mexican anthem. Trump tweeted, “Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for the remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down.”

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President Trump also used his twitter feed to respond to LaVar Ball, father of the recently released LiAngelo Ball from China for shoplifting.  Trump, as well as high powered executives including Joe Tsai (who recently bought 49% of the Brooklyn Nets), worked behind the scenes to release the three UCLA players. LaVar downplayed the role Trump played and said the shoplifting charge was “no big deal”. Trump did not take that so well and tweeted, “Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal.”

 

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Celtics Over Warriors, Brown Catches 3 TD’s, Thanks For The Memories “Mike And Mike”

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The Boston Celtics came back from a 17 point deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night to keep their 14 game win streak alive. Celtics 92, Warriors 88.

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In Thursday night football, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Antonio Brown caught three touchdowns to lead his team to a big win over the Tennessee Titans. Unfortunately for the Titans, quarterback Marcus Mariota suffered four interceptions in the 17-40 loss.

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Mike and Mike” the popular morning ESPN sports show ends after 18 years today. Every sports fan has their great memories of waking up to Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic’s show. They transformed sports talk radio and sports TV talk shows by their interesting commentary, irreverent segments, and their entertaining rapport with each other and their guests. They spoke about their families, their quirks, their phobias and through it all, made people look forward to waking up and listening to their banter. For most sports fans, it was part of their daily routine. Greenberg and Golic were inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2016. Greenberg will be moving on to his own morning TV show called “Get Up” while Golic will pair with Trey Wingo for a new morning drive show. As the signature Bob Hope 1938 song said, Thanks for the Memory guys! #mikeandmike

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UCLA Players Suspended, Joel Embiid And 76ers On Fire, Kevin Hart Trust The Process

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The three UCLA basketball players who were caught shoplifting in China are back in the US and  have been suspended indefinitely from the team. According to their coach, “They will have to earn their way back.” President Trump tweeted the players were set for 10 years in jail if he hadn’t intervened with the President of China. All three players, LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, thanked President Trump for helping them out of the situation.

In the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers have been transformed. Their young team, led by Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, is causing a stir in the League. Embiid put on a show Wednesday night in Los Angeles in a big win over the Lakers with 46-points, 15-rebounds, seven-assists, and seven-rebounds.  After the game, Philly fan Kevin Hart, ran over to Embiid gave him a big hug and later tweeted “Trust the PROCESS!!!!! A healthy sixers team is a problem for the NBA!!! It’s all about growth!!!” 76ers 115, Lakers 109.

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Grayson Allen Is Back, LiAngelo Ball Left China, Alabama Tops CFR

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Duke’s Grayson Allen, the player everyone loved to hate last season, showed his critics he’s back and ready for a great season. With 37 points and 7 of 11 three-pointers in a win over Michigan State, Allen seems to have matured since last year and could be a high draft pick in the NBA at the end of the season. Duke 88, Michigan State 81.

LiAngelo Ball and his two UCLA teammates Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, are on their way back to the United States after their arrest for shoplifting in China. UCLA hasn’t said what the basketball players’ punishment will be, but expect LiAngelos’s dad, the outspoken LaVar, to weigh in on the verdict.  LaVar’s third son, LaMelo has already committed to play at UCLA, but if LiAngelo’s punishment is unacceptable to LaVar, he could decide to have LaMelo skip high school and go straight to the pros.

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In the latest College Football Rankings, Alabama took the #1 spot (in place of Georgia who lost to Auburn last week), with Clemson, Miami, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin filling out the top five.

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Bellinger And Judge Win Rookie Of They Year Honors, Newton Leads Panthers Over Dolphins

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The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger captured the National League Rookie of the Year honors. The votes were unanimous for Bellinger who hit a rookie record 39 home-runs this season (despite only starting on April 29th). This is the second year in a row a Dodger rookie won the award. Last year, Corey Seager unanimously won.

In the American League, The New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge also unanimously secured the honor after hitting 52 home runs this season. PepsiCo sees star quality in Judge and made him a national spokesperson. According to their senior director of sports marketing, “His style of play embodies fun and excitement, and that’s what we’re all about. From his amazing catches to his monstrous home runs, whether you are a Yankee fan or not, you have to watch him. How he handles himself makes him a great ambassador for our brand and company on and off the field.”

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Quarterback Cam Newton carried the Carolina Panthers to a monstrous win over the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football. Newton passed for four touchdowns with 95 rushing yards. Panthers 45, Dolphins 21.

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The U Crushes Notre Dame, Georgia Goes Down, Alabama Survives, Empty Seats, Jones Dispute

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This was a crazy weekend in college football with some key upsets mixing up the rankings and the playoff hunt. One of the biggest shockers was #7 University of Miami crushing #3 Notre Dame. With the 41-8 win, the U is now a potential playoff contender. The other shocking win was 10th ranked Auburn cruising to victory over #1 Georgia 40-17.

