Brady Sets More Records, FBI’s Pay To Play Investigations Heat Up, Kyrie Tells Crowd He’ll Stay With Boston

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Tom Brady rallied his team to a close victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night and managed to set some more records while doing so. In the fourth quarter of their 38-24 win, Brady threw a touchdown pass to Josh Gordon, setting an NFL record for throwing a touchdown to the greatest number of different targets (71). He also recorded 500 regular season career touchdown passes joining Brett Favre (who had 508 in his career) and Peyton Manning (who had 539).

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The FBI has been working on an investigation into pay to play bribery schemes from Adidas officials and others to get recruits to sign with schools affiliated with the brand. Two Louisville coaches were implicated in this scandal during Thursday’s court proceedings when former recruit Brian Bowen’s father took the stand. Former  Adidas executives were charged with paying the Bowen family $100,000 for committing to play at Louisville. This story is just beginning and could have large ramifications throughout the college sports world. For a rundown of teams and people involved, click here.

Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving told his fans he’ll re-sign with the Celtics when he becomes a free agent next summer. He posted on social media, “If you guys will have me back, I plan on re-signing here.”

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Yankees Advance And Will Play Boston In ALDS, Alabama’s Saban Criticizes Students For Empty Seats

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In a wild-card do-or-die game with the winner advancing to the American League Division Series, the New York Yankees came out strong and dominated all night to beat the Oakland Athletics. Power hitter Aaron Judge made a statement in his first at-bat with a home run that gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead.  Judge credits the energy of the crowd with his performance.  “I was feeding off of (the crowd) from the National Anthem. The last couple of seconds of the National Anthem, I couldn’t hear the ending because the crowd was getting so loud. That’s Yankee Stadium for you.” All night you could hear the fans chanting “We want Boston!” Yankees head to Boston to take on the Red Sox Friday night for the first game of the ALDS. Yankees 7, Athletics 2.

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#1 Alabama keeps winning, but that doesn’t give the fans an excuse to miss games. Coach Nick Saban addressed the issue in a press conference and did not mince words when he described how hard the players work, “They introduce our players and nobody even cheers.” He went on to say, “There’s a part of it where other people need to support them too, and there’s got to be a spirit that makes it special to play here, because that’s what makes it special to be here.” He continued, “But to see half the student section not full, I’ve never seen that since I’ve been here before.” Alabama takes to the road to play Arkansas on Saturday.

 

 

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Rockies Win Wild Card After 13 Innings, Hugging It Out, Crowell Reps Dudewipes, Smith Covers Tattoo

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The Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs toiled for 13 innings in an exciting win or go home National League wild-card game. For almost 5 hours (setting a record for the longest winner take all game in baseball history) the two teams battled it out until Rockies backup catcher Tony Walters hit the winning run. The oddest play of the game came in the 11th inning when the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado tagged out Javier Baez between second and third base, but instead of throwing the ball to first base and trying for a double play, Baez prevented him from doing so by giving him a hug. The Rockies advance to take on the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Division Series.

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NY Jets running back Isaiah Crowell was chewed out by his coach and fined $13, 369 for his inappropriate touchdown celebration(wiping his rear with the football) in the Jets loss to the Cleveland Browns on September 20th. Even though Crowell said he was wrong, and it would never happen again, he looks as if he’s cashed in on the stunt. In an instagram post, Crowell showed off his new endorsement, dudewipes (a toilet paper substitute) and wrote, “Thanks to @dudewipes I am now covered. Never leave home without them!”

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Cleveland Cavaliers JR Smith has agreed to cover up a tattoo he got in August of the clothing brand Supreme. The League does not allow players to advertise brands on the court. Smith claims he does not have an endorsement agreement with Supreme, so it’s not clear why he got the tattoo in the first place. His only response was, “It was just something that I wanted to do,”

 

 

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Puig’s Dodgers Will Win Pennant While Pouring Beer, Kyrie’s Earth is Flat Apology, Mahomes Left Hander, Bell To Steelers Week 7

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Holding three beers in his hand after the Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies and clinched as National League Champions, Yasiel Puig expressed confidence his team will not just make the World Series but will win it. “Hey, Atlanta. I’ll see you soon, baby! And the next round — Chicago, Colorado — no matter who’s going, we’re going to beat ’em. And we’re going to the World Series again. And this time, we’re going to win the World Series. 2018 — the big party is here in Los Angeles.” After the interview, Puig soaked the reporter with beer!

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Remember when Kyrie Irving started an “Earth is flat” movement? Well, now he’s apologizing saying he didn’t “realize the effect of the power of voice” adding he was “huge into conspiracies”, and “he’s actually a smart-ass individual”.

