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Frank Robinson’s Legacy, Raptors, 76ers Trades, Davis Remains A Pelican, LeBron & Giannis All-Star Picks

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The legendary Frank Robinson passed away on Thursday at the age of 83. The first African-American manager of Major League Baseball (in 1975 with the Cleveland Indians) and the only player to win Most Valuable Player awards in both the American and National leagues. On the field, Robinson excelled as an outfielder and first baseman and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982, his first year of eligibility.

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The Toronto Raptors made a big trade at the NBA trade deadline on Thursday by grabbing Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Philadelphia 76ers also made a splash by trading their 2017 #1 pick Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Jonathon Simmons and a first and second-round pick.

After the hype surrounding the possibility of Anthony Davis leaving the New Orleans Pelicans, the trade deadline passed, and Davis is still with the team and will enter the lineup. According to the Pelicans’ GM, Davis expressed his interest in getting back on the court and helping the team win.

Lebron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo provided some entertainment while picking their starting lineup for the NBA All-Star Game. Here’s the breakdown of starters:

Team LeBron:

Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden

Team Giannis:

Stephen Curry, Joel Embiid, Paul George, Kemba Walker,

 

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Mariano Rivera Receives 100% Votes For Baseball’s Hall Of Fame, NFL Sued Over Blown Call

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Baseball’s Hall of Fame announced its 2019 class on Tuesday with Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, and Roy Halladay receiving the required 75 percent votes needed for induction. Rivera, who was baseball’s all-time saves leader, made history by becoming the first player to receive 100% of the votes. Ken Griffey Jr held the previous record with 99.32%.

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Saints fans are still outraged over the blown call in the NFC Championship game against the LA Rams on Sunday. One fan purchased billboards all over Atlanta (where the Super Bowl will be played) saying “SAINTS GOT ROBBED” and “NFL BLEAUX IT!” And, as of Tuesday, a New Orleans attorney, Frank J. D’Amico, filed a lawsuit against the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell demanding they enforce Rule 17, Section 2, Article 1 from the NFL rulebook which says,”The Commissioner has the sole authority to investigate and take appropriate disciplinary and/or corrective measures if any club action, non-participant interference, or calamity occurs in an NFL game which the Commissioner deems so extraordinarily unfair or outside the accepted tactics encountered in professional football that such action has a major effect on the result of the game.” Basically, the Commissioner could reverse the game’s results or demand the game is replayed. It’s HIGHLY unlikely any of this will happen, but the NFL could make some changes in officiating next season.

 

 

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Early Signing Day Winners, Cuban MLB Players Won’t Defect, Senators Hatch & Schumer’s Gambling Bill

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Many high school football recruits were signed on Wednesday, a newly instituted early college football signing day. Traditionally, recruits signed their letters of intent in February, but last year a majority of the freshman college class were signed early. According to USA Today, the clear winner of the day was Alabama who signed Florida running back Trey Sanders, while the biggest surprise of the day was Michigan flipping safety Daxton Hill back after he said two weeks ago he was switching his allegiance from Michigan to Alabama. For their full list of winners and losers, click here.

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Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) agreed to a deal allowing Cuban baseball players to play on a US team without defecting. Rob Manfred, the MLB Commissioner, said,  “For years, Major League Baseball has been seeking to end the trafficking of baseball players from Cuba by criminal organizations by creating a safe and legal alternative for those players to sign with Major League Clubs. We believe that this agreement accomplishes that objective and will allow the next generation of Cuban players to pursue their dream without enduring many of the hardships experienced by current and former Cuban players who have played Major League Baseball.” The FCB will first get a percentage of an MLB player’s contract as a release fee before allowing them to negotiate their individual contracts and come to the US on work visas.

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Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced a bill intended to establish standards on sports betting and provide “world-class safety measures to protect consumers, preserve the integrity of sporting events, and ensure the propriety of the sports wagering market.” The Sports Wagering Market Integrity Act of 2018 also requires wagering operators to use data provided from the sports leagues (with the intent of providing another source of revenue for the leagues).

 

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Cousins Says His Fault Coach Fired, Conseco & Trump Chief Of Staff Job, Minaj Threatens To Sue Palmer

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After the Minnesota Vikings disappointing loss on Monday night, the team fired offensive coordinator, John DeFilippo. Quarterback Kirk Cousins said if he had played better, DeFilippo wouldn’t have gotten fired. He said, “had I played at my fullest potential….were probably not having this conversation”.

