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Trump getting no’ pat on back’ from freed UCLA basketball player’s father tweets he should have left the player’s in jail….

Donald Trump IS well?…..

Donald Trump…

He doesn’t do much of anything because of any other reason except boosting HIS EGO…..

The UCLA basketball played who are accused of shoplifting and where held in China did in fact thank President Trump for asking the Chienese leader to release them….

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LaVar Ball, the mercurial father of one of players didn’t….His ego is is about the size of Trump’s….

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The players faced potential jail sentences for the charge, but Trump reportedly spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping about resolving the situation. The players were released, and landed in the United States last week.

Trump took credit for their release, and questioned in a tweet whether the players would thank him.

The players subsequently held a press conference last week in which they apologized for the incident and thanked Trump.

ESPN on Friday asked LaVar Ball about Trump’s role in bringing his son back to the United States.

“Who?” Ball responded. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”…

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Kneeling isn’t hurting the NFL…Overexposure is….

The idea has been brought up that the kneeling during the national anthem was the causing the National Football owners a loss in viewership….

A few of those owners have been quietly expressing frustration with the continuing of the action by their players…

But the Wall Street Journal is out with different reason for a decline in people watching NFL games…

Too much product ….

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Media executives are rallying around an explanation for the National Football League’s declining TV ratings: too much football available in too many places.

Total NFL ratings through the first seven weeks have declined 5% compared with last year and about 15% versus the same stretch in 2015, which was a very strong season for the league.

The league’s aggressive media strategy in recent years has led to a flurry of new offerings: an increase of Thursday night games; games available on Verizon mobile phones and Amazon’s streaming service; highlights on the NFL-owned cable channel RedZone and social-media platforms; and full-game replays on an NFL subscription service called GamePass.

The fear among TV executives is that this has backfired, devaluing the programming.

“I think there’s a question mark for the NFL, which is just to think hard about how they are licensing,”…

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Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension upheld…The appeals are over…

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The Dallas Cowboys running back will begin 6 six weeks off starting this weeks game if he doesn’t appeal….

Ezekiel Elliott will begin serving his six-game suspension for domestic violence following a 24-hour stay, a federal judge ruled Monday.

U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla announced her decision to uphold the NFL’s six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations several hours after lawyers for the NFL Players Association and the NFL Management Council argued their positions on Elliott’s suspension again – mostly repeating their prior arguments.

“The NFLPA has failed to demonstrate a substantial question warranting the extraordinary remedy of injunctive relief or a balance of hardships that decidedly weighs in its favor,” Failla wrote in her ruling….

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The Dallas Cowboys running back is playing in the November 5th game while his lawyers try to work out a deal with the NFL….

Upadte 11/9/17….

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s half-season run from his six-game suspension ended Thursday when a federal appeals court refused to let him play while it considers his appeal….

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Donald Trump needs to get over the NFL players….

Things like this just makes him look stupid….

Trump launches petition against NFL players’ anthem protests

U.S. President Donald Trump has stepped up the pressure on the National Football League over protests by its players during the national anthem by launching a petition and asking his supporters to show their patriotism by backing it.

The move came after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell this week rejected Trump’s calls to punish players who kneel for the anthem to protest racism. Trump has said the protests are unpatriotic and disrespectful of military veterans.

“The President has asked for a list of supporters who stand for the National Anthem. Add your name below to show your patriotism and support,” said the petition issued on Thursday by the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, a fundraising organization for Trump and Vice President Mike Pence…..

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LA Dodgers beat Chicago Cubs 11-1 to advance to first World Series since 1988

…from the LA Times….

Enrique Hernandez celebrates his grand slam. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Dodgers rout Cubs 11-1 to advance to World Series

  

Bottom of the ninth. Kenley Jansen pitching.

Kris Bryant flied to left.

Anthony Rizzo flied to deep right.

Willson Contreras lined to short.

DODGERS WIN!

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Tiger Woods ok to go back to golf….

Doctors have cleared him to resume after his back aliment that kept him in constant pain….

It is unknown how good he will be able to be at his age and after his health and personal problems….

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He HAS been back to swinging the golf clubs…

A day after Tiger Woods posted a video of himself on social media hitting a driver, his manager revealed that the 14-time major champion has been cleared by his doctor to resume full golf activities with no restrictions.

Mark Steinberg told GolfChannel.com that Woods met last week with the doctor who performed his back surgery in April, and that Woods hasn’t experienced any pain in his most recent comeback.

