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After 29 Years Dodgers Heading To World Series! Raiders End Chiefs Reign, Trump’s Petition

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Finally after 29 years, the Los Angeles Dodgers are heading to the World Series.  The Dodgers crushed the Chicago Cubs 11-1 in game 5 thanks in part to Dodgers ace pitcher Clayton Keishaw and the dazzling play of Enrique Hernandez who hit three homers including a grand slam.  It was a fitting outcome for the Dodgers as they are considered one of the best teams in years. On Tuesday, the Dodgers will either face the Houston Astros or the New York Yankees who play their game 6 Friday night.

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The Oakland Raiders ended the Kansas City Chiefs 12 game winning streat in the AFC West division on Thursday night with a last minute touchdown by Michael Crabtree to put the Raiders up 31-30.

One day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with NFL team owners and made a statement urging players to stand during the National Anthem but not requiring them to, President Trump posted a petition for signatures from those who support standing.

 

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Maddon Drama In Cubs Win, Yanks Win Again At Home, LeBron’s Ripped Jersey

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The ALCS and NLCS series have not been disappointing. The NLCS, game 4 between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angles Dodgers provided some drama when Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon got ejected over a call in the 8th inning. Cubs’ closer Wade Davis appeared to strike out the Dodgers’ Curtis Granderson. Granderson argued he tipped the ball. After a review by the umpires on the field (who aren’t allowed to use instant replay on foul-tips), the strike-out was overturned and unsurprisingly Maddon didn’t take it too well. Even though Maddon was ejected and the game was delayed over the incident, Granderson struck out on the next pitch, and the Cubs held on for a 3-2 win. After the game, Maddon ripped the Officials and said,“The process was horrible. To have that changed — if Granderson hits the next pitch out, I might come running out of the clubhouse in my jockstrap. That was really that bad. You can’t permit that to happen. The process was wrong.” After the game, the plate umpire admitted he was “dead wrong” about the call. The series now stands at 3 wins for the Dodgers and 1 win for the Cubs. The Teams will play game 5 Thursday night.

In the ALCS, the New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros 5-0 on Wednesday night at home. And the “at home” part might be the most significant. The Yanks fell behind 0-2 in both of their playoff series’ away games. While they rallied back in the ALDS to beat Cleveland at home, they will have to work even harder in Houston to finish out this series, where they are up 3-2.  Game 6 Friday night.

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If you were watching the Cleveland Cavaliers/Boston Celtics game on Tuesday night and wondering why LeBron James jersey had a tear down his back separating the #2 and #3 of his jersey number, there was no “political statement” and no “conspiracy theory”.  Nike, the uniform supplier, is investigating how the jersey could have torn so easily just by a player grabbing at him. Nike outbid Adidas to be the official NBA uniform supplier, and the 8-year deal is estimated to be worth  $1 billion, so you can imagine Nike is actively looking into its manufacturing.

 

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Hayward Suffers Injury, Warriors Not In Shape, Elliott Suspension On Hold

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The NBA season kicked off last night with a much anticipated matchup of the Boston Celtics vs the Cleveland Cavaliers. What made the game so intriguing was watching what kind of reception former Cavaliers Kyrie Irving would get now that he’s playing for the Celtics. Soon after the game started however, everyone forgot about the rivalry. The Celtics Gordon Hayward suffered a devastating injury in the first five minutes of the game that left everyone stunned. Hayward went up for an alley-oop, and when he landed, you could hear the snap. After the game, players and coaches weighed in with their prayers and good wishes for Hayward. Many reflected how it was one of the worst on-court injuries they’ve ever witnessed.  Lebron said,  “My thoughts and prayers go out to Gordon and his family. Those are the injuries that you never see coming, and you never want to happen, no matter who it is, no matter what the stature, no matter how much competitive nature you have. It’s just very unfortunate.” The Cavs beat the Celtics 102-99, but that seemed like an after-thought for the players who expressed their emotions over their friend and fellow playmaker.

In the other big game of the night, the defending champs, the Golden State Warriors, were up by 17 points at one point against the Houston Rockets, but squandered the lead and then missed a buzzer beater with seconds left to lose 122-121. According to Warriors Coach Steve Kerr, the team isn’t in condition yet. He said, “I just thought we looked tired. I don’t think we are in good enough shape yet to play a 48-minute game against a great team.”

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott held off suspension again when he got another preliminary injunction in his domestic abuse allegations. Elliott’s suspension is still pending, but in the meantime, he’ll be able to play against the San Francisco 49ers this weekend.

