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Rookie Kuzma Leads Lakers, Longoria Traded, Brady’s Trainer Causing Friction

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The Houston Rockets 14 game consecutive winning streak (the 4th longest in franchise history) ended Wednesday night in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. James Harden did his best shooting 51 points and 9 assists, but Lakers’ rookie Kyle Kuzma was on fire with 38 points including seven 3-pointers. The rest of the team, including Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, came together to put on show and stop the mighty Rockets. Unfortunately for the Rockets, all-star Chris Paul left the game in the 4th quarter with a strained adductor. No word yet on the seriousness of the injury.  Lakers 122, Rockets 116.

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The San Francisco Giants made a big statement by trading to get star third baseman Evan Longoria from the Tampa Bay Rays. The Giants gave up one of their top prospects, infielder Christian Arroyo, in the trade. We’ll have to wait until next season to determine which team got the better deal.

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Tom Brady’s trainer has reportedly caused some friction with coach Bill Belichick. Belichick apparently doesn’t like Alex Guerrero’s “non-traditional” training techniques and questionable medical background. Brady credits Guerrero for keeping him in such great shape and has even made Guerrero his son’s godfather. Belichick wants only his medical staff treating the players so has rescinded some of Guerrero’s perks like traveling with the team and enjoying a sideline pass during games.

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Bellinger And Judge Win Rookie Of They Year Honors, Newton Leads Panthers Over Dolphins

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The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger captured the National League Rookie of the Year honors. The votes were unanimous for Bellinger who hit a rookie record 39 home-runs this season (despite only starting on April 29th). This is the second year in a row a Dodger rookie won the award. Last year, Corey Seager unanimously won.

In the American League, The New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge also unanimously secured the honor after hitting 52 home runs this season. PepsiCo sees star quality in Judge and made him a national spokesperson. According to their senior director of sports marketing, “His style of play embodies fun and excitement, and that’s what we’re all about. From his amazing catches to his monstrous home runs, whether you are a Yankee fan or not, you have to watch him. How he handles himself makes him a great ambassador for our brand and company on and off the field.”

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Quarterback Cam Newton carried the Carolina Panthers to a monstrous win over the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football. Newton passed for four touchdowns with 95 rushing yards. Panthers 45, Dolphins 21.

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Major Fights In NFL, American Woman Won Marathon, Verlander/Upton Wed

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Three majors fights broke out on the field on Sunday.  Cincinnati Bengals A.J. Green and Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey were needling each during the first half of the game,  then as the half was almost over, Green touched Ramsey’s shoulder and Ramsey shoved him back. Green then put Ramsey in a choke hold and the rest of the teammates jumped into the fray. Green apologized during the press conference and said, “I shouldn’t have reacted that way. I apologize to my teammates, [Bengals owner Mike] Brown, and everybody, because that’s not who I am. It just got the best of me today.” He went on to say, “As a player, as a man, and a father, that’s a reflection of me. I should have walked off in that whole situation. I definitely learned from this experience. It’s never going to happen again. I regret my actions. Whatever the punishment, I accept it. I put myself in that situation.” Jaguars won 23-7.

In all, five players were ejected on Sunday and many more could be fined during replays this coming week. In addition to the Bengals’ A.J. Green, and the Jaguars Jalen Ramsey, the 49ers’ Carlos Hyde and the Cardinals’ Frostee Rucker and Haason Reddick all left the game.

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For the first time in 40 years, an American woman, Salame Flanagan,  won the NYC Marathon.  She crossed the finish line in two hours, 26 minutes, and 53 seconds.

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Houston Astros’ Justin Verlander is having an exciting week. Just days after celebrating his team’s World Series win, he flew to Italy over the weekend to marry his supermodel fiancée Kate Upton.

 

 

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Houston Astros Win World Series First Time In Franchise History, Proposal, Papa Johns Blames Anthem For Poor Sales

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The Houston Astros sailed to an easy game 7 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers to secure their first World Series Trophy in franchise history! This was a sentimental and well-deserved victory for the Astros. Four years ago no one would have expected this team to be in the winners circle having lost at least 106 games for three years in a row. Outfielder George Springer dominated the Series and unanimously earned the MVP award with 5 home-runs and a .379 batting average. Astros Catcher Brian McCann summed up the feeling on the team when he said,  “The view I get, the talent I get to watch every night, we’re going to look back in five, 10, 15 years and it’s going to be, ‘I can’t believe all those guys were on the same team.’ That’s the kind of talent I get to witness every night.’’ Congratulations Astros!

