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MLB Opening Day, Lindor’s Massive Contract W/Mets, Sabres Finally Win

BASEBALL

Today is Major League Baseball’s opening day! Stadiums are planning to welcome a limited number of fans with coronavirus protocols including enforcing the wearing of masks. According to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll, less than half of Americans feel comfortable attending a live sporting event, so it will be interesting to see how many fans show up.

In other MLB news, the NY Mets agreed to a massive contract extension with shortstop Francisco Lindor. The 10-year $341 million deal is the largest contract ever signed for a shortstop and the third-largest contract signed in MLB history.

HOCKEY

Congratulations to the Buffalo Sabres who finally snapped an 18-game losing streak. With their win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night, they avoided the embarrassment of holding the longest winless streak in NHL history.

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Houston/Baylor In Final Four, UConn Beats Baylor After Controversial Call, Mulkey Not Fan Of Testing, Mets Big Offer To Lindor, Sabres Winless Streak

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Houston and Baylor moved on in the men’s bracket of the NCAA tournament. Gonzaga vs USC and Michigan vs UCLA will battle it out tonight for spots in the Final Four.

In the women’s bracket, UConn narrowly beat out Baylor to clinch their 13th straight Final Four appearance, however, the win was not without controversy. With seconds left Baylor’s DiJonai Carrington attempted a game-winning basket but appeared to be fouled. The refs did not call it, and UConn came away with a 69-67 win.

In addition to the officiating, people are also talking about the post-game press conference where Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey (who wore her face mask under her chin the entire game) stated the NCAA should get rid of COVID testing for the Final Four.

BASEBALL

The New York Mets offered All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor $325 million for 10 years, but Lindor is reportedly asking for $385 million.

HOCKEY

The Buffalo Sabres continue their 18 game winless streak after blowing a three-goal lead against the Philadelphia Flyers.

 

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NHL Fires Ref For Bogus Penalty, Anti-Semitic Audibles, Snyder Spends $1 Bill For 100% Of Team, Lowry Takes Call From Drake, Olympic Torch Lit

HOCKEY

The NHL announced referee Tim Peel would “no longer be working NHL games now or in the future” after he was caught on mic admitting he called an unwarranted penalty because he “wanted to get” a penalty against the Nashville Predators.

FOOTBALL

A high school football coach in Massachusetts was fired for having his team use anti-Semitic slurs such as “rabbi”, “dreidel” and “Auschwitz” while calling audibles.

Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder will spend close to $1 billion to buy out his minority partners’ 40% stake in the team.

BASKETBALL

The Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry took a FacetTime call from the musician Drake during his postgame interview where he spoke about his time in Toronto possibly coming to an end. Lowry has been with the Raptors since 2012, but he will now be an unrestricted free agent with several teams interested in trading for him.

OLYMPICS

The Olympic torch was lit in Tokyo and will begin a 121-day trip across Japan arriving back in Tokyo in time for the July 23rd Opening Ceremonies.

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Dak Prescott Now 2nd Highest Paid QB, Kansas Parts Ways W/Miles After Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct, Fairmont Files Bankruptcy-Knights Kicked Out

FOOTBALL

Quarterback Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys agreed to a four-year, $160 million contract, including $126 million guaranteed (with a record $66 million signing bonus). Prescott is now the second-highest-paid QB behind Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes.

Kansas parted ways with head football coach Les Miles after allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct while he was the head coach at LSU. The law firm’s review described how Miles “tried to sexualize the staff of student workers in the football program by, for instance, allegedly demanding that he wanted blondes with big breasts, and `pretty girls.”’

HOCKEY

The Vegas Golden Knights were kicked out of their hotel in San Jose, CA prior to their game against the San Jose Sharks last Friday when it was announced that the Fairmont Hotel had filed for bankruptcy. The players had already settled in, eating a pregame meal and taking an afternoon nap, when they were told to pack their bags. The Knights beat the Sharks 5-4 in overtime, then checked into a new hotel for the evening. Coach Pete DeBoer said, “It was just a surreal experience. Just another thing thrown at you, another thing to deal with.”

 

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Osaka & Djokovic Australian Open Champions, Raptors Fire Saunders, Tahoe Hosts NHL, Bruins 90’s Style

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Naomi Osaka beat Jennifer Brady to win the Australian Open for the second time (also won in 2019). Osaka now has four Grand Slam singles titles.

In the men’s final, Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev to claim his 18th Grand Slam singles title, just two away from the record held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Djokovic clearly likes the Australian Open, as this win marks his ninth championship (in nine appearances).

BASKETBALL

The Toronto Raptors fired Ryan Saunders and expect to replace him with the Raptors assistant coach Chris Finch.

HOCKEY

The NHL experimented with outdoor hockey and hosted two games over the weekend in Lake Tahoe. Other than an eight-hour delay due to the sun’s effect on ice conditions, the games were a hit with hockey fans. The Boston Bruins even got into the spirit of the weekend by showing up in full 1990’s attire.

Colorado Avalanche beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2

Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-3

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NHL Season Begins, 27 Players Already Test Positive, Harden’s Disappointment In Rockets

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The NHL is back tonight with a condensed 56-game season. The NHL plans to squeeze a total of 868 games into 116 nights. Unfortunately, the League is already off to a rough start with 27 confirmed players from nine different teams (17 from the Dallas Stars) testing positive for COVID-19.

