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Steelers Finally Lose, Alex Smith Inspirational, Bills Beat 49ers, Obama’s Bball Jersey Breaks Record

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Dolphin fans celebrated last night watching the Washington Football Team beat the previously undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers. The 1972 Dolphins continue to remain the only team in the NFL to have a perfect season. For Washington, quarterback Alex Smith continues to inspire with a 23-17 win.

In the second game on Monday night, the Buffalo Bills beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-24 thanks to Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen who completed 32 of 40 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns.

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Former President Barack Obama’s basketball jersey from his 1978 season at Hawaii’s Punahou School sold for $192,00 breaking the record for the most expensive high school basketball jersey sold at auction. The previous record was $187,500 for LeBron James’ jersey worn on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2002.

 

 

 

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Davis $190 Mill To Stay With Lakers, Knight Commission Suggests Removing FBS, “Greeny” Replaces Le Batard’s Show

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Not long after LeBron signed his massive deal with the LA Lakers, teammate Anthony Davis agreed to a five-year $190 million contract.

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The Knight Commission, a group of college athletic leaders, spent the year studying how to best repair the NCAA’s “broken governance model”. Their suggestion is to remove the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) from the rest of the NCAA and allow it to govern itself. The FBS produces more money than the rest of college sports and has the College Football Playoff which on its own generates more than $600 million yearly.

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There is a new shakeup at ESPN with the announcement that longtime radio host Dan Le Batard will leave the network on January 4th. Mike Greenberg’s show “Greeny” will replace The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz at 10:00 am-noon ET.

 

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LeBron Signs $85 Mill Extension, Wall For Westbrook Trade, Steelers Undefeated

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LeBron James signed a two-year extension with the Lakers for $85 million. LeBron will be starting his 18th season, but he’ll have to continue playing past 20 seasons if he still plans on fulfilling his dream to play in the NBA with his son Bronny (who will graduate from high school in two years).

The Washington Wizards traded John Wall (who has been with the franchise for 10 years) to the Houston Rockets for Russell Westbrook and a first-round pick.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers continued their undefeated season with a win over the Baltimore Ravens in a highly unusual Wednesday afternoon game. After more than 20 positive COVID-19 tests leading to three postponements of the matchup, the Steelers won 19-14.

 

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Pope Meets With NBA Players, ACC/Big 10 Coaches Won’t Wear Suits, Goff Overshadows Brady In Rams Win

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Pope Francis met with a small delegation of NBA players and officials from the National Basketball Players Association to discuss social justice issues. The meeting took place at the request of the Pope, so he could learn more about the issues and what the NBA planned for the future. The last-minute meeting at the Vatican included the following players: Kyle Korver, Sterling Brown, Marco Belinelli, Jonathan Isaac, and Anthony Tolliver.

In college basketball, the ACC and Big Ten coaches decided to wear casual clothes instead of their traditional suits during games. Iona’s Rick Pitino said “I’m definitely not wearing a suit. Why would you want to wear a suit when there are no fans at the games?”

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On Monday Night Football, the LA Rams’ quarterback Jared Goff overshadowed Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in a 27-24 win. Goff threw for three touchdowns and 376 passing yards in this important NFC West matchup.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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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March Madness In Indy, Harden Turns Down Extension, Paul To Suns, Ryan/Rob Buy Team, Vikings Over Bears

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The NCAA announced its 68-team tournament, March Madness, will take place in one city (essentially creating a bubble) in 2021. The city will likely be Indianapolis, where the Final Four was scheduled to take place. The NCAA had to cancel March Madness earlier this year and lost a reported $375 million.

In NBA news, the Houston Rockets’ James Harden turned down a $103 million extension on top of his current three years $133 million. With the new salary, he would have become the first $50 million per year player in league history. Harden has clearly stated he wants to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets to join Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

In other trade news, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns.

SOCCER

Actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney bought the fifth-division English soccer team, Wrexham AFC. Reynolds and McElhenney plan to invest heavily in the club and promote the team with a documentary series. Their celebrity status and social media following will also likely help the team garner attention and fans.

