In The Cold Light of Day You Can Always Figure Out The Truth …

In The Cold Light of Day You Can Always Figure Out The Truth …

Well, the Major League Baseball season came to an abrupt end and the Boston Red Sox claimed the best record in the league on their way to a one-hundred win season. The Red Sox were joined by the New York Yankees and Houston Astros as the only other ball-clubs to have achieved the feat during this long and arduous season. Among the players who excelled during the year , we have Blake Snell among the pitchers , who led all starters in the number of wins as well as having one of the lowest ERA’s among the starters. With regard to offense it was another very good season with several players living up to expectation , among them two-time AL MVP and Los Angeles Angels’ outfielder Mike Trout . It was another disappointing season for the Angels as they failed to make the postseason for 2018. It is widely known, that team manager Mike Sciocsia will not be returning to the ball-club in 2019 . Another big league manager also in the same position is John Gibbons of the Toronto Blue Jays , as the front office made it official, that his contract will not be extended.


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The Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals were among the major disappointments within the National League , with Miami having among the worst record of all the teams in the NL (National League) and their barely being competitive within the NL East , where they finished bottom of the division. The surprising winners there , were the Atlanta Braves who finished with a 90-72 record . The wildcard entrant within the NL will be the Los Angeles Dodgers tie-breaker with the Colorado Rockies and the losers of the tie-breaker between the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers . That game is due to take place on Monday, 1st October , with the Cubs playing host to the Brewers at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. . It makes for a fascinating start to the MLB postseason in 2018 , with two tie-breaking series set to unfold . I’d dare say the Los Angeles Dodgers are in a very precarious situation , having to face divisional rival the Colorado Rockies.

Heavily favored, but yet somehow, a team largely made of PGA superstars and they failed miserably as the US Ryder Cup Team lost to their European counterparts in one of the most lopsided results in recent Ryder Cup history. The final score of 17 ½ to 10 ½ didn’t do the Europeans justice as Francesco Molinari led a tremendous team, with the Italian posting a 5-0 winning record , matching a feat only achieved by four other players in the format’s history. This biannual event is the biggest team competition in golf , bigger than the President’s Cup and the World Cup of Golf. In 2020 , when Europe seeks to defend their title , the Ryder Cup will be played on American soil at the Whistling Straits Golf Course , in Milwaukee , Wisconsin. It will be very interesting to see who will be the captain of the US Team will be and whether or not there will be a great deal of camaraderie among the players. Based on the results seen in France, there seems to be a great deal of animosity and among the Americans , with their also being a great deal of finger pointing and backbiting among those teammates.

Five games into the College Football season and it looks like Alabama intends to separate themselves from the rest of the programs at the top of D1 Football. With a 5-0 record there isn’t a great deal that the team has left to prove , other than for Crimson Tide Head Coach Nick Saban to win another national title. Saban has cemented himself as among the greatest college coach in College Football history. On Saturday afternoon Alabama entertained or should I say played and toyed with Louisiana Lafayette on their way to a 56-14 lopsided victory. To say that Louisiana put up any type of resistance would be laughable , as the game was never really close at any time during its duration.

Alabama will like remain atop of the College Rankings , while also heavily positioning themselves to win out within the SEC (Southeastern Conference) once again. . In week six Nick Saban will take his players on the road as they face Arkansas (Razorbacks) on the road for a game to be played on the 6th October , 2018 at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas,. I doubt that this will be the game where Alabama will be upended .

The nearest team to Alabama by way of their play and athleticism based on record , being that there are still several unbeaten teams . might well be Clemson , whose championship winning run and their defeat of Alabama was a joy to behold. . In week six Clemson’s coaching staff headed by Dabo Swinney will prepare the team to face rival Wake Forest on the road . The Georgia Bulldogs might well be ranked as the number two team in the nation and they are very good , but I still believe the Clemson Tigers to be the better team ! Georgia for their part will have a very interesting upcoming game when they take on Vanderbilt .

Well , so much for that 3-0 start to their season by the Miami Dolphins and the claims that this might be the team to beat within the AFC East . That picture was quickly laid to rest as the Dolphins were manhandled and mauled by a New England Patriots’ team looking to make amends for a poor start to their season. Anyone who believed this Patriots’ roster had seen better days , well they were suddenly reawakened by the cacophony of a bang, as New England took it upon themselves to remind the rest of the NFL why this franchise is a five-time winning Superbowl champion. Tom Brady had his best outing of the season by far with both the defense and offense playing their part in this humiliating defeat of the Miami Dolphins. Adam Gase , a former protege’ of Patriots’ Head Coach Bill Belichick , now finds himself having been taught a real lesson by his Master. For Ryan Tannehill and all the talk of his being a leader or this Miami Dolphins’ team , it is becoming increasingly clear he still has a long way to go before he can be remotely considered to be an elite quarterback in the NFL .

Ryan Tannehill’s performance against the New England Patriots saw the player pass for a mere one hundred yards , while barely competing fifty percent of his pass attempts during the game. He would be replaced by backup quarterback Brock Osweiler , who fared no better than his teammate during the contest. With week five of the regular season just around the corner and the Dolphins not having their bye-week until week eleven where they’re joined by the Buffalo Bills , Cleveland Browns , New England Patriots , New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers as the teams with a bye for that week. Next up for Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins will be a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on the road in an AFC match-up . Meanwhile , Tom Brady and the Patriots will be preparing to take on the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium , in Foxboro’, Massachusetts,.

Ryan Fitzpatrick’s world and that of the Tampa Buccaneers’ came crashing down to a loss , that was totally unexpected. In many respects , the writing had been on the wall , as the Buccaneers had begun to show frailties long expected and at some point we all knew would be exposed. Chicago Bears’ rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky passed for a franchise-game six passing touchdowns on the way to the team’s 48-10 victory over their conference rivals. The Buccaneers might well be 2-2 at present , but that record is very deceptive , because this is not a two and two one team . If anything, the Buccaneers are lucky to have that record and it begs the question what else can Dirk Koetter now do with a team which continually lets their fans down due to their complacency and inconsistency ?

If Ryan Fitzpatrick’s performance against the Chicago Bears was thought to be bad , then having Jameis Winston come on to replace Fitzpatrick, barely offered the Buccaneers any hope at all, as Winston simply showed us once again why his progress has been mediocre since becoming a first round draft pick for the franchise in 2015 . To suggest that there might be an upside to Winston’s game would be like trying to equate it with walking across the Grand Canyon without the use of a balancing pole to aid the walker on that journey. The hard part for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be to try and convince their doubters that they’re still a team capable of being viewed as a contender within the NFC and worthy of a postseason berth. Based on the four games played to date , I am far from convinced that the Buccaneers are even capable of having a winning season in 2018, let alone making it to the NFL postseason. It will be interesting to see how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers seek to rebound from this loss the Chicago Bears when they face the Atlanta Falcons on the road in week six .

