Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster And Bengals’ George Iloka Suspended One Game For Hits To Head

Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Bengals safety George Iloka have been suspended one game for dangerous blows to the head in Monday night’s game, the NFL announced Tuesday.  Both plays occurred on the same drive in the fourth quarter. First, Smith-Schuster leveled Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict with a blindside block and stood over him, taunting him. Burfict was taken from the field on a stretcher and diagnosed with a concussion. Smith-Schuster was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness but not ejected. Iloka will miss Cincinnati’s game against the Bears, while Smith-Schuster will sit out an important game against the Ravens. 

NFL suspends JuJu Smith-Schuster, George Iloka one game each for hits

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Russia Banned From 2018 Winter Olympics Over Doping Program

The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday announced it was barring the Russian Olympic team from participating in the February 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as punishment for a state-sponsored doping scheme at the last Winter Games in Sochi.  “We have never seen such manipulation and cheating,” IOC disciplinary commission chairman Samuel Schmid told reporters, “and this has caused unprecedented damage to the Olympics and to sports.”  The IOC has been investigating doping by Russian athletes and manipulation of doping tests for more than a year, and as a result of its findings issued its most severe penalty ever.

Olympics: Russia banned from Pyeongchang Games

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LaVar Ball Pulls Son LiAngelo Ball Out Of UCLA

LaVar Ball, father of UCLA freshman shooting guard LiAngelo Ball, said Monday that he intended to withdraw his son from school over concerns related to the indefinite suspension he was issued last month for his acknowledged role in a shoplifting incident. LiAngelo Ball and fellow Bruins freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill have been barred from all team activities as part of their suspension for shoplifting from three stores inside an upscale mall in China last month during UCLA’s trip overseas to play Georgia Tech in its season opener.

LaVar Ball pulls son LiAngelo out of UCLA

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NY Giants Fire Head Coach Ben McAdoo, GM Jerry Reese Following Eli Manning Benching

The New York Giants fired coach Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese on Monday, less than a year after the team made the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Giants co-owner John Mara confirmed the moves at a news conference on Monday, saying no one incident led to the changes but that something had to be done with the team mired with a 2-10 record in a season where they expected to compete for a Super Bowl.  

Struggling Giants fire coach McAdoo, GM Reese

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Tiger Woods Completes Return With Strong Finish At Hero World Challenge

Tiger Woods’s return to competitive golf after a 301-day absence concluded on Sunday the way it began, with 18 holes in lock step with the reigning FedEx Cup champion, Justin Thomas. Woods closed with his third sub-70 score of the week, a 4-under-par 68, the same number posted by Thomas, to tie for ninth at eight-under at the Hero World Challenge. Woods expressed optimism Sunday about the state of his health, and his game, moving forward.

Tiger Woods results: Sunday’s 68 caps successful comeback at Hero World Challenge

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New York Yankees Hire Aaron Boone As New Manager

The Yankees have a new manager. One month after cutting ties with Joe Girardi, New York has hired former player and current ESPN analyst Aaron Boone to be the franchise’s 28th skipper. Boone beat out five other final candidates, including Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens and the recently retired Carlos Beltran, to earn the top job. 

The Yankees give Aaron Boone the Final Rose in managerial search

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Texas Safety DeShon Elliott Announces He’s Declaring For The 2018 NFL Draft

Texas Longhorns junior safety DeShon Elliott officially announced that he’s forgoing his final season of eligibility to declare early for the 2018 NFL Draft, according to a statement released by the school.  Elliott will not participate in the Texas bowl game.  Elliott finished second on the team with 63 tackles and added 8.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, six interceptions, nine passes broken up, and three forced fumbles.

Texas safety DeShon Elliott to enter NFL draft and skip bowl

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Colin Kaepernick Is Recipient of 2017 Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

Colin Kaepernick is the recipient of the 2017 Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. Each year SI and the Ali family honor a figure who embodies the ideals of sportsmanship, leadership and philanthropy and has used sports as a platform for changing the world. “I am proud to be able to present this to Colin for his passionate defense of social justice and civil rights for all people,” says Lonnie Ali, Muhammad’s widow. 

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Dave Mustaine Says Credit Dispute Nixed Metallica’s ‘No Life ‘Til Leather’ Reissue

Dave Mustaine said Metallica haven’t released a deluxe reissue of 1982’s No Life ’til Leather because he can’t agree with Lars Ulrich on songwriting credits.  Mustaine, who left Metallica in 1983, said he was contacted by James Hetfield two