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Basketball

In the NBA, the Golden State Warriors and the Philadelphia 76ers are going in two opposite directions. The warriors are at a record breaking start of 17-0 while the 76ers are not doing so well at a 0-17 start.

Football

Marcus Mariota  There are 5 main candidates for the upcoming Heisman award: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama; Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson; Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford; Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma and Keenan Reynolds, QB, Navy. Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon. It will be a blast finding out who will win.

Also in the NFL, the Patriots and Panthers are still undefeated.

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Whisenhut Fired, Johnny Manziel Era Resumes, Dallas Boots Randle

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In the NFL, the Tennessee Titans fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt has only won 3 of 23 games in his time in Nashville.  The Titans promoted Mike Mularkey to head coach, and are hoping that he will be able to do something exciting with their #2 overall draft pick QB Marcus Mariota.

Johnny ManzielElsewhere in the NFL, it looks like the Johnny Manziel era in Cleveland is about to resume again.  Their starting quarterback Josh McCown is dealing with some nagging injuries, and the Browns have decided to put the ball in Manziel’s hands.  Manziel recently made headlines after being a part of a domestic dispute with his girlfriend.  The incident was caught on tape, and did not help Manziel’s image as the savior of Cleveland football.  When he takes the field, however, he’s quick to run or hurl an 80-yard bomb so some fans are excited to see what he has in store.

Finally, in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys have had enough off-the-field trouble with their running back Joseph Randle.  Randle came into the year as their starting running back. Randle is now injured, has an impending suspension against him because of a domestic dispute, and last week, when Randle was told he lost the starting job to Darren McFadden, he left the facility. Management doesn’t have tolerance for that type of behavior, so he is now now looking for a job.

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Bills Overpower Colts, Carrols Odd Play In Overtime, Winston/Mariota Showdown, Djokovic Wins US Open

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NFL on Sunday is back!  And, the games did not disappoint
In Buffalo, the Bills were looking to prove that they are a defensive force, but they had to take on one of the most explosive offenses of last season:  Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.  Buffalo came out strong and the Colts could not get anything going.  Bills fans went crazy, as their team looked tough and their young quarterback, Tyrod Taylor helped guide the Bills to an impressive opening day victory.  Buffalo 27, Indianapolis 14.

In St. Louis, the Rams were out to prove that they had no intention of being pushovers but their game on Sunday was against the mighty Seattle Seahawks. The Rams got out to a sizable lead, but then the Rams’ offense made some mistakes and the Seahawks put up quick points to send the game into overtime.  We all remember Seattle head coach Pete Carroll’s peculiar play call that lost them the Super Bowl last season.  He did it again as he called an onside kick to start overtime.  The Rams recovered and were able to get a field goal that gave them the advantage, and the momentum to stop Seattle and take the victory.  Watch out for St. Louis this season.  St. Louis 34, Seattle 31.

Marcus Mariota & Jameis WinstonIn Tampa Bay, we saw the battle between the #1 overall draft pick, Jameis Winston of the Buccaneers, and the #2 overall draft pick, Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans.  Mariota was breathtaking.  He threw 4 touchdown passes in JUST THE FIRST HALF!  Unfortunately Jameis Winston did not fare so well. On his very first NFL career throw, he threw an interception that was picked off for a touchdown.  The only other QB in the history of the NFL to do that was Brett Favre (who ended up with a Hall of Fame career).  The Titans overwhelmed the Buccaneers for a decisive victory. Tennessee 42, Tampa Bay 14.

TENNIS

The Men’s US Open final featured Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer.  Once again, Djokovic proved that he is the best in the game.  He defeated Federer for his 10th grand slam title of his brilliant career.

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Tim Tebow Tries To Make Eagles, Winston And Mariota’s Debut, No Participation Trophies, Jason Day Wins P.G.A. Championship

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Tim TebowIn the NFL, with the pre-season fully underway, all eyes were on not the best player in the NFL, but the nicest.  Yep, Tim Tebow made his comeback to the league this weekend with the Philadelphia Eagles.  He wasn’t great, but he wasn’t terrible either.  He went 6 for 12 and even had a touchdown rush.  Tebow is trying as hard as he can to make the team, and it’s looking like he has a 50/50 shot.

