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- FOR the first time in his NBA career, Steph Curry was ejected in the Dubs loss to Memphis on Saturday. Curry threw his mouthguard in the direction of the ref while complaining about not getting a call with less than a minute left in the game. Kevin Durant came to his fellow MVP’s aide and pleaded his case to the ref before he was also tossed.
- IT’S been a tough week in Phoenix with both Eric Bledsoe and Earl Watson pretty much done and dusted with the franchise. Bledsoe tweeted ‘I don’t want to be here’ on Wednesday just hours before the team fired Watson from his role as head coach, becoming the first NBA coach sacked in over 12 months. The Suns are reportedly now actively trying to find a trade for Bledsoe.
- AFTER the AFL Trade period ended there wasn’t a lot of breaking news to speak of. Over the last seven days though premiership players Travis Cloke and Shane Mumford both announced that they are retiring from the game. The now Bulldog Cloke won a flag in 2010 during his 246 games with Collingwood and Shane Mumford claimed his medal in 2012 during his 79 game stint with the Sydney Swans.
- LAST night Cristiano Ronaldo claimed his 2nd straight Best FIFA Men’s Player award, voted on by the national captain’s, coaches and media. The Real Madrid and Portugal star beat out longtime rival and friend Leo Messi from Barcelona and PSG’s talented forward Neymar.
- FOR the first week in a while, the weekend slate of college football went pretty much as expected. The only team inside the 15 to lose was #11 USC after they copped a 49-14 beat down from #13 Notre Dame. The top five all cruised to easy wins with Saquon Barkley dominating yet again in #2 Penn State’s 42-13 win over #19 Michigan.
- WE have nearly reached the midway point of the season and the standings are starting to take shape. In the final game of Week 7, the Eagles improved to a league-best 6-1. Defense was the flavour for most of Sunday games with the Chargers, Rams and Jaguars all recording shutouts of the Broncos, Cardinals and Colts respectively.
- OF course it wouldn’t be another week in the NFL without injuries and unfortunately, Carson Palmer (broken arm) and Eagles duo Jason Peters (MCL and ACL tear) and Jordan Hicks (ruptured Achilles tendon) have all played their last snaps in 2017.
- NEW managers were appointed for the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets over the past week. Alex Cora the current Astros bench coach will take up the job in Boston and Mickey Callaway has been promoted for the New York gig.
- THE NBA season may be young but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been treated to some great games already. The Timberwolves and Thunder battled it out in an early game of the year candidate, with Minnesota winning by just two points. Carmelo Anthony gave the Thunder the lead with less than five seconds left only to see Andrew Wiggins bank the game-winning three in from just inside halfcourt.
- WIGGINS wasn’t the only young NBA gun who turned heads last week with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid making some noise of their own. Simmons posted his first career triple-double in the 76ers first win of the season and Joel Embiid put up 30 points and nine rebounds against Detroit.
- THE first week of NBA wasn’t absent from injuries with Chris Paul suffering a bruised left knee that could keep him out for up to a month. Paul’s replacement in LA Milos Teodosic has a foot injury as well that will keep him out indefinitely. Jeremy Lin’s knee injury news wasn’t as positive as Paul’s with the Nets guard tearing his patella tendon and he will be sidelined for the rest of the season.
- LAST time I wrote the Astros and the Yankees were locked in a 2-2 series with New York seemingly in full control. After they took a 3-2 series lead they failed to finish the job with Houston advancing to face the Dodgers, who defeated the Cubs four games to one. That set the stage for an epic World Series which kicked off tonight and saw each team deploy their ace. Dallas Keuchel (6.2 IP, six hits, three runs) did his best to slow the Dodgers but it wasn’t enough as they fought out a 3-1 win with Clayton Kershaw (7.0 IP, three hits, one run) the star of the show.
- THE projected No. 1 pick in this year’s NFL draft at the start of the season Sam Darnold might not be leaving school after all with the USC Trojans quarterback flirting with staying in school. Darnold has struggled with turnovers this season (10 interceptions in 8 games) and instead of turning pro will likely choose to stay at USC and focus on becoming a better footballer.
- MARSHAWN Lynch won’t be lining up against the Bills next week with the league opting to uphold his suspension. ‘Beast Mode’ was ejected from Thursday nights game against the Chiefs after he ran onto the field and made contact with an official while trying to separate cornerback Marcus Peters from a scrum. He was immediately flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and thrown out of the game.