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NBA Refs Answer Q’s, Beasley’s Practice Shorts Mistake, Urban Meyer’s Job, Conf Championships

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NBA referees will embark on a new initiative next week where they will answer questions on Twitter from fans during games. The NBA tried the concept successfully last season in a Finals game. On Monday’s Golden State Warriors/LA Lakers game and Wednesday’s San Antonio Spurs/Philadelphia 76ers, fans can tweet @OfficalNBARefs or #RefWatchParty for answers and clarifications on calls in real time during the game.

The Lakers’ Michael Beasley provided a bit of comic relief during Thursday’s games. In the first quarter with the Lakers trailing the OKC Thunder, Beasley attempted to enter the game, but after he stripped off his warmup pants, he noticed he had his black practice shorts on instead of his yellow uniform. He trotted back to the locker room and changed, but it’s a great look on his face when he discovered the error. Without a still injured LeBron, the Lakers went on to win in overtime 138-128.

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According to the Sporting News, recently retired Ohio State football coach, Urban Meyer, is reportedly close to signing a deal to join Fox Sports as a college football analyst.

It’s the NFL Conference Championship weekend. The winners of the NFC and AFC conferences will go on to the Super Bowl. Click here for a guide to the matchups!

Sunday 3:05 pm ET: #1 New Orleans Saints vs #2 Los Angeles Rams (NFC Championship)

Sunday 6:40 pm ET: #1 Kansas City Chiefs vs #2 New England Patriots (AFC Championship)

 

 

 

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7th Grader Gets Scholarship Offer From Harbaugh, Warriors Record 51-Point 1st Q

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Isaiah Marshall, a 7th grader from Southfield Michigan, made history this week when Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh watched film of the quarterback and offered him a scholarship when he graduates. At 13 years old, Isaiah is the youngest player to receive a scharship from Michigan.

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The Golden State Warriors made history (again) when they recorded a 51-point first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson finished the game with 31 points each. The Warriors are now a half-game ahead of the Nuggets in the Western standing. Warriors 142, Nuggets 111.

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#1 Duke Loses To Unranked Syracuse, Harden’s 57 Points, Murray Announces For Draft, Clemson Enjoys Fast Food At White House

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Even with a freshman scoring record of 35 points from Duke’s superstar Zion Williamson, the #1 ranked Blue Devils lost to unranked Syracuse 95-91 on Monday night. Before the loss, Duke had gone 104-0 in wins at their home stadium against every team other than their rivals at North Carolina. Injuries to two of Duke’s starters contributed to the loss and the end of their streak.

In the NBA, Houston Rockets’ James Harden keeps setting records. With his 57 points in a win over the Memphis Grizzlies, Harden recorded his 17th consecutive 30- point game. Rockets 112, Grizzlies 94.

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Heisman trophy winner, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, announced he will enter the 2019 NFL draft. The reason this is big news is Murray is already a first-round pick from the Oakland Athletics for baseball. After Murray’s impressive season as the quarterback for Oklahoma, there’s been speculation on whether he’d continue with baseball or football. The decision to enter the draft doesn’t necessarily mean Murray will forego baseball, it just means he hasn’t ruled out the NFL and will decide after the draft.

The government shutdown did not stop President Trump from hosting the winners of the College Football National Championship, the Clemson Tigers.  According to press secretary, Sarah Sanders, Trump bought fast food from McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s for the players on their visit because, “the Democrats refuse to negotiate on border security” and “much of the residence staff at the White House is furloughed.”

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1897 UPenn Quakers Prove Swinney Wrong, Kingsbury To Cardinals, Arians To Buccaneers

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After his team won the College Football National Championship on Monday, Clemson’s head coach Dabo Swinney excitedly pronounced “There ain’t never been a 15-0 team in college football history.” Swinney was misinformed. Two teams have achieved this feat: Yale went 16-0 in 189,  and the University of Pennsylvania Quakers went 15-0 in 1897. According to Tom Perrin’s Football: A College History, the 1897 Quakers were “maybe their greatest team ever.”