Alabama still sits at the top of the rankings with a win over Mississippi State. The team trailed entering the 4th quarter for the first time since January 2016 but with the help of their calm quarterback Jalen Hurts who threw a game winning touchdown, the Crimson Tide survived with a 31-24 win.

In the NFL games played over this Veteran’s Day weekend, fewer players sat during the National Anthem, but fans are continuing not to show up. Twitter account, Empty Seats Galore, posted pictures of empty seats all over the country.

Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, has publicly taken on  NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for his handling of the National Anthem issue as well as other issues which Jones believes has contributed to the decline of attendance at games and decline in viewership. Over the weekend, Jones’ attorney sent a letter to all of the NFL owners with a quote from the compensation committee consultants stating Goodell’s contract is “the most one-sided deal they have ever seen.” Jones and compensation committee chairman, Arthur Blank (owner of the Atlanta Falcons) are in a heated dispute, and as of Saturday night, Jones has been removed as a non-voting, ad-hoc member of the league’s compensation committee. Stay tuned for more drama.

For a roundup of the NFL games and scores, click here.

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Sherman Out With Torn Achilles, CA NAACP Bans Anthem, LeBron Interested In Buying Cavs

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This is continuing to be a tough season for injuries in the NFL, and on Thursday night Richard Sherman became the latest casualty. The Seattle Seahawk’s cornerback ruptured his achilles tendon in the team’s 22-16 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Sherman entered the League in 2011 and hasn’t missed a game until this injury. Many players, including Sherman, have criticized the NFL for adding games on Thursday night claiming it’s too hard on their bodies to play on only three or four days of rest. Sherman even referred to Thursday Night Football as a “poopfest”.

Colin Kaepernick continues to remain in the news. The California chapter of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) passed a resolution at their state conference banning the Star Spangled Banner as the National Anthem. Part of the impetus for removing the song is to help Kaepernick’s chances of playing again in the NFL. According to NAACP California chapter president, Alice Huffman,  “We owe a lot of it to Kaepernick, I think all this controversy about the knee will go away once the song is removed.”

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LeBron James said if the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dan Gilbert, decided he ever wanted to sell the team, he’d be interested. According to Forbes, the latest valuation of the team is $1.2 billion. LeBron is listed as the second highest paid athlete at $86 million (and that’s not including his lifetime Nike contract estimated at more than $1 billion). LeBron stated, “If this thing opened up and I’m in a position financially, and I’ve got the right team around me, obviously. But who’s to say Dan will (sell)? I’ve always kept it just player/owner at this point. I guess once I come down to that point, if the conversation needed to be had, I’ll have it. But I don’t have it right now.”

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Jerry Jones Threatens To Sue Goodell, UCLA Players On Bail

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones threatened to sue the NFL if Commissioner Roger Goodell is granted an extension on his contract after the 2018 season. According to Outside the Lines, Jerry Jones is one of  “four or five owners” who think Goodell should step down. Jones hired NY lawyer David Boies to look into how the NFL has been economically affected by the decisions Goodell has made regarding player discipline, punishments and the National Anthem controversy. Since he was elected Commissioner in 2006, Goodell has made more than $200 million. It’s unclear how many owners are in Jones’ camp and whether it’s enough to oust Goodell.

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In a follow up to the arrest of the UCLA players who allegedly shoplifted a pair of sunglasses from Louis Vuitton in China, specialists in Chinese law believe the players will likely not serve jail time. According to reports, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley have been released on bail (and confined to their hotel). The Chinese legal system does not normally include bail, so many think this is a good sign the players won’t be sent to jail for 3-10 years (as was reported by Yahoo sports). It’s also considered good timing for the players that President Trump is currently in China meeting with President Xi Jinping.

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LiAngelo Ball Arrested, Georgia Tech Drama

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LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were arrested in China for allegedly shoplifting at a Louis Vuitton store. UCLA is in China to play Georgia Tech on Friday. LiAngelo is the son of the infamous and controversial LaVar Ball and the brother of the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball. LaVar, not one to normally keep quiet, has been instructed to remain silent “due to the legal nature of the matter”.

Georgia Tech players were not arrested for shoplifting, but Georgia Tech is going through its own scandal right now. Coach Josh Pastner’s longtime friend Ron Bell, reportedly violated NCAA rules by giving monetary benefits to two of its players, Josh Okogie and Tadric Jackson (who have both been suspended indefinitely). The story takes on a dramatic twist as Bell and Pastner were “like brothers” until Bell reportedly “turned” on Pastner.

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