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San Diego Chargers May Move To LA, Westbrook’s 18th Triple-Double

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San DiegoIt looks likely the  San Diego Chargers franchise will be moving a couple of hours north to Los Angeles where they’ll share a new/modern stadium with the Los Angeles Rams. The stadium is scheduled to be ready by 2019. The Chargers have been trying for years to rebuild their outdated stadium in San Diego but haven’t been able to get the financing. The NFL has given the Team until January 17th to officially make the decision regarding the move. If they don’t decide by then, the option to share the stadium with the Rams (close to the LA airport) will go to the Oakland Raiders. In 1960 the Chargers played one year in LA before moving the franchise to San Diego.  The official announcement should come soon.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook recorded his 18th triple-double of the season Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies.  With 42 games left in the season, Westbrook has already tied his own record from last year (and Michael Jordan’s record) for the most triple-doubles since the 1981-2 season.

 

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Westbrook Accidentally Fires Ball At Ref, Grayson Allen Reinstated, High School Changes Mascot To Gender Neutral

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You don’t usually see basketball players firing a ball at a referee’s head, but Russell Westbrook did exactly that on Wednesday evening during the OKC, Charlotte game. Looking at the replay, it appears to be an accident, but Westbrook still got called for a technical. Westbrook said he would”never, ever disrespect the game like that.” The Thunder lost to the Hornets 112-123.

Duke’s Coach Krzyzewski reinstated Grayson Allen after his one game suspension for tripping a player. Coach K is set to undergo back surgery, and said he felt Allen was ready to come back. Allen claims he learned his lesson and will focus more on his team versus thinking about himself. He said he was able to reflect during the holiday break.  “It was actually very nice just to be quiet and enjoy the company of each other. I’m very appreciative to have the parents that I do have. They’re very supportive of me, while obviously making sure I know that’s not the right thing to do.”

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stallion-2A Kentucky high school will be changing their mascot from “Stallion” to a “gender neutral horse mascot” school officials believe will more “appropriate for female sports fans”. One definition from the dictionary states, ”The definition of a stallion is a male horse that has not been castrated, used for breeding or is slang for a powerful and virile man who has a lot of lovers”. One community member started a petition to change the name and when 200 people signed, the school acquiesced. Sometimes you think you’ve heard it all, then you see something like this!

 

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Elliott’s Salvation Army Jump, Pats Clinch AFC East Division, Brock Benched, Raiders In Post-Season, Duncan #21 Retired

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Ezekiel ElliottThe Dallas Cowboys win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers brought the team closer to an NFC East title and a first round bye, but the game was littered with mistakes and some missed opportunities. Ezekiel Elliott provided the most entertainment when he jumped in a Salvation Army kettle after scoring his 13th rushing touchdown (setting a team rookie record). According to Elliott, he saw the kettle during warmups and thought about diving in. Cowboys 26, Bucs 20.

The New England Patriots secured their place in the post-season. In a win over the Denver Broncos, the Pats clinched the AFC East Division Title and a first-round bye. Patriots 16, Broncos 3.

The Houston Texans benched their expensive quarterback Brock Osweiler after he threw two interceptions in the first half. Even though the team paid $72 million dollars over 4 years for Osweiler, the benching proved to be a good decision as backup Tom Savage turned the game around to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Texans are still in the hunt for a division title, so they will have to make a tough decision this week on which QB to play. Texans 21, Jags 20.

After 14 years, the Oakland Raiders are finally going to be playing in the postseason. With a win over the San Diego Chargers, the Raiders secure a playoff appearance. Raiders 19, Chargers 16.

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screen-shot-2016-12-19-at-9-37-07-amThe San Antonio Spurs retired Tim Duncan’s number 21 jersey. Duncan played 19 seasons with the Spurs.  He won 5 titles for the team including 2 MVP awards. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich summed up the emotional presentation saying, “His empathy, his ability to make people welcome, and lead quietly, but with dignity and gravitas, made him special beyond most anybody that you could imagine.”