The NFL coaching carousel continues. Kliff Kingsbury, the former Texas Tech coach and University of Southern California offensive coordinator and a quarterback himself at Texas Tech, was named head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. Kingsbury’s claim to fame is he coached Kansas City Chiefs quarterback phenom Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech.

Bruce Arians, the retired former Arizona Cardinals coach, will take the helm for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Arians retired last year due to some health-related issues, but with a new four-year contract, Buccaneers owner Bryan Glazer said, “Bruce Arians is one of the NFL’s most well-respected coaches over the past two decades and we are excited to have him leading our team.”

 

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Clemson Tide Wins National Championship, True Freshman Lawrence And Ross, Parkey’s Kick Blocked

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The Clemson Tigers completely dominated the Alabama Crimson Tide in the National Championship game to win their third national championship in the school’s history. The story of the game, including talk of how Alabama’s defense didn’t show up, was the remarkable play of Clemson’s true freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence is 19 years old and is only the second true freshman to win a national championship. Lawrence won offensive player of the game with 347 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.

The other big story of the game was the other true freshman, Justyn Ross, who made two unbelievable grabs. Need to watch these highlights. Clemson 44, Alabama 16

In the NFL, as reported on Monday, the Chicago Bears lost a heartbreaking playoff game to the Philadelphia Eagles after Bears’ kicker Cody Parkey missed a 43-yard field goal. A day later, the NFL ruled the missed kick was actually a blocked field goal. The ruling doesn’t change anything about the game other than hopefully making Parkey feel a bit better about the loss.

 



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Browns Are Kardashians, CFP Championship Tickets Cheap, PETA Weighs In On Bevo/Uga

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have been in the news all week and not for good reasons. It all has to do with wide receiver, Antonio Brown and whether or not he has played his last game as a Steeler. Last week, he missed practice Thursday and Friday then missed Saturday’s walk-through. Coach Mike Tomlin said he didn’t know if Brown would be healthy on Sunday so couldn’t play him. He expressed his disappointment with Brown’s lack of communication with the team.  In a statement from Brown, he said, “My options may seem limited by people or circumstances. It is then that I remind myself I am in command of my attitude. I am divinely blessed with free will. I utilize that gift, choosing to take charge of my life; to express the creativity, vitality, and wholeness that truly define me.” The players on the team are clearly not happy with one player, Jesse James, stating, “Ah man, we are-Kardashians”. He might not be far off as Antonio Brown dressed as a hippo in a new show on Fox called “The Masked Singer” where a panel of judges try and guess the celebrity singer behind a costume. Here’s the clip.

If you’re interested in attending the College Football Playoff final on Monday night in Santa Clara, CA, tickets are cheap (and getting cheaper). The face value for a ticket to see #1 Alabama battle for the championship against #2 Clemson is $475 and has dropped to $115. Flights for fans from Alabama and South Carolina are around $1000, and hotels in the Bay Area are expensive which according to TicketIQ makes it “sort of a perfect storm of factors at play this year.”

In other college football news, as previously reported, there was an incident at the Sugar Bowl where the University of Texas mascot, a steer named Bevo went after Georgia’s mascot, a bulldog named Uga. Now, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is asking Universities to stop using live animals as their mascots. They wrote, “It’s quite possible that Bevo was simply scared by the noise, lights, and chaos in the stadium and tried to flee from the confines of his makeshift pen. But that doesn’t change the fact that Uga or any of the humans standing nearby could easily have been trampled and killed.”

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Ohio State Wins Rose Bowl, Urban Meyer’s Last Game, UT’s Mascot Sets Stage For Sugar Bowl Win

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Ohio State beat the Washington Huskies 28-23 Monday afternoon in Pasadena, CA at the Rose Bowl. The game is usually played on New Years Day (with some exceptions) and with much hype, as the Rose Bowl is the oldest of all the bowl games. Ohio State won 28-23, but the big story during the celebration after the game was the controversy over the Buckeyes Head Coach Urban Meyer. Meyer was suspended for the first three games this season over how he handled (or more appropriately) failed to handle domestic violence allegations against his assistant coach. Meyer officially retired after the game (due to health reasons), but many are upset that he’s being celebrated and lionized. He is also ironically going to be teaching a business course at Ohio State on character and leadership.

