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February 22nd 2021

 

The first major of the tennis season is in the books. Novak Djokovic captured his 18th Slam event, moving to within two of Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal. Djoker dominated Danil Medvedev in straight sets to win the Australian Open. Congrats to Naomi Osaka on her fourth slam title.
The Michigan-Ohio State game was the college contest of the weekend. The Wolverines scored a use road W to stay in the top three.
Pitchers and catchers reported. Baseball is back, baby!
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February 15, 2021

The NCAA Tournament selection committee announced their midseason top 16 teams. The Big 12 and Big Ten combined for nine of the 16 slots.
Gonzaga remained unbeaten with a blowout win at San Francisco. That gave the Zags a 24th consecutive 20-win season.
Daniel Berger eagled the 18th hole to win at Pebble Beach.
Congrats to Maryland women’s basketball coach Brenda Frese, who earned her 500th victory at the school.
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February 8th, 2021

Tampa Bay won the Super Bowl, easily beating Kansas City, 31-9. Tom Brady got his seventh ring and Super Bowl MVP.
College basketball saw a number of upsets. East Carolina earned its first win over a top 25 team, stunning Houston. Creighton lost to a Georgetown team that came in 4-8. Florida lost at home to South Carolina. Villanova fell to St. John’s. Virginia Tech lost to Pittsburgh.
The Dodgers signed NL Cy Young award winner Trevor Bauer. It was a three-year deal worth $102 million.
The first Grand Slam tennis tournament began. The Australian Open began late, but stars are there. Serena Williams won her first round match.
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February 1, 2021

It was an interesting week in terms of transactions.
The Rams and Lions swapped QBs. The Rams got Matthew Stafford while the Lions added Jared Goff. Detroit added draft picks in the deal.
The Cardinals added third baseman Nolan Arenado from Colorado.
Gonzaga and Baylor rolled on. Kansas fell for the fourth time in five games.
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January 25, 2021

The Super Bowl is set. Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes. The Bucs are the first home team in Super Bowl history.
Tampa Bay takes on Kansas City, which beat a tough Buffalo team in the AFC title game.
College hoops took another hit with Michigan being sidelined for two weeks minimum. Baylor stayed unbeaten with big wins over Kansas and Oklahoma State. Kansas dropped its third straight contest.
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January 18, 2021

The NFL Final Four is set. The NFC Championship features two great QBs, Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady as the Packers host the Bucs. The AFC title game has the Bills against the Chiefs.

College basketball is down four unbeaten left. Gonzaga, Baylor, Winthrop and Drake have a zero in the loss column. Michigan fell from the unbeaten ranks, losing to Minnesota.

The NBA saw big news as the Nets acquired James Harden to go with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

The NHL started its season and the Lightning got off to a great start.

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January 11, 2021

The NFL playoffs got underway. Tom Brady threw for 381 yards vs. Washington. The Rams stunned the Seahawks. The Ravens got past the Titans.
Gonzaga and Baylor continue to roll in college basketball.
Jim Harbaugh got a contract extension at Michigan.
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January 4th, 2021

The NFL regular season came to an end. The Cleveland Browns made the playoffs for the first time since 2002. The Indianapolis Colts earned the final AFC playoff berth, edging Miami.

The Chicago Bears lost to Green Bay but got into the postseason. The Packers and Kansas City Chiefs earned the top seeds in the conference playoffs.

Alabama and Ohio State earned spots in the college football national championship game.

Gonzaga and Baylor continued to shine as the top two college basketball teams. There were upsets as Tennessee, Kansas and Wisconsin were among the teams that fell.

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December 28, 2020

Northwestern climbed to 3-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1967-68. The Wildcats only loss came by one point to Pittsburgh.
The NBA got underway with several surprising results. Trae Young got off to a great start.
The Kansas Chiefs locked up the top spot in the AFC. Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes vs. Detroit.
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December 21st, 2020

The College Football Playoff is set. Congrats to Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Notre Dame advanced to the final four!

In college hoops, Gonzaga showed again why they are ranked #1 in the polls, dominating Luka Garza and Iowa. Xavier remained unbeaten with a win over Marquette.

In the NFL, the Buffalo Bills claimed their first AFC East title since 1995, beating the Denver Broncos. The Titans put up 46 points against the Lions.

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December 14th, 2020

College news dominated the headlines.
LSU, playing shorthanded, scored a shocking win at Florida. That cost the Gators any shot at a playoff berth.
Sarah Fuller made headlines, becoming the first woman to score for a power five football team. She made two extra points vs. Tennessee.
Michigan and Ohio State was cancelled, but the Big Ten allowed the Buckeyes to qualify for the Big Ten title game.
There were coaching changes announced as several teams saw their season close. Leaving are Gus Malzahn at Auburn, Love Smith at Illinois and Kevin Sumlin at Arizona.
In college, a good week for Missouri (beat Liberty and Illinois), West Virginia (beat Richmond), Clemson (beat Maryland and Alabama) and Florida State (beat Indiana and Florida)
Derrick Henry ran for 215 yards and two TDs for the Titans. The Bears blew out the Texans. The Chiefs got past the Dolphins.
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December 7th, 2020

College basketball has been hampered by Covid postponements. Gonzaga-Baylor would have been special. We did have a good one with Villanova edging Texas.

We have also seen some teams struggle. Kentucky fell to 1-3 with a loss to Georgia Tech. The upsets continued as Wisconsin lost to Marquette.

