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All-Star Votes, Westbrook Not Starting, San Diego Won’t Move Team

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All Star WeekendThe All-Star votes are out and the East/West teams are set. There are 10 players selected for both the Western and Eastern Conferences with 5 starters in each conference. This year, fans votes weighed 50% while player and media votes weighed 25% each, which could be the reason superstar Russell Westbrook wasn’t named a starter. Only two guards can start and Steph Curry and James Harden got more fan votes than Westbrook in the Western Conference. For the full roster, click here!

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The NFL Championship games are Sunday with winners from each conference facing each other in Super Bowl 51 on February 5th.

Green Bay Packers vs Atlanta Falcons 3:05 pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots 6:40 pm ET

In other football news, the San Diego Chargers are facing some bad PR. The local moving companies have gotten together and are refusing to move the team to LA. They feel their team is abandoning them and don’t want to be part of the process.

 

 

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San Diego Chargers May Move To LA, Westbrook’s 18th Triple-Double

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San DiegoIt looks likely the  San Diego Chargers franchise will be moving a couple of hours north to Los Angeles where they’ll share a new/modern stadium with the Los Angeles Rams. The stadium is scheduled to be ready by 2019. The Chargers have been trying for years to rebuild their outdated stadium in San Diego but haven’t been able to get the financing. The NFL has given the Team until January 17th to officially make the decision regarding the move. If they don’t decide by then, the option to share the stadium with the Rams (close to the LA airport) will go to the Oakland Raiders. In 1960 the Chargers played one year in LA before moving the franchise to San Diego.  The official announcement should come soon.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook recorded his 18th triple-double of the season Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies.  With 42 games left in the season, Westbrook has already tied his own record from last year (and Michael Jordan’s record) for the most triple-doubles since the 1981-2 season.

 

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Westbrook Accidentally Fires Ball At Ref, Grayson Allen Reinstated, High School Changes Mascot To Gender Neutral

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You don’t usually see basketball players firing a ball at a referee’s head, but Russell Westbrook did exactly that on Wednesday evening during the OKC, Charlotte game. Looking at the replay, it appears to be an accident, but Westbrook still got called for a technical. Westbrook said he would”never, ever disrespect the game like that.” The Thunder lost to the Hornets 112-123.

Duke’s Coach Krzyzewski reinstated Grayson Allen after his one game suspension for tripping a player. Coach K is set to undergo back surgery, and said he felt Allen was ready to come back. Allen claims he learned his lesson and will focus more on his team versus thinking about himself. He said he was able to reflect during the holiday break.  “It was actually very nice just to be quiet and enjoy the company of each other. I’m very appreciative to have the parents that I do have. They’re very supportive of me, while obviously making sure I know that’s not the right thing to do.”

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stallion-2A Kentucky high school will be changing their mascot from “Stallion” to a “gender neutral horse mascot” school officials believe will more “appropriate for female sports fans”. One definition from the dictionary states, ”The definition of a stallion is a male horse that has not been castrated, used for breeding or is slang for a powerful and virile man who has a lot of lovers”. One community member started a petition to change the name and when 200 people signed, the school acquiesced. Sometimes you think you’ve heard it all, then you see something like this!

 

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Westbrook’s New Deal With OKC, Foles Signs With KC, Obama Releases Thomas Grandmother, Saban Refuses Transfer, Auburn Rids RB

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Russell WestbrookThe Oklahoma City Thunder, still reeling from losing Kevin Durant to the Golden State Warriors, appear to have reached a deal with their other superstar, Russell Westbrook.  He will stay with the Team for at least 2 more seasons, making $17.8 million next season and $26.5 the year after. He will earn even more if he stays a 3rd season.

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The Kansas City Chiefs signed the experienced Nick Foles as a backup to quarterback to Alex Smith. Foles was pursued by the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings but chose to play for his former coach, Andy Reid.

President Obama made the Denver Broncos’ wide receiver Demaryius Thomas’ dreams come true last year when he pardoned his mother for a drug offense in time for her to see him play (and win) in Super Bowl 50. Thomas thanked Obama again when his grandmother’ was included in the commutation on Wednesday of 214 inmates in a single day.

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Alabama’s Head Coach Nick Saban  refused to let his defensive back, Maurice Smith transfer to rival Georgia. Smith’s mom fired back claiming Saban is ruining his son’s chances of continued success. Smith also claims after he asked Saban for a transfer, he was harassed in the locker room and found his belongings in the trash. One player texted him, “Bro I can’t have u at facility. Not for workout, lunch, anything. All in or out policy. Sorry bro.” Smith will graduate from Alabama this week and has appealed his denied request for transfer.

In other college football news, Auburn Coach, Gus Malzahn, released his top rusher Jovon Robinson for missing classes and meetings and being a distraction to the rest of the team. Malzahn said, “He did not meet my standards or expectations of what it takes to be an Auburn Tiger football player.”

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Thunder Outplay Warriors, Fun Facts About Westbrook

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Russell WestbrookThe Oklahoma City Thunder outplayed the Golden State Warriors throughout most of the game Tuesday night. By halftime, the Thunder were up by 19 points and even though the Warriors’ Klay Thompson came out strong in the 3rd quarter but it wasn’t enough to contain Russell Westbrook’s determination to steamroll over Golden State. Westbrook finished the game with 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. There’s a great article on ESPN.com featuring facts about Russell Westbrook you did not know. One of which is he only wears his outfits once then gives them away. He’s also a math wiz and eats peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before every game. Check it out!

