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Philip Rivers Retires, Sarah Thomas Makes History As First Female SB Official, Tiger Woods 5th Back Surgery

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Philip Rivers announced he’s retiring from the NFL after an incredibly successful 17-year career as a quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers (16 years) and Indianapolis Colts (1 year). The future Hall of Famer said, “I’m excited to go coach high school football. … What has helped me come to this (decision) is the growing desire to coach high school football. That’s what I’ve always wanted to do. It’s been growing. I can’t wait.”

Sarah Thomas will make history as the first female Super Bowl official at this year’s Championship. She will be the Down Judge at Super Bowl LV.

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Tiger Woods underwent a fifth back surgery (microdiscectomy) and will be out at least two months. He’s expected (and fans are hoping) to return in time for the Masters on April 8th.

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Alabama Rolls To 18th National Title In Big Win Over Ohio State, Eagles Fire Pederson, Belichick Refuses Medal Of Freedom, PGA Cuts Ties With Trump

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Alabama rolled to an 18th national title in a decisive win over #3 ranked Ohio State in the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship. Thanks to the stellar play of quarterback Mac Jones, running back Najee Harris, and Heisman Trophy winner Devonata Smith, the Crimson Tide put up 621 yards of total offense and scored 52 points, the most ever scored by Alabama in a national title game. With the win, Alabama coach Nick Saban becomes the only coach to win 7 national championships (six with Alabama and one with LSU). Alabama 52, Ohio State 24

In the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles parted ways with head coach Doug Pederson just three years after he coached them to a Super Bowl title.

New England Patriots coach, Bill Belichick refused to accept President Trump’s planned award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom after he stated,  “the tragic events of last week”.

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The PGA of America announced they are cutting ties with President Trump and will relocate the 2022 PGA Championship from the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey to a new location.

 

 

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Big Ten Changes Policy, Ohio State To Play Northwestern in Championship Game, Jordan’s Golf Course Delivers Snacks By Drone

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The Big Ten conference agreed to change its policy that teams need to play six games to be eligible for the conference championship. Undefeated #4 Ohio State will now face Northwestern on December 19th in the Big Ten Football Championship game. The Big Ten statement reads: “The decision was based on a competitive analysis which determined that Ohio State would have advanced to the Big Ten Football Championship Game based on its undefeated record and head-to-head victory over Indiana regardless of a win or loss against Michigan.”

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Michael Jordan’s new golf club in Florida called the Grove XXIII delivers food and drinks to the course by drone. This is really cool…take a look.

 

 

 

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Steelers/Ravens Canceled, Texans Destroyed Lions, Washington’s “Bumerooski” Agst Cowboys, Manning/Curry Vs Mickelson/Barkley

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The Thanksgiving Football lineup promised to have at least one interesting game featuring the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers against the tough Baltimore Ravens, but that game was canceled due to a slew of positive COVID-19 tests (including Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson). The game has been rescheduled for Sunday, but that looks increasingly unlikely. The NFL is considering adding an extra week to the schedule for these teams to play.

Unfortunately, the other NFL Thanksgiving games were blowouts. The Houston Texans destroyed the Detroit Lions 41-25, while the Washington Football Team blew out the Dallas Cowboys. Other than watching Washington’s Antonio Gibson score three touchdowns, the best part of the day came on second and five where Washington quarterback Alex Smith handed the ball between his legs to running back J.D. McKissic for a first down that led to a field goal. Washington coach Ron Rivera explained the inspiration for the trick play “It actually goes back to a movie called ‘Little Giants‘ and it’s called, I hope I don’t get in trouble, ‘The Annexation of Puerto Rico. We nicknamed it the ‘Bumerooski,’ but most of these guys don’t understand it so we had to explain to them who Bum Phillips is, and we did it as a tribute to him.” Philips made this play famous when he was head coach of the Houston Oilers in the 1970’s. Washington 41, Dallas 16

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Watch Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley take on Peyton Manning and Stephen Curry on November 27th at 3:00 pm ET in the Capital One’s The Match: Champions for Change golf tournament. According to Turner Sports, the event “will uniquely contribute toward and highlight diversity, equality and inclusion through donations to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), while raising awareness and spotlighting opportunities for diversity and equality in sports.”

