Rams/Niners Shootout, Hernandez Stage 3 CTE, Barkley On NBA Caving

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Thursday night’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers did not disappoint. The shootout was a battle of offenses where the Rams’ quarterback Jared Goff threw for 3 touchdowns and zero interceptions and running back Todd Hurley ran for 113 yards and 3 TD’s. The 49ers scored 5 touchdowns but a missed point and a tired defense led to their loss. The Niners are now 0-3 (ouch, not a great way to start the season). Rams 41, 49ers 39.

The NFL is on the hot seat again after reports emerged that former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez (who hanged himself in prison after his arrest for murder) had stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). At only 27 years old, the advanced stage of CTE is considered unusual, and Hernandez former fiancee and daughter is suing the NFL for $20 million claiming the NFL failed to “disclose, treat or protect him from the dangers of such damage.”

 

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NBA Hall of Famer and outspoken basketball analyst,  Charles Barkley,  expressed his annoyance that the NBA “caved” into the demands of current players by announcing they will accommodate them better by having fewer back to back games.  He told the Dallas Morning News, “The private jets and four-star hotels aren’t enough.  I’m so angry at the NBA for telling these guys, ‘Wait a minute, we’re paying you guys $30-, $40 million and you can’t play basketball two days in a row?’ I think it’s a travesty that the NBA can’t just tell these guys to play basketball two days in a row. It’s just a joke to me. We flew commercial, and we were able to play back-to-back. I’ve sat with older guys who took trains and played three days in a row. The NBA caved in.”

 

 

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Draymond Sued And Magic Subpoenaed, Durant Apologizes For Tweet

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Draymond Green is being sued for an alleged assault last July against a former Michigan State football player, Jermaine Edmonson. Green originally agreed to a plea deal where he paid a fine for noise violation and civil infraction. Edmonson and his girlfriend clearly weren’t happy, so they filed a civil lawsuit. Edmonson said in a news conference,”I think about what happened with Draymond every day. I still feel his hand on my jaw. There are nights where I wake up crying.” LA Lakers President of Operations, Magic Johnson, has been subpoenaed to testify in the trial after a tweet he sent out stating Green felt apologetic.

Speaking of social media, Kevin Durant found himself in hot water when he tweeted his reasons for leaving OKC in a response to a random fan. Durant was critical of his former coach Billy Donovan, and instead of making excuses, expressed remorse. He said, “That was just me being a total (expletive) idiot. I own up to it. I want to move on from it. It probably hit me probably harder than what everybody (thought). Everybody else was telling me to relax, to snap out of it, but I was really, really upset with myself more than anything. It’s not the fact that people were talking about me, because I deserve that, but I’m just more upset with myself that I let myself go that far, you know what I was saying? It was a joke to me at first. I was doing it all summer, and it went too deep. I went too hard… I haven’t slept in two days, two nights. I haven’t ate. It’s crazy, because I feel so (expletive) pissed at myself and I’m mad that I brought someone into it.”

 

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Manning “Sloppy” On MNF, LA Fans Not Showing Up, Bogut To Lakers

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The NY Giants struggled on Monday night with a loss to the Detroit Lions. Detroit sacked Giants’ QB Eli Manning 5 times. Giants’ coach Ben McAdoo called out Manning saying he was “sloppy” on a key play in the 3rd quarter near the goal line. With the Giants down by 10, and in a position to score a touchdown on 4th and inches, the Giants had to settle for a field goal when their mismanagement led to a delay of game. The Giants are now 0-2. Lions 24, Giants 10.

We now have two teams in Los Angeles, but Southern California fans don’t seem to care. The Los Angeles Chargers (formerly San Diego) failed to sell out the Stubhub Center, and the Los Angeles Rams announced a disappointing showing at the LA Coliseum. The Chargers and Rams will share a stadium in 2020. An NFL spokesperson did not appear concerned and told reporters, “We remain confident that the city of Los Angeles can support in a very strong way two franchises, and we’re committed to making that happen as we work toward the opening of the new stadium.”

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The Los Angeles Lakers signed Andrew Bogut to a one-year deal. Bogut had much success playing for the Champion Golden State Warriors, but then was traded to the Dallas Mavericks and suffered from injuries last season.

 

 

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Broncos Shut Down Elliott, Lynch Taunts Jets, Thomas 10,000 Snaps,

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Highlights from the weekend:

 

The Denver Broncos crushed the Dallas Cowboys by shutting down running back Ezekiel Elliott to a career-low 9 carries and only 8 rushing yards. Denver’s QB Trevor Siemian more than did his job by throwing for 4 touchdowns and 231 passing yards. Broncos 42, Cowboys 17.