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The Minnesota Vikings edged out the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football in a pretty uneventful game. The Vikings have now won three games in a row, while the Bears have lost four straight. Minnesota 19, Chicago 13

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Pats Beat Jets, Jets 0-9, NBA Draft Nov 18th, LaMelo Ball Expected #1 Pick

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The New England Patriots barely eked out a win over the New York Jets on Monday Night Football. Nick Folks 51-yard field goal sealed the win for the Pats handing the Jets their 9th loss of the season. The Jets are now 0-9 for the first time in team history. The good news is their dismal record makes them primed to have the first pick in the NFL draft, and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence could be their new quarterback. Patriots 30, Jets 27

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With the new season of the NBA set for a December 22nd start, the League announced the NBA draft will take place on November 18th. As of now, it looks like LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards, and James Wiseman could be the top three picks with the Minnesota Timberwolves (unless they trade down) having the first choice.

 

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Rodgers Throws 4 TD’s In Packers Win Over Niners, Raiders Fined And Lose Pick For COVID Violations, NBA Season Approved, Breeders Cup

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Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers went on a tear throwing for four touchdowns in a 34-17 blowout win over the San Francisco 49ers. Unfortunately, the Niners have been racked by injuries and COVID-19 issues and are likely to continue to struggle this season.

The Las Vegas Raiders have been fined a total of $1,185 million in fines so far this season for violations related to COVID-19. Coach Jon Gruden has been fined an additional $150,000 for what ESPN reported as “brazen and repeated violations of [COVID-19] protocols.” Multiple teammates including quarterback Derek Carr were also fined for appearing at a Darren Waller Foundation charity event without masks. The NFL is taking these violations seriously and have even taken away one of their draft picks.

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The NBA Players Association approved a 72-game season to begin on December 22nd and finish before the start of the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

HORSE RACING

The end of the season $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic takes place on Saturday night at 5:18 pm ET. Tiz the Law, the winner of the Belmont Stakes and The Travers will be running at 3-1 odds, while the Kentucky Derby winner, Authentic, goes off at 6-1 odds.

 

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Wild Game 4, Dodgers Grab Game 5, NBA Season Dec 22nd, Amar’e Joins Nash, Seahawks/Cardinals Entertain, Steelers Undefeated, Gurley & Ford Mess Up

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This has been an exciting World Series. In Game 4 on Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rays won on one of the wildest plays seen in MLB history. The Rays were trailing 6-7 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth when Brett Phillips hit the ball to center field for what appeared to be a single. Thanks to multiple Dodgers’ errors, Phillips teammate Randy Arozarena ended up scoring from second base after tripping and falling a few feet from home plate. Definitely check out the whole series of errors that led the Rays to even the series.

Unfortunately for the Rays, the excitement didn’t last as they lost Game 5 on Sunday thanks to a great outing by Dodgers’ pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who got a standing ovation after 5 innings. The Dodgers head to Game 6 on Monday night up 3-2.

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The NBA has informed the Board of Governors that it plans to start their 2020/21 season on December 22nd.

Amar’e Stoudemire has agreed to be part of Steve Nash’s coaching staff for the Brooklyn Nets. Stoudemire played with Nash for six seasons from 2004-2010.

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In the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals played one of the most entertaining games of the weekend with the score changing hands throughout, and the Cardinals eventually winning 37-34 in overtime.

After beating the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the only remaining undefeated team in the NFL. Steelers 27, Titans 24

Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley knew he messed up by scoring a touchdown against the Detroit Lions. If he had avoided the end zone, as he did in a game also against the Lions in 2018, his Falcons would have been able to run out the clock for the win. After the accidental score, the Lions had time to pull out a touchdown for a 23-22 win.

In college football, almost the exact same misstep happened when Penn State’s Devyn Ford accidentally scored giving them a 28-20 lead over Indiana with time on the clock. Indiana then came back to tie the game and ultimately won in overtime handing Penn State a big loss in their first game of the season.

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