Georgia Vs Alabama In College Football National Championship, Hirings/Firings In NFL

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Monday’s College Football Playoff did not disappoint. First up was #3 Georgia against #2 Oklahoma. For the first time in Rose Bowl history, the game went into overtime with the score a whopping 45 to 45. Then after a field goal a piece, the game went into a second overtime. Oklahoma attempted another field goal during their first possession, but Lorenzo Carter jumped up and deflected the kick. All it would take is a field goal or any combination of points for Georgia to win. On the next drive, Georgia’s Sony Michel ran the ball into the end zone for the win. The Bulldogs earned the right to compete in the National Championship. Georgia 54, Oklahoma 48.

In the Sugar Bowl, #4 Alabama took on former National Champion #1 Clemson. The game was relatively unexciting, as Alabama dominated the line of scrimmage the entire night and handily won 24-6. The Crimson Tide will face Georgia on January 8th at 8:00 pm.

Now that the NFL regular season is over, vacancies are opening up for coaches and general managers. As of Monday, more than there were at least six coaching vacancies. In a particularly touching and tearful goodbye, Bruce Arians retired as Cardinals head coach after 5 seasons, because he wants to spend more time with his family. He tearfully said, “I will miss the game….it’s been a great ride”

In addition, Jim Caldwell from the Detroit Lions and John Fox from the Chicago Bears were fired as were Oakland Raiders Jack Del Rio and Indianapolis Colts Chuck Pagano.

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Fantasy Owners Thank Gurley, College Football Semi-Final On New Years Day

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Fantasy football owners have LA Rams running back Todd Gurley to thank for their winning seasons. With 456 yards and 6 touchdowns in his last two games, many fantasy owners who had the foresight to draft Gurley clinched their titles. By way of thanks (and to show their holiday spirit), many of these owners have donated some of their winnings to a charity important to the football player, Shriners Hospitals for Children. After seeing the donations come in online from these fantasy owners, Gurley expressed his gratitude “Man, that was dope,” Gurley said. “That’s real cool, just seeing that on social media. It doesn’t matter what the money amount is — $10, $5, $25. Just to see that and people caring, that means a lot.”

The College Football Semi final will take place on New Year’s Day featuring #2 Oklahoma vs #3 Georgia at 5 pm ET (at the Rose Bowl) then at 8:45 pm ET, the Sugar Bowl will feature #1 Clemson vs #4 Alabama.  The winners will play for the National Championship on January 8th.

 

 

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Christmas Day Games: Sixers Trust Process And Beat Knicks, KD Overpowers LeBron

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The Philadelphia 76ers celebrated Christmas Day with a big win over the New York Knicks. It was their first Christmas Day game in 16 years, and they made the most of it with  Joel Embiid’s 25 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists. When Embiid scored a 3-pointer in the 4th quarter, some in the crowd started chanting “Trust the Process”, which has been the rallying cry for the team for the past few years. Not everyone enjoyed the honor of playing on Christmas Day. The Sixers J.J. Redick, who posted 24 points for his team, told reporters after the game,  “I’d like to take this opportunity to once again say for I believe the 10th time, I’m not a fan of playing on Christmas. I wish we had this holiday for our families. I understand we are entertainers, we have to provide this for all the basketball fans out there.” Redick played on Christmas Day last year as part of the Los Angeles Clippers.   Sixers 105, Knicks 98.

Members of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors have been celebrating Christmas Day on the court for the past 3 years. Clearly Kevin Durant doesn’t have a problem playing on the 25th. After a monstrous game where he contained the mighty LeBron and recorded 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks, he said, “There’s just so much joy in the arena today because it’s Christmas and we all feed off of that.” Warriors 99, Cavs 92.

For which NBA star played the best on Christmas Day, click on this video!

