9.26.16: In remembrance

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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MLB

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.

NFL

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.

College Football

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.

NBA

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!

The New Orleans Pelicans expect Anthony Davis to return to the court in time for the season opener after recovering from injuries  that ended his last season early.

Other

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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Legendary
After 67 years, Vin Scully delivers one last broadcast at Dodger Stadium 

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Rest in Peace
Remembering Arnold Palmer at 87
The game of golf wouldn’t be the same without Arnold Palmer, and his legacy lives on

Incoming
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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9.19.16: Fall into Sportstember

What better way to bring in the first week of Fall than with a little (or a lot of) sports! This week, we’ve got lots to cover but let’s kick things off with highlights of every single touchdown pass from Sunday’s NFL games:

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NFL

Let’s talk all things week 2 in the NFL. On Sunday, we saw the Dallas Cowboys take down that team from Washington 27-23 in a game that came down the wire and featured an unfortunate interception by QB Kirk Cousins in the 4th quarter, Eli Manning and Victor Cruz (plus a field goal) helped the New York Giants get the win over the New Orleans Saints 16-13 and the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated their rival the Cincinnati Bengals 24-16 to begin the AFC North with a strong 2-0 start. In other news, Cam Newton (who set the franchise record for TDs) and the Carolina Panthers dominated the San Francisco 49ers 46-27, the Denver Broncos got the victory over the Indianapolis Colts 34-20 but suffered a tough injury to DeMarcus Ware while the New England Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins 31-24 despite an injury  to Jimmy Garoppolo (ya know, the QB filling in for Tom Brady).

We also can’t forget the LA Rams who took out the Seattle Seahawks 9-3 on the first football Sunday in LA since 1994. Oh and Sunday night’s late game where the Green Bay Packers lost to the Minnesota Vikings  17-14  at the brand new U.S. Bank Stadium  in Minny.

Monday Night Football features the Chicago Bears versus the Philadelphia Eagles in Chicago at Soldier Field. Tune in to ESPN  at 8:30pm EST to catch all the action.

College Football

We can’t talk professional football without talking college football too! This past Saturday, #1 Alabama defeated #19 Ole Miss 48-43 in a roller coaster of an SEC game while #2 Florida State suffered an embarrassing 63-20 loss to #10 Louisville, who saw a stellar performance from Heisman candidate/QB Lamar Jackson (who collected 4 running touchdowns and 1 on a pass) in a so-called “ACC showdown”. There was also a controversial finish in Cal’s surprise win over #11 Texas because of the replay ruling in the “immediate recovery”  standard that allowed Cal to run out the clock.

So where does week 3 leave us? With new AP rankings of course. This week’s top five features: #1 Alabama, #2 Ohio State, #3 Louisville (jumping up quite a few spots!), #4 Michigan and #5 Clemson.

MLB

We may have a couple more week’s until October baseball begins but that doesn’t mean September’s very own baseball isn’t living up to the hype.

On Sunday night the Boston Red Sox closed out a sweep of the New York Yankees in 5-4 win and with the help of Hanley Ramirez and his 2 home runs.

Earlier on Sunday, Miguel Cabrera got his 2,500 hit of his career on a single in the 3rd inning of the Detroit Tigers win over the Cleveland Indians. And despite a tough bout of recent injuries, the New York Mets got an important win  for their post season dreams over the Minnesota Twins.

If you’re curious and want too take a deeper look at the current standings — take a look at this helpful SI guide that essentially highlights the AL and NL leaders along with the Wild Card odds.

Other

The San Antonio Spurs hired Monty Williams as the new Vice President of Basketball Operations.

Team Europe shocked Team USA 3-0 in the World Cup of Hockey.

Like Kentucky, Coach K and the Duke hoops team will host the first-ever NBA pro-days at the school for two days this October.

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Welcome back
Folks were definitely excited for LA’s first regular season NFL game in 22 years

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Movin’ Out
The NCAA is relocating 7 championship events
In response to the state’s controversial “bathroom bill,” the NCAA is moving these events out of North Carolina for the 2016-2017 season

Brandon Marshall
The Broncos linebacker kneeled during the national anthem
CenturyLink and Air Academy Credit Union dropped his sponsorships, but he picked up another endorsement deal

On a similar note…
“Our country is not about discrimination, it’s about inclusion”
Coach K speaks with WSJ about finding the beauty of why we were placed on our planet, encouraging inclusion, and being open to new ways of thinking

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9.12.16: September Ball

This weekend, we paused to pay special tribute to September 11th. The NFL put together this video to share how football helped us to stand together as a nation during our darkest hours. We at SQ would like to share this sentiment, and express how we love that sports have the ability to bring us together — that’s why we’re here, writing each Monday.

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Tennis

Last night’s men’s singles final wrapped up the 2016 US Open! Stan Wawrinka won his first US Open title over world #1 Novak Djokovic after 4 sets. Djokovic had built up a 5-2 lead in the first set, but by the second had lost ground to Wawrinka. In the fourth, Djokovic took a medical timeout to have his toe looked at by a trainer, but Wawrinka remained steadfast and dominant throughout the majority of the match.

On Saturday, second seed Angelique Kerber became world #1 in women’s singles after a hard-earned victory over Karolina Pliskova. This is her second Grand Slam title in one year — the first was her win at the Australian Open.

