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Magic Johnson Lakers New President, Baseball HOF Honors Simpsons

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Hall of Famer and basketball royalty, Magic Johnson announced he is the LA Lakers new President of basketball operations. Magic won championships for the Lakers in the ’80’s, served as their head coach in 1994 and even part owner for a few years after that. Johnson is known for his business acumen and will bring his expertise to try and turn around a struggling franchise. Magic didn’t waste any time in his new job. Hours after accepting his new position he traded Lakers’ Guard Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets for their 2017 first round pick and Forward Corey Brewer.

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On May 27th, the Baseball Hall of Fame will honor the 25th anniversary of the Simpsons’  “Homer at the Bat” episode where Mr. Burns stacked his power plant team with major league players in order to win a bet. Among the greats lending their voice to this classic episode were: Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey Jr., Jose Canseco, Ozzie Smith and Don Mattingly.  The producers and directors of the episode will be joined by Boggs and Smith for a panel discussion at the Hall on the 27th.

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Kushers Won’t Buy Marlins, Green Claims Dolan Slave Master, Anthony All Star Game

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Jeffrey Loria, the current owner of the Miami Marlins, looks like he’ll be nominated as the next US Ambassador to France. Loria is interested in selling the team,  and one of the rumored buyers was the Kushner family. According to reports, the Kushners have now bowed out expressing a conflict of interest (Jared Kushner is married to Ivanka and is the Senior advisor to Trump).

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NBA Commish Adam Silver tried to mediate and put an end to the Charles Oakley vs James Dolan feud, but the Warriors Draymond Green brought the topic front and center again. Green, on his podcast, called Dolan’s treatment of Oakley a “slave master mentality”. He said, “It was all fine and dandy when he was laying people out, taking fines, and all this stuff for your organization.But now all of a sudden, when he say something that he feels, it’s a problem. I disagree with that. I definitely think, like I said, that that’s a slave master mentality.”

Carmelo Anthony will play in his 10th All Star Game on Sunday. He was offered the injured Kevin Love’s spot in the Eastern Conference. The ironic part of this swap is that there has been talk the last few weeks of a Anthony/Love trade before the NBA trade deadline. The All-Star swap, however, was not exactly the big trade people were talking about.

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Falcons Vs Patriots In Super Bowl LI, Colts Looking For New GM, Tragedy In Dominican Republic

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Matt Ryan 2The Atlanta Falcons blew out the Green Bay Packers to become the NFC Champs. Falcons’ QB Matt Ryan is heading to the SB for the first time, and with  4 touchdowns and 392 in this championship game, he clearly made a statement about his quest to be NFL MVP this season. Falcons 44, Packers 21.

The New England Patriots will play in their record 9th Super Bowl appearance (a record 7th for Coach Belichick and QB Tom Brady) with a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brady passed for 384 years and 3 TD’s securing his 24th career playoff win. The feel good, breakout star of the game (other than Brady of course) was receiver Chris Hogan who had two touchdowns and 180 receiving yards. Hogan was a lacrosse player in college, an un-drafted rookie on a couple of teams in 2011, made it to the Dolphins practice squad and eventually picked up by the Buffalo Bills in 2012. After witnessing and appreciating his skills for the past 3 years on the Bills, the Patriots signed him to the team this season.  Patriots 36, Steelers 17.

Super Bowl 51: Falcons/Patriots 6:30 pm February 5th ET at NRG Stadium in Houston

In other NFL news, the Indianapolis Colts fired their General Manager Ryan Grigson. Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano did not get along and even went to marriage counseling to try and work things out. As owner Jim Irsay said in his press conference,“Hey, do you want to come to Indianapolis and win a world championship?” There will be many qualified applicants for this position so stay tuned.

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Two lives were lost in two separate and tragic car accidents over the weekend. Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordan Ventura, nicknamed Ace Ventura, died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Former player Andy Marte also died in a completely separate car accident also occurring in the Dominican Republic Sunday. Thoughts go to their families.

