The Light at the End of the Tunnel ….

 The Light at the End of the Tunnel …

Well the NBA season is still several weeks away and the league itself will have a great deal to offer us this upcoming season. Star players have found new homes and the salary scales for those players are now at an all-time high along with the team payrolls . Meanwhile, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will have a great deal to think about , along with the NBPA (union) seeking to rework their current collective bargaining agreement. On the court it will be interesting to see which of the Los Angeles’ based franchises will be viewed as the best team in the league this season. Both have made big splashes, with the acquisition of key players , likely to add to the efficiency and productivity of both teams.. Who would have guessed that Finals MVP , Kawhi Leonard would have left the Toronto Raptors to join the Los Angeles Clippers , with the franchise also adding Paul George into the mix on the team’s roster that’ll be coached by Doc Rivers ? GM Lawrence Frank and Rivers were able to work wonders in getting both players to make the Clippers their destination. Countering that move the Los Angeles Lakers got their man when Anthony Davis was acquired in exchange for Lonzo Ball and a bunch bye products no longer wanted by the franchise. Los Angeles also saw the departure of Luke Walton as the team’s Head Coach , with his being replaced by Frank Vogel . From my own perspective , I do not believe that Vogel will be able to put enough wins to actually seal the deal, where the Lakers are considered a top contender for the NBA title .

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Opening night of the NBA regular season will tip off on October 22nd with the opening games being the Toronto Raptors facing the New Orleans Pelicans as the Raptors begin the defense of their NBA title won last season. The other opening night game features the Los Angeles Lakers facing the Los Angeles Clippers.

LeBron James continues to chase history, with the four-time League MVP seeking to surpass the legacy of his idol Michael Jordan as a player . There are some who now believe James to be the equal Jordan, albeit that James has yet to beat Jordan’s feat of six championship winning NBA Finals and six Finals’ MVP Awards. I think that sums up every reason , why LeBron James will never been seen as Michael Jordan’s equal.

There are a number of teams that I feel can compete for the NBA title this season, with everything being equal . The team likely to have the most difficult task could very well be the Houston Rockets , whose window of opportunity becomes more difficult with each passing season. Having n James Harden team up with Russell Westbrook makes this roster a formidable one , but it remains to be seen whether or not they have what it takes to derail the hopes of their opponents during this upcoming season. Houston will begin their preseason with a game against the Los Angeles Clippers on the 4th October .Their regular season opener will see the Rockets tip off against the Milwaukee Bucks , in a game where Harden will match wits with Giannis Antetokounmpou , the reigning League MVP .

Dave Dombrowski was summarily fired by the Boston Red Sox , with the team having failed to seal a berth for the postseason . Such was the failure of this team , that there’s a growing feeling that a number of their high-priced players could very well be on the move at the end of this season. Much of the blame for the Red Sox’s malaise can be laid firmly on the shoulders of Dombrowski, who felt it was best to overpay for a number of stars whose best years might well be behind them. Boston and team manager Alex Cora will have the rest of September to prove to their fans that the team can still play with pride. In their next game the Red Sox will be on the mound to face the Toronto Blue Jays on the road. It will be interesting to see how they will fare against their divisional rivals in this contest.

Zack Scott is likely to take over the duties relinquished by Dave Dombrowski after his firing and it will be interesting to see the moves that Scott could very well make , which will likely determine the future of this ball-club .

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Zack Scott , front office executive with the Boston Red Sox

Throughout the history of the New England Patriots , team Head Coach Bill Belichick has never been afraid to take a chance on a player , from Corey Dillon to Randy Moss , to Donte’ Stallworth and now Antonio Brown . The wide receiver was signed by the Patriots after he was cut by the Oakland Raiders , The Players Union are now in the midst of filing a grievance , concerning Brown’s dismissal by the Raiders. Having been signed to a one-year , $15 million deal of which $9 million is guaranteed money. It will be interesting to see what the Patriots will be able to get out of Antonio Brown over the course of this season. One thing for sure , this Patriots ‘ offense is a hell of a lot more potent than any of their rivals within their division , the AFC as well as the rest of the league. Having demolished the Pittsburgh Steelers 33-3 in their regular season opener , the New England Patriots will line up in week two to meet the Miami Dolphins . . Antonio Brown is likely to be in the team’s lineup with the Patriots’ coaching staff looking to assess the player’s worth to the team .

One looming issue which could threaten Antonio Brown’s time with the Patriots this season , is that of a possible lawsuit being filed against him by Jon Gruden , Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders. This stems from the player having recorded a private conversation between himself and his former coach. Under California state law , a private telephone conversation between two private parties , cannot be deemed legal unless consent is given by both parties. How this is viewed by the courts has yet to be played out , while it’s unclear that Gruden as such, can claim that if this was actually a conversation where he was representing the interests of the Raiders , or that it was solely one of privacy . Brown also faces claims of sexual assault by a former personal trainer , Britney Taylor , hired by the player. Taylor claims that she was sexually assaulted by Brown on three separate occasions , but at no time had she made those assertions public , having informed law enforcement of these three incidents. I can only surmise that Taylor having seen that Brown signed his deal , is now seeking some form of compensation from Antonio Bryant.

As optimistic as it was thought that this season was going to be for the Jacksonville Jaguars . The loss of the team’s starting quarterback Nick Foles has led to an even bigger dilemma for the coaching staff and front office , is whether not they should now acquire a free agent quarterback currently on the market , or call up one of Foles’ backup on the Jaguars’ depth chart. Gardner Minshew and Joshna Dobbs are two players with minimal experience on the team’s roster at the quarterback position .

Heading into week two the Jacksonville Jaguars will face the Houston Texans on the road in an AFC match-up . All signs point to the fact that this could be a very entertaining game, with the Jaguars being definitely in need of a victory .

Far be it for me to suggest , but it is becoming abundantly clear that the window of opportunity for Jameis Winston to prove himself as a leader for the Tampa Buccaneers closing extremely fast . Ever since being drafted by the franchise in 2015, Winston has continually struggled in his role as a starting quarterback. Week one saw an abysmal performance by Jameis Winston as the Buccaneers succumbed to the San Francisco 49ers , with the Bucs’ starting quarterback being hit and throwing interceptions unwantedly . With their next game being a divisional contest , the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jameis Winston are going to be tested when they face the Carolina Panthers on Thursday evening , 12th September, 2019. Bruce Arians might well feel it prudent not to start Winston given his record against the Panthers since his becoming a starter for the franchise. For the Panthers they are likely to be without their starting quarterback Cam Newton for this contest. Newton for his part would like nothing better than to be on the field for this game as he seeks to regain the form that made him a League MVP in 2015. For both teams a win is of vital importance moving forward.

