Alabama Loses To LSU And Ingram Believes Trump To Blame, Browns’ Ugly Win, Lamar’s Amazing Run, Jets Over Giants, Waiters Suspended For THC

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After a 31-game home winning streak, Alabama lost to LSU, shaking up the college football ranking system. The Tigers beat the Crimson Tide 46-41, and according to former Alabama star and Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram, the loss is because Donald Trump attended the game. The next set of rankings comes out Tuesday night, and LSU has a shot of eclipsing Ohio State with the number one slot.

In the NFL, the Cleveland Browns managed to win a game, but it was ugly. Quarterback Baker Mayfield threw a late game winning touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins for a Browns’ 19-16 victory.

Leading his Baltimore Ravens to another win, quarterback Lamar Jackson is cementing his legacy, but all anyone is talking about after the 49-13 trouncing of the Cincinnati Bengals, is his 47-yard run where he faked out a defender and spun around another for a impressive touchdown.

In the battle of New York, the Jets found a way to beat the Giants. The Giants’ Saquon Barkley had nowhere to run, and Jets’ quarterback Sam Darnold finally had an interception-free game. Jets 34, Giants 27

For more NFL highlights, click here.

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The Miami Heat suspended Dion Waiters 10 games without pay. Waiters had an adverse reaction to edibles infused with THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) while on a team flight from Phoenix to LA. According to reports, Waiters experienced a panic attack. The Heat posted a statement saying, “We expect all of our players, including Dion, to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards, and to show professionalism and respect for their teammates, the team, the fans and the NBA community.”

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Raiders Triumph Over Chargers, Raiders’ Fan Trending, Brown Profanity-Laced Tweet

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The Oakland Raiders hosted what will likely be their final primetime game at Oakland Coliseum against their AFC West rival, the Los Angeles Chargers.  With just 1:02 left to play, Raiders’ running back Josh Jacobs scored, giving the Raiders a dramatic 26-24 victory at home. Of course, it didn’t help that LA Chargers’ QB Philip Rivers had the worst game of the season throwing three interceptions. One particular Raiders’ fan has been trending on social media when he was caught on camera with a sign reading, “I missed my court date to see this game!”

Troubled wide receiver Antonio Brown is back in the news. Next week, he is scheduled to meet with the NFL to discuss allegations of sexual assault. Instead of laying low and just trying to present his case, he posted a profanity-laced tweet on social media saying, “Imagine conforming to a system giving it a 100 percent to see them treat me like this is unfairly! Making money off my sweat and blood F— the @nfl I’ll never play in that s— treat black people the worse! Clear my name and go f— your self.” He slightly recanted later in the day stating “he was ‘very frustrated’ and ‘determine’ to return to the NFL.”

 

 

 

 

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College Football Playoff Rankings-Ohio State#1, Defending Champ Clemson Out, LeBron Makes History

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The College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings are out, and Ohio State grabbed the top spot. LSU came in at #2, Alabama at #3, Penn State at #4 and defending national champ Clemson at #5.  LSU and Alabama play each other Saturday in what should be an intense (and determinative) game.  The CFP committee will publish four more sets of rankings before the final list is revealed on Sunday, December 8th.

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LA Lakers’ LeBron James continues to make history. He recorded his 3rd straight triple-double becoming the first Laker with 3 straight triple-doubles in 32 years (since Magic Johnson from March 31st-April 5th, 1987). Lakers 118, Bulls 112.

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Black Cat On Field Gives Cowboys Boost, Devin Booker’s 40 Points & 76ers First Loss

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All anyone can talk about after the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants on Monday Night Football is the black cat running on the field in the middle of the second quarter. The Cowboys had a rough start to the game (interception, fumble, missed field goal), but then everything changed when the black cat took the field, and the Cowboys left with a 37-18 win. Announcer Kevin Harlan gave a brilliant play by play of the cat.

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With 40 points from the Suns’ Devin Booker, Phoenix delivered the Philadelphia 76ers their first loss of the season. The Sixers played without center Joel Embiid who was suspended for two games for an on-court fight with Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns. Suns 114, Sixers 109

 

 

 

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Patriots Lose To Ravens, Dolphins Finally Win, Browns’ Whitehead’s Threatening Tweet

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The mighty New England Patriots got handed its first loss of the season on Sunday night. Thanks to the Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson throwing for 163 yards and 3 touchdowns, the Patriots lost 37-20.

While the Pats lost their first game of the season, the Miami Dolphins finally won their first game of the season (and snapped a 10-game losing streak dating back to last December). Dolphins’ quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 3 TD’s to help the Dolphins beat the New York Jets 26-18.

The Cleveland Browns lost to the Denver Broncos 24-19. Browns’ safety Jermaine Whitehead’s performance on Sunday drew criticism on social media, but his response, according to Cleveland’s spokesperson, was “totally unacceptable and highly inappropriate.” In his now-deleted threatening tweet, he said, “Come get it in blood (expletive) made ass lil boy. I’m out there with a broke hand .. don’t get smoked (expletive) ass cracker.” The Browns have now recorded their 4th straight loss and fall to 2-6 on the season.

