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Hamlin Wins Daytona, Newman’s Horrific Crash, Mike Trout Weighs In On Astros Cheating

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Denny Hamlin made history by winning his second straight Daytona 500 (third overall), edging out Ryan Blaney in a photo finish. There was no victory celebration, however, as the 62 running of the race will be remembered for Ryan Newman’s horrific crash. Newman was in the lead until Blaney nudged him on the final lap causing his car to spin out of control, hit the wall and flip in the air. NASCAR issued a statement two hours after the race saying Newman is in “serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life-threatening.” The crash comes nineteen years after racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr. died on the final lap of the Daytona 500. According to Hamlin, however, “NASCAR is a safer sport now than it was then.”

BASEBALL

The Houston Astros cheating scandal is making news every day. Players and fans are not forgetting how the players and coaches of the Astros cheated their way to a 2017 World Series-winning season. And, they are not forgetting MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s weak punishment. Manfred suspended the team’s general manager and manager for a year (both have subsequently been fired), but none of the players received a punishment, which isn’t sitting well for the players and the fans.

One of the best players in the game (and not someone who makes a scene), Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout, recently excoriated the Astros for cheating and Major League Baseball for the weak punishments. Trout told ESPN, “It’s sad for baseball. It’s tough. They cheated. I don’t agree with the punishments, the players not getting anything. It was a player-driven thing. It sucks, too, because guys’ careers have been affected, a lot of people lost jobs. It was tough. Me going up to the plate knowing what was coming — it would be pretty fun up there. I lost some respect for some guys… All the stuff coming out, it’s tough to see.”

 

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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.

FOOTBALL

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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Al Jazeera Substance Abuse Claims Refuted, Alabama Ranked Unanimous #1, Mike Trout In Car Accident

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Clay MatthewsThe NFL refuted claims by Al Jazeera network that Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews and James Harrison violated any substance abuse issues. The allegations came from an Al Jazeera documentary and led to an investigation earlier this year. Peyton Manning was also mentioned in the documentary but was cleared last month. Football players weren’t the only ones called out by Al Jazeera. Major League Baseball’s Ryan Howard (Phillies) and Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals) were also named and cleared in August. As it relates to Peppers, Matthews and Harrison, the  NFL claimed there was “no credible evidence” the players violated any substance abuse issues.

The college football season traditionally begins today (although California beat Hawaii in the official opener in Australia last weekend). In college football, according to computer analysis, Alabama (winner of last year’s National Championship) is ranked as the unanimous #1 team in the country. Clemson (last year’s runner up) is ranked #2 and Ohio State #3. Rankings at this time of year don’t necessarily mean a championship season.  Oklahoma was ranked #21 at this time last year and ended up in the playoffs.

BASEBALL

The Los Angeles Angels, Mike Trout, was involved in a serious car accident in Southern California on Wednesday night but was uninjured. Trout reportedly swerved to avoid hitting another car involved in a crash when his brakes locked and he struck another car.  Some believe if Trout continues to perform on the field as he has to date, he could become the greatest baseball player of all time.

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