Archive for December, 2019

LA Lakers Tied For Best Record In NBA, Kawhi Honored By Raptors And Received “F You” Championship Ring

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The LA Lakers are an exciting team to watch this season. At 22-3 (winning the last 13 of 14 games), they are tied for the best record in the NBA. LeBron James continues to shine with his sixth triple-double this season in a 96-87 win on Wednesday night over the Orlando Magic.

Kawhi Leonard helped the Toronto Raptors win the NBA Championship last season and has moved on to play with the LA Clippers. Leonard was back in Toronto on Wednesday night, and his former team honored him with a video tribute. As part of the ceremony, the Raptors gave him his championship ring. The ring is engraved with a middle finger symbol, and Kawhi said it’s an “F You”symbol. According to Kawhi, there isn’t a hidden meaning just a simple reminder to wear the ring on his middle finger. He said, “It reminds me, ‘Put it on my middle finger.’ ” Clippers prevailed over the Raptors in a 112-92 win.

 

 

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Cole’s Record $324 Million Contract, Urban Meyer A Cowboy?

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Pitcher Gerrit Cole’s new nine-year $324 million contract with the New York Yankees shattered the previous record (set on Monday) of Stephen Strasburg’s seven-year $245 million contract with the Washington Nationals. At 29 years old, Cole went 20-5 for the Houston Astros and finished second in the American League Cy Young voting.

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In the last few weeks there’s been rumors floating around that the Dallas Cowboys will fire coach Jason Garrett. Recently, there’s been speculation that Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones is looking to hire former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. Jones denied speaking with Meyer but didn’t rule out the possibility down the line.

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Heisman Candidates Announced, Eli Back In Loss On MNF, Russia Banned From Olympics

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The finalists for the Heisman Trophy (awarded to the most outstanding college football player) were announced. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and Ohio State defensive end Chase Young will travel to New York for the awards ceremony on Saturday night at 8:00 pm ET.  Burrow (who played his first three years at Ohio State) is the odds-on favorite to win.

In Monday Night Football, Giants quarterback Eli Manning was back on the field replacing injured rookie Daniel Jones. Eli looked solid in the first half throwing for two touchdowns, but couldn’t hold the momentum and lost 23-17 in overtime to the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s unclear whether Eli will play again this season (Jones has an ankle sprain), or if he’ll retire at the end of the year.

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The World Anti-Doping Agency banned Russia from international sports for tampering with drug-testing data. The judgment prevents Russia from having a formal presence at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. Russian athletes will be allowed to compete as long as they haven’t been individually involved in doping or tampering. Russia will certainly appeal this ruling so stay tuned for a final decision.

 

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Saints, Ravens, Chiefs Secure Playoff Spots, 49ers & Broncos On Roll, College Rankings Set, Brady Wears OSU Gear

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The NFL regular season is almost over, and three teams (New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs) have already secured playoff spots. With three weeks to go and nine playoff spots left, every game is important. In a few highlights from Sunday’s games, the San Francisco 49ers prevailed over the New Orleans Saints in a thrilling 48-46 victory allotting them the current #1 seed in the NFC. The Denver Broncos also had a good week. Their rookie quarterback, Drew Lock, has only started two games, but he’s won both and looks promising. In Sunday’s 38-24 win over the Houston Texans, Lock threw for three touchdowns (with one interception). Star linebacker Von Miller said about him, “That guy is an (expletive) rock star.”

In college football news, the Playoff rankings are set with LSU finishing first, followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Oklahoma. The semifinals will be on December 28th at the Fiesta Bowl (Ohio State vs Clemson) in Arizona and the Peach Bowl (LSU vs Oklahoma) in Atlanta. The National Championship will be on January 13th in New Orleans. For a list of all the Bowl games, click here.

Ohio State had a lot to celebrate over the weekend. Not only did they secure their spot in the  semifinals of the college football playoffs, but they also beat rival, University of Michigan, forcing Michigan alums, Tom Brady and Chase Winovich to pose for a photo wearing OSU gear. The photo quickly went viral.

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Cowboys Lose To Bears, Kaepernick Receiver Gets Signed

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The Dallas Cowboys’ season is unraveling with a 31-24 loss to the Chicago Bears on Thursday night. The Cowboys have now lost three straight games and are 6-7 on the season. The Bears’ quarterback Mitchell Trubisky served up four touchdowns (three throwing and one running) in the win.