In another blowout game, the Oakland Raiders demolished the NY Jets on the field with Michael Crabtree’s three touchdowns (tying a career best), but what really added to the Jets’ embarrassment was the Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch (known as “Beast Mode” taunting the Jets with his sideline dance after his 2-yard touchdown run. Lynch came out of retirement to play for his hometown, and after his TD celebrated with a dance to “I’m really from Oakland,” by Vell and DJ Mustard. Jets’ linebacker Jordan Jones was clearly upset. He said,  “It irks my ever-living nerves. When I saw it happening, it was infuriating. … That pissed me off. I’m an old-school guy. I don’t like when things like that happen.” Raiders 45, Jets 20.

The Cleveland Browns lost again, but their left tackle Joe Thomas made history by recording his 10,000th consecutive snap. Thomas was selected 3rd overall by the Browns in 2007 and from his rookie season until now, he hasn’t missed a snap (unbelievable!). Ravens 24, Browns 10.

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Indians 22nd Consecutive Win, Texans’ Deshaun Watson Bday Run

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The Cleveland Indians continue to make history! With their 22nd consecutive win, they now tie only the 1916 New York Giants for the longest win streak in Major League Baseball history. If you hear fans claim the Indians are in sole possession of the longest win streak, it’s because the 1916 Giants actually recorded a tie during their streak. Wait, a tie? It’s true! Baseball doesn’t record a tie, which is why games can go over forever. The only exception is when weather prevents a game from completing. In the case of the 1916 Giants, one game during their win streak was rained out and never resumed but was played the next day as part of a doubleheader. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the players’ statistics were recorded for the tied game, but it wasn’t recorded as one, so the record stands.

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In an uneventful Thursday night football matchup, the Houston Texans barely escaped with a win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The only excitement during the game was quarterback Deshaun Watson’s 49-yard touchdown run. Thursday night was not only Watson’s first ever start, but also his birthday! Texans 13, Bengals 9.

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Indians 21 Wins, Banner Removed In Boston, Beckham Jr In Dance-Off, Paris/LA Official Olympic Cities

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The Cleveland Indians continue to make history. By beating the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night, the Indians set an American League record of 21 consecutive wins. They are now tied with the 1935 Chicago Cubs.

A “Racism is as American as Baseball” banner was removed Wednesday night during Boston’s 7-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park. The fans responsible for the banner claimed it was meant to be anti-racist. In their statement to CSN New England, they said, “We want to remind everyone that just as baseball is fundamental to American culture and history, so too is racism. White people need to wake up to this reality before white supremacy can truly be dismantled. We urge anyone who is interested in learning more or taking action to contact their local racial justice organization.”

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NY Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr is in a bit of hot water as he was reported to have been in a “dance off” last week against Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook in a NYC Club. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem, but Odell didn’t play in the Giants opener because he’s suffering from an ankle injury, so dancing in a Club, then sitting on the sidelines while your team gets destroyed is not good optics.

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The International Olympic Committee officially awarded the 2024 Olympics to Paris and the 2028 Games to Los Angeles. Paris and LA will join London as the only cities to host the Olympics 3-times.

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Indians 20th Win, Dodgers Break 11 Game Losing Streak, Oakley Files Lawsuit Against Dolan, HOF Nominees

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The Cleveland Indians are on fire recording their 20th consecutive win, an American League record tied with the 2002 Oakland A’s. Meanwhile the Los Angeles Dodgers broke their 11 game losing streak in a win against the SF Giants. Prior to this losing stretch, the Dodgers held a 21-game lead in the National League West. Even with their lead cut by less than half, they still secured a playoff spot after their win on Tuesday.

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Former NY Knick, Charles Oakley, filed a lawsuit against Knicks’ owner James Dolan and Madison Square Garden over his treatment during a game on February 8th. Oakley claims he was mishandled by MSG security and defamed by Dolan, who told ESPN after the game that Oakley  “may have a problem with alcohol.” Madison Square Garden Company responded by saying, “This is a frivolous lawsuit and nothing more than another attempt by Mr. Oakley to garner attention. We will deal with this accordingly.”

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced their 108 nominees for next year’s class. Randy Moss, Ray Lewis, Donovan McNabb, Chad Johnson, Tiki Barber, and Eddie George are among the nominees. Also included is last year’s nominee (with not enough votes for induction in 2017) Terrell Owens. Over the next few months, the list will be paired down to 15 finalists with the inductees announced on February 3rd. The Committee will select between 4 and 8 members.