 

 

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Elliott Back But Cowboys Lose, Earl Thomas Follows Cowboys To Locker Room, Browns Making History, NBA Christmas Games

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The Dallas Cowboys were excited to have their star running back, Ezekiel Elliott, back on Sunday (after serving a six-game suspension for domestic violence), but it wasn’t enough for them to prepel their season to the playoffs. The Seawhaks exploited the Cowboys’ weaknesses with a 21-12 win.  Even though the game wasn’t interesting, the reporters  had a field day when after the game, the Seahawks’ safety Earl Thomas was overheard following the opposing team to their  locker room and telling the Cowboys coach,  “If y’all have a chance, come get me.” When asked why he would say that when his team is still in the playoff race, he said, I “didn’t literally mean, like, ‘Come get me now,’  I’m still in the prime of my career. I still want to be here. But when Seattle kicks me to the curb, ‘Please, Cowboys, come and get me.’ This is the only other place I’d rather be, if I get kicked to the curb.”

The Cleveland Browns are on their way to making history. With a loss against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, the Browns are now 0-15. If they lose again next weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers, they will go down as only the second team (after the 2008 Detroit Lions) to go 0-16. The only piece of good news is the Browns now have the #1 pick in the NFL draft.

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The NBA has a full slate of exciting Christmas Day games. Click here for the schedule of your favorite players and favorite teams.

 

 

 

 

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Beasley MVP Chants, LeBron Gets Candy For Daughter, McMahon Sells Shares

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The Knicks Michael Beasley was in beast mode Thursday night in a big win over the Boston Celtics. On a night when Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis was off (and really off….only 1 point), Beasley stepped up with 32 points and 12 rebounds. Fans were going crazy yelling MVP every time he stepped to the free-throw line. After the game, Beasley told the press, “I’m just here for the team. Whatever they need, whenever they need, scoring, rebounding, defense, trying my best.” Knicks 102, Celtics 93.

A mic’d up LeBron James provided some entertainment during the matchup against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night. During the game, LeBron could be heard asking his 3-year old daughter if she wanted candy. They he kept asking around until he found her some candy so she would be happy while he played. A fun moment! Cavs 115, Bulls 112.

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Vince McMahon, Chairman and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, sold $100 million of his shares in WWE to  to fund a separate entity called Alpha Entertainment LLC which will look into “investment opportunities across the sports and entertainment landscapes, including professional football.” In 2001 McMahon invested in XFL, a professional football league, with NBC, but the league only lasted one year. It looks like McMahon might bring the league back.

 

 

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Rookie Kuzma Leads Lakers, Longoria Traded, Brady’s Trainer Causing Friction

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The Houston Rockets 14 game consecutive winning streak (the 4th longest in franchise history) ended Wednesday night in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. James Harden did his best shooting 51 points and 9 assists, but Lakers’ rookie Kyle Kuzma was on fire with 38 points including seven 3-pointers. The rest of the team, including Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, came together to put on show and stop the mighty Rockets. Unfortunately for the Rockets, all-star Chris Paul left the game in the 4th quarter with a strained adductor. No word yet on the seriousness of the injury.  Lakers 122, Rockets 116.

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The San Francisco Giants made a big statement by trading to get star third baseman Evan Longoria from the Tampa Bay Rays. The Giants gave up one of their top prospects, infielder Christian Arroyo, in the trade. We’ll have to wait until next season to determine which team got the better deal.

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Tom Brady’s trainer has reportedly caused some friction with coach Bill Belichick. Belichick apparently doesn’t like Alex Guerrero’s “non-traditional” training techniques and questionable medical background. Brady credits Guerrero for keeping him in such great shape and has even made Guerrero his son’s godfather. Belichick wants only his medical staff treating the players so has rescinded some of Guerrero’s perks like traveling with the team and enjoying a sideline pass during games.