 

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Cavs Big 3 Not Playing In Memphis, Wake Forest Scandal

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The Cleveland Cavaliers play the Memphis Grizzlies tonight, but don’t expect to see their three big stars, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.  After the Cavs beat the Grizzlies at home 103-86 on Tuesday, Coach Tyronn Lue announced his Big Three needed some rest and would not travel to Memphis for the game tonight. The players are taking a bit of heat for not joining the team and disappointing fans who bought tickets intending to see the stars, but LeBron fired back stating, “My coach wants me to rest. I don’t buck my coach.  I’ve been in this league 14 years. I shouldn’t have to explain me sitting out a game or not playing games.”

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wake-forest-2Tommy Elrod, a former Wake Forest football player, football coach then radio announcer, is under investigation for providing game plans to the teams’ opponents.  Elrod was fired as a coach in 2013 then took a job as the University radio announcer, giving him access to the team’s game plans.  The University sent out a statement saying,  “Based on emails, text messages and phone records,  Elrod provided or attempted to provide confidential and proprietary game preparation on multiple occasions.” The university believes Elrod began to betray his alma mater back in 2014. It’s not clear if Elrod accepted money for the information he provided or if he was just bitter for his firing in 2013.

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JPP Out For Season, Former Heisman Winner Found In Park, John Wall Posts 52 Points

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jason-pierre-paul-2 The New York Giants Jason Pierre-Paul will likely be out for the rest of the season due to surgery on a sports hernia. The defensive end rallied back from a freak accident last year during 4th of July festivities. He lost his right index finger and partial injuries to other fingers after the fireworks accident, but was having a successful resurgence this year. The Giants take on the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday.

Former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam, was found dead in a park in Colorado. There are no reports of foul play. Salaam played for the University of Colorado and won the coveted Heisman in 1994. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 1995 draft, but didn’t last long in the NFL (according to Salaam after he retired) because he partied too much off the field. Salaam was 42 years old.

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A night after the Warriors Klay Thompson scored 60 points in 3 quarters, the Washington Wizards John Wall shot an impressive 52 points against the Orlando Magic. Unfortunately his effort wasn’t enough to win the game. Magic 124, Wizards 116.

 

 

 

 

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Klay Thompson’s 60 Points In 29 Minutes, Westbrook’s 6th Straight Triple-Double, Luck Dominates MNF, Heisman Candidates Announced

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klay-thompson-2Klay Thompson was on fire Monday night against the Indiana Pacers. Klay scored 40 points in just the first half, then scored 20 more in the 3rd quarter. At 60 points in 3 quarters and only 29 minutes of play, who knew how many points he would have scored if he stayed in the game. Steph Curry went crazy on the sidelines cheering his teammate on. After the game he said, “That’s a feat that I’d put money on to probably never be touched ever again in the history of basketball. It’s unbelievable.” Warriors 142, Pacers 106.

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook continues to shine with his sixth straight triple-double in a win over the Atlanta Hawks Monday night. Wilt Chamberlain still holds the record for 9 straight triple-doubles back in 1967. Thunder 102, Hawks 99.

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Even a die-hard football fan probably turned off the Indianapolis Colts vs New York Jets on Monday Night Football. With QB Andrew Luck’s 4 touchdowns carrying his team to a devastating 41-10 win over the Jets, the Colts are now in a first place tie in the AFC South.

The ceremony for the most prestigious award in college football, the Heisman trophy, will take place Saturday December 10th. The five finalists, announced Monday night, will travel to New York City to attend the ceremony. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is considered the favorite, but Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield and WR Dede Westbrook, Michigan linebacker Jabril Peppers, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson are all in the running.

 

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Cowboys Streak Alive, Gronk Surgery, McNight Victim Of Road Rage, Draymond Strikes Again

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The Dallas Cowboys win streak is still alive. In Thursday night’s matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, the Cowboys capitalized on Vikings mistakes and turned the game in their favor. Even though it wasn’t a great night for the Cowboys, they managed to win their 11th straight game. Cowboys 17, Vikings 15.

Rob GronkowskiNew England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski’s season is likely over. He is scheduled to have back surgery for a herniated disk on Friday. The Patriots will miss Gronk for his play and his leadership. They stated: “Rob has always been one of our hardest workers and was voted captain for the leadership he provides on our team.” This will be Gronk’s 8th surgery of his career.