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Former Major League Baseball All-Star Jose Conseco tweeted out he’d like President Trump to hire him as his next Chief of Staff. He said, “Hey little buddy @realDonaldTrump u need a bash brother for Chief if Staff. Got a secret reorg plan already. Also worried about you looking more like a Twinkie everyday. I will buff you up daily workouts. DM me.

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Former NY Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer has a new show called Daily Mail TV. In the last couple of days, he’s been getting a lot of attention after he accused Nicki Minaj of supporting her brother (who was convicted of raping an 11-year old girl) and also defending her new boyfriend Kenneth Petty who is a convicted sex offender. Minaj is now saying she’ll sue Palmer for defamation, “You better have a good lawyer, #JessePalmer #ArnoldPalmerYou just lied on me on nat’l TV & now you’re being sued. You better be able to back up what you just said about me with FACTS. #SuperFacts #Defamation🥳 #GoodFormVIDEO link in my bio. 😋”

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LeBron Wants Carmelo, Derrick Henry Puts On Show, Tebow One Injury Away

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Sources say LeBron James is interested in Carmelo Anthony joining him on the Lakers. At 34 years old, Anthony has been sitting out the season after the Houston Rockets let him go (while still paying his league minimum salary of $2.4 million). We won’t know if LeBron and the Lakers are serious until after December 15th, however, as Anthony can’t be traded until then.

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Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry put on a show Thursday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars scoring 4 touchdowns, rushing for 238 yards and thrilling everyone with a record-tying 99-yard touchdown run. Henry tied Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett from the Dallas Cowboys for the longest run in NFL history. Titans 30, Jaguars 9.

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Former Heisman Trophy Winner Tim Tebow may play in the Majors this season according to recently hired New York Mets manager Brodie Van Wagenen. Tebow will begin the season with the Class AAA team, but if there’s an injury to the starting lineup, Wagenen thinks Tebow has a chance of stepping up. Prior to becoming the Mets manager, Wagenen was co-head of baseball at Creative Arts Agency and represented Tebow.

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DeGrom And Blake Snell Win Cy Young, LeBron Passes Chamberlain, Rajon Fractured Hand

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New York Mets pitcher Jacob DeGrom beat out Matt Scherzer (who has won 3 times already) to win his first National League Cy Young Award. DeGrom had a 1.70 ERA and almost unanimously won the award with 29 of 30 first place votes. Tampa Bay Rays’ Blake Snell won the coveted award for the American League, edging out Houston Astros Justin Verlander. Verlander also finished in second place in 2016 (and Major League Baseball got a lashing on twitter from his now wife Kate Upton who was upset because two writers didn’t even have Verlander on their ballot).

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LeBron James made history Wednesday night by passing Wilt Chamberlain on the all-time scoring list. LeBron now has 31,425 career points. LeBron recorded 44 points in the game and will donate the game jersey and ball to the I Promise School in Akro, Ohio.  Even though it was an historic night for LeBron, and the Lakers got the win over the Portland Trailblazers, the team also learned when they returned to the locker room that their backup point guard, Rajon Rondo, will be out for the next several weeks due to a fractured hand. No word yet on whether he’ll require surgery. Lakers 126, Trailblazers 117.

 

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LaMelo Returns To High School, Finalists For Major League Baseball Awards

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LaMelo Ball has decided to return to high school and complete his senior year. LaMelo dropped out of Chino High School to play with his brother LiAngelo in Lithuania last year. After returning from Lithuania, the brothers played for their dad, the very outspoken LaVar, in the Junior Basketball Association. LaMelo was previously committed to playing at UCLA, but after signing with an agent last December, he became ineligible to play for any college so presumbably he’s hoping to attract attention from the pros.

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The baseball writers association has announced the finalist for the awards given to Major League Baseball’s finest. The voting concluded before the start of the playoffs and the ultimate winners will be announced next week. Not surprisingly, Jacob DeGrom, Max Scherzer, and Aaron Nola are finalists for the National League Cy Young Award, and Mookie Betts, Jose Ramirez, and Mike Trout are finalists for the American League Cy Young. Click here for a list of all categories and finalists.

