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USA Finals Of World Baseball Classic, LaVar Ball Upsets LeBron, Newton Surgery, Soccer Star’s Blunder

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The USA Team will face Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic final on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. This is the first time Team USA has made it to the finals and the game is winner-take-all. Good luck!

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LaVar Ball, the outspoken dad of the three Ball brothers, has gone too far and made LeBron James upset. LaVar said the 12 year old LeBron Jr (who is already getting attention from many top college basketball programs) will have a tough time because his dad is so famous. He implied that as a dad, he gets to spend more time working with his sons (and not just hiring them a trainer). He said, “Whereas the fact that I wasn’t all that, allows me to take the time to make my boys all that.” LeBron is very protective of his family and wasn’t too happy having anyone talk about his son. He responded by saying, “Keep my kids’ name out of your mouth, keep my family out of your mouth. This is dad to dad. It’s a problem now.”

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Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton will undergo rotator cuff surgery next week. He’s expected to start working out with the team 16 weeks after the surgery, but fans are nervous he might not be the same next season.

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Ghanian soccer star Mohammad Anas interview after his recent game where he was named Man of the Match went viral when he thanked his wife (and girlfriend!). Oops. Watch here for what NOT to do in an interview.

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Cam Newton Loses Cool; Christian McCaffrey Skip Bowl To Prepare For Draft

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Panther’s QB Cam Newton lost his cool after another hit to the head during the Carolina’s win over the Washington Redskins Monday night. As Newton was sliding out of bounds Redskins defender Trent Murphy ran over him. When a penalty wasn’t called, Newton threw the football at Murphy’s head. Cam was immediately assessed a penalty which took the team out of field goal range. According to Cam, “I’ve got to be better than that. That just can’t happen on my part. I just have to let the referees do their job, and obviously, it was a questionable hit, but I can’t throw the ball at a person. That’s against the rules too.” Washington still lost the game and severely hurt its playoff hopes. Panthers 26, Redskins 15.

christian-mccaffrey-2Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey announced he will skip the Sun Bowl to focus on the NFL draft. McCaffrey led Stanford in rushing and receiving and should go high in the 2017 draft. Many people are discussing whether skipping the Bowl game is fair to the team and whether it sets up a bad precedent. On the other hand, if Christian plays in the bowl game and gets hurt, his star could drop significantly in the draft (which could mean a serious loss of money).  LSU’s Leonard Fournette (who has been injured all year long) will also be skipping his Bowl game. Many draft contenders are already preparing for the NFL Combine which can make or break a player’s prospects.

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College Football Playoffs Set, Brady’s New Record, Cam Newton Tie-less,

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The College Football Playoffs are now set and the top 4 teams are Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Washington. On December 31st, Alabama will play Washington in the Peach Bowl and Ohio State will matchup against Clemson. The winning teams will face each other in the National Championship game on January 9th in Tampa.

In the NFL, Brady fans just keep celebrating. This weekend, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady reached yet another milestone. In a 26-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams, Brady became the all-time leader for wins by a quarterback (201) surpassing Peyton Manning’s 200 wins. According to Patriots coach Bill Belichick, “Tom breaking the record, that’s what it is all about — winning games.”

Cam NewtonCarolina Panthers QB Cam Newton, who always looks dapper, was benched for the first series of the Sunday night matchup against the Seattle Seahawks for violating the team dress code. According to Newton, he wasn’t wearing a tie, so coach Rivera benched him for the start of the game. He went on to say, “When you’re 6-5, trying to get a shirt — I was away from home for a week — I didn’t pack a shirt. There was a lot of ties that were given, but I can’t wear a tie with this. Meaning I have a tank top on under this — we discussed it internally. … I thought we were on the same page; I felt as if I wore a similar outfit like this before, and nothing was done. But he has rules in place and we have to abide by them. No person is greater than the next person — it is what it is.” Backup QB, Derek Anderson started the game and was intercepted on the first play. The Panthers finished the game with a devastating 40-7 loss.

