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Patrick Reed Wins Masters, 76ers Win Franchise Record 14 Straight, Beckham Jr Report To Giants Workout

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Patrick Reed defied the fans and the favorites at Augusta this weekend, and won his first major. Reed had an unusual rise in the golf circuit. He got kicked out of the University of Georgia, suspended by his golf coach at Augusta State and had a relatively uneventful rise on the PGA Tour. For anyone watching the tournament, it was clear the fans were not in his corner (instead rooting for favorites Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Ricky Fowler), but he kept his head down, did his job and was awarded the infamous Green Jacket.  As his caddie said to him, “It may not have been pretty, but you got the job done.” Congrats!

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With a 109-97 win over the Dallas Mavericks, the Philadelpha 76ers tied a franchise record with their 14th consecutive victory. The last time the team won 14 straight was in 1983 when Philadelphia won the their last NBA Championship (Hall of Famers Dr. J and Moses Malone were on that team). With 50 wins (and two games left in the regular season), the Sixers have already secured home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

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After weeks of speculation surrounding New York Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s status with the team, Beckham Jr, said he’ll report to the team’s voluntary off-season workout on Monday. Beckham Jr is trying to secure a long-term contract with the Giants (reportedly worth $100 million) or seek a trade with a team willing to fork up that kind of money.

 

 

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Tony Finau Dislocates Ankle Then Sits At Second, Cavs Comeback In Lue’s First Game Back

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The Masters is underway and even though all eyes were on Tiger the first day, there are some other interesting storylines to watch. Tony Finau, considered the most athletic golfer on the PGA tour, dislocated his ankle on Wednesday celebrating his hole in one in the Par 3 Contest (takes place before the Masters officially begins). Realizing how embarrassing he felt injuring himself before the tournament began, he popped his ankle back in, iced all night and played his heart out. At the end of the day Finau said, “To me, it’s nothing short of a miracle. My foot was out of place 24 hours ago. And I sit here in second place at the Masters after Round 1. It’s nothing short of a miracle for me.”

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The Cleveland Cavaliers coach, Tyronn Lue, missed 9 games due to chest pains, but was back on the court last night watching his team trailing the Washington Wizards by 16 points in the 4th quarter. LeBron James caught fire in the last 6 minutes helping the team comeback to a 119-115 win. According to ESPN stats and info, LeBron had never in his career won a game when trailing by more than 15 points in the last 6 minutes in a game. Lue appreciated the effort and after the game told the team, “Good job of bailing me out.”

 

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Eyes On Tiger At Masters, No Dilly Dilly, 76ers 12th Straight Win, Von Miller’s PETA Issue

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The Masters begins today, and all eyes are on Tiger Woods. A previous four-time Masters winner, Tiger hasn’t won the Masters since 2005 and hasn’t won a major tournament since 2008.  Tiger had serious back pain over the years but appears to be healthy, and many are predicting he’ll have a great tournament. According to a fellow golfer, Ricky Fowler, “Tiger’s earned the attention. He’s been the biggest needle mover in the game, and it’s going to be tough for anyone to come close to that.” If you’re fortunate enough to be watching the competition in person, be sure to abide by all of the rules at Augusta National, which now include the banning of certain words. According to reports, if anyone yells “dilly, dilly”, which gained popularity from the Bud Light commercials and is legitimately annoying, you’ll be escorted off the course.

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In the NBA, the Toronto Raptors are close to clinching the #1 seed after their win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. The Philadelphia 76ers continue to instill fear in their opponents, as they won their 12th straight game. And, with the win over Detroit on Wednesday, they eliminated the Pistons from playoff contention.

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Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller might be in hot water if Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission investigate his latest fishing expedition. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a video of Von Miller catching a hammerhead shark, which is illegal and punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Von Miller reportedly caught the shark, posed for a picture then put it back in the water, but according to a representative from PETA, “the hammerhead shark is particularly sensitive to capture stress, so when these animals are caught and released, they frequently die.’’

