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NFL Says Season Will Start On Time, ESPN Airing Past NBA Final Games & NBA2K20 Tournament

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A big thank you goes out to NFL general counsel Jeff Pash who gave us some encouraging sports news on Tuesday when he stated on a conference call, “All of our discussions, all of our focus, has been on a normal, traditional season, starting on time, playing in front of fans, in our regular stadiums and going through a full 16-game regular season and a full set of playoffs. That’s our focus.”

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ESPN is desperate to give people something to watch. In addition to airing past NBA Finals games on Wednesday nights in April, they are also televising an NBA 2K20 tournament over the weekend where 16 NBA players will compete against each other. Players were seeded based on their in-game ratings with Kevin Durant ranked #1 and Trae Young ranked #2. For the rest of the matchups and the schedule, click here.

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Pats Sign Hoyer, Winston Says Goodbye, Gobert Can’t Taste Or Smell

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The New England Patriots signed (for the 3rd time) Brian Hoyer to compete for the starting quarterback position. Hoyer returns to the Pats after a season with the Indianapolis Colts (who signed Philip Rivers). At 34 years old, Hoyer joins Jarrett Stidham and Cody Kessler to fill the immense void created by Tom Brady heading to Tampa Bay.

With the signing of Brady, the Buccaneers said goodbye to Jameis Winston, the first overall pick in the 2015 draft. Winston was the team’s all-time leader for passing yardage and touchdowns thrown but was inconsistent. He threw a league-high 30 interceptions last season. Winston wrote on Twitter “It’s been a great 5 seasons as a Buccaneer. All love and respect, I love Tampa and I look forward to seeing y’all again in February #SBLV #202oVision #Dreamforever.” The Super Bowl will be at Tampa Bay Stadium in February.

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Rudy Gobert announced on Twitter he has lost his sense of smell and taste while battling the Coronavirus and wondered if others had the same symptoms.

 

 

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Tom Brady Goes To Tampa, Edelman’s Tribute, Rivers A Colt, Kevin Durant Tests Positive

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In a stunning move, Tom Brady announced he will join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to reports, Brady will sign a two-year deal worth approximately $30 million per season. As soon as fans heard the news, Ticketmaster sales for Bucs season tickets exploded.

Julian Edelman posted a heartfelt video tribute to Brady, to the tune of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”

In other free agency moves, the Indianapolis Colts will sign 38-year old Philip Rivers to a one-year deal worth $25 million. Rivers has played for the Los Angeles Chargers (previously the San Diego Chargers) his whole career and is sixth on the NFL’s all-time passing yards list.

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The Brooklyn Nets announced four players have tested positive for the coronavirus including Kevin Durant. The number of publicly known cases of NBA players testing positive is now seven.

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Rams Leak New Logo, NBA’s Memo On Coronavirus, LeBron’s Big Weekend, WTA Tour Canceled

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The Rams relocated to Los Angeles in 2016 and are expected to unveil their new logo prior to the NFL draft in April. Over twitter, the team appeared to “leak” their new design, and the reaction hasn’t been positive. One of the criticisms is the team’s ram horn looks like a lightning bolt (which is unfortunate as the Rams share a city and stadium with the Chargers whose logo is a lightning bolt).

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The NBA sent a memo to teams preparing them for what to expect if the coronavirus continues to spread. The league advised the teams to prepare for the possibility of playing without fans in the arena. They also sent a memo advising teams to have contingency plans in place by March 10th to include an on-call infectious disease specialist.

LA Lakers’ LeBron James had a solid weekend with 38 points in a win over Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks and 28 points in a win over the team’s cross-town rivals the LA Clippers.

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In other coronavirus news, an ATP and WTA Tour was shut down, making it the first major sports event in the U.S. to be canceled.

 

 

 

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Curry’s Return, Joey Chestnut Sets McDonald’s Big Mac Record, Quinnen Arrested At LGA For Gun Possession

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Stephen Curry made his return to the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night against the Toronto Raptors. With limited playing minutes, Curry finished with 23 points, seven assists, and seven rebounds. The Warriors lost 121-113, but the team felt a renewed energy with Curry on the Court.  With the win, the Raptors clinched a playoff berth.

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In the world of competitive eating, Joey Chestnut is synonymous with Nathan’s hot-dog eating contest. He’s famous for winning the competition for the last 12 of 13 times. Chestnut has expanded his eating horizons and has eaten a record 413 Hooters chicken wings in 12 hours and recently set the world record for eating 32 McDonald’s Big Mac sandwiches in one sitting. He consumed the double-patty burgers in 38 minutes and 15 seconds.

