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Harden Streak Continues, Actress Regina King Almost Gets Crushed By Embiid, Flacco Traded To Broncos

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The Houston Rockets James Harden streak continues with his 31st consecutive game with over 30 points. In a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves,  Harden scored 42 points. He is now tied with Wilt Chamberlain for the second-longest streak in NBA history. Timberwolves 121, Rockets 111.

Actress Regina King was sitting in the front row at Madison Square Garden in a Knicks/76ers game, when Sixers Joel Embiid leaped over her head trying to save a loose ball. Thankfully, no one was harmed but Sixers’ coach Brett Brown said he’d prefer Embiid didn’t put himself in a possible injury situation (especially with the team ahead by 15 points). He said, “Just like I think our owners and our fans back home were thinking, You respect his aggression and his passion, but you don’t want that. I say that out of love and care. It’s stuff you hope to avoid.” Embiid responded with, “I only know one way to play and that’s to play hard and compete.” Sixers 126, Knicks 111.

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The Baltimore Ravens traded their longtime quarterback Joe Flacco (34 years old) to the Denver Broncos for a 4th round pick. With the move, the Ravens are putting the team in the hands of second-year QB Lamar Jackson. The move can’t be officially processed until after 4:00 pm EST on March 13th.

 

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Duke’s Historic Comeback, Brown Thanks SteelerNation, King Wins Best In Show

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The #2 ranked Duke Blue Devils were down 23 points against #16 Louisville but made a historic comeback in the second half to win the game. After the game, when reporters asked Duke’s superstar Zion Williamson how they were able to make up the deficit with only 10 minutes left,  Zion repeated what Coach K told them.  “He said he don’t coach losers, only coach winners.” Duke 71, Louisville 69

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Receiver Antonio Brown made it official, he’s asking for a trade and doesn’t plan on coming back to Pittsburgh. After a media frenzy this season speculating on whether Brown was playing his last game as a Steeler, he posted a video on Tuesday thanking the fans for their support over the last nine years. His post was pretty clear, “Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years…..time to move on and forward…….#NewDemands”.

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King, a wire fox terrier, won Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show. The wire fox terrier has now won 15 times, more than any other breed and making them the Tom Brady of dog shows.

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Harden & Westbrook Streaks, Murray Fully Committed To NFL, Hunt Signed By Browns

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Two amazing streaks continue in the NBA.

With 31 points against the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets’ James Harden continued his incredible streak of at least 30 points in his 30th consecutive games. Harden was suffering from a sore shoulder and started the game with his shot slightly off. He then came back and scored 10 points in the final 3 minutes of regulation.  Daryl Morey, the Rockets’ GM, is calling Harden’s streak,  “The Unguardable Tour”.

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook broke a tie with Wilt Chamberlain for the most consecutive triple-doubles in NBA history. In a win over the Portland Trailblazers, Westbrook recorded his 10th straight triple-double with 21 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists.

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Former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, Kyler Murray, made the announcement he’s “firmly and fully committing” to the NFL.  Murray was the 9th pick by the Oakland A’s in the Major League Baseball draft but has decided he’ll enter the NFL draft where he could be a top pick. Expect to hear a lot of talk about his size (under 6’0″) and his relative lack of playing time (as he only started as a quarterback for one season in college). The 2019 NFL draft is April 25th.

In other football news, the Cleveland Browns signed former Kansas City Chiefs’ running back Kareem Hunt, who was released from the Chiefs after a video from a hotel surfaced showing him kicking a woman, for a one-year deal. Hunt apologized for his actions saying, “First off, I would like to once again apologize for my actions last year. What I did was wrong and inexcusable. That is not the man I was raised to be.”

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“100-Year Game” Ad Ranked #1, Brady & Edelman Lightsaber Skills, ESPN’s Virk Fired, Harden Streak Continues

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According to USA Today’s Ad Meter, which ranks Super Bowl ads by consumer ratings, “The 100-Year Game” won the night. The ad featured players from six generations chasing a football that fell off a cake.  The spot featured superstars from past and present and even included Sam Gordon, a female youth football player, and Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, a Fortnite champ.

