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Broncos Sold For Record $4.65 Bill, Skating Min Age 17, Game 3 NBA Finals Tonight

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The Walton-Penner family has reached a deal with the Denver Broncos to purchase the team for $4.65 billion-the highest price ever paid for a sports franchise.

SKATING

The International Skating Union voted to raise the minimum age for competing from 15-17 years old. The issue came to a head when Russian figure skater Kamala Valieva (who tested positive for a banned substance at the Winter Olympics) caused a debate on how best to protect young athletes. The new rule will go into affect at the 2026 Winter Olympics.

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Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics is Wednesday night at 9:00 pm ET. The Series is tied 1 game a piece.

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Harden Scores 26 In Home Debut, Abramovich Selling Stake In Chelsea, IPC Banning Russian Athletes

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Djokovic’s Bodily Autonomy, Tafoya Leaving Sports, SB Ratings Rebound, Harbaugh Contract Extended, Canada Takes Gold, DeRozan Makes History

TENNIS

Novak Djokovic told the BBC he would rather miss tennis tournaments than have to get vaccinated because “bodily autonomy is more important than any title”.

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Michelle Tafoya is leaving her job as a sports reporter to co-chair the political campaign for Army veteran Kendall Qualls.

Super Bowl ratings rebounded after last year’s 10-year low. An estimated 112.3 million viewers tuned in (a 14% increase over last year).

The University of Michigan extended head coach Jim Harbaugh’s contract through 2026.

OLYMPICS

Canada took home the Gold medal in women’s hockey handing the Americans the Silver.

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DeMar DeRozan made history by becoming the first NBA player to score 35 or more points while shooting 50% or better in seven straight games.

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Super Bowl 56, Aaron Rodgers Wins MVP, Kupp Offensive Player Of Year, Nets Trade Harden For Simmons, Nathan Chen’s Stunning Skate For Gold, White Retires

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Super Bowl 56  is finally here. Tune in on. Sunday 6:30 pm ET to watch the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams battle it out at SoFi stadium in L.A. Never having won a championship, the Bengals are considered underdogs, but they have offensive weapons in quarterback Joe Burrow, receivers Cooper Kupp (Offensive Player of the Year), and Odell Beckham Jr. The Rams offensive weapons include QB Matthew Stafford and receivers Ja’Marr Chase (Offensive Rookie of the Year), Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd.

In other NFL news, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers received the AP Most Valuable Player of the Year Award (his fourth overall and second in a row), Rams Cooper Kupp named Offensive Player of the Year, Steelers T.J.Watt named Defensive Player of the Year, and Bengals QB Joe Burrow the Comeback Player of the Year. For more awards, click here.

BASKETBALL

It’s official, the Brooklyn Nets are sending James Harden and Paul Millsap to the Philadelphia 76ers for the Sixers Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond, and two first-round picks. Simmons has been complaining of mental health issues and hasn’t played all season, so it will be interesting to see what he brings to the Nets.

OLYMPICS

American Nathan Chen won the Gold in skating with a must-see program where he showed off his skills to a compilation of music from Elton John. Sir Elton even tweeted his congrats to Chen for winning gold and skating to “Rocket Man”.

In other Olympic highlights, the most celebrated snowboarder in history, Shaun White, ended his legendary career with a fourth-place finish in the halfpipe. Speaking to the media about his career, White said, “It’s been the Love of my life”.

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Saints Hire Dennis Allen, Texans Hire Lovie, Kamara Under Investigation, Murray Scrubs Social Media, Reynaldo 400 Mill Followers, Team USA Wins 1st Gold

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The last two head coaching positions have been filled. The New Orleans Saints hired their defensive coordinator for the last six years, Dennis Allen. Prior to the Saints, Allen worked as a head coach from 2012-2014 for the Raiders. Finally, the Houston Texans hired Lovie Smith.

In other NFL news, the Saints running back Alvin Kamara is under investigation for beating up a man outside an elevator at the Cromwell Casino in Las Vegas after the Pro Bowl.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray scrubbed his social media of Arizona associations in anticipation of his upcoming negotiations with the team now that he’s in the final year of his rookie contract.

SOCCER

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the first person to amass 400 million followers on Instagram

OLYMPICS

Lindsey Jacobellis won gold in the snowboardcross competition, giving Team USA its first gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.

 

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“The Cart” Heads To SB, Dolphins Hire 49ers OC, Olympics Down 43%, Russian Lands First Quad Axel

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“The Cart” is making its way to the Super Bowl and even has its own social media release leading up to the trip. “The Cart” is exactly what you think…a three-tiered contraption that was wheeled out for outdoor media conferences during COVID and went viral.