Elsewhere in the NFL, we witnessed the debut performances from the #1 and #2 draft pics this year (Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota).  Mariota did not look good, turning the ball over in each of his first two possessions.  Winston had a beautiful deep first pass, but the rest of his debut was lackluster.  Despite these first impressions, we can’t write them off.  They’re still getting their feet wet, and their second game could tell a completely different story.

edb7313e8aca9d18ec2b060f7f53c19a 2Steelers’ linebacker, James Harrison, arguably the toughest guy in the NFL, has decided to have his kids give back their little league participation trophies.  Harrison said he didn’t want his kids to get trophies just for showing up — that if they wanted a trophy they would have to earn it.  He wants them to understand that you don’t get anything in life unless you work for it.

GOLF

Jason Day won the P.G.A Championship this weekend with a record 20 under par beating Jordan Spieth by 3 strokes. All was not lost for Spieth, however, as his 2nd place finish combined with Rory McIlroy dropping to 17th place, gave Spieth the ranking of #1 golfer in the world.  This is a remarkable feat given that Spieth is only 22 years old.

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Winston And Mariota Go #1, #2 In Draft, Goodell Gets Booed

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Jameis WinstonAfter months of speculation, we now know the top pick in the NFL draft. To no ones surprise, Florida State QB Jameis Winston went number 1 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Winston won the Heisman Trophy in 2013 and helped lead the team to a National Championship. There’s no doubt that Winston has an incredible arm but he has had a history of bad decisions off the field so it will be interesting to see if he can keep his head straight and become a franchise QB.

Again, no surprise that the Tennessee Titans selected Marcus Mariota with the number 2 pick. Mariota also won a Heisman Trophy winner in 2014.

The draft began a bit auspiciously as the crowd in Chicago booed the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell as he stepped on stage. Many are still upset with him for how he handled the Ray Rice domestic abuse situation and made it clear that they haven’t forgotten or forgiven him.

Check out NFL.com for all draft info.

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Grizzlies Win Over Trailblazers, OKC To Hire U Of Florida Head Coach, Draft Night QB Excitement

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In the NBA, the Memphis Grizzlies finally closed the door on their series against the Portland Trailblazers.  The Grizzlies don’t look as polished as they did to open the season, but they will still give the Golden State Warriors headaches in the second round.  Expect that to be an amazing series.

Elsewhere in the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder have moved on from long-time coach Scott Brooks, and now they’ve found their replacement, and it’s a very interesting choice.  It’s still not official, but apparently they want to sign a multi-year deal with Billy Donovan, head coach of the University of Florida basketball team.  Donovan turned that program completely around, leading Florida to back-to-back championships.  And since then, they have always been competitive both in the regular season and the tournament.  He’s good with young players, and this could be a perfect marriage.  However, it could also fall apart, as Donovan might only be good at the college level.

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NFL DraftThursday is the NFL Draft.  The big mystery is whether or not the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take a chance and draft QB Jameis Winston with the #1 overall pick.  It’s also a classic nervous case of should they take Winston, the proven guy with behavior issues, or QB Marcus Mariota, the Heisman winner who may be a bit of a project.  Also, the Cleveland Browns are reported to be actively seeking a trade to move up to the 2nd pick to draft Mariota.  That would signal a quick end to the Johnny Manziel era, as they would probably ship him out of town.  It’s going to be a drama filled night, and is definitely worth checking it out.

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Shelly Sterling Gets $2.6 Mill Revenge, Winston And Mariota’s Wonderlic Results

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V. StivianoShelly Sterling, the estranged wife of  former Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, got her revenge against the billionaire’s ex girlfriend V. Stiviano. Shelly sought $2.8 million in compensation from Stiviano for the gifts that Sterling showered on her while he was still married to Shelly. The gifts were substantial and included a $1.8 million home and $400,000 worth of cars. Under CA law, anything earned during marriage is community property so the judge ruled in Shelly’s favor demanding that Stiviano return $2.6 million. Shelly claimed that Stiviano seduced her 80 year old husband. Stiviano also recorded his racist rantings which ultimately made him lose the team and get banned for life from the NBA.

