Did you get everything you wanted this holiday season? We got everything we wanted and more from Christmas Day’s NBA games.
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Big news coming out of the weekend is that the Carolina Panthers are undefeated no more. After losing to the Atlanta Falcons 20-13, they now pound on at 14-1.
It may be the last week of 2015, but the NFL was ready for action this past weekend. The Washington Redskins clinched the NFC East with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles 38-24, the New England Patriots lost to the New York Jets 20-26 in OT, the Arizona Cardinals defeated the Green Bay Packers 38-8 and the St. Louis Rams defeated the Seattle Seahawks 23-17.
Monday Night Football features the Denver Broncos vs. the Cincinnati Bengals at 8:30pm on ESPN.
Bowl season is here y’all. While the big games may not get going until later this week, there were two fun games to note from this weekend. Virginia Tech beat Tulsa 55-52 to send Frank Beamer out on a winning note and Duke beat Indiana in the Pinstripe bowl to win their first bowl game 44-41 since 1961.
This week, enjoy all of the bowl games heading your way, including the College Football Playoff Semifinals on Thursday (the Capital One Orange Bowl at 4pm EST and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at 8pm EST) and the New Year’s Six.
- The College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl features #4 Oklahoma v. #1 Clemson
- The College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic features #2 Alabama v. #3 Michigan State
- The Peach Bowl features #18 Houston v. #9 Florida State at 12pm EST on December 31st on ESPN
- The Fiesta Bowl features #8 Notre Dame v. #7 Ohio State at 1pm EST on January 1st on ESPN
- The Rose Bowl features #6 Stanford v. #4 Iowa at 5pm EST on January 1st on ESPN
- The Sugar Bowl features #16 Oklahoma State v. #12 Ole Miss at 8:30pm EST on January 1st on ESPN
Let’s talk NBA. Starting with the Christmas line-up, the holiday games did not disappoint. The marquee match-up: Cleveland Cavaliers at the Golden State Warriors was quite the spectacle ending with the Dubs getting a hard fought 89-83 victory over the Cavs at the Oracle. Could this be a a Finals preview rematch? We wouldn’t mind!
In injury news: Eric Bledsoe of the Phoenix Suns will need surgery for a torn meniscus while Kobe Bryant of the LA Lakers is expected to play through a sore knee on Monday.
If you’re not already, keep an eye on the NBA season in the New Year, as things heat up before All-Star and leading up to the playoffs.
Christmas break is almost over and soon conference play will be heating up. So enjoy the last quiet week of 2015 — 2016 hoops will be one to watch!
Saturday’s Boxing Day matches in the Premier League did not disappoint. Stoke City scored an impressive 2-0 win against Manchester United as Louis van Gaal started the match with Man U’s captain Wayne Rooney on the bench. Diego Costa scored two goals for Chelsea, who tied Watford 2-2, and Liverpool scored a 1-0 win (and their first win in four matches) over Leicester City. Sunderland lost 1-4 to Manchester City after City scored three goals in the first 11 minutes of the first half, Norwich City lost 0-3 to Tottenham Hotspur, and although Arsenal had won against title rivals Man City on Monday, they lost out on their chance to take over the top of the table on Saturday after losing 0-4 to Southampton. Your top 5 right now are: Leicester City, Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, and Crystal Palace.
Check out these important games today/tomorrow, too:
- Manchester United v. Chelsea – Monday, December 28th at 12:30pm EST
- Leicester City v. Manchester City – Tuesday, December 29th at 2:45pm EST
The Dallas Stars are sitting at the top of the standings after their 2-3 loss on Saturday to the St. Louis Blues and their 3-0 win against the Blues on Sunday. The Washington Capitals won 3-1 against the Montreal Canadiens, the LA Kings beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 to slide into 4th in the standings, and the New York Rangers finish up your top 5 this week after their Tuesday 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. The Caps, Canadiens, Kings and Rangers all play again tonight!
Don’t forget to check out the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic 2016 on NBC on Saturday, January 1 at 1pm EST where the Montreal Canadiens will take on the Boston Bruins.
JUST FOR FUN
Just kidding… but check out Ricky Jean Francois of the Washington Redskins’ Star Wars cleats
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