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The Kansas City Chiefs remain the only unbeaten team in the AFC. After their win on Monday night football over the Denver Broncos, everyone is talking about the stellar play of Chief’s quarterback Patrick Mahomes who set a record of 13 touchdown passes in his first three weeks. On Monday night, even though he didn’t have quite the same stats as his previous games, he switched the ball to his left hand and completed a pass to Tyreek Hill. Teammate Kareem Hunt even called Mahomes a “magician” for that feat. Chiefs 27, Broncos 23.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported running back Le’Veon Bell will report to the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 7. He explained why he is sitting out the first part of the season, “It sucks having to sit out football. I want to play. I want to win games and get to the playoffs. But I’ve gotta take this stand. Knowing my worth and knowing I can tear a ligament or get surgery at any time. I knew I couldn’t play 16 games with 400 or more touches.”

 

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Vinatieri Breaks Record, Pats On Track, Rodgers Upset But Has Scotch, 49ers Tough Start, Thomas Obscene Gesture, Europe Wins Ryder Cup

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A few highlights from the NFL this weekend.

Congratulations to Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri who kicked his 566th then 567th field goal to became the NFL’s all-time leader in field goals (breaking a tie with Morton Anderson). At 45 years old, future Hall of Famer Vinatieri has four Super Bowl rings (three with the Patriots and one with the Colts).

New England Patriots got back on track in their big win over the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots avoided starting the season with a three-game deficit, something that hasn’t happened since 2001 while handing the Dolphins their first loss of the season. Patriots 38, Dolphins 7.

The Green Bay Packers shut out the Buffalo Bills 22-0 but after the game quarterback Aaron Rodgers expressed concern about his team saying “We were championship defensive level and non-playoff team offensive level”. He did say he was happy though and would have a scotch or two when he got home.

The San Francisco 49ers have had a tough start with their quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo out for the season with a knee injury. As of Sunday, left tackle Joe Staley and wide receiver Dante Pettis also suffered knee injuries. Both left the game in the first half and did not return for the rest of the game, but no word yet on the seriousness of the injuries. Chargers 29, 49ers 27

Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas fractured his leg and will likely end his career in Seattle. As he was carted off the field he appeared to flip off the Seahawks sideline. The gesture was an apparent statement on how the organization has handled his contract.

 

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Europe won the Ryder Cup for the sixth straight time on its own turf. Since 1993, the US has remained winless when playing in Europe. The US entered the tournament with 12 players ranked in the top 25 in the world so understandably felt confident going into the tournament. Tiger Woods expressed his disappointment in himself saying, “We didn’t execute like we had planned and wanted to. I went 0-4. Obviously very disappointing. Those are four points that aren’t going towards our side. It’s going towards their side.”

 

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Rams Jared Goff Has Big Night, CC Sabathia Loses $500K

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LA Rams quarterback Jared Goff had a big night in an offensive battle against the Minnesota Vikings in Thursday Night Football. Goff posted 465 yards and 5 touchdowns while Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins had 400 yards and three touchdowns. The Rams defense made the difference in the exciting shootout and came out with a 38-31 victory. The Rams become only the 10th team in the Super Bowl era to post 30 points in each of their first four wins.

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New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia only had to last 7 innings on Thursday to make an extra $500,000. He had an incentive in his 2018 contract to make an extra half a million dollars if he completed 155 innings, and heading into Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, he had 148 innings under his belt. In the bottom of the 6th, the Yankees were up a comfortable 11-0 when Sabathia took the mound and threw a ball at Jesus Sucre in apparent retaliation for an errant throw at one of his teammates earlier in the game. Sabathia was ejected from the game and therefore lost out on the $500k.  Marc Carig from The Athletic summed it up best when he tweeted, “Holy cow. CC smoked Sucre and cost himself a half million dollars, got ejected from the game, then appeared to grab his crotch while facing the Rays dugout. That’s one of the most bad ass things I’ve ever seen on a ballfield. And one day, when CC Sabathia is done playing, it will be Exhibit A when people ask why he was a beloved teammate.”

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Jacob deGrom Adds Milestone, NBA Plans For Women, Matthews Leaves Post And Let Go

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New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom added another milestone on his quest for the coveted NL Cy Young Award. In a win over the Atlanta Braves, and his last showing of the regular season, deGrom pitched his 1,000th career strikeout and lowered his ERA to 1.70. After the game he said, “I’m really excited with how the night went. I had the goal to get to that tonight. It was a lot cooler to get my 1,000th strikeout on my last pitch of the year than my first batter next year.”

