VP Pence Left Colts Game, Jerry Jones Bench Kneeling Players, Odell And JJ Injured, Dolphins OL Coach Snorting Powder

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Vice President Mike Pence left the Indianapolis Colts/SF 49ers game on Sunday after 20 players from the 49ers continued their protesting and knelt during the National Anthem. Pence was at the game to celebrate the Colts retiring Peyton Manning’s number and inducting him into the Colts Ring of Honor. He stated: ,

Speaking of protests, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stated he would “bench any player who disrespects the flag” and doesn’t stand for the Anthem.

As for the games on Sunday, unfortunately there were some high profile injuries. The New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr broke his left ankle and will be out for the year. It’s the same ankle Odell injured during pre-season.  The Giants were already having a tough season, and after their loss on Sunday to the Los Angles Chargers, the team dropped to 0-5.

In another major injury, the Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt left the field with a tibial plateau fracture. It’s unclear when he’ll return, but the Texans also lost their linebacker Whitney Mercilus for the game, and the Texans couldn’t pull out the win against the solid play of the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.  Chiefs 42, Texans 34,

In a strange story, the Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster videotaped himself snorting white powder off a table before a meeting. The Dolphins are looking into the video and are expected to make an announcement about the incident soon.

 

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Patriots D Held Off Buccs, Dannon Drops Newton

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Thanks to the New England defense and poor play from the Tampa Bay offense, the Patriots held off for an ugly win over the Buccaneers.  Tom Brady moved the ball well but didn’t add much to the game. The Buccaneers kicker Nick Folk will likely take most of the heat for the loss after missing 3 field goal attempts. Patriots 19, Buccaneers 14.

In a follow up to Carolina Panther quarterback Cam Newton laughing at a female reporter, the Dannon Oikos yogurt company severed ties with him. After the company dropped him and other sponsors issued statements expressing their disappointment, Newton issued a video apology stating “my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful toward women. To be honest, that was not my intention and if you are a person who took offense to what I said, I sincerely apologize to you.”

 

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Diamondbacks Defeat Rockies Now Face Dodgers, Cam Newton Laughs At Female Reporter

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In the National League wild card game (where the winner moves on to the Division series), the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Colorado Rockies 11-8. The Diamondbacks will now take on the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have the best regular-season record,  in a best of five series. Here’s the layout for the MLB playoffs.

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is in the hot seat after his press conference Wednesday night where he laughed at a female reporter, Jourdan Rodrigue, following her question about the “physicality of routes”. He said, it’s “funny to hear a female talk about routes.” While Newton claims he meant no disrespect and was just having fun, NFL spokesperson, Brian McCarthy sent out a statement saying, “The comments are just plain wrong and disrespectful to the exceptional female reporters and all journalists who cover our league. They do not reflect the thinking of the league.”

 

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Yankees Win Over Twins Puts Them In Post-Season, NBA All-Star Game New Format

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The New York Yankees are officially in the post-season thanks to a big wild-card win against the Minnesota Twins Tuesday night. The Yankees now advance to the best of five American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians starting Thursday. Yankees 8, Twins 4.

For more on the remaining teams and which ones to root for, click here.

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The NBA All-Star game will no longer be a meaningless battle between the East vs West conferences. The new format will feature the highest vote-getter from each conference acting as captain and choosing their team from the other players selected as all-stars. The game will still be meaningless, but the NBA is hoping the new format will provide more entertainment. After all, who wouldn’t want to see the possibility of LeBron James playing on the same team as Steph Curry!

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LaVar To Home-School LaMelo, Chiefs-Redskins Wild MNF

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The controversial LaVar Ball is taking his youngest son LaMelo out of Chino high school in order to home-school and train him on his own. LaVar doesn’t like the new coach of Chino and believes he can make LaMelo into the best player ever. LaMelo is already committed to playing for UCLA in two years. According to LaVar, “I’m going to make him the best basketball player ever. It’s good for Melo. Less distractions. He just needs to focus.” Fans on social media had some fun at LaVar’s expense with posts such as this:

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If you stayed up until the end of Monday Night Football, you saw an exciting final few plays in the Kansas City Chiefs-Washington Redskins game. With four seconds left the Chiefs rookie kicker cleared a 43 yard field goal to put the team ahead 3 points. But then things got even more exciting when the Redskins tried to salvage a loss by lateraling the ball a few times before fumbling and allowing the Chiefs linebacker to score. After four games, the Chiefs remain the only unbeaten team in the League. Chiefs 29, Redskins 20.

 

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Watson Sets Franchise Record, Cam Newton Shines, NBA Commish Adam Silver Urges Rule To Stand During Anthem

Thoughts and prayers to the victims of the deadly shootings in Las Vegas Sunday night. 

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Houston Texans’ rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for four touchdowns and ran for a 5th in the best performance by a quarterback in their franchise history. With the 57-14 blowout of the Tennessee Titans, the Texans also set a franchise record for most points scored in a game.

The previously unstoppable New England Patriots now look vulnerable, especially with an underperforming defense.  In their second loss of the season, the Patriots helped the Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton shine. With three throwing touchdowns and one running TD, Newton helped the Panthers win 33-30. After the game he stated, “This was a statement game for us. Going forward, this game set the tone for the season moving forward.”

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

The national anthem protests were still front and center this week in the NFL. Here’s a recap of what each team did.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a memo prior to the beginning of preseason basketball this weekend stating players “demonstrate your commitment to the NBA’s core values of equality, diversity, inclusion, serve as a unifying force in the community,” and observe the rule to stand during the anthem. Some teams locked arms this weekend before games, but all NBA teams stood for the national anthem.

