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Disgruntled Harden Traded To Nets, Jags In Talks W/Urban Meyer, $5.2 Mill For Mickey Mantle Card

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The Houston Rockets traded James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets in a blockbuster multi-team deal. Harden will join former teammate Kevin Durant on the Nets, and the Rockets will acquire Victor Oladipo plus four first-round picks and a bunch of pick swaps.

FOOTBALL

The Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly in advanced talks to hire former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.

BASEBALL

A 1952 Mickey Mantle trading card sold for a record $5.2 million, breaking the previous record of $3.4 million paid for a Mike Trout rookie card.

 

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76ers In Quarantine, Harbaugh Signs $4Mill Deal, Mets Blockbuster Trade

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Philadelphia 76ers guard Seth Curry found out he tested positive for coronavirus during the beginning of the Sixers matchup against the Brooklyn Nets. With contact tracing protocols in place, the entire team will quarantine in New York. The Sixers game against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday in Philly could be rescheduled.

FOOTBALL

Fifty-seven-year-old Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh is close to signing a five-year deal with a base salary of $4 million and incentives up to $8 million.

BASEBALL

The New York Mets made a splash yesterday with a blockbuster trade. The Mets got all-star shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Carlos Carrasco from the Cleveland Indians for Andres Gimenez, Amed Rosario, and some prospects.

 

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Washington Releases Haskins, Bills Destroy Pats Thanks To Allen & Diggs, Padres Acquire Snell & Darvish

FOOTBALL

The Washington Football Team released their former first-round pick, quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Haskins was drafted #15 in 2019 but never hit his stride. Then, after he started against Seattle in week 15, he was caught violating the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol by partying without a face mask. Haskins apologized to the team for his behavior and promised to grow from this setback.

In a very lopsided Monday Night Football game, the Buffalo Bills destroyed the New England Patriots 38-9. Thanks to a tremendous effort from Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs, who racked up 145 yards and three touchdowns, the Bills ensured the Pats finished the season with a losing record (the first time in 20 years).

BASEBALL

The San Diego Padres had two big trades in the last couple of days. On Sunday, they acquired former Cy Young winner Blake Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays, and yesterday they grabbed Yu Darvish from the Chicago Cubs.

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Negro Leagues Elevated Status, Herbert Leads Chargers In OT Win, AGBO Superhero League, Russia’s Olympic Ban

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball elevated the Negro Leagues to “Major League” status and will recognize the statistics and records of the 3,400 players who played during the years between 1920-1948.

FOOTBALL

The Los Angeles Chargers beat the Las Vegas Raiders 30-27 in overtime on Thursday night thanks to the spectacular performance of Chargers’ quarterback Justin Herbert’s 314 passing yards and three touchdowns.

The AGBO Superhero League is heating up. The fantasy football league started by Joe Russo, who co-directed the last two Avengers movies, includes the following superheroes (Chris Evans, Ryan Reynold, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr,  Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, and Karen Gillan, Anthony Mackie, and Pom Klementieff). Check out some of these trash-talking videos.

OLYMPICS

As a result of a doping scandal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that Russia can’t use its name, flag, or anthem at the Olympics (or any world championship) for the next two years. Russian athletes will be allowed to compete as long as they are not implicated in any doping issues.

 

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Shoe Game, Sarah Fuller Makes History, Auburn Fired Coach, Cleveland Changes Name

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It’s now known as “the Shoe Game”. If it wasn’t for a Florida Gator throwing an LSU player’s shoe resulting in a personal foul penalty, the Tigers might not have had the time to score a field goal and win the game.  Check out this crazy play.

Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller kicked two field goals in the team’s loss to Tennessee on Saturday and became the first woman to score in a Power 5 conference football game.

In a big shock over the weekend, Auburn fired head football coach Gus Malzahn.

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BASEBALL

Cleveland’s baseball team has decided to change its moniker “Indians” after the Washington football team dropped their nickname “Redskins” earlier this year.

 

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Edwards, Wiseman, Ball Selected Top 3 In NBA Draft, Israel’s Deni Avdija 9th Pick, NFL Teams In Intense COVID Protocol, Canó Out For 2021

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There were no surprises in the top three picks of the NBA draft Wednesday night. The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Anthony Edwards, the Golden State Warriors selected James Wiseman, and the Charlotte Hornets picked LaMelo Ball. LaMelo and his brother Lonzo (New Orleans Pelicans) made history by becoming the first pair of brothers selected in the top 5 of the NBA draft. For the full draft lineup, click here.

