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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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Goodell Takes Newton’s Complaints Seriously, Cavs Move Game Up So Fans Can Watch Indians

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Cam NewtonCarolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has been complaining the refs aren’t making the calls to protect him properly. Cam’s been getting hit pretty hard in games and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has taken the complaint seriously. The League always reviews hits on QB’s but Goodell has taken it a step further by offering to meet directly with Cam to hear his concerns. After Sunday’s game, Cam complained about not feeling safe on the field and said he’d take his complaint directly to the top.  He said, “The story of my life ever since I came in is, ‘Oh, oh, well, we missed that one. I’m sorry. I’ll try to get it.’ That’s bullcrap. As player in this league if we do something stupid we get fined. If you do something derogatory to somebody else, we get fined. I just can’t keep accepting, ‘Oh, we missed that one.’ Or ‘I apologize for doing that.’ Or ‘I didn’t see it.’ That’s horsecrap.’ . . .

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Cleveland fans are excited to have the Indians back in town for game 6 of the World Series. If they win tonight, they’ll be champs, so the feeling is all fans need to rooting the Indians on.  Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert didn’t want his fans to be conflicted on what to watch so he moved his game against Houston up an hour to 6:00 pm so everyone will be on deck for the Indians. Game 6 of the World Series begins at 8:00 pm ET tonight.

 

 

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Cubs Hang On In Game 5, Francona’s Sweet Tooth, Cowboys Win In OT, Another NFL Tie, Thomas Hugs Official, Westbrooks Triple Double

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Cubs hang on Sunday night with an 8 out save from Aroldis Chapman. Chapman came in for the save in the 7th inning which is earlier than usual, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon felt Chapman was fresh and could handle a longer night (which he did). Cubs avoided elimination and are now down 2-3 with the best of seven Series back in Cleveland Tuesday night. Cubs 3, Indians 2.

sundae-2Terry Francona, the Indians Manager has a notorious gum habit (he keeps a bucket of game near him during games and is always chomping away) and an intense sweet tooth. After Cleveland’s game 4 win, Francona had trouble sleeping so at 3:30 in the morning he ordered $44 worth of ice cream from room service. According to a tweet from a reporter from Cleveland.com, he ordered: 2 orders of chocolate, 2 orders of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce and diet coke.  And to keep it healthy, he added berries.

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The Dallas Cowboys came from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to force an overtime against the Philadelphia Eagles. Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott threw a touchdown to Jason Witten for a 29-23 win.

Speaking of overtimes, no one really wants to see an NFL game end in a tie, but this season we’ve now seen the second tie in 2 weeks, which hasn’t happened since 1997. The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals tied 6-6 last week and while playing in London on Sunday, the Washington Redskins tied the Cincinnati Bengals 27-27. Redskins cornerback Josh Norman could get fined by the NFL for his rant against an official after the game. He said, “Who is 88? I just got to know. Who is official 88? He sucked. Just got to be honest with you. I’m going to be straightforward. He was terrible and I feel he like should be reprimanded. I feel like some of the plays that was going on out there … it was terrible.”

In Seattle, safety Earl Thomas had an opposite reaction to an official. After he recovered a New Orleans’ fumble for a touchdown, Thomas handed the ball to a fan then ran and hugged the side judge. It was an enthusiastic response, but unfortunately for the Seahawks, they were charged with a 15 yard penalty as the NFL prohibits any contact with officials.  Saints 25, Seahawks 20.

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Russell Westbrook became the first player in NBA history to hit at least 100 points, 30 rebounds and 30 assists in the first three games of the season. Westbrook’s intensity helped his Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Lakers 113-96.

 

 

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Murray & Henry Combine Big Win Over Jags, C.J. Anderson Out, Harbaugh $10Mill Man, Schwarber’s Choir

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DeMarco Murray and Derek Henry had a big day combining for over 180 yards in Tennessee’s win over their AFC South division rivals Jacksonville Jaguars in Thursday Night Football.  The Titans are now 4-4 and only 1/2 game out of first place in the division while the Jags are in last place at 2-5.  Titans 36, Jaguars 22.

In some tough news for the Broncos, their star running back C.J. Anderson is out indefinitely with a meniscus tear.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s pay is a bit more than $9 million dollars, the highest paid coach in college football by at least $2 million. If his team makes it to the the college football playoffs and wins the the national championship, his bonuses will put him at $10 million, a first in college football

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screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-8-16-18-am screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-8-16-06-amThe Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians face off tonight in game 3 of the World Series, but that didn’t stop the Cubs from taking time to make fun of their ace hitter Kyle Schwarber. Schwarber’s teammates dressed up and superimposed a video of them singing and dancing to one of Schwarber’s high school holiday concerts when he was a member of the show choir.

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