The Miami Dolphins hired former San Francisco 49ers’ Offensive Coordinator Mike McDaniel as their new Head Coach.

OLYMPICS

Friday’s Opening Ceremony drew only 16 million, down 43% from 4 years ago. The athletes are complaining about the bitter cold and the inedible food at the quarantine hotels.

In other Olympic news, Russia’s 15-year-old Kamila Valiyeva is the first woman to successfully land a quad axel in an Olympic game (and she landed two).

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Harbaugh Remaining At Michigan, O’Connell Vikings HC, Brian Flores Finalist W/Texans, Texas A&M Best Recruiting Class, Robots At Winter Games

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After interviewing in Minnesota with the Vikings, Jim Harbaugh has instead announced he will return as head coach at the University of Michigan. The Vikings are expected to hire the Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell as their new head coach but will need to wait until after the Super Bowl where the Rams play the Bengals.

In other NFL hiring news, Brian Flores (the former Miami Dolphins head coach who is now suing the NFL for racial hiring practices) is a finalist for the head coaching position with the Houston Texans.

In college football news,  247 Sports metrics reported that Texas A&M has recruited the best class in history.

OLYMPICS

The Winter Games kick off today with over 13,000 international athletes and journalists in China all contained in a “closed loop” with remote food delivery to prevent the spread of COVID. Here’s a video of the robots delivering food.

 

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Lakers Need Wins, Embiid’s Historic 50, Burner Phones At Olympics, Bucs Coach Seen Enough Dumb

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According to reports, Lakers coach Frank Vogel might be out of a job soon if the team doesn’t start performing better.

Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid scored 50 points Wednesday night in a win over the Orlando Magic securing his place in history (along with Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson) as the only NBA players to score 50 or more points in fewer than 28 minutes.

OLYMPICS

During the Beijing Winter Olympics, all athletes, audience members, and media are required to download the MY2022 app for Covid monitoring, news, and other features. Many are concerned with potential security breaches in the app and have been told to bring burner phones and create new email accounts while they are in China.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians will try and appeal a fine of $50,000 for slapping safety Andrew Adams helmet in the team’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. According to Arians, he was trying to prevent Adams from committing a penalty and that he’s “seen enough dumb”.

 

 

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Chiefs Beat Chargers In OT, Jags Fire Meyer, Hunter Commits To Jackson State, Brady’s Fashion Line, Shaun White Retiring

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Kansas City beat the Los Angeles Chargers 34-28 in overtime on Thursday night, giving the team its seventh straight win.

In other NFL news, the Jacksonville Jaguars fired coach Urban Meyer after only 13 games. Meyer’s tenure with the team was described as controversial and divisive.

Travis Hunter, the #1 recruit in college football, announced on National Signing Day he was de-committing to Florida State and will be playing for Jackson State next year where he’ll be playing for Hall of Famer Deion Sanders.

Tom Brady has a new fashion line (BRADY) which launches on January 12th. He’ll be partnering with nine college athletes and one draftee. He stated, “Having these 10 athletes represent our first BRADY campaign is really special. They are hardworking and driven players in the early stages of their careers and each one of them embodies the spirit and ethos in which our brand was founded.”

OLYMPICS

Three-time Gold medalist Shaun White announced he’ll be retiring after the Beijing Winter Olympics.

 

 

 

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Curry Best Shooter Ever, $380 Mill Settlement By Olympic Committee, No Boycott From S.Korea, Nike Signs First-Ever Student Endorsement

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At only 33 years old, Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry is now the best shooter to ever play in the NBA. On Tuesday night against the Knicks, Curry secured his place in history with his 2,974th 3-pointer, leaping over Ray Allen’s previous record. Allen was in attendance at the Garden to cheer on Curry and see his record eclipsed.

GYMNASTICS

USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee agreed to a $380 million settlement for failing to protect athletes from sexual predators such as those abused by Larry Nassar, the gymnast’s former team doctor. The settlement is one of the largest sex abuse settlements in history.

OLYMPICS

Many countries (including the U.S.) have announced diplomatic boycotts of the Beijing Winter Olympics, but South Korea has refused to join the other countries claiming they don’t want to jeopardize “their strategic ties to China.”

SOCCER

Nike signed UCLA women’s soccer star Reilyn Turner to its first-ever endorsement contract. The deal comes after NCAA recently changed the rules to allow student-athletes to profit from their names and likeness.

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