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Djokovic Loses Big At Australian Open, KD’s 40 Points, Westbrooks Fall, Baseball HOF

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Novac DjokovicThe Australian Open is underway and we already have a major upset. The world’s #2 ranked Novak Djokovic lost in the second round to the 117th ranked, Denis Istomin. Djokovic’s loss to the wild card Istomin is even more surprising as Djokovic has won 6 Australian Opens and was looking to make this the 7th (a feat which no one has yet achieved).  The 5 set match lasted 4 hours and 48 minutes.

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Golden State Warrior Kevin Durant left it all on the court against his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. With an impressive 40 points, Durant was on a mission. Emotions were running high between the two teams all night, especially after the Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia caused OKC’s Westbrook to fall to the ground and grab his face. Pachulia didn’t seem fazed and just glared at Westbrook. After the game Westbrook commented, “I don’t play that game. I’m going to get his ass back, so whenever that is, I don’t know when it’s going to be, but I don’t play that game.” Warriors 121, Thunder 100.

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Congratulations to the new selections to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez and Tim Raines. Eligible players need to receive at least 75% of the votes from the Baseball Writers Association or the Veterans Committee.

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Brady Is Key, Rams Fisher Fired, MLB Bans Rookie’s Dressing Up

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The best part of Monday Night Football’s matchup was Tom Brady. With three touchdowns and 406 yards, Brady didn’t let up and led the Pats to a 30-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Everyone, including Ravens’ coach John Harbaugh, knew Brady was the key to the Pats win and, at the end of the 4th quarter the crowd at Gillette Stadium started shouting “Brady”!

After the Atlanta Falcons destroyed the Los Angles Rams last weekend in yet another devastating loss, the Rams took action and fired head coach Jeff Fisher for “a performance-related issue.” With the loss, Fisher tied the NFL record for most career losses (165).

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Mets RookiesMajor League Baseball has banned rookie hazing including, “requiring, coercing or encouraging players from dressing up as women or wearing costumes that may be offensive to individuals based on their race, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identify or other characteristic.” Teams have had a tradition of annual dress up days for their rookies as a form of bonding. As an example, the Cubs had their team dress as Disney Princesses, and the Mets had their rookies go to Starbucks dressed as characters from the movie “A League of their Own”.

 

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Chapman Signs $86 Mill, UConn Streak, LeBron’s Water-Bottle Challenge

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aroldis-chapman-2Aroldis Chapman signed an $86 million over 5 years contract with the NewYork Yankees, the largest reliever contract in the history of the game. Chapman was traded to the Yankees in December of last year, but in July the Yankees traded Chapman to the Cubs where he helped them secure their World Series Title.   At 28 years old, Chapman should have a lot of baseball left in him, but he’s had some off the field issues including violating the domestic violence agreement and suspended license for speeding.  Chapman told ESPN he’s excited to go back to the Yankees, “Every player dreams of being a Yankee, and if they don’t it’s because they never got the chance.”

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On Wednesday night, #1 UConn defeated their rival,  #2 Notre Dame 72-61.  With the win, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball won its 83rd straight game. Their win streak is one of the most dominant in all of sports.

The Cleveland Cavaliers had some fun on the bench during their routed of the New York Knicks Wednesday night. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving sat on the bench doing the now infamous water-bottle challenge.  After a 126-94 win, LeBron said, “I always have fun. The game of basketball is always fun for me.”  My son’s opponents last weekend in 12 year old travel basketball were also trying to have “fun” with the water-bottle challenge, but the refs wouldn’t have it as they found it distracting and annoying, so they awarded our team an extra free throw. Wonder if there’s anything in the rule book about this.

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Kris Bryant & Mike Trout MVP’s, Panthers Hold On For Win, Louisville’s Chances Over

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kris-bryant-2The Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant and the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout walked away with the Most Valuable Player awards for the National and American Leagues respectively. Bryant is building quite the resume. Last year he earned rookie of the year honors becoming only the 4th player in history to earn rookie of the year then MVP in back to back seasons. Trout had an amazing season as well, but his team didn’t fare so well, which made his award all the more surprising. The last player to earn an MVP on a losing team was when Alex Rodriguez played for the Texas Rangers  in 2003.

