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Maddon Drama In Cubs Win, Yanks Win Again At Home, LeBron’s Ripped Jersey

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The ALCS and NLCS series have not been disappointing. The NLCS, game 4 between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angles Dodgers provided some drama when Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon got ejected over a call in the 8th inning. Cubs’ closer Wade Davis appeared to strike out the Dodgers’ Curtis Granderson. Granderson argued he tipped the ball. After a review by the umpires on the field (who aren’t allowed to use instant replay on foul-tips), the strike-out was overturned and unsurprisingly Maddon didn’t take it too well. Even though Maddon was ejected and the game was delayed over the incident, Granderson struck out on the next pitch, and the Cubs held on for a 3-2 win. After the game, Maddon ripped the Officials and said,“The process was horrible. To have that changed — if Granderson hits the next pitch out, I might come running out of the clubhouse in my jockstrap. That was really that bad. You can’t permit that to happen. The process was wrong.” After the game, the plate umpire admitted he was “dead wrong” about the call. The series now stands at 3 wins for the Dodgers and 1 win for the Cubs. The Teams will play game 5 Thursday night.

In the ALCS, the New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros 5-0 on Wednesday night at home. And the “at home” part might be the most significant. The Yanks fell behind 0-2 in both of their playoff series’ away games. While they rallied back in the ALDS to beat Cleveland at home, they will have to work even harder in Houston to finish out this series, where they are up 3-2.  Game 6 Friday night.

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If you were watching the Cleveland Cavaliers/Boston Celtics game on Tuesday night and wondering why LeBron James jersey had a tear down his back separating the #2 and #3 of his jersey number, there was no “political statement” and no “conspiracy theory”.  Nike, the uniform supplier, is investigating how the jersey could have torn so easily just by a player grabbing at him. Nike outbid Adidas to be the official NBA uniform supplier, and the 8-year deal is estimated to be worth  $1 billion, so you can imagine Nike is actively looking into its manufacturing.

 

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Hayward Suffers Injury, Warriors Not In Shape, Elliott Suspension On Hold

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The NBA season kicked off last night with a much anticipated matchup of the Boston Celtics vs the Cleveland Cavaliers. What made the game so intriguing was watching what kind of reception former Cavaliers Kyrie Irving would get now that he’s playing for the Celtics. Soon after the game started however, everyone forgot about the rivalry. The Celtics Gordon Hayward suffered a devastating injury in the first five minutes of the game that left everyone stunned. Hayward went up for an alley-oop, and when he landed, you could hear the snap. After the game, players and coaches weighed in with their prayers and good wishes for Hayward. Many reflected how it was one of the worst on-court injuries they’ve ever witnessed.  Lebron said,  “My thoughts and prayers go out to Gordon and his family. Those are the injuries that you never see coming, and you never want to happen, no matter who it is, no matter what the stature, no matter how much competitive nature you have. It’s just very unfortunate.” The Cavs beat the Celtics 102-99, but that seemed like an after-thought for the players who expressed their emotions over their friend and fellow playmaker.

In the other big game of the night, the defending champs, the Golden State Warriors, were up by 17 points at one point against the Houston Rockets, but squandered the lead and then missed a buzzer beater with seconds left to lose 122-121. According to Warriors Coach Steve Kerr, the team isn’t in condition yet. He said, “I just thought we looked tired. I don’t think we are in good enough shape yet to play a 48-minute game against a great team.”

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott held off suspension again when he got another preliminary injunction in his domestic abuse allegations. Elliott’s suspension is still pending, but in the meantime, he’ll be able to play against the San Francisco 49ers this weekend.

 

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Yankees Win Over Twins Puts Them In Post-Season, NBA All-Star Game New Format

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The New York Yankees are officially in the post-season thanks to a big wild-card win against the Minnesota Twins Tuesday night. The Yankees now advance to the best of five American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians starting Thursday. Yankees 8, Twins 4.

For more on the remaining teams and which ones to root for, click here.

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The NBA All-Star game will no longer be a meaningless battle between the East vs West conferences. The new format will feature the highest vote-getter from each conference acting as captain and choosing their team from the other players selected as all-stars. The game will still be meaningless, but the NBA is hoping the new format will provide more entertainment. After all, who wouldn’t want to see the possibility of LeBron James playing on the same team as Steph Curry!

