Archive for January, 2020

The World Mourns NBA Legend Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant, the transformational NBA legend, died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday. Kobe’s 13-year old daughter Gianna and seven others were with the 41-year old superstar. Bryant was en route to coach in a game at his Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks.

Kobe entered the NBA right out of high school and played all 20 of his pro seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. His accomplishments included winning 5 Championships, a 2008 MVP, two-time Finals MVP, 18-times All-Star, four-time All-Star MVP, and two gold medals with USA Basketball in 2008 and 2012. He was also widely revered for his work ethic, his competitive spirit, and his commitment to being a loving and dedicated father. Rest in peace Kobe, Gianna and the others who died in this horrible tragedy.

 

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15-Year Old Coco Eliminates #1 Naomi, Serena Loses, LeBron & Giannis Named Captains For All-Star Game

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In the third round of the Australian Open, 15-year old Coco Gauff eliminated former #1 Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4. Coco is the youngest player to beat a reigning women’s champion at the Australian Open and the youngest since Jennifer Capriate in 1991 to beat a top-five opponent in a woman’s tour-level match. After the match, Coco effused, “Honestly, like, what is my life? Like, oh, my gosh Two years ago, I lost first round in juniors and now I’m here. This is crazy.”

In other Open news, Serena Williams lost 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5 to 27th seeded Wang Qiang in the third round, her earliest exit in 14 years.

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The League announced LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will again be captains and starters for the NBA All-Star Game on February 16th in Chicago. The other starters in the East are Kemba Walker, Trae Young, Pascal Siakam and Joel Embiid. In the West, the starters are James Harden, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, and Luka Doncic. Next Thursday the League will announce the reserves.

 

 

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Eli Manning Retiring, Zion Williamson’s Exciting Debut

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After 16 seasons at quarterback and two Super Bowl MVP’s with the New York Giants, Eli Manning announced he’s retiring. At 39 years old, Manning holds the franchise’s record for passing yards, touchdowns and completion percentage. He was drafted #1 in 2004 by the San Diego Chargers and then traded to the Giants where he played his entire career winning the Super Bowl in 2007 and 2011. Manning will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in five years, and considering he’s only one of five players (Joe Montana, Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw and Tom Brady) in NFL history with at least two Super Bowl MVP’s, he’ll likely be a shoo-in.

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Zion Williamson did not disappoint in his much-anticipated debut Wednesday night in New Orleans. He scored 22 points including 17 straight in the 4th quarter. Pelicans’ coach Alvin Gentry ultimately pulled him out before the game was over to make sure he wasn’t extending himself too much in his first official outing after his injury. The Pelicans ended up losing to the San Antonio Spurs 121-117, but the excitement of their #1 pick energized the crowd giving them great hope for the future.

 

 

 

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Derek Jeter & Larry Walker Hall Of Fame, Zion’s Debut

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To no one’s surprise, Derek Jeter was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The big surprise was he was one vote shy of being a unanimous pick, receiving 396 out of 397 votes. Last year, his teammate Mariano Rivera was the first and only unanimous selection. Also making it into the Hall was Larry Walker (Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies, and St. Louis Cardinals) who was in his last year of eligibility. Earlier in the day, Walker tweeted he thought he’d be a little short in the voting, so he was overwhelmed when he got the call and heard he cleared the 75% threshold.

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On Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs, we’ll see the long-awaited debut of the 2019 #1 pick, the Pelicans’ Zion Williamson. Zion suffered a knee injury and had meniscus surgery on October 21st.

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Lillard Sets Record For Player 6’2″ Or Shorter, Westbrook Joins LeBron In Triple-Doubles, Tim Tebow Marries Miss Universe

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Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard scored 11 3-pointers and set a franchise record of 61 points in a 129-124 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors on Monday. Lillard beat his own record of 60 points earlier this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lillard has the two highest-scoring marks in NBA history by a player 6’2″ (Damian is 6’2″) or shorter.