For the second time this year, a former professional player was a victim of road rage. Joe McKnight, former New York Jets running back and star at USC, was shot Thursday afternoon. The police are investigating the incident and potential motives.

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The Golden State Warriors Draymond Green can’t seem to keep his limbs in check. After Draymond was fouled by Houston’s James Harden, he kicked him in the head. The NBA League office called Draymond’s flagrant foul  an “Unnatural leg extension, foot made contact with head.” The Warriors lost the game in the second overtime period, ending their 12 game winning streak. Rockets 132, Warriors 127.

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Vikings Zimmer Emergency Eye Surgery, Westbrook Triple Double, Durant Fits In

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Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer underwent emergency eye surgery Wednesday night, and may not be on sidelines when the Vikings play the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night football. The team said they have plans in place to take over coaching if Zimmer is unable to make it. Thursday night’s game features the Cowboys explosive offense, led by rookies QB Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, matching up against a tough Minnesota defense.

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Russell WestbrookRussell Westbrook posted his 4th straight triple double (46th of his career) Wednesday night when the Oklahoma City Thunder fought back to beat the Washington Wizards in overtime. Thunder 126, Wizards 115.

Kevin Durant, who famously left the Thunder  to play for the Golden State Warriors, is fitting in seamlessly with the Warriors crop of veteran superstars (Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green). With a current record of 16 wins, 2 losses, Durant said, “I try to think about so much when I’m playing, but sometimes you’ve just got to say ‘Forget it’ and just go. Who cares who shoots? Our offense is so freeflowing that the ball is going to find the open guys. If you move, you get open, you’re going to get shots. Some nights I might have it, some nights Steph might have it or Klay might have it, but I don’t think any one of us really cares if someone shoots more shots than us.”

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Doc Rivers Held Back, J.R. Smith’s Alter Ego, Oregon’s Helfrich Fired

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screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-8-17-04-amClippers’ Coach Doc Rivers flew out of control during Tuesday night’s matchup against the Brooklyn Nets. After a technical foul call at the end of the first overtime,  Rivers had to be held back from running at the refs and was ejected from the game shortly after his outburst. The Clippers ended up losing in double overtime. Nets 127, Clippers 122.

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-8-33-39-amThe Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night, but the talk was J.R. Smith wearing a black ski mask during the press conference after the game.  Smith said the ski mask was a gift from his trip to Ohio State last weekend, and it represents his alter ego. He said his “alter ego” has a name but wouldn’t mention what it is.

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After a disappointing season, the Oregon Ducks fired head coach Mark Helfrich. According to reports, it was a tough decision as Helfrich was well liked and is sitting on a $11.6 million buyout. No replacement has been named yet.

 

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Romo’s Graceful Exit, LeBron’s Upset About “Posse” Comment, Baseball’s Manager Of Year

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Tony Romo will officially return to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday but as a backup QB to Dak Prescott. An emotional Romo told the press  “He’s earned the right to be our quarterback. As hard as that is for me to say, he’s earned that right. He’s guided our team to an 8-1 record and that’s hard to do.” Romo turned the reigns of the team over to rookie Prescott in August after he hurt his back. For the full text of his very classy statement, click here.

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lebron-2LeBron James is not too happy with Knicks’ coach Pat Riley describing LeBron’s business associates as his “Posse”. In an interview Riley gave to ESPN, he spoke about the difficulties in LeBron leaving Miami for Cleveland. In the course of his explanation he described a situation where LeBron wanted to stay over in Cleveland for a night. He said, “You can’t hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland.” LeBron felt this phrasing was a racial slight and responded by saying, “If you go and read the definition of what the word ‘posse’ is, it’s not what I’ve built over my career,” James said. “It’s not what I stand for, it’s not what my family stands for. I believe the only reason he used that word is because he sees young African-Americans trying to make a difference.”

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The Manager of the Year awards were handed out in Major League Baseball and to no one’s surprise, Terry Francona was named the American League Manager of the Year. Not quite so obvious, however, was Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manager Dave Roberts getting the nod for National League Manager of the Year. Many thought the honor would go to the World Series Champs Joe Madden of the Cubs.

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