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Dodgers Join Red Sox In World Series, Brees Another Milestone, Rams Unbeaten, Browns Overtime, NBA Suspensions

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The LA Dodgers closed out the NLCS with a 4-3 series win over the Milwaukee Brewers. They will now face the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. Game one of this iconic matchup takes place in Boston on Tuesday at 8:00 pm Eastern.

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A few highlights from the NFL this weekend.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees made history throwing for 500 career touchdowns. He’s only the 4th player to reach this milestone, joining Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Brett Favre.  Just two weeks ago Brees recorded another milestone when he became the all-time leader in passing yardage, surpassing Favre and Manning. And, if that wasn’t enough, Brees added another record on Sunday. With his team’s win over the Baltimore Ravens, Brees has now beaten all 32 teams in the course of his 18 years in the League. Saints 24, Ravens 23.

LA Rams looked unusual on Sunday with their all yellow throwback uniforms but continued their unbeaten season with a win over the SF 49ers 39-10.

With their fourth overtime game this season, the Cleveland Browns have tied for the most overtime games in NFL history in one season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Browns with Chandler Catanzaro’s 59-yard field goal (the longest field goal in overtime in NFL history). Buccs 26, Browns 23.

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The NBA did not mess around after Saturday’s Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers matchup and quickly suspended three of their star players for an on-court altercation. LA Lakers’ Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo and Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul were ejected from the game on Saturday.  Ingram will miss 4 games and forfeit $158, 817 in salary, while Rondo will miss three games and $186,206 in salary and Paul two games and $491,781 in salary. According to reports (and replays), the altercation began after Rondo spit in Chris Paul’s face. Executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe explained the suspensions by stating, “In this incident, the multiple-game suspensions are pretty severe both to their teams and financially to the players. I do think it sends the right message and right tone to protect the safety of our players, which is paramount.”

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Dodgers Join Red Sox In World Series, Brees Another Milestone, Rams Unbeaten, Browns Overtime, NBA Suspensions

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The LA Dodgers closed out the NLCS with a 4-3 series win over the Milwaukee Brewers. They will now face the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. Game one of this iconic matchup takes place in Boston on Tuesday at 8:00 pm Eastern.

FOOTBALL

A few highlights from the NFL this weekend.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees made history throwing for 500 career touchdowns. He’s only the 4th player to reach this milestone, joining Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Brett Favre.  Just two weeks ago Brees recorded another milestone when he became the all-time leader in passing yardage, surpassing Favre and Manning. And, if that wasn’t enough, Brees added another record on Sunday. With his team’s win over the Baltimore Ravens, Brees has now beaten all 32 teams in the course of his 18 years in the League. Saints 24, Ravens 23.

LA Rams looked unusual on Sunday with their all yellow throwback uniforms but continued their unbeaten season with a win over the SF 49ers 39-10.

With their fourth overtime game this season, the Cleveland Browns have tied for the most overtime games in NFL history in one season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Browns with Chandler Catanzaro’s 59-yard field goal (the longest field goal in overtime in NFL history). Buccs 26, Browns 23.

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The NBA did not mess around after Saturday’s Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers matchup and quickly suspended three of their star players for an on-court altercation. LA Lakers’ Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo and Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul were ejected from the game on Saturday.  Ingram will miss 4 games and forfeit $158, 817 in salary, while Rondo will miss three games and $186,206 in salary and Paul two games and $491,781 in salary. According to reports (and replays), the altercation began after Rondo spit in Chris Paul’s face. Executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe explained the suspensions by stating, “In this incident, the multiple-game suspensions are pretty severe both to their teams and financially to the players. I do think it sends the right message and right tone to protect the safety of our players, which is paramount.”