Houston shortstop Carlos Correa stunned his girlfriend, Miss 2016 Texas USA Daniella Rodriguez, and stunned the announcers when after the game (in a seemingly rote interview), he asked Daniella to marry him. Watch the proposal!

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The CEO of Papa Johns, John Schnatter, told WDRB.com that the reason their third quarter pizza sales are down is because of the national anthem controversy. Papa Johns is famously linked to football via a deal with the NFL but most recognizably through their future Hall of Fame spokesperson, Peyton Manning. Schnatter said, “This should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago. Like many sponsors, we are in contact with the NFL and once the issue is resolved between the players and the owners, we are optimistic that the NFL’s best years are ahead. But good or bad, leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership.”

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Dodgers Force Game 7 Wed Night, Kaepernick’s Lawyer Says He’ll Be Signed In 10 Days

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The Los Angeles Dodgers forced a game 7 against the Houston Astros in what has become an epic World Series! This will be the first ever winner take all game 7 at Dodger Stadium, and it’s also the first time there’s been a back to back game 7 World Series since the 2001/2002 seasons. If the Dodgers win, this will be their first title since 1988. If the Astros win, this will be their first World Series title in franchise history. Game 7 Wednesday night at 8:20 pm ET.

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Now that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been traded by the New England Patriots to the San Francisco 49ers, there’s speculation the Patriots could grab Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick has filed a complaint claiming the League has colluded against him, but recently his lawyer told the Adam Carolla show. “I think within the next 10 days somebody will sign him.”  “I think the NFL has to come to their senses, and realize every day that goes by just proves the collusion case even more.”

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Astros Take 3-2 Lead In Series After Crazy Games, 30 Texans Take Knee, College Rankings

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The Houston Astros took a 3-2 lead in the World Series after a couple of crazy weekend games. The Los Angeles Dodgers pulled out a win in Houston on Saturday night to even up the series. Sunday night’s game, however, made us forget about all the others and could go down as one of the most exciting World Series games ever. The Dodgers led in the 4th and 5th innings, then the Astros blew a lead in the 7th and 9th innings. Finally, Houston pulled out a 13-12 win in the 10th inning. Crazy!  As the Astros reliever Brad Peacock stated, “It’s the greatest game I’ve ever been part of. The greatest game I ever watched. You’re watching it, and you’re thinking, “God dang, this is crazy watching it. It’s something I’ve never seen, and I’m not sure I want to see again. I’ll remember this for the rest of my life.’’The Series heads back to LA for Game 6.

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Thirty Houston Texan players took a knee or sat during the National Anthem before Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks in protest of owner Bob McNair’s comment last week during the NFL owners meeting in New York. McNair said, “we can’t have the inmates running the prison.” McNair apologized later for his use of words, but the players still wanted to make a statement. The Texans battled mightily, especially rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, against the Seahawks t0ugh defense, but couldn’t pull out the win. Seahawks 41, Texans 38.

It was an exciting weekend of college football. The big winners were Ohio State who came from behind to beat rival Penn State and jumped ahead three slots in the Amway Coaches poll to #3, while Notre Dame pulled to a #8 slot in a win over North Carolina State. The undisputed #1 is still Alabama. For all rankings, click here.

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Girardi’s Contract Not Renewed, J.J. Watt Ceremonial Pitch, Flacco Concussion, Joe Tsai Stake In Nets

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New York Yankee longtime manager Joe Girardi will not be returning to the team. After 10 years with the franchise, six postseason appearances and one World Series title, the Yankee organization decided to go in a different direction. Many had speculated about Girardi’s departure, as he was completing a 4 year $16 million dollar contract and had expressed a desire to spend more time with his family. His statement to the media, however, made it sound very one sided.  He said, “With a heavy heart, I come to you because the Yankees have decided not to bring me back.” The Yankee organization has not announced a replacement and will not discuss the issue until the World Series ends.