Jameis Winston having recently being given a contract extension , must now know that he’s playing for his long-term future and that of the Buccaneers’ own livelihood, as they can ill-afford to start off their season on a two-game losing streak. . Becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2020 , the veteran quarterback has to be looking to commensurate a deal that would provide for his long-term future , but given his inconsistency , I seriously doubt that the front office of the Buccaneers will be so forthcoming.

Since his acquisition of the Miami Dolphins , current team owner , Stephen M Ross , has seen the ongoing demise of a franchise that hasn’t seen any semblance of real success in over a decade. Their last postseason appearance came in 2016 , and prior to that it was in 2009 , when Ross finally took control of the Dolphins from previous owner H D Wayne Huizenga . Miami’s season opening loss might well have been the franchise’s worst defeat of regular season football over the last ten years. The performance of this team was in deed an embarrassment for first year Head Coach Brian Flores and his coaching staff . The Baltimore Ravens led by their quarterback Lamar Jackson laid waste to a Dolphins’ defense which so was brutal in their lack of execution and play , with their offense being equally inept . Things won’t be getting any easier as the Dolphins will have to face a red-hot New England Patriots’ team looking to improve off their season opening win when these two AFC East rivals meet in week two of the regular season.

When pressure is being brought to bear on an NFL rookie , especially one who is a Heisman Trophy winner . The expectations continue to be high through much of their career with few of those aspirants really ever being able to live up to or meet those expectations. Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals , now finds himself in such surroundings , with the fans and front office
expecting a great deal from the rookie quarterback this season . . Murray and the Cardinals in their week one opener tied with the Detroit Lions , 27-27 , in a game which went into overtime. . With the rookie and sophomore quarterbacks’ Kyler Murray and Lamar Jackson meeting for the very first time, these two players should bring out the best in each other.

What story of late within the world sports has you riveted by way of its unfolding ?

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Author: tophatal ...........

Brit ex-pat living C Florida . Now working with a consultancy firm in the field of corporate governance on the international front , concerning economic policies . Also covering the area of finance , banking, international banking. An MBA graduate from the (LSE) and UCL (London) , M&A (mergers & acquisitions), economics , risk management & assessment . Martial artist (tae-kwondo, karate, savate , muy-thai) & an vowed sports ' fan , sports' junkie. Served in armed forces British ... Royal Marines . Taught unarmed combat to members of the military and also competed in tournaments prior to joining the Royal Marines . Also an avid motorcycle junkie & free running enthusiast . Tech geek and computer repair technician. Entertainment: Musical tastes _ reggae, r&b, soul, hip-hop, rap , jazz, classical. Film genres , Preferably thrillers , crime dramas Hobbies ..... reading biographies & anything by John Grisham Just a lil' something to make me feel comfortable ! Tophatal

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  1. Week two of the NFL season opened up with a game between the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers . With both of these NFC South teams in need of a win , it was of vital importance that both franchise performed to the best of their ability . Opposing coaches Ron Rivera of the Panthers and Bruce Arians of the Buccaneers , were seeking to make their presence felt this early in the season. Tampa Bay came away with a much needed victory over the Panthers 20-14 .

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  2. Well it’s become crunch time in Major League Baseball as the final month of the regular season is in full swing . The divisional and league standings are beginning to play themselves out .

    With the Milwaukee Brewers having lost their All Star slugger Christian Yelich for the remainder of the season the team will now have to rely on the collective efforts of several players to supply them with offense . Yelich will is likely to be on the Brewers’ DL for some time , having broken his right knee cap in a freak accident. Milwaukee will be on the mound for a weekend schedule when they face the St Louis Cardinals with the series beginning on this Friday , 13th September , 2019 .

    It will be interesting to see how the Milwaukee Brewers will fare over the remainder of their schedule . Based on their play at this point last season the final weeks should be very interesting .

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  3. There was a historic day in the historic day within the NFL , with six black starting quarterbacks steered their respective teams to victory . The New England Patriots romped to a lopsided victory over the Miami Dolphins , who at this present moment in time might just be the worst team in the entire league (NFL) , based on their overall play. Nothing went right at all for the Dolphins , with starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick having a horrible performance , with their defense being not much better. The fact that the Patriots were not able to rack up fifty points in this game might well of their benevolence and Tom Brady and teammates taking pity on their opponent. It would be fear to suggest that the Dolphins now have issues within several areas of their game both on offense and defense. There are bound to be shake-ups within the roster before they embark on their next game in week three when they face the Dallas Cowboys on the road . The Patriots for their part will be facing the New York Jets at home .

    This early in the season and injuries have begun to take it’s toll on a number of teams , with none more pressing than Drew Brees being lost to the New Orleans Saints for the next six weeks . It now becomes a pressing situation for the coaching staff of Sean Patyon , with his now having to rely on Teddy Bridgewater , replacing Brees in the Saints’ lineup. Bridgewater will be entrusted to lead the team when they are due to face the Seattle Seahawks .

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  4. So Ben Roethlisberger is lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers for the rest of the season , with Mike Tomlinson and his coaching staff are under a great deal of pressure. Tomlinson must now entrust the team’s play-calling to team sophomore quarterback Mason Rudolph . Rudolph was taken in the third round by the Steelers in 2018 . Rudolph has been able to acclimatize himself well with the franchise at this point of the season . With Roethlisberger , it will be interesting to see how Mason Rudolph will now acquit himself over the remainder of the Steelers’ schedule. For one , the team will be tested over their next five games at least , with their week-three contest possibly giving them a true test when they face the unbeaten San Francisco 49ers (2-0) .

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    Meet Mason Rudolph: The Steelers backup QB replacing Ben Roethlisberger

    By Mollie Walker , NY Post

    With Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out for the season with an elbow injury, backup Mason Rudolph will have some big shoes to fill.

    Rudolph was the Steelers’ third-round pick (76th overall) out of Oklahoma State in the 2018 NFL Draft. However, he saw no game action during his rookie season after losing the preseason competition for the backup role to Josh Dobbs.

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    But he used the time on the bench to work on his game and came to training camp this year feeling “10 times better” than he did in last season.

    “I’m having much more fun,” Rudolph said. “It’s coming so much more naturally. The game has slowed down. I’m just ready to play. I’m ready to play someone in another uniform. Go out there have fun and let it rip.”