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Adrian Peterson Not Happy In Saints’ Debut, Broncos Pull Out Win With Blocked Punt

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On Monday night football’s debut, we had two games back to back.  First up was the Minnesota Vikings taking on the New Orleans Saints. The Vikings pulled out the win, but not without some drama. Running back Adrian Peterson, who used to be a staple of the Vikings’ offense now plays for the Saints and didn’t look too happy with his lack of playing time. At one point on the sidelines, he seemed to stalk his coach and sent devastating stares. After the game he commented, “People jump to conclusions and make their own assumptions when they have no idea what was said. I could’ve said, ‘I love you.’ You know?” Peterson’s rookie replacement on the Vikings Dalvin Cook had a solid game rushing for 127 yards. Minnesota 29, Saints 19.

In the late game, the Denver Broncos barely pulled out a win thanks to their defense blocking a last minute 44 yard field goal attempt against the Los Angles Chargers. Denver QB Trevor Siemian delivered what was needed with 219 yards and two touchdowns.  If you’re having trouble remember the Chargers are now LA not San Diego, you’re not alone. Even an NLF official Monday night, announced a timeout going to San Diego. Broncos 24, Chargers 21.

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Sloane Stephens And Rafael Nadal Win Open, Ezekiel Elliott Big Game, Browns’ Infamous Stat

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Sloane Stephens stunned the sports world when she took home the US Open trophy after beating fellow American Madison Keyes. After an absence of 11 months due to injury and a ranking below 800, she skyrocketed to win her first Grand Slam. After the match, she was asked if she’s motivated to win more and she light-heartedly said, “Of course, girl, did you see that check that that lady handed me? Man, if that doesn’t make you want to play tennis, I don’t know what will!”

On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal beat South African Kevin Anderson for his 16th Grand Slam Title.

 

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The Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott received a huge welcome on Sunday after weeks of speculation about whether he’d be able to play this game or for that matter, the next 6 games. As of Friday, it looks like Elliott will continue to play for awhile as he was granted a preliminary injunction which, according to Elliott, will give him a fair trial and a chance to prove he’s innocent.  For now, the Cowboys are fortunate as Elliott helped the Cowboys overpower the NY Giants 19-3 with his 104 yards rushing

After a loss on Sunday to the Pittsburgh Steelers,  the Cleveland Browns record the infamous stat of not having won a season opener since 2004 when Jeff Garcia was the quarterback. Why is this important? According to USA Today, “teams which go 1-0 are twice as likely to reach the postseason than teams who start 0-1.”

For more highlights/lowlights of week one, click here.

 

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Sloane Stephens Defeats Venus, KC Chiefs Stun Brady And Patriots, Brown Suspended 6 Games

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Sloane Stephens defeated Venus Williams in the US Open Semi-final on Thursday night, setting up the first all American US Open final without a Williams sister since 1984. Stephens started the tournament ranked #83 and unseeded. Before the summer’s US Open Series (5 weeks of tournaments leading up to the Grand Slam US Open), she was ranked 957th!!! Remarking on her journey this year, she said, “When I started my comeback, if someone told me I was going to make two semis and a grand slam final, I just would have probably just passed out because that’s what I’m ready to do now. It’s incredible. I don’t know what to say. I don’t know how I got here. Just hard work. That’s it.”  She will face fellow American Madison Keys who defeated CoCo Vandeweghe.

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The Kansas City Chiefs stunned the reigning Super Bowl Champs, the New England Patriots, in the NFL opener. The Pats’ offense couldn’t find a rhythm, thanks in part to the Chiefs sacking Pats QB Tom Brady three times.  The Chief’s rookie Kereem Hunter was the standout of the game with 246 yards, the most ever in a player’s 1st game, and 3 touchdowns. Chiefs QB Alex Smith also impressed with 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Chiefs 42, Patriots 27.

Former New York Giants kicker Josh Brown was suspended for another six games for domestic violence accusations (he served a one-game suspension at the beginning of last season).  The Giants released Brown in October of 2016 after personal letters, journals and emails came out where Brown admitted he abused his wife. Brown told Good Morning America, “These were the things that you say to yourself and then you’d burn them. … And I didn’t. The fact that my private things are being used against me, that’s hard to swallow. I’m talking about my journals. I had to learn all that and write that down in order to heal, and now you’re telling me that I’m going to be punished for trying to correct the things in my life that needed to be changed.” Brown is currently a free agent.

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