In other draft news, the Washington Wizards chose Israel’s Deni Avdija with the ninth overall pick. Avdija is the highest draft pick ever out of Israel. ESPN analyst Mike Schmitz remarked on air that Avdija could be the potential steal of the draft.

FOOTBALL

The NFL announced all 32 teams will operate on intensive COVID-19 protocols for the rest of the season. The restrictions include face masks worn at all times, meals served grab and go style, and prohibitions on socializing away from the facility (which could put crimps on Thanksgiving plans).

BASEBALL

New York Mets’ Robinson Canó received his second suspension for use of a banned substance and will be suspended for the entire 2021 season.

 

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NBA Draft Tonight, Theo Epstein Steps Down

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The NBA draft takes place tonight at 8:00 pm ET. The Minnesota Timberwolves hold the first pick, and Georgia guard Anthony Edwards is projected to go #1. There’s also a chance a team will trade up to get an opportunity to grab LaMelo Ball. The Golden State Warriors have the second pick with Memphis’s James Wiseman as the obvious choice. Forty-five league employees will head to ESPN’s Bristol headquarters for the virtual draft.

BASEBALL

After nine seasons as president of baseball operations with the Chicago Cubs, Theo Epstein is stepping down. In an open letter to “Cubs Friends”, Epstein said he “needs his first summer away from a ballpark in 30 years to spend time with family and nonprofits. He needs a reset. After that, he intends to return to what he called his “third chapter” in baseball, preferably as part of an ownership group.”

 

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GM Kim Ng Makes History, Dustin Johnson Wins Masters, Murray/Hopkins Hail Mary, Alex Smith Starts, Steelers Undefeated

BASEBALL

The Miami Marlins hired Kim Ng as their new general manager. Ng has made history as the first woman hired to a GM position by any professional men’s sports team in North America.

GOLF

Dustin Johnson won the Masters in historic fashion. His 20 under par is the best in the history of this event.

In other golf news, the sport has become more hugely popular during this pandemic.  Just in the month of September, 25.5% more golf rounds were played this year over last year. The rationale is that it’s a perfect quarantine activity since you can be socially distanced and enjoy the fresh air.

FOOTBALL

The highlight from Sunday’s NFL games was watching Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray throw a hail mary pass to DeAndre Hopkins to win the game as time was running out. Check it out. Arizona 32, Buffalo 30

In another entertaining game, quarterback Alex Smith took the field for the Washington Football Team for his first NFL start since 2018. After an improbable comeback from 17 surgeries and an almost amputation, Smith led his team back from a 21-point deficit before losing to the Detroit Lions on Matt Prater’s 59-yard field goal. Detroit 30, Washington 27

Thanks to 333 yards and 4 touchdowns from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers are now 9-0 on the season. Steelers 36, Bengals 10.

 

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The Weeknd To Perform At Super Bowl, Colts Score In 2nd Half To Beat Titans, Officials Forgot 1st Quarter, Abreu/Freeman MVP Awards

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The NFL announced three-time Grammy Award winner, The Weeknd, will perform at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show on February 7th, 2021.

On Thursday Night Football, the Indianapolis Colts were down 13-17 to the Tennesse Titans after the first half but then scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to win 34-17.  The oddest part of the game was when the entire officiating crew forgot to blow the whistle after the first quarter was over. No one knew what was happening, so the Titans ran an extra play. The play was recalled at the beginning of the second quarter.

BASEBALL

The Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abreu and the Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman took home the Major League Baseball MVP awards.

 

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Maryland/Ohio State Cancelled, Masters Begins Today, Bieber/Bauer Win Cy Young Awards

FOOTBALL

The Maryland/Ohio State game has been canceled (not postponed) due to eight Maryland players testing positive for COVID-19. There are 7 other major college football games either canceled or postponed this upcoming weekend.

GOLF

The Masters golf tournament begins today at Augusta National in Georgia. The Masters is traditionally played in April, but due to the pandemic was pushed back to November. CBS will air the tournament for the 65th consecutive year.

BASEBALL

Good news for Ohio fans. The Cleveland Indians’ Shane Bieber was the unanimous pick for the American League Cy Young Award (awarded annually to the best pitchers in each League), and Cincinnati Red’s Trevor Bauer grabbed the award for the National League. With the win, Bauer becomes the first pitcher in Reds history to win this prestigious award.

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