Patrick Mahomes might not have been the first quarterback taken in the 2018 NFL Draft , but he’s certainly playing like the top prospect the front office of the Kansas City Chiefs believed him to be. Too early to say as of yet if he’ll measure up to the accomplishments of Carson Wentz, which was seen last season , before Wentz went down due to injury , unable to participate in the Philadelphia Eagles triumphant postseason foray , where their ultimate triumph was the defeat of the New England Patriots in the Superbowl. I am not saying that Mahomes will lead the Chiefs to that sort of postseason experience , but it would certainly be interesting to see what could happen over the remainder of the team’s schedule. The rookie quarterback kept his composure in leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a well-deserved win over divisional rivals the Denver Broncos and thereby keeping their unbeaten record in tact.

Next up for the Kansas City Chiefs will be a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City , Missouri .

The NBA preseason has begun in earnest and it will be interesting to see how the teams will fare , in the lead-up to the regular season schedule which tips off officially on the 16th October with two Opening Night Games. Current defending NBA champions , the Golden State Warriors will certainly be looking to improve upon last season’s record , albeit , that the team didn’t have the best regular season record. Yet , for Steve Kerr , his coaching staff and that of the front office led by Bob Myers . Their wish is to create another dynasty for the league to talk about. The Warriors’ roster led by Steph Curry and Kevin Durant , have to be seen as the prohibitive favorites to make a successful defense of their title. This team as it currently stands with the addition of DeMarucs Cousins might be even more formidable than last season’s championship roster .

The Golden State Warriors will begin the defense of their title with the customary preseason schedule before embarking upon their regular season beginning on the 16th October , when they face the Oklahoma City Thunder at home at the Oracle Arena in Oakland ,

Of the big off-season moves , no one was really surprised when LeBron James made the announcement that he would be moving West to the bright lights and big city of Los Angeles. Joining the Los Angeles Lakers signing a five-year max deal that pays him just over $150 million dollars was not a big expenditure when you take into account this remains the NBA’s most popular franchise and quite possibly it’s most valuable based on attendance levels and ratings.

Lakers’ head coach Luke Walton will be hard pressed to convince me this team has what it takes to take down the Golden State Warriors and the best that the Western Conference has to offer. LeBron James might well have won with less while with the Cleveland Cavalier, but he’s playing with the Big Boys of the West and not the daycare kindergarten kids of the East as was the case last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers . When the Lakers begin their preseason schedule of five games it will be interesting to see how the team will fare. The first of those contests will see them them tip off against the Denver Nuggets at home on Tuesday , 2nd October . . Their regular season schedule begins on the 18th October when they face conference rivals the Portland Trailblazers .

Eight straight NBA Finals’ appearances is an astonishing feat for any player , but even with all of the accomplishments of LeBron James. He will be hard pressed to make it to a ninth consecutive appearance with a team which is short by way of real experience .

OK, so the Los Angeles Lakers might well be the big story in the NBA and for much of this season, that is likely to be the case , but there will be other stories unfolding. The Brooklyn Nets for many years a franchise hemorrhaging more money than having success , is now in the midst of being sold by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov to to Canadian citizen Joseph Tsai , who is of Taiwanese ancestry. Tsai also happens to be the Vice Chairman of Chinese e-Commerce giant Ali-Baba . His net worth is believe to be just over $9 billion , making him certainly among Canada’s richest citizens as well as in China and Taiwan. Before the sale can be finalized , it must have the approval of the NBA’s Board of Governors , before the Joseph Tsai can assume control as the league’s newest NBA franchise owner .

It is not known how much Joseph Tsai paid in purchasing the Brooklyn Nets , but I don’t believe that Mikhail Prokhorov will completely recoup his original investment . The coaching staff of the franchise led by Kenny Atkinson will now have a short period of time to assess the possible wholesale changes likely to be made. Brooklyn’s roster is not overly impressive and not one that I believe will be capable of being very competitive this upcoming season. The first game of the Nets’ preseason will see them facing their in-state rivals the New York Knicks on Wednesday , 3rd October ,2018 . Their opening game of the regular season will see the Nets facing the Detroit Pistons on the road. Given the productivity seen from these two teams last season, it will be very interesting to see how this contest will end .

Another disgruntled star in the NBA and the regular season has yet to begin. The Minnesota Timberwolves now have Jimmy Butler pleading his case by making a request to be traded. No doubt there would be a plethora of teams interested in acquiring one of the league’s best guards. Butler has proven himself to be productive and a leader ; this was clearly the case when he played for the Chicago Bulls . Timberwolves’ Head Coach Tom Thibodeau who also happens to hold a high-ranking position within the organization , is reluctant to let the player go , but he might be willing to do so if he were able to make a trade he deemed fair.

Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves might not reach an agreement where he is likely to leave the franchise before the season starts. In all likelihood , I don’t believe Tom Thibodeau will be pressured into making an unwanted deal . The Timberwolves’ preseason opener will see the team face the Los Angeles Clippers
on the road before embarking on their regular season opener where they will tip-off against the San Antonio Spurs on the road .

The number of players in the NBA who will be earning over $25 million this season is now at an all-time high. It certainly is above the figure of last season. The figure has almost doubled from fourteen to now twenty five and it is clear that the NBA hierarchy led by Commissioner Adam Silver is not at all overly concerned. Not while the league’s revenues to go higher and the value of the teams steadily increase . This season in the NBA could be a very interesting one with just about everyone taking note of what the Los Angeles Lakers are liable to do .



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What if anything , do you now feel has been the biggest sports’ story to date or over the past week , month or at least the last six months ?

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MLB postseason schedule

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NCAA Football and week five results

NCAA Football Rankings (FBS)

NFL news and week four results

NFL standings division and conference standings

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NBA transactions

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  1. So here we go. The US players on the Ryder Cup team are not only sore losers , but they’re now bitching and whining. Now we have news , that Dustin Johnson and teammate Brooks Koepka had a physical altercation ? Wtf ?

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  2. The New York Yankees made it through their AL wildcard game taking down the Oakland A’s by the score of 7-2 . The Yankees’ offense as well as their pitching , which was top notch during the game against the A’s . The New York Yankees’ newest acquisition Andrew McCutchen whose stint with the San Francisco Giants was barely noticeable also managed to contribute for his new team . Next up for the Yankees will be their meeting with the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS for this postseason . That best of five-game series will begin on Friday, 5th October with the Red Sox hosting the Yankees at Fenway Park , Boston, Massachusetts,.