BASKETBALL

James Harden did not shy away from airing his disappointment in his team, the Houston Rockets, on Tuesday night. After a decisive loss to the LA Lakers, Harden said in his postgame press conference, “We’re just not good enough. Chemistry, talent-wise, everything. It’s clear … I love this city. I’ve literally done everything I can. This situation … it’s crazy. I don’t think it can be fixed. Thanks.” He then abruptly left. His teammates were not happy. John Wall said, “When you have certain guys in the mix that don’t want to buy in as one, it’s gonna be hard to do anything special as a basketball team … It hurts. If we can all get on the same page, we can be something good here. We can’t dwell down on it because it’s only been nine games. Come on, man. You’re going to jump off the cliff off of nine games? There’s a lot of basketball still to be played.”

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DeVonta Smith Wins Heisman, College Football Championship Could Be Postponed, Team USA Wins World Juniors Gold

FOOTBALL

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith won the prestigious Heisman Trophy. With the win, he is the first receiver to be named the best college football player in 29 years. The award has traditionally gone to quarterbacks and running backs and hasn’t gone to a receiver since Desmond Howard won in 1991. Smith is also just the 4th receiver to ever win the award.

The College Football Playoff National Championship between #1 ranked Alabama and #3 ranked Ohio State could be postponed. A number of Ohio State players have either tested positive for COVID-19 or have contact traced and could be required to miss the game scheduled for January 11th.

HOCKEY

The United States won the gold medal over Team Canada in the World Junior Championship. The win marks Team USA’s fifth World Juniors gold.

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Alabama Vs Notre Dame, Clemson Vs Ohio State In CFP, Jets Win But Could Lose, Bills Clinch, Hill Drinks Pickle Juice, NHL Returns Jan 13th

FOOTBALL

The College Football Playoff is set. # 1 Alabama will face #4 Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl, while #2 Clemson will take on #2 Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl. The semifinals will be played on January 1st, and the winners will meet in Miami on January 11th in the championship game.

In the NFL, the New York Jets finally won a game this season. With a 23-20 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, the Jets are now 1-13 on the season. While fans are happy to finally see their team win, the Jets could have ruined their chances of securing the number one pick in the draft. They are now tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the worst record in the league and could potentially lose out to the Jags based on a tiebreaker that takes into account the strength of schedule for each team.

The Buffalo Bills clinched their first division title since 1995 with a decisive win over the Denver Broncos.

Many were wondering what Kansas City Chiefs’ wide receiver Tyreek Hill was drinking on the sidelines during the game. It looked as if he was downing a miniature bottle of alcohol, but it was only pickle juice, which is apparently great for hydration. The Chiefs beat the New Orleans Saints 32-29.

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The NHL announced the League will return on January 13th with a 56-game season.

 

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Heat Vs. Lakers NBA Finals, MLB Playoffs Beginning, Lightning Win Stanley Cup, South Park In Denver Stands, Mahomes Milestone

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The NBA Finals are set! The Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers will square off starting on Wednesday with Game 1. If the Lakers win the series, LeBron James will get his fourth NBA championship and a title with his third franchise.

BASEBALL

The 60-game shortened regular season is over, and the Major League Baseball playoffs are here. With an expanded 16-team field (from the traditional eight-team field), the wild-card series begins on Tuesday with the divisional rounds and World Series itself played in bubble locations in Texas and California. The LA Dodgers are the top seed in the National League, and the Tampa Bay Rays are the top seed in the American League. For a full schedule, click here.

HOCKEY

The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup for only the second time in franchise history. With a game 6 win on Monday over the Dallas Star, the Lightning redeemed their disappointing first-round sweep in last year’s championship.

FOOTBALL

We’re now getting used to very few if any fans in the stands, but the Denver Broncos got our attention by filling 1,800 seats during Sunday’s matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with character cutouts from the show “South Park”. The Comedy Central show is based on a town in Colorado. Unfortunately for the Broncos, they lost 28-10 to the Buccaneers and are now 0-3 for the season.

On Monday Night Football, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes became the fastest quarterback to reach 10,000 yards passing in his career. He reached this feat in 34 games. The Chiefs beat the Baltimore Ravens 34-20 thanks to Mahomes’ five touchdowns.

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Giannis Wins MVP, Yankees Five Homers In One Inning, Browns Win Battle Of Ohio, Burrow Solid, Stanley Cup Finals

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Giannis Antetokounmpo won his second consecutive Most Valuable Player award. The Milwaukee Bucks forward (who also won Defensive Player of the Year this season) joins LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Michael Jordan, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, and Bill Russell as back-to-back MVPs.

BASEBALL

The New York Yankees had quite a night in their 10-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. For the first time in the history of the franchise, the Yankees hit five home runs in an inning.

FOOTBALL

In the “Battle of Ohio” teams on Thursday Night Football, the Cleveland Browns beat the Cincinnati Bengals 35-30. Browns’ QB Baker Mayfield threw for 2 touchdowns while Bengals’ rookie QB Joe Burrow threw for 3 TD’s and set a record for completions in a game by a rookie. He also became the first rookie quarterback to throw over 60 passes (he had 61) in a game with no interceptions.

HOCKEY

The Stanley Cup Finals begin on Saturday with the Tampa Bay Lightning facing the Dallas Stars.

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