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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.”

CHESS

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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Mickelson Missing Open For Daughter’s Graduation, Mayweather/McGregor Fight On

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It’s official, Phil Mickelson will drop out of the US Open. Mickelson had a scheduling conflict with his daughter’s high school graduation in California, but was hoping there might be a rain delay in Wisconsin allowing him to jump on his p plane and get there in time. Unfortunately for him, the weather looks great at the Open and his tee time is on schedule, forcing him to have to withdraw from the tournament (for the first time since 1993). He said he’ll have no regrets though, as his daughter is not only graduating, but also giving the commencement address.

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After years of trash talking, two of the biggest fighting champions will face each other. Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather will match up against UFC champion Conor McGregor on August 26th in Las Vegas. As a mixed martial arts competitor, McGregor will compete in the boxing ring against Mayweather who is an undefeated 49-0 and 12 years older than McGregor. After the fight was announced, McGregor took to social media and mocked Mayweather’s age by posting a photo of himself next to Mayweather’s father.

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Warriors Dominate Game 2, Manning Plays Golf With Trump

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The second game of the NBA Finals was close through the first half, but then Kevin Durant and Steph Curry brought their A game and led the Warriors to a 19 point rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers.  After a sloppy start with too many turnovers, Curry came out strong after the half and ended the game with his first triple-double in post-season play. With the win, the Warriors record the longest win streak in playoff history (14 games so far). Warriors 132, Cavaliers 113.  Game 3 is in Cleveland on Wednesday June 7th 9:oo pm. ET.

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Former Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning denies he’s interested in politics and won’t run for office, but many are speculating about his intentions after his round of golf with President Trump and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN).

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LeBron Passes Kareem, Parker’s Leg Injury, Craziness At Fenway, Romo’s Golf

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With 39 points in another big win over the Toronto Raptors, LeBron James recorded another milestone by passing Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become #2 on the NBA all-time playoff scoring list. Michael Jordan currently holds the #1 spot, but LeBron could pass him if the Cavs continue winning. Cleveland is now up 2-0 in the series. Cavs 125, Raptors 103.

The San Antonio Spurs evened up the Western conference semifinal 1-1 with the Houston Rockets Wednesday night, but Tony Parker suffered a leg injury which got him carried off the court. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Parker will undergo an MRI today and determine if/when Parker will be able to return. San Antonio 121, Houston 96.

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The Boston Red Sox/Baltimore Orioles series is getting out of control and causing some craziness at Fenway Park.  It all started on April 21st when Orioles player Manny Machado slid into Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia. The Red Sox players tried to hit Machado in retaliation. Then Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale hit a batter with a 98 mile fastball but didn’t get in trouble. Just a one day later, Kevin Gausman was ejected, without any warning, for hitting a batter with a curveball.

An even bigger issue coming out of this series is the fan behavior at Fenway. The Orioles Adam Jones was taunted with racist remarks on Monday night. Another racist incident happened Wednesday night as well, and the fan was immediately banned from the Park.

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Newly retired Dallas quarterback Tony Romo will test his skills in golf. He is scheduled to compete in a US Open qualifier on Monday in Texas. Romo is not new to the game, but reportedly had to pull out of other qualifiers due to conflicts with football.

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Sergio Garcia Wins Masters, Westbrook Makes History, Durant Back, No Room For Pats 5th Banner

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After 73 Majors without a victory, Sergio Garcia won the Masters in a drama filled afternoon. Garcia and Justin Rose were tied heading into a sudden death round on the 18th hole, where Garcia pulled it out to win his first career Major and the coveted Green Jacket.  Congrats Sergio!

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Russell Westbrook made history on Sunday with his 42nd triple-double breaking Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson’s record for a season.  Westbrook got a standing ovation immediately after this historic feat, but he didn’t let up as the Oklahoma City Thunder still needed to beat the Denver Nuggets, which they did with his buzzer beater shot giving OKC a 106-105 victory.

Kevin Durant was back on Saturday night for the Golden State Warriors. Durant went down 6 weeks ago and many thought he’d be out for the season. It turns out it was a grade 2 MCL sprain and Durant is back for the playoffs and looks like he didn’t miss a beat. Warriors 123, New Orleans Pelicans 101.

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If there weren’t enough reasons for Patriots haters to continue to hate, now they have one more. The New England Patriots can’t seem to find room in Gillette Stadium to fit their 5th Super Bowl Championship banner. When the stadium was built in 2002, they only had one banner, and no one could have imagined Tom Brady and Bill Belichick would add 4 more titles in such a short amount of time.  This is clearly a good problem to have!

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