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Westbrook Posts 47 But Thunder Fall, Spurs/Jazz Up In Series,

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Russell Westbrook posted 47 points, but it wasn’t enough for his OKC Thunder to stay alive vs the Houston Rockets. Westbrook’s rival James Harden scored 34 points, but unlike Westbrook had help from the rest of the team to propel the Rockets to a 105-99 win. With the win, the Rockets win the series and head to the second round of the Western Conference. Houston will now play the winner of the San Antonio Spurs/Memphis Grizzlies series (Spurs up 3-2 with their win on Tuesday).

The Utah Jazz hit their shots in their 4th quarter giving them a big win over the Los Angeles Clippers and putting them up 3-2 in the series. Utah 96, Los Angeles 92.

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It’s not a done-deal yet, but a group led by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter has reached an agreement with the owner of the Miami Marlins to purchase the team. The agreement still needs to get approval from Major League Baseball and 75% of all Major League Teams.

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Gronk Pops In On Press Briefing At White House, Westbrooks Historic But Failed Night, Warriors & Wizards Up 2-0

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 New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski made a cameo at Sean Spicer’s Wednesday press briefing while the Team was visiting the White House. He popped his head in and asked Spicer if he needed any help. Spicer laughed and replied, “I think I got this but thank you. Maybe. All right, thanks man. I’ll see you in a minute.” Then added, “that was cool”.

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It should have been a great night for OKC’s Russell Westbrook. He made history with the highest scoring triple double in playoff history with 51 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets, but the Rockets came on strong in the 4th and Westbrook went cold. The Thunder is now down 0-2 in the series. Rockets 115, Thunder 111.

The Golden State Warriors were without Kevin Durant Wednesday night but still managed to pull out a game 2 win at home against the Portland Trailblazers. Coach Kerr hasn’t decided if KD will play on Saturday when the series heads to Portland for game 3. Warriors 110, Trailblazers 81.

Rounding out the night, the Washington Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks to go up 2-0 in the series.

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Westbrook’s Friend Is Spalding Not Harden, Emotional Night For Isaiah, Draymond’s 4th Q, Manning’s Memorabilia

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The first games of the first round of playoffs did not disappoint!

Houston’s James Harden had 37 points in a route of OKC.  Harden looked like he was he was on a mission for MVP of the league as he outscored fellow MVP favorite Russell Westbrook by 15 points. Harden and Westbrook are good friends off the court, but during the playoffs, Westbrook said he won’t communicate with Harden. His philosophy is,“When I’m on the floor, I only have one friend and it’s the basketball. I’ve been like that since I was a little kid. My dad taught me that when I was younger. When you get on the floor, you have one friend — and your friend is Spalding.”  Rockets 118, Thunder 87.

The Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics in an emotional game for Celtic’s point guard Isaiah Thomas.  Thomas’s sister tragically died on Saturday in a car crash, and even though completely distraught Thomas played on Sunday and scored 33 points. Players from around the League poured out their sympathy for Thomas and expressed their awe in how Thomas focused his energy on the court to support his team. The Bulls’ Jimmy Butler said,”He’s a helluva player. It just goes to show the type of player and man he is to go out there and battle through what he was going through for his organization and team.” Bulls 106, Celtics 102.

The Golden State Warriors were neck and neck with the Portland Trailblazers until the 4th quarter when Draymond Green put on a show. Warriors 121, Trailblazers 109.

The Cleveland Cavaliers barely topped the Indiana Pacers with a 109-108 win. The Pacers’ Paul George looked upset at the end as he wanted to shoot the ball on the last play to try and give his team the win.

 

For the rest of the playoff picture, click here.

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New York Giants QB Eli Manning is in hot water for allegedly selling non-game used memorabilia to collectors through dealer Steiner Sports. One email from Manning stated he has “two helmets that can pass as game used.” Manning has a stellar reputation on and off the field, so if this story is true, Manning’s reputation will take a big hit.

