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How A Rare Night Shook The College Football World

Chaos usually shows its face whenever college football arrives. Since Nick Saban became the coach Alabama has been the outlier to that chaos. As for the rest of the college football universe, a routine punt turns into a blocked punt and the reactions are forever solidified into gif history…

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Chaos usually shows its face whenever college football arrives. Since Nick Saban became the coach Alabama has been the outlier to that chaos. As for the rest of the college football universe, a routine punt turns into a blocked punt and the reactions are forever solidified into gif history.

This season, a few non-traditional powerhouses emerged thanks in part to relatively easy scheduling. Heisman frontrunner, Lamar Jackson, and the Louisville Cardinals emerged on the scene with a thrashing of the then ranked Florida State team. The Cardinals have decimated their opponents for most of the season and only have Houston to look forward to. Louisville’s only loss thus far was the result of a boneheaded decision by receiver James Quick to run out of bounds on fourth-down when he had room to make the crucial first down.

The Washington Huskies balanced attack helped them see their best start since the 2000 season when they finished 11-1. Up until last night, Washington was thoroughly beating their opponents. On Saturday night, a young USC team realized its potential and completely dominated the Huskies; holding them to only 17 total rushing yards. This loss does not exclude the Huskies from playoff consideration, but their chances took a crucial hit.

Two teams ahead of Washington lost last night. Clemson gave up 43-points and a personal record performance by Pitt’s quarterback Nathan Peterman. While Peterman set personal bests in throwing yards and touchdowns, Desean Watson too set an ACC record with his 580 passing yards. Unfortunately, he also threw three interceptions, which ended up hurting Clemson in the end. (To be fair Clemson had been narrowly escaping all season).

And then there is Michigan. Up until this point, they ran through their schedule, but met their match in an Iowa Hawkeyes team. A team that lost to North Dakota State and Northwestern. Michigan was held to 4.0 yards per pass and 2.8 yards per rush. Michigan’s offense still needs elite athletes that will be playing on Sundays and it showed in Iowa City.

This is the first time No. 2, 3 and 4 lost on the same day since 1985. Iowa beat Michigan that year (Jon Harbaugh was the QB of Michigan at the time). To add on to the losses of 3 of the top 4 teams, Auburn and Texas A&M were handed conference losses as well.

Alabama and Ohio State are the only two clear frontrunners at this point in the season, but even that presents some problems. Despite Ohio State’s hot streak, they could very well fail to make the Big-10 championship game thanks to Michigan’s loss. Ohio State wins “The Game” and Penn State will represent their division due to a tiebreaker. The being left out of the playoffs is an emerging possibility.

Now the selection committee is left with a bevy of one-loss and two-loss teams with no clear leader amongst the pack. A loss currently has not eliminated any of these teams from the discussion; as we have never had more than one undefeated team heading into the playoffs. It will not be surprising if one of the teams that lost last night still makes the College Football Playoffs.

 

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Pelicans Agree To Trade Anthony Davis To Los Angeles Lakers

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to a deal to trade Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks — including the No. 4 overall selection in next week’s draft, according to woj.

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Pelicans Agree To Trade Anthony Davis To Los Angeles Lakers

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to a deal to trade Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks — including the No. 4 overall selection in next week’s draft, according to Woj.

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Toronto Raptors Win First NBA Title by Defeating The Warriors in Game Six

The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions for the the first time in franchise history. They secured the title with a 114-110 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, taking the series 4-2.

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Toronto Raptors Win First NBA Title by Defeating The Warriors in Game Six

The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions for the the first time in franchise history. They secured the title with a 114-110 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, taking the series 4-2.

An instant classic in every sense of the word, the two teams went back and forth from the opening tip until the final buzzer.

There was once again another significant injury as Klay Thompson went down with a knee injury late in the third quarter, and left the arena on crutches. Golden State kept fighting, but shorthanded as they were, they couldn’t quite find enough buckets down the stretch.

Kyle Lowry came out firing, and he couldn’t miss in the opening minutes, racking up 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting to start the game.

