New York Mets Start Homestand Against Dodgers –

The New York Mets started a nine game homestand with a 9-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.  New York plays a three game series against the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, and Pirates.  Jacob deGrom takes the mound for game two of the series against the Dodgers on Wednesday night.  Jacob deGrom is another strong pitching prospect in the Mets organization.  The Mets are 20-24 on the season and five games out of first place.

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Green Bay Packers Face Seahawks In Opener –

The National Football League schedule for the 2014 season has a few bright spots for the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets.  The schedule can play a large role in determining the playoff prospects for teams.

Green Bay Packers 2014 Schedule

The Green Bay Packers face the defending Super Bowl champions in the first game of the season.  Green Bay plays at Seattle on Thursday September 4th.  The Green Bay Packers home opener is against the New York Jets in week two.  Green Bay has to open the season strong as they face division rivals Detroit, Chicago, and Minnesota in the next three weeks.  One positive for the Packers is that they have a bye week in week nine of the season.  The bye week for the 2014 season is a few weeks later than the bye week for the 2013 season.  The Packers 2014 schedule also looks lighter for the month of December.  Last year, Green Bay finished the season 8-7-1 and was 3-2-1 against NFC North opponents.

New York Jets 2014 Schedule 

The New York Jets start the season off at home against the Oakland Raiders.  New York faces tough opponents over the next few weeks of the season.  The Jets benefit from a bye week in week 11 of the season.  After the bye week, the Jets play four of their remaining six games against division opponents.  Last year, the New York Jets were 8-8 and 3-3 against AFC East opponents.

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Phil Jackson Joins New York Knicks –

On Tuesday, the New York Knicks announced that Phil Jackson would be their new President.  Phil Jackson played for the New York Knicks when the team won the NBA Championship in 1970 and 1973.  Jackson coached the Chicago Bulls from 1990 to 1998 and the Los Angeles Lakers from 2000 to 2011.  As a head coach, Jackson had a regular season winning percentage of .704 with 1155 wins.  Phil Jackson was 229-104 in the postseason.

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New Yorks Jets Acquire Eric Decker –

The New York Jets improved their passing game by signing Eric Decker.  The Peyton Manning offense in Denver made Eric Decker one of the best receivers in the National Football League.  Over the last two seasons, Decker had 172 receptions, 2,352 yards receiving, and 24 touchdowns.  New York had salary cap room to sign Decker after releasing Cromartie and Holmes.  The Jets are expected to shop for more free agents.

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New York Knicks Fall To Mavs –

Dirk Nowitzki hit a 19 footer as time ran out to give the Mavericks a 110-108 win over the New York Knicks.  Nowitzki had 15 points and 3 assists in the game.  The Mavericks have won six of their last seven road games.  The win improved Dallas to 35-23 on the year.  The Knicks fell to 21-36 for the season.  New York is only 12-19 at home this year.

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Sochi 2014 –

The 2014 Winter Olympics are underway and America has four gold medals.  Three of the gold medals were won in Snowboarding and the fourth gold was won in Freestyle skiing.  Currently, Norway has won the most total medals with thirteen.  The Netherlands and the United States of America have each won twelve medals.  Germany has won the most gold medals with seven.  The men’s Ice Hockey final is the last event of the 2014 winter games and will be held on Sunday February 23rd.

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Washington Nationals 2014 –

Matt Williams takes the helm of the Washington Nationals’ after manager Davey Johnson retired last season.  Davey Johnson built the Nationals into a playoff contender in his short time with the club.  Matt Williams is expected to have a healthy Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper this season.  Strasburg had surgery a few months ago to remove bone chips from his pitching arm.  The Washington Nationals and Strasburg also came to terms on a one year deal that is just shy of $4 million before performance bonuses.  Strasburg averaged more than a strikeout per inning in 2013 with 191 strikeouts in 183 innings.  Washington has one of the best starting rotations in Major League Baseball.

The Washington Nationals finished in second place behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East.  Washington had 86 wins and were 4 games back of the Cincinnati Reds for the last wild card.

Washington starts the season off in New York on March 31st against the Mets.  Washington plays a three game series in New York before heading home to face the Atlanta Braves.

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NFL Wild Card Games –

San Francisco Heads To Carolina

San Francisco kicked a late field goal to defeat the Green Bay Packers 23-20.  Aaron Rodgers connected with Jordy Nelson seven times in the game for 77 yards.  Rodgers finished the game with 177 yards and 1 touchdown.  San Francisco plays at Carolina next Sunday.

San Diego Chargers Win In Cincy

The San Diego Chargers scored 20 second half points and defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 27-10.  Cincinnati had four turnovers in the game.  The Bengals were undefeated at home this season.  The last time that the Bengals won a playoff game was in 1993.  San Diego will face the Broncos in Denver on January 12th.

Colts Defeat Chiefs

Andrew Luck threw for 443 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 45-44 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.  Kansas City led 31-10 at the half and increased their lead to 38-10 with a scoring drive in the early third quarter.  Alex Smith was 30 for 46 passing and threw for 378 yards and 4 touchdowns.   The Kansas City Chiefs have lost their last eight postseason games.  Indianapolis will play at New England next Saturday.

Saints Top Eagles

New Orleans won on the road by a score of 26-24.  Drew Brees threw for 250 yards and led the Saints on a fourth quarter scoring drive to win the game.  Shayne Graham kicked his fourth field goal of the game to put the Saints up 26-24.  Nick Foles was 23 of 33 passing and threw two touchdowns on the game.  The Saints will play the Seahawks in Seattle on January 11th.