Also making history, Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook became the second player in NBA history to record a triple-double against all 30 franchises. Westbrook joins LeBron James in this feat.

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Tim Tebow, the former NFL quarterback/ Heisman Trophy winner and current minor league baseball player for the New York Mets, married former Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.

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Kansas City Chiefs Vs San Francisco 49ers In Super Bowl LIV

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In the NFL’s 100th season, Super Bowl LIV (54) is set with the Kansas City Chiefs squaring off against the San Francisco 49ers. The lineup features two head coaches who have never won a Super Bowl ring and clearly have something to prove this time around.

Here are some highlights from both Conference Championship games:

In the AFC, last season’s MVP Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth in a spectacular performance to beat the Tennessee Titans 35-24.  The Chiefs will make their first appearance in the Super Bowl in 50 years.

In the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers dominated the Green Bay Packers for a 37-20 win thanks to star performances from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and running back Raheem Mostert (who scored four touchdowns and rushed for 220 yards).

The Super Bowl is slated for Feb. 2 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

 

 

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Drew Rosenhaus Terminated Relationship With Brown, Bengals/Browns Marijuana Petition, Giants Hire First Female Coach

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Drew Rosenhaus terminated his relationship with troubled wide receiver Antonio Brown until Brown gets the help he needs. Brown was released from the Oakland Raiders at the beginning of the 2019 season then was picked up by the New England Patriots. After sexual assault allegations surfaced, he was released from the Patriots and is now currently a free agent (with no agent).

Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns fans are petitioning the State Medical Board of Ohio to legally obtain medical marijuana. Even though most submissions deal with medical illnesses, there was an actual detailed submission called “Bengals/Browns Fans” outlining the need for marijuana due to suffering from their teams’ losing season(s) and inability to ever win a Super Bowl.

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The San Francisco Giants hired the first female full-time coach in Major League Baseball history. Alyssa Nakken will be an assistant under Giants manager Gabe Kapler.

 

 

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Mets “Mutually Part Ways” With Beltran Over Scandal, Warrant Issued For Odell Beckham Jr.

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The fallout from the MLB sign-stealing scandal continues. The New York Mets announced they are “mutually parting ways” with Carlos Beltran (the recently named Manager of the Mets who played for the Mets from 2005 to 2911). According to the MLB report, “Approximately two months into the 2017 season, a group of players, including Carlos Beltrán, discussed that the team could improve on decoding opposing teams’ signs and communicating the signs to the batter.”

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The New Orleans police issued an arrest warrant for Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for battery after he slapped a police officer in the rear. The incident took place after Monday night’s LSU win over Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

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Red Sox “Part Ways” With Cora, OBJ Hands Out Cash To LSU Players

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The Major League Baseball sign-stealing drama continues. After the Astros fired their GM and Manager on Monday, the Red Sox have now agreed to “part ways” with their manager Alex Cora. Cora participated in the cheating scandal when he was the bench coach for the Astros in 2017 and possibly in 2018 when he was the manager with the Red Sox.

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Odell Beckham Jr. (a former LSU player and current Cleveland Brown wide receiver) created an online buzz when he was seen handing out what appeared to be cash to LSU players after they won the College Football National Championship. Turns out the cash wasn’t real, but it was a fun celebration to watch.

 

 

 

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Burrow’s 6 TD’s, LSU Wins College Football Championship, Astros Fire Personnel For Scandal

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With six touchdowns, Heisman Trophy winner Quarterback Joe Burrow led LSU to a 42-25 victory over Clemson in the College Football Championship.

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Major League Baseball came down hard on the Houston Astros for their role in a sign-stealing scandal during the 2017 season where they won the World Series. The Astros will have to forfeit their first and second-round draft picks for 2020 and 2021 and will be fined $5 million. Due to the severity of the issue, team owner Jim Crane fired general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hunch.

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