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GM Kim Ng Makes History, Dustin Johnson Wins Masters, Murray/Hopkins Hail Mary, Alex Smith Starts, Steelers Undefeated

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The Miami Marlins hired Kim Ng as their new general manager. Ng has made history as the first woman hired to a GM position by any professional men’s sports team in North America.

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Dustin Johnson won the Masters in historic fashion. His 20 under par is the best in the history of this event.

In other golf news, the sport has become more hugely popular during this pandemic.  Just in the month of September, 25.5% more golf rounds were played this year over last year. The rationale is that it’s a perfect quarantine activity since you can be socially distanced and enjoy the fresh air.

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The highlight from Sunday’s NFL games was watching Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray throw a hail mary pass to DeAndre Hopkins to win the game as time was running out. Check it out. Arizona 32, Buffalo 30

In another entertaining game, quarterback Alex Smith took the field for the Washington Football Team for his first NFL start since 2018. After an improbable comeback from 17 surgeries and an almost amputation, Smith led his team back from a 21-point deficit before losing to the Detroit Lions on Matt Prater’s 59-yard field goal. Detroit 30, Washington 27

Thanks to 333 yards and 4 touchdowns from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers are now 9-0 on the season. Steelers 36, Bengals 10.

 

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Maryland/Ohio State Cancelled, Masters Begins Today, Bieber/Bauer Win Cy Young Awards

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The Maryland/Ohio State game has been canceled (not postponed) due to eight Maryland players testing positive for COVID-19. There are 7 other major college football games either canceled or postponed this upcoming weekend.

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The Masters golf tournament begins today at Augusta National in Georgia. The Masters is traditionally played in April, but due to the pandemic was pushed back to November. CBS will air the tournament for the 65th consecutive year.

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Good news for Ohio fans. The Cleveland Indians’ Shane Bieber was the unanimous pick for the American League Cy Young Award (awarded annually to the best pitchers in each League), and Cincinnati Red’s Trevor Bauer grabbed the award for the National League. With the win, Bauer becomes the first pitcher in Reds history to win this prestigious award.

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Greatest Golf Shot Ever, Tiger’s Champions Dinner, SEC Matchup Postponed

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It’s a tradition on the 16th hole of the Masters during practice rounds to skip your shot on the water. When Jon Rahm did this on Tuesday (his birthday), he made a remarkable hole in one. Click here for one of the greatest golf shots ever.

The Masters officially begins on Thursday. One of the traditions during Masters’ week is the Champions Dinner. The winner of the previous year’s tournament gets to choose the meal. Tiger Woods is the current champion so had the honor of picking the menu. He chose the Augusta sushi roll (with shrimp and tuna), steak and chicken fajitas, and flan and churros for dessert. It was all complimented by Shafer Chardonnay and Cabernet.

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The highly anticipated SEC matchup between #1 ranked Alabama and defending champion LSU will be postponed because of COVID-19 issues. Texas A&M and Tennessee will also be postponed. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey stated, “While it is unfortunate to have multiple postponements in the same week, we began the season with the understanding interruptions to the schedule were possible and we have remained focused throughout the season on the health of everyone around our programs.”

 

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Steve Cohen Purchasing Mets, Gostkowski Redeems Himself, Need More from Saquon, Danny Noonan Is Back

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Hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen could be the New York Mets new owner after reaching an agreement to purchase the team for a record $2.4 billion. According to reports, the deal does not include SNY, the Mets TV network. The deal requires the approval of 23 of the 29 Major League Baseball owners who will vote at a meeting in November. If Cohen gets approval, he will succeed owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz and become the fourth controlling owner since the beginning of the franchise in 1962.

