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Big 10 Football Season Begins Weekend Of October 24th, Nuggets Beat Clippers In West Semifinal

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After previously canceling the football season due to coronavirus concerns, the Big Ten conference reversed its decision and voted to have a football season after all. The season will begin the weekend of October 24th and teams will play eight games in eight weeks. The league will also require and daily, rapid testing.

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The Denver Nuggets rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the Western semifinals to beat the L.A. Clippers in game 7 and will now face the top-seeded L.A. Lakers. In the Eastern semifinals, the Miami Heat got the win in game 1 vs the Boston Celtics.

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Chiefs Beat Texans On TNF, Edwards-Helaire’s Debut, House Jr. Protocol Violation

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The NFL season is underway with the defending Super Bowl champions, the Kanas City Chiefs, dominating the Houston Texans on Thursday night. After an early touchdown by the Texans, the Chiefs went on a 31-0 run and never looked back. The big story of the night was rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s impressive debut. Edwards-Helaire rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown in a 34-20 win. The Chiefs stood for the National Anthem, while the Texans remained in the locker room. Both teams then linked arms for a moment of silence before the game. Arrowhead Stadium allowed about 17,000 people in the stands to cheer on the team.

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The NBA is still investigating Houston Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. for a potential bubble protocol violation.  According to reports, House Jr. let a woman into his room Monday night. Apparently she was in the bubble to administer COVID-19 tests but was flagged at one of the checkpoints. House said he “vehemently” denies any wrongdoing, but if he’s in the wrong, his teammates have reason to be furious with him. The team is down 3-1 against the Lakers and could use House Jr. in the lineup.

 

 

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Kentucky Derby Saturday, Tiz The Law Favorite, Ja Morant Rookie Of Year, Nash Head Coach Nets

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The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby is Saturday night at 7:01 pm ET. The winner of the Belmont Stakes in June, Tiz the Law, is the odds on favorite in the “Run for the Roses”. The Derby, also known as the most exciting two minutes in sports, is normally the third and final leg of the Triple Crown series, but during this pandemic, the schedule was rearranged. This year the Triple Crown series began with the Belmont Stakes followed by the Derby and ending with the Preakness Stakes on October 3rd. Tiz the Law drew the 17th starting post and, while no horse has ever won the Derby from that position, Tiz the Law is a fighter, like one of his owners my friend Roger Sofer, so I’m not expecting an unfortunate post position to hold him back.  Good luck to Roger Sofer and Tiz the Law!

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In the NBA, Ja Morant won Rookie of the Year. He collected 99 out of a possible 100 first-place votes. Kendrick Nunn took second place in the voting, and Zion Williamson came in third.

Former Hall of Fame guard Steve Nash was named the next head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Nash played 18 seasons in the NBA and accrued multiple MVP titles.

 

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Big 10 Considering Thanksgiving Return, Jags Release Fournette, U.S. Open Starts, Jamal & Kawhi Big Nights

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Just over two weeks ago, the Big 10 announced it was postponing the football season to the spring of 2021. After considerable backlash about the lack of leadership and transparency in making these decisions, the Big 10 is now mulling the idea of starting sometime around Thanksgiving.

In NFL news, the Jacksonville Jaguars released running back Leonard Fournette. Fournette was in the final year of his rookie contract and would have earned a guaranteed $4.17 million in base salary. Fournette did not have a great relationship with the team, but according to reports all was going well in training camp, so the news of his release took many by surprise.

TENNIS

The U.S. Open begins today, but many of the top-ranked players have opted out. In the men’s draw, #1 ranked Novak Djokovic is the heavy favorite particularly since rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal aren’t competing. In the women’s draw, 6 of the top 10 players aren’t playing.

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In the NBA playoffs, the Denver Nuggets, thanks to a 50-point game from Jamal Murray, beat the Utah Jazz forcing a Game 7.

With a big night from Kawhi Leonard, the Los Angeles Clippers eliminated the Dallas Mavericks winning the series 4-2. The Milwaukee Bucks and the LA Lakers will also be moving on to the semifinals. For more NBA playoff news, click here.

 

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Free Beer If Gardner Minshew Drafted In First Round, Messi Leaving Barcelona, Antetokounmpo Defensive Player Of Year

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew has full confidence he’s going to have a great year and believes fantasy football fans should draft him with their #1 pick. As an added incentive, Bud Light announced it would send a free case of beer to fantasy owners who draft Minshew in the first round. Fantasy owners will also have a chance to win free Bud Light for an entire NFL season if they win their league championship with Minshew as their quarterback. Minshew posted the challenge in his pump-up video on Instagram.

SOCCER

Lionel Messi shocked the soccer world by announcing he will be leaving Barcelona, a club where he’s spent almost his entire life. Messi signed a contract on a napkin with Barcelona when he was only 13 years old. He’s played over 16 seasons with the team and helped them win 34 titles.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. The award was based on games played through March 11th. The Milwaukee Bucks star received 75 out of 100 first-place votes.  LA Lakers Anthony Davis came in second and Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert placed 3rd.

 

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Sixers Fire Brown, Lakers Honor Kobe W/Mamba Jerseys And Win, Alabama Surge In Covid-19

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After a swift exit from the first round of the playoffs, the Philadelphia 76ers announced they are firing head coach Brett Brown. Brown had been the coach of the Sixers for 7 seasons. A number of names have emerged to replace Brown including assistant Ime Udoka, Villanova coach Jay Wright, former Grizzlies and Kings coach Dave Joerger, and former Cavaliers coach Ty Lue.