    The 24-year-old impressed during the spring and summer and ended up earning the backup job this season following a solid performance in the preseason games. He completed 65% of his passes for 368 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.

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    From my own perspective , I also believe that it’d also be in the Steelers’ best interest to acquire a backup to Mason Rudolph with their possibly getting a free agent veteran quarterback . With no likelihood of the front office showing an interest in Colin Kaepernick , it will be interesting to see what move could very well be made by the Pittsburgh Steelers. .

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  5. With the Miami Dolphins embarrassing themselves on Sunday afternoon , it didn’t provide the fans in South Florida with a glorious weekend with the Miami Marlins also being woefully inept . Over their last ten games the Marlins are 3-7 , woefully inept with their play being what we’ve come to expect to date. Next up for the Marlins will be a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on the road as part of their regular season series of games . On the mound for the Marlins will be Pablo Lopez as he faces Robbie Ray of the Diamondbacks .

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  6. Week two of the NFL season ended with a Monday Night Game featuring the Cleveland Browns against the New York Jets in an all AFC match-up of franchises looking for consistency at this early point of the regular season. Both teams will be back in action for week three , with the Browns facing the Los Angeles Rams , while the New York Jets will have to contend with the unbeaten New England Patriots .

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  7. Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers now looks as if he has the inside track to winning the NLMVP adding to a long list of accolades won by the franchise over the years. For the month of September Bellinger’s statistics have tailed off compared to last season at this time of the year . Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts has to be excited by the play of his team , albeit , they’re
    among the highest paid teams in all of baseball. The Dodgers will be playing out the last of month of their regular season schedule when they take on the Tampa Bay Rays at home on Tuesday , 17th September , 2019. The opposing pitchers for this game will be Blake Snell of the Rays against Ross Stripling of the Dodgers.

    Cody Bellinger’s record against the AL has been nondescript . Series’ contests between these two teams have seen the Dodgers take a lead in the series.

    The Dodgers for their part have the best record within the NL and but are just lead the one game behind both the New York Yankees (98-53) and Houston Rockets (98-53) in terms of overall victories this season .

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  8. The benching of Eli Manning was not a big surprise as the veteran quarterback has failed to lead the New York Giants off to a winning start for this season. Manning much like the offense has struggled and it has been abundantly clear with his play and that of his teammates two games into the season. Manning a top-five selection in the 2004 NFL Draft . Even more controversy would take place, when Manning refused to head to the San Diego Chargers /Los Angeles Chargers , who actually drafted the player , but a draft day trade would take place between the Giants and Chargers , with Philip Rivers heading in the opposite direction in exchange for Eli Manning.

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    Giants couldn’t give Eli Manning a perfect ending

    By Kimberley Martin , Senior NFL Writer

    In an “ideal world,” it never would have come to this.

    Not after two weeks.

    Not after an offseason in which the New York Giants reiterated their commitment to Eli Manning, both in words and millions of dollars.

    In John Mara’s dream scenario, the veteran quarterback who helped deliver two of the team’s four Super Bowls would prove that he still had far more good days ahead than bad, that Manning was still capable of being the leader his teammates could believe in, could lean on and rally behind.

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    But this is not a perfect world.

    Manning is no longer the face of the franchise.

    And now the Giants are on the hook for $17 million for only eight quarters of work.

    With one succinct tweet, delivered Tuesday morning, a new day unfolded in East Rutherford, New Jersey — and an era came to a screeching halt.

    “Daniel Jones has been named Giants starting QB,” the team formally announced on Twitter.

    Two games into a season that initially belonged to Manning, the team felt it had no choice but to move on.

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    In 16 seasons, he helped lead the Giants to two Super Bowl wins, threw for 56,537 yards and 362 touchdowns, and, since 2005, has started every game except one. Frustrated fans will point to his lack of mobility, his waning play and his 116-116 career record as proof that he should have been shown the door a long time ago. But when given opportunities to devise a strategy that would allow their longtime quarterback to bow out gracefully in the transition to a new quarterback future, Mara and head coach Pat Shurmur repeatedly insisted Manning had their full support and that he gave them their best chance to win.

    “I hope Eli has a great year and Daniel never sees the field,” Mara told reporters in mid-August. “That would be, in an ideal word, you’d like to see that. At the end of the day, that is going to be a decision by the head coach as to when, or if, Daniel ends up playing this year.”

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    Manning’s own performances this season have been woefully inept . The fact that the coaching staff has chosen to replace him two games into the season , is a telling sign that they along with the front office have lost faith in the seasoned veteran . With Daniel Jones now in his rookie season supplanting Manning lineup to go alongside running back Saquon Barkley could bode well for the Giants this upcoming season. Now at 0-2 , the New York Giants will be in need of a win to get themselves back with a chance of making some noise in the NFC East . Week three will pit the Giants against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a conference match-up on the road . The last five meetings between the two teams have proven to be eventful .

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  9. So Michael Jordan , Hall of Fame legend and perhaps the best player in NBA history has decided to sell a minority stake in the Charlotte Hornets , a franchise where he is the majority stake owner. If the current rumors are believed to be true , it would very well be that Jordan could very well be willing to sell the franchise outright , with his having a small stake in the Hornets, a team which he purchased out from then owner Robert L Johnson , co founder of BET Networks . During his tenure as the owner of the Charlotte Hornets , have never won a divisional title or having made the NBA Playoffs only once since procuring the franchise in 2012. Seven years is a long time during which their draft history can best be described as more misses than hits .

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    Why did Michael Jordan choose now to sell a chunk of the Charlotte Hornets?

    By Rick Bonnell

    Michael Jordan isn’t hurting for cash flow. His estimated net worth is $1.9 billion.

    Then why choose now to sell a piece of the Charlotte Hornets to two hedge-fund executives from New York? As first reported by the Observer, Jordan has agreed to sell a large piece of his equity in the Hornets to Gabe Plotkin and Daniel Sundheim. It hasn’t been revealed how much those two are buying or at what price. But Jordan isn’t giving up majority equity or control over the franchise.

    Why now? That’s the first of four questions worth discussing:

    Q. It’s nearly a decade since Jordan bought most of the Hornets from Bob Johnson. Why take in new partners now?

    A. Jordan didn’t give his reasoning for doing this in a short statement the Hornets released Saturday, after the Observer’s story was published. But the numbers provide some context:

    Jordan invested less than $180 million in 2010, in cash and debt-assumption, to buy roughly 65 percent of the NBA expansion team’s equity from Johnson. That means the franchise was valued at about $287 million, after Johnson agreed to pay the NBA a $300 million expansion fee seven years earlier.

