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Nationals Heading To World Series, Astros Take 2-1 Lead, Ramsey To Rams, HS Soccer Player Breaks Record

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The Washington Nationals swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series and are heading to the franchise’s first World Series. Eighty-six years ago Washington clinched a spot in the World Series, but back then the Team was called the Senators, and these original Senators lost to the New York Giants. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out The Nationals’ Gerardo Parra heading to the plate while the entire stadium claps and sings to his walk-up song “Baby Shark. He’s not the first player to feature the song (Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers uses it as well), but the children’s tune really took off thanks to Parra.

In the American League Championship Series, the Houston Astros took a 2-1 lead over the New York Yankees. Game 4 is on Wednesday night.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars traded cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams for 3 draft picks. Ramsey had one more year left on his contract with the Jags, but made it clear (showed up to training camp in an armored bank truck) he wanted more money.

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Congratulations to high school soccer player Chloe Delyser who broke the all-time national high school girls soccer scoring record.  With her 317th career goal, Chloe made history.

 

 

 

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Packers Edge Lions With Frustrating Officiating, Nationals Up 3-0

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The Green Bay Packers narrowly beat the Detroit Lions Monday night, but all anyone is speaking about is the officiating, specifically the call on the Lions’ Trey Flowers for illegal use of hands.  Former players, sportscasters, and legends of the game weighed in with their frustrations. Hall of Famer Barry Sanders tweeted, “That is sickening… the @NFL needs to look at a way to prevent that from happening. Two phantom hands to the face calls really hurts us tonight. Yes, we could have scored TDs, but @Lions played too well to have the game end this way.” Packers 23, Lions 22

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With a big win on Monday night, the Washington Nationals are up 3-0 over the St. Louis Cardinals and one win away from heading to the World Series for their first appearance in 86 years.

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Correa Saves Day, Nationals 2-0, 49ers 5-0, Darnold Back & Jets Win, Miami Zoo More Than Dolphin Tckt

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The Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa saved the team from falling 0-2 to the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series with his walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning. After a 3-2 victory, the Astros will head to New York for Game 3 on Tuesday.

The Washington Nationals hold a steady 2-0 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series thanks in no small part to pitcher Max Scherzer’s dominant performance striking out 11 hitters in a Game 2 victory. The Cardinals now head to Washington for Game 3 on Monday night.

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The San Francisco 49ers are taking the League by storm this season thanks in part to their dominant defense. With a big win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, the Niners are now 5-0. San Francisco 20, Los Angeles 7

While the Niners recorded their 5th victory, the New York Jets (with quarterback Sam Darnold back after suffering a bout of mononucleosis) finally tasted their first win of the season by beating the Dallas Cowboys. Cowboys have now lost three straight games. New York 24, Dallas 22

In an embarrassing stat, Fox Sports 640 posted ticket prices for entertainment options in the Miami area and found that a trip to the Miami Zoo ($23) cost $7 more than a ticket to see the Dolphins play the Washington Redskins on Sunday.  The Redskins grabbed a 17-16 win in the matchup between these two formerly winless teams.

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Pats D Unstoppable, Setting Record Straight On Kaepernick, 4 Teams Left MLB Playoffs

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The New England Patriots defense is unstoppable. In a Thursday night matchup with the New York Giants, the Pats D picked off Giants’ rookie quarterback Daniel Jones three times, had one fumble recovery, one blocked punt, one sack, and two touchdowns for a decisive 35-14 win. In an unbelievable stat, cited by The Ringer, “the Patriots defense and special teams is averaging more points than all but two running backs (McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook), every single receiver, every single tight end, and all but six quarterbacks.”

The Colin Kaepernick story needs a reset according to his agent Jeff Nalley.  Nalley posted a two-page document entitled”Facts to Address the False Narratives Regarding Colin Kaepernick” to set the record straight about why all 32 NFL teams still haven’t signed the 31-year old Kaepernick who “has the same skill set that many of the young mobile quarterbacks flourishing in the NFL right now.”

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We’re down to the final four teams in the Major League Playoffs. The National Leauge Championship kicks off on Friday in St. Louis with the St. Louis Cardinals facing the Washington Nationals. In the American League, the Houston Astros face the New York Yankees on Saturday in Houston.

 

 

 

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Jay Gruden Fired, Colts O-Line Keeps Mahomes Off Field, Prescott Says We Sniffed Ourselves Too Much, McCaffey Exciting, Joe Tsai Says Tweet Damaging

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After an 0-5 start to the season, the Washington Redskins fired Jay Gruden as Head Coach. In his career with the Redskins, he’s gone 35-49-1 in 6 seasons with only 1 playoff appearance in 2015. Bill Callahan will take over as interim Head Coach.

In some other NFL weekend highlights, the Indianapolis Colts offensive line let quarterback Jacoby Brissett do his thing and kept Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes off the field handing the Chiefs their first loss of the season.  Colts 19, Chiefs 13

The Dallas Cowboys fought valiantly against the Green Bay Packers, but after a missed field goal with a minute left to play, they now have their second straight loss following a 3-0 start to the season. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott threw three interceptions and blamed the team’s arrogance for the loss. In his post-game press conference, he said: “All I could say that sure we might’ve sniffed ourselves a little bit too much.” Packers 34, Cowboys 24

One of the most exciting players in the NFL right now is the Carolina Panthers’ running back Christian McCaffrey. In a 34-27 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, McCaffrey has three touchdowns and leads the league with 866 yards from scrimmage.

