Los Angeles Rams Wide Receiver Cooper Kupp Out For Season With Torn ACL

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp suffered a non-contact knee injury in Sunday’s game against the Seahawks, and now the team has confirmed that Kupp indeed has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2018 season. Kupp suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the game and was helped off the field by the Rams’ training staff, without returning. Kupp also suffered a concussion during the first meeting with Seattle in Week 5 and then was carted off with a knee injury against the Broncos the following week. He leads the Rams with six TD receptions and is third on the team in catches (40) and receiving yards (566). In Kupp’s absence, Todd Gurley will be in the backfield with their two leading receivers, Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks. 

Reports confirm torn ACL for Rams WR Kupp

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New Orleans Saints Sign Veteran Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall

The New Orleans Saints have signed veteran Brandon Marshall to a one-year deal, to replace Dez Bryant. Sean Payton confirmed the signing on Monday, saying at Marshall’s workout on Monday: “He moved around well. He’s smart, he’s experienced, he’s someone that’s been in a number of systems. And overall he had a good workout. He’s got good length and size. He’s another big target.”

Marshall was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 30 and by the New York Giants in April. It is his fourth team in two years and the seventh of his 13-year career. He has 970 career receptions for 12,351 yards and 83 touchdown catches, and his six seasons of 100-plus receptions is the most in NFL history. 

The Saints Sign WR Brandon Marshall, Sean Payton Confirms

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Lewis Hamilton Wins Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix

Britain’s five-time world Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton won the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday. It was Hamilton’s fifth consecutive constructors’ title, and the second-to-last race of the 2018 F1 season. Hamilton had clinched his fifth F1 drivers’ title two weeks ago at the Mexican GP,  and on Saturday took the 10th pole position of the season on the grid. The 33-year-old Hamilton earned his 72nd F1 victory with Sunday’s win, coming in with a winning time of 1:27:09.066, 1.469 — seconds ahead of the Netherlands’ Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and 4.764 seconds ahead of Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) . The win put Mercedes 67 points ahead of Ferrari, at 620 to 553.

Hamilton wins in Brazil as Mercedes take fifth F1 title

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Louisville Fires Head Coach Bobby Petrino After 2-8 Season

Louisville fired head coach Bobby Petrino, the school announced Sunday morning. Petrino, 57, was dismissed in the middle of his fifth season of his second stint with the Cardinals, this coming after the team has had a string of 7 losses, including those against Clemson and Syracuse. Louisville recorded its lone victories against Indiana State and Western Kentucky and is winless (0-7) in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cardinals have been outscored 291-125 over its last five match-ups. Petrino is owed a $14.1 million buyout by the university that will be paid out over the next few years. He is 119-56 in his career with Louisville, Arkansas and Western Kentucky.

Louisville dismisses Petrino amid 2-8 season

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Tim Tebow To Start Triple-A For Mets Organization In 2019

New York Mets minor league outfielder Tim Tebow is expected to start the 2019 season with Class AAA Syracuse, which will be a promotion for the former NFL quarterback. The Mets new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said at the GM Meetings in Carlsbad, Calif., on Wednesday, “that’s a great next step for him; we’re excited to get him back in camp and hopefully after a trip to Syracuse he’ll be able to prove to us and everybody in baseball that he can make an impact in the big leagues.” The 31-year-old Tebow hit .273 with 6 homers and 36 RBI in 84 games in 2018 for Class AA Binghamton before a broken bone in his right hand required surgery and cut his season short in July.  Tebow signed with Mets in late 2016, played in the Arizona Fall League and in 2017 hit .226 with eight homers and 52 RBI in 126 games at two levels of Class A. 