    With the Atlanta Braves having won the NL East with a surprising amount of ease , their postseason play will begin with their facing the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodgers’ Ballpark , beginning today , Thursday 4th October. On the mound for the Braves will be starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz against the Dodgers Hyu Jin-Ryu . Of the Divisional Series being played this series between the Dodgers and Braves could end up being the most competitive.

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      Andrew McCutchen is stale material. He’s a defensive liability. The Pirates realized this when they refused to play him in centerfield. SF saw this also. His bat is slow. Unfortunately Cashman bought into the name and not the current product.

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          Reed’s a misfit that doesn’t play well with others. Considering half of his family doesn’t speak to each other kinda makes it figure.
          Djohnson and Koepka squaring off? No wonder the Euros are still celebrating. To Europe’s credit, they had the home course suited to their game.
          Oh, back to Djohnson. His fiancee JGretzky will shitcan him sooner rather than later. They were already broken up prior to the Ryder Cup, but she couldn’t resist showing up in Paris for the attention.

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  3. After the departures of both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers , it will be interesting to see how this revamped roster will fare under the coaching staff of Doc Rivers . A great deal is expected of this team during the upcoming season, but I truly believe the depth of talent is not there for the Clippers to get the job done.

    The Los Angeles Clippers if they’re seeking to fare well this season in order to make the NBA Playoffs they’ll have to win at least 54 games over the course of their schedule. Doc Rivers and the team will begin their preseason schedule with a game against the Los Angeles Lakers in a match-up of Western Conference teams . The Clippers’ regular season schedule will see them open their season up against the Denver Nuggets at home .

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  4. Tom Brady of the New England Patriots produced an epic display as the team overcame the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night, in a match-up of conference rivals within the AFC . The victory for the Patriots places them behind the Miami Dolphins within the AFC East division . The return of Patriots’ wide receiver Julian Edelman provided all the inspiration needed for one of Tom Brady’s favorite receiving targets .

    Next up for the New England Patriots will be a game against the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs , who they face at home in week six of the regular season schedule.

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  5. So week five of the NFL season is now upon us . It will be interesting to see how these teams will fare in the series of games . Injuries being what they are , things could get very hectic for the teams in play. Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons are off to a terrible start with the defense being among the worst in the league. Ryan and the Falcons will be in action when they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers .

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  6. A great deal of explaining needs to be done concerning how this season has began to spiral out of control for the Atlanta Falcons . Team quarterback Matt Ryan has not been playing up to par and his teammates are simply nowhere to be seen . And with both the defense and offense not being in sync. These are some very troubling times for the Falcons’ coaching staff . In their week-five scheduled game against Pittsburgh Steelers , Atlanta fell to the Steelers 41-17 in a surprisingly lopsided loss .

    In week six the Atlanta Falcons are set to meet divisional rivals the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2) at home .

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  7. So the NBA preseason is now off and running . With a little over a week to go before the NBA ‘s regular season tip-off , teams are now seeking to acclimatize themselves before the start of regular schedule of eighty-two games. One of the two games on opening night will pit two of the Eastern Conference’s best teams from last season , when the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers begin their regular season schedule . Both are seen as the presumptive favorites within the conference. Opposing guards Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons will be looking to lead their respective teams to the NBA Playoffs this upcoming season.

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  8. So last night the Los Angeles Dodgers dispelled any notion that the MLB Postseason would be short work for them . They managed to win game four in their best of five-game series against the Atlanta Braves and now move on to the NLCS for this season where they will meet the Milwaukee Brewers , who’ll be led by former NLVMP and Brewers’ slugger Ryan Braun . The NLCS series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers will begin on the 12th October at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,.

    In what can only be described as on of their most crushing defeats of the season , the New York Yankees completely fell apart as they were trounced by the Boston Red Sox by the score of 16-1 . With the Red Sox now up 2-1 in the ALDS , it leaves the Yankees on the brink of elimination having to win game-four , which will be played on Tuesday 9th October , 2018. The other ALDS features the Houston Astros taking on the Cleveland Indians and that series is now has been completed with the Astros taking it 3-0 . They now await the winner of the series between the Red Sox and the Yankees in the ALCS .

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  9. Given the week five results in the NFL , I think it’d be fair to suggest that for several teams their season is now over !

    New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees became the NFL’s all-time leader for career passing yards , moving himself ahead of Dan Marino and Brett Favre who are Hall of Fame inductees. Brees achieved that feat as he led the Saint to a lopsided Monday Night victory over the Washington Redskins by the score of 43-19 .

    Highly paid quarterbacks such as Eli Manning , Matt Ryan and Dak Prescott led their teams to losses which in essence dispels any chance of the New York Giants , Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys making the NFL postseason .

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  10. This is not the way San Antonio Spurs’ Head Coach Gregg Popovich envisaged starting off the regular season with the loss of the team’s starting point guard DeJounte Murray . The player it would appear, has a torn ACL and is likely to miss the first two months of the season as he seeks to recuperate from the injury . Without Murray in the Spurs’ lineup they will have to make do with Patty Mills to provide the productivity and leadership that’s lost without Murray.

    The San Antonio Spurs’ next preseason game will see them face the Atlanta Hawks on the road before opening up their regular season schedule with a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves .

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  11. Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals are off to a great start this season but the amazement is that of Baker Mayfield guiding the Cleveland Browns to two wins already at this point of the season , By comparison at this point last season were 0-5 . In week five the Cleveland Browns defeated the Baltimore Ravens by the score of 12-9 in a low scoring game . Meanwhile , the Cincinnati Bengals took down the Miami Dolphins .

    In week six the Cincinnati Bengals will face conference rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers . For their part Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns will take on the Los Angeles Chargers .

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  12. We’re less than a week away before the Opening Night of the NBA regular season . Tonight there will be three games on court and with a full slew of contests on Thursday . There have been several top notch performances by players during this preseason .

    Paul Allen the billionaire owner of the Portland Trailblazers has been undergoing serious medical issues this season.

    Courtesy of ESPN

    Paul Allen says non-Hodgkin lymphoma has returned

    By Brady Henderson , ESPN

    Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen says he’s recently learned that the non-Hodgkin lymphoma he was treated for in 2009 has returned.

    The 65-year-old Allen shared the news Monday, writing that his team of doctors has started treatment and that he plans on fighting the disease aggressively.

