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Early Signing Day Winners, Cuban MLB Players Won’t Defect, Senators Hatch & Schumer’s Gambling Bill

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Many high school football recruits were signed on Wednesday, a newly instituted early college football signing day. Traditionally, recruits signed their letters of intent in February, but last year a majority of the freshman college class were signed early. According to USA Today, the clear winner of the day was Alabama who signed Florida running back Trey Sanders, while the biggest surprise of the day was Michigan flipping safety Daxton Hill back after he said two weeks ago he was switching his allegiance from Michigan to Alabama. For their full list of winners and losers, click here.

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Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) agreed to a deal allowing Cuban baseball players to play on a US team without defecting. Rob Manfred, the MLB Commissioner, said,  “For years, Major League Baseball has been seeking to end the trafficking of baseball players from Cuba by criminal organizations by creating a safe and legal alternative for those players to sign with Major League Clubs. We believe that this agreement accomplishes that objective and will allow the next generation of Cuban players to pursue their dream without enduring many of the hardships experienced by current and former Cuban players who have played Major League Baseball.” The FCB will first get a percentage of an MLB player’s contract as a release fee before allowing them to negotiate their individual contracts and come to the US on work visas.

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Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced a bill intended to establish standards on sports betting and provide “world-class safety measures to protect consumers, preserve the integrity of sporting events, and ensure the propriety of the sports wagering market.” The Sports Wagering Market Integrity Act of 2018 also requires wagering operators to use data provided from the sports leagues (with the intent of providing another source of revenue for the leagues).

 

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Kyler Murray Wins Heisman, Miracle In Miami, Amari Cooper Lifts Cowboys In OT

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Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy, the most coveted and prestigious award in college sports. Murray beat out fellow finalists Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins. Oklahoma now has 7 Heisman trophy winners tieing the record with Ohio State and Notre Dame for the most of any school. Murray will lead Oklahoma against Alabama in a playoff semifinal game on December 29th. After the season, Murray will forego an NFL career as he’s committed to Major League Baseball and was picked 9th overall in the 2018 draft by the Oakland Athletics.

A couple of crazy games in the NFL this weekend!

The most exciting game was the Miami Dolphins winning with no time left on the clock against the New England Patriots. Called the Miracle in Miami, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw to receiver Kenny Stills, then a lateral to DeVonte Parker who lateraled to Kenyan Drake. Drake ran for a 52-yard touchdown outmaneuvering the New England defense including tight end Rob Gronkowski (who played defense as a precaution against a possible Hail Mary). This is a must watch highlight! Dolphins 34, Patriots 33.

The Dallas Cowboys Amari Cooper tore up the field in an important NFC East win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys traded their 2019 first round pick for the pro-bowl receiver back in October, and since then Cooper has energized the team with Sunday’s game as no exception. With 217 yards and three touchdowns (including the game-winner in overtime), Cooper has helped the Cowboys win their 5th straight game.

 

 

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Urban Meyer To Retire, Another Redskins QB Out, Eagles Win MNF

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Ohio State’s Urban Meyer will retire after the team plays Washington in the Rose Bowl on January 1st.  At 54 years old, Meyer has spent the last seven seasons with Ohio State (bringing them a national championship in 2014) and six years before that with Florida where he won two national titles. Meyer’s year in Ohio was bumpy, as he was suspended for a few games for not properly reporting a domestic abuse allegation against one of his assistant coaches. With a cyst on his brain leading to constant headaches, Meyer has also had to deal with some significant health issues. Offensive Coordinator Ryan Day will take over on January 2nd.

On Monday Night Football, the Philadelphia Eagles got the win over the Washington Redskins. The Redskins have had bad luck at quarterback this year with their starter Alex Smith out for the year with a broken leg and then backup Colt McCoy suffering a fractured fibula in the second quarter. Signed by the team just two weeks ago, Mark Sanchez took over. Unfortunately for the Redskins, though, they’ve had too many injuries and too little time left in the season.  Eagles 28, Redskins 13.

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Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, McCarthy Fired, Giants Put On Show, Hunt Released

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The College Football Playoff selection committee chose the four teams to compete for the National Championship. As expected, Alabama, Clemson, and Notre Dame took the top three spots with the final spot going to Big 12 champion Oklahoma.  The Semifinals will be held on December 29th with the National Championship game on January 7th.

On quarterback Aaron Rodgers 35th birthday, the Green Bay Packers fired head Coach Mike McCarthy. In 2010, McCarthy led the Packers to a Super Bowl win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. While no one was particularly surprised McCarthy’s tenure with the team would end, it was unusual for the Packers to fire him with only a month left to go. It was McCarthy’s 13th season with the team.

