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Texans Fire O’Brian, Chiefs Now 4-0 With Win Over Pats, Falcons Now 0-4 With Loss To Packers, Yanks/Astros Win Game 1 Of ALDS

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After an 0-4 start to the season, the Houston Texans fired their head coach and general manager Bill O’Brian.

There were two games played on Monday night with the rescheduled Patriots-Chiefs matchup postponed due to Coronavirus concerns. The Pats suffered without starting quarterback Cam Newton (who had tested positive for COVID-19), and the Chiefs came away with a 26-10 win. Kansas City is now the first team in NFL history to start 4-0 in four straight seasons.

In the Falcons-Packers matchup, Green Bay’s quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not disappoint, and with his four touchdowns, led to the team to a 30-16 victory. The Falcons are now 0-4.

BASEBALL

The American League Division series began this weekend with the NY Yankees taking Game 1 from the Tampa Bay Rays. The game got very exciting in the ninth inning when the Yankees Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam putting NY up 9-3.

The Houston Astros managed a 10-5 win over the Oakland A’s despite trailing at many points in the game.

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Lakers Crush Heat In Game 1, Yankees Marathon Game, Titans Game Postponed Later In Season

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The Los Angeles Lakers crushed the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. LeBron James had 25 points and 13 rebounds, while Anthony Davis added a whopping 34 points and 9 rebounds. Unfortunately for the Heat, they lost Goran Dragić and Bam Adebayo to injuries. It looks as if Bam will be back, but Goran could be out for the rest of the series. Game 2 is on Friday at 9:00 pm ET.

BASEBALL

The NY Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, and Houston Astros all swept their opponents in the best-of-three Wild Card series to advance to the American League Division Series.

The Yankees advanced by outlasting the Cleveland Indians in an intense game stretching into Thursday morning. According to the stats, the marathon matchup of four hours and 50 minutes ranks as the longest nine-inning game in baseball history. The Yankees will now face the Tampa Bay Rays in a best-of-five series.

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After another player and one personnel member associated with the Tennessee Titans tested positive for COVID-19, the NFL decided to postpone the upcoming game with the Pittsburgh Steelers until later this season.

The Minnesota Vikings were taking precautions as well after their game against the Titans last weekend, but no one has tested positive, so they’ve reopened their facility and will plan to play the Texans this weekend.

 

 

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Heat Vs. Lakers NBA Finals, MLB Playoffs Beginning, Lightning Win Stanley Cup, South Park In Denver Stands, Mahomes Milestone

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The NBA Finals are set! The Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers will square off starting on Wednesday with Game 1. If the Lakers win the series, LeBron James will get his fourth NBA championship and a title with his third franchise.

BASEBALL

The 60-game shortened regular season is over, and the Major League Baseball playoffs are here. With an expanded 16-team field (from the traditional eight-team field), the wild-card series begins on Tuesday with the divisional rounds and World Series itself played in bubble locations in Texas and California. The LA Dodgers are the top seed in the National League, and the Tampa Bay Rays are the top seed in the American League. For a full schedule, click here.

HOCKEY

The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup for only the second time in franchise history. With a game 6 win on Monday over the Dallas Star, the Lightning redeemed their disappointing first-round sweep in last year’s championship.

FOOTBALL

We’re now getting used to very few if any fans in the stands, but the Denver Broncos got our attention by filling 1,800 seats during Sunday’s matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with character cutouts from the show “South Park”. The Comedy Central show is based on a town in Colorado. Unfortunately for the Broncos, they lost 28-10 to the Buccaneers and are now 0-3 for the season.

On Monday Night Football, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes became the fastest quarterback to reach 10,000 yards passing in his career. He reached this feat in 34 games. The Chiefs beat the Baltimore Ravens 34-20 thanks to Mahomes’ five touchdowns.

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Yankees Clinch Playoff Berth, Injuries In NFL, Deion Sanders Head Coach

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The New York Yankees clinched a playoff berth for the fourth straight year.

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Unfortunately, this weekend in the NFL was mostly about injuries. New York Giants Saquon Barkley suffered an ACL injury, Carolina Panther running back Christian McCaffrey will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of his ankle injury, San Francisco 49er Nick Bosa tore his ACL, and Niners QB Jimmy Garoppolo suffered an ankle sprain. San Fran had more bad news with Solomon Thomas and Raheem Mostert also leaving the game due to injuries.