The Los Angeles Lakers honored Kobe Bryant on Kobe Bryant Day by wearing Mamba-inspired tribute uniforms and trouncing the Portland Trail Blazers 135-115 to take a 3-1 series lead.

NCAA

The University of Alabama has confirmed 531 new cases of COVID-19 since classes resumed last week. This outbreak could have an effect on whether the SEC continues to push for playing football this season. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have already canceled their seasons, but the SEC is planning for a 10-game schedule beginning September 26th.

 

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Mitchell Joins Elite Group In Scoring, Harrell/Doncic Skirmish, Doncic’s Buzzer-Beater, Kobe Bryant Day, Thomas Terminated

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Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell joined Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, and Wilt Chamberlain as the only NBA players to score 50 or more points in a single playoff run. Mitchell’s 51 points in a Game 4 win over the Denver Nuggets overshadowed Denver’s Jamal Murray’s 50 points. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time in playoff history that two opposing players scored at least 45 points.  With the win, the Utah Jazz take a commanding 3-1 lead in the first round of the playoff series.

After the LA Clippers Game 3 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, Montrezl Harrell was caught referring to the Mavericks’ Luka Doncic as “a (expletive) white boy”. Doncic also derided Harrell by telling him to “stop flopping”. Both players received technical fouls, and both players apologized for their comments.

Luka wasn’t supposed to play in Game 4 after spraining his ankle Friday night, but thankfully for the team, he joined them on Sunday. In an exciting buzzer-beater in overtime, Luka hit an astounding 3-pointer to tie the series 2-2.

August 24th is Kobe Bryant Day in Orange County, CA. The day, chosen for the two jersey numbers Bryant wore while with the Lakers, honors the basketball legend who tragically died in January in a helicopter crash.

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The Baltimore Ravens terminated Earl Thomas’s contract due to personal conduct issues. According to reports, Thomas punched teammate Chuck Clark during practice. For a timeline of Thomas’s disruptive time in the NFL, click here.

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Bucks/Lakers Fall In Game 1, Tatis Jr. Hits Grand Slam Then Gets Slammed

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Two top seeds fell in the first game of the NBA playoffs. As 10-point favorites heading into the game, the Milwaukee Bucks shockingly lost to the Orlando Magic 122-110. Then, the heavily favored Los Angeles Lakers dropped game one to the Portland Trail Blazers 93-100. Even though LeBron James had a big game with 23 points, 17 rebounds, and 16 assists, the Lakers didn’t have an answer to Portland’s Damian Lillard who had a monster game of 34 points.

BASEBALL

San Diego Padres star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a grand slam in the 8th inning of the team’s big win over the Texas Rangers. Many traditionalists are upset this morning as they claim he violated the “unwritten rules” of baseball by swinging at a 3-0 pitch in the 8th inning while his team had a seven-run lead. The Rangers’ pitcher, Ian Bibaut, was even suspended for three games when he intentionally threw at Manny Machado, the Padres’ next batter. This rule came about in the early 1900s when there was considerable unrest and an economic depression in the U.S. Many in the sports want to “grow up” and abandon what feels like a rule for Little League.

 

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Travers Stakes, Deadline For NFL Opt-Out, 56 Players Positive, Clemson Ranks #1, Ohio State #2, Wine In NBA Bubble, NHL Weekend Games

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The Travers Stakes takes place on Saturday. The $1 million race is one of the most prestigious in North America. Traditionally the Travers (known as the “Mid-Summer Derby”) is run a few months after the Triple Crown series where the elite 3-year olds have already experienced the grueling 1 1/4 distance of the Kentucky Derby. Now that the Derby has been postponed to September 5th, the horses will be testing their limits at the 1 1/4 distance for the first time.  Eight horses will compete on Saturday, with Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law as the even-money favorite.

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The deadline for NFL players to opt-out of the season if they are concerned about health risks due to COVID-19 has passed. Players who are high-risk and who opt-out will receive a $350,000 stipend, while those who are at a lesser risk and opt-out will receive a $150,000 salary advance. Players can opt-out later in the year as well if a family member becomes sick. For a list of the players who will not be part of the NFL 2020 season, click here.

In related news, the NFL Players Association announced 56 players have tested positive for COVID-19 since the opening of training camp.

It’s still unclear what will happen with college football this season, but that didn’t stop the excitement of seeing the release of the preseason coaches poll. Clemson took the top spot,  followed by Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, and then LSU rounding out the top 5.

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In the NBA bubble, wine deliveries and wine consumption have skyrocketed. Players have either purchased wine refrigerators for their rooms or, in the case of Portland Trail Blazer CJ McCollum, have transformed their room into a wine fridge. McCollum keeps his room at 60 degrees when he’s inside and around mid-to-high 50’s when he leaves so as to properly store his 84 bottles of mostly pinot noir from Oregon.

HOCKEY

By Sunday night, the 16-team NHL playoff field will be set. For a list of the weekend games, click here.

 

 

 

 

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LeSean McCoy A Buccaneer, Jazz & Lakers Win In NBA First Night

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are serious about helping out their new quarterback Tom Brady. According to ESPN, the team signed veteran running back LeSean McCoy to a one-year deal.

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Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19, scored the first and last points as the Jazz beat the New Orleans Pelicans 106-104 on Thursday night. In a puzzling coaching decision, the Pelicans benched their star player Zion Williamson for the final 7 minutes of play. He played a total of 15 minutes and scored 13 points in his team’s loss.

In the second game of the night, LeBron James finished big for the LA Lakers and helped them pull off a 103-101 win over the LA Clippers.

 

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