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Pro Bowl Selections, Julia Louise-Dreyfus’ Son Funny

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The 2018 Pro Bowl selections are in. The Pro Bowl is a meaningless game played between the AFC and the NFC Conferences now played one week before the Super Bowl.  While the game itself is meaningless, getting selected is a big deal. 44 players from each conference get the nod based on votes from fans, coaches and players.  Some familiar names like Tom Brady, Carson Wentz, Antonio Brown, Le’ Veon Bell, and Julio Jones were shoe-ins. For the full list, click here.

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Julia Louise-Dreyfus’ son seems to have inherited her comedic talents. Charlie Hall, is a walk-on for Northwestern’s basketball team. After he made his first point, he celebrated by posting a picture of his one point next to Wilt Chamberlain’s famous photo showing his 100 points.

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Kobe’s Jerseys Retired, ESPN President Stepping Down

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The Los Angeles Lakers celebrated their superstar Kobe Bryant by retiring both of his jersey numbers (8 and 24). Both jerseys will now hang in the Staples Center among all the other Laker greats. After the moving ceremony, Bryant watched his former team lose in overtime to the Golden State Warriors. The game went down to the wire, but the Warriors were without Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Zaza Pachulia, and Shaun Livingston, who were all out due to injuries. Warriors 116, Lakers 114.

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ESPN’s President John Skipper announced he’s stepping down from his job due to “substance addiction.” Skipper was also the co-chairman of the Disney media networks. Skipper joined ESPN in 1997 and was appointed President in 2012. Former President George Bodenheimer will take over on an interim basis.

 

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Richardson Selling Panthers, Diddy Wants Team, Steelers Crazy Finish

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Eighty-one year old Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is planning on selling the franchise after the season. Richardson has been accused of workplace misconduct and is currently under investigation by the NFL. Sports Illustrated released an article detailing Richardson’s inappropriate behavior and comments and uncovered financial settlements reportedly covering up such behavior. There will likely be many interested buyers in the Panther’s franchise including Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs who recently tweeted, “There are no majority African American NFL owners. Let’s make history.” Then in an instagram video, he posted,  “I need to send a message out to everybody in the beautiful state of North Carolina: I will be the best NFL owner that you can imagine. I will immediately address the Colin Kaepernick situation and put him in the running for next year’s starting quarterback.” Diddy would need partners to be able to afford the Panthers, but doesn’t look like he’ll have trouble putting together a group. Even the Warriors Steph Curry took to social media to say he “wanted in”.

With playoff hopes on the line, Sunday’s games provided endless excitement. One of the most exciting games (and frustrating if you’re a Steelers fan) was when Pittsburgh tight end Jesse James dove into the end zone and looked like he scored the game winning touchdown against the New England Patriots. The play was ruled dead and not a touchdown as James “did not control the ball throughout the process”. Two plays later, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was picked off after a fake spike to seal the game. The Patriots grabbed an thrilling 27-24 win.

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LeBron And Lonzo’s Matchup, Kerley’s Ghosts Of Christmas Past

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LeBron James wowed the crowd on Thursday night posting his 59th career triple-double against the Los Angeles Lakers.  The Lakers also had a solid night with 13 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds from Lonzo Ball and a helpful 26 points from Brandon Ingram. Unfortunately for the LA,  that wasn’t enough to fend off the might Cleveland Cavaliers. The most talked about part of the game was after the buzzer when LeBron searched out Lonzo for a quick chat. LeBron pulled up his jersey so no one could understand what he was saying to the famous Ball brother, and both players refused to reveal the conversation in post-game interviews. Lonzo grew up idolizing LeBron, and LeBron seems to have taken a liking to the rookie.  To add intrigue, LeBron will be a free agent this summer and there’s talk of where he takes his talents next. Maybe to LA?

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In the category of “now we’ve heard it all”, New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley actually blamed failing a drug tests on ghosts (specifically ghosts of Christmas past). No joke, he said, ” I don’t know, a lot of ghosts around here. Ghost put it in. You know the ghost of Christmas past.”

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