    “A lot has happened in medicine since I overcame this disease in 2009,” Allen wrote. “My doctors are optimistic that I will see good results from the latest therapies, as am I. I will continue to stay involved with Vulcan, the Allen Institutes, the Seahawks and Trail Blazers, as I have in the past. I have confidence in the leadership teams to manage their ongoing operations during my treatment. I am very grateful for the support I’ve received from my family and friends. And I’ve appreciated the support of everyone on the teams and in the broader community in the past, and count on that support now as I fight this challenge. Go Seahawks! Go Blazers!”

    Allen, who is a co-founder of Microsoft, has owned the Seahawks since 1997 and the Blazers since 1988. He’s also the co-owner of the MLS’ Seattle Sounders FC.

    The Seahawks last week announced a change in their organizational structure, with Chuck Arnold replacing Peter McLoughlin as team president. Arnold will represent Allen at league functions, as McLoughlin did.

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    This is likely to be a tough time and season for the Portland Trailblazers , the coaching staff , front office and players as they enter their regular season foray. The opening night of Portland’s regular season will see them facing the Los Angeles Lakers on the 18th October , 2018

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  13. We now have the match-ups for both Championship Series within the MLB Postseason. The two best teams within the AL will meet in their best of seven-game series, when the Boston Red Sox takes on the Houston Astros . Meanwhile , in the NLCS it will be the Los Angeles Dodgers taking on the Milwaukee Brewers . The Dodgers will be looking to make their first appearance in the World Series since 1988 , when they triumphed over the Oakland A’s . Dodgers’ slugger and outfielder Manny Machado has been the team’s hero during this postseason , excelling with his offense. I don’t believe that Machado will be a one-year rental for Dodgers and by my estimation they are likely to resign him to a multi-year deal , making him one of the highest paid players on the roster. Dodgers’ GM Farhan Zaidi and Baseball Operations Director Andrew Friedman will certainly be looking into the situation at the end of this postseason foray.

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  14. In the aftermath from the fallout of their prestigious UFC 229 event , the body’s President Dana White has been looking for ways to pick up the pieces. Former Light Weight Champion Conor McGregor has been met with a hefty suspension and it’s not known if the Nevada State Athletic Commission will seek to fine the fighter as well his opponent, current champion , Khabib Nurmagomodev , who might also face a stiff fine. White has said his top priority is to set up a rematch between the division’s two best fighters. Khabib Nurmagoedev’s victory cemented him as the top fighter within the division and most certainly among the top pound for pound fighters in the UFC .

    Conor McGregor is likely to face a stiff suspension and the suspension will have been recommended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission .

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    Conor McGregor has been suspended from fighting for a month because of the beating he took from Khabib Nurmagomedov

    By Al Dawson , 9th October , 2018

    Conor McGregor has been told he cannot fight for a month.
    McGregor was slapped with a medical suspension after he submitted to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a dominant display by the Russian in the UFC 229 fight on Saturday.
    McGregor was also barred from engaging in any contact training, including sparring.
    The medical suspension considers only events that transpired during UFC 229. McGregor may face another ban from the Nevada Athletic Commission, which is investigating the rioting after the fight.
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    Conor McGregor has been slapped with a medical suspension.

    The Irish striker submitted in the fourth round of a dominant fight with the reigning UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, at UFC 229 in Las Vegas on Saturday.

    After Nurmagomedov made McGregor tap, the Russian refused to celebrate, jumped the octagon fence, and charged at Dillon Danis, McGregor’s cageside friend and fellow fighter.

    While that was happening, a brawl broke out in the cage, as punches were exchanged between McGregor and members of Nurmagomedov’s team.

    Medical suspensions consider damage to a fighter during a competition, including strikes to the head and body, as well as from locks, holds, and submissions.

    Medical suspensions are common. According to Forbes, 13 fighters, including McGregor, have been ordered to have time off.

    McGregor is not allowed to fight for one month, until November 6, and was told he cannot engage in any contact training — sparring — until October 28, according to Forbes.

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    It should be very interesting to see what happens as UFC President Dana White seeks to set up a rematch between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagamodev . The bout is likely to be a big ratings’ bonanza on the UFC’s PPV scheduling.

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  15. Week six of the NFL and the first of those games begins tonight when the New York Giants take on the Philadelphia Eagles in an all NFC match-up of two NFC East teams struggling within their conference. In their last meeting between the teams which took place on the 17th December, 2017 during week fifteen of last season . In that game the Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning had one of his better performances of the season .

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  16. Sunday offered up a spectacular assortment of games, with none better than the contest between AFC teams the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs , who entered the game with 5-0 record. Led by their rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes , the Chiefs had hoped to make it six consecutive wins to start their season. It looked as if Mahomes might well have been able to pull off the impossible , as he sought to bring the Chiefs back from an eighteen point first-half deficit against the Patriots. Kansas’ head coach Andy Reid and his coaching staff were not able to see that miracle take place , with the team falling to New England in a high-scoring contest 43-40 . With the victory New England , takes sole lead of the AFC East after a narrow victory by the Miami Dolphins .

    It would be safe to say the best years of Eli Manning are far behind him, with the veteran quarterback no longer seen as among the elite players at the position within the NFL . Manning and the New York Giants are off to an ignominious start to the 2018 regular season campaign . So much so that they now find themselves at the bottom of a truly mediocre NFC East division. Eli Manning and the Giants fell to the Philadelphia Eagles in a totally lopsided game by the score of 34-13 . It is becoming abundantly clear the Giants’ front office must prepare for this to be Eli Manning’s last season with the franchise , as they seek to look ahead. Manning is not set to become a free agent until 2020 and he is owed $23.5 million for next season . Manning’s display against the Eagles was one of the worst of his career against the divisional rival .

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    Eli Manning trade could save him and the Giants: ESPN QB

    By Justin Terranova …

    ust what Eli Manning needs … to be reunited with Ereck Flowers.

    ESPN analyst Matt Hasselbeck suggested Sunday that the Giants trade Manning to the Jaguars to give the 37-year-old another shot at a Super Bowl and a fresh start for the 1-5 Giants. Jacksonville has been a popular suggestion for Manning as he and the Giants have gone 4-18 combined this season and last. His old coach, Tom Coughlin, is the Jaguars’ president, and Blake Bortles is their inconsistent starting quarterback.

    “I would do Eli Manning a solid. I would trade him to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville has a team and they’re making a run,” Hasselbeck said on “Sunday NFL Countdown.”

    “It ends eventually for everyone. Eli Manning will always be a Giant. There will be a statue outside the stadium for him. I think it has to end sometime, so why not go out now a high note?”