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Browns Finally Win! Kaepernick Receives Harvard Honor

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The Cleveland Browns finally snapped their losing streak and won a game! Down two touchdowns to the New York Jets on Thursday night football, rookie Baker Mayfield (the #1 pick in the 2018 draft) came off the bench, ignited the offense, and led the team to victory. Browns’ running back Carlos Hyde had many reasons to celebrate. He rushed for two touchdowns then rushed to the hospital for the birth of his baby boy. Fans all around the city celebrated the Browns first win since December 24th, 2016 with free beer thanks to the Bud Light promotion which automatically opened vending machines all around the city. Browns 21, Jets 17.

Colin Kaepernick will receive Harvard University’s highest honor in African and American studies, the W.E.B. Du Bois medal. The medal recipients are recognized for  “their contributions to African and African American culture and the life of the mind.” Past recipients have include Muhammad Ali and Maya Angelou.

 

 

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19 Missed Kicks In Week 2, Browns & Vikings Bad Kicking Days, Davis Retires At Halftime, Fitzpatrick Channels McGregor

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In week two of the NFL, we saw 19 missed field goals and point after touchdowns. Nineteen misses in one day!  In one particular matchup, the Cleveland Browns had an opportunity to finally win a game, but their kicker Zane Gonzalez (who had already missed an extra point earlier in the game and who heartbreakingly missed a game-winning field goal last week), missed again. To add insult to injury, Gonzalez had a chance to tie the game a few plays later but missed a field goal, and the New Orleans Saints took the win. The Browns haven’t won a game since December 24th, 2016. Saints 21, Browns 18.

As depressing as the day was for Zane, the Minnesota Vikings rookie Daniel Carlson’s day was worse. Carlson missed all three field goals including two in overtime which could have given the Vikings a win over the Green Bay Packers. The Green Bay Packers might have won the game in regulation play (instead of tying in overtime) if it wasn’t for a confusing roughing the passer call on Packer’s linebacker Clay Matthews that negated a potentially game-ending interception by Packers’ cornerback Jaire Alexander. According to Matthews, “You see how it changed the game. I know there’s an emphasis on protecting quarterbacks, but it’s gotten out of control.” Vikings 29, Packers 29.

One of the oddest occurrences during the day on Sunday was when Buffalo Bills cornerback Vontae Davis played in the first half of the game, went into the locker room at halftime and retired from football.  It’s Vontae’s 10th season in the NFL and first with the Bills. After the game, Bills’ Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander reacted by saying he’s never seen anything like it and called it “disrespectful”.

Backup Tampa Bay quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick looks like he’s having a blast on the field and off. With another week of throwing for 400 yards and 4 touchdowns, Fitzpatrick became the first quarterback in franchise history with 4 TDs in consecutive games. During the press conference after the win over the Philadelphia Eagles, Fitzpatrick dressed up as mixed martial artist Conor McGregor amusing his teammates and reporters. When asked about his getup, he said, “The chest hair is mine”.

 

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Stafford’s 4 Interceptions, Rodgers Big Comeback, Browns Can’t Win But Tie, Williams Double Standard

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A few highlights from the NFL’s first week:

The New York Jets had Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford’s number. They intercepted him 4 times and intercepted his backup Matt Cassel once. Linebacker Darron Lee said, “We were calling out their plays as he was getting up to the line. We knew his signals. We knew everything. That’s just preparation as a defense. … It seemed like we were in his head as a defense.”  According to Elias Sports Bureau, Stafford is the first Lions quarterback since 1943 to put up four interceptions in a home opener. To make matters worse, my fantasy team started Stafford and we lost both of our games :(. Jets 48, Lions 17.

Aaron Rodgers new $134 million contract extension seems to be paying off after he led the Green Bay Packers to a thrilling comeback victory over the Chicago Bears thanks to his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. His incredible performance came after he had to leave the game in the 2nd quarter due to a leg injury. No word yet on how his injury will affect him going forward.

The Cleveland Browns finally broke their 17 game losing streak, but still haven’t won a game yet. The Browns had an opportunity to win the matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a seemingly easy field goal with seconds left on the clock, but the kick was blocked and the Browns winless streak continues at 624 days. The “Victory Fridges” with free Bud Light are still waiting to be unlocked.

