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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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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.”

SKATING

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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Rivers 4 Interceptions In Loss To Chiefs, Jeter And MLB’s List For 2020 Hall Of Fame

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Thanks to four interceptions on the part of quarterback Philip Rivers, the Los Angeles Chargers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs on a Monday night football game played in Mexico City. The 38-year old Rivers now has 13 interceptions and 15 turnovers this year. With the loss, the Chargers are 4-7 and unlikely to make the playoffs. Chiefs 24, Chargers 17

BASEBALL

To no one’s surprise, Derek Jeter is included in Major League Baseball’s list of  players for possible induction in the 2020 Hall of Fame. The newly released ballot listed 32 names including 18 newcomers. For a list of all names click here. We’ll know the new class of inductees on January 21st.

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Jacob deGrom Wins 2nd Consecutive Cy Young, Awkward Thanksgiving For Rivers’ Family

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Mets’ pitcher Jacob deGrom won his second straight National League Cy Young Award, joining  Max Scherzer, Clayton Keyshawn, Tim Lincecum and Randye Johnson as the only back-to-back winners in the past century.

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In an amusing moment during the LA Clippers/Houston Rockets game Wednesday night, Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers was ejected for arguing with the ref, while his son, Rockets’ guard Austin Rivers, laughed and encouraged the crowd to cheer. After the game, Austin tweeted, “Welp…. Thanksgiving is going to be weird….” Rockets 102, Clippers 93

 

 

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Astro Pitcher Claims Team Stole Signs, Kaep’s Private Workout, Georgia Replaces Alabama In Top Playoff Rankings

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Ex Astro pitcher, Mike Fiers, claimed Houston used a center-field camera to steal signs during their 2017 season. Fiers, who now pitches for the Oakland Athletics, told The Athletic website that Astros hitters would decode signs from opposing teams via a video feed from the dugout. Fiers explained why he spoke up saying, “I just want the game to be cleaned up a little bit because there are guys who are losing their jobs because they’re going in there not knowing.” The Astros released a statement saying they’ll look into the allegation.

FOOTBALL

The NFL arranged a private workout in Atlanta on Saturday for controversial free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaep tweeted his enthusiasm, “I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.” According to reports, however, the quarterback’s reps requested a Tuesday workout instead (so head coaches and scouts can attend), but the NFL said video will be available.

The new college football rankings are out and so is Alabama. For only the fifth time in the College Football era (since 2014), the Crimson Tide is not in the top four. With Alabama’s loss to LSU on Saturday, Georgia jumped ahead of Alabama to grab the 4th spot. LSU, Ohio State and Clemson round out the top 3. It’s still early, however, and a lot can change. In fact, Alabama has never missed a College Football Playoff since the current playoff system was adopted in 2014.

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49ers Lose 1st Game, Alonso & Alvarez Win Rookies Of Year

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The Seattle Seahawks handed the San Francisco 49ers their first loss of the season on Monday night. With a strong defense that kept harassing SF quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and a solid showing by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Seattle gained the final three-point lead with a 42-yard field goal in the final seconds of overtime. With the Niners’ 27-24 loss, there are now no undefeated teams left in the NFL this season, and the perfect record set by the 1972 Miami Dolphins remains unchallenged.

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The New York Mets’ Pete Alonso won the National League Rookie of the Year thanks to his rookie record 53 home runs. He also recorded 120 RBI’s (the seventh most for a rookie). Even though he started his season in Triple-A, Houston Astros’ Yordan Alvarez made his mark quickly and won the American League Rookie of the Year.

 

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Nationals Win World Series For First Time In Franchise History, Curry Breaks Hand, Embiid & Karl-Anthony Towns Ejected, Harden 59 Pts

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The Washington Nationals became World Series Champions for the first time in franchise history. With a 6-2 game 7 victory over the Houston Astros, the Nationals clinched the title and astounded their fans. Back in May, the Nationals were 19-31 and didn’t look like they’d even reach the postseason, but they went on a 74-38 run to reach the playoffs. And if that display of grit wasn’t historic enough, the Nationals recorded another milestone moment by becoming the only team in 114 years to win the Championship title without winning at least one home game during the series. Congrats Washington Nationals!

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The Golden State Warriors suffered a devastating blow on Wednesday night when superstar Steph Curry broke his left hand in a blowout loss to the Phoenix Suns. The Warriors are already playing without an injured Klay Thompson and Kevin Looney, so the prospects for the five-time NBA champs look bleak.

The Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid and Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns were ejected for fighting during the 3rd quarter of the game on Wednesday night. These two men have had a history of trash-talking each other. The Sixers beat the Timberwolves 117-95 for their fourth consecutive win of the season.

James Harden scored 59 points for the Houston Rockets (his 9th career game with 55 points and the second-most in history behind Wilt Chamberlain). The Rockets edged out the Washington Wizards 159-158 (recording the most points scored in an NBA regulation loss).

 

 

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Controversial Call, Nationals Survive Game 6, NCAA Allows Athletes To Profit

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The Washington Nationals survived another day and will face the Houston Astros in a decisive World Series game 7. After a wild 7th inning in Game 6, with a controversial interference call at first base (and Nationals’ manager Dave Martinez ejection), Washington rallied to a 7-2 victory. Game 7 is on Wednesday night.

NCAA

After a ruling in California made it easier for student athletes to profit off of their name, the NCAA jumped on board and released a statement saying they voted “unanimously to permit students participating in athletics the opportunity to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness in a manner consistent with the collegiate model.”

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Nationals Head To Houston For Game 6, 49ers And Patriots Undefeated, Belichick 300th Career Win, Brees Comeback

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The Washington Nationals have lost the last three straight games and will head to Houston for game 6 of the World Series. Washington is now down 3-2 with game 6 on Tuesday night. President Trump arrived after the first inning on Sunday, but got a less than friendly reception when fans chanted “lock him up”.

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In the NFL this weekend, the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots remain unbeaten. For the Niners, they move to 7-0 for the first time since 1990 (and only the second time in franchise history). The Patriots moved to an 8-0 start, and head coach Bill Belichick recorded his 300th career win. Only Don Shula (347) and George Halas (324) reached this number during their careers.

For week 8 highlights including New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees triumphant return from injury, click here.

 

 

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Astros PR Nightmare, Fire Taubman, Warriors Lose In New Arena, Cook’s TD Helps Vikings Over Redskins

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On Friday night, the Houston Astros head to Washington DC for Game 3 of the World Series. The Astros are not only down 2-0 but also trying to repair their PR nightmare of a week. After Houston beat the NY Yankees Saturday night in the American League Championship Series, a Sports Illustrated writer Stephanie Apstein reported that assistant GM Brandon Taubman taunted three female reporters while discussing the Astros signing Roberto Osuna. Osuna was suspended for 75 games last year for domestic abuse violations. According to Apstein, Taubman yelled, “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f—ing glad we got Osuna!” in front of the visibly upset female reporters. After initially deflecting the situation, the Astros fired Taubman on Thursday and released a statement saying his conduct “does not reflect the values” of the organization.

The ceremonial first pitch on Friday night will feature retired players (pitcher Chad Cordero and catcher Brian Schneider) who played in 2005 when the Nationals team came back to Washington.

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The Golden State Warriors got trounced on Thursday night in the first regular-season game in their new arena. The Los Angeles Clippers won 141-122. After the game, Warriors forward Draymond Green did not mince words stating, “We f—ing sucked, And we gotta get better.”

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Thanks to running back Dalvin Cook’s only touchdown of the game, the Minnesota Vikings triumphed over the Washington Redskins on Thursday night. Minnesota 19, Washington 9

 

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