DeVonta Smith Wins Heisman, College Football Championship Could Be Postponed, Team USA Wins World Juniors Gold

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Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith won the prestigious Heisman Trophy. With the win, he is the first receiver to be named the best college football player in 29 years. The award has traditionally gone to quarterbacks and running backs and hasn’t gone to a receiver since Desmond Howard won in 1991. Smith is also just the 4th receiver to ever win the award.

The College Football Playoff National Championship between #1 ranked Alabama and #3 ranked Ohio State could be postponed. A number of Ohio State players have either tested positive for COVID-19 or have contact traced and could be required to miss the game scheduled for January 11th.

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The United States won the gold medal over Team Canada in the World Junior Championship. The win marks Team USA’s fifth World Juniors gold.

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Lynn/Marrone Fired, Heisman Ceremony Tonight, Prater Wins Free Bud Light For Detroit, March Madness Returns

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There were two more NFL head coaches fired yesterday. The Los Angeles Chargers fired Anthony Lynn and the Jacksonville Jaguars got rid of Doug Marrone.

The Heisman Trophy ceremony will be held virtually tonight at 7:30 pm ET. The finalists are: Devonta Smith (WR, Alabama), Trevor Lawrence (QB, Clemson), Mac Jones (QB, Alabama), and Kyle Trask (QB, Florida). Smith is considered the odds on favorite to win.

Detroit Lions kicker Matt Prater won free beer for the people in Detroit. Bud Light created a competition between Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus and Prater to see who could kick the longest field goal during the season, with Bud Light promising free beer to the winning city. Prater kicked a 59-yard field goal back in Week 9 against the Washington Football Team, while McManus’s longest kick was a 58-yarder against the New Orleans Saints.

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The 2020 NCAA tournament was one of the first sporting events to shut down due to the pandemic. As of now, March Madness is set to return for 2021. The tournament is scheduled to begin in late March and last for a condensed two-week period with all 68 teams playing in six venues in the Indianapolis area. If all goes well, the National Championship will be held on April 5th.

 

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Alabama Vs Ohio State In College Football Championship, 14 Teams In Playoffs, Browns/Buccs End Drought, Jets Fire Gase, Curry’s Career-High

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Alabama and Ohio State have advanced to the College Football Playoff National Championship. The Crimson Tide easily cruised past Notre Dame 31-14 in the Rose Bowl, while the Buckeyes destroyed Clemson 49-28 in the Sugar Bowl. For Alabama, Heisman Trophy favorite DeVonta Smith ran for 130 yards and scored three touchdowns, and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields was on a tear passing for six touchdowns and 385 yards.

The NFL regular season is over, and for the first time ever, 14 teams will be heading to the playoffs. Two teams are even ending long postseason droughts. The Cleveland Browns are heading to the playoffs for the first time since 2002, and thanks in part to Tom Brady, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are heading to their first postseason since 2007. Here is the Wild Card Weekend Lineup:

Wild Card Weekend

Saturday, January 9

Colts at Bills, 1:05 p.m. ET (CBS)
Rams at Seahawks, 4:40 p.m. ET (Fox)
Buccaneers at Washington, 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC)

Sunday, January 10
Ravens at Titans, 1:05 p.m. ET (ABC)
Bears at Saints, 4:40 p.m. ET (CBS/Nickelodeon/Amazon Prime)
Browns at Steelers, 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC)

In other NFL news, the New York Jets fired head coach Adam Gase.

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The Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry had a slow start to the season but made a big statement last night with a career-high 62 points in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

 

 

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Washington Releases Haskins, Bills Destroy Pats Thanks To Allen & Diggs, Padres Acquire Snell & Darvish

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The Washington Football Team released their former first-round pick, quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Haskins was drafted #15 in 2019 but never hit his stride. Then, after he started against Seattle in week 15, he was caught violating the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol by partying without a face mask. Haskins apologized to the team for his behavior and promised to grow from this setback.

In a very lopsided Monday Night Football game, the Buffalo Bills destroyed the New England Patriots 38-9. Thanks to a tremendous effort from Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs, who racked up 145 yards and three touchdowns, the Bills ensured the Pats finished the season with a losing record (the first time in 20 years).

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The San Diego Padres had two big trades in the last couple of days. On Sunday, they acquired former Cy Young winner Blake Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays, and yesterday they grabbed Yu Darvish from the Chicago Cubs.

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Heisman Finalists, FitzMagic, Tannehill’s Play Fake

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DeVonta Smith (WR Alabama), Mac Jones (QB Alabama), Trevor Lawrence (QB Clemson), and Kyle Trask (QB Florida) were named Heisman Trophy finalists. The winner will be announced on January 5th in a virtual ceremony.

Down by three points against the Las Vegas Raiders with only nineteen seconds left in the game, Miami quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick came off the bench to replace starter Tuo Tagovailoa. With his head almost turned around due to a face mask penalty, Fitzpatrick showed his FitzMagic and threw a 34-yard no-look hail mary to Mack Hollins to set up a 26-25 win. The Dolphins still plan to start Tua Tagovailoa over Fitzpatrick next weekend against the Buffalo Bills, but who knows if they’ll need the FitzMagic back.

Check out this amazing play fake by Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill for a 45-yard touchdown run. It wasn’t enough though, as the Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers connected with Davante Adams for three touchdown passes in a 40-14 win.