 

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Red Sox World Series Champs, Cavs Fire Lue, Kareem Hunt’s Hurdle, Winston Benched

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The Boston Red Sox cruised to victory over the LA Dodgers on Sunday night to win their 4th World Series title in the last 15 years. The Red Sox dominated the series, but game 3 on Friday night added a bit of intrigue as we witnessed a historic 18 inning game where the Dodgers pulled off the win in the early hours Saturday morning. There wasn’t much time for the teams to rest as they had to get back on the field Saturday night for game 4, where the Red Sox dominated. On Sunday night, Boston came out to an early lead and never let go becoming world champions. With 3 home runs and 8 RBI’s, Steve Pearce was named the World Series MVP. Pearce was traded from Toronto to the Red Sox midseason and only played 50 games after the trade. After the game, Pearce said, “I’m in a dream right now,” and went on to say, “This has been the funnest year of my life.” Congratulations Red Sox on winning the Pennant!

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On Sunday, the Cleveland Cavaliers fired Tyronn Lue. The Cavs started this season 0-6, but many felt the decision to fire Lue was premature given how Lue led the Cavs to three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals winning the championship in 2016. LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers expressed his anger at Lue’s firing saying,  “I think it’s awful, I think what it shows you is, you know — go to the Finals, win it. Go to the Finals three years in a row, and then you come back and get fired. You know, it makes no sense. It’s the ugly part of our game.” Assistant coach Larry Drew will take over for Lue.

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One of the top plays in the NFL on Sunday was watching Kansas City Chiefs Kareem Hunt grab a shovel pass from QB Patrick Mahomes and leap over a defensive player for a touchdown. The Chiefs beat the Broncos 30-23.

Unfortunately for the Tampa Bay Buccanneers, their quarterback Jameis Winston had a really bad day throwing 4 interceptions in just three quarters. Winston was benched in the 3rd quarter and Ryan Fitzpatrick filled in and almost brought the team back from a horrible deficit. It was too little too late though, and the Bucs lost 34-37 to the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Red Sox Up 2-0 In World Series, LeBron Gets Win, Curry Puts On A Show

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On Wednesday night at Fenway Park, the Red Sox grabbed game 2 of the World Series leaving the LA Dodgers down two games in the best of seven series. The bad news for the Dodgers is teams that are up 2-0 in the World Series have gone on to win the Championship 80.8% of the time. The Dodgers are heading home for game 3 on Friday.

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LeBron and the LA Lakers finally have a win. After going 0-3 to start the season, the Lakers posted their first win Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns. LeBron added 19 points through three quarters to help the team in a 131-113 rout. After the game, LeBron said, “It feels great. It’s a win, period, but it feels good to know what we have been doing over training camp and these first few games to continue to get better.”

The Warriors’ Steph Curry put on a show Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards scoring 51 points and 11 three-pointers just in the first three quarters. Curry recorded his 6th career 50 plus point game, the 3rd most in franchise history and is now 5th on the NBA’s all-time 3 pointers list. After the game curry was laughing about how two of his teammates (Kevin Durant one of them) yelled at him to shoot 3’s instead of passing. He said, “The last 3 in the first quarter is probably the funniest thing I’ve experienced on the court where two guys on my team are yelling at me from the time I was at the other free throw line like, ‘Don’t pass it, don’t pass it. You better shoot it,’ all that type of stuff. I’m hearing that while I’m dribbling down, and it was kind of all the motivation you need just to launch it, and thankfully it went in.” Warriors 144, Wizards 122.

 

 

 

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Red Sox Grab Game 1, Griffin Puts On Show, Drake And Scooter Braun eSports Owners

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The Boston Red Sox grabbed game one of the World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers with an 8-4 win. The teams were counting on the power of their starting pitchers, Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale, but by the fourth inning, neither one could get an out, and both teams needed to count on their full roster of players to finish the game. Game two is Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

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Blake Griffin put on a show in an exciting 50 point night to give his Detroit Pistons the win over the Philadelphia 76ers 133-132. The Pistons are now 3-0 on the season thanks largely to Griffin’s inspired play. With 109 points so far this season, Griffin set a record for most points for a Piston player in three games and is the first Piston player to score 50 points, at least 10 rebounds and 5 assists.

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Drake and Scooter Braun bought an ownership stake in eSports company, 100 Thieves, the company owned by the former professional gaming legend, Mathew Haag (Nadeshot). 100 Thieves is a gaming company with teams competing in League of Legends, Call of Duty and Fortnite as well as a lifestyle and apparel company. Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert also has an ownership stake in the company.

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