Good Morning, team. We’ve got a lot to discuss — but to begin, we’re starting our Monday marking the date – we are less than 30 days away from the start of NBA season. Prepare for the excitement by reviewing the top 50 circus shots of last season here:
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We begin today with the tragic news that star pitcher Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins died after a boating accident over the weekend – he was 24 years old. The Marlins canceled Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Braves and the rest of MLB announced that they would do a league-wide moment of silence in Fernandez’s honor.
Week 3 in the league was full of a few surprises, starting with that team from Washington getting a 29-27 victory over the New York Football Giants that began with hype over Josh Norman vs. Odell Beckham Jr. and came down to the wire (and an unfortunate interception for Eli Manning). With the win, the fight for the NFC East remains in play for both teams. Another game with a surprising result featured the Minnesota Vikings defeating the Carolina Panthers on the road – ending the Panthers’ 14-game home winning streak. Before the game, Cam Newton voiced his opinion on Charlotte by wearing a t-shirt with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. during pregame warmups.
Other notable games from Sunday included Aaron Rodgers (who had 4 TDs) and the Green Bay Packers getting the win 34-27 over the Detroit Lions, the Seattle Seahawks taking down the San Francisco 49ers 37-18 despite a knee injury to QB Russell Wilson, and the Philadelphia Eagles putting on a strong show to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-3.
Oh and on Thursday night, rookie QB Jacoby Brissett led the New England Patriots in a dominating 27-0 victory over the Houston Texans. Despite a thumb injury to Brissett, the Pats are hopeful that both he and Jimmy Garoppolo will be healthy enough when they take on the Buffalo Bills in week 4.
Monday Night Football is all about the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints – tune in for kickoff at 8:30pm EST on ESPN.
Let’s talk week 4 in college football land. Oddly enough, the biggest surprise of the weekend was Duke’s big win over Notre Dame 38-35 in South Bend on Saturday. Outside of that game, most of the top ten teams took care of business and had dominating performance for their schools — including Alabama, Louisville and Michigan, who each picked up wins.
In coaching news, LSU fired Les Miles after 12 seasons and a 2-2 start this year.
Although he wasn’t cleared to play by the Miami Heat, Chris Bosh vowed that he will continue his comeback to the NBA this season. Follow his journey on UNINTERRUPTED, starting here with his second episode “Renewal.”
After 21 great seasons, Kevin Garnett announced his retirement from the NBA a few days before the Minnesota Timberwolves training camp. Garnett leaves the NBA after a long legacy of success in the league — beginning his career as the first player to be selected out of high school in 1995, adding an MVP season in 2004, a championship in 2008 with the Boston Celtics, and leaving as 40 year old with over 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 5,o00 assists over the course of his career. Congrats, KG!
Rory McIlroy won the Tour Championships on Sunday in Atlanta, Georgia. He’ll next compete in the Ryder Cup next weekend in Minnesota.
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Remembering Arnold Palmer at 87
The game of golf wouldn’t be the same without Arnold Palmer, and his legacy lives on
Amazon is moving into the live streaming business
They’re looking to acquire video rights to wide-reaching, globe-spanning sports in order to drive viewers to their online TV services
Not a cord-cutter yet
Fans tuned in on Twitter for last Thursday’s NFL game
It wasn’t just a new way for the NFL to reach fans, it was also a way for Twitter to reach prospective users – a potential win/win for both
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