“Tiger met with his doctor last week and got a good report saying he can proceed down the path to continue to hit golf balls with no restrictions,” said Steinberg, who added that he is unsure if Woods has played a round of golf yet. “He’s going to take that news with enthusiasm but caution as well.”

News of Woods’ clearance was first reported by ESPN.com.

The permission to proceed comes nearly six months after Woods underwent anteior lumbar fusion surgery on April 19.

Sharing glimpses of his progress, Woods has been ramping up his golf activity in a series of videos uploaded to social media. He posted a video of himself hitting a pitch shot on Aug. 31, hitting an iron shot on Oct. 7, and taking a full swing with a driver just one day ago….

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Kaepernick Files Grievance Against NFL….Players continue to kneel…

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He’s probably done with the National Football League…

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL on Sunday, alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners following his protests during the national anthem.

Kaepernick started a national conversation about political activism by athletes last season when he decided to sit, and then kneel, during the anthem to bring attention to mistreatment of African-Americans by police. Other players have continued the protests this season, prompting an angry response from President Donald Trump, who said players should be fired for not standing during the anthem.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers at the end of last season and remains a free agent despite a rash of injuries and poor play at the quarterback position.

Mark Geragos, one of Kaepernick’s attorneys, said in a statement posted on Twitter on Sunday that he filed the grievance “only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives.”….

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There WHERE NFL players that DID kneel before the games yesterday , even after Donald Trump claimed to have have ‘won’ in getting the NFL head Goodell to issue a letter to his bosses the team owners…

Owners are NOT gonna inflame this issue for Trump’s ego…

Major Media coverage on this was ABSENT yesterday…It was left to second tier outfits to report something Trump would NOT like to hear….I wonder why?

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Yes…0-5 NY Giants just beat the Denver Broncos…

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Oct 15, 2017….CBS Sports…

Sunday Night Football features a New York Giants team that just lost its top four receivers to injury against a Denver defense coming off a bye that allows the fewest yards per game in the NFL.

The Broncos are favored by 12.5 points, up 3.5 from an open of nine. The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 38, down three from an open of 41. …

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Tight end Evan Engram dives into the end zone for a touchdown Sunday.

Ben McAdoo finally gave up play-calling this week with the Giants’ season in turmoil, and his players responded by not giving up on him for their stunningly dominant first win of the season, 23-10 over the Broncos at Mile High on Sunday night.

“For the team in general, he was saying that he knows what he has to do,” Landon Collins said of his head coach. “He just has to be affirmative on both sides, not just on one side of the field.”

“It’s more than just today,” McAdoo said of why he made the change. “I need to do what’s best for the team, just like we ask the players, just like we ask the coaches, and I thought the team needed me, the whole locker room needed me this week. I needed to be at my best for the players and coaches this week.”

Justin Pugh, who led a nasty offensive line in handling Von Miller and the fearsome Denver rush, said a win despite only improving to 1-5 “was huge to get that feeling for this team.”

And so it was justified that the Giants, who had opened the week as 12- to 14-point underdogs, were going to soak this one in. With Odell Beckham Jr. and many others out for the season and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie suspended by their coach, no one else believed they could do it.

“I’m on a high right now. It’s unreal,” rookie tight end Evan Engram (five catches, 82 yards, TD) said of his first career NFL win. “We’re gonna enjoy this one. This plane ride’s about to be fun as hell. Honestly, all week we believed that we were gonna win this game. Nobody else did. That’s how we came in tonight: We all we got.”

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I can finally hold my head up being a fan of this team….

Has coach Ben McCadoo saved his job by giving up the job of calling the offensive plays?

The Giants top pass receivers where NOT on the field, eh?

The Defense showed they CAN play their asses off if Eli stops throwing the ball to the other team….

What?…The Gianst RUNNING GAME!

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Next year could have the Cavs playing the Warriors again for the NBA Championship…

This dog sure had fun watching the NBA Basketball championship series….

I’m not a big basketball fan , but i was happy to see the Warriors win…

The people over at FiveTHirtyEight believe that the whole NBA season will again come down to the Stef Curry and his guys against Lebron James and his guys….

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers are favorites to win their respective conferences and reach the NBA Finals.