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For most of the game, the Carolina Panthers dominated the New Orleans Saints in Thursday night football. The Panthers Defense sacked The Saints QB Drew Brees three times keeping him out of the end zone. In the 4th quarter, however, the tide started to change. The Panthers suffered some injuries and started to unravel, while the Saints began their comeback. Thanks to a big gain of yardage from Panther’s QB Cam Newton, Carolina was able to hold on to a 3 point lead and win the game. Panthers 23, Saints 20.

In the college ranks, #3 Louisville had a chance on Thursday night to impress the selection committee for the college football championship, but instead embarrassed themselves on national TV in a big loss to the Houston Cougars. Houston 36, Louisville 10.

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Romo’s Graceful Exit, LeBron’s Upset About “Posse” Comment, Baseball’s Manager Of Year

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Tony Romo will officially return to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday but as a backup QB to Dak Prescott. An emotional Romo told the press  “He’s earned the right to be our quarterback. As hard as that is for me to say, he’s earned that right. He’s guided our team to an 8-1 record and that’s hard to do.” Romo turned the reigns of the team over to rookie Prescott in August after he hurt his back. For the full text of his very classy statement, click here.

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lebron-2LeBron James is not too happy with Knicks’ coach Pat Riley describing LeBron’s business associates as his “Posse”. In an interview Riley gave to ESPN, he spoke about the difficulties in LeBron leaving Miami for Cleveland. In the course of his explanation he described a situation where LeBron wanted to stay over in Cleveland for a night. He said, “You can’t hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland.” LeBron felt this phrasing was a racial slight and responded by saying, “If you go and read the definition of what the word ‘posse’ is, it’s not what I’ve built over my career,” James said. “It’s not what I stand for, it’s not what my family stands for. I believe the only reason he used that word is because he sees young African-Americans trying to make a difference.”

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The Manager of the Year awards were handed out in Major League Baseball and to no one’s surprise, Terry Francona was named the American League Manager of the Year. Not quite so obvious, however, was Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manager Dave Roberts getting the nod for National League Manager of the Year. Many thought the honor would go to the World Series Champs Joe Madden of the Cubs.

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Cubs Curse Is Over With World Series Win In Greatest Game Ever

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Cubs World SeriesIn what will go down as the greatest World Series Game 7 in history, the Chicago Cubs overcame the curse that has plagued them since 1908 to finally become Champions again. After nearly 5 hours (including a short rain delay) the Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in 10 innings  8-7. The game started off looking like the Cubs would cruise to victory with Dexter Fowler’s leadoff home run (the first leadoff homer in World Series Game 7 history). Through the 5th inning, the Cubs had a 5-1 lead until pitcher Jon Lester came in from the bullpen and immediately gave up 2 runs to make it a 5-3 game. Later Aroldis Chapman came in to relieve Lester and also gave up a couple of runs. When the game was tied 6-6 in the 10th inning, and momentum seemed to be leaning towards the Indians, the sky opened up and the players headed back to the dugout for a short rain delay. Those 17 minutes seemed to changed the course of the game. When the teams returned to the field, the Cubs shook off their mistakes and belted in 2 more runs. Shortly after, the greatest game in baseball history was over, and the Cubs are now Champions! Click here for some of the amazing highlights of this historic game.

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Cubs Force Winner-Take-All Game 7 World Series

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addison-russellThe Chicago Cubs did not waste any time getting out in front of the Cleveland Indians in game 6 to force a winner-take-all game 7 to determine the next World Series Champion. The Cubs’ Addison Russell hit two RBI’s (one a grand slam) early in the game that put the Cubs on top where they never looked back. With 6 runs batted in, Addison tied the record for most RBI’s in a World Series game. Cleveland will start Corey Kluber and Chicago will start Kyle Hendricks in Wednesday night’s showdown. The Indians haven’t won a World Series in 68 years while the Cubs haven’t won one since 1908. Cubs 9, Indians 3.  As of last night, tickets on Stubhub for the game in Cleveland went as high as $19,500 for two tickets close to the Cubs dugout. Must Watch Game 7 Tonight at 8:00 pm ET.

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