    At the time Jordan took over, the then-Bobcats (later re-branded to Hornets) were losing money annually. When cash calls were made to cover those losses, the team’s minority investors often passed on kicking in additional funds. That had the effect of reducing their percentages of the equity and raising Jordan’s, as the managing partner.

    Jordan’s equity kept growing over nine years, partially due to NBA revenue-sharing, and the Hornets started turning a profit. A source familiar with team ownership said Jordan controls about 97 percent of the equity.

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    Hornets’ Head Coach James Borrego and his coaching staff will have a team of players not necessarily lacking experience but it has to be said there is not a great deal of depth the roster .
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist might well be the best and most versatile player on the playing staff and it well be interesting to see what type of leadership he brings to the table for the upcoming Charlotte Hornets’ season. The Hornets will have a five-game preseason schedule before embarking on their regular season beginning in October with an opening night game against the Chicago Bulls at home .

    It would be remiss to suggest that Michael Jordan has become bored with the professional game of basketball. Yet his consummation of the Hornets , has led him to now set his sights elsewhere in terms of entrepreneurial interests. His wealth is estimated at almost $2 billion , making him one of the wealthiest African Americans in North America . With Jordan having seen the Brooklyn Nets being sold for a colossal $2.7 billion , with Joseph Tsai having brought the franchise outright from former owner Mikhail Prokhorov . It would not be out of the realms of probability, that the current Hornets’ owner could possibly sell the team for $3 billion , given the exorbitant sale prices now being realized for professional sports franchises in North America. Ever increasing revenues by way of television rights and corporate endorsers tends to add to the inflationary prices, one sees being aggregated when there’s a proposed sale or takeover.

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  10. In a game which featured perhaps the lone highlight worth remembering the grandson of Hall of Famer , Carl Yastrzemski was able to hit a home run for the San Francisco Giants in a game played against Yastrzemski’s former team the Boston Red Sox . Giants’ player Mike Yastrzemski homered in the fourth inning of the game for his twentieth home run of the season . With both teams now seemingly out of the wildcard berth within their respective leagues , there isn’t really a great deal to play for with either ball club other than pride. San Francisco and the Red Sox will be back on the diamond today , with the respective pitchers being Jeff Samardzija of the Giants against the Red Sox’s Jhoulys Chacin .

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  11. There should be some very interesting games during week four of the College Football Schedule (FBS) . Several of the top teams will be action beginning as of tomorrow night , but with their being a full slate of game taking place on Saturday afternoon . Number one ranked Clemson will be taking on Charlotte in game to be played . Meanwhile , last season’s defeated team in the national title game , Alabama will be facing off against Southern Mississippi (Southern Miss) .

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  12. Heading into week three of the NFL schedule and it should be very interesting to see what could very well materialize . A number of teams will have a bye-week and with injuries plaguing several franchises , rosters could very well see being major changes to their lineups .

    Two unbeaten teams will take to the field on Sunday when the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs in a game which features two of the best within the AFC ,

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  13. The New York Yankees are riding high , looking to seal their season by winning another AL East divisional title and push forward with another postseason appearance. The Yankees alongside their twenty seven World Series’ titles is the best among any professional sports’ titles in North America. This season the team was represented by several of their stars in the MLB All Star Game in 2019 . New York’s best performing players this season have been pitcher Domingo German and Gleyber Torres .

    Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone and his managerial staff will be looking to ride out the month of September on a succession of wins . The ball club will be looking to also possibly get Giancarlo Stanton back for the rest of the regular season and postseason . The Yankees will be looking to make an inroad as of today when they face the Los Angeles Angels at home in a game between AL rivals . On the mound for today’s game will be opposing pitchers , Andrew Heaney of the Angels against Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees .

    The San Francisco Giants are now out of the postseason hunt for an NL wildcard berth . As ambitious as the months of July , August and September were said to be, there was a lack of consistency from the team during those months in terms of their play. GM Brian Sabean , the managerial staff and front office will have some serious undertakings as they seek to reassess the roster in terms of their long and short-term future. There are several young candidates within the Giants’ farm system that will be undoubtedly be looking for a call up to the Majors as the regular season winds down. However, first up for the Giants will be their playing out the month of September , as the season winds down. Giants ‘ manager Bruce Bochy in what likely will be his last year as the manager , will have his team prepared to meet the Boston Red Sox in a game being played at Fenway Park in Boston . Massachusetts on Thursday evening.

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  14. If there’s one thing we know heading into week three of the NFL season and it’s that injuries have taken their toll on a number of teams around the league. To open up week three there will be an AFC contest on Thursday night featuring the Tennessee Titans as the hosts of the Jacksonville Jaguars . This could be a very compelling game between these two conference rivals .

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  15. So this weekend as week four unfolds within College Football it will be interesting to see which of the teams within the SEC (Southeast Conference) will be stepping up to the plate. Number nine-ranked Florida will be taking on Tennessee (Volunteers) in a game that should prove to be very interesting. In the ACC the games there should also be worthy of note . The Miami Hurricanes will be pitting their wits against Central Michigan .

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  16. This past weekend provided us with some great games within the world of Major League Baseball . Unfortunately , for the Chicago Cubs , they were on a backlash having to face divisional rivals the St Louis Cardinals in their most recent outing. For Cubs’ pitcher Jon Lester this was not the most auspicious of occasions as he faced the Cardinals for a game this season. It might well have been his worst performance ever in a Cubs’ uniform as he was bludgeoned by the Cardinals’ offense. The Cubs have fallen so far off track that their chances of making the postseason now seems faint. If this Joe Maddon managed team is to have any chance of making it there , then their leading aspirants and
    opponents will have to implode as the weeks wind down during the regular season.

    Joe Maddon and the Chicago Cubs won’t be in action to today , but they are scheduled to be back on the diamond when they are due to face the Pittsburgh Pirates on the road , this Tuesday afternoon , 24th September , 2019 .

    An ALCS match-up between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees could provide the fans with something that they are likely to relish , as these two teams have proven themselves to be among the best in the AL over the course of this season. Both teams are in action tomorrow , with the Yankees facing the Tampa Bay Rays . Houston will be facing off against the Seattle Mariners on the road on the same day.