For a recap of the rest of the NFL weekend games, click here.

 

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Garoppolo’s 4 TDs In SF Win, Embiid & Karl-Anthony Towns 2 Game Suspensions

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On Thursday night, the San Francisco 49ers kept their win streak alive thanks to four touchdowns from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. With the 28-25 win over the Arizona Cardinals, the 49ers remain one of only two unbeaten teams (the other is the New England Patriots) left in the NFL.

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The NBA announced that Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid and Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns each received a two-game suspension for their skirmish on the court Wednesday night. Both suspensions begin on Saturday.

 

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Nationals Win World Series For First Time In Franchise History, Curry Breaks Hand, Embiid & Karl-Anthony Towns Ejected, Harden 59 Pts

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The Washington Nationals became World Series Champions for the first time in franchise history. With a 6-2 game 7 victory over the Houston Astros, the Nationals clinched the title and astounded their fans. Back in May, the Nationals were 19-31 and didn’t look like they’d even reach the postseason, but they went on a 74-38 run to reach the playoffs. And if that display of grit wasn’t historic enough, the Nationals recorded another milestone moment by becoming the only team in 114 years to win the Championship title without winning at least one home game during the series. Congrats Washington Nationals!

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The Golden State Warriors suffered a devastating blow on Wednesday night when superstar Steph Curry broke his left hand in a blowout loss to the Phoenix Suns. The Warriors are already playing without an injured Klay Thompson and Kevin Looney, so the prospects for the five-time NBA champs look bleak.

The Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid and Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns were ejected for fighting during the 3rd quarter of the game on Wednesday night. These two men have had a history of trash-talking each other. The Sixers beat the Timberwolves 117-95 for their fourth consecutive win of the season.

James Harden scored 59 points for the Houston Rockets (his 9th career game with 55 points and the second-most in history behind Wilt Chamberlain). The Rockets edged out the Washington Wizards 159-158 (recording the most points scored in an NBA regulation loss).

 

 

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Controversial Call, Nationals Survive Game 6, NCAA Allows Athletes To Profit

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The Washington Nationals survived another day and will face the Houston Astros in a decisive World Series game 7. After a wild 7th inning in Game 6, with a controversial interference call at first base (and Nationals’ manager Dave Martinez ejection), Washington rallied to a 7-2 victory. Game 7 is on Wednesday night.

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After a ruling in California made it easier for student athletes to profit off of their name, the NCAA jumped on board and released a statement saying they voted “unanimously to permit students participating in athletics the opportunity to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness in a manner consistent with the collegiate model.”

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Nationals Head To Houston For Game 6, 49ers And Patriots Undefeated, Belichick 300th Career Win, Brees Comeback

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The Washington Nationals have lost the last three straight games and will head to Houston for game 6 of the World Series. Washington is now down 3-2 with game 6 on Tuesday night. President Trump arrived after the first inning on Sunday, but got a less than friendly reception when fans chanted “lock him up”.

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In the NFL this weekend, the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots remain unbeaten. For the Niners, they move to 7-0 for the first time since 1990 (and only the second time in franchise history). The Patriots moved to an 8-0 start, and head coach Bill Belichick recorded his 300th career win. Only Don Shula (347) and George Halas (324) reached this number during their careers.

For week 8 highlights including New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees triumphant return from injury, click here.

 

 

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Astros PR Nightmare, Fire Taubman, Warriors Lose In New Arena, Cook’s TD Helps Vikings Over Redskins

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On Friday night, the Houston Astros head to Washington DC for Game 3 of the World Series. The Astros are not only down 2-0 but also trying to repair their PR nightmare of a week. After Houston beat the NY Yankees Saturday night in the American League Championship Series, a Sports Illustrated writer Stephanie Apstein reported that assistant GM Brandon Taubman taunted three female reporters while discussing the Astros signing Roberto Osuna. Osuna was suspended for 75 games last year for domestic abuse violations. According to Apstein, Taubman yelled, “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f—ing glad we got Osuna!” in front of the visibly upset female reporters. After initially deflecting the situation, the Astros fired Taubman on Thursday and released a statement saying his conduct “does not reflect the values” of the organization.

The ceremonial first pitch on Friday night will feature retired players (pitcher Chad Cordero and catcher Brian Schneider) who played in 2005 when the Nationals team came back to Washington.

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The Golden State Warriors got trounced on Thursday night in the first regular-season game in their new arena. The Los Angeles Clippers won 141-122. After the game, Warriors forward Draymond Green did not mince words stating, “We f—ing sucked, And we gotta get better.”

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Thanks to running back Dalvin Cook’s only touchdown of the game, the Minnesota Vikings triumphed over the Washington Redskins on Thursday night. Minnesota 19, Washington 9

 

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