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Rays Even Series, Seahawks Looking At Antonio Brown, LSU Banning Odell Beckham Jr

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Tampa Bay’s Brandon Lowe found his form and hit two home runs for a 6-4 win over the Dodgers in Game 2. The World Series is now tied at 1 game apiece with Game 3 on Friday night.

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The Seattle Seahawks are one of many teams looking to sign Antonio Brown now that his suspension is ending. The NFL suspended Brown for eight games due to multiple conduct violations including sexual abuse.

The NCAA is continuing to investigate LSU for illegal booster payments to its football players. While the investigation continues, the Tigers self-imposed penalties including losing eight scholarships, reducing recruiting visits, and banning Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from its football facilities. Odell was caught on camera giving $2,000 in cash to four Tigers football players after the team beat Clemson in last year’s College Football National Championship.

 

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Dodgers Take Game 1 Thanks To Kershaw, Bellinger, & Betts, Cohen Cleared To Buy Mets

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The LA Dodgers dominated Game 1 of the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Clayton Kershaw has had prior troubles in his postseason appearances, but last night he overcame those struggles and only allowed just one run in six innings. Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts also contributed to the Dodgers’s impressive 8-3 win.  Even though it’s only one win, 20 of the last 25 World Series champions won Game 1 of the series.  Game 2 tonight at 8:08 pm ET.

In other baseball news, MLB’s Ownership Committee approved Steve Cohen’s bid to buy the NY Mets. Cohen’s net worth is $14.6 billion, which, in a league without a salary cap, could make a difference for the team.

 

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Chiefs Beat Bills, Mahomes Makes History, Cowboys Destroyed By Cardinals, Game 1 World Series

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In the first of two Monday Night Football games, the Kansas City Chiefs handily beat the Buffalo Bills 26-17. Thanks to solid performances from quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and Clyde Edwards-Hellaire, the Chiefs offense was too much for the Bills. Mahomes even made history by becoming the fastest player in NFL history to throw 90 career touchdown passes (37 games), while Dan Marino hit this goal in 40 games.

The Dallas Cowboys got destroyed by the Arizona Cardinals in the second game of the night. The lopsided 38-10 win was almost all due to mistakes from Dallas players: Ezekiel Elliot fumbled twice and Andy Dalton threw two interceptions.

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Tyler Glasnow (Pitcher Tampa Bay Rays) and Clayton Kershaw (Pitcher LA Dodgers) will take the mound tonight for Game 1 of the World Series at 8:09 pm ET.

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Dodgers Vs Rays In World Series, Brady Connects With Gronk For 91st TD, Saban Coaches Alabama’s Win Over Georgia, Big Ten/Mountain West Begin Season

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The World Series matchup is set. Thanks in part to a monstrous seventh-inning home run by Cody Bellinger, the LA Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves in an exciting Game 7. They will now take on the Tampa Bay Rays who bested the Houston Astros in their Game 7. The Dodgers haven’t won the World Series since 1988, and the Rays have never held the title. Game 1 is on Tuesday at 8:09 pm ET.

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Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers obliterated the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Brady even connected with tight end Rob Gronkowski for their 91st touchdown (the third most by any teammates trailing only Steve Young to Jerry Rice with 92 TD’s and Peyton Manning to Marvin Harrison at 114).

In the NCAA over the weekend, Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week, was able to coach on Saturday and led the Crimson Tide to a 41-24 win over their rival Georgia.

The Big Ten and Mountain West begin their delayed 2020 season this weekend with a much-anticipated matchup between Ohio State and Nebraska.

 

 

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Bell To Chiefs, Decisive Friday Night In ALCS/NLCS, Ty Lue Clippers Head Coach

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Former New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell signed a one-year deal with the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs.

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We could potentially know the American League and National League champions on Friday night.  The Tampa Bay Rays, now up 3-2 after the Houston Astros rallied to win their second straight game, will try and close out their series. And, just a day after the Los Angeles Dodgers set a hitting record, their offense collapsed, and they are now one game away from elimination.

ALCS: Astros vs Rays at 6:07 pm ET

NLCS: Dodgers vs Braves at 9:08 pm ET

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The Los Angeles Clippers agreed to a five-year deal with Tyronn Lue to become the next head coach. Ty takes over for Doc Rivers.

 

 

 

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Saban Tests Positive, 19 Gators Test Positive, Dodgers Make History With 11 Runs, Astros Still Alive

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban tested positive for Covid-19 and will be self-isolating this week. Offensive coordinator Steve Sakisian is prepping the #2 ranked Crimson Tide for their big matchup against #3 Georgia on Sunday. The 69-year-old Saban said he wasn’t experiencing any symptoms and will take another test to see if he can coach this weekend.