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  17. So there are now several 3-0 teams in the NFL with the New England Patriots routing the New York Jets on their way to a 30-14 victory over their divisional rivals within the AFC East . Next up for the Patriots will be a game against the Buffalo Bills who are also unbeaten at 3-0.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ wide receiver Mike Evans had an extraordinary game for the team having caught three receiving touchdowns in the first half of the game for Tampa Bay as they took on the New York Giants in a match-up between NFC foes .

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  18. With the likelihood that is said to be Joe Maddon’s last season with the Chicago Cubs and his having guided the franchise to their first World Series’ title in over 100 years , along with four straight appearances culminating with that most recent series’ triumph. One has to wonder who else among Maddon’s managerial staff will be jettisoned alongside several high priced players on the staff ? Other than Wilson Contreras , Javier Baez and Kyle Hendricks , the remainder of the playing staff could very well be used as trade bait. One thing is clear team owners , the Ricketts’ family alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer , the general manager must feel that change is needed. If it means looking also at their farm system then in all likelihood a number of those players could be seeing some sort of promotion all too soon. At the same time , Epstein and Hoyer might not be averse to spending money in order to bolster the team for the 2020 season. The Cubs simply tailed off during the latter half of the season where from the latter part of August their play has been sub-par along the way.

    With that in mind one has to wonder how the Chicago Cubs will now round out their season by way of their play .

    If there has been one franchise which has failed miserably by way of their play , then it would not be about of the realms of possibility to suggest that over the past fifteen years the San Diego Padres have failed miserably both on and off the field of play. Winning seasons for the ball-club have been few and far between with their last one coming in 2010 . That year they failed to make the postseason . This season it has been a woefully inept one for the Padres , which has ultimately led to the dismissal of Andy Green as the team’s manager . The current roster with with their lineup of seasoned veterans and youngsters has struggled and will continue to struggle. The farm system as it now stands is not one that’s deemed to be highly competitive with a litany of stars available. At the same time team owner Ron Fowler has never seen fit to over extend himself by way of the team’s payroll in recent years, Small market club or otherwise , the Padres’ problems have always stemmed from their reluctance to pay for big time players who can contribute to the organization’s overall success.

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  19. Last night’s game in the NFL rounded out week three of the regular season . The Chicago Bears ran roughshod right over the Washington Redskins . Both quarterbacks played with a degree of efficiency , but it was clear that this Jay Gruden coached team has some real issues on both sides of the ball . The Redskins have now fallen to 0-3 , while the Bears are now 2-1 . Week four should tell us a great deal about the momentum of the teams as they seek to make their progress through this season.

    One of the top games in week four will pit two unbeaten teams when the Buffalo Bills (3-0) face the New England Patriots (3-0) in a game that pits these two AFC East franchises looking to stay atop of the division.

    Reigning League MVP and current starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes is off to another sensational start to the season for the Kansas City Chiefs . The Chiefs with their coaching staff led by Andy Reid whose been the coach of the franchise since 2013 . Mahomes has become real star in this league excelling and currently seen as the best quarterback taken during the class of 2017 . The Chiefs lead the AFC West and have a healthy lead over their divisional rivals . In all likelihood if Mahomes continues on his current pace then he could be a potential Hall of Famer as a Kansas City Chief player .

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    As Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes continues his assault on NFL passing records, one former quarterback wasn’t thrilled with a comparison.

    In response to an article link posted by The Athletic Kansas City that said Mahomes “has thrown 36% of Troy Aikman’s career touchdowns, in about 8% of the games,” Aikman, now the lead analyst for FOX Sports, fired back.

    “iCYMI: Talk to me when when (sic) he has 33% of my Super Bowl Titles,” Aikman wrote Monday night.

    Aikman is a three-time Super Bowl champion, a six-time Pro Bowl selection and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In his 12-year career, all with the Cowboys, Aikman completed 61.5% of his passes for 32, 942 yards, 165 touchdowns, and 141 interceptions.

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    Mahomes, only 24 and playing in his third season, has completed 66.8% of his passes for 6,576 yards, 60 touchdowns, and only 13 interceptions. He has played in only 20 regular-season games in his career.

    Mahomes was an All-Pro selection last year and won the league’s Most Valuable Player award. But he only won one playoff game as the Chiefs fell to the Patriots 37-31 in overtime of the AFC Championship Game.

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    In week four , Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will be facing the Detroit Lions in a game that could very well be potentially a high scoring contest . Matt Stafford will undoubtedly be seeking to improve his record against AFC teams .

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  20. So here we are with the final week of the MLB season . This final week should prove to be imposing for the teams seeking to make the postseason . On the mound for Tuesday’s games will be several players looking to cement their status’s for the MLB individual awards .


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    remains on the inside track for the NLMVP , while leading the NL in several offensive categories . Bellinger and the Los Angeles Dodgers will be back on the field facing the San Diego Padres on the road .

    Within the AL it looks as if the Minnesota Twins will be making their first postseason appearance in several years, their first since 2017 . They have clinched the AL Central and their first round opponent has yet to be decided , but they will round out their final games of the season starting with a match-up against the Detroit Tigers , a team whose season has just spiraled out of complete control. It’s hard to say where the Tigers now go from here given their current plight.

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  21. I’ll say it now , week five of the NFL regular season should tell us a great deal about the teams as they move ahead. If last season is anything to go by , then week four should prove to be very interesting. One of the games that should pique the interest of everyone , watching at home or at the stadiums themselves will be the match-up the Green Bay Packers facing the Philadelphia Eagles . As Superbowl champions from two years ago , the Eagles are now facing a season defining moment. Another loss puts the team at 1-2 and it’s plain to see that Doug Pederson and his coaching staff will have some real issues to address , especially among several of his players on both sides of the ball. For opposing quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Carson Wentz , this game should prove to be an interesting match-up. The experience of these two quarterbacks couldn’t be more different. Rodgers was taken in the second round by the Packers of the 2005 . Wentz having signed a new deal with the Eagles. To date the player’s credentials while great at best can’t be seen , he has faltered when it mattered .

    The retirement of Andrew Luck cast a giant shadow over the Indianapolis Colts and what was deemed their long-term future. The team at this point of the season are 2-1 , having played with a great deal of effectiveness . Up next for the Colts will be a true test when the team faces the Oakland Raiders in a home game between AFC rivals. Jacoby Brissett has been entrusted with the role of leading the Colts at the quarterback position. It will be interesting to see how and his teammates fare in this game .