In their post-Super Bowl celebrations, Tom Brady and Julian Edelman look like they are enjoying themselves at Disney World. Check out their lightsaber skills.

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ESPN host Adnan Virk was fired last week for allegedly leaking confidential information relating to negotiations between the network and Major League Baseball. According to reports, Virk led “Awful Announcing” to report that “Contrary to popular conjecture, Baseball Tonight will not be coming back as a daily program” and that “MLB gave ground here in part due to some horse trading with ESPN” that allowed the network to televise less baseball-focused studio programming in exchange for moving Sunday Night Baseball an hour earlier to 7 p.m. ET.”

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James Harden’s scoring streak continues after scoring 44 points in the Houston Rockets win over the Phoenix Suns. Harden now has 27 games with 30-plus points and 20 games with at least 40 points this season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Patriots Win The Super “Bore”, Maroon 5’s Halftime Snoozefest, Gladys Knight’s Perfect Anthem

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It was the lowest scoring game in Super Bowl history with people calling it a “Super Bore”, but the New England Patriots battled it out defensively against the Los Angeles Rams to pull out their sixth Championship win.  With the game tied at 3-3 in the 4th quarter with 9:49 left, we saw vintage Tom Brady as he drove the team downfield for the sole touchdown of the game. Brady is the only player to have six game-winning drives in the Championship game, and the only player in NFL history to win six Super Bowls.  Brady relied on the Most Valuable Player of the game, receiver Julian Edelman, who caught 9 passes for 128 yards. Brady and Julian are off to Disney World today to celebrate the big win! New England Patriots 13, Los Angeles Rams 3.

While the game was unexciting until the final drive, fans were hopeful the halftime show would entertain. Unfortunately for the NFL, many described the entertainment as a snoozefest. Maroon 5 “played it safe” even though frontman Adam Levine went shirtless. Levine was joined by rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi.

Gladys Knight’s performance of the National Anthem was the only part of the evening that fans universally agreed was terrific. At 74 years old, the “Empress of Soul” was perfection!

 

 

 

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Super Bowl Ad Preview, Porzingis To Mavericks

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Super Bowl is almost here and even though most of the talk all week has been breaking down the LA Rams and NE Patriots coaching style, offensive capabilities/defensive capabilities, grit etc, the other main focus is what a $5 million 30-second commercial spot looks like. Why do advertisers spend so much? Not only are over 100 million people expected to tune in to the Super Bowl, but advertisers milk the ads before the game and expect lots of attention and viewing online after the game. So, here’s a preview of what we can expect (with YouTube links):

  • Jeff Bridges and Sarah Jessica Parker in Stella Artois ad
  • Jason Bateman as an elevator operator in ad for Hyundai
  • Toni Harris (a female football player who got recruited to play in college) for Toyota
  • Clydesdales for Anheuser-Busch
  • Christina Applegate for M&M’s

Tune in Sunday 6:35 EST on CBS!

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In the NBA, a big trade went down on Thursday where the Dallas Mavericks made a deal to get the Knicks’ 7-3 forward, Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis is only 23 years old and was drafted 4th by the Knicks in 2015.

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Disappointment In Goodell’s Press Conference, Payton Coped With Ice Cream & Netflix, TV Producer Fired For Brady Cheater Reference

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No one seemed particularly pleased with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s annual pre-Super Bowl press conference. Goodell claimed the league addressed the botched Saints call in the championship game immediately (although it’s not clear how they addressed the issue). Many were also disappointed in how Goodell dealt with the issue of why a large number of musicians (who are still upset with the NFL for how they’ve been dealing with Colin Kaepernick and the issues of social injustice) turned down the opportunity to play at the Super Bowl halftime show. Rihanna, for one, refused to take the stage. One reporter, Nancy Armour, summed up the feeling in the room, “No one expects complete transparency from Goodell. But a little sincerity, a little humility, a little accountability would go a long way in letting fans know they’re not being taken for granted. Or, worse, taken for fools.”

On Wednesday, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton also addressed the blown call preventing his team from making Super Bowl LIII. He said, “Much like normal people, I sat and probably didn’t come out of my room. I ate Jeni’s ice cream and watched Netflix for three straight days. There’s certain vices you gravitate to. For me, it’s probably sugar.”