    The “high note” comment led to a sarcastic chuckle from host Sam Ponder, as Manning is probably at the lowest point of his Giants career with no signs of a resurrection. The Giants have learned that having some of the best skill players in the sport means little if you are saddled with a suspect offensive line and an immobile quarterback.

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    If Manning were to be traded by the New York Giants after a fifteen year career in the NFL
    having been a first round draft pick in 2004 . It is more likely than not the Giants would get nothing more than a second or third round draft pick at best for the seasoned veteran. Currently among the Giants’
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    the backup to Eli Manning are Alex Tanney and Kyle Lauletta .

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  17. Week seven of the College Football Season , went with their being several surprising results among the Top Twenty-Five programs at the Football Subdivision Level . Alabama remains unbeaten with a 7-0 record as they have a healthy lead within the SEC (Southeastern Conference) . In Saturday’s game Alabama simply had their way with Missouri . Next up for the Alabama Crimson Tide will be a contest against Tennessee .

    NCAA Football news (FBS)

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  18. We’ve come down to the Final Four in the Championship Series in Major League Baseball . Both series are now tied at one game apiece (1-1) and tonight there will be two games contested. The Boston Red Sox will be the guests of the Houston Astros , while the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers will continue with their series ; game three being played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles California ,.

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  19. On Saturday night in what can only be described as the best Welterweight Division fight to take place in 2018 , Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford defeated Jose Benavidez to prove himself to be the best Welterweight boxer on the planet. Any doubters that for the boxing world might have now , certainly disappeared with this powerful statement from Crawford whom I believe to be a far more charismatic fighter than Saul Canelo Alvarez who many believe to be the best pound for pound boxer on the planet.

    Courtesy of Yahoo Sports

    Terence Crawford picks apart Jose Benavidez Jr., retains WBO welterweight belt with TKO victory

    By Kevin Iole , Combat Columnist

    Not even an undefeated former world champion who fights the fight of his life is a match for Terence Crawford.

    The Omaha, Nebraska, native gave his home crowd a remarkable show on Saturday and cemented his position as the best boxer in the world by systematically taking apart Jose Benavidez Jr. in their bout for the WBO welterweight title.

    Crawford was far ahead on the scorecards entering the 12th, but dropped the brash Benavidez literally on his head with a crushing right uppercut. After Benavidez got up, Crawford showed why he’s known as the best finisher in the game.

    He jumped on Benavidez and finished him with a relentless assault, forcing referee Celestino Ruiz to jump in to save the defenseless Benavidez.

    It thoroughly entertained all but a few of the 13,323 who packed the CHI Health Center Omaha Arena to witness the greatest fighter in the world do his thing yet again. Only Crawford’s mother, Debra, wasn’t pleased. She wanted him to finish Benavidez in the 10th.

    “She said, ‘It took you too long,’” a grinning Crawford said afterward. “But it was all right.”

    It was one more step toward a showdown with IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence, who is also undefeated and has the kind of punching power that would make a fight with Crawford a modern-day Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns.

    Because they’re on different television networks and because Top Rank and the Premier Boxing Champions haven’t worked well together in the past, it’s not expected that Crawford and Spence will fight next, even though it’s the match fight fans want to see.

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    From my own perspective a big payday awaits Terence Crawford should he seek to meet Errol Spence in the ring. Bob Arum the CEO of Top Rank would certainly like to make that happen and I’m sure that either Showtime or HBO would be a willing participant for such an extravaganza . The sport of boxing needs all the glare that it can get at present because without Floyd Mayweather , it simply lacks the thrills and excitement needed.

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  20. Six games into their season and the Oakland Raiders (1-5) are proving to be the laughing stock of the NFL . At some point the front office will have to be held accountable for their naivete’ in believing that the return of Jon Gruden would be a blessing in disguise with the resurrection in the fortunes of the the franchise. The team has performed miserably , with no one on the roster making a show of anything , let alone earning their pay .

    In week six the Oakland Raiders were blown out in a 27-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in a contest where the Raiders were poor in just about every facet of their game. The next match-up for the Oakland Raiders will see them facing the Indianapolis Colts at home during week eight of the regular season.

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  21. Tophat,
    Don’t bet NFL sides, but watch for prop plays. IMO the following qbs are not the answer:

    Baker Mayfield too short to beat prepared NFL defenses. Yeah, I know but Brees(arm) RWilson(agility).

    DeShaun Watson not the same guy following injury/injuries. Forget about converting him to a pocket-passer. Someone mentioned an RG3 comparison.

    Dallas coach JGarrett is your proverbial ‘yes man’. This explains his questionable longevity as head coach.

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      There some real issues for the teams in the NFL at the moment both on defense as well as offense . I believe that the Jon Gruden experiment is going to come to an abrupt end as that team is being hopelessly outplayed in every aspect of the game. Gruden couldn’t coach his way out of a wet paper bag. Someone also needs to remind Pat Shurmur that Eli Manning is no longer an elite quarterback in this league , let alone the best player on this New York Giants’ roster ; that Odell Beckham Jr is pure hype and brings nothing at all to the table .

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      1. Tophat,
        I’m impressed with each of the Final Four. Parity is evident.
        Boston: Mookie Betts is their meal ticket. Best player now playing.
        Houston: Live arms and Bregman
        Milwaukee: Yelich under performing but bullpen strong
        Dodgers: Turner, Buehler and Kershaw.

        Not involved with NBA yet until a few games into season.

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          I totally agree with you on your observations concerning the Championship Series for both leagues within Major League Baseball. The final four teams have proven to be the most consistent over the course of the regular season.

          All of the players you mentioned have contributed greatly to the success of the Boston Red Sox , Houston Astros , Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers during this postseason. Manny Machado has more than proven his worth to the Dodgers with his timely hitting and productivity .

          To my mind the NBA doesn’t really find it’s rhythm until the schedule be hits the later part of December. By then we’ll begin to see all of the presumptive top teams hit their stride. The Golden State Warriors will be the team to beat. Until they’re knocked off their pedestal , no one can say otherwise.

          LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers will have a great deal to prove. From my own perspective , if they can win more than forty-five games this season , I will consider it to be success for the franchise. It might be the benchmark needed for them to make the NBA Playoffs for this season. I don’t believe they’re good enough to make the Western Conference Semi-Finals at this juncture.

          At best the timeframe for LeBron James to guide the Los Angeles Lakwrs to another championship is no more than two years . He’s getting older and I can’t see this current roster getting that much better , unless they added at least two top-notch marquee players. Other than Kyle Kuzma , there really isn’t much on the roster that impresses me . As a Head Coach Luke Walton is still learning on the job. The front office led by Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka have yet to prove themselves.