 

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Cavs Win With Fresh New Look, Fitzgerald Wins Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Crosby Scores 400th Goal

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The Cleveland Cavaliers traded six players away at the NBA trade deadline last week.  The Cavs debuted their new-fresh look featuring Rodney Hood, George Hill, Larry Nance Jr and Jordan Clarkson Sunday night.  The blowout 121-99 win over the Boston Celtics was their first win over a current top 5 team since the season opener. Even with Kevin Love still out with a broken hand, the Cavs chemistry seems to have improved.

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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am with pro Kevin Steelman. He’s the first professional athlete since Dan Marino in 1988 to win the Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament. No word yet on whether Larry will continue his football career and return to play for the Cardinals next season.

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Captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby, scored his 400th career goal. Mario Lemieux and Jeromir Jagr are the only other 2 players scoring this many goals with the Penguins.

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Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia & Alabama in CFP, Giants Lose, Tigers Back

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Four teams have been selected for the college football playoff series, and depending on your loyalties you’re either thrilled or feel robbed. A selection committee made up of 13 members uses a host of criteria to determine the rankings for the four semi-finalists who will compete on New Years Day for a chance to play for a National Championship. The four teams are Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia, and Alabama. The big surprise was Alabama as they lost last week to Auburn and didn’t play in their conference title game this past weekend. Click here for a preview of all the Bowl games.

The big story last week was NY Giants QB Eli Manning getting benched for backup Geno Smith. After the team’s loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, Manning was asked what he thought about the rumors that Ben McAdoo would be fired. He said, ” I don’t want that. I don’t want anybody to get fired. When a coach gets fired, it’s usually because the team, the players and myself haven’t performed up to our duties.”Raiders 24, Giants 17.

It’s week 13 in the NFL and the playoff picture is starting to take shape. If certain teams win next weekend, ie Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots, they will own their division title.

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Tiger Woods is back! After a weekend of play on his “home turf” at the Albany golf course in the Bahamas, Tiger finished 8-under par and tied for 9th place. After four surgeries in four years, Tiger showed promise in his return to competition, and the golf world is thrilled to have him back.

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Cowboys Snap Streak, Josh Gordon Starting, Tiger Back

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The Dallas Cowboys snapped a 3-game losing streak by beating the Washington Redskins 38-14 on Thursday night. The Cowboys have been in a bit of a funk without their prized running back Ezekiel Elliott (who was suspended for 6 weeks for domestic abuse). Elliott is slated to return in week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks.

Josh Gordon will start at wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns this weekend against the Los Angeles Chargers. Brown was suspended for 53 of the Browns’ last 58 games.  Gordon is only 26 years old and is trying to rehabilitate himself after self-reported years of alcohol and drug abuse and criminal activity. Gordon opened up about his years of abuse in a recent Sports Illustrated article.

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Is Tiger Woods back? After years of suffering from back injuries and personal issues, Tiger returned to competitive golf hitting a solid 3 under par 69 in the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Course. It’s only one round, but golf fans are hoping he’s back and staying for awhile.

 

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Packers Defeat Bears In Historic Rivalry, Illegal Hit On Adams, NBA’s Lottery, Golf Most Boring Sport

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Thursday night football featured the historic rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. It was the 195th time they’ve played, and the Packers made the most of it by pounding the Bears 35-14. The Pack now lead this historic series 95-94-6.  A number of Packers players went down with injuries during the game, but the scariest moment came when Packers’ receiver Davante Adams got hit in the head and had to be taken out on a stretcher.  The hit was illegal, and the Bears’ Danny Trevathan was called for a penalty, but many are hoping the NFL will invoke their new “catastrophic” hits rule which would mean Trevathan would get suspended for the next game. According to Packers’ coach, Mike McCarthy, Davante is fine and there were no neck or head injuries, but no word yet on any extra punishment for Trevathan.

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The NBA made a change in their lottery system to try and reduce teams tanking at the end of a season in order to increase their chances of getting a better lottery pick. Currently, the worst team in the league has a 25% chance of getting the first pick with the second worst team getting a 19.9 % chance. Starting in the 2019 season, the three worst teams will each have a 14 percent chance of selecting the top pick in the draft.