The New York Giants and the Chicago Bears played one of the most entertaining games of the weekend. Early in the third quarter, in a trick play, Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr threw a 49-yard touchdown to Russell Shepard. A bit later in the quarter, running back Saquon Barkley leaped over a Bears defender. Beckham then caught a touchdown, but before the game ended got criticized for not recovering an on-side kick. In overtime, Saquan Barkley ran the Giants into field goal territory for a 30-27 win.

The Kansas City Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt was released from the team when TMZ published a video from February showing the star running back shoving and kicking a woman in a hotel hallway. In describing the events, Hunt said, “It was just a long night, and to be exact, it don’t really matter what happened. I was in the wrong.” No word on whether another team will pick up Hunt for the remainder of the season.

 

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Curry Returns, Trinity HS Cancels Classes, Magnus Carlsen Wins Chess Championship

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The Good news for Golden State Warriors fans is that Steph Curry will return on Saturday vs the Detroit Pistons. Curry has missed the last 10 games due to a strained left groin. Curry said, “I’m itching to get back”.

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Trinity High School in Louisville canceled classes Thursday when a crazy Louisville fan tweeted he would burn down the high school because Jeff Brohm decided to remain the head football coach at Purdue instead of accepting an offer to coach at the University of Louisville. Brohm attended Trinity before heading to the University of Louisville. The tweet (which has since been taken down) said, “If Jeff Brohm doesn’t come, we burn down Trinity,” and “If you see a man running down frankfort with a gas can and wild look in his eye, its me.” According to a radio station, the person posting was a prankster, but the high school isn’t taking any chances.

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The World Chess Championship began in London on November 9th and after three weeks with 12 straight draws (and ultimately a series of sudden death tiebreakers), Norway’s Magnus Carlsen retained the championship with a victory over the United States’ Fabiano Caruana. The world championship dates back to the 1800s, and this year marks the first time that regulation play ended with a draw in each game. Even though some games lasted for 7 hours, the chess championship was not without its share of drama. Caruana’s chess preparations were leaked out and Carlsen suffered a black eye (from playing soccer between matches not from sitting over a chessboard for hours :)).

 

 

 

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College Football Playoff Rankings, Redskins Feel Heat For Claiming Foster

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The new college football playoff rankings are out, and not surprisingly, Michigan fell out of the top 4. Oklahoma grabbed the 5th spot while Ohio State jumped from #10 to #6. Alabama remains at #1 with Clemson at #2, Notre Dame at #3 and Georgia now at #4. Saturdays’ championship games will decide which teams the College Football Playoff Committee will place in the top four and compete for the Championship. So what should we look out for on Saturday?  #1 Alabama plays #4 Georgia. This is a big game as Alabama has won every other game this season by at least 20 points and appears unstoppable. Saturday 4pm ET. Then at 8:00 pm, Ohio State will play #21 Northwestern. If the Buckeyes can not just win, but make a big statement win, they might have a chance of leaping to the final four. The only problem for Ohio State is Northwestern has won 5 of 7 games as underdogs this season.

The Washington Redskins are feeling the heat after claiming former SF 49er Reuben Foster off waivers. Foster was arrested last weekend in Tampa for alleged domestic battery charges. The 49ers told the press they weren’t comfortable having Foster on the team, as this wasn’t the first time he’s had issues. In the off-season, Foster was suspended for personal conduct and substance abuse issues, and according to coach Kyle Shanahan, “…to put yourself in the situation that he put himself in, whether it happened or not, if it happened, it’s so easy, but if it didn’t, that still was too bad of a decision to make us comfortable with keeping that person in our organization.” The Redskins, on the other hand, had a very different statement for bringing him on the team. They said, “The Redskins fully understand the severity of the recent allegations made against Reuben.” And, went on to say, “Nothing is promised to Reuben, but we are hopeful being around so many of his former teammates and friends will eventually provide him with the best possible environment to succeed both personally and professionally.”

 

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Lamar Miller Makes History, Jeopardy Makes Fun of Detroit Lions

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Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller made NFL history by running 97 yards for a touchdown (only the 4th player to do so), but then really cemented his place in the records as he also ran for 97 yards in 2014 when he played for the Miami Dolphins. He’s now the only NFL player to ever score multiple TD’s of over 93-yard runs. The Texan defense brought pressure all night and overwhelmed the Tennessee Titans for a big divisional win on Monday Night Football. Texans 34, Titans 17.

The Detroit Lions have long struggled in the NFL, and on Monday the popular game show Jeopardy used their struggles as one of the answers to a $600 category called, “Predictions by 2030”. The Answer was: “As of 2018 this NFC North team had never even made the Super Bowl, much less won it. But by 2030? Gotta happen, right?” The question was, “Who are the Detroit Lions”.

