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Team USA Wins WBC, Goodell Makes Changes, Kristi’s Unfortunate Tweet To Kerrigan

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Team USA Beat Puerto Rico to win its first ever World Baseball Classic. The Toronto Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman pitched a 7 inning no-hitter to lead Team USA to an eventual 8-0 shutout. Congrats!

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NFL TV ratings dropped last season, so Commissioner Roger Goodell is looking to make some changes. He is planning on instituting fewer commercial breaks (although potentially longer ones) and standardized timing in the clock for when players go out of bounds and after touchdowns and extra points. Goodell wants to make the game more enjoyable for the fans and will meet with the competition committee to potentially loosen “up the celebration rules to allow the players a little more expression of their enthusiasm,”

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Social media blew up after former Olympic Gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi innocently tweeted for fellow former Olympic skater, Nancy Kerrigan, to “break a leg” during her upcoming “Dancing With the Stars” appearance. The reason her choice of words was so bad (in case you don’t remember this infamous incident) was in 1994, Nancy Kerrigan’s rival Tonya Harding’s husband hired someone to club Nancy in the leg in order to take her out of competition.

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USA Finals Of World Baseball Classic, LaVar Ball Upsets LeBron, Newton Surgery, Soccer Star’s Blunder

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The USA Team will face Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic final on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. This is the first time Team USA has made it to the finals and the game is winner-take-all. Good luck!

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LaVar Ball, the outspoken dad of the three Ball brothers, has gone too far and made LeBron James upset. LaVar said the 12 year old LeBron Jr (who is already getting attention from many top college basketball programs) will have a tough time because his dad is so famous. He implied that as a dad, he gets to spend more time working with his sons (and not just hiring them a trainer). He said, “Whereas the fact that I wasn’t all that, allows me to take the time to make my boys all that.” LeBron is very protective of his family and wasn’t too happy having anyone talk about his son. He responded by saying, “Keep my kids’ name out of your mouth, keep my family out of your mouth. This is dad to dad. It’s a problem now.”

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Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton will undergo rotator cuff surgery next week. He’s expected to start working out with the team 16 weeks after the surgery, but fans are nervous he might not be the same next season.

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Ghanian soccer star Mohammad Anas interview after his recent game where he was named Man of the Match went viral when he thanked his wife (and girlfriend!). Oops. Watch here for what NOT to do in an interview.

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Israel In World Baseball Classic For First Time, Cuban Doesn’t Believe Westbook MVP

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The World Baseball Classic begins today. The Classic brings the world’s best baseball players together to compete while representing their home countries. For the first time ever, Israel is fielding a team and playing in the first round against South Korea. In order for a player to be eligible to play for a country, they need to be able to apply for citizenship of that country, so in order to qualify for the Israeli team (Israel offers citizenship to anyone Jewish), officials had to track down parents’ birth certificates and Bar/Bat Mitzvah certificates. The Israeli mascot is called “Mensch on a Bench“. Players from around the world celebrate this tournament. According to Carlos Beltran, who is playing for Puerto Rico, “As a player, you play for your country, and no one wants to lose. So every player that has the opportunity to play in a [meaningful] game, we’re always going to give what we have.”

 

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For some reason, Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban is telling people OKC Superstar Russell Westbrook should not be considered in the mix for MVP. The only players he’d consider are James Harden and LeBron James. Westbrook has been leading the League in scoring, but Cuban apparently has a bias against Westbrook as he still doesn’t believe he’s MVP status.

 

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Tebow’s Spring Training With Mets, Lakers & 76er Moves, Seth Curry Finding Stride

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All eyes are on former Heisman Trophy winner (and former Denver Broncos and NY Jets QB) Tim Tebow at spring training for the NY Mets. Most agree Tebow, at almost 30 years old (and not having played on a baseball team since his junior year in high school),  has no chance of making it to the Majors, but he’s creating a sensation in Florida. Tebow knows he’s got an uphill fight, but seems to be enjoying the challenge. He said, “Obviously, I knew it’s a big challenge. You’re picking up a sport after 12 years of not playing it, but I understood it. I think part of the challenge in it being so hard is part of why it’s something I’m enjoying and loving. Hitting a baseball is one of the hardest things in sports, but I’m enjoying it very much.’’

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In some player moves, the Los Angeles Lakers released Jose Calderon who is expected to go to the Golden State Warriors. The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be high on the list to grab Andrew Bogut, who was released by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Seth Curry (not a typo, he is Steph’s brother) is finding his stride with the Dallas Mavericks. As a shooting guard, Seth is averaging 16 points per game with a game high 29 points in Monday’s win over the Miami Heat. If the Mavs keep it up, they could secure the final playoff spot in the West and play Steph’s Golden State Warriors. That would be a fun matchup to watch!

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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.

BASEBALL

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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