With the regular season winding down, the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs are the two latest teams to clinch playoff spots. For the list of teams already heading to the post season, click here.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wrote a memo and explained to the teams his plan to have more women visible in the League in positions of leadership. To kick off the initiative, the League hosted its Inaugural Women’s Leadership Forum and plans to have more events over the next few months.

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Tenessee Titans receiver Rishard Matthews has reportedly been let go by the team after leaving an instagram message early Wednesday morning saying, “When Daddy’s home for good. That is unless someone calls him to get off the couch.” Matthews led the team in receiving until he suffered a knee injury and missed training camp. No word on where he’ll end up.

 

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Scherzer Records 300 Strikeouts, LeBron Practices Patience, Kremer And Storm Make History

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With 10 strikeouts Tuesday night, the Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer recorded 300 strikeouts in a season, making him only the 17th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to accomplish this feat. After this impressive accomplishment, Scherzer increases his chances of competing against Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets and Aaron Nola of the Philadelphia Phillies for the coveted NL Cy Young Award.

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LeBron James had his first practice with his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers, and according to reports, all eyes and ears were on coach Luke Walton and not James. Everyone was anxious to get started on the season, although Lonzo Ball was still recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his knee, but they spoke about their need for patience. James said, “I got to bring in the approach I get from home. When you have three kids, you have to be patient. I’m not calling these guys kids; they’re young men here, and some of these men have families as well. But you learn that you have to be patient and you have to gauge everyone individually very different to get the most out of them.”

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Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm will make history on Thursday night when they become the first females to call an NFL game. Amazon Prime Video will air the two announcing the Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings game. Kremer has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame for her stellar career reporting on games, and Storm has distinguished herself as an ESPN anchor. According to Storm, “I can’t imagine embarking upon this new role with anyone better than Andrea. A lifelong friend with Pro Football Hall of Fame credentials, she is the perfect partner. Together we’re looking forward to offering a new option for Prime members on Thursday nights and I’m excited to get to work!”

 

 

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Fitzmagic Stalled, Roethlisberger Gives Steelers Win, Tua Tagovailoa Heisman Buzz

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Tampa Bay’s backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick caused a stir in his first two games of the season (throwing for a consecutive 4 touchdowns), but he couldn’t sustain the hype after a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Monday night football.  “Fitzmagic” may be over after he threw for 3 interceptions in the first half (which wasn’t completely his fault as he didn’t get much protection from his offensive line). Fitzpatrick rallied in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a strong performance from the Steelers, particularly quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger threw for over 300 yards (his 56th 300 yard game of his career) and three touchdowns.   Steelers 30, Buccaneers 27.

In college football news,  it’s no suprise that after another impressive game (five touchdowns against Texas A&M), Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has the media buzzing about his early lead in the race for the most prestigious award in college football, the Heisman Trophy. After this week, the weekly USA Today Network Heisman survey has Tua ranked as a solid #1 choice with Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins following up a distant second. There’s still many more games to play though, and anything can happen.

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Tiger Woods Finally Wins, Gurley Hates TNF, Garoppolo Injury, Clay Matthews Says League Is Soft

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After a five year drought, Tiger Woods finally won his first tournament! At 42 years old, Woods suffered back and nerve pain and underwent four surgeries over the last few years. At one point last year he was ranked as low as  1,199th. Woods was swarmed by fans after the final round and told reporters, “I appreciate it a little bit more than I did because I don’t take it for granted that I’m going to have another decade, two decades in my future of playing golf at this level. It means a lot more to me now in that sense because I didn’t know if I’d ever be out here playing again, doing this again.”

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The NFL has been criticized over the years for adding Thursday night games to an already grueling scheduele. Players hate the short week, and LA Rams running back Todd Gurley is no exception. In the locker room after their 35-23 win over the LA Chargers and anticipating their matchup against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, Gurley said, “it’s probably the dumbest thing ever. But, whatever, we’ve got a game and Minnesota’s got a game as well. So, we’ve both got to show up and play.”

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo might be out for the season with an ACL injury. With 5 minutes left to play in the game, Garoppolo fell to the ground after taking an awkward step. Garoppolo was supposed to be the future of the franchise, so losing him for the season will be a blow to the team.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews got called for his third roughing the passer penalty this season. After the game, where the Packers lost to the Washington Redskins 31-17, Matthews vented his frustration and said, “Unfortunately this league’s going in a direction I think a lot of people don’t like. I think they’re getting soft. The only thing hard about this league is the fines they levy down on guys like me who play the game hard.”

 

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