Game 3 of the World Series is Friday night at Minute Maid Park. Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt will have the honor of throwing out the first pitch. Watt broke his leg in week 5 and will be out the remainder of the season. That hasn’t stopped him, however, from continuing his fundraising drive to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. To date, Watt has raised $37 million.

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Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso was flagged for unnecessary roughness for a hit to Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco on Thursday night. The hit occurred in the 2nd quarter, and Flacco had to be placed in concussion protocol and taken off the field for the remainder of the game. Flacco’s replacement Ryan Mallett stayed strong leading the team to a 40-0 win, the team’s largest shutout in franchise history.

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Alibaba co-founder Joseph Tsai has agreed to purchase a 49% stake in the Brooklyn Nets with an option down the road of buying a controlling interest in the team. The Nets are valued at $2.3 billion, not including the Barclays Center. Tsai was a football and lacrosse player at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey (where he recently donated the largest single gift in the school’s history) and went on to graduate from Yale University and Yale law school.

 

 

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Scully Sets Stage For Memorable Game 2 And Astros Win, Bryant Benched

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Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers’ announcer Vin Scully who retired in 2016  set the stage for a memorable World Series game 2.  When Scully walked out of the dugout with a ball in his hand ready to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, the crowd went wild. Scully pretended to throw, but then called out his replacement pitcher, former Dodger Fernando Valenzuela. The stadium erupted!

Game 2 was a classic. With a record 8 home-runs and 5 of them in extra innings, the Astros and Dodgers put on a show. The Astros became the first team to homer in the 9th, 10th, and 11th innings of a post-season game.  It took George Springer’s HR in the 11th to give the Astros the win to tie the series 1-1.  Game 3 takes place Friday night in Houston. Astros 7, Dodgers 6.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers benched receiver Martavis Bryant for his use of social media after his most recent outburst. Bryant took to Instagram to insist he’s better than his teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster. He stated, “I feel like I’m better than every receiver or any receiver I played with For (JuJu), he feels the same way. (Antonio Brown) feels the same way. Justin Hunter feels the same way. Everybody feel the same way.” Bryant is a talented yet divisive player who is coming off a year suspension for substance abuse. There don’t appear to be plans to trade him, but he won’t be on the field this weekend against the Detroit Lions.

 

 

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Kershaw Helps Dodgers Win Game 1, MLB Player Taking Knee Denied Service

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Dodgers pitching ace Clayton Kershaw made Tuesday night’s game one of the World Series look easy. With 11 strikeouts in a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros, the 2 hour 28 minute was the shortest World Series game in 25 years. The Dodgers began the night on a high when Chris Taylor hit a home-run on the first pitch of the game (only the 4th player in history to do so in a World Series game). It’s only the first game, but according to the stats, 64% of the time, the game 1 winner wins the best of seven series.  At 103 degrees, the game was also the hottest game in post-season baseball history. Game 2 is Wednesday night at 8:09 pm ET.

Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell claims he was denied service at a restaurant in Alabama because he knelt during the National Anthem. Maxwell is the only Major League Baseball player so far to kneel during the Anthem, and according to Maxwell, the waiter was upset. Maxwell told TMZ, “He was like, ‘You’re the guy who took the knee? I voted for Trump and I stand for everything he stands for.’ ”

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Eagles’ Wentz Put On Show, Curry Fined $50K, World Series Begins

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Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz put on a show throwing for 4 touchdowns to 4 different receivers in a big win over the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. The winless Cleveland Browns could have had Wentz as their QB, but they gave away their #2 pick in 2016 to the Philadelphia Eagles who immediately scooped him up.  The Eagles at 6-1 currently have the best record in the NFL. Eagles 34, Redskins 24.

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On Saturday night, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry threw his mouthguard in the direction of an official in a loss against the Memphis Grizzlies. Curry, along with Kevin Durant, were ejected in the 4th quarter. On Monday, the NBA fined Curry $50,000. When asked about the incident, Curry said, “I thought I got fouled and my frustration boiled over, did something stupid, deserved to get kicked out.”

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The World Series begins Tuesday night with the Houston Astros taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers. This matchup is the first since 1970 where two teams with over 100 wins in the regular season are competing against each other. Astros had 101 wins and the Dodgers finished with the best record in the majors at 104 wins.  For reasons to root for each team, click here!

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