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Watson Sets Franchise Record, Cam Newton Shines, NBA Commish Adam Silver Urges Rule To Stand During Anthem

Thoughts and prayers to the victims of the deadly shootings in Las Vegas Sunday night. 

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Houston Texans’ rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for four touchdowns and ran for a 5th in the best performance by a quarterback in their franchise history. With the 57-14 blowout of the Tennessee Titans, the Texans also set a franchise record for most points scored in a game.

The previously unstoppable New England Patriots now look vulnerable, especially with an underperforming defense.  In their second loss of the season, the Patriots helped the Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton shine. With three throwing touchdowns and one running TD, Newton helped the Panthers win 33-30. After the game he stated, “This was a statement game for us. Going forward, this game set the tone for the season moving forward.”

For a recap of the rest of the NFL games, click here.

The national anthem protests were still front and center this week in the NFL. Here’s a recap of what each team did.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a memo prior to the beginning of preseason basketball this weekend stating players “demonstrate your commitment to the NBA’s core values of equality, diversity, inclusion, serve as a unifying force in the community,” and observe the rule to stand during the anthem. Some teams locked arms this weekend before games, but all NBA teams stood for the national anthem.

 

 

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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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Trump’s Comments Overshadow Sports, Von Miller’s Playful Mistake, Wade & Carmelo Moving

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All sporting events this weekend were overshadowed by President Trump’s comments Friday night in Alabama where he criticized any player who kneels for the National Anthem. He said he wants fans to boycott and owners to respond by saying, “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired. He’s fired!” Trump’s comments caused an eruption this weekend, with many NFL players linking arms, kneeling or sitting during the anthem. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks went even further by choosing not to even take the field during the anthem. It wasn’t just NFL either, a high school football team in Seattle took a knee and singer Stevie Wonder sank to two knees at a music festival in New York.  And, in a first in baseball, Bruce Maxwell, the Oakland A’s catcher took a knee.

Many fans expressed their disappointment in how the players are expressing their anger. One fan, Derek Zumbahlem, told CNN, “(It’s a) show of disrespect, not only for those who have fought and died for our country but for those serving,”

Trump didn’t just upset the football world, he took on one of the most popular basketball players in the world right now, Steph Curry. In response to Curry’s deliberations on whether or not to attend a White House ceremony celebrating their championship win, Trump rescinded the invite and caused a firestorm of players to respond including LeBron James who said, “U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”

In other NFL news, one particular game talked about this weekend was the controversial “unsportsmanlike” call against Denver Broncos’ Von Miller. With 8 minutes left to play, Von Miller playfully taunted his friend Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor on a big defensive play. Both players were laughing, but the official called a very costly “unsportsmanlike conduct” penalty on Von Miller costing the Broncos the game. Bills 26, Broncos 16.

For wrap-ups on all games, click here.

 

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Dwayne Wade is on his way out of Chicago after the Bulls bought him out of his contract. Wade and LeBron are buddies, so many think the Cleveland Cavaliers are favorites to pick him up.

After months of speculation, Carmelo Anthony is finally leaving the NY Knicks and heading to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

 

 

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Rams/Niners Shootout, Hernandez Stage 3 CTE, Barkley On NBA Caving

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Thursday night’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers did not disappoint. The shootout was a battle of offenses where the Rams’ quarterback Jared Goff threw for 3 touchdowns and zero interceptions and running back Todd Hurley ran for 113 yards and 3 TD’s. The 49ers scored 5 touchdowns but a missed point and a tired defense led to their loss. The Niners are now 0-3 (ouch, not a great way to start the season). Rams 41, 49ers 39.

The NFL is on the hot seat again after reports emerged that former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez (who hanged himself in prison after his arrest for murder) had stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). At only 27 years old, the advanced stage of CTE is considered unusual, and Hernandez former fiancee and daughter is suing the NFL for $20 million claiming the NFL failed to “disclose, treat or protect him from the dangers of such damage.”

 

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NBA Hall of Famer and outspoken basketball analyst,  Charles Barkley,  expressed his annoyance that the NBA “caved” into the demands of current players by announcing they will accommodate them better by having fewer back to back games.  He told the Dallas Morning News, “The private jets and four-star hotels aren’t enough.  I’m so angry at the NBA for telling these guys, ‘Wait a minute, we’re paying you guys $30-, $40 million and you can’t play basketball two days in a row?’ I think it’s a travesty that the NBA can’t just tell these guys to play basketball two days in a row. It’s just a joke to me. We flew commercial, and we were able to play back-to-back. I’ve sat with older guys who took trains and played three days in a row. The NBA caved in.”