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Romo To Replace Simms On CBS, Amazon $50 Mill Livestream Deal, Westbrook’s 41st Triple-Double

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Former Dallas Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo is officially leaving the game and will replace Phil Simms as a color analyst on CBS. Romo commented on the transition to broadcasting saying, “I don’t think it’s going to be easy. I expect it to be difficult, [but] no different than when I came into the NFL to be a quarterback.”

Amazon signed a $50 million dollar deal with the NFL to livestream Thursday night football games this season. Amazon prime members will have exclusive access to these games.

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OKC’s Russell Westbrook scored his 41st triple-double of the season, tying Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson. On Westbrook’s historic night, the OKC Thunder dominated the Milwaukee Bucks posting a 110-79 win.

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Westbrook Triple Double History, Warriors Comeback Win, Venus Defeats #1, NC Bathroom Law

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Russell Westbrook continues to make history. Recording his 38th triple double Wednesday night, he topped James Harden and Wilt Chamberlain with a triple double score that included a whopping 57 points. Westbrook helped his Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Orlando Magic in overtime 114-106.

After suffering losses to the San Antonio Spurs this season, and trailing by 22 points early in the game, the Golden State Warriors came back strong to record an impressive win.  The Splash brothers (Steph Curry and Klay Thompson) led the team with 29 and 23 points respectively to close out a 110-98 win.

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At 36 years old, Venus Williams became the oldest women to defeat a #1 ranked player when she beat Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open.

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The NCAA is supposed to decide today whether North Carolina is eligible to host NCAA events in 2018-2022. North Carolina Lawmakers proposed a change Wednesday night to the controversial HB2 “bathroom bill”. The NCAA moved the 2017 All Star Game from Charlotte, NC  to New Orleans due to what they felt was a discriminatory law. It’s not yet clear if the LGBTQ community accepts the compromise, and if the NCAA thinks the new bill goes far enough to warrant re-instating NCAA events.

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Dirk Nowitzki Scores 30,000th, Westbrook’s 58 Points Not Enough, LeBron Jr’s Highlights

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38 year old Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki joined an exclusive group Tuesday night by scoring his 30,000th point in the NBA. Dirk now joins only 5 other players to accomplish this feat: Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Karl Malone. Many former and current NBA players took to social media to congratulate Dirk on this historic accomplishment. And, Commissioner Adam Silver wrote, “Throughout his 19 seasons with the Mavericks, Dirk has been a model player and terrific ambassador for our game. The latest accomplishment further establishes his legacy as one of the NBA’s greatest players.”

OKC’s Russell Westbrook went on a tear Tuesday night with a career high 58 points against the Portland Trailblazers, but shockingly it wasn’t enough for the Team to pull out a win. Portland 126, Oklahoma 121.

LeBron James Jr is only 12 years old and getting interest from college basketball powerhouses like Duke and Kentucky. After Jr’s participation in this year’s John Lucas All Star Weekend,  LeBron commented that his son has more skill than he did at that age. He may not be wrong. Here’s his latest highlight reel.

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Warriors Lose Back To Back, Westbrook Another 40, Jets Release Marshall, Kaepernick No Knees

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The Golden State Warriors lost their second game in a row for the first time since April of last year. In a tough defeat against the Chicago Bulls, Steph Curry is only 4 of 31 3-pointers in his last 3 games, but with his two 3’s Thursday night, he did manage to pull ahead of Kobe Bryant in career 3-pointers. He’s now listed #11 on the list. Bulls 94, Warriors 87.

Russell Westbrook had another 40 plus night. The Oklahoma City Thunder star posted over 40 points in his third straight game. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough for the Thunder to pull off the win against the Portland Trailblazers. Trailblazers 114, Thunder 109

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The New York Jets are clearing the decks to bring in younger players. Their latest casualty is 33 year old wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Marshall was voted team MVP for the Jets in 2015 but had a disappointing 2016. Marshall wrote in his Instagram account, “My teammates, such a great group of guys whom I will miss like #Crazy “.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick will no longer be taking a knee during the National Anthem. By not standing during the anthem, Kaepernick felt his protest ignited a positive discussion of social inequality. Many others felt his protest created a divide in the League and caused controversy.

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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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