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New York Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams was arrested Thursday evening at LaGuardia Aiport for criminal possession of a weapon. Williams was drafted #3 by the Jets in 2019 after a spectacular season at Alabama where he was awarded the Outland Trophy (given to the nation’s best interior lineman).  Williams had a permit for the gun, but the weapon was licensed in Alabama, which makes it illegal in New York.

 

 

 

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Curry Is Back, Shaq’s Hairline, Brady’s Future

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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is back. He is set to rejoin the team for Thursday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. Curry has missed 58 games while recovering from a broken hand suffered on October 30th.

Shaquille O’Neal and Dwayne Wade’s friendly wager over Monday night’s game between the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks went viral. When O’Neal lost the bet he was forced to reveal his true hairline on TV.

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There continues to be constant speculation on quarterback Tom Brady’s future. The Boston Herald recently reported Brady and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had a phone conversation that “didn’t go well.” According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, however, the conversation was “business as usual”. The 42-year-old Brady is set to become a free agent on March 18th.

 

 

 

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Embiid Only Missing A Week, Twitter Loves Burrow’s Small Hands

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The Philadelphia 76ers got some good news on Thursday when they heard their star Center Joel Embiid had structural damage to his shoulder and will only miss a week.

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The twitter universe went wild this week after ESPN reported quarterback and potential #1 pick in the NFL draft Joe Burrow had small hands. The NFL Combine is a week-long “tryout” where college football players are on display performing physical and mental tests. Apparently, the scouts also measure parts of your body. Burrow’s hand measured in at 9 inches, but according to reports, that is subpar for a quarterback (the average non-athlete hand measures around 8.5). Thankfully, Burrow has a sense of humor and wrote on twitter, “Considering retirement after I was informed the football will be slipping out of my tiny hands. Please keep me in your thoughts.” Other twitter followers posted small hand memes and jokes. My favorite was a picture of Kristen Wiig’s Dooneese.

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Embiid’s Sprained Shoulder, Tebow To Play For Philippines

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The Philadelphia 76ers season has taken another tough turn. Their star player Joel Embiid (who leads the team in scoring and rebounding) went down with a sprained shoulder on Wednesday night in the team’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Embiid will have an MRI on Thursday to assess the injury. The Sixers are already suffering from the loss of Ben Simmons, who is slated to miss another 2 weeks due to a back issue.

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World Baseball Classic announced Mets minor league outfielder (and former Heisman Trophy winner) Tim Tebow will play for the Philippines in the World Baseball Classic qualifiers. Tebow’s parents were Baptist missionaries in the Philippines when Tebow was born. He moved back to the U.S. when he was 3 years old. The WBC has expanded to 20 teams with 16 automatic bids and 4 qualifiers. The Philippines have yet to qualify for the tournament, but maybe Tebow will be the spark they need to make it happen this year.

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Bucks Earliest Team To Clinch Playoff Spot, Zamboni Driver Is Emergency Goalie, 8 Hour Plank Contest

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The Milwaukee Bucks clinched a spot in the playoffs and became the earliest team in NBA history to achieve this feat. The Bucks are on pace to win 70 games this season. Only two teams have reached that milestone in NBA history; the 1995-96 Bulls with 72 wins and the 2015-16  Golden State Warriors with 73 wins. The playoffs begin on April 18th.

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In a great story out of the hockey world, the Carolina Hurricanes called up 42-year old Zamboni driver David Ayres as an emergency goalie. He stopped 8 out of 10 shots on goal and earned $500 for his efforts. The Hurricanes went on to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3.

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Former 62-year old Marine George Hood set a new record for the longest time spent in a plank position. With a time of 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds, Hood reclaimed his title in the Guinness World Record book. I once held a plank position for 8 minutes and 10 seconds with 50 lbs on my back to win the plank title at my gym, but this puts my accomplishment to shame.

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Kyrie Irving Out For Season, Embiid Announces He’s Best Player In World, Trae Young’s 50 Points

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The Brooklyn Nets season keeps getting more upsetting. Not only has Kevin Durant been out all season while recovering from an Achilles injury, but the team announced prior to their matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night that Kyrie Irving will undergo shoulder surgery and miss the rest of the season.

Speaking of the Sixers, Joel Embiid announced he’s the best player in the world after his 39 points and 16 rebounds in the team’s 112-104 win over the Brooklyn Nets. After the game, Embiid said, “But the All-Star Game, just proving I’m here, I belong, and being the best player in the world, I just intend to keep coming out every single night and just play hard and trying to get wins and just go out and try to win a championship.”

Trae Young scored a career-high 50 points in the Atlanta Hawks win over the Miami Heat 129-124 on Thursday night. Young’s big night comes after his All-Star debut last week.

 

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