 

 

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Draymond Sued And Magic Subpoenaed, Durant Apologizes For Tweet

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Draymond Green is being sued for an alleged assault last July against a former Michigan State football player, Jermaine Edmonson. Green originally agreed to a plea deal where he paid a fine for noise violation and civil infraction. Edmonson and his girlfriend clearly weren’t happy, so they filed a civil lawsuit. Edmonson said in a news conference,”I think about what happened with Draymond every day. I still feel his hand on my jaw. There are nights where I wake up crying.” LA Lakers President of Operations, Magic Johnson, has been subpoenaed to testify in the trial after a tweet he sent out stating Green felt apologetic.

Speaking of social media, Kevin Durant found himself in hot water when he tweeted his reasons for leaving OKC in a response to a random fan. Durant was critical of his former coach Billy Donovan, and instead of making excuses, expressed remorse. He said, “That was just me being a total (expletive) idiot. I own up to it. I want to move on from it. It probably hit me probably harder than what everybody (thought). Everybody else was telling me to relax, to snap out of it, but I was really, really upset with myself more than anything. It’s not the fact that people were talking about me, because I deserve that, but I’m just more upset with myself that I let myself go that far, you know what I was saying? It was a joke to me at first. I was doing it all summer, and it went too deep. I went too hard… I haven’t slept in two days, two nights. I haven’t ate. It’s crazy, because I feel so (expletive) pissed at myself and I’m mad that I brought someone into it.”

 

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Manning “Sloppy” On MNF, LA Fans Not Showing Up, Bogut To Lakers

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The NY Giants struggled on Monday night with a loss to the Detroit Lions. Detroit sacked Giants’ QB Eli Manning 5 times. Giants’ coach Ben McAdoo called out Manning saying he was “sloppy” on a key play in the 3rd quarter near the goal line. With the Giants down by 10, and in a position to score a touchdown on 4th and inches, the Giants had to settle for a field goal when their mismanagement led to a delay of game. The Giants are now 0-2. Lions 24, Giants 10.

We now have two teams in Los Angeles, but Southern California fans don’t seem to care. The Los Angeles Chargers (formerly San Diego) failed to sell out the Stubhub Center, and the Los Angeles Rams announced a disappointing showing at the LA Coliseum. The Chargers and Rams will share a stadium in 2020. An NFL spokesperson did not appear concerned and told reporters, “We remain confident that the city of Los Angeles can support in a very strong way two franchises, and we’re committed to making that happen as we work toward the opening of the new stadium.”

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The Los Angeles Lakers signed Andrew Bogut to a one-year deal. Bogut had much success playing for the Champion Golden State Warriors, but then was traded to the Dallas Mavericks and suffered from injuries last season.

 

 

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Indians 20th Win, Dodgers Break 11 Game Losing Streak, Oakley Files Lawsuit Against Dolan, HOF Nominees

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The Cleveland Indians are on fire recording their 20th consecutive win, an American League record tied with the 2002 Oakland A’s. Meanwhile the Los Angeles Dodgers broke their 11 game losing streak in a win against the SF Giants. Prior to this losing stretch, the Dodgers held a 21-game lead in the National League West. Even with their lead cut by less than half, they still secured a playoff spot after their win on Tuesday.

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Former NY Knick, Charles Oakley, filed a lawsuit against Knicks’ owner James Dolan and Madison Square Garden over his treatment during a game on February 8th. Oakley claims he was mishandled by MSG security and defamed by Dolan, who told ESPN after the game that Oakley  “may have a problem with alcohol.” Madison Square Garden Company responded by saying, “This is a frivolous lawsuit and nothing more than another attempt by Mr. Oakley to garner attention. We will deal with this accordingly.”

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced their 108 nominees for next year’s class. Randy Moss, Ray Lewis, Donovan McNabb, Chad Johnson, Tiki Barber, and Eddie George are among the nominees. Also included is last year’s nominee (with not enough votes for induction in 2017) Terrell Owens. Over the next few months, the list will be paired down to 15 finalists with the inductees announced on February 3rd. The Committee will select between 4 and 8 members.

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