It wasn’t all bad news in the NFL, however, as some teams and players looked great. Here are a few highlights:

Tom Brady got his first win as the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneer in a 31-17 win over the Carolina Panthers. Wife Gisele Bündchen and kids cheered him on from home in an Instagram post.

QB Cam Newton had an impressive day with the Patriots in a close game against the Seattle Seahawks, but thanks to five touchdowns from Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, the Pats lost 35-30.

For a recap of all NFL weekend games, click here.

College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Deion Sanders was named the head football coach at FCS Jackson State.

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Giannis Wins MVP, Yankees Five Homers In One Inning, Browns Win Battle Of Ohio, Burrow Solid, Stanley Cup Finals

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Giannis Antetokounmpo won his second consecutive Most Valuable Player award. The Milwaukee Bucks forward (who also won Defensive Player of the Year this season) joins LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Michael Jordan, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, and Bill Russell as back-to-back MVPs.

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The New York Yankees had quite a night in their 10-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. For the first time in the history of the franchise, the Yankees hit five home runs in an inning.

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In the “Battle of Ohio” teams on Thursday Night Football, the Cleveland Browns beat the Cincinnati Bengals 35-30. Browns’ QB Baker Mayfield threw for 2 touchdowns while Bengals’ rookie QB Joe Burrow threw for 3 TD’s and set a record for completions in a game by a rookie. He also became the first rookie quarterback to throw over 60 passes (he had 61) in a game with no interceptions.

HOCKEY

The Stanley Cup Finals begin on Saturday with the Tampa Bay Lightning facing the Dallas Stars.

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Steve Cohen Purchasing Mets, Gostkowski Redeems Himself, Need More from Saquon, Danny Noonan Is Back

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Hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen could be the New York Mets new owner after reaching an agreement to purchase the team for a record $2.4 billion. According to reports, the deal does not include SNY, the Mets TV network. The deal requires the approval of 23 of the 29 Major League Baseball owners who will vote at a meeting in November. If Cohen gets approval, he will succeed owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz and become the fourth controlling owner since the beginning of the franchise in 1962.

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On Monday Night Football, Tennessee Titans kicker Stephen Gostkowski redeemed himself after missing three field goals and an extra point by kicking the game-winning field goal for a 16-14 win over the Denver Broncos.

The New York Giants needed more from their star running back Saquon Barkley who only rushed for 6 yards in their 16-26 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers

GOLF

Michael O’Keefe, the 65-year old actor who played caddie Danny Noonan in the movie “Caddyshack” was back on the greens at the US. Open this week. According to O’Keefe, “I’ve given a lot of interviews this year because it’s the 40th anniversary of the release of the movie. I knew the Open was going to be here. My brother, Billy, is a member here and a former (club) president and I was thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun if somebody put me on their bag?’ And I thought the chances of that happening were about as likely as Carl Spackler winning the Masters, but the next thing you know, I get a call from Mike Breed and he said, ‘Hey, are you serious?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, why?’ He said, ‘Start doing some push-ups, I think it’s going to work out.’ ”

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Cohen’s Bid For Mets, Loss Of Tom Seaver, Trump Weighs In On Big 10, Bucs Sign Fournette, Season Tkts At Buffalo Wild Wings, Rockets Vs Lakers

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Hedge fund manager Steve Cohen appears to be in final talks to purchase the NY Mets. According to reports, his final bid values the team at $2.35 billion (down $250 million from when he first tried to buy the franchise in February). The other high profile bidders, Josh Harris-David Blitzer group and Jennifer Lopez-Alex Rodrigues, have apparently dropped out.

The baseball world lost one of the greats this week. Tom Seaver, a Hall of Famer who led the Mets from last place to a world championship in his first three seasons with the franchise, passed away at the age of 75 from Lewy body dementia and COVID-19 complications. The Mets released the following statement:  “Tom was nicknamed ‘The Franchise’ and ‘Tom Terrific’ because of how valuable he truly was to our organization and our loudspeakers fans, as his #41 was the first player number retired by the organization in 1988. He was simply the greatest Mets player of all-time, and among the best to ever play the game which culminated with his near unanimous induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.”

FOOTBALL

The drama around the Big Ten having a football season continues. The White House has even weighed in with President Trump calling conference commissioner Kevin Warren to discuss the league’s status. After the call, Trump tweeted: Had a very productive conversation with Kevin Warren, Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, about immediately starting up Big Ten football. Would be good (great!) for everyone – Players, Fans, Country. On the one yard line!”

