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Lamar Jackson Sets Record, Brady Vs Lamar On Rollerblades, Former Commish David Stern Suffers Brain Hemorrhage

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The Baltimore Ravens routed the New York Jets to clinch the AFC North. Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson rushed for 86 yards and set the single season record for a quarterback rushing. Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady issued a challenge to Jackson via social media saying he’d take him on in the 40-yard dash, but with a few qualifications. “Me vs Lamar, 40 Yard Dash on natural grass but he has to wear rollerblades. Who’s buying the PPV?” Brady tweeted. With 1,103 rushing yards, Jackson has rushed for more yards in one season than Brady has in his entire career. Ravens 42, Jets 13

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Former commissioner of the NBA David Stern suffered a brain hemorrhage on Thursday and was admitted to a New York hospital for emergency surgery. Stern served as commissioner from 1984-2014. Stern is legendary in the basketball world for re-shaping the league into the major global brand it is today. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014. Thoughts and prayers for a full recovery.

 

 

 

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LA Lakers Tied For Best Record In NBA, Kawhi Honored By Raptors And Received “F You” Championship Ring

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The LA Lakers are an exciting team to watch this season. At 22-3 (winning the last 13 of 14 games), they are tied for the best record in the NBA. LeBron James continues to shine with his sixth triple-double this season in a 96-87 win on Wednesday night over the Orlando Magic.

Kawhi Leonard helped the Toronto Raptors win the NBA Championship last season and has moved on to play with the LA Clippers. Leonard was back in Toronto on Wednesday night, and his former team honored him with a video tribute. As part of the ceremony, the Raptors gave him his championship ring. The ring is engraved with a middle finger symbol, and Kawhi said it’s an “F You”symbol. According to Kawhi, there isn’t a hidden meaning just a simple reminder to wear the ring on his middle finger. He said, “It reminds me, ‘Put it on my middle finger.’ ” Clippers prevailed over the Raptors in a 112-92 win.

 

 

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Ron Rivera Fired By Panthers, Harden’s Breakaway Dunk Doesn’t Count

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With only four weeks left in the NFL regular season, teams are starting to re-think their coaching needs. On Tuesday, the Carolina Panthers fired coach Ron Rivera. Rivera led the Panthers to the Super Bowl after the 2015 season, but the team missed the playoffs last year and don’t appear to be making the playoffs this year. There could be more coaching layoffs in the weeks to come.

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The Houston Rockets lost in double-overtime to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, but the team is hoping the NBA will overturn the loss due to the Rockets’ James Harden’s breakaway dunk. Harden dunked the ball with 7:50 remaining in the game and the Rockets leading 104-89. The refs said the shot wasn’t good due to basket interference, but then after the game, they reviewed the call and determined the ball did clear the basket.  The refs also stated that Houston could have challenged the play but let too much time elapse.  The successful dunk could have changed the course of the game, and Houston is holding out hope the NBA will make amends.

 

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Lamar Jackson’s Historic Win On MNF, Anthony Credits La La, Embiid Held Scoreless For First Time

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Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson continues to shine. With another historic feat (the first player to throw for five touchdowns on a Monday Night Football debut), Jackson led his Ravens to a crushing 45-6 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. Jackson has avoided throwing an interception for the 9th time this season and thrown multiple touchdowns for the 6th time.

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Portland Trailblazers’ Carmelo Anthony credited his wife, La La Anthony, for his season-best 25 points in his team’s 117-94 win over the Chicago Bulls. He said his wife kept him going by saying, “Don’t do it, don’t think about it, don’t do it, don’t you let that thought creep into your head. So, she was a major, major part of why I’m here today.”

For the first time in his career, Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid was held scoreless in a 101-96 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Ben Simmons handed out some reassuring words to his teammate saying,  “Everyone has down games. No one is Superman. It happened tonight to Jo, but he’s going to be good.”