Tim Tebow’s Triple-A bound, at least, says Mets GM (his former agent)

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Jung Ho Kang Signs With Pittsburgh Pirates For $3M, 1-Year Deal

Pittsburgh third baseman Jung Ho Kang agreed on Thursday to a $3 million, one-year contract with the Pirates, that includes $2.5 million in performance bonuses. The deal was announced a week after Pittsburgh declined a $5.5 million club option for the 31-year-old Kang, which initiated a $250,000 buyout. General manager Neal Huntington said in a statement, “we feel that bringing Jung Ho back in 2019 will make us better as he will have the ability to make a positive impact on our lineup. Competition and options are important to any organization and this signing provides us with both.” The Pirates signed Kang to an $11 million, four-year deal in January 2015. He finished third in NL Rookie of the Year balloting after hitting 15 homers and driving in 58 runs in 2015, the high point of Kang’s MLB career. Kang didn’t play in the U.S. between September 2016 and June 2018 because of visa issues connected to three DUI arrests in South Korea. 

                

Pirates sign 3B Kang to one-year deal

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Red Bulls’ Aaron Long Wins MLS Defender Of The Year

26-year-old Aaron Long of the New York Red Bulls was named MLS Defender of the Year on Wednesday, after helping his team allow a league-low 33 goals. Long added three goals and two assists in 34 matches (31 starts), on top of his stellar defensive work. Long received 26.52 percent of the vote to edge out Chad Marshall (20.93) of the Seattle Sounders. Atlanta United teammates Michael Parkhurst (7.1) and Leandro Gonzalez Pirez (5.78) were third and fourth, respectively, while Kemar Lawrence (5.6) of the Red Bulls was fifth. Long joined the Red Bulls in 2016 and didn’t see any play time until his breakthrough 2017, when he played in 31 games (30 starts.) He was also a member of the MLS All-Star team. Long and the Red Bulls will host the Columbus Crew on Sunday for the second match of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Crew won the opening match 1-0.

Red Bulls’ Long named MLS’ top defender

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New Orleans Saints Sign Ex-Cowboys Wide Receiver Dez Bryant To One-Year Deal

Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has found a new team, agreeing to contract teams with the New Orleans Saints. The 30-year-old Bryant spent his first eight years in the NFL with Dallas and last season caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns, including a 50-yard scoring play, for the Cowboys. The Cowboys released Bryant after last season with two years remaining on the receiver’s five-year, $70 million contract. Bryant joining the Saints means he could play against his former club in a few weeks, as the Saints will play at Dallas on Nov. 29. New Orleans also has two games remaining against division rival Carolina (6-2).

WR Bryant to join Saints on one-year deal

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Baltimore Ravens Taking Their Bye Week Off To Recharge

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh plans to send his players home from the Baltimore Ravens facility after meetings on Wednesday, saying he hoping time away helps his players recharge during the bye. The Ravens have a 4-5 record, and entered last week’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers with 10 players on the injury report. The Ravens started the season 4-2 and in first place in the AFC North. Harbaugh is 45-46 since the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2012. Last week, the Steelers held Baltimore to 268 total yards, this after the Ravens changed quarterbacks from Joe Flacco to rookie Lamar Jackson. Harbaugh said he’s not making a switch at the position and said the team’s rushing production is far better with Jackson on the field.

John Harbaugh will not have Baltimore Ravens practicing during bye week

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NFL And Video Game Sensation “Fortnite” Partners For Huge Deal

The NFL announced Monday that it struck a deal with Epic Games, the maker of the popular game Fortnite. Now the players of the game will be able to outfit their characters in NFL jerseys. Brian Rolapp, chief media and business officer for the NFL, said in a statement, “we see the popularity of Fortnite every day at the NFL as many of our players are passionate about the game.  Now with the new agreement, fans can purchase a jersey of any of the 32 NFL teams and add a number to it from 1-99. The jersey is purchased in the Battle Royale store inside the game using virtual bucks (which is equivalent to about $15 in real money,) and players can have up to eight NFL jerseys in his/her locker. Epic Games also announced it had raised $1.25 billion that would give the game’s producer a value of nearly $15 billion. Those who are parts of the sports world, who were part of the raise, include Washington Capitals and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan.

NFL embraces ‘Fortnite’ culture by partnering with world’s most popular video game

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