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed running back Leonard Fournette just days after the Jacksonville Jaguars released him.

In other NFL news, Buffalo Wild Wings is trying to recreate a stadium experience for Cleveland Browns fans and is offering season ticket packages to the restaurant.

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With a huge block from James Harden, the Houston Rockets held off the Oklahoma City Thunder to win Game 7. They will now take on the LA Lakers in round 2 of the playoffs.

 

 

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Timberwolves #1 Pick, Mets Test Positive, Chiefs Evaluate Traditions, Milk At Indy 500, Padres 4th Grand Slam

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The Minnesota Timberwolves were awarded the first pick in the NBA Draft lottery. The Golden State Warriors will get the second pick, while the Charlotte Hornets landed at the #3 spot. The Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers round out the top five.

BASEBALL

The New York Mets had to postpone their Thursday night matchup against the Miami Marlins and will postpone their Subway Series against the New York Yankees due to a player and staff member testing positive for COVID-19.

FOOTBALL

The Kansas City Chiefs banned their fans from American Indian-themed traditions including wearing headdresses and painting their faces at home games. They will also be reviewing their policy regarding the Arrowhead Chop and the Drum Deck. They will continue, however, their Blessing of the Four Directions and the Blessing of the Drum rituals.

INDY 500

The Indianapolis 500 will be held on Sunday at 2:30 pm ET. The race, known as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” has traditionally been held on Memorial Day weekend, but due to the pandemic, it was postponed. The winner of the Indy 500 drinks milk in Victory Lane. The tradition started in 1936 when Louis Meyer won the race then picked up a bottle of milk because his mother said it would refresh him on a hot day. The dairy industry saw an opening and made it a tradition.

BASEBALL

After Fernando Tatís Jr. hit a “controversial” grand slam on Monday, the Padres have been on a roll becoming the first team in MLB history to hit grand slams in four straight games.

 

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NBA Lottery Tonight, Warriors 14% Chance Of #1 Pick, Brennaman Suspended, Arch Manning #1 QB

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The 37th annual NBA draft lottery will be at 8:00 pm ET on ESPN tonight. The Golden State Warriors finished the season with the worst record, and along with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves, will have a 14% chance to get the #1 pick.

LaMelo Ball, Obi Toppin, Anthony Edwards, and James Wiseman are considered potential top prospects depending on which team secures the first pick.

BASEBALL

Veteran MLB and NFL broadcaster Thom Brennaman has been suspended indefinitely after a homophobic remark during a Cincinnati Reds broadcast on Fox Sports Ohio. Brennaman did not know his mic was on when the incident happened. During the second game of the doubleheader, Brennaman issued an apology then was immediately pulled off the air.

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Arch Manning, the nephew of Peyton and Eli Manning, was ranked as the #1 quarterback and #5 overall player in the 247Sports player rankings for the class of 2023.  Arch is the son of Cooper Manning, Peyton and Eli’s older brother. Arch is heading into his sophomore year at Isidore Newman high school in New Orleans and has already received scholarship offers from Duke, North Carolina, LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Georgia, and Texas.

 

 

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Bucks/Lakers Fall In Game 1, Tatis Jr. Hits Grand Slam Then Gets Slammed

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Two top seeds fell in the first game of the NBA playoffs. As 10-point favorites heading into the game, the Milwaukee Bucks shockingly lost to the Orlando Magic 122-110. Then, the heavily favored Los Angeles Lakers dropped game one to the Portland Trail Blazers 93-100. Even though LeBron James had a big game with 23 points, 17 rebounds, and 16 assists, the Lakers didn’t have an answer to Portland’s Damian Lillard who had a monster game of 34 points.

BASEBALL

San Diego Padres star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a grand slam in the 8th inning of the team’s big win over the Texas Rangers. Many traditionalists are upset this morning as they claim he violated the “unwritten rules” of baseball by swinging at a 3-0 pitch in the 8th inning while his team had a seven-run lead. The Rangers’ pitcher, Ian Bibaut, was even suspended for three games when he intentionally threw at Manny Machado, the Padres’ next batter. This rule came about in the early 1900s when there was considerable unrest and an economic depression in the U.S. Many in the sports want to “grow up” and abandon what feels like a rule for Little League.

 

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