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          1. Tophat,
            Your NBA take is right there. Gonna focus now on mid-term elections. Yeah, there’s a betting market for that also. It’s a nasty subject but there are edges and winners and losers. Focusing on Senate races.

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              I’m looking at this NBA season to be one of the most exciting in recent years. With all of the roster changes made , some teams will be on the rise whereas others will see a marked decline.

              As to the midterm elections , well that’ll be more about who’s spending the most money to make their voices heard rather than it being about the candidates actually seeking higher office. In reality those bastards are just puppets as the real marionettes are the ones calling the plays. Too many people are wrapped up in what’s being said , rather than who’s actually dictating the narrative and that’s the real meat when it comes to the face of politics in America. I don’t think that the average American understand that , let alone the voters themselves !!!!!

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  22. In game three of the NLCS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers . It was the Brewers who took command and completely outplayed the Dodgers to take the contest 4-0 . The Milwaukee Brewers now have a 2-1 series’ lead with game four set to be played on the 16th October in Los Angeles with the opposing pitchers Gio Gonzalez of the Brewers against Rich Hill of the Dodgers.

    The ALCS between the Houston Astros (1-1) and the Boston Red Sox (1-1) is tied at one game apiece and tonight’s contest will be pivotal when the two teams take to the mound.

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  23. Well the opening night of the NBA season begins tonight with two games on the schedule , when the Boston Celtics take on the Philadelphia 76ers and then we have the Golden State Warriors tip off in the Western Conference when they face the Oklahoma City Thunder . If the first week and month of last season is anything to go by, then the fans of the league will witness a a very exciting season ahead.

    NBA news …

    NBA week one schedule

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  24. The death of Microsoft co founder , billionaire entrepreneur Paul Allen is the big story nationally and in the world of sports . Allen a sports’ titan was also the owner of the MLS’ , Seattle Sounders FC , as well as the Portland Trailblazers of the NBA and the Seattle Seahawks within the NFL . Not only is the sports’ world mourning the loss of an avid sport’s lover and tech titan but also an individual who was a philanthropist and humanitarian .

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  25. Opening Night of the NBA season and there were winning starts for the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics who defeated their respective opponents the Philadelphia 76ers and Oklahoma City Thunder with consummate ease . Tonight’s schedule will provide the fans with several games of notable interest , as the players get to attune themselves to this season .

    One of the games likely to provide a great deal of interest on Wednesday evening , features the Charlotte Hornets taking on the Milwaukee Bucks , while the Detroit Pistons face the Brooklyn Nets at home . These two contests are part of an eleven-game event on the night’s schedule for the evening.

    NBA news ..

    Tonight’s schedule (10/17/2018)

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  26. As the MLB Postseason has made it’s way the Championship Series within the two leagues . It has become a telling sign that the teams with the home advantage have suddenly began to look more authoritative in nature. Last night within the AL and NL , their respective championship series began to take shape . The Boston Red Sox would defeat the Houston Astros by the score of 8-2 , while the Milwaukee Brewers fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers in thirteen innings of a hard-fought game . Both series will resume on Wednesday evening with pivotal contests on the line .

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  27. Week eight for the College Football Season is almost upon and that all begins on Thursday , 18th October , before there are a a plethora of games taking place on Saturday , 20th October . Still sitting pretty as one of the unbeaten teams at the top of the national rankings are the Alabama Crimson Tide who will be in action against the Tennessee Volunteers .

    NCAA Football

    NCAA Football week eight schedule

    NCAA Football FBS standings

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  28. The NFL is now at a pivotal point of the season with more than a quarter of the regular season schedule having taken place. It would be fair to suggest that several teams have failed to meet expectations while others have excelled . Week seven’s schedule for the league begins on Thursday Night with a scheduled contest between Arizona Cardinals (1-5) who will host the Denver Broncos (2-4) in an intra-conference match-up of these two teams .

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fallen on hard times of late and during their last five games the team has performed poorly . Buccaneers’ quarterback Jameis Winston and his backup Ryan Fitzpatrick had inauspicious starts to their respective seasons , with neither player being able to show a great deal of command. In week seven the Buccaneers are likely to be truly tested when they face the Cleveland Browns at home and where Browns’ quarterback Baker Mayfield will be looking to put the team back on a winning track .

    At this point last season the Philadelphia Eagles had the best record in the league having posted a 6-1 record. Eagles’ head coach Doug Pederson will have his players on the ready when they play the Carolina Panthers in all conference match-up , pitting Carson Wentz against Cam Newton of the Panthers .

    For John Elway the Head of Operations of the Denver Broncos has seen his team fail to deliver . The departure of Peyton Manning has left a great void for this franchise. The list of his successors are well-chronicled and this season it has been Case Keenum leading the fray for the Broncos’ offense. With the Denver Broncos struggling within the AFC West , it will be left to Keenum to lead the team when they face the Arizona Cardinals .

    NFL news

    NFL standings (division)

    NFL week seven schedule

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  29. So last night’s games within the NBA didn’t really provide any surprising results . On tonight’s schedule there are several games likely to get the fans’ attention.

    The Philadelphia 76ers are back on the court as they face the Chicago Bulls at home in a match up of Eastern Conference rivals . Also on tap for tonight are two other games which see the openers for each of the teams in question. The Los Angeles Lakers will make their debut as they take on the Portland Trailblazers , as that franchise seeks to overcome the loss of team owner , billionaire , Paul Allen . Also in the mix will be the Miami Heat as they tip off against the Washington Wizards .

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  30. There can be no denying Manny Machado has provided the Los Angeles Dodgers with the offense needed during the MLB Postseason. As they look to make their first appearance in the World Series since , 1988 , it has been Machado among his teammates who has been the catalyst for the ball-club. The NLCS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers is now at a pivotal point in the series . Los Angeles now has a 3-2 lead and will head into game six looking to seal the series with a victory .

    Meanwhile the Boston Red Sox (3-2) will face the Houston Astros as the ball club looks to make their first appearance in the World Series since 2013 . Red Sox manager Alex Cora will be looking to make this all a reality along with his players . The Boston Red Sox will face the Houston Astros in game six of their ALCS which takes place tonight at Minute Maid Park , in Houston, Texas.

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  31. There’s no denying that Aaron Rodgers remains one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the league over the last twelve years. This season the Green Bay Packers (3-2-1) have struggled while seeking to compete within the NFC North , considered one of the tougher divisions within the league. Head Coach Mike Mike McCarthy , his coaching staff and the players will be looking to be looking to get back to winning ways when the Packers face the Los Angeles Rams (6-0) in week eight on the road .