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In a recent poll conducted in Britain, Golf was voted the most boring sport in the world. Golf even beat out cricket and bridge. Yes, even more boring than bridge!

 

 

 

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Marshawn Lynch Sits During Anthem, Thomas Wins PGA Championship, Stress Monitors In Chess


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Marshawn Lynch, Raiders running back, appeared to stage a silent protest when he sat during the National Anthem during a pre-season game against the Arizona Cardinals. Coach Jack Del Rio spoke to Lynch after the game and told him, ” “So you understand how I feel. I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem, but I’m going to respect you as a man. You do your thing, and we’ll do ours.’ So that’s a non-issue for me.” Raiders quarterback E.J. Manuel said the team supports Lynch in whatever he chooses to do.

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A 20-something pro won the PGA Championship, but it wasn’t Jordan Spieth, it was his buddy 24 year old Justin Thomas. Spieth has taken the golf world by storm this year and was looking for a win to secure a grand slam. It wasn’t meant to be though, as his friend and rival Thomas shot a 68 on his final round to win his first major championship and move to #6 in the world.  After the tournament he said, “I truly felt like I was going to win. I remember my girlfriend was supposed to fly out at about 7 and I was like, ‘You need to change your flight to later, because I don’t know, I just feel like I don’t want you to miss this. I feel like I’m going to get it done.’ I just was very confident.”

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Watching a 3 plus hour chess match isn’t exactly the most exciting spectator sport so the World Chess organization is planning to have players wear biometric monitors on the Grandmasters so we can see how stressed they get after a specific move. The CEO of World Chess Ilya Merenzon told the Telegraph, “Chess matches can be very dramatic, and biometric data gives fans and spectators alike another opportunity to follow the games and relate to them on much deeper level. It’s not enough to know what the next best move is anymore: you have to know what the grandmaster is thinking.”

 

 

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Jordan Spieth Wins British Open, Irving Seeking Trade, Gilbert’s Apology Over Detroit Ad

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Jordan Spieth won the British Open by shooting 5 under par in his final 5 holes. With the win, Spieth is celebrating his 3rd major grand slam title. At only 24 years old, Spieth is one of the favorites to win the 2017 PGA Championship.

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Cleveland Cavaliers point guard, Kyrie Irving is seeking a trade for next season. According to reports, Kyrie doesn’t want to be in LeBron James’ shadow anymore and is interested in the San Antonio Spurs, the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat.

In more Cleveland news, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dan Gilbert (who also owns a Detroit real estate company), dealt with major backlash over the weekend when his company popted a sign in downtown Detroit stating, “See Detroit like we do”. The image in the ad only showed white people, while census data reflects the city as more than 82% black. Gilbert posted on Facebook his mistake and said, “Although not intended to create the kind of feelings it did, the slogan/statement we used on these graphics was tone deaf, in poor taste and does not reflect a single value of philosophy that we stand for at Bedrock Development or in our entire Family of companies.”

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Koepka Wins US Open, Celtics Trade #1 Pick To Sixers, George Leaving Pacers In 2018

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Brooks Koepka won his first major championship this weekend by winning the US Open.  At 27 years old, Koepka finished 16 under par to edge out a close field and take home the $2.16 million earnings.

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The Boston Celtics shook things up this weekend by announcing they were trading their #1 pick in the upcoming draft to the Philadelphia 76ers (who have the #3 pick). The Sixers are expected to use their #1 pick for University of Washington Guard Markelle Fultz. The draft takes place Thursday the 22nd, 7 pm ET.

In other trade news, Indiana Pacers Paul George reportedly told the team he will leave in 2018 to become a free agent and will play instead for the Los Angeles Lakers. According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, “George can sign a four-year deal worth as much as $130 million with Los Angeles next year. George is a Southern California native and playing for the Lakers would represent a homecoming for him. George plans to play out the 2017-18 season with Indiana, but wants to give the organization the chance to plan appropriately for its future – which George told the team won’t include him”. If George does go to the Lakers in 2018, the team should be in good shape as they’re expected to use their #2 pick in this year’s draft for Lonzo Ball.

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