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Giannis Wins MVP, Yankees Five Homers In One Inning, Browns Win Battle Of Ohio, Burrow Solid, Stanley Cup Finals

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Giannis Antetokounmpo won his second consecutive Most Valuable Player award. The Milwaukee Bucks forward (who also won Defensive Player of the Year this season) joins LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Michael Jordan, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, and Bill Russell as back-to-back MVPs.

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The New York Yankees had quite a night in their 10-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. For the first time in the history of the franchise, the Yankees hit five home runs in an inning.

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In the “Battle of Ohio” teams on Thursday Night Football, the Cleveland Browns beat the Cincinnati Bengals 35-30. Browns’ QB Baker Mayfield threw for 2 touchdowns while Bengals’ rookie QB Joe Burrow threw for 3 TD’s and set a record for completions in a game by a rookie. He also became the first rookie quarterback to throw over 60 passes (he had 61) in a game with no interceptions.

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The Stanley Cup Finals begin on Saturday with the Tampa Bay Lightning facing the Dallas Stars.

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Browns Debut Retro Uniforms, Reports Odell Beckham Jr. Could Go To Vikings

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The Cleveland Browns followed a number of other teams in virtually debuting their new uniforms. The retro look harks back to 1964 when the team won an NFL title and was led by the legendary Jim Brown. The notable changes include brown and white jerseys, white and brown pants (no orange pants), inside the collar of every jersey will be the number 1946 instead of “DAWG POUND”, and no drop shadow numbers.

Speaking of the Browns, there has been some speculation that Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. could be traded. Marc Malusis of WFAN tweeted “Source has told me that the Browns and Vikings are in discussions on a trade that would send [Beckham] to the Vikings for a 2nd and 5th round pick next year.” According to reports, this scenario is highly unlikely partly because the Vikings would have a tough time absorbing Beckham’s base salary of $14 million, and Beckham Jr. and Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins don’t appear to be a great fit.

 

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Drew Rosenhaus Terminated Relationship With Brown, Bengals/Browns Marijuana Petition, Giants Hire First Female Coach

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Drew Rosenhaus terminated his relationship with troubled wide receiver Antonio Brown until Brown gets the help he needs. Brown was released from the Oakland Raiders at the beginning of the 2019 season then was picked up by the New England Patriots. After sexual assault allegations surfaced, he was released from the Patriots and is now currently a free agent (with no agent).

Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns fans are petitioning the State Medical Board of Ohio to legally obtain medical marijuana. Even though most submissions deal with medical illnesses, there was an actual detailed submission called “Bengals/Browns Fans” outlining the need for marijuana due to suffering from their teams’ losing season(s) and inability to ever win a Super Bowl.

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The San Francisco Giants hired the first female full-time coach in Major League Baseball history. Alyssa Nakken will be an assistant under Giants manager Gabe Kapler.

 

 

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Conference Championships Set: 49ers/Packers, Chiefs/Titans, Browns Hire Head Coach

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The NFL Conference Championships are set. In the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers will host the Green Bay Packers, and in the AFC the Kansas City Chiefs will host the Tennessee Titans.

In some highlights from the Divisional round, the 49ers won their first playoff game in 6 years in their 27-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings. In their 51-31 victory over the Houston Texans, the Kansas City Chiefs became the first team in NFL history to come back from a 21 point deficit to win a playoff game by at least 20 points. The Green Bay Packers held off a Seattle Seahawks attempted comeback to win 28-23, and the Tennessee Titans’ running back Derrick Henry continued to shine in their big 28-12 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

The last NFL head coaching vacancy has been filled. The Cleveland Browns hired 37-year old Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski.

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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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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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Jets On Third QB In Loss To Browns, Roethlisberger Out For Season, Brees Likely Out 6 Wks, Virginia Coach Declines Raise

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The New York Jets were already down a quarterback with their starter Sam Darnold out due to mononucleosis. Then on Monday night’s loss to the Cleveland Browns, their backup Trevor Siemian suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter. Third-stringer Luke Falk had to step in, but it wasn’t pretty and the Jets lost 23-3 to the Cleveland Browns. Luke will probably have to start next week against the mighty New England Patriots. Could be ugly.

In other disappointing quarterback news, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger will out for the entire season. The 37-year old future Hall of Famer will have elbow surgery this week. He’ll be replaced by 2018 third round pick Mason Rudolph.

