Archive for October, 2019

Astros Vs Nationals In World Series, Washington Attempts Camouflage Play, Carr Causes Touchback, 49ers Undefeated

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With a game 6 win over the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros will face the Washington Nationals in the World Series. The Astros won the World Series in 2017 and will host the Nationals in Game 1 on Tuesday night. Houston 6, New York 4

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In college football over the weekend, #25 ranked Washington attempted a creative trick play against #12 ranked Oregon. On a kickoff return, Washington, whose uniforms are purple, had one of their receivers lay down in the end zone and attempt to blend in with the purple turf so he wouldn’t be noticed. He then received a pass from his teammate. The only problem is camouflage is against the rules, and Washington was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct foul. The NCAA states that “any players who ‘lay down and ‘hide’ in the end zone’ or elsewhere on the field should be treated as injured and removed from the game for a play.” Oregon 25, Washington 21

It was an ugly victory, but the San Francisco 49ers remain undefeated in their three field goal win (thanks to kicker Robbie Gould) over the Washington Redskins. The only other undefeated team so far is the New England Patriots (who play on Monday night vs the New York Jets)
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Patrick Mahomes Suffers Knee Injury, Astros Grab Game 4

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Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes, the 2018 MVP, suffered an injury to his knee on a quarterback sneak in the 2nd quarter of Thursday night’s win over the Denver Broncos. Mahomes will undergo an MRI to diagnose the extent of the damage. The reports are he’ll be out at least 3 weeks. Chiefs 30, Broncos 6

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In game 3 of the ALCS, the Houston Astros grabbed another big win. The Yankees are now at a deficit of 1-3 and are facing a tough climb. According to the stats, teams that trail 3-1 have only advanced in the series 15% of the time.    With a win on Friday night in Game 5, the Astros could be heading to the World Series to face the Washington Nationals. Astros 8, Yankees 3

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Bradley Beal’s Extension With Wizards, Myles Garrett Gets Punched In Car After Selfie

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Bradley Beal agreed to a 2-year $72 mill max extension to stay with the Washington Wizards. Beal will now stay in Washington and out of free agency for at least 3 seasons. At 26 years old, Beal is committing his best years to the future of the Wizards.

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Myles Garrett, who leads the league with nine sacks and was the #1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, had an unusual encounter with a Browns’ “fan” on Wednesday. Garrett reported he was driving through downtown Cleveland when a man recognized him and asked him if he could take a picture. At the stoplight, the man got out of his car and Garrett rolled down the window to take a selfie. The man then punched Garrett in the face and sped off. The police found the man from his license plate, but no charges have been filed.

 

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Nationals Heading To World Series, Astros Take 2-1 Lead, Ramsey To Rams, HS Soccer Player Breaks Record

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The Washington Nationals swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series and are heading to the franchise’s first World Series. Eighty-six years ago Washington clinched a spot in the World Series, but back then the Team was called the Senators, and these original Senators lost to the New York Giants. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out The Nationals’ Gerardo Parra heading to the plate while the entire stadium claps and sings to his walk-up song “Baby Shark. He’s not the first player to feature the song (Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers uses it as well), but the children’s tune really took off thanks to Parra.

In the American League Championship Series, the Houston Astros took a 2-1 lead over the New York Yankees. Game 4 is on Wednesday night.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars traded cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams for 3 draft picks. Ramsey had one more year left on his contract with the Jags, but made it clear (showed up to training camp in an armored bank truck) he wanted more money.

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Congratulations to high school soccer player Chloe Delyser who broke the all-time national high school girls soccer scoring record.  With her 317th career goal, Chloe made history.

 

 

 

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Packers Edge Lions With Frustrating Officiating, Nationals Up 3-0

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The Green Bay Packers narrowly beat the Detroit Lions Monday night, but all anyone is speaking about is the officiating, specifically the call on the Lions’ Trey Flowers for illegal use of hands.  Former players, sportscasters, and legends of the game weighed in with their frustrations. Hall of Famer Barry Sanders tweeted, “That is sickening… the @NFL needs to look at a way to prevent that from happening. Two phantom hands to the face calls really hurts us tonight. Yes, we could have scored TDs, but @Lions played too well to have the game end this way.” Packers 23, Lions 22

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With a big win on Monday night, the Washington Nationals are up 3-0 over the St. Louis Cardinals and one win away from heading to the World Series for their first appearance in 86 years.

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Correa Saves Day, Nationals 2-0, 49ers 5-0, Darnold Back & Jets Win, Miami Zoo More Than Dolphin Tckt

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The Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa saved the team from falling 0-2 to the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series with his walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning. After a 3-2 victory, the Astros will head to New York for Game 3 on Tuesday.

The Washington Nationals hold a steady 2-0 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series thanks in no small part to pitcher Max Scherzer’s dominant performance striking out 11 hitters in a Game 2 victory. The Cardinals now head to Washington for Game 3 on Monday night.

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The San Francisco 49ers are taking the League by storm this season thanks in part to their dominant defense. With a big win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, the Niners are now 5-0. San Francisco 20, Los Angeles 7

While the Niners recorded their 5th victory, the New York Jets (with quarterback Sam Darnold back after suffering a bout of mononucleosis) finally tasted their first win of the season by beating the Dallas Cowboys. Cowboys have now lost three straight games. New York 24, Dallas 22

In an embarrassing stat, Fox Sports 640 posted ticket prices for entertainment options in the Miami area and found that a trip to the Miami Zoo ($23) cost $7 more than a ticket to see the Dolphins play the Washington Redskins on Sunday.  The Redskins grabbed a 17-16 win in the matchup between these two formerly winless teams.