 

 

 

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Simmons Hits 3-Pointer, Leonard & George Finally Play Together

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Everyone is talking about the Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons hitting a 3-pointer in Wednesday night’s win over the New York Knicks. The reason it’s such a big deal is that he hasn’t hit a 3-pointer since 2015 when he was in college (that’s three seasons, 193 games and 18 missed shots).

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George finally took the court together on Wednesday night for the LA Clippers in an overtime win vs the Boston Celtics. The two superstars didn’t have a great game, but Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers encapsulated the feeling of the fans and the players after the game when he said, “That was an ugly win. But it was beautiful.”

 

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LeBron Makes History, Williams/Corden/Gronk Dance With Lakers, Carmelo Makes Debut

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LeBron James made history…again. After his 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, LeBron became the first player in NBA history to record a triple-double against all 30 teams. LeBron claimed he had no idea he had achieved this feat until his coach congratulated him.

Records aside, the best part of the Lakers game was watching Venus Williams, James Corden and Rob Gronkowski appearing with the Lakers’ dancers during halftime.

In other NBA news, Carmelo Anthony took to the court with his new team, the Portland Trailblazers. In a 115-104 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, Anthony hit a 3-pointer for the Trailblazers’ first points of the game, but then missed his next 10 of 14 shots finishing with only 10 points for the night.

 

 

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Myles Garrett’s Vicious Hit On Rudolph, Carmelo Anthony Signs With Trailblazers

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With just a few seconds left in Thursday night’s matchup between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, Browns’ defensive end Myles Garrett ripped off Steelers’ quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet and struck him in the head. Fortunately, Rudolph was ok, but the hit was deliberate and violent and has shocked the sports world. The NFL hasn’t handed down a verdict on the incident yet, but the punishment will likely be very severe as this hit was so violent it could have permanently ended Rudolph’s career or worse. Garrett was the former #1 pick by the Browns in 2017. Browns 21, Steelers 7

 

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According to reports, Carmelo Anthony has signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Portland Trail Blazers. Anthony has been out of basketball for a year (and only played 10 games last season with the Houston Rockets).

 

 

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Jacob deGrom Wins 2nd Consecutive Cy Young, Awkward Thanksgiving For Rivers’ Family

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Mets’ pitcher Jacob deGrom won his second straight National League Cy Young Award, joining  Max Scherzer, Clayton Keyshawn, Tim Lincecum and Randye Johnson as the only back-to-back winners in the past century.

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In an amusing moment during the LA Clippers/Houston Rockets game Wednesday night, Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers was ejected for arguing with the ref, while his son, Rockets’ guard Austin Rivers, laughed and encouraged the crowd to cheer. After the game, Austin tweeted, “Welp…. Thanksgiving is going to be weird….” Rockets 102, Clippers 93

 

 

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College Football Playoff Rankings-Ohio State#1, Defending Champ Clemson Out, LeBron Makes History

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The College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings are out, and Ohio State grabbed the top spot. LSU came in at #2, Alabama at #3, Penn State at #4 and defending national champ Clemson at #5.  LSU and Alabama play each other Saturday in what should be an intense (and determinative) game.  The CFP committee will publish four more sets of rankings before the final list is revealed on Sunday, December 8th.

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LA Lakers’ LeBron James continues to make history. He recorded his 3rd straight triple-double becoming the first Laker with 3 straight triple-doubles in 32 years (since Magic Johnson from March 31st-April 5th, 1987). Lakers 118, Bulls 112.

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Black Cat On Field Gives Cowboys Boost, Devin Booker’s 40 Points & 76ers First Loss

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All anyone can talk about after the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants on Monday Night Football is the black cat running on the field in the middle of the second quarter. The Cowboys had a rough start to the game (interception, fumble, missed field goal), but then everything changed when the black cat took the field, and the Cowboys left with a 37-18 win. Announcer Kevin Harlan gave a brilliant play by play of the cat.

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With 40 points from the Suns’ Devin Booker, Phoenix delivered the Philadelphia 76ers their first loss of the season. The Sixers played without center Joel Embiid who was suspended for two games for an on-court fight with Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns. Suns 114, Sixers 109

 

 

 

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