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The Serena Williams/Naomi Osaka final at the US Open continues to cause emotions to run high. To recap, Williams was called for three minor infractions during the match. On the third infraction where Serena called the chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, a “thief”, he docked her a full game. Serena ultimately lost the match, but the crowd was so incensed, they booed during the awards ceremony and prevented Naomi (who also teared up) her moment in the limelight for beating one of the greatest (if not the greatest) women’s tennis player of all time and one of her idols. Many fans believe the umpire applied a double standard and acted unfairly to a woman yelling, while many men’s players have done much worse over the years.

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Bridgewater Traded, Browns Linebacker Insider Trading, Rodgers Signs Record Extension, Lonzo’s New Shot, Taking Shirt Off At Open

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According to reports, the the New York Jets traded quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the New Orleans Saints essentially confirming that their #3 pick Sam Darnold will open the season. Bridgewater found out he was traded on Wednesday and just had time to board the bus and say his goodbyes before the team left for their final pre-season game. New Orleans will start veteran quarterback Drew Brees (39 years old), but Bridgewater may be their quarterback of the future.

Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks admitted to insider trading and could face jail time. Kendricks received non-public information about trades from his friend Damilare Sonoiki who used to work for Goldman Sachs (and is now a writer for the show Black-ish). Kendricks reportedly made $1.2 million off of this information and paid Sonoiki back with cash and tickets to games.

Aaron Rodgers secured his future with the Green Bay Packers signing a $134 million contract extension. At 34 years old, he’s now the highest paid player in the League.  Rodgers posted on Instagram, “It’s been an amazing ride the last 13 years; excited to start year 14 knowing that my future is here, in Green Bay, for our 100th season. I’ve grown up in this place, and grown older and a little wiser along the way. … Looking forward to making some more memorable moments this year, and for years to come.”

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Lakers guard Lonzo Ball had a distinctive shooting style which many criticized (particularly during his rookie season in LA), but now Big Baller Brand posted a video of his new more traditional shot. We’ll see if it makes a difference this season.

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The heat wave at the US Open continued on Wednesday, so during a break Alize Cornet went into the locker room to change her shirt. When she returned to the court, she saw her shirt was on backwards and reversed it.  She was wearing a sports bra, but the umpire gave her a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct. According to the Telegraph, “When she returned to the court, Cornet realised her shirt was on the wrong way round and so quickly changed it. The adjustment took no more than 15 seconds and she was wearing a sports-bra. However, the chair umpire stunned Cornet by hitting her with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty – though it wasn’t immediately clear if it was for a time violation or the actual shirt removal – in response to the seemingly innocent action.” Many are outraged at this action, particularly as men take off their shirts all the time. After the uproar, the US Open issued a statement of apology.

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Urban Meyer Suspended 3 Games And Showed No Remorse, Browns Asst Coach Hates Stretching, Helmet Rule Remains

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Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was suspended for 3 games for how he handled the domestic abuse allegations against his assistant coach  Zach Smith. Meyer held a press conference Wednesday night apologizing to the University for how the situation was handled. He never admitted, however, he knew anything about the years of abuse Smith’s wife, Courtney, suffered, even though Courtney shared her suffering with Meyer’s wife via text messages. Meyer even knew  there was a police investigation. Many are upset with Meyer’s lack of emotion and contrition during the press conference, never mentioning Courtney’s name or her years of suffering.

Cleveland Browns assistant coach Bob Wylie made it very clear he hates stretching and went on a rant about how unnecessary it is for athletes. In defense of his beliefs he brought up the athleticism of soldiers and said, “Did you know, World War I and World War II, all those guys that fought in that war … they did pushups, jumping jacks, situps, climb the rope and ran. None of this fancy (expletive). And they won two World Wars. Do you think they were worried when they were running across Normandy about (expletive) stretching?”