 

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Newton Illegal Hits, Prescott Records 7th Win, Kelce Throws Towel, Raiders Stand Up To Broncos D, Marshall Stands During Anthem

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Cam Newton keeps getting pounded by opposing teams and is not getting the calls from refs. Cam very vocally complained last week (and even had a talk with Commissioner Roger Goodell), but clearly nothing is getting done as he had a  couple of obvious illegal hits against him on Sunday by the Los Angeles Rams. Panthers 13, Rams 10.

Dak Prescott continues to show his leadership quarterbacking the Dallas Cowboys. This fourth round rookie phenom recorded his 7th straight win with a seemingly easy trouncing of the winless Cleveland Browns. There is still talk the Cowboys will replace Prescott when veteran QB Tony Romo becomes healthy. With the Cowboys sitting at the top of the NFC, it seems likely they will stick with Prescott. Dallas 35, Cleveland 10.

Travis KelceDuring the 4th quarter of Kanas City Chiefs game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (who’s a reality star in his new show “Catching Kelce”) got into a heated argument with a ref and threw a towel at him when he refused to call a pass interference penalty. Refs aren’t too fond of having things thrown at them, so not surprisingly Kelce was ejected from the game. If you have Kelce on your fantasy team (as my team, the Screaming Weasels, does), you weren’t too happy with this outcome. Chiefs 19, Jags 14.

The Denver Broncos mighty defense couldn’t stand up to the running game of the Oakland Raiders. Latavius Murray brought in 3 TD’s in the 30-20 victory over the Broncos. With the win, the Raiders take control of the AFC West.

Speaking of standing up, Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall decided to stand during the National Anthem for the first time this season. He stated on Instagram, “I’m encouraged with the many productive discussions and progress that has taken place as the Denver Police department has decided to review its use of force policy. I’m proud to have joined so many of my peers throughout sports who’ve also made their own statements. Going forward, I will be standing for the National Anthem—not because everything is perfect, or because I’m changing my stance on things. But because of my hope for what we can become.”

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Panthers Remain Undefeated, Odell’s Bad Behavior, Chiefs Hot, Roethlisberger Comes Through

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The Carolina Panthers came into New York undefeated to take on the NY Giants. The Giants were determined to rise to the occasion and unseat the Panthers.   In the game, the Panthers were crushing the Giants, but late in the 3rd quarter, the Giants launched a 28 point comeback to tie the game with just a little over a minute remaining.  Then, Panthers QB and MVP candidate Cam Newton knew it was “Go Time”.  He marched the Panthers down the field for a game winning field goal.  The Panthers are now a perfect 14-0.  Carolina 38, NY Giants 35.

Odell Beckham Jr 2A big story from the game was Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham’s abhorrent behavior.  He was throwing punches and cheap shots at Panthers star cornerback Josh Norman the entire game.  Beckham almost got tossed from the game and many think he should have been suspended.  After the game, Norman said, “It was ridiculous, I think it was personal. He was trying to come at me. I didn’t take nothing personal. I just went out and did my job.”
In Baltimore, the Ravens season is effectively over, but their opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs were quietly making an incredible run.  After starting the season a pathetic 1-5, the Chiefs reeled off 7 straight wins.  They are now in the playoffs, and are looking for an 8th straight victory.  To no surprise, Baltimore posed no threat, and the Chiefs beat them with ease. The Chiefs are red hot at the right time, their defense is turning into a wall, and they are going to be a team that nobody wants to face in the playoffs.  Kansas City 34, Baltimore 14.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were expected to easily defeat the Denver Broncos, who were coming off an ugly home loss to the Raiders.  The Broncos were ready, however, and came out with a big early lead.  You can never count out Big Ben Roethlisberger though and his superstar wide receiver, Antonio Brown.  They pulled off an incredible comeback, capped off by a late 23 yard touchdown pass from Big Ben to, of course, Antonio Brown.  The Steelers got the win, and are making a run at winning the division.  Pittsburgh 34, Denver 27.