In another January 1st bowl game, the University of Texas took on the Georgia Bulldogs in the Sugar Bowl. The matchup was exciting even before the game began. During the pre-game festivities, Bevo, UT’s steer mascot charged through a fence and tried to attack Georgia’s mascot, a bulldog named Uga X. No one was hurt, but a few people were knocked down. During the game, the University of Texas’ quarterback Sam Ehlinger marched his team to victory after running for three touchdowns. Texas 28, Georgia 21.

 

 

 

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Alabama And Clemson Will Battle For CFP National Championship, NFL Playoff Picture

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In the semi-final games on Saturday, #2 Clemson Tigers cruised to victory over #3 Notre Dame, and #1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide sailed over #4 Oklahoma setting up the college football championship on Monday January 7th at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Clemson and Alabama are continuing their intense rivalry since the College Football Playoff National Championship emerged in 2014. In the 2015 season,  Alabama beat Clemson while the Crimson Tide lost to Clemson in the 2016 season.

The NFL playoff picture is set. The Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles clinched playoff spots, while the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburg Steelers’ seasons are over. Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin’s future with the team is in jeopardy after the team will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

For the full playoff schedule starting with the wild card round on January 5th, click here.

 

 

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Harden 45 Points, Clemson Players Suspension Holds

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Houston’s James Harden is on fire. With his 45 points in a win over the Boston Celtics, he marked his eighth consecutive game with at least 30 points. According to Elias Sports Bureau, “the 388 points Harden has scored over his past 10 games are the most by any NBA player during a 10-game stretch since Kobe Bryant scored 396 from March 22 to April 8, 2007.” If Harden keeps up this intensity, he could very well repeat as the NBA MVP. Houston 127, Celtics 113.

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The three players who were suspended from Clemson’s semi-final game on Saturday received confirmation Thursday night that they will be sitting out the game.  Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney believes his players who claim they have no idea what the drug is and how it showed up in their system. He plans to appeal the suspensions, but all three players will sit out on Saturday and if the appeals fail, they will be suspended for 365 days. Swinney said, “My big thing I think there should be a common-sense committee, to be honest with you. I think a common sense committee would easily look at this situation [differently]. I don’t think that’s part of the process, I don’t think that committee exists. I think that’s more of a set process and it is what it is. We’re all at the mercy of that process.”

The semi-final Bowl games to watch this weekend:

Saturday: 4:00 pm, Notre Dame vs Clemson

Saturday: 8:00 pm, Oklahoma vs Alabama

 

 

 

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Bowl Game Canceled For Weather, Clemson Players Mystified For Testing Positive, Cheez-It Bowl Disaster, LeBron Dodges Bullet

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For the first time since 1941, a Bowl game was canceled. In 1941, the  game was canceled due to the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Wednsdays’s matchup between Boston College and Boise State was canceled due to thunderstorms (the first time a game was canceled due to weather issues).  Boston College was leading the matchup 7-0, but the game was ruled a no contest.

In an odd twist of drama to the much anticipated Cotton Bowl semi-final matchup between #3 Notre Dame vs #2 Clemson on Saturday, three Clemson players were found ineligible due to testing positive for a banned substance.  The players were shocked with the findings having never heard of the substance ostarine, which was found in their routine tests. The players affected are defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, backup offensive lineman Zach Gisella and tight end Braden Galloway. All three have hired lawyers and are investigating everything including the Epsom salts in their floating tank.

The Cheez-It Bowl between TCU and Cal is trending as the most ridiculously bad bowl game in history. By combining for 9 interceptions, even the bowl’s former sponsor, Buffalo Wild Wings took to twitter to roast the teams, saying, “Cal-TCU is headed to overtime, and we’ve never owed you a bigger apology.” TCU 10, Cal 7

 

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Laker fans can breathe a sigh of relief after hearing the MRI on LeBron’s left groin did not show any significant damage. LeBron strained his groin on Tuesday night during the third quarter of a win over the Warriors. LeBron will not play on Thursday night against Sacramento and is listed day to day, but according to James who tweeted, “Dodged a bullet! Sheesh. 🙏🏾 to the almighty above!

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