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Derek Jeter & Larry Walker Hall Of Fame, Zion’s Debut

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To no one’s surprise, Derek Jeter was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The big surprise was he was one vote shy of being a unanimous pick, receiving 396 out of 397 votes. Last year, his teammate Mariano Rivera was the first and only unanimous selection. Also making it into the Hall was Larry Walker (Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies, and St. Louis Cardinals) who was in his last year of eligibility. Earlier in the day, Walker tweeted he thought he’d be a little short in the voting, so he was overwhelmed when he got the call and heard he cleared the 75% threshold.

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On Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs, we’ll see the long-awaited debut of the 2019 #1 pick, the Pelicans’ Zion Williamson. Zion suffered a knee injury and had meniscus surgery on October 21st.

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Lillard Sets Record For Player 6’2″ Or Shorter, Westbrook Joins LeBron In Triple-Doubles, Tim Tebow Marries Miss Universe

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Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard scored 11 3-pointers and set a franchise record of 61 points in a 129-124 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors on Monday. Lillard beat his own record of 60 points earlier this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lillard has the two highest-scoring marks in NBA history by a player 6’2″ (Damian is 6’2″) or shorter.

Also making history, Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook became the second player in NBA history to record a triple-double against all 30 franchises. Westbrook joins LeBron James in this feat.

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Tim Tebow, the former NFL quarterback/ Heisman Trophy winner and current minor league baseball player for the New York Mets, married former Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.

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Drew Rosenhaus Terminated Relationship With Brown, Bengals/Browns Marijuana Petition, Giants Hire First Female Coach

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Drew Rosenhaus terminated his relationship with troubled wide receiver Antonio Brown until Brown gets the help he needs. Brown was released from the Oakland Raiders at the beginning of the 2019 season then was picked up by the New England Patriots. After sexual assault allegations surfaced, he was released from the Patriots and is now currently a free agent (with no agent).

Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns fans are petitioning the State Medical Board of Ohio to legally obtain medical marijuana. Even though most submissions deal with medical illnesses, there was an actual detailed submission called “Bengals/Browns Fans” outlining the need for marijuana due to suffering from their teams’ losing season(s) and inability to ever win a Super Bowl.

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The San Francisco Giants hired the first female full-time coach in Major League Baseball history. Alyssa Nakken will be an assistant under Giants manager Gabe Kapler.

 

 

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Mets “Mutually Part Ways” With Beltran Over Scandal, Warrant Issued For Odell Beckham Jr.

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The fallout from the MLB sign-stealing scandal continues. The New York Mets announced they are “mutually parting ways” with Carlos Beltran (the recently named Manager of the Mets who played for the Mets from 2005 to 2911). According to the MLB report, “Approximately two months into the 2017 season, a group of players, including Carlos Beltrán, discussed that the team could improve on decoding opposing teams’ signs and communicating the signs to the batter.”

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The New Orleans police issued an arrest warrant for Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for battery after he slapped a police officer in the rear. The incident took place after Monday night’s LSU win over Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

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Red Sox “Part Ways” With Cora, OBJ Hands Out Cash To LSU Players

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The Major League Baseball sign-stealing drama continues. After the Astros fired their GM and Manager on Monday, the Red Sox have now agreed to “part ways” with their manager Alex Cora. Cora participated in the cheating scandal when he was the bench coach for the Astros in 2017 and possibly in 2018 when he was the manager with the Red Sox.

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Odell Beckham Jr. (a former LSU player and current Cleveland Brown wide receiver) created an online buzz when he was seen handing out what appeared to be cash to LSU players after they won the College Football National Championship. Turns out the cash wasn’t real, but it was a fun celebration to watch.

 

 

 

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Burrow’s 6 TD’s, LSU Wins College Football Championship, Astros Fire Personnel For Scandal

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With six touchdowns, Heisman Trophy winner Quarterback Joe Burrow led LSU to a 42-25 victory over Clemson in the College Football Championship.

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Major League Baseball came down hard on the Houston Astros for their role in a sign-stealing scandal during the 2017 season where they won the World Series. The Astros will have to forfeit their first and second-round draft picks for 2020 and 2021 and will be fined $5 million. Due to the severity of the issue, team owner Jim Crane fired general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hunch.

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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.”

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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

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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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