That’s according to FiveThirtyEight’s “CARM-Elo” projections, which we’ve just launched for the 2017-18 NBA season. The Warriors and Cavs project to be the best regular-season teams in their respective conferences, although the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder — and perhaps the San Antonio Spurs — could represent formidable rivals for the Warriors in the West. Cleveland has less competition in the East. (Our projections are bearish on the Boston Celtics.) But Cleveland and Golden State could have an even larger advantage in the postseason.

Apart from one new wrinkle, our methodology for making these projections is essentially the same as it has been for the past two seasons. So I’ll spend the bulk of time here discussing what has changed. The new wrinkle: Our forecasts account for the amount of playoff experience on each team’s roster. Throughout NBA history, teams with extensive playoff experience have often found a higher “gear” in the playoffs. Put more precisely, they have a tendency to win more playoff games than you’d expect from their regular-season performance. This group of teams includes the Cavs, a team that our forecasts have often underrated once the playoffs began — and that won 12 of its first 13 playoff games last year after a mediocre regular season….

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Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott NFL 6-game ban upheld by Federal Appeals court…

It is unknown if the  Elliott will try another court or just take the six came rip….

The chances of beating the suspension are remote due to the Players Union contract with the league…

The case involved a domestic incident….

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A federal appeals court cleared the way for the NFL to impose a six-game suspension on Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott over domestic violence allegations on Thursday, siding with the league in the latest high-profile fight over its ability to punish players for off-field behavior.

In a 2-1 decision, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in New Orleans granted the league’s emergency request to set aside an injunction and ordered a district court in Texas to dismiss Elliott’s case.

The case may not be done yet and further appeals were possible. One of Elliott’s representatives didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. A federal judge in Texas had issued an injunction that blocked the suspension last month, agreeing with NFL players’ union attorneys who argued that the investigation of the allegations in Ohio and a subsequent appeal were unfair to Elliott, one of the league’s standout running backs. The Cowboys have a bye this weekend.

The NFL countered that it followed procedures under the league’s labor deal and that the union improperly filed a lawsuit before the appeals process was complete….

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NHL Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins visit Trump at the White House on the down low….

With Trump in a fight with Pro football and Basketball players , who are mostly black and brown?

One might think the white guys in the national Hockey league might a safe place for Donald Trump?

The Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins went to the White House to see the tyradional Presidential congratulations sessions , with media coverage….

Ya wouldn’t know this…

I found the story because I went to LOOK for how pro hockey was repsonding to the Trump kneeling story….

The National Hockey White House visit story was buried….


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The NHL Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins went to the White House on Tuesday, and all Donald Trump got was the barest mention of it from the team’s social media accounts.

As ShareBlue tells us:

On the team’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, not a single mention was made of the White House trip. On Facebook and the official team website, the trip was mentioned — but no photos were shown of the team meeting with Trump.

That was not the case in October of 2016. When the Penguins visited the White House to see President Barack Obama the team used the hashtag #PensAndPOTUS to promote the event. They posted video of President Obama’s speech to the team, a video compilation of their trip to see Obama, photos of Obama with the team, and they collected the social media posts in a “Moment” called “Pittsburgh Penguins Get Presidential.”

Also, no jersey for Trump with his name and 45 on the back, which is a standard for visits from national sports champions. The New England Patriots gave him one when they visited after winning the Super Bowl. Sad!…..

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NY Islanders Pro Hockey team wants to relocate to Belmont Park….

The Team is currently playing in a place they tried and do NOT like….

They want back to Nassua County….

The site at Belmont Park is the one they hope Governor Cuomo will make happen for them….

“We are locked and loaded on Belmont,” Ledecky told reporters in Manhattan. “We have blinders on for Belmont. We are not looking at other places or other opportunities. We want to make Belmont a reality.”

The Islanders and the Barclays Center both have the option to opt-out of their agreement in January, Newsday reported.

The Islanders submitted a bid last month after Empire State Development Corp. put out a request for proposals in July to develop 36 acres of underutilized parking lot space. A bid for the same property was planned in 2012 but eventually scrapped, ESPN reported.

Newsday reported the new Coliseum was not in the running for the next Islanders arena, even temporarily, with Ledecky citing low capacity and a lack of luxury box suites after the $165 million renovation.

According to ESPN, many fans have complained about the views at the Barclays Center, including obstructed seats and poor sight lines for hockey.

“Barclays is a great place and it gets better year after year,” Ledecky told reporters. “Unfortunately when the facility was built, it was not built with hockey in mind. It’s not a facility in its current form that one could be in and have a successful place as a hockey team.”