The NFL decided its new controversial helmet rule will remain in place, with the clarification that unintentionally contact will not be called. An NFL executive explained “The committee resolved that there will be no changes to the rule as approved by clubs this spring, which includes no additional use of instant replay. The committee also determined that inadvertent or incidental contact with the helmet and/or face mask is not a foul.”

 

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Browns Select Mayfield, Giants Grab Barkley, Allen To Bills, Greek Freak Saves Bucks, Curry Questionable

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After months of speculation, we can now rest easy knowing the first round picks in the NFL draft.  The Cleveland Browns shocked many when they selected Heisman trophy winning quarterback from Oklahoma, Baker Mayfield. The New York Giants grabbed running back Saquon Barkley with pick #2.  The New York Jets moved up three spots to take USC quarterback Sam Darnold. The Browns were up with the #4 pick and added Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward. Rounding out the top 5, the Denver Broncos contributed to their defense by selecting defensive end, Bradley Chubb. For a full analysis of the first round picks, click here.

After QB Josh Allen spent the day before the draft apologizing for offensive tweets he made when he was in high school, his high draft prospects looked questionable. The Buffalo Bills, however, traded up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to grab Allen with the #7th spot.

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With 31 points and 14 rebounds from the “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Boston Celtics and forced a game seven. After Antetokounmpo couldn’t get a table at BelAir Cantina earlier this week, the restaurant chain is offering free tacos today at any of their Wisconsin locations.

Steph Curry participated in his first full practice after sitting out from an ACL injury. If all goes well in practice, coach Steve Kerr said Curry could be back for game one of the Western Conference semifinals against the New Orleans Pelicans Saturday night.

 

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UCONN #1 Seed, Broncos To Sign Case Keenum, Cousins Says Goodbye To DC, Browns’ Trades

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To no one’s surprise, UConn took the number one seed (for the 5th year in a row) for the NCAA women’s tournament. The tournament begins on March 16th with the finals on April 1st in Columbus, OH.

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Free agency officially begins on Wednesday and teams are scrambling to make deals. Quarterbacks Drew Brees, Case Keenum and Kirk Cousins are the hot commodities. The Denver Broncos reportedly worked out a deal to officially sign Minnesota Vikings QB Keenum, who replaced an injured Sam Bradford and helped propel the Vikings to the NFC Championship game.

All eyes are on where Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins will eventually end up (and how much he’ll make). On Monday, Cousins posted on social media, “The team has decided to move on to another option and, in turn, my family and I will be moving on as well,” He originally tagged the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings in his post called “Farewell, Washington”.

The winless Cleveland Browns are trying to shake things up and avoid being the laughing stock of the NFL. With new general mangager, John Dorsey, the team will trade for Bills quarterback Tyron Taylor, Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry and Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarion’s Randall. And, they’re not done yet. Expect more wheeling and dealing in the next few weeks.

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Titans, Falcons, Saints, Jaguars Move To Divisional Round, Mariota’s Pass To Himself, Browns’ 0-16 Parade

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The Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars survived the NFL wildcard weekend and are on to the divisional round of the playoffs.

One of the craziest plays of the weekend was watching Titans’ quarterback Marcus Mariota throw a touchdown to himself. You have to watch to believe it. Mariota appeared to be throwing the ball away when he couldn’t find an open receiver. Then the Kansas City Chiefs’ Darrelle Revis batted the ball back to Mariota who ran it in for a touchdown. Titans edged out the Chiefs to continue their season with a 22-21 win.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees battled Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in a nail-biter of a game where both QB’s completed over 340 yards and two touchdowns a piece. Brees, who will be 39 years old on January 15th, outlasted Newton to pull out a 31-26 win. The Saints will now take on the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round.

For the rest of the divisional round matchups, click here.

While fans around the league celebrated their teams advancing to the next round of the playoffs, diehard loyalists of the Cleveland Browns had a different take on the season. Tired of their team always losing, they held a parade for their “perfectly” bad season. The team was a disastrous 0-16, and fans held a parade to protest how awful the team has been over the years.

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