MLB

We’re getting closer to October, which means we’re taking a close look at who might make it to MLB post-season play. Yesterday, Chris Tillman returned from the disabled list to pitch 6 innings and the Baltimore Orioles scored a 3-1 win over the Detroit Tigers. Baltimore and the Toronto Blue Jays are now tied in the standings with 78 wins apiece, two games behind American League East first place team, the Boston Red Sox. Boston just scored an 11-8 win against the Blue Jays, during David Ortiz’s last regular season game. The Orioles will begin their three-game series against Boston tonight at 7:10pm EST, so definitely keep your eyes peeled!

The Cleveland Indians are cementing their position in the American League Central, and scored a dominating 7-1 win over the Minnesota Twins last night. The Texas Rangers are still atop the American League West after a 2-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

And, on the National League front, Seth Lugo won his fourth straight start as a rookie pitcher and Yoenis Cespedes scored a grand slam — the New York Mets won 10-3 over the Atlanta Braves. The San Francisco Giants won 5-3 over the Arizona Diamondbacks after Matt Moore struck out 11 in 7 innings, and the top team in the West, the LA Dodgers, lost 0-3 to the Miami Marlins. The leaders of the National League East, the Washington Nationals won 3-2 over the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Chicago Cubs won 9-5 against the Houston Astros. With the win, Chicago now has a 16-win lead in the National League Central.

NFL

On Thursday, the Denver Broncos scored a close 21-20 win over the Carolina Panthers at home. The Broncos’ defense was on point, and in the last 4 seconds, Panthers’ Graham Gano missed a 50-yard field goal.

On Sunday, the New York Giants welcomed back Victor Cruz and won 2o-19 over the Dallas Cowboys after Eli Manning threw for 3 touchdowns. It’s important to note that Dallas star Tony Romo was out due to a back injury, and so Dak Prescott (QB) and Ezekiel Elliott (running back) covered. They were the team’s first rookie QB/RB combo to start at a season opener since the 1960’s. Also of note, the Detroit Lions beat the Indianapolis Colts 39-35, the Miami Dolphins fell to the Seattle Seahawks 10-12 after Russell Wilson threw a career high 43 passes, and the Green Bay Packers won 27-23 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and their young QB Blake Bortles (with the help of two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers).

Last week, Drew Brees received a lucrative $44.25 million contract extension from the New Orleans Saints – his contract was set to expire after this season, but he’ll now be with the team for at least two more. Although the team lost last night’s game against the Oakland Raiders, it’s looking like New Orleans made a good move. Brees scored 4 touchdowns, and after a pass from the QB, Brandin Cooks scored a 98-yard touchdown (the longest in franchise history).

Other

Baylor University former head coach Art Briles (who was fired in May after a sexual assault scandal involving the football team and Baylor Athletics rocked the university) issued an apology to the sexual assault victims during an interview that aired this past Saturday.

In post-Olympic news, American swimmer Ryan Lochte will be suspended from the sport for 10 months following his involvement in a scandal in Rio de Janeiro.

Shaq, Allen Iverson, and Yao Ming were elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Landon Donovan came out of retirement after two years away from the game, and rejoined the LA Galaxy at their home match yesterday.

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Don’t Panic!
ESPN’s fantasy football services are experiencing some technical difficulties, and folks excited by week 1 are not happy

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Top Seller
After protest, Colin Kaepernick’s jersey has become the #1 seller
The San Francisco 49ers QB stayed seated during the national anthem at two preseason games. At the last preseason game, he kneeled instead. He doesn’t wish to show pride towards a flag or a country “that oppresses black people and people of color.” He will be donating all jersey proceeds, plus $1 million to “various causes.”

The latest on Tim Tebow
He has a minor league contract with the New York Mets
The Mets have insisted this is not a marketing decision, but a baseball decision. Tebow will start in the instructional league next week. Stay tuned!

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9.6.16: Keep on rollin’

We hope you enjoyed your extended Labor Day weekend, and that Hurricane Hermine didn’t ruin your outdoor plans! The hurricane certainly didn’t ruin Serena’s plans – she scored her 308th win at the US Open this weekend:

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Tennis

After yesterday’s matches, we’re on to the quarter finals of the US Open. On the men’s singles side, #4 Rafael Nadal lost to #24 Louis Pouille, #1 Novak Djokovic won against Kyle Edmund,  #3 Stan Wawrinka beat Illya Marchenko and #6 Kei Nishikori won against #21 Ivo Karlovic. #8 Dominic Thiem retired with a knee injury and so Juan Martín del Potro will proceed to the quarter finals. And, #2 Andy Murray won against #22 Grigor Dimitrov. On the women’s singles side, Carolyn Wozniacki won against #8 Madison Keys, #6 Venus Williams lost to #10 Karolina Pliskova, #5 Simona Halep won over #11 Carla Suarez-Navarro, #4 Agnieszka Radwanska lost against Ana Konjuh, and #1 Serena Williams became the winningest player in Grand Slam history after her 308th win over Yaroslava Shvedova.

NFL

And, the NFL regular season is here! Game 1 is Thursday the 8th and features the Carolina Panthers v. the Denver Broncos – remember, this is last February’s Super Bowl match-up, so it could get good! Last season, the Panthers (who were considered the underdogs) went 15-1 with the help of Cam Newton. Even though they lost 10-24 to the Broncos last year, they’re clearly no longer the underdogs.

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Tim Tebow
Does he belong on the diamond, or is this a straight strike out?

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Francois did it
Making history
He’s the 4th freshman to start as QB in FSU history, but he’s already scoring 22 point comebacks

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