    Aaron Rodgers’ record against the Los Angeles Rams has been quite impressive . Yet he will be going up against a team led by Jared Goff whose maturity is that of a player beyond his years.

    NFL news

    NFL free agents (2019)

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  32. Alex Cora has led the Boston Red Sox to an appearance to the World Series in his first season as the team’s manager. Cora has joined a select group of managers to have achieved this feat in their inaugural season as a manager. Last night the Red Sox swept aside the Houston Astros (1-4) with a resounding victory to take their ALCS series in a 4-1 series’ victory. Hero of the night for the newly crowned ALCS champion was none other than Rafael Devers who had a productive night for the Red Sox. He was backed up by some solid pitching and defense in this game.

    The Boston Red Sox will now have to await the winners of the NLCS , currently in play between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers to see who their opponent will be in this year’s World Series . Los Angeles has a 3-2 lead over the Dodgers heading into a pivotal game six which will be played tonight in Milwaukee , at Brewers Ballpark , Wisconsin. Starting pitchers for the contest will be Hy Jin Ryu of the Dodgers against Wade Miley of the Brewers .

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  33. Two days in and the NBA season is underway . Nothing really special to report , but in reality things won’t begin to be alive until the Christmas schedule schedule comes into play . Tonight there will be games on the schedule as well as throughout the weekend . One of Friday’s games will feature the Brooklyn Nets tipping off against conference rivals the New York Knicks in a game being played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York . Also on tap will be a match-up between the Indiana Pacers as they face the Milwaukee Bucks . The Atlanta Hawks will also be on the schedule as they take on the Memphis Grizzlies . This will part of a nine-game schedule for Friday night.

    NBA news

    NBA Friday night schedule

    NBA standings division

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  34. Tophat,
    Watching KC’s Patrick Mahomes is a treat. His dad was a below average MLB pitcher, but his kid inherited his arm strength.
    The Houston/Laker NBA game Saturday was a throw back to 80’s Detroit style roughhousing. Rondo and CP3 exchanging blows. This was after the punk Rondo spit in CP3’s face. Then the instigator of this whole episode Ingram comes in and throws a cheap shot.

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      Patrick Mahomes might be the best quarterback to have entered the NFL since 2013. He shows a great deal of maturity and has the confidence of his teammates.

      The Philadelphia Eagles sre struggling , the Dallas Cowboys are an abomination and the Cleveland Browns have issues all over the field.

      The fracas which took place in the NBA might well be welcomed but if it’s one thing that it’s proven to me. It’s that the vast majority of the players there are a bunch of goddamn pussies who can’t throw down. I’ve seen gay guys show more determination to with their blows. How is it that Carmelo Anthony escaped unpunished when he was also in the middle of that altercation initially ?

      Call me a mashocist , but I do believe that the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to be in for a rude awakening when they face the Boston Red Sox I the World Series. Boston has a far better all round team and managerial staff.

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  35. So the Los Angeles Dodgers will make their second consecutive appearance in the World Series , having defeated the Milwaukee Brewers to take this season’s NLCS . Managed by Dave Roberts , this team will face an arduous task when they meet the Boston Red Sox , arguably the best team in baseball throughout much of this season . The opening game of the series will be on Tuesday , 23rd October , 2018 at Fenway Park , in Boston, Massachusetts ,.

    While I don’t believe the series will be a sweep in the Boston Red Sox’s favor, I think that the Los Angeles Dodgers can make this a competitive series.

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  36. Just a few games into the NBA season and the league has witnessed it’s first major skirmish as the game
    between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers took on a life of it’s own . There were multiple ejections in the contest leading to multiple game suspensions for several players announced by the NBA hierarchy .

    The league will resume tonight with several games being on the NBA schedule . On tap for tonight the Boston Celtics will face the Orlando Magic , while the New York Knicks will tip off against the Milwaukee Bucks , as part of a nine-game Monday evening schedule .

    NBA news

    Monday Night NBA schedule

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  37. Week seven of the NFL season closed out with a Monday Night Game which featured the New York Giants against conference rivals the Atlanta Falcons in an all NFC match-up . Along the way Giants’ receiver Odell Beckham Jr accomplished the feat of becoming the fastest player to have reached 5,000 receiving yards , since the merger between the AFL and NFL in 1970. Beckham still has a long way to go before surpassing the all-time career receiving yards and yards from scrimmage.

    The loss for the New York Giants dropped their record to 1-6 and placed among the worst teams within the NFC and the league overall . It’s now my belief that the entire coaching staff is in jeopardy should things continue as they are , never mind the impending future of several players on this Giants’ roster . Odell Beckham recently signed a rather idiotic long-term deal that now seems rather ridiculous in spite of his career achievements with the franchise. Two more defeats and the New York Giants are likely to miss the postseason , while languishing in a truly pathetic NFC East division this season.

    In week eight the New York Giants will face the Washington Redskins and it will be interesting to see how Giants’ veteran quarterback Eli Manning will fare in that game.

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  38. So LeBron James was going to be a real game-changer for the Los Angeles Lakers (0-3) this season ? Off to an 0-3 start , though early in the season , there’s something about this team hasn’t set in. Head Coach Luke Walton hasn’t begun to show any real coaching acumen . In a division where the reigning NBA champions are off the a slow start , the Lakers will find themselves with several tough games throughout much of the season . James and his teammates will have an upcoming game against the Phoenix Suns . This contest could prove to be very interesting . Given the meetings between these two teams last season the Lakers should come out ahead in the contest

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  39. Just as we thought this season’s World Series will be a competitive one and last night’s spectacle was no exception. Both Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw were the starting pitchers in last night’s contest. Yet it was the offensive prowess of the Boston Red Sox which shone through in this game against the Los Angeles Dodgers . Game two takes place on Wednesday evening at Fenway Park in Boston , Massachusetts, where the starting pitchers for the contest will be Hy Jin-Ryu of the Dodgers against David Price of the Red Sox. For Price whose postseason experiences have been well-chronicled and this game will offer him some redemption .

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  40. Tophat,
    I don’t get it. Canuck Eric Gagne volunteers his help to the Red Sox Kimbrel to try to defeat a team(LAD) that made him financially secure for life. MYOFB!! If I’m a Dodger affiliate/fan it wouldn’t sit right with me.

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      I really do believe the Boston Red Sox are quite capable of sweeping this series against the Los Angeles Dodgers . As good as the Dodgers’ pitching might be , I don’t believe it’s on par with the Red Sox. Boston has better play-makers all round and they play like a team , rather than as a bunch of individuals. Dave Roberts , is not on the same level as Alex Cora as a manager .