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On Monday Night Football, Tennessee Titans kicker Stephen Gostkowski redeemed himself after missing three field goals and an extra point by kicking the game-winning field goal for a 16-14 win over the Denver Broncos.

The New York Giants needed more from their star running back Saquon Barkley who only rushed for 6 yards in their 16-26 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers

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Michael O’Keefe, the 65-year old actor who played caddie Danny Noonan in the movie “Caddyshack” was back on the greens at the US. Open this week. According to O’Keefe, “I’ve given a lot of interviews this year because it’s the 40th anniversary of the release of the movie. I knew the Open was going to be here. My brother, Billy, is a member here and a former (club) president and I was thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun if somebody put me on their bag?’ And I thought the chances of that happening were about as likely as Carl Spackler winning the Masters, but the next thing you know, I get a call from Mike Breed and he said, ‘Hey, are you serious?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, why?’ He said, ‘Start doing some push-ups, I think it’s going to work out.’ ”

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Morikawa Wins PGA Championship, MAC Cancels Fall, Laureano & Plesac Violate Protocols, NHL Quarterfinals, Tiz The Law Wins Travers

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Twenty-three-year-old Collin Morikawa finished 13-under par to win the US PGA Championship. Having turned pro 14 months ago, the championship was only Morikawa’s second major and 28th tournament.  Morikawa joins Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Jack Nicklaus as the only 23-year old winners of the PGA Championship.

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The Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC) officially canceled its 2020 college football season and all other fall sports. Many are now wondering when the other Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences will follow suit.

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Major League Baseball specifically outlined in their COVID-19  protocols that any players breaking social distancing guidelines in order to engage or fight with another player or team would be severely punished. It’s no surprise then that Oakland Athletics Ramon Laureano, who charged the Houston Astros’ dugout sparking a bench-clearing altercation, will face discipline. Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron, who was seen egging Laureano on, could face disciplinary action as well.

Cleveland Indians Zach Plesac violated protocol as well when he went out with friends in Chicago after the Indians beat the White Sox on Saturday. Plesac was sent back to Cleveland and will be quarantined for 72 hours and tested daily for COVID-19.

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The quarterfinals of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs are set with 16 teams remaining.

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Tiz the Law ran away from the competition in an exciting 5 1/2 length victory at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday. Manny Franco guided Tiz the Law through a perfect race and a career-best 109 Beyer Speed Figure. It’s now on to the Kentucky Derby September 5th for this special horse.

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UConn Cancels Football, Division II,III Fall Sports Canceled, Big 10 Demands, Bud Light Free Beer In Detroit, Denver, PGA Championship

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UConn announced it’s canceling its 2020 football season. According to UConn athletics director David Benedict “Ultimately, the student-athletes would rather preserve their year of eligibility with an eye to competing under more typical circumstances during the 2021 season.”

The NCAA also announced Division II and Division III fall sports will be canceled. The sports affected are football, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, and men’s water polo.

By laying out a list of demands for playing in the 2020 season, a group of Big Ten athletes have followed the example set earlier this week by a group of students from the Pac-12. Almost all of the Big Ten players’ demands are related to COVID-19 safety issues. According to reports, there are as many at 1,400 Big Ten and Pac-12 students involved in a potential boycott if their demands are not met.

Bud Light is promising free beer in either Detroit or Denver this season if either one of their kickers breaks the NFL record for the longest field goal. It all started when Broncos kicker Brandon McManus stated he wanted to break the record. Bud Light chimed in and said the company would give away free beer in Denver if McManus succeeded.  Current record holder (at 64-yards), Detroit’s Matt Prater jumped in saying he’d like to break his own record. Bud Light then stated it would supply free beer to the entire cities of Detroit or Denver if either one of these kickers could accomplish this feat.

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The 2020 PGA Championship begins today at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. The event marks the first major of the year, and 95 of the top 100 players are competing.

 

 

 

 

 

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