 

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Titans Score In 4th Q, McCarthy Dismisses QB Situation, Bellarmine College Prep Coach Resigns, Yankees Back In ALCS

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In Monday Night Football, the Tennessee Titans took until the 4th quarter to score all three of its touchdowns in their win over the Indianapolis Colts. Marcus Marietta threw for a season high 306 yards to help his team’s comeback. Titans 36, Colts 22.

Packer Coach Mike McCarthy held a press conference about the quarterback situation in Green Bay now that its been reported Aaron Rodgers will have surgery on a broken collarbone. McCarthy snapped at a reporter who asked if there’s any consideration in signing Colin Kaepernick or any other veteran by saying, ‘The quarterback room is exactly where it needs to be, OK? We’re fortunate to have a great quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. We’re committed to the path that we’re on. We need to play better as a football team.”

Speaking of Kaepernick (again), a junior varsity assistant coach, Jacob Malay, at Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose California submitted his resignation when a handful of the high school varsity players knelt during the National Anthem at a game a few weeks ago. In his resignation letter he stated, “The act of kneeling during the national anthem doesn’t create dialogue, it creates division.” He went on to say,  “It is shameful because BCP not only knew (or should have known) this was going to happen, but didn’t do anything to stop it. As adults in this equation, it is our fundamental duty to act when we know, or eventually realize, that irreparable harm is being done.” According to the San Jose Mercury News, the protest has caused a deep divide in the community.

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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge kept the Yankees alive with a huge catch and a three-run homer in the 4th inning in a big game 3 win over the Houston Astros. The American League Championship series now stands at 2-1.

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Aaron Rodgers Broke Collarbone, Kaepernick Sues NFL, Chiefs Lose, Giants Win, ALCS/NLCS Update

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone in a game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. He could be out the rest of the season, which is tough for the team as their backup Brett Hundley might not be ready for prime time. Hundley threw three interceptions after he came in to relieve Rogers in the 23-10 loss.

The natural question for the Packers is whether the team will try and bring in another QB for the remainder of the season. Many wonder if Colin Kaepernick will get the call, but that seems highly unlikely now that Kaepernick is suing the NFL for collusion. His lawyer sent out a statement saying, “If the NFL (as well as all professional sports teams) is to remain a meritocracy, then principled and peaceful protest — which the owners themselves made great theater imitating weeks ago — should not be punished and athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by the Executive Branch of our government. Such a precedent threatens all patriotic Americans and harkens back to our darkest days as a nation. Protecting all athletes from such collusive conduct is what compelled Mr. Kaepernick to file his grievance.”

The last unbeaten team in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs went down against the Pittsburgh Steelers 19-13. And, the New York Giants are no longer empty in the win column after their decisive win over the Denver Broncos 23-10.

For a wrapup of the rest of the NFL weekend games, click here.

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In the American League Championship Series, the The New York Yankees are down 2-0 to the Houston Astros while the Los Angeles Dodgers are up 2-0 against the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series.

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Cubs Beat Nationals In Error Filled NLDS Game 5, Elliott Suspension Reinstated, Wentz Helps Eagles Win, Combs Wants NFL

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After 4 hours and 37 minutes, the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals in a bizarre, error filled game.  The Cubs were behind one run in the 5th inning, but then Nationals star reliever Max Scherzer came in the game, and everything went downhill. After a complete meltdown by the Nationals, the defending World Series champs the Cubs won 9-8 and move on to the National League Championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Unfortunately for the Nationals, they continue to look for their first post-season win in franchise history. They have lost in the NLDS in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott could miss 6 games after his suspension for domestic violence is reinstated by the U.S. Court of Appeals. The Cowboys are on a bye this week, but the suspension will start immediately.  Other appeals will follow, but Elliott could be out until November 30th.

On Thursday Night Football, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz put on a show with three touchdowns and 222 yards for a 28-23 win over the Carolina Panthers. The Eagles are now 5-1.

With all of the controversy surrounding the NFL these past few seasons, entertainment mogul, Sean Diddy Combs, tweeted he’d be interested in not only owning an NFL team but buying the entire League. “I did have a dream to own a NFL team but now my dream is to own our own league! A league where you can be yourself. Have a retirement plan. . . . Have freedom to be a great human and protest for your people without being demonized for your beliefs as a KING!! NEW DREAM ALERT!!!!”