      So LeBron James is having problems leading a Los Angeles Lakers’ (0-3) roster that’s clearly out of their depth ?

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  41. Games held last night within the NBA and the season has not yet taken flight . There will be a full slate of games scheduled for Wednesday evening .

    The Cleveland Cavaliers (0-3) are win-less through three games played and it’s left to Kevin Love to lead this team throughout the remainder of the season. Love and the Cavaliers will be on court tonight
    when they face the Brooklyn Nets at home .

    NBA news

    NBA schedule 24th October and the projected starting lineups for the games being played .

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  42. All things being equal , week eight of the NFL season should prove to be an interesting one. That all begins with a Thursday Night Game featuring the Miami Dolphins taking on the Houston Texans , an all conference match-up . Brock Osweiler was at the helm for the Dolphins during the team’s last game as Ryan Tannehill failed miserably once again while helming the roster.

    Can someone remind me why year in and year out for the last six seasons, Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys believes the franchise will be a perennial contender for the Superbowl ? This season the Cowboys have been a complete mess on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Dak Prescott has let the bright lights and the glare go straight to his head , while the franchise has not found an adequate replacement for Dez Bryant who still remains an unwanted free agent wide receiver. It will be interesting to see how the Dallas Cowboys take to the field when they face the Tennessee Titans .

    Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams (7-0) are still playing like a team with a great deal of confidence. The Rams’ coaching staff has this team firing on all cylinders and their play has been reflective of that fact. Next up for Jared Goff and his teammates will be a match-up against the Green Bay Packers .

    NFL news

    NFL transactions

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  43. So the Boston Red Sox (2-0) now find themselves up two games to nil in the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers (0-2) . Once again the Achilles’ Heel for the Dodgers remains their inconsistent pitching , and the lack of defense seen from their players. Last night’s game played at Fenway Park in Boston , Massachusetts , was simply a reaffirmation of what took place in game one . Game three of the series will take place in Los Angeles as Dodgers Ballpark , where it is imperative that the Los Angeles Dodgers be at the top of their game. If the Boston Red Sox were to take game three, then it places them in the driver’s seat , knowing they would only have to win one of the remaining four games from the best of seven-game series. On the mound for the Dodgers will be Walker Buehler as he faces Rick Porcello of the Red Sox .

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  44. Week nine of the College Football Season is almost upon and there will be a full schedule of games being played. Alabama still remains unbeaten as they head into their game against the Louisiana State (LSU) on the 3rd November , 2018. That game has all the makings of becoming a real thriller .

    NCAA Football news

    NCAA Football week nine schedule

    USA Today Coaches’
    Poll (rankings)

    NCAA Football (FBS) Conference Standings

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  45. Another night of games played within the NBA and with the schedule still in it’s infancy , there still remains a great deal to play for. Of the games played on Wednesday evening the most productive by way of points scored was the contest between the Golden State Warriors and the Washington Wizards . Warriors’ guard Steph Curry dropped 51 points in the game a season high within the NBA to date.

    There are growing throngs of dissent from the fans of the Philadelphia 76ers as the team languishes from game to game . Cries for the firing of Head Coach Brett Brown has reached a crescendo , likely to become a cacophony real soon if things don’t improve. The players themselves are as much to blame as the coach himself , but it’s clear that there’s now mounting pressure on the front office to do something in order to right the ship. Next up for the Philadelphia 76ers will be a game against the Charlotte Hornets at home .

    NBA news

    NBA schedule 25th October

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  46. So preseason College Men’s Basketball and the Kansas Jayahawks are top of the national rankings heading into the regular season which begins on the 6th November , 2018 . Kansas will begin their regular season schedule with a game against Michigan State . Also making their start to the season will be perennial powerhouse Duke (Blue Devils) when they tip-off against Kentucky Wildcats .

    NCAA Men’s Basketball

    NCAA Men’s Basketball Opening Night Tip off

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  47. The Cleveland Cavaliers (0-5) remain win-less at this juncture and it appears that some drastic moves might well be imminent if things continue as they are. It is clear that GM Kobe Altman has to do something drastic . Tyronn Lue , the Head Coach of the team has seen the players perform ineptly in each of their games played to date. The departure of LeBron James a fourt-time League MVP has clearly made a difference to the Cavaliers , as James joined the Los Angeles Lakers in a multi-year deal worth approximately $155 million . For Tyronn Lue and the Cavaliers their next ten games will be of vital importance for the team . The first of those games will see them face the Indiana Pacers in a
    match-up of Eastern Conference rivals. It is becoming abundantly clear that whatever major steps taken concerning the roster will be of vital importance moving forward.

    Kevin Love is likely to miss several games due to and it will be interesting to see how the Cleveland Cavaliers fare. On offense as well as defense the roster is in dire need of players who can contribute. Without Kevin Love in the lineup the Cleveland Cavaliers will struggle .

    Courtesy of ESPN in conjunction with Associated Press

    Cavaliers forward Kevin Love out with sore foot

    DETROIT — Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love will miss Thursday night’s game against the Pistons with a sore left foot, another blow to a winless Cleveland team.

    Love missed three preseason games with an unspecified injury in the same foot. He was favoring his foot following Wednesday’s home loss to Brooklyn, and after traveling with the team to Detroit, the Cavs ruled him out several hours before tip-off.

    It’s not yet known if he will be able to play Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers.

    Love scored 14 points against the Nets, who pulled away in the second half and dropped the Cavs to 0-4 in their first season since 2013-14 without LeBron James.

    Love is one of only three players left from Cleveland’s 2016 NBA title team. He’s averaging 19.0 points and 13.5 rebounds, but is shooting just 32.3 percent from the field. He signed a $120 million contract extension this summer.

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    With Kevin Love missing the next few games the month of November will
    become extremely important for the Cleveland Cavaliers .

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  48. The weekend schedule within the NBA should prove to be very interesting . The Toronto Raptors (5-0) currently have the best record in the league. Adding Kawhi Leonard to the roster was something of an upgrade over last season given their Raptors postseason foray . Toronto’s playoff run ended in the second round in a Conference Semi-Finals’ loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers . The Raptors’ Head Coach Nick Nurse and his coaching staff are off to a very good start. It will be interesting to see how the team will fare over their next fifteen games.

    Next up for the Toronto Raptors will be a game against the Dallas Mavericks at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto , Ontario on Friday, 26th October , 2018. This contest will be one of seven games being played on the day.

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