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- THREE of the NFC’s best squads powered to wins over the weekend cementing themselves as the real deal. Carolina prevailed over Detroit on the road, the Eagles laid a beat down on the Cardinals with help from Carson Wentz and another clutch Aaron Rodgers game-winning drive helped the Packers overcome Dallas 35-31.
- IN the AFC Kansas City remained undefeated beating the Texans in a shootout on Sunday Night Football. The Chargers picked up their first win of the season over the winless Giants and the Jets claimed their 3rd straight win over the 0-5 Browns.
- IT was a rough Sunday for lots of NFL stars though with the league losing a pair of the leagues’ most flamboyant superstars to injury. Both Odell Beckham Jr (Giants, WR) and J.J. Watt (Texans, DE) are done for the season with Beckham fracturing his ankle and Watt suffering a painful tibial plateau fracture.
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- THE season is over for the Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. All three have been eliminated from playoff contention with the Dodgers and Astros punching their tickets to the championship round for each of their conferences. Tomorrow the Indians and Yankees play off in a winner take all Game 5 while the Nationals and Cubs continue to fight for a spot in the NLCS.
- MOST of the big names in the AFL trade period are yet to move with the exception of Tom Rockliff. The former Brisbane captain will be joining Port Adelaide with a four-year contract. With a week and a half of the trade period left, don’t expect a flurry of moves until at the end of the trade period.
- A handful of upsets to top 10 ranked college teams occurred over the weekend with the big two Alabama and Clemson improving to 6-0. Iowa State provided the biggest upset in Week 6 of the college season overcoming No. 3 ranked Oklahoma 38-31 and a last-ditch effort from No. 7 Michigan fell short as they fell to their longtime rivals Michigan State.
- JOEL Embiid has $148 million reasons to be happy after he reached a five-year extension with the Philadelphia 76ers. It’s worth knowing that there are injury clauses and triggers in the contract to protect the Sixers should Embiid’s injury woes continue.
- UFC 216 took center stage of the MMA world over the weekend with two title fights the main attraction. The legendary Demetrious Johnson defended his featherweight belt for a new UFC record 11th straight time against Ray Borg while Tony Ferguson became the new lightweight champ, claiming the interim title left vacant by Conor McGregor’s absence.
- MOST of the time we are told not to look into NBA preseason form too much as it counts for little until the lights are on. It was hard to ignore stat lines from the stars of the NBA with James Harden (36 points, 9 rebounds & 11 assists) and Anthony Davis (37 points & 15 rebounds) lighting up the stat sheet. No one was more captivating though than Steph Curry, who scored 40 points in just three quarters in the NBA China Games against Minnesota.
- AMID the FBI’s investigation into bribery and corruption allegations, it was revealed that Rick Pitino was raking in most of the money from the Cardinals relationship with Adidas. Pitino pocketed 98% of the money from the deal believed to be over $1.5 million dollars last year with the program making just $25K.
- THE NBA is making moves to try and revive the All-Star game in an effort to make it more competitive. While most of the voting and selection process remains the same, each conferences top vote-getter will now draft his own team from the pool of players abolishing the previous arrangement of East vs. West
- IN the WNBA the Minnesota Lynx captured the franchises fourth title in seven seasons last week overcoming the LA Sparks in a winner take all Game 5. Led by league MVP and Finals MVP Sylvia Fowles the Lynx finished one step better after losing in the Finals last season and creating one of the greatest dynasties in women’s basketball.
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- PANTHERS quarterback Cam Newton found himself in hot water after laughing at a female asking him a question about routes. When Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue asked Newton about Devin Funchess’ routes he responded by saying “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes”.
- CLEVELAND has confirmed that Dwyane Wade will be the team’s fifth starter in place of J.R. Smith. There was speculation that Wade would be deployed off the bench but the team will opt to start Wade, with Smith happy to play the backup second fiddle role.
- THE Indianapolis Colts immortalised Peyton Manning over the weekend with a statue and jersey retirement ceremony. The Colts picked up an overtime win to honour the four-time MVP who led the team to a SuperBowl in in 2006, setting copious NFL records in the process.