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Pats D Unstoppable, Setting Record Straight On Kaepernick, 4 Teams Left MLB Playoffs

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The New England Patriots defense is unstoppable. In a Thursday night matchup with the New York Giants, the Pats D picked off Giants’ rookie quarterback Daniel Jones three times, had one fumble recovery, one blocked punt, one sack, and two touchdowns for a decisive 35-14 win. In an unbelievable stat, cited by The Ringer, “the Patriots defense and special teams is averaging more points than all but two running backs (McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook), every single receiver, every single tight end, and all but six quarterbacks.”

The Colin Kaepernick story needs a reset according to his agent Jeff Nalley.  Nalley posted a two-page document entitled”Facts to Address the False Narratives Regarding Colin Kaepernick” to set the record straight about why all 32 NFL teams still haven’t signed the 31-year old Kaepernick who “has the same skill set that many of the young mobile quarterbacks flourishing in the NFL right now.”

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We’re down to the final four teams in the Major League Playoffs. The National Leauge Championship kicks off on Friday in St. Louis with the St. Louis Cardinals facing the Washington Nationals. In the American League, the Houston Astros face the New York Yankees on Saturday in Houston.

 

 

 

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Nationals Stun Dodgers And Advance To NLCS, Cardinals Advance By Making History, Cruz & AOC On Same Page

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The Washington Nationals stunned the top-seeded Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 on Wednesday night and advance to the National League Championship Series. Howie Kendrick ignited the team with his grand slam in the top of the 10th inning for a 7-3 victory. This will be the first time the Nationals have advanced past the first round in their last five tries (2012, 2014, 2016, and 2017).

The St. Louis Cardinals made history in their blowout win over the Atlanta Braves in game five of the National League Division Series. The Cardinals scored 10 runs in the first inning of the game becoming the first team in MLB history to score 10 runs in the first inning of a postseason game.

The Nationals will play the Cardinals on Friday in game 1 of the NLCS at 8:08 pm.

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The fallout from Houston Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey supporting anti-government protestors in Hong Kong has not subsided. The LA Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets played a preseason game in Shanghai on Thursday, but there was none of the usual media hype. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver tried to make the situation tenable saying, “I think tolerance for differing societies’ approaches, tolerance for differing points of view and the ability to listen. Certainly I don’t come here, either as the commissioner of the NBA or as an American, to tell others how they should run their governments.” A group of bipartisan Members of Congress including Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and New York’s Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent a letter to Silver urging the NBA to show “courage and integrity” in standing up to the Chinese government.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jay Gruden Fired, Colts O-Line Keeps Mahomes Off Field, Prescott Says We Sniffed Ourselves Too Much, McCaffey Exciting, Joe Tsai Says Tweet Damaging

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After an 0-5 start to the season, the Washington Redskins fired Jay Gruden as Head Coach. In his career with the Redskins, he’s gone 35-49-1 in 6 seasons with only 1 playoff appearance in 2015. Bill Callahan will take over as interim Head Coach.

In some other NFL weekend highlights, the Indianapolis Colts offensive line let quarterback Jacoby Brissett do his thing and kept Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes off the field handing the Chiefs their first loss of the season.  Colts 19, Chiefs 13

The Dallas Cowboys fought valiantly against the Green Bay Packers, but after a missed field goal with a minute left to play, they now have their second straight loss following a 3-0 start to the season. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott threw three interceptions and blamed the team’s arrogance for the loss. In his post-game press conference, he said: “All I could say that sure we might’ve sniffed ourselves a little bit too much.” Packers 34, Cowboys 24

One of the most exciting players in the NFL right now is the Carolina Panthers’ running back Christian McCaffrey. In a 34-27 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, McCaffrey has three touchdowns and leads the league with 866 yards from scrimmage.

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The NBA has been trying to develop a close relationship with China for many years and even has an NBA office in China. The league is not looking to foster any controversies which is why Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s recently deleted tweet (“Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.”) supporting the protesters has caused an uproar. Nets owner and co-founder of Chinese company Alibaba, Joe Tsai, took to Facebook to point out how damaging the tweet was and said that Morey “was not as well informed as he should have been. But the hurt that this incident has caused will take a long time to repair.”

 

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Braves Blame Acuña Jr. On Loss, Dodgers Cruise To Victory, Russell Wilson’s 4 TD’s, SI Lays Off Staff

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In a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the first game of the National League Division Series, the Atlanta Braves blamed center fielder Ronald Acuña Jr. for not hustling. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Acuña Jr. hit a high fly ball, but instead of running full force to land on second base, he held his bat while looking at the ball and casually strutted to first. Cardinals 7, Braves 6

In the other NLDS matchup, the Los Angeles Dodgers cruised to an easy first game win over the Washington Nationals. Dodgers 6, Nationals 0

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In Thursday night football, the Seattle Seahawks faced tough competition against the Los Angeles Rams, but thanks to an inspired game by Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson, who went 17-23, 268 yards and 4 touchdowns, Seattle held on for a big win. Seahawks 30, Rams 29

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Sports Illustrated’s management laid off 35-40% of the editorial staff.  Authentic Brands Group purchased Sports Illustrated for $110 million in May and leased its media operations to Seattle start-up Maven. Maven is expected to recruit freelancers and bloggers to replace salaried SI writers. Staffers of the iconic magazine claim the job losses are worse than expected and morale is low.

 

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