The other injured future Hall of Famer, New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees got slightly better news. He’ll have surgery on his thumb, but will likely miss six weeks (not the whole season). Teddy Bridgewater will take over. The absence is unchartered territory for the Saints, as Brees hasn’t missed a game because of injury since 2015.

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In some unusual and refreshing news, men’s college basketball coach Tony Bennett signed a one-year contract extension with Virginia but declined an increase in pay. Instead of a raise, he asked for additional compensation for his staff and the program. Bennett earned $6 million last season and decided to also donate $500,o00 towards a career-development program for the players. In a press release Bennett said, “I have more than enough. If there are ways that this can help out the athletic department, the other programs and coaches, by not tying up so much (in men’s basketball), that’s my desire.”

 

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NFL Move To Shrink Preseason Games, Murray Flawless, Browns Player Talks Way On To Team And Scores TD

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We’re in the first week of the NFL preseason’s four-week schedule. It’s a great chance for teams to get practice before the regular season begins, but most of the high profile stars aren’t playing full games for fear of injury. In fact, there’s a move to shrink the number of games in the preseason. According to a member of the NFL’s competition committee, Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy, “The reality is that the preseason is changing pretty rapidly. The quality is not good, and it’s changing for the worse in terms of the quality of games. Even if you went to two [per team], I still think with the salaries that we’re paying, that people will be just reluctant to expose players to injuries. So you would have to figure out how much preseason you need to develop and evaluate young players. Veterans just don’t need it.”

Even though most of the star athletes only took a few snaps, there were some standout performances. The number one pick in the NFL, Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, had an almost flawless debut going 6 for 7 for 44 yards in a 17-13 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. The New York Giants controversial #6th pick in the draft, Daniel Jones, had a solid drive with a touchdown and no incompletions to beat the New York Jets 31-22.

One of the best stories of the preseason was Sheehy-Giuseppi earning a spot on the Cleveland Browns roster by pretending to know the VP of player personnel. He made the story even better this weekend by catching an 86-yard punt return touchdown in the Browns’ 30-10 win over the Washington Redskins.

 

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Odell Beckham Jr Traded To Browns, Le’Veon Bell To Jets

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The sports world seemed stunned yesterday when it was reported the New York Giants will trade their superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr to the Cleveland Browns. Many even thought it was a joke, but as of today, the trade will happen. Beckham Jr received a $20 million signing bonus from the Giants only a few months ago, which is why many were confused. The Giants will acquire safety Jabrill Peppers and a first and third-round pick in the NFL draft.

In other big trade news, Le’Veon Bell plans to sign a 4-year $52.5 million deal with the New York Jets. Bell let his Pittsburgh Steelers teammates down when he refused to play in 2018 on a franchise tag that would have given him a five-year $70 million deal with $30 million in the first two seasons. Many in the sports world are also scratching their head wondering if this deal was worth Bell letting his teammates down by not joining them on the field all year.

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Harden & Westbrook Streaks, Murray Fully Committed To NFL, Hunt Signed By Browns

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Two amazing streaks continue in the NBA.

With 31 points against the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets’ James Harden continued his incredible streak of at least 30 points in his 30th consecutive games. Harden was suffering from a sore shoulder and started the game with his shot slightly off. He then came back and scored 10 points in the final 3 minutes of regulation.  Daryl Morey, the Rockets’ GM, is calling Harden’s streak,  “The Unguardable Tour”.

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook broke a tie with Wilt Chamberlain for the most consecutive triple-doubles in NBA history. In a win over the Portland Trailblazers, Westbrook recorded his 10th straight triple-double with 21 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists.

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Former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, Kyler Murray, made the announcement he’s “firmly and fully committing” to the NFL.  Murray was the 9th pick by the Oakland A’s in the Major League Baseball draft but has decided he’ll enter the NFL draft where he could be a top pick. Expect to hear a lot of talk about his size (under 6’0″) and his relative lack of playing time (as he only started as a quarterback for one season in college). The 2019 NFL draft is April 25th.

In other football news, the Cleveland Browns signed former Kansas City Chiefs’ running back Kareem Hunt, who was released from the Chiefs after a video from a hotel surfaced showing him kicking a woman, for a one-year deal. Hunt apologized for his actions saying, “First off, I would like to once again apologize for my actions last year. What I did was wrong and inexcusable. That is not the man I was raised to be.”

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