A few weeks ago, controversial former 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick worked out for a select group of NFL teams, but still remains unsigned. The player catching passes from Kaepernick fared much better. The Washington Redskins signed 24-year old Jordan Veasy to their practice squad after fielding passes from Kaepernick. Veasy stated,

 

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Mets In Talks With Steve Cohen, ISU Nominates Auschwitz-Themed Costume

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The New York Mets are in talks with hedge fund manager Steve Cohen to sell up to 80% of the team at a value of $2.6 billion. According to Bloomberg News, the announcement states that as part of the agreement “Fred Wilpon will remain in the role of the Control Person and CEO for five years and Jeff Wilpon will remain in his role of Chief Operating Officer for the five-year period as well.”

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The International Skating Union apologized for nominating an Auschwitz-themed skating outfit for a best costume award. Anton Shulepov skated to the theme from “Schindler’s List” while wearing a yellow star similar to what Jewish prisoners wore during the Holocaust. The Skating Union apologized stating that the nomination was a mistake, and they had meant to nominate a different outfit Shulepov wore. According to the Anti Defamation League, the apology was “inadequate” as the ISU had posted the picture of the Auschwitz-themed costume in its nomination. Many took to social media to express their disgust with one twitter user saying, “I am truly shocked at the inclusion of Anton Shulepov’s free skate costume in the best costume list. It is irresponsible and offensive. The horrors of genocide is not entertainment. Remove it immediately.”

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Ron Rivera Fired By Panthers, Harden’s Breakaway Dunk Doesn’t Count

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With only four weeks left in the NFL regular season, teams are starting to re-think their coaching needs. On Tuesday, the Carolina Panthers fired coach Ron Rivera. Rivera led the Panthers to the Super Bowl after the 2015 season, but the team missed the playoffs last year and don’t appear to be making the playoffs this year. There could be more coaching layoffs in the weeks to come.

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The Houston Rockets lost in double-overtime to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, but the team is hoping the NBA will overturn the loss due to the Rockets’ James Harden’s breakaway dunk. Harden dunked the ball with 7:50 remaining in the game and the Rockets leading 104-89. The refs said the shot wasn’t good due to basket interference, but then after the game, they reviewed the call and determined the ball did clear the basket.  The refs also stated that Houston could have challenged the play but let too much time elapse.  The successful dunk could have changed the course of the game, and Houston is holding out hope the NBA will make amends.

 

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Seahawks Beat Vikings In MNF, Minshew To Start Over Foles

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In a high-stakes Monday Night Football game, the Seattle Seahawks held on for a 37-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings. With the leadership of quarterback Russell Wilson (who holds the best quarterback record in night games since the 1970 merger), the Seahawks take over first place in the NFC West. Check out the team’s choreographed dance after David Moore’s touchdown.

Gardner Minshew II and his iconic mustache will be back on the field after the Jacksonville Jaguars benched their $88 million dollar quarterback Nick Foles. Minshew started for the team (going 4-4) while Foles was recovering from a broken collarbone. After four straight ugly losses, the Jags plan to start Minshew for the rest of the season.

 

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Major Upset In Iron Bowl, Ole Miss Fires Coach, Ravens Beat 49ers, Pats Lose To Texans, Bengals Finally Win

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Alabama suffered a major upset on Saturday losing to rival Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Alabama coach Nick Saban criticized the officiating during the 48-45 loss, referencing the 1 second placed on the clock before halftime (allowing Auburn to kick a field goal) and the penalty for too many players on the field in the final seconds of the game. With the loss, the Crimson Tide slide out of playoff contention.

Just days after Ole Miss lost the Egg Bowl due to an embarrassing touchdown celebration, the athletic director fired coach Matt Luke. Luke had been with the team for three seasons.

In the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens’ win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday put the Ravens at the top of the AFC rankings (slightly edging out the New England Patriots who lost 28-22 to the Houston Texans).  Ravens 20, 49ers 17.

In other NFL news, the Cincinnati Bengals finally won a game this season with their victory over the New York Jets. Bengals 22, Jets 6

For more week 13 NFL games, click here.

 

 

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