Pascal Siakam soon chipped in, and the Raptors built a quick nine-point lead, thanks to five early 3s. The Warriors weren’t going to just give up in the final game at Oracle, though, and hung around due to some nice shooting from Klay Thompson and a boost off the bench from DeMarcus Cousins.

The exciting back-and-forth action continued in the second quarter as both teams used mini bursts to temporarily take control of the game.

Lowry and Siakam continued to play well for the Raptors, which was important because they weren’t getting quite the usual production from Kawhi Leonard. Despite playing shorthanded, the Warriors were able to hang around thanks to some nice minutes from Andre Iguodala, who threw down two big alley-oops to pump up the Oracle crowd.

Plus, Thompson was happy to knock down free throws after being fouled twice on 3-pointers.

Early in the third quarter, the Raptors once again built themselves a decent lead, but the Warriors had yet another answer. It didn’t help Toronto that Lowry had to leave the game early in the quarter after he picked up his fourth foul on a questionable call.

From there, Game 6 Klay Thompson built on his legacy with a number of huge shots — at least until he landed awkwardly on his leg following a dunk attempt late in the frame. He immediately went to the locker room, but came back to shoot the free throws, making both to a huge ovation. He then returned to the locker room to be evaluated.

Despite Thompson’s absence, the Warriors kept battling, and were able to stick with the Raptors until the final seconds, finding baskets here and there from pretty much everyone that was still healthy to play.

After a late turnover by the Raptors, they even had a chance to win it in the closing seconds, but Steph Curry’s 3 didn’t go down. A bizarre sequence in the aftermath led to the Warriors calling a timeout they didn’t have, which effectively ended the game.

Kyle Lowry finished with 26 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Raptors. Pascal Siakam also went for 26, while Kawhi Leonard and Fred VanVleet each added 22 of their own. Thompson led the Warriors with 30 points, and Andre Iguodala chipped in 22 points.

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VIDEO Kevin Durant Returns, Re-Injures Right Leg in Game 5 of NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors have been pushed to the brink of elimination by the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals. A big reason that they’re facing a 3-1 deficit in the series is the various injuries that they’ve dealt with.

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VIDEO Kevin Durant Returns, Re-Injures Right Leg in Game 5 of NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors have been pushed to the brink of elimination by the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals. A big reason that they’re facing a 3-1 deficit in the series is the various injuries that they’ve dealt with.

Most notable among them is the calf injury that has kept Kevin Durant on the sideline since Game 5 of their second-round series against the Houston Rockets.

However, after over a month on the shelf, Durant returned to action for Game 5 against the Raptors on Monday night. He got off to a great start, scoring 11 points in the first quarter. Unfortunately, his return was cut short in the second quarter when he appeared to re-injure his calf.

Durant practiced with the Warriors on Sunday for the first time since sustaining the calf injury, and he also participated in shootaround on Monday morning.

“He looked good,” Warriors head coach Kerr said of Durant to media members on Monday morning. “We’ll see where it goes.”

Kerr has previously stated that Durant could potentially play in the series after just one practice.

“It’s feasible,” Kerr said. “But again, it’s really a day-to-day thing. If we had a crystal ball, we would have known a long time ago what we were dealing with. It’s just an injury; there’s been a lot of gray area. So literally it’s just day to day and how the progress is coming. And at this point he’s still not ready.”

With Durant set to return for Game 5, one has to wonder about the level of rust that he will be dealing with after being sidelined for over a month. But, Durant at even 60 or 70 percent would provide a big boost to the Warriors, who have looked lost without him at times against the Raptors.

“You worry about the conditioning … the skill obviously is undeniable and he’s a guy who can get his shot off any time he wants,” Kerr said. “He’s Kevin Durant. So, if we have him out there, he’ll be a threat, we know that.”

Now that he’s finally set to return, Durant has a legacy-altering opportunity in front of him. His team dug themselves into a 3-1 hole without him, and if he can lead them out of that hole and to a third straight title, it would be viewed as an all-time accomplishment.

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