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LSU Vs Clemson In College Football Finals, SF Clinches #1 Spot, Patriots Slide, Packers Ugly Win

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The #1 LSU Tigers trounced Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl to advance to the finals of the College Football Playoffs. LSU’s Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, who transferred from Ohio State, led the team to a 63-28 win. The defending champion Clemson, will take on LSU in the National Championship game after their 29-23 semifinal win over Ohio State. The Championship game is on January 13th in New Orleans.

In an exciting weekend of NFL football, the regular season is now behind us and the playoffs are set. In a couple of notable games, the San Francisco 49ers held off the Seattle Seahawks in a dramatic goal line tackle and clinched the NFC West allowing them a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. San Francisco 26, Seattle 21.

With a shocking 27-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins, the heavily favored New England Patriots slid from the #2 seed and a bye in the playoffs to a wild-card slot.

The Green Bay Packers had to rely on kicker Mason Crosby to squeak out a much-needed win over the Detroit Lions and a first-round bye. Packers 23, Lions 20

For all the other playoff news, click here.

 

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College Football Playoff Semis This Weekend, Antonio Brown Works Out With Saints

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Forty Bowl games are played in the last few weeks of December and the first few weeks of January. For a list of all the Bowl games, click here.   The College Football Playoff semifinals on December 28th features LSU vs Oklahoma at 4:00 EST and Ohio State vs Clemson at 8:00 pm EST. The winners will face each other on January 13th in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Saints are reportedly looking at potentially signing Antonio Brown. The New England Patriots released Brown in September after sexual abuse allegations surfaced. The NFL hasn’t issued a statement on whether Brown is still under investigation and eligible to sign with a team.

 

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Warriors Big Win Over Rockets, Leonard Leads Clippers Over Lakers, Kaep’s New Shoe

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The Golden State Warriors have had a tough season, but with the help of Damion Lee (Stephen Curry’s brother-in-law) who scored a career-high 15 rebounds and added 22 points, the Warriors managed a big win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. The Warriors 116-104 victory ended the Rockets four-game winning streak and held the Rockets’ James Harden to only 24 points.

In another Christmas Day game, the Los Angeles Clippers held on for a win over their cross-town rivals, the Los Angles Lakers. LeBron was not in full form after suffering a groin injury, while the Rockets’ Kawhi Leonard added a much-needed 35 points in the 111-106 victory.

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Nike has gone all-in backing controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick by releasing a  $110 Air Force 1x shoe with a silhouette of his likeness on the back and the date, 08-14-16, on the sole. The date is the first game Kaepernick did not stand for the National Anthem. According to reports, the shoe sold out on the first day of its release (although Nike isn’t making sales figures public).

 

 

 

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Bengals Lose But Get First Round Pick, Cowboys Iffy, Ravens Clinch AFC #1 Seed, Isaiah Thomas Ejection Over Frosty

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With just one week left to go in the NFL regular season, some teams have secured their fate. Below are just a few highlights. For the full playoff picture, click here.

The Cincinnati Bengals lost again (38-35 overtime defeat to the Miami Dolphins) and now hold the worst record in the NFL. The only good news is their horrible season secures them the top pick in the NFL draft.

The Dallas Cowboys might miss out on the playoffs after their 17-9 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

With a win over the Cleveland Browns, the Baltimore Ravens clinched the AFC’s #1 seed and home-field advantage.

The New England Patriots secured the AFC East title with a win over the Buffalo Bills, but will need a win in week 17 to get a first-round bye in the playoffs.

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The NBA ejected Washington Wizard guard Isaiah Thomas and will suspend him for two games for walking into the stands during the loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Isaiah had just made one of two free throws when the spectator raised “both of his middle fingers and said, ‘F—you, b—-,’ three times.” Thomas confronted the spectator and said, “Don’t be disrespectful. I’m a man before anything. Be a fan.” The man said, “I’m sorry, I just wanted a Frosty.” The 76ers were holding a promotion where fans won a frozen dessert if their opponents missed two free throws in a row. The NBA has a zero-tolerance policy for their fans, so they banned the spectators and revoked the seats from the season-ticket holder for the rest of the season.

 

 

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Giannis Career-Best Five 3-Pointers, Jags Move Clocks Back After Coughlin Firing

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The reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists in his Milwaukee Bucks’ 111-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. Giannis recorded a career-best five three-pointers but remained humble in his post-game interview saying, “I think the most important thing is trying to stay humble. When you win MVP and you win 60 games, it’s hard. You feel like, ‘What else?’ But at the end of the day, I realize, and my family realizes, I’m not supposed to be here. I wasn’t the No. 1 pick like AD was, like LeBron was. I ain’t supposed to be here. I ain’t supposed to go up against these two. I’m just happy I’m here.”