Ledecky added, “The best home and the only home for the New York Islanders moving forward should be the Belmont arena.”….

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Believes ‘Everyone Should Stand’…

Trump is pressuring the National Football League owners to get their black players in line by threating to revolk their right to avoid paying taxes, something that all teams actually do pay.…….

Goodell has wrote a letter to all of the leagues owners…..

Remember Goodell works FOR THE owners…..

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In an effort to end the ongoing debate around standing or kneeling during the national anthem prior to NFL games, Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a letter to team executives saying the league needs “to move past this controversy” and that a plan for doing so would be discussed at a league meeting next week.

Goodell offered no details on the plan, but said “like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand” during the anthem, and that he wanted the matter resolved “together with our players.”….

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Lynx win the WNBA Championship over the Sparks….

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The Minnesota Lynx found sweet revenge in the form of the organization’s fourth WNBA championship after defeating the Los Angeles Sparks 85-76 in the winner-take-all Game 5 at Williams Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota on Wednesday night.

The Lynx join the now-defunct Houston Comets as the only four-time WNBA champions.

Minnesota led by 10 points with 4:26 remaining before L.A. cut the deficit to three with 34.9 seconds to go. Then Maya Moore hit a clutch runner in the lane and the Lynx never looked back.

This year’s finals pitted a rematch of last year’s thrilling five-game series, in which the Sparks won Game 5 in Minnesota on Nneka Ogwumike’s shot with 3.1 seconds left….

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OJ Simpson has been released from prison….

The ex-profootball player has been in jail for armed robbery of a Nevada Casino….

O. J. Simpson was released on parole in Nevada on Sunday after serving nine years in a state prison on charges stemming from an armed robbery in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2007.

Mr. Simpson, 70, was released at 12:08 a.m. local time from Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada, the Nevada Department of Corrections announced. It provided images of Mr. Simpson leaving the prison in a baseball cap, white tennis shoes, jeans and a denim jacket.

It was unclear where Mr. Simpson was staying, but his lawyer, Malcolm P. LaVergne, said in an interview on Sunday that “Mr. Simpson is going to wind up in Florida.”

As of Sunday afternoon, neither Florida nor California had received the requisite paperwork for Mr. Simpson to return to those states. According to Mr. LaVergne, Nevada needs to make a request to the receiving state, which has 45 days to reply….

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NY Islanders bid for new Belmont home….

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The decision to award the contract for anymore would rest with Gov Cuomo….Not with Nassau County of the Town of Hempstead…Both of those entities have been reluctant to ok any major development projects….

The County is having severe financial problems , while the state is doing fine….Since the Belmont racetrack is on state property ….They do NOT have to pay any taxes to the county….

There should be a provision for whoever manages the property to send annual checks for payments in-lieu of taxes to the county for it’s expanded police and ambulance coverage…The same should be extended to the local fire department in Elmont, which will be required to provide addition coverage for venue that will have over 20,000 people from time to time….

Since the facilities will be with walking distance of  the Queens/Nassau border…..NYC will have to provide an additional police presence also….Of course the Governor has been assigning NY State Troopers to more New York State properties like airports and other transportation location’s….

The New York Islanders have made a bid to return to the New York City suburbs.

The National Hockey League team that moved from Long Island to Brooklyn two years ago submitted a bid with several other partners Thursday to develop a new arena at Belmont Racetrack in Nassau County.

“New York Arena Partners, LLC has submitted a comprehensive proposal to create a world-class sports and entertainment destination at Belmont Park, which we look forward to discussing with the Empire State Development Corporation,” the team said in a statement.

New York Arena Partners includes the owners of the New York Mets and others. The Empire State Development Corp. announced in July it was seeking to develop 36 acres of vacant and underutilized parking lots at the site of the racetrack.

Belmont Park plays host every June to the Belmont Stakes, the final leg in horse racing’s Triple Crown. There are no plans to close the racetrack; the new development would largely be across the street from the track.

The Empire State Development Corp. says it does not comment about the bidding process. There is no timetable for a decision to be made.

The Islanders’ move to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center was announced after a failed attempt to secure public financing for a refurbished Nassau Coliseum, which was home to the team from 1972 until 2015.

Fans have expressed displeasure with the Brooklyn move, and the team has a lease with an opt-out clause that could allow it to leave Barclays Center, home to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, after the upcoming season…..

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