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The NBA has been trying to develop a close relationship with China for many years and even has an NBA office in China. The league is not looking to foster any controversies which is why Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s recently deleted tweet (“Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.”) supporting the protesters has caused an uproar. Nets owner and co-founder of Chinese company Alibaba, Joe Tsai, took to Facebook to point out how damaging the tweet was and said that Morey “was not as well informed as he should have been. But the hurt that this incident has caused will take a long time to repair.”

 

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Braves Blame Acuña Jr. On Loss, Dodgers Cruise To Victory, Russell Wilson’s 4 TD’s, SI Lays Off Staff

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In a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the first game of the National League Division Series, the Atlanta Braves blamed center fielder Ronald Acuña Jr. for not hustling. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Acuña Jr. hit a high fly ball, but instead of running full force to land on second base, he held his bat while looking at the ball and casually strutted to first. Cardinals 7, Braves 6

In the other NLDS matchup, the Los Angeles Dodgers cruised to an easy first game win over the Washington Nationals. Dodgers 6, Nationals 0

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In Thursday night football, the Seattle Seahawks faced tough competition against the Los Angeles Rams, but thanks to an inspired game by Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson, who went 17-23, 268 yards and 4 touchdowns, Seattle held on for a big win. Seahawks 30, Rams 29

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Sports Illustrated’s management laid off 35-40% of the editorial staff.  Authentic Brands Group purchased Sports Illustrated for $110 million in May and leased its media operations to Seattle start-up Maven. Maven is expected to recruit freelancers and bloggers to replace salaried SI writers. Staffers of the iconic magazine claim the job losses are worse than expected and morale is low.

 

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Week 4 NFL-Jones Continues To Impress, Minshew Mania, Newsom’s Athlete Bill, MLB Postseason

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After week 4 of the NFL, the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs are unbeaten while the Cincinnati Bengals can’t win a game. The New York Giants’ rookie quarterback Daniel Jones continues to impress with a big win over the Washington Redskins. And, with Minshew Mania (Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardiner Minshew II) energizing the team, the Jags defeated the Broncos for a 2-2 on the season.

In college football, USA Today re-ranked the top five teams, and Alabama grabbed the #1 slot while Ohio State took #2. Clemson dropped from #1 to #3 after a rough game against North Carolina. They eked out a win, but it wasn’t pretty. LSU and Georgia take the #4 and #5 spots.

In other college news, California Governor Gavin Newsom introduced a new bill to allow college athletes to hire agents in order to generate money from endorsements. The controversial law goes against the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s belief that college athletes should “earn a degree, not money, for playing sports”.  Newsom told The New York Times the law is “a big move to expose the farce and to challenge a system that is outsized in its capacity to push back.” The law will take effect in 2023.

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Major League Baseball’s postseason is set. For the full schedule and the bracket for the playoffs, click here.

 

 

 

 

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Eagles Hold Off Packers On TNF, JLO And Shakira Co-Headline Super Bowl

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The Philadelphia Eagles held off the Green Bay Packers in an exciting Thursday night game. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers had 422 yards passing and was close to tying the game, but without his star receiver Davonte Adams (who suffered a toe injury late in the game) Rodgers had his pass picked off in the end zone with seconds left giving the Eagles a 34-27 win. The Eagles are now 2-2 on the season and the Packers 3-1.

The NFL announced Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will co-headline the Super Bowl halftime show on February 2nd in Miami at Hard Rock Stadium. The NFL and Jaz-Z’s company Roc Nation signed a deal this season giving them the lead over music and entertainment and “advice on the selection of acts for the NFL’s most-watched halftime show”.

 

 

 

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Bears D And Trubisky Crush Redskins, Redskins Stir Gatorade With Cups & Spell Inductee Name Wrong

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Thanks to a dominant Chicago Bears defense and an inspired performance by Khalil Mack’s two sacks and two forced fumbles in just the first half (and a solid performance by quarterback Mitchell Trubisky), the Bears crushed the Washington Redskins 31-15 on Monday Night Football. To add insult to injury, the MNF broadcast team showed a Redskins’ employee stirring a cooler of Gatorade with a plastic bag of styrofoam cups (instead of a big spoon). And, then to make matters worse, at halftime, the Redskins messed up the spelling of retired linebacker London Fletcher during his Ring of Honor Induction ceremony. (They spelled his name Flecther.)

 

 

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Brown Finished With NFL & Enrolled In School, Danny Dimes, Barkley Sprained Ankle

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Two days after the New England Patriots released wide receiver Antonio Brown (who has been accused of rape and sexual assault), Brown stated he was “finished with the NFL”. According to Brown’s agent, some teams have expressed interest in signing him, but with Brown in the midst of an investigation, it seems unlikely a team would pick him up anytime soon. In the meantime, Brown has enrolled at Central Michigan University and posted on Instagram his four-class schedule with the caption “Back to School”.

New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones started on Sunday, replacing veteran Eli Manning. Jones went 23 for 36 for 336 yards with two passing and two rushing touchdowns giving the Giants their first win of the season. An always classy Manning was seen on the sidelines fist bumping Jones after his first TD. Jones has sometime been called “Danny Dimes” meaning “putting the ball on a dime”, and now two NY men have tried to capitalize by trademarking the name. Unfortunately for the Giants though, their superstar running back Saquon Barkley sprained his ankle and is expected to miss several weeks. Giants 32, Buccaneers 31.

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