The Thunder is now up 3-1 in the series with game 5 going back to the Bay Area on Thursday night. OKC 118, Warriors 94.

 

 

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Cavs Lose Game 3 To Raptors, Warriors Get Trounced, Exaggerator Wins Preakness,

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Everyone was predicting a Cavaliers sweep of the Raptors in game 3, but Cleveland was held to just 35.4% shooting and went down pretty decisively to the Raptors.

Bismack BiyomboOn the final play of the game with only seconds left, Cavaliers’ Dahntay Jones hit the Raptors’ Bismack Biyombo in the groin. “I got hit in an area that I wasn’t supposed to get hit on, or a private area, so to speak,” Biyombo said after Game 3. “Whenever the league has a chance, they probably want to take a look at that. That’s all I can say on that one.” And in more officiating news, Toronto Head Coach Dwane Casey was fined $25,000 for criticizing the officials. Raptors 99, Cavs 84.

In the Western Conference Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder trounced the Golden State Warriors. The game was essentially over by the end of the first half. At one point in the second half the Thunder was even up as much as 41 points. Kevin Durant had 33 points and Russell Westbrook 30 points with only 5 turnovers between them. OKC is now up 2-1 in the series. Thunder 133, Warriors 105.

HORSE RACING

Unfortunately Horse Racing fans won’t see another Triple Crown winner this year as Kentucky Derby winner, Nyquist, was defeated by his rival, Exaggerator in the Preakness this weekend. It was a devastating start to the day, however, when two horses died. 9 year old Homeboykris won the first race of the day but then collapsed on his way back to the stables and on the 4th race of the day, Pramedya broke her front leg and was immediately euthanized.

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OKC Beat Warriors In First Round Of West Conf Finals, Ravens Investigated For Padded Practice

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Kevin DurantThe Oklahoma City Thunder stood their ground against reigning NBA champions the Golden State Warriors in their first matchup of Round 3, the Western Conference Finals. Thunder players Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook put their skills on display, scoring a combined 53 points. The win wasn’t entirely without controversy, with officials missing a traveling call on Westbrook in the final 20 seconds. Stephen Curry, who is still not 100% after injuring his knee earlier in the postseason, scored a respectable 26 points in the loss. Oklahoma City 108, Golden State 102.

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The Ravens reportedly had an illegal padded practice during their Rookie Minicamp. Players wearing pads during practice is illegal in the NFL offseason. The rule is meant to protect players from excessive tackling. Yet the Baltimore Ravens reportedly had a five minute punt protection drill. Reps claim the team was unclear that the offseason rule applied to Rookie Minicamps as well. The NFL is investigating and, as all practices are filmed, the transgression should be easy to confirm. It could end up being a costly mistake for Baltimore.

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OKC In West Conf Finals, Gronkowski Cover Of Madden NFL ’17

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The Oklahoma City Thunder are heading to the Western Conference Finals to take on the Golden State Warriors. Beating the tough San Antonio Spurs in 6 games seemed like a dream early on as the Spurs only lost one game at home all season and were considered almost unstoppable. But Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant did not give up and now have their eye on the mighty Warriors. Thunder 113, Spurs 99.

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GronkowskiThe New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski was selected to grace the cover of the insanely popular Madden NFL ’17. Twenty-six year old Gronk told ESPN, “It’s a dream come true, going into my seventh season and being on the cover.” Gronk is having an exciting off-season as he’ll also be featured on the cover of GQ magazine.

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Curry First Ever Unanimous MVP, Westbrook A Maniac

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Steph CurryGolden State Warriors Guard not only won his second consecutive MVP award but won it in unanimous fashion. With all 131 first place votes, Curry became the first player in NBA history to win the award unanimously. The San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard came in 2nd place with the Cavs’ Lebron James coming in 3rd. Adorable 3 year old Riley Curry stole the show again when she gave reporters the “I have my eye on you look”.

The Oklahoma City won again on the road to take a 3-2 lead over the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference semi-finals. Russell Westbrook put on a show with a fourth quarter intensity to win the game 95-91. Teammate Kevin Durant called Westbrook a “maniac tonight, keeping us in it”.

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WATERCOOLER CHAT: WESTBROOK HELPS OKC WIN BIG, RAPPER 50-CENT WORST FIRST PITCH, JOHNNY FOOTBALL IN VEGAS

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Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook played out of his mind Tuesday night and helped lead the Thunder to a much needed win over the San Antonio Spurs to tie the Western Conference finals 2-2. The Thunder’s Serge Ibaka came back from his injury to add 9 points and 8 rebounds and Kevin Durant rounded off the night with a big game of 31 points. OKC 105, Spurs 92.

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Daytona 500 - PracticeRapper 50-cent threw out a terrible ceremonial first pitch on Tuesday night at Citi Field before the New York Mets took on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Definitely watch this video, it’s pretty embarrassing

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The Browns’ new QB Johnny Football spent the weekend in Las Vegas partying it up with the Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski. He posted photos with a bunch  of bikini clad women and then spraying champagne at a nightclub. All of this is fine (didn’t get in trouble) but people are wondering about his commitment to the Team as he was supposed to be studying his playbook.

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