Archive for December, 2018

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

BASKETBALL

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.

FOOTBALL

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.

BASEBALL

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

MISC

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.

BASKETBALL

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

HOCKEY

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.

FOOTBALL

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.

BASKETBALL

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

FOOTBALL

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

FOOTBALL

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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