 

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All football gurus believe that Florida State QB Jameis Winston will be scooped up either first or second in the upcoming NFL draft. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the first pick and it looks like they’ll either take Winston or Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. Some teams place value on the Wonderlic aptitude test given to all players. Both Winston and Mariota scored well with Mariota scoring an impressive 33 out of 50 (same score as Tom Brady) and Winston scoring a 27 out of 50 one point shy of Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson, and Drew Brees who scored 28.

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UCONN Wins Women’s Championship, Geno Ties Wooden For Wins, Spurs Catching Fire, Bears May Trade Cutler

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Geno AuriemmaIn women’s college basketball, it was the National Championship between Connecticut (the dynasty) and Notre Dame (the underdog).  Could head UCONN coach Geno Auriemma win his 10th National Championship?  It was a pesky fight, but UCONN just has so much talent and poise.  Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Moriah Jefferson led the way for UCONN, each scoring 15 points, and leading the Huskies to their 3rd straight championship.  Amazing!  That gives Geno his 10th title (tied with John Wooden), and makes everyone wonder if anybody can ever beat UCONN.  UCONN 63, Notre Dame 53.

In the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs are catching fire at just the right time.  They had 7 straight wins coming into a battle against Oklahoma City.  Normally this would be a close game, but the Thunder were without Kevin Durant, and the Spurs are just gelling so well right now.  Kawhi Leonard was the hero for the Spurs in this one, and head coach Gregg Popovich said that he loves Leonard because he has so much composure.  When he does something amazing, but doesn’t scream or beat his chest — he just turns around and gets back on defense.  San Antonio 113, Oklahoma City 88.

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In the NFL, rumors are swirling that the Chicago Bears might trade their franchise quarterback, Jake Cutler, to Tennessee in exchange for the #2 pick.  The Bears would then likely use that pick to draft last season’s Heisman winner, Marcus Mariota.  This would be a risky move for the Bears, but potentially a great move for the Tennessee Titans, who currently do not have a reliable starting QB right now.  The Titans could also take Mariota, but he’s no sure thing, and Cutler would give them a capable quarterback to get that offense going.  It will be interesting to see if this happens.

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Mariota Wins Heisman, Bills Hurt Packers’ Destiny, Johnny Football Atrocious, Cowboys Avenge Loss

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Marcus MariotaIn college football, it was time to present the Heisman Trophy.  This year, there were only 3 candidates:  Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon (who broke the all time single game rushing record before it was broken again the following week by an Oklahoma running back), and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (arguably the #1 pick in the NFL draft).  In the end, the award went to Mariota for leading the Ducks to the #2 seed college football playoff.  He had a great year, and NFL teams are drooling to draft him.

In the NFL, the Green Bay Packers felt like they were on a destined course for winning home field advantage in the NFL playoffs.  But to Buffalo, a team that is mathematically alive for the playoffs even though they likely won’t make it, this was a chance to show the world that they are a super tough team with a staunch defense that can beat anyone. They gave Aaron Rodgers a day he will never forget.  Interceptions, sacks, you name it.  The Bills held on for the win, and the Packers’ hopes for home field advantage took a huge hit.  Buffalo 21, Green Bay 13.

Elsewhere, everyone was looking forward to the big debut of Johnny Manziel’s first starting job in the NFL.  Expectations were high, and people were hoping to see Manziel running around out there putting on a fireworks show.  Instead, they got 4 quarters of Manziel getting sacked and throwing interceptions.  It was a true ‘Welcome To The NFL’ moment.  He was atrocious leading the Cincinnati Bengals to a shut out!  With the win, the Bengals are in good position to win a playoff birth, while the Browns’ hopes for a playoff spot may be behind them.  Cincinnati 30, Cleveland 0.

Finally, on Sunday Night, the Cowboys were looking to avenge their loss at home to the Eagles on Thanksgiving Day.  They got out to a hot start, reeling off 3 straight touchdowns, but then the Eagles came flying back, and even took the lead.  Thankfully for the Cowboys, the Eagles still were led by Mark Sanchez, who made a number of costly mistakes to put the Cowboys in multiple good scoring positions to win the game.  They cruised to a victory in the 4th quarter, but in the tough NFC, their hopes of making the playoffs are still up in the air.  They have a difficult schedule the rest of the way, and will need to play perfectly if they want to ensure their post-season birth.  Dallas 38, Philadelphia 27.

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