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Now that the Jacksonville Jaguars have fired Tom Coughlin, the Jags equipment staff moved the clocks back to their original time. When Coughlin was with the team he moved the clocks back five minutes. He believed, “if you’re not five minutes early to a meeting or commitment, you’re considered late.” He also excessively fined players for rules infractions which is why he was ultimately fired. The NFL Players Association even went as far as recommending players consider his conduct when selecting their next club.

 

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Chris Paul Buys Custom Suits For Teammates, Jags Fire Coughlin Again

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Chris Paul bought custom-made suits for his Oklahoma City teammates. He outfitted every player on the Thunder roster in Wednesday night’s big comeback win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Paul said he wanted to show his investment in the team where he landed after being traded from the Houston Rockets last summer. He also reflected on the fact that as a kid he didn’t have nice things and wanted to give his teammates a gift. He said the best part was that the whole team came together. His teammate Steven Adams, who isn’t fond of dressing up, initially resisted wearing the suit, but then realized he could wear his “Peaky Blinders” hat with the outfit.

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Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan fired the head of the Jags’ front office, Tom Coughlin. The firing comes two days after the NFL Players Association encouraged players to be cautious about signing with the Jaguars due to the team issuing excessive fines. The letter from the NFLPA stated that “25% of the grievances filed by NFL players have been against the club and that players.” This is the second time the Jaguars have fired Coughlin. He was also the team’s coach and GM from 1995-2002.

 

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Pro Bowl Selections

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The NFL selection committee picked the roster of players for the Pro Bowl on January 26th in Florida, and the Baltimore Ravens tied for the most players selected. With 12 players chosen, the Ravens lead the NFL followed by the New Orleans Saints with seven selections and the Kansas City Chiefs with six. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson had the most fan votes. Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes were also chosen for the roster.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was not selected for the first time since 2008, and the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins were the only two teams not fielding a single player. For a listing of all players, click here.

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Drew Brees Breaks Record For Career TD Passes, Warriors Franchise of Decade

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In a 34-7 rout of the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke the NFL record for career touchdown passes. Brees threw his 540th TD, passing former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (who had 539 in his career). Brees may not hold the record for long, however, as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady currently has 538 passing TD’s, and with two weeks left in the season, could surpass him.

The Sports Business Journal named the Golden State Warriors the “Franchise of the Decade”. Kleiner Perkins’ partner Joe Lacob and a group of investors paid $450 million (a record at the time) to buy the Warriors in 2010, and with three titles since then, the team is now worth an estimated $3.5 billion.

 

 

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Joe Burrow Wins Heisman, 5 Teams Clinch Playoff Spots, Falcons Crazy Win Over Niners, Manning’s Standing Ovation

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To no one’s surprise, on Saturday night LSU quarterback Joe Burrow won the most prestigious award in college sports, the Heisman Trophy. Burrow set a record with the highest percentage of first-place votes (90.7). He garnered 841 first-place votes compared to 12 for runner-up Jalen Hurts of Oklahoma and six for third-place finisher Justin Fields from Ohio State. He is the second Heisman Trophy winner from LSU.

After week 15 in the NFL, the postseason picture is coming together with the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bill, and New England Patriots clinching playoff spots.

In one of the craziest endings to a game, the Atlanta Falcons were down 17-22 with just under a minute left on the clock when Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan threw what appeared to be a touchdown (but was overturned).  Ryan then threw a quick 5-yarder to Julio Jones which was at first not ruled a touchdown but then overturned for the score. To make matters worse for the Niners, the Falcons also scored on a fumble recovery on the kickoff. Falcons 29, Niners 22

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning may have played his final home game for his team in an emotional 36-20 win over the Miami Dolphins. Manning threw for two touchdowns and was given a standing ovation as he exited the field with 1:50 remaining. Manning got emotional after the game saying, “It’s a special day, a special win and one I’ll remember.”

 

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Lamar Jackson Sets Record, Brady Vs Lamar On Rollerblades, Former Commish David Stern Suffers Brain Hemorrhage

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The Baltimore Ravens routed the New York Jets to clinch the AFC North. Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson rushed for 86 yards and set the single season record for a quarterback rushing. Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady issued a challenge to Jackson via social media saying he’d take him on in the 40-yard dash, but with a few qualifications. “Me vs Lamar, 40 Yard Dash on natural grass but he has to wear rollerblades. Who’s buying the PPV?” Brady tweeted. With 1,103 rushing yards, Jackson has rushed for more yards in one season than Brady has in his entire career. Ravens 42, Jets 13

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Former commissioner of the NBA David Stern suffered a brain hemorrhage on Thursday and was admitted to a New York hospital for emergency surgery. Stern served as commissioner from 1984-2014. Stern is legendary in the basketball world for re-shaping the league into the major global brand it is today. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014. Thoughts and prayers for a full recovery.

 

 

 

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