 

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Nets Destroy Warriors, Clippers Edge Lakers, Lakers’ GM Learned From Queen’s Gambit, Auburn Hires Harsin

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The Brooklyn Nets, led by Kevin Durant (22 points) and Kyrie Irving (26 points), dominated the Golden State Warriors giving Steve Nash his first win as an NBA head coach. Nets 125, Warriors 99

In the battle of LA, the Clippers took down the reigning champion Lakers 116-109.

In other Laker news, their general manager Rob Pelinka said he watched “The Queen’s Gambit” recently, and ”he discovered the show taught him more than just how to master chess. It symbolized how to master both the free agency sweepstakes and the NBA’s upcoming season.” He stated, “You see the ins and outs of chess and how to study the board. But you don’t know until you play the game and how it’s going to go.”

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Boise State’s Bryan Harsin will take over as Auburn’s next head football coach.

 

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Steelers Lose Again-Browns One Game Behind, Pro Bowl Selections, NBA Season Begins Tonight

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With a win on Monday Night Football, the Cincinnati Bengals handed the Pittsburgh Steelers its third straight loss and the possibility of losing the AFC North division title to the Cleveland Browns. The Steelers already clinched a playoff spot, but the Browns are now only one game behind Pittsburgh in the standings.

The NFL Pro Bowl will not be played this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the event will be held virtually and played on “Madden NFL 21“.  There were some very familiar names chosen (Mahomes, Rodgers, Wilson, Allen, Watson, and Kyler Murray), but many felt some prime-time players were overlooked. The Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, and Seattle Seahawks had seven selections apiece, while the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, NY Jets, and Carolina Panthers had no players selected. For a full list, click here.

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The NBA season kicks off tonight. The condensed season will take place outside of a bubble, so plan on some twists and turns over the next few months.

 

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Alabama Vs Notre Dame, Clemson Vs Ohio State In CFP, Jets Win But Could Lose, Bills Clinch, Hill Drinks Pickle Juice, NHL Returns Jan 13th

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The College Football Playoff is set. # 1 Alabama will face #4 Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl, while #2 Clemson will take on #2 Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl. The semifinals will be played on January 1st, and the winners will meet in Miami on January 11th in the championship game.

In the NFL, the New York Jets finally won a game this season. With a 23-20 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, the Jets are now 1-13 on the season. While fans are happy to finally see their team win, the Jets could have ruined their chances of securing the number one pick in the draft. They are now tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the worst record in the league and could potentially lose out to the Jags based on a tiebreaker that takes into account the strength of schedule for each team.

The Buffalo Bills clinched their first division title since 1995 with a decisive win over the Denver Broncos.

Many were wondering what Kansas City Chiefs’ wide receiver Tyreek Hill was drinking on the sidelines during the game. It looked as if he was downing a miniature bottle of alcohol, but it was only pickle juice, which is apparently great for hydration. The Chiefs beat the New Orleans Saints 32-29.

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The NHL announced the League will return on January 13th with a 56-game season.

 

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Negro Leagues Elevated Status, Herbert Leads Chargers In OT Win, AGBO Superhero League, Russia’s Olympic Ban

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Major League Baseball elevated the Negro Leagues to “Major League” status and will recognize the statistics and records of the 3,400 players who played during the years between 1920-1948.

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The Los Angeles Chargers beat the Las Vegas Raiders 30-27 in overtime on Thursday night thanks to the spectacular performance of Chargers’ quarterback Justin Herbert’s 314 passing yards and three touchdowns.

The AGBO Superhero League is heating up. The fantasy football league started by Joe Russo, who co-directed the last two Avengers movies, includes the following superheroes (Chris Evans, Ryan Reynold, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr,  Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, and Karen Gillan, Anthony Mackie, and Pom Klementieff). Check out some of these trash-talking videos.

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As a result of a doping scandal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that Russia can’t use its name, flag, or anthem at the Olympics (or any world championship) for the next two years. Russian athletes will be allowed to compete as long as they are not implicated in any doping issues.

 

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Antetokounmpo Signs Historic Extension, CBS & Nickelodeon Broadcasting Playoff Game, Alabama Wins Recruiting Day

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Giannis Antetokounmpo signed a maximum contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks for $228.2 million over five years.  The defending NBA MVP is now the highest-paid athlete in North American team sports.

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CBS Sports and Nickelodeon will be working together to broadcast one of the NFL’s Wild Card Playoff games on January 10th. The deal will feature kid-driven content during the game and a special kid-centric halftime show. The play-by-play announcers will feature Noah Eagles, Nate Burleson, and Nickelodeon personality Gabrielle Nevaeh Green.  Nickelodeon will also broadcast “The Spongebob SportsPants Countdown Special” with an appearance by Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, and CBS announcers Jim Nantz and Tony Romo.

According to ViacomCBS Kids and Family President, “Our game plan is to make sure the NFL Wild Card Game on Nickelodeon definitely lives up to its name by infusing the telecast with Nick’s sensibility of surprise and fun at almost every turn. We’re incredibly proud to team up with CBS Sports and the NFL to elevate the thrill of this game for kids and families to enjoy together.”

Alabama had a big recruiting day signing six five-star and 13 four-star recruits and stealing two four-star prospects from rival LSU. Georgia, LSU, Clemson, and Oregon also had solid days.

 

 

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