While Goodell isn’t acting quickly concerning NFL issues, a Pittsburgh station took only minutes to fire a TV producer, Michael Talek, for writing “Known Cheater”, a reference to Deflategate, in the chyron underneath Tom Brady’s graphic. According to Talek, “it’s Pittsburgh, we hate the Patriots, we hate Tom Brady, so it was a little win for fans.” Friends of Talek set up a GoFundMe page to keep him afloat while he’s looking for a new job.

 

 

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Anthony Davis Fined $50K, McCourty Twins Play Together In Super Bowl

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The Anthony Davis drama continues. The NBA will fine Davis $50K because his agent, Rich Paul, told ESPN he wanted to be traded. According to the NBA collective bargaining agreement, players or agents can’t publicly request trades and that Paul’s statements were “an intentional effort to undermine the contractual relationship between Davis and the Pelicans.” Davis is making over $25 million this season.

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One of the great stories in this year’s Super Bowl will be seeing twins Devin McCourty and Jason McCourty play as teammates for the New England Patriots. #32 Devin (safety) has played on the team since 2010 while #30 Jason (cornerback) was picked up this year from the Cleveland Browns. The McCourty’s are the first set of twins to play in a Super Bowl. Check out their journey and the influence of their strong mother, Phyllis Harrell (who goes by the Twitter handle @MamaMcCourty).

 

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Warriors On Fire With 11th Straight Win, Davis Trade Request Affecting League, Gronk Retiring?

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The Golden State Warriors are on fire, winning their 11th straight game, the longest win streak in the NBA this season, and their 10th straight game on the road. Steph Curry said the team is in “playoff mentality time”. The team is also enjoying their new center, DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins returned to the court on January 18th (after suffering from an extended injury), where he’s immediately adding to the team’s success.

Everyone in the NBA is talking about New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis requesting a trade and how that could affect the League. In a tweet from Los Angeles Times reporter, Brad Turner, “Hearing from sources if Lakers want Anthony Davis, who has requested a trade, LA has to start the deal with Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac, No. 1 pick.” The NBA trade deadline is February 7th and according to ESPN, the Pelicans don’t have plans to trade Davis unless they receive an “overwhelming package” in exchange.

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The media is not only focused on whether New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will retire after the season (he says zero chance) but also whether Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski will continue to play. Gronk, who’s always the life of the party, almost retired after the Super Bowl last year. Gronk is an almost certain future Hall of Famer but has suffered from multiple injuries throughout his career, so it’s a big possibility he will move on after the season.

 

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Osaka & Djokovic Win Australian Open, Brady Zero Chance Of Retiring, Davis Requests Trade

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In the Australian Open, 21-year-old Naomi Osaka defeated Petra Kvitova to win her second grand slam tournament. She won last year’s US Open over Serena Williams in an uncomfortable way after Williams argued with the chair umpire for accessing her point and game penalties. Williams heated exchange with the umpire overshadowed Osaka’s first grand slam win, but now she’s on top of the world becoming Japan’s first player to achieve a #1 ranking.

In the men’s final, Novak Djokovic captured his 15th career Grand Slam championship (breaking a tie with Roger Federer and Roy Emerson for most career Australian Open titles) by defeating long-time rival, Rafael Nadal. In his 53rd matchup with Nadal, #1 ranked Djokovic easily won in 3 sets

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Super Bowl Sunday storylines continue all week, and New England quarterback Tom Brady is getting his share of attention. One of the ongoing questions for him is whether he’ll retire after the game. On an ESPN segment, Brady shut down that line of questioning and emphatically said, “zero” chance of retiring. He continued, “I’ve said that for a long time. I feel like I’m asked that a lot, and I feel like I repeat the same answer. But no one believes me.” If the Patriots win on Sunday, Brady, at 41 years old, will become the first player in NFL history to win six Super Bowls titles.

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New Orleans Pelicans forward, Anthony Davis, has requested a trade. His agent said, “Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him the chance to win consistently and compete for a championship.” Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, also represents LeBron James, and according to reports, the Los Angeles Lakers would be very interested in acquiring Davis in a trade.

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