In other college football news, the Florida Gators are dealing with a major outbreak of coronavirus cases. The Gators postponed their matchup against LSU this weekend after 19 players tested positive.

BASEBALL

The Los Angeles Dodgers came out swinging and made history in Game 3 against the Atlanta Braves. They scored 11 runs in just the first inning (the most runs ever scored in a single inning by a team in MLB playoff history) and went on to destroy the Braves 15-3. Atlanta leads the series 2-1 with game 4 at 8:08 pm ET tonight.

In the other playoff game, the Houston Astros kept their season alive by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3. The Rays lead 3-1 with game 5 at 5:07 pm ET tonight.

 

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Jets Release Le’Veon Bell, Titans Overpower Bills, Astros On Brink, Dodgers Need A Win

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Le’Veon Bell is finally out of New York. The running back signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the Jets in March of 2019 and has been at odds with coach Adam Gase ever since. No word yet on where Bell will land.

The Tennessee Titans only practiced three times in 16 days due to coronavirus issues, but that didn’t stop them from overpowering the Buffalo Bills on a rescheduled Tuesday night game. Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in the 42-16 win over the Bills. The Titans are now 4-0 for the season.

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The Houston Astros are on the brink of elimination with a 2-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. The Astros are now up 3-0 with game 4 Wednesday night at 8:40 pm.

The Dodgers need to find their mojo against the Atlanta Braves. With an 8-7 win on Tuesday, the Braves are up 2-0 in the series. Game 3 is Wednesday night at 6:05 pm.

 

 

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Saints Rally For OT Win, Justin Herbert Shines On MNF, Bills/Titans Tues Night, Braves Beat Dodgers, Rays Up 2-0

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On Monday Night Football, the New Orleans Saints rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Los Angeles Chargers 30-27 in overtime.  Even though the Chargers lost, rookie Justin Herbert had an impressive debut at quarterback throwing four touchdowns in his first game as a starter. He is the first rookie quarterback to throw four touchdowns on Monday Night Football.

Due to COVID-19 scheduling issues, the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans will play tonight (Tuesday). This will be a battle of two unbeaten teams.

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The Atlanta Braves beat the LA Dodgers in game 1 of the National League Championship Series. Both teams were previously undefeated in the playoffs. In the ALCS, the Tampa Bay Rays went up 2-0 on the Houston Astros.

 

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Lakers Win NBA Championship, LeBron’s 4th Finals MVP, Alex Smith Back, Prescott Out, Seahawks 5-0, Falcons 0-5, Swiatek & Nadal Win French Open

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The Los Angeles Lakers handily beat the Miami Heat in Game 6 to win the NBA Finals. The NBA champions are now tied (with the Boston Celtics) for the third-most major North American sports titles (17). LeBron James won his fourth championship and fourth Finals MVP, becoming the first player in NBA history to win MVP with three different teams.

Kudos to the NBA for managing to pull off a 172 game season over three months in the Walt Disney World bubble with no coronavirus outbreaks.

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After suffering a major injury two seasons ago, quarterback Alex Smith returned to the Washington Football Team after starter Kyle Allen got knocked out of the game. Two years ago, Smith broke his fibula and tibia in his right leg, and after 17 surgeries contracted an infection that doctors feared would require them to amputate his leg.

Unfortunately, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott needed surgery Sunday night on his ankle and is unlikely to return this season.

For the first time in franchise history, the Seattle Seahawks are starting the season 5-0.

On the other hand, the Atlanta Falcons are now 0-5 on the season and have fired head coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff.

TENNIS

Nineteen-year-old Iga Swiatek (ranked #54 in the world) beat Sofia Kenin to win the French Open.

In the men’s final, Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic to claim his 20th Grand Slam title. The only other player with 20 Grand Slams is Roger Federer.

 

 

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Baseball Playoffs Update, LeBron’s Wheaties Box

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In the best of five American League Division Series, the Yankees lost Game 3  8-4 and are now down 2-1 against the Tampa Bay Rays. A crucial Game 4 is Thursday night. The Oakland A’s survived a 7-4 deficit to win  9-7 against the Houston Astros who are now up 2-1 in the series.

In the NLDS, the LA Dodgers held on with a 6-5 win over the San Diego Padres to take a 2-0 series lead, while the Atlanta Braves also secured a 2-0 lead over the Miami Marlins.

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LeBron James replaces Serena Williams as the next Wheaties Athlete. His cereal box will be a bit different than other stars, however. Along with an image of LeBron dunking, there are pictures of children and staff from his I Promise School (which provides education for at-risk kids to get their high school diploma and free college education).

 

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