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New York Yankees Acquire Ellsbury & McCann

The New York Yankees went on a spending spree and acquired Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, and Carlos Beltran.  Ellsbury will play center in an outfield that includes Beltran in right and Brett Gardner in left.  The Ellsbury deal is expected to cost the Yankees $153 million over seven years.  The Beltran acquisition is expected to add another $45 million to the Yankees payroll over the next three years.

Brian McCann gives the Yankees a solid left-handed hitter and will likely have success in Yankee stadium.  The right field porch in Yankee stadium is well suited for McCann.  McCann has had six straight seasons with 20 or more home runs.  The McCann deal was announced to be worth $85 million over five years with $15 million more in incentives.  In addition, the Yankees added second baseman Brian Roberts and left handed reliever Matt Thornton.

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NFL Week 11 –


Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos won their ninth game of the season with a victory over the previously unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs.  Manning was 24-40 passing and threw for 323 yards and 1 touchdown.  Manning connected with five different receivers in the game.  Wes Welker led the Broncos with eight receptions on the day.  The Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs are both 9-1 on the season.  The Broncos play the Patriots next week in New England.


The Pittsburgh Steelers kept their playoff hopes alive with a 37-27 victory over the Detroit Lions.  Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers to a comeback victory with 367 yards and 4 touchdowns.  The Steelers outscored the Lions 17-0 in the second half.  Pittsburgh is now 4-6 on the season.  The Steelers are on the road next week against the Cleveland Browns.


Geno and the Jets were grounded in Buffalo and lost 37-14.  Geno Smith was 8 for 23 passing and threw 3 interceptions.  One of the three interceptions was returned for a touchdown by the Buffalo Bills.  Matt Simms replaced Geno Smith in the fourth quarter and led the Jets to a touchdown.  The New York Jets play at the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12.

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Red Sox Free Agents –

The Red Sox made qualifying offers to free agents Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Mike Napoli.  The qualifying offers are for one year at $14.1 million.  Jacoby Ellsbury hit .298 in the regular season and .344 in the postseason.

Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester will be back for at least one more season.  The Red Sox exercised a $13 million dollar option for the 2014 season.  Lester finished the 2013 season 15-8 with 177 strikeouts.

The Red Sox finished in first place of the American League East with 97 wins in the regular season.  The Red Sox won the 109th World Series and their 3rd World Series in the last 10 years.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Win Playoff Game –

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 to win the National League wild-card game.  Marlon Byrd hit a homerun in the second inning for the Pirates to score the first run of the game.   Byrd was acquired by the Pirates at the end of summer.  Pittsburgh had 94 regular season wins and the Reds had 90 regular season wins.  The last time that Pittsburgh won a playoff game was in 1992.  Pittsburgh will play the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night in game one of the National League Divisional Series.  Adam Wainwright is expected to start game one for the Cardinals.

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NFL 2013 Week 2 –

Matt Schaub led the Houston Texans to their second comeback victory in as many weeks.  Schaub threw for 298 yards and 3 touchdowns in their overtime win against the Titans.  Last week, the Texans came back from a 21 point deficit to the San Diego Chargers to win 31-28.

Jay Cutler threw for 290 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 31-30 win over the Vikings.  Cutler was 28 for 39 passing and threw a 16 yard touchdown pass with only 10 seconds left to play.  Cutler also led a fourth quarter comeback against the Bengals in the previous week.

Quarterbacks had a strong showing in week 2 with Aaron Rodgers posting the most solid numbers.  Rodgers threw for 480 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 38-20 win over the Washington Redskins.  Rodgers was 34 for 42 passing and completed passes to 6 different receivers in the game.  The Green Bay Packers are 1-1 on the season.

The New York Giants and New York Jets both lost in week 2 games.  The Jets lost to the New England Patriots 13-10 and the Giants fell to the Broncos 41-23.  Geno Smith had 3 fourth quarter interceptions for the New York Jets and was sacked 4 times in the game.  The injury plagued Patriots are 2-0 on the year.  In the Giants game, Denver quarterback Peyton Manning threw for 307 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Eli Manning threw for 1 touchdown and 362 yards for the Giants.

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New York Mets Lose In Extra Innings –

The New York Mets lost in extra innings to the Kansas City Royals.  Kansas City won 4-3 on a homerun in the 12th inning.  New York defeated Kansas City on Friday night and the two teams face each other again on Sunday afternoon.  The Mets will have Zack Wheeler on the mound for the final game of the series.  Wheeler is 4-1 on the year with 36 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings.  Zack wheeler is one of the top pitching prospects in the Major Leagues.

The Mets placed David Wright on the 15 day disabled list for a hamstring injury.  Mets manager Terry Collins indicated that Wright could miss 3 to 5 weeks.  New York is 10 games behind Cincinnati in the race for the wild card.

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American League Wins All-Star Game –

The American League won the 84th Major League Baseball All-Star game by a score of 3-0.  The All-Star game was a pitching duel and the National League only had three hits on the day.  New York Mets Pitcher Matt Harvey was the starter for the National League.  Matt Harvey had three strikeouts and didn’t allow a run over two innings.  New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless eighth inning and was the All-Star game MVP.

The 2013 All-Star game was played at the New York Mets stadium.  The ceremonial first pitch was by New York Mets Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver.  The 2014 All-Star game will be played in Minnesota and Cincinnati will host the game in 2015.

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