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Playoff Teams Set College Championship, Pats Lose, Panthers Still Unbeaten, Warriors Streak Continues

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Over the weekend, the college football selection committee designated the final four teams for the College Football Championship on New Years Eve. Clemson vs. Oklahoma and Alabama vs. Michigan State will compete to play in the Championship game on January 11th. In only the second year of the College football playoff system, there seems to be general consensus that these four teams were the most deserving based on the strength of their schedule and games won.

In a major upset this weekend, the mighty New York Patriots fell for the second week in a row. The Philadelphia Eagles came from a 14 point deficit to score 35 points and a big win. Eagles 35, Eagles 28.

The Carolina Panthers continued their perfect streak with another win in a high scoring game against the New Orleans Saints. The game was sloppy but Panther’s QB Cam Newton rose to the occasion by throwing for 331 yards and 5 TD’s. Panthers 41, Saints 38.

 

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WarriorsSpeaking of perfect streaks, the mesmerizing Golden State Warriors continue to win. They recorded their 21st and 22nd straight win this weekend. On Sunday night against the Brooklyn Nets, Steph Curry had a slow start and the Warriors fell behind in the beginning of the 3rd quarter, but in typical Warriors’ fashion,  Steph Curry and the Team went on a roll. Curry scored 16 of his 28 points in the 3rd quarter energizing the team to a dominating finish. In explaining his resurgence, Curry said, “Just trying to see if I could get some room and figure out a way to impact the game, and things started to click.” And click they did with a solid finish. Warriors 114, Nets 98.

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Panthers Remain Undefeated, Broncos Sign 49er Vernon Davis, Lebron Hits Milestone

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Cam NewtonIn the NFL, the Indianapolis Colts and the undefeated Carolina Panthers played on a rainy Monday night.  The Panthers have never gone 7-0, but were looking to change their history.  The game was close, but Panthers quarterback Cam Newton showed us why he’s an MVP candidate.  He had incredible late game heroics, including miraculously avoiding a sack by two Colts’ linebackers.  The game went into overtime, but the Panthers escaped with a victory and remain undefeated.  Carolina 29, Indianapolis 26.
Elsewhere in the NFL, the Denver Broncos are also undefeated and are bringing in some new talent for QB Peyton Manning.  Manning has always favored throwing to his tight ends  (i.e. Dallas Clark, Jacob Tamme, Julius Thomas) who have, in the past,  all put up big numbers.  This year, however, that position has been lackluster, so the Broncos signed 49ers tight end Vernon Davis.  The Niners season is dead, and they’re likely looking at a top draft pick next year.  They don’t need the veteran anymore, but he could help the Broncos offense.  Good move by the Broncos for bringing in some talent, and smart move by the Niners for letting him go for some much needed draft picks.

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Finally, in the NBA, LeBron has hit yet another major milestone.  Against the Philadelphia 76ers, LeBron become the youngest player in history to reach 25,000 career points.  This is an incredible achievement that only the best players attain, and LeBron is in that camp.  LeBron says he never gets caught up in his individual stats, as his true goal is bringing the Cleveland Cavaliers their first championship.  Cleveland hasn’t won a title in a long time, and LeBron wants to change the fate of his hometown.

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Thompson Wants Contract Finalized, Hated Donald Sterling Sues, Smith Jr. To Retire, Newton/Norman Fight

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are stacked with talent for next season with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love.  Another key piece of that puzzle is their power forward Tristan Thompson.  Thompson was promised a huge $80 million contract extension this off-season.  LeBron really wanted him on the team.  The Cavs, however,  have yet to finalize the contract and now Thompson’s agent is threatening that if the Cavs don’t come to the table with an official contract this will be Thompson’s last year in a Cavs uniform.   Thompson is an emerging star and wants to know if the Cavs are taking him seriously.

Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling may be the most hated man in sports on account of his racist remarks caught on tape about Magic Johnson and other African-American athletes. Sterling feels wronged that his comments were made public in an unlawful manner so he is suing his ex-girlfriend V. Stiviano for capturing him on tape, as well as TMZ for releasing the recordings to the public.  He lost his $2 billion basketball franchise on account of his remarks, however, it might be difficult for a judge to side in his favor as he doesn’t come across as a sympathetic figure. .

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In the NFL, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. said that the 2015 season will be his last.  Smith had his glory days with the Carolina Panthers, until they released him from the team.  Smith thought he still had skills, and found a job with the Baltimore Ravens.  He had a solid 2014 campaign, but feels like he only has enough gas left in the tank for one more run.

Cam NewtonMeanwhile, back in Carolina, a fight broke out in practice between Josh Norman, a 4th year cornerback, and their franchise QB Cam Newton.  If Newton would have broken his hand, his wrist, even his finger, the Panthers’ season would be doomed.  The fight occurred when Norman intercepted a pass and when Newton tried to stop him, Norman threw a stiff arm.  Newton was upset because a stiff arm can cause injury.  Some fans are upset because it’s risky for quarterbacks to get in fights.

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Caitlyn Jenner, LeBron In Prime, Cam Newton Panthers’ Future

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Caitlyn JennerThe biggest sports story of the day was Bruce Jenner’s official coming out as Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair.  It’s quite a stunning shoot.  We’re all familiar with this story by now (it received plenty of media coverage), but everyone’s still talking (and will continue to talk) about how brave he is to have made this decision. Jenner was the poster male of athletics in the 70s.  Now, he has the courage to pose on the cover of a major magazine depicting his real self.

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In the NBA, LeBron James publicly addressed the media saying that he thought he was playing the basketball of his life, which is saying a  lot considering the scope of how many great years he’s been in the game.  Then again, Michael Jordan hit his prime right around the same time (late 20s — which is astonishing if you think about the human body’s proclivity for breaking down).  LeBron will need to play his best basketball, because Curry and the Warriors are hungry for the title. Game one of the NBA Finals is Thursday evening.

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In the NFL, despite having a rather woeful offense these past few seasons, the Carolina Panthers have still been relevant.  They earned a first round bye two years ago, and last year they made an amazing run to snag a wild card playoff spot, and capitalized with a first round victory over the Arizona Cardinals.  Now the Panthers are convinced that QB Cam Newton is their fixture for the future.   Reports are saying that they are nearing a long-term deal with Newton for at least 5-7 more years.

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Cavs Winning Again, Vegas Point Spread High In 49ers Matchup, Cam Newton’s Car Accident

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In the NBA, when LeBron James decided to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers, expectations for them to make it to the championship and even win it were sky high.  Then they struggled mightily to start the season, and everyone thought it was a failed experiment.  Looks like we spoke to soon.  Tuesday night, the Cavs took on the top seeded Toronto Raptors.  The Raptors made a lot of noise, but LeBron and the Cavs rallied back to beat them and grab their 8th win in a row.  The Cavs are now starting to look like the team to beat again.  Watch out.  Cleveland 105, Toronto 101.

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In the NFL, the 49ers season has spiraled out of control, hitting a huge low as they lost to their crosstown rivals:  the Oakland Raiders, a team that was blown out by more than 40 points the week prior.  Now, the 49ers face their highest point spread in the Jim Harbaugh era, as Vegas bookmakers have them as a 10 point underdog when they travel to Seattle next week.  Vegas even put a $30,000 bet limit on Seattle.  Seattle hates the 49ers, and it’s likely that, if possible, they will try to run up the score as much as possible.  This could get ugly.

Cam NewtonIn some sad NFL news, Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers’ quarterback, suffered two back fractures after a car accident Tuesday afternoon. Cam was heading to the stadium to study game film on his day off when the crash happened. The Panthers are unsure when Cam will be back in action.

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