    Jon Gruden as the Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders, with his exorbitant contract, has yet to materialize into anything that could be deemed noteworthy for the franchise. The players on this roster have been mediocre at best , If they fail to win this game against the Colts , then there are likely to be some serious misgivings concerning this organization as a whole from the top down , starting with the front office , coaching staff and the players themselves. The short but yet well chronicled career of Antonio Brown with the Raiders has all but told the story of the franchise at this point.

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  22. Five more days and it will be the end of the regular season in Major League Baseball . Several games will be on the plate today . I’m certainly looking at how Gerritt Cole will be performing as the player looks to cement his role as one of the best players on the Houston Astros’ roster this season. Cole and teammate Justin Verlander are two of three players among the team’s pitching staff with double-digit wins at this point of the season . The pitching staff itself might just be the best in baseball given the starting lineup at present. Astros’ manager AJ Hinch having led the franchise to a World Series title , will be looking to cement his legacy with another if they make a deep postseason run this year.

    With Zack Greinke on the mound today when the Houston Astros meet the Seattle Mariners , it will be interesting to see if Houston can keep their current momentum going . Given what I have seen from the Astros this season , I think it would be a tremendous mistake if the team’s front office were to allow Gerrit Cole to leave as a free agent . His one-year , $13,500,000 deal is cheap by the today’s standards for a starting pitcher. I am sure that the Astros might well be willing to re-sign the player to a multi-year deal commensurate with his skill-set, in line with some of the top players at the position.

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  23. Week five of the College Football season will be in play as of tonight and then proceeding on into Saturday . With the Florida Gators once again considered a top-ten ranked team in the nation, it will be interesting to see how the team fares against Towson this upcoming Saturday, 28th September , 2019 . Alabama has been seen it’s ranking drop , though they still remain inside the top-ten. The Tide will get to face off against Ole Miss’ (Mississippi) .

    Within the ACC there are several games which will be of vital importance for several of the teams within the conference . The Miami Hurricanes won’t be on the field weekend but they will face Virginia Tech on Saturday , 5th October .

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  24. Several games of interest today with players seeking to make their merits known . The New York Yankees , one of the few teams to have notched more than 100 victories this season will be looking to have their best winning season over the last ten years. The team will begin a three-game stretch against the Texas Rangers on the road , beginning Friday, 27th September , 2019 .

    Derek Jeter a co-owner of the Miami Marlins , with the team struggling with their attendance levels for the past decade. It’s easy to understand why there have been struggles both on and off the field of play. Marlins’ manager Don Mattingly will have his team ready to play as they round out their regular season schedule with their final games . With the Marlins struggling within the NL East , they will be in action today when they face the New York Mets on the road .

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  25. And just like that it looks like the Los Angeles Lakers could very well see their season falter after it was announced that the team would lose Kyle Kuzma for the entire upcoming regular season. Kuzma was seen as the third option on the roster in terms of the team’s offensive capabilities . Other than LeBron James and Anthony Davis , there is little to suggest that the Lakers could be seen as an efficient much less highly productive team in terms of offense. The first two months of the Lakers’ schedule tell us a great deal about how this team could very well operate under the coaching mindset of Frank Vogel and his coaching staff .

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  26. Jacob deGrom could be the NLMVP for 2019 , with the New York Mets’ starting pitcher and his performances for the team this season . What has been spectacular for deGrom this year has been performances prior to and then after the All Star Game . With the Mets now out of contention for the divisional race as well as a wildcard berth within the NL , suggests that the front office will be seeking to make changes over the coming months. Jacob deGrom’s last game saw the player on the mound when the Mets faced the Miami Marlins at Citi-Field in New York City , New York , on the 25th September , 2019.

    Mets’ GM Brodie Van Wagenen has seen the error of his ways with the acquisition of Robinson Cano , whose salary ($24 million) for this season has been a complete waste, much like his productivity for the ball club in 2019. If there’s one player the New York Mets should consider keeping then it ought to be Zack Wheeler .

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  27. So the week four results in the NFL spoke greatly about the teams and how they’re intending to move on. The Miami Dolphins remain without a victory and the team and coaching staff are now struggling to get back on track. On defense as well as offense the Dolphins have become completely inept just about every facet of their game, In week five the Dolphins will have a bye-week before returning in week six to face the Washington Redskins in a intra-conference game . That game should prove to be very interesting with the opposing quarterbacks being Josh Rosen and Dwayne Haskins with Case Keenum of the Redskins having been sidelined due to an injury. The player of Haskins this season has been at best placid .

    Elsewhere over the weekend the Dallas Cowboys fell to their first defeat of the season with the team falling to the New Orleans Saints . Saints’ quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on the field as the back-up to team starter Drew Brees .

    In a game of unbeaten teams the New England Patriots got one over on the Buffalo Bills , winning the match-up 16-10 . The defeat left the Patriots atop of the AFC East and the only unbeaten team within the division.

    Sean McVay the Los Angeles Rams saw his team get upended in a game that the Rams should have won with ease. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the game by giving the Rams their biggest defeat of the last eighteen months.

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  28. So the 2019 MLB Postseason begins today , Tuesday , 1st October , as four teams look to make their way to the respective Divisional Series of the MLB Postseason. Brandon Woodruff of the Milwaukee Brewers will be on the mound as he and his teammates face the Washington Nationals , whose starting pitcher for this game will be Max Scherzer . The AL wildcard clash will feature the Tampa Bay Rays facing the Oakland A’s at the O Coliseum in Oakland , California on Wednesday afternoon.

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  29. Just when you thought that the NFL could get any worse by way of their Monday Night Series of scheduled games , there was an eyesore on display for the fans and viewers last night the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals provided the league with one of the worst executed games of the season to date. The victory put the Steelers in the win column for their first win of the season and dropped the Bengals down within their division .

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  30. So Brad Ausmus has been fired by the Los Angeles Angels after just one year in his role as the manager of the ball-club. Team GM Billy Eppler and team owner Arte Moreno now have to survey the scene of the managers with experience who are now available. The one person who fits that bill would have to be Joe Maddon , currently in limbo concerning his future with the Chicago Cubs . GM Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein as Head of Baseball Operations have yet to make a final announcement concerning Maddon’s future , but it’s clear with the Cubs’ fall from grace this season was noticeable . Now Epstein has suggested that no player is off the table by way of a trade should they be able to get something of equal compensatory value.

    In the case of the Los Angeles Angels , their failures stemmed from inconsistency , continued injuries and several players having under-performed. With their being several free-agents seeking to up their contracts , it will be interesting to see what will be done by Billy Eppler and Arte Moreno during the off-season.