 

 

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Packers Defeat Bears In Historic Rivalry, Illegal Hit On Adams, NBA’s Lottery, Golf Most Boring Sport

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Thursday night football featured the historic rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. It was the 195th time they’ve played, and the Packers made the most of it by pounding the Bears 35-14. The Pack now lead this historic series 95-94-6.  A number of Packers players went down with injuries during the game, but the scariest moment came when Packers’ receiver Davante Adams got hit in the head and had to be taken out on a stretcher.  The hit was illegal, and the Bears’ Danny Trevathan was called for a penalty, but many are hoping the NFL will invoke their new “catastrophic” hits rule which would mean Trevathan would get suspended for the next game. According to Packers’ coach, Mike McCarthy, Davante is fine and there were no neck or head injuries, but no word yet on any extra punishment for Trevathan.

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The NBA made a change in their lottery system to try and reduce teams tanking at the end of a season in order to increase their chances of getting a better lottery pick. Currently, the worst team in the league has a 25% chance of getting the first pick with the second worst team getting a 19.9 % chance. Starting in the 2019 season, the three worst teams will each have a 14 percent chance of selecting the top pick in the draft.

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In a recent poll conducted in Britain, Golf was voted the most boring sport in the world. Golf even beat out cricket and bridge. Yes, even more boring than bridge!

 

 

 

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Pitino’s Leave, LeBron’s Best Friend, Vonn Competes W/Men, Manning Senate Seat

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A day after a federal investigation into corruption charges in college basketball, the University of Louisville placed Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino on unpaid leave (essentially firing him). The Justice department claims an executive from Adidas bribed the coaches to steer top athletes to Louisville. Pitino and the basketball program were already on probation by the NCAA for a sex scandal involving a former director of basketball operations at the University who helped recruit players with strippers and prostitutes.

It’s official, Dwayne Wade will join his buddy LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers. When LeBron was asked how he felt about Wade joining, he said, “It’s kind of like when you start school and you walk into the classroom and you’re not quite sure who your classmates are. And when you walk in there and one of your best friends is in there, you’re like, ‘Oh, yeah, this is going to be fun. It’s going to be a good class.’ That’s the type of feeling I got.”

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Olympic medalist Lindsey Vonn is requesting the International Ski Federation allow her to compete against men in the FIS World Cup event. According to Vonn, “I know I’m not going to win, but I would like to at least have the opportunity to try. I think I’ve won enough World Cups where I should have enough respect within the industry to be able to have that opportunity.” FIS race director understands it’s a difficult decision and stated, “So if the ladies are allowed to race with the men, then also the men need to be authorized to ski with the ladies, and I’m not sure this is a direction we want to go.”

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After Bob Corker announced he’s going to retire from his Tennessee Senate seat, many speculated future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning might run. According to Manning, “I certainly have an interest in politics and in our country. I just have zero interest in being a politician.” Manning may decide it’s too soon for him to run for Corker’s seat, but he could decide to run for Senator Lamar Alexander’s seat if Alexander chooses not to run in 2020.

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Corruption Charges Agst Basketball Assistants, Wade To Sign With Cavs, DirecTV Offers Refunds For Anthem

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Federal prosecutors in New York are charging four basketball assistant coaches from Division 1 schools (Oklahoma State, Auburn, Arizona and USC) with corruption for accepting bribes in exchange for steering basketball players towards agents, advisors, and apparel companies (specifically Adidas who is accused of paying recruits to sign deals when they turn pro). The FBI has stated this investigation is ongoing and many more individuals and companies could be exposed.

Former Chicago Bulls All-Star, Dwayne Wade, plans to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers when he clears wavers on Wednesday. According to reports, he will sign for a one year veterans minimum of $2.3 million to play alongside his pal, LeBron James.

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DirectTV is offering refunds for fans who are interested in canceling their NFL Sunday Ticket package if they say they are canceling due to the national anthem protests. It’s unclear how many fans are canceling, but one fan who called DirecTV  said,  “I explained to them I was tired of politics in sports, and it’s not how I want to spend my Sunday, watching all that transpire.” According to the fan, the DirecTV representative “insinuated there was a high volume of calls calling into cancel.”

 

 

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Jerry Jones Kneels, Impressive Prescott, Russell Delivers Fan Nachos, Judge Breaks Rookie Record

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Monday night football between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals began with a big statement from Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones. Jones is a well-documented Trump supporter but joined his team and took a knee on the field before the anthem to make a statement for unity and equality.  Afterward, the team all stood with arms linked as the National Anthem was played.  According to Jones, the NFL knew about the plan ahead of time. He said,  “And that big American flag, it came down that field, and we all stood toes-out on the field and recognized and respected the American flag and the national anthem. So it was a coordinated effort. It was planned and it was executed at the same time that our team was getting ready to play this Cardinal team. I’m very proud of it.” Trump responded via social media Tuesday morning by tweeting, “Ratings for NFL football are way down except before game starts, when people tune in to see whether or not our country will be disrespected!”

In the game itself, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was on fire with three touchdowns including one rushing TD that turned into a flip in the end zone for a 28-17 win.

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One of the charming stories from Monday night was seeing Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell delivering a plate of nachos to a fan who lost his first plate when Russell dove into the stands to try and retrieve a ball. The Cubs beat the Cardinals 10-2 and are one win away from clinching the National League Central division.

In other MLB news, Yankees Aaron Judge broke the rookie home run record by hitting his 50th home run on Monday. The record was previously held by the Oakland Athletics Mark McGuire in 1987.

 

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