 

 

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Yankees Advance To ALCS, Strasburg Pitches Brilliantly To Force Game 5

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Yankees come back from an 0-2 deficit in the best of five American League Division Series to beat the Cleveland Indians. The Yankees will now face the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series. The hero of the night was Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius who hit two home runs in the 5-2 win. Gregorius had big shoes to fill as the replacement for the legendary Derek Jeter.

After enduring a day of criticism for announcing he wasn’t well enough to pitch on Wednesday, the Washington Nationals Stephen Strasburg had a change of heart, called his coaches Wednesday morning and begged them to let him take the mound against the Chicago Cubs. According to pitching coach, Mike Maddux, “He had the eye of the tiger. He didn’t ask for the ball. He demanded it. We looked at him, and said, ‘OK. You got it. You got it.’’’ Strasburg didn’t disappoint. He took the mound and pitched 7 shutout innings and struck out 12 batters for a 5-0 win forcing a game 5 Thursday night.

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Goodell’s Letter To NFL, Manning Inducted Into CO HOF, Worst Loss In Men’s Soccer History, Strasburg Won’t Start

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is taking a play from NBA Commish Adam Silver’s playbook and has sent a letter stating he “wants players to stand during the anthem” and would “include such elements as an in-season platform to promote the work of our players on these core issues.”

In other NFL news, it was announced former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will be inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Many speculate Manning could become the GM of the Browns, Titans or Rams possibly as soon as next year.

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For the first time since 1986, the U.S. men’s soccer team won’t be playing in the World Cup. After a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago in its final qualifier round, the US fell out of contention and will not be appearing in next year’s World Cup in Russia.  Omar Gonzalez summed up the feeling from the team and fans when he said,”We let down an entire nation today.”

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The Washington Nationals Stephen Strasburg has declined to start in Game 4 for a postponed National League Division Series game against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. According to reports, Strasburg is “under the weather” and “wheezing during a half-mile run”, but many are disappointed wondering what in the world could keep Strasburg off the field in a due or die game for the Nationals. Dusty Baker announced Tanner Roark will start instead.

 

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Trubisky Makes NFL Debut In Bears Loss, Jemele Hill Suspended

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The #2 pick in the NFL draft, Mitchell Trubisky, made his NFL debut on Monday night as quarterback for the Chicago Bears. Even though he threw a costly interception in the final few minutes of the 4th quarter against the Minnesota Vikings, Trubisky showed the fans he could be their franchise quarterback. According to the Bears’ coach John Fox, “He’s got what it takes. There’s no doubt in my mind.” Vikings 20, Bears 17.

ESPN’s Jemele Hill violated the company’s social media policy for the second time in two weeks. Her first violation was a tweet in which she called President Trump a “white supremacist”. After her social media post, Hill apologized and claimed she had no intention of bringing negative press to the network. She wrote, “Because fair or not, people can’t or won’t separate who I am on Twitter from the person who co-hosts the 6 p.m. SportsCenter. Twitter also isn’t a great place to have nuanced, complicated discussions, especially when it involves race. Warriors player Kevin Durant and I probably need to take some classes about how to exercise better self-control on Twitter. Lesson learned.” Clearly lesson not learned as she recently tweeted, “Jerry Jones also has created a problem for his players, specifically the black ones. If they don’t kneel, some will see them as sellouts.” She also tweeted that advertisers should reject Jerry Jones policy. ESPN announced they were putting Hill on a two week suspension for violating the company’s social media guidelines.

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VP Pence Left Colts Game, Jerry Jones Bench Kneeling Players, Odell And JJ Injured, Dolphins OL Coach Snorting Powder

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Vice President Mike Pence left the Indianapolis Colts/SF 49ers game on Sunday after 20 players from the 49ers continued their protesting and knelt during the National Anthem. Pence was at the game to celebrate the Colts retiring Peyton Manning’s number and inducting him into the Colts Ring of Honor. He stated: ,

Speaking of protests, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stated he would “bench any player who disrespects the flag” and doesn’t stand for the Anthem.

As for the games on Sunday, unfortunately there were some high profile injuries. The New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr broke his left ankle and will be out for the year. It’s the same ankle Odell injured during pre-season.  The Giants were already having a tough season, and after their loss on Sunday to the Los Angles Chargers, the team dropped to 0-5.

In another major injury, the Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt left the field with a tibial plateau fracture. It’s unclear when he’ll return, but the Texans also lost their linebacker Whitney Mercilus for the game, and the Texans couldn’t pull out the win against the solid play of the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.  Chiefs 42, Texans 34,

In a strange story, the Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster videotaped himself snorting white powder off a table before a meeting. The Dolphins are looking into the video and are expected to make an announcement about the incident soon.

 

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