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  31. Yesterday’s NL Wildcard Game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals proved to be a pitching duel between two of the NL’s best starting pitchers. Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals against Josh Hader of the Brewers . The Nationals will now go on to meet the Los Angeles Dodgers in one of the two divisional series taking place within the NL this postseason. Within the AL it will be the Tampa Bay Rays facing off against the Oakland A’s on Wednesday evening.

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  32. The Clemson Tigers having just squeaked by the North Carolina Tar Heels , dropped down the national rankings . They were replaced atop of the rankings by Alabama (5-0) who like Clemson share an unbeaten record. In week six of the NCAA FBS season it will be interesting to see what materializes from the scheduled games that will be taking place. Neither Clemson or Alabama will be in action during the weekend schedule . They will however return to FBS play during week seven of the regular season .

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  33. Week five of the NFL season and it will be interesting to see what takes place when the games come into play. Teams with byes this week are the Detroit Lions and the Miami Dolphins . One game that should be an interesting match-up will see the Kansas City Chiefs (4-0) taking on the Indianapolis Colts . Chiefs’ starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes is once again off to an exceptional season for the Chiefs. Jacoby Brissett is expected to lead the Colts back into a competitive season , but I get the feeling this team is far from perfect. Injuries have been mounting up and it has plagued several teams over the course of the season. All of the hype concerning Baker Mayfield now seem to be coming to fruition , but by enlarge the Cleveland Browns are still a team far from where they need to be. Mayfield and the team will be in action when they face the San Francisco 49ers in an intra conference game .

    To suggest that the Miami Dolphins are having a dire season would be an underestimation as the team coached by Brian Flores has been a monumental disaster. Miami has struggled in every aspect of their game and though injuries have been a problem . With the Dolphins on a bye week , they will be back on the field in week six when they play the Washington Redskins . The Los Angeles Rams and Jared Goff will be looking to get back back within their divisional race when they take on the Seattle Seahawks .

    Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after their week four victory over the Los Angeles Rams , their biggest win of the season to date . Winston and the Buccaneers might well be facing another big test when they take on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday evening.

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  34. Two preseason games on the NBA schedule for Friday evening . The teams on the court for the three games in question, will be Houston Rockets facing the Los Angeles Clippers in a clash of conference foes . Eastern Conference based the Indiana Pacers will face the Sacramento Kings , while the third contest will pit the Brooklyn Nets as they tip off against Sesi Franca of the French Basketball Association .

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  35. With CC Sabathia not being on the New York Yankees postseason roster , it leads one to believe that 2019 was indeed the last season as a player for the franchise. His career with the Yankees has been a storied one, but yet one that seemingly should have been a great deal more than the fans witnessed. With this likely to be his last season within the game of baseball , Sabathia will ride off into the sunset. As a potential Hall of Famer , given his career statistics . it might be something of a push for the pitcher.

    Courtesy of Yahoo Sports & Associated Free Press

    Yankees bench Sabathia for opening MLB playoff series

    New York (AFP) – Injury-nagged New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia might have thrown the final game of his 19-year Major League Baseball career after the team left him off their first-round playoff roster.

    The Yankees announced Thursday that 39-year-old left-hander Sabathia would not play in the best-of-five American League division series against the Minnesota Twins that opens Friday at Yankee Stadium.

    Sabathia, who helped the Yankees win the 2009 World Series, had a stent inserted into his heart last December and said in February this would be his final season.

    In April, Sabathia became only the third major league lefty to record 3,000 career strikeouts but right knee issues that doctors say will require knee replacement surgery after the season forced him to the injured list in May, July and August.

    Sabathia went 5-8 with a 4.95 earned-run average and 107 strikeouts over 107 1/3 innings.

    But after the first relief appearance of his career on September 24, Sabathia’s left shoulder did not recover well, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

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  36. So here we go again , another season and it was one where the New York Mets failed miserably on all fronts, failing to compete within the NL East , NL and MLB overall . The dismissal of Micky Callaway as the manager of the team stands to the testament of the organization all round.

    With the New York Yankees in the MLB Postseason , it begs the question if the New York Mets are playing second fiddle to their crosstown rivals , what will they try to do in order to

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  37. Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are off to an indifferent start to their season . Newton has been sidelined by an injury and been left to it has been left to Kyle Allen to replace Newton in the team’s lineup for this season . Allen was an un-drafted quarterback from from the 2018 NFL Draft . In week five the Panthers face the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road in a non-conference match-up this Sunday.

    On Sunday afternoon , it will be interesting to see if Teddy Bridgewater and the New Orleans Saints will seek to bounce back with the loss of incumbent starting quarterback Drew Brees . Saints’ Head Coach Sean Payton and his staff will have to forgo the rest of the season without the Pro Bowl player and holder of several franchise records . For their next game the New Orleans Saints , they will face off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers . That divisional contest could very well tell us a great deal about the direction of both teams might well be heading in over their next few games. Jameis Winston the Buccaneers quarterback will have something to prove as well.

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  38. With the MLB Postseason now in full swing , the two ALDS series have both the Houston Astros and New York Yankees leading their respective series by 2-0 , as of Sunday night. One more victory for either team and it places them in an ALCS clash. On tap for today are games between the Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros , for their game three being held at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. The other game scheduled for Monday will pit the St Louis Cardinals at home against the Atlanta Braves .

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  39. Week five of the NFL regular season will come to a close with tonight’s Monday Night match-up featuring the Cleveland Browns taking one the San Francisco 49ers . With the Dallas Cowboys coming off their loss to the Green Bay Packers , with Packers’ first year Head Coach Matt Lafleur celebrating the team’s biggest win of the season to date . In what turned out to be a highly competitive contest , it was left to Aaron Rodgers and his teammates to show the rest of the league that they’re not to be underestimated , while pushing their record to 4-1 .

    There are only two unbeaten teams now in the NFL at this point of the season with the New England Patriots (5-0) and the San Francisco 49ers (3-0) . With the Washington Redskins now dropping to (0-5) , there are rumblings within the front office that principal team owner Dan Snyder and the team’s Head of Football Operations Bruce Allen might well consider the dismissal of Jay Gruden as the team’s Head Coach . The players have not responded to Gruden’s style over the course of this season with the defense being among the worst in the league. In their week five game against the New England Patriots , the Redskins suffered one of their worst defeats of the season , in a contest which was completely lopsided. Next up for this Jay Gruden coached team will be a game against the equally inept Miami Dolphins on the road.