The NFL saw the Saints clinch a playoff berth with a ninth straight win. The Giants stunned the Seahawks. The Jets continued their losing ways and the Bears dropped a sixth straight.

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November 30th, 2020

College basketball got under way. Gonzaga was very impressive putting up 102 on Kansas. Mark Few earned his 600th career win.
Luke Garza showed why he is the Preseason Player of the Year, scoring 41 points while grabbing nine rebonds in a win.
There were upsets too. Villanova lost to Virginia Tech, picked 11th in the ACC preseason poll. San Francisco stunned Virginia, while Richmond upset Kentucky.
Football saw several great performances. Buffalo’s Jaret Patterson ran for 409 yards and eight touchdowns. Tyreek Hill had 269 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Derrick Henry ran for 178 yards and three TDs.
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November 23rd, 2020

The NBA has made a lot of news Anthony Edwards was the #1 pick in the draft. Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum got max contracts. Free agency saw a ton of moves, including Gordon Haywood going to Charlotte, Montrezl Harrell to the Lakers and on and on.
The Pittsburgh Steelers moved to 10-0 with a win over Jacksonville. 
Northwestern knocked off Wisconsin in the Big Ten.
Danil Medvedev won the ATP Finals in London. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic missed out on the title match.
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November 16th, 2020

Who would have thoughts Michigan and Penn State would ever combine to post a 1-7 football record. Nebraska beat the Nittany Lions, while Wisconsin blew out the Wolverines, so that is where we are.

Notre Dame remained unbeaten in in the hunt for a CFB playoff berth. Ian Book has been the star of stars for the Irish.

The Steelers remained unbeaten. The Ravens were stunned by the Patriots. Kyler Murray hit DeAndre Hopkins on a Hail Mary as the Cardinals beat the Bills.

Congrats to Kevin Cash as AL Manager of the Year. Don Mattingly won in the NL. Jose Abreu was AL MVP while Freddie Freeman won in the NL.

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November 9th, 2020

Notre Dame got a big win over Clemson in double OT. I know the Tigers were missing Trevor Lawrence, but credit the Irish for putting up 47 points against the Tiger defense.

The Big Ten continued to show surprising results. Penn State, now 0-3, fell to Maryland. Michigan slipped to 1-2, falling to Indiana.

The Pac-12 opened its season as USC rallied with two late TDs to beat Arizona State.

In the NFL, the Steelers remained unbeaten. Patrick Mahomes threw for 372 yards and four TD’s as Kansas City edged Carolina. The Bills beat the Seahawks while the Titans beat the Bears.

Authentic won the Breeders Cup Classic. Chase Elliott won the NASCAR title.

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November 2, 2020

A busy week in sports.

Michigan was upset by Michigan State. Maryland scored a big upset over Minnesota. Texas knocked off previously unbeaten Oklahoma State. Ohio State won at Ohio State.Auburn was very impressive over Auburn.

In the NFL, the Steelers remained unbeaten, the Jets remained winless. The Packers were stunned by the Vikings, the Titans were upset by the Bengals.

Managerial news as the White Sox hired Tony LaRussa and the Tigers named AJ Hinch.

Novak Djokovic suffered one of his most lopsided losses as a pro. He fell to Lorenzo Sonego in Austria.

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October 26th 2020

The World Series has had plenty of drama. Game four was the wildest, dramatic game I’ve ever seen. Los Angeles now leads 3-2.

It was also good to see the Big Tenfootball season begin. Michigan had an impressive win at Minnesota. Ohio State and Justin Fields took care of Nebraska. Rutgers snapped a 21-game Big Ten losing streak by stunning Michigan State. Purdue scored an upset of Iowa while Indiana shocked Penn State.

The Steelers remained unbeaten with a big win over Tennessee. Tampa Bay had an Impressive victory over the Raiders. The Seahawks fell from the unbeaten ranks, losing to Arizona. The Jets fell to 0-7.

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October 19th, 2020

What a great time to be a fan in the Tampa area. The Lightning won the Stanley Cup, the Rays are going to the World Series, and Tom Brady has the Bucs in the hunt. The win over Green Bay said a lot.

The Rays and Dodgers will be an exciting World Series.

Alabama had Nick Saban on the sidelines and scored a big win over Georgia.

Teofilo Lopez scored an upset with over Vasily Lomachenko to become a four-belt lightweight champion. His future is so bright, baby.

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October 12th, 2020

Congrats to the NBA champion Lakers! LeBron James and Anthony Davis would not be denied. Jimmy Butler and the Heat pushed the series to six games.

I was thrilled as the Tampa Bay Rays knocked off the Yankees!

The Las Vegas Raiders made some noise, pushing the Chiefs from the unbeaten ranks. The Steelers moved to 4-0 for the first time since 1979.

The tennis world saw a great matchup in the French Open men’s championship, 1 vs. 2. Rafa Nadal tied Roger Federer with his 20th Grand Slam, winning the French over Novak Djokovic..

The women’s title was shock city as unseeded 19-year old Iga Swiatek earned her first Slam title. She is the first Polish player, male or female, to accomplish that feat.

College football saw the top two team win again. Trevor Lawrence led Clemson to a win over Miami. Alabama got five TDs from Najee Harris in a win over Mississippi. There were upsets as Florida and LSU went down.

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