Happy New Year!
If you're like us and lacking motivation on this first day back to work in 2016, keep delaying the inevitable and brush up on all of the sports highlights from the holiday weekend. That's right we have the college bowl game updates and everything you're dying to know about the NFL playoffs. (We can read your mind.)
We also know that one of your resolutions is to learn more about sports and that's where we can help. Here's to checking one of those New Year's resolutions off your list. After coffee of course.
Where's the coffee creamer?
The LNG Team
NFL (National football league)
- Next victim. Today is Black Monday. If you remember Black Monday is the first day after the last regular season game of football when coaches typically get fired. So far we’ve had two casualties in the Browns’ Mike Pettine and 49ers’ Jim Tomsula. (Eagles' coach Chip Kelly was fired last week.)
- On their way. Carolina Panthers (NFC – National Football Conference) and Denver Broncos (AFC – Atlantic Football Conference) clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs as well as a first round bye. (Click here if you don’t remember what a bye is.)
- I’ll take the #1 with cheese. Tennessee Titans clinch the first draft pick for 2016 draft.
- Let’s go streaking. Kansas City Chiefs finish their season on 10 game winning streak to make playoffs.
- He’s back. Peyton Manning returns in the second half of Broncos - Chargers for the first time since injuring his foot on November 15th. He then led Broncos on four scoring drives (two touchdowns and two field goals) on the way to clinching #1 seed in playoffs.
- In case you're wondering. NFL playoffs begin on January 9th.
- Score alert. For all the weekend’s NFL scores, click here.
NCAA Football (College)
- Don’t call it a comeback. Despite being without starting quarterback Trevone Boyin (who was suspended Thursday for his involvement in bar fight), TCU came back from 31-0 deficit against Oregon. TCU beat Oregon in the third overtime 47-41. This was the biggest comeback in bowl game history.
- They’re grrreat! Clemson Tigers beat Oklahoma Sooners 37-17 in the first college football semifinal playoff game from the Orange Bowl in Miami.
- Roll Tide. Alabama Crimson Tide beat Michigan State Spartans 38-0 in the second college football semifinal playoff game from the Cotton Bowl.
- And now there are two. Clemson Tigers will face the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Championship Game on Monday, January 11th at 8:30 pm (EST) from University of Phoenix in Glendale, AZ. You can catch the game on ESPN.
- Score alert. Notable bowl game scores:
- New Year’s Eve
- Houston (#18) 38 vs Florida State (#9) 24
- Clemson (#1) 37 vs Oklahoma (#4) 17
- Alabama (#2) 38 vs Michigan State (#3) 0
- New Year’s Day
- Stanford (#6) 45 vs Iowa (#5) 16
- Notre Dame (#8) 28 vs Ohio State (#7) 44
- Mississippi, aka OLE MISS (#12) 48 vs Oklahoma State (#16) 20
- Northwestern (#13) 6 vs Tennessee (#23) 45
- Michigan (#14) 41 vs Florida (#19) 7
- January 2nd
- Oregon (#15) 41 vs TCU (#11) 47
- West Virginia 43 vs Arizona State 42
- New Year’s Eve
nba (National basketball association)
- Blank Space. San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan was held scoreless for first time in a regular season game in his 19-year career (1,360 games).
- Cash money. A Lakers fan sinks a half court shot during halftime of Suns vs Lakers game on Sunday, winning $95,000.
UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship)
- Give him a left. Saturday night from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Robbie Lawler (champion) beats Carlos Condit by a split decision in an action packed five round fight in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. With the victory, Lawler retained his title as Welterweight Champ. (Welterweight class in UFC is where a fighter is a minimum 156 lbs with a maximum weight of 170 lbs).
- The New York Attorney General has made an amendment to the lawsuit against daily fantasy sports companies FanDuel and DraftKings. This amendment calls for the companies to return all revenue earned from residents of the state of New York, which is estimated to be 600,000 people who spent approximately $200 million on entry fees. These daily fantasy companies were deemed illegal and forced to stop operating in the state of New York because they are considered gambling websites. They have already been deemed illegal in Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada and Washington.
- Chicago Bulls’ guard Jimmy Butler scores 40 points in second half of the game vs Toronto Raptors to lead the Bulls to a 115-113 victory. The previous record for points in a half was set by Michael Jordan at 39 points.
- What is a split decision? This is when the judges have not have reached a unanimous decision on who won the fight. In the case of the UFC fight, the judges (there are three judges) were split on who they thought won. The majority ruled in favorite of Lawler. For more on UFC judging, click here.