    Well with it being formerly announced , Jay Gruden was officially relieved of his duties with Bill Callahan being handed the interim tag of Head Coach for the remainder of the season .

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  40. Well the NBA preseason is now up and running , with several players now showing their worth . There are five games scheduled for Monday evening . One of the games in question will pit the Orlando Magic against the Detroit Pistons in a match-up of Eastern Conference franchises. Another of the contests for Monday evening will provide the fans with a glimpse to see the newly reformatted Cleveland Cavaliers’ team when they face San Lorenzo of Buenos Aires (Argentina) .

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  41. So week five of last season within the NFL was something to behold . It will be interesting to see which teams jump to the fore in week six of this current season. Top game of the week might well be when the unbeaten New England Patriots (5-0) meet the New York Giants , with their being everything on the line for the NFC East divisional franchise . With Daniel Jones having replaced Eli Manning as the Giants’ starting quarterback , it will be interesting to see how the rookie quarterback will fare in this game.

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  42. Well the College Football (FBS) season has been something special with week six . With Alabama now ranked as the number one team in the rankings and their remaining unbeaten thus far through their schedule . Head Coach Nick Saban and the coaching staff saw the team perform admirably as they crushed Southern Miss in a lopsided game that was simply more of the same from a highly talented Tide offense. In week seven it will be interesting to see how Alabama will fare in their game against Texas A&M .

    With Florida (Gators) having a rejuvenated season , it will be interesting to see this team will fare in
    their upcoming game against the LSU (Tigers) in a match-up of top-ten ranked teams . Two programs at top of the SEC .

    Last season’s national champions , Clemson (Tigers) coached by Dabo Swinney will be looking to see if he can get his team back on track when they will meet Florida State (Seminoles) .

    Within the PAC-12 there are several teams vying to say they’re among the best within the conference.. Unfortunately , all of the programs have proven to be somewhat mediocre by way of their play this season. Stanford and USC Trojans will be in action when USC will face Notre Dame in a clash that’s usually a highlight of their respective schedules . Stanford for it’s part won’t be in action until week eight when they will face off against UCLA Bruins .

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  43. So what will it take for the Los Angeles Lakers to compete within the Pacific Division of the NBA this season as well as making sure they’re in the NBA Playoffs . Based on the past two years it would suggest that the Lakers would have to at a minimum post a 49 to 55 win tally to make sure of a Playoff Berth.

    With a new Head Coach in tow , with Frank Vogel succeeding Luke Walton and Jason Kidd being added to Vogel’s coaching staff . One would expect that a team headed by perennial All Stars , LeBron James and Anthony Davis . This is a Lakers’ roster that would be considered a front-runner within their division as well as for a top-seed within the Western Conference for this season . The team got off to a rousing start to their preseason schedule with a well-deserved victory over their divisional rivals and three-time NBA champions the Golden State Warriors . The regular season match-ups between these two teams should make for an interesting proposition given the transactions which took place during the off-season as well as the NBA Draft . With their having to meet four times over the course of this season the Pacific Division should prove to be a daunting task for all of the teams within the division .

    Next up for the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers respectively will be games against the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Brooklyn Nets , with the Lakers facing the Eastern Conference based Nets .

    Bryn Forbes has started off impressively right out of the gate for the San Antonio Spurs during this preseason . The player a three-year starter with the Spurs and he’s shown his worth to the team at this stage of the preseason . San Antonio fell in a thirty-six point loss to the Orlando Magic . Next up for Forbes and his teammates will be a contest against the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena , in Miami , Florida .

    San Antonio’s regular season schedule will begin on the 23rd October when they face the New York Knicks in an intra-conference match-up.

    Bryn Forbes was an un-drafted free agent from the 2016 NBA Draft and has slowly begun to progress with the franchise. Forbes’ contract with the Spurs is not an overly exorbitant one with the shooting guard earning $3 million for the upcoming season.

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  44. When you have both James Harden and Russell Westbrook in your starting lineup on a roster that’s known to have an explosive offense . Let’s just say the fireworks will continue to light up the sky and scoreboard. Having acquired Westbrook in exchange for Chris Paul being sent to the Oklahoma City Thunder . GM Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets’ front office led by billionaire owner Tillman Fertitita must feel that the franchise is now heading in the right direction. Fertitta bought the franchise from billionaire Lesley Simon for just under $2.6 billion , which outside of the $4 billion price tag paid by WME for the UFC , has been the larges sales’ price paid for a North American professional sports’ franchise.

    It will be interesting to see what the Rockets will be able to do during the preseason and then heading into this regular season . Rockets’ Head Coach Mike D’Antoni and his coaching staff If the Rockets play up to their potential with the defense being at their best , this team is certainly capable of making a deep NBA Playoff run. The Rockets’ opening game of their preseason schedule saw them take on the Shanghai Sharks , winning that contest quite convincingly . Having now posted a 2-1 record , with their first preseason defeat , losing to the Toronto Raptors . Westbrook and Harden are accounting just over one-third of the team’s offense as their preseason progresses. In their next scheduled game before the start of the regular season , Houston will tip-off against the Toronto Raptors once again , in the second of two games played between the two teams in . Houston’s opening game of the regular season will see them face the Milwaukee Bucks at home .

    The Southwest Division of the Western Conference should prove to be an interesting outcome for this season for the Houston Rockets .

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  45. The New York Yankees made light work of the Minnesota Twins , sweeping the AL Central team in three games to advance to their to making their first ALCS /a> appearance in just over two years . The Yankees now await the winners of the ALDS between the Houston Astros (2-1) and the Tampa Bay Rays (1-2) . It was New York’s pitching , rather than their offense , which was on display during their three game sweep of the Twins.

    The Tampa Bay Rays will be looking to square their series against the Houston Astros when it resumes with game four at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida , taking place on Tuesday evening. A deciding game-five if needed would take place on Thursday , 10th October, 2019 .

    The two NLDS contests have yet to be decided , with the Atlanta Braves and St Louis Cardinals
    now tied at two games apiece (2-2) and the series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals (2-2) also sharing a tie. It there’s one thing which has become abundantly clear and it is that the Dodgers are a team that is lacking in terms of their pitching when it matters the most . With game five’s being necessary for both of these series, it will be interesting to see if the home teams will have the advantage needed,

    I can’t help but feel that Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts is now caught up in a real dilemma . If he should fail to get the team to the NLCS , there is every reason to believe that this could very well be his last year in charge of a Dodgers’ roster that is among the most highly paid in all of baseball .

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