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

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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).

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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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Heisman Finalists, FitzMagic, Tannehill’s Play Fake

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DeVonta Smith (WR Alabama), Mac Jones (QB Alabama), Trevor Lawrence (QB Clemson), and Kyle Trask (QB Florida) were named Heisman Trophy finalists. The winner will be announced on January 5th in a virtual ceremony.

Down by three points against the Las Vegas Raiders with only nineteen seconds left in the game, Miami quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick came off the bench to replace starter Tuo Tagovailoa. With his head almost turned around due to a face mask penalty, Fitzpatrick showed his FitzMagic and threw a 34-yard no-look hail mary to Mack Hollins to set up a 26-25 win. The Dolphins still plan to start Tua Tagovailoa over Fitzpatrick next weekend against the Buffalo Bills, but who knows if they’ll need the FitzMagic back.

Check out this amazing play fake by Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill for a 45-yard touchdown run. It wasn’t enough though, as the Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers connected with Davante Adams for three touchdown passes in a 40-14 win.

 

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Nets Destroy Warriors, Clippers Edge Lakers, Lakers’ GM Learned From Queen’s Gambit, Auburn Hires Harsin

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The Brooklyn Nets, led by Kevin Durant (22 points) and Kyrie Irving (26 points), dominated the Golden State Warriors giving Steve Nash his first win as an NBA head coach. Nets 125, Warriors 99

In the battle of LA, the Clippers took down the reigning champion Lakers 116-109.

In other Laker news, their general manager Rob Pelinka said he watched “The Queen’s Gambit” recently, and ”he discovered the show taught him more than just how to master chess. It symbolized how to master both the free agency sweepstakes and the NBA’s upcoming season.” He stated, “You see the ins and outs of chess and how to study the board. But you don’t know until you play the game and how it’s going to go.”

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Boise State’s Bryan Harsin will take over as Auburn’s next head football coach.

 

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Steelers Lose Again-Browns One Game Behind, Pro Bowl Selections, NBA Season Begins Tonight

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With a win on Monday Night Football, the Cincinnati Bengals handed the Pittsburgh Steelers its third straight loss and the possibility of losing the AFC North division title to the Cleveland Browns. The Steelers already clinched a playoff spot, but the Browns are now only one game behind Pittsburgh in the standings.

The NFL Pro Bowl will not be played this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the event will be held virtually and played on “Madden NFL 21“.  There were some very familiar names chosen (Mahomes, Rodgers, Wilson, Allen, Watson, and Kyler Murray), but many felt some prime-time players were overlooked. The Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, and Seattle Seahawks had seven selections apiece, while the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, NY Jets, and Carolina Panthers had no players selected. For a full list, click here.

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The NBA season kicks off tonight. The condensed season will take place outside of a bubble, so plan on some twists and turns over the next few months.

 

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Alabama Vs Notre Dame, Clemson Vs Ohio State In CFP, Jets Win But Could Lose, Bills Clinch, Hill Drinks Pickle Juice, NHL Returns Jan 13th

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The College Football Playoff is set. # 1 Alabama will face #4 Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl, while #2 Clemson will take on #2 Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl. The semifinals will be played on January 1st, and the winners will meet in Miami on January 11th in the championship game.

In the NFL, the New York Jets finally won a game this season. With a 23-20 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, the Jets are now 1-13 on the season. While fans are happy to finally see their team win, the Jets could have ruined their chances of securing the number one pick in the draft. They are now tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the worst record in the league and could potentially lose out to the Jags based on a tiebreaker that takes into account the strength of schedule for each team.

The Buffalo Bills clinched their first division title since 1995 with a decisive win over the Denver Broncos.

Many were wondering what Kansas City Chiefs’ wide receiver Tyreek Hill was drinking on the sidelines during the game. It looked as if he was downing a miniature bottle of alcohol, but it was only pickle juice, which is apparently great for hydration. The Chiefs beat the New Orleans Saints 32-29.

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The NHL announced the League will return on January 13th with a 56-game season.

 

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

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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.

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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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Antetokounmpo Signs Historic Extension, CBS & Nickelodeon Broadcasting Playoff Game, Alabama Wins Recruiting Day

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Giannis Antetokounmpo signed a maximum contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks for $228.2 million over five years.  The defending NBA MVP is now the highest-paid athlete in North American team sports.

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CBS Sports and Nickelodeon will be working together to broadcast one of the NFL’s Wild Card Playoff games on January 10th. The deal will feature kid-driven content during the game and a special kid-centric halftime show. The play-by-play announcers will feature Noah Eagles, Nate Burleson, and Nickelodeon personality Gabrielle Nevaeh Green.  Nickelodeon will also broadcast “The Spongebob SportsPants Countdown Special” with an appearance by Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, and CBS announcers Jim Nantz and Tony Romo.

According to ViacomCBS Kids and Family President, “Our game plan is to make sure the NFL Wild Card Game on Nickelodeon definitely lives up to its name by infusing the telecast with Nick’s sensibility of surprise and fun at almost every turn. We’re incredibly proud to team up with CBS Sports and the NFL to elevate the thrill of this game for kids and families to enjoy together.”

Alabama had a big recruiting day signing six five-star and 13 four-star recruits and stealing two four-star prospects from rival LSU. Georgia, LSU, Clemson, and Oregon also had solid days.

 

 

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MNF Game For Ages, Safety Costs Better $40K

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This week’s Monday Night Football matchup featured a game for the ages. It had it all: nine rushing touchdowns, turnovers, trick plays, missed field goals, missed extra points, cramps, and a wild last play which ruined some better’s point spread.

Thanks to an unforgettable night from Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson (who racked up the most rushing yards by a quarterback in Monday Night Football history), the Ravens pulled out a 47-42 win. With seconds running out, the Browns valiantly tried to salvage the game with a series of laterals that ended up resulting in a safety costing one better to lose $40,000.

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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.

For all NFL news, click here.

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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Donovan Mitchell Donates Record $12 Mill To Greenwich School, Pats Fall To Rams And Break Impressive Streak

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Utah Jazz All-Star Donovan Mitchell pledged $12 million to help low-income students afford to go to the Greenwich Country Day School in Greenwich, CT. Mitchell graduated from the ninth grade at GCDS in 2012. According to GCDS, the gift is the largest donation in school history and will  help the school “remain a leader in providing need-based aid for students.”

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The New England Patriots fell to the Los Angeles Rams 24-3 on Thursday Night Football. The loss snapped one of the most impressive win streaks in NFL history. The Pats had boasted a run of 17 consecutive 10-win seasons. After their loss Thursday night, they can only win a maximum of nine games this season.

 

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