 

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Ohio State Embarrasses Michigan, Highest Scoring FBS Game, Rivers Sets Record

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In college football, the most interesting game of the weekend was #10 Ohio State’s huge win over rival #4 Michigan. The selection committee which determines the final four teams to play for a chance at the College Football Championship will submit their second to last rankings on Tuesday. The top four teams before this weekend were #1 Alabama, #2 Clemson, #3 Notre Dame and #4 Michigan.  Now that Ohio State embarrassed Michigan 62-39, it’s likely Michigan will drop out of the final four with #5 Georgia moving up and potentially opening a slot in a couple weeks (depending on next weekend’s games) for Ohio State. The College Football Playoff Committee will submit the semifinalists on Selection Day, December 2nd so next weekend’s matchups are crucial.

If you sat through the Texas A&M vs LSU game on Saturday, you witnessed the highest scoring game in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) history. With 7 overtimes and a final score of 74-72, the #22 ranked Texas Aggies defeated #7 LSU Tigers.

In the NFL, one of the highlights of the weekend was watching Los Angeles Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers set the NFL single-game record for 25 consecutive completions (and best single-game completion percentage) in league history. Rivers ended the day with 28 of 29 completed passes and three touchdowns. After the game Rivers said he thought he was doing well but had no idea he was making history. He said, “Those are kind of those far-off dreams you think about. Like, (what if I would ever play a game) where I don’t miss one (pass)? Then you quickly say (to yourself) — (it’s) probably not (going to happen)”. LA Chargers 45, Arizona Cardinals 10.

For the rest of the NFL highlights, click here.

 

 

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Alabama Shuts Out LSU, Pats Win Showdown, Rams Finally Lose, Thomas Cell Phone Call

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In college football, #1 Alabama has been blasting their opponents all season, but some claim they’ve had easy matchups. This weekend, however, Alabama played rival, #4 ranked LSU, and easily quieted any critics. The Crimson Tide’s quarterback and Heisman trophy favorite, Tua Tagovailoa, threw for two touchdowns and even ran for a TD, but Alabama’s defense deserves much of the credit for not allowing the Tigers any wiggle-room and leading to an embarrassing shutout for LSU.  With the win, Alabama clinched a spot in the SEC Championship. Alabama 29, LSU 0.

The NFL’s most anticipated matchup of the weekend featured the showdown between quarterback greats: Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. In the 4th quarter, the game was tied 17-17, but the Pats added a jolt of excitement when they ran a trick play.  Brady lateralled to receiver Julian Edelman who then passed to James White who ran to the 2-yard line (with the next play resulting in a TD).  The Patriots won their 6th straight game. Patriots 31, Packers 17.

The Los Angeles Rams have finally lost a game thanks to Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.  Brees looked unstoppable all day and put the final touch on the game when he found Michael Thomas in the end zone late in the 4th quarter.  Thomas had anticipated he’d score at some point in the game and placed a cell phone in each end zone. After Thomas scored, he grabbed the cell phone from the goal posts in an homage to former Saints’ receiver Joe Horn, who infamously pulled this stunt in 2003 and was fined $30,000 for doing so. When Horn was asked his reaction to Thomas’s celebration, he said, “It took a lot of courage … and I appreciate that, and I’ll never forget that.” He went on to quote Muhammad Ali and stated, “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” Saints 45, Rams 35.

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DJ Durkin Fired 24 Hrs After Reinstatement, Butler Sits While Rose Scores 50

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One day after the University of Maryland Board of Regents announced they were re-instating head football coach DJ Durkin, the President of the school Wallace Loh, fired him.  Durkin was blamed for Jordan McNair’s death. McNair was an offensive lineman who collapsed on the practice field after suffering from heatstroke and seizures.  According to reports, Durkin created a “toxic environment” for the team. There was a tremendous backlash from the players, the faculty and political leaders when it was announced Durkin was returning.  Jordan’s father Marty McNair said he was relieved for his family and for the teammates. He said, “This could have happened to anybody’s child. I think that was the relatable experience for everyone. We don’t send our children away to be bullied, to be called names, to feel inferior. We send our young people away to be developed as young people and have fun while they’re doing it.”

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Jimmy Butler did not play in the Minnesota Timberwolves matchup against the Utah Jazz Wednesday night (saying his body was hurting), but thankfully veteran and former MVP Derrick Rose stunned the crowd with an exciting career-high 50 points. After the game, an emotional Rose said, “(It means) everything. I work my ass off. I’m doing anything just to win. I play my heart out. My teammates told me before the game to just play my game and tonight was a hell of a night.” Butler is receiving a lot of backlash for sitting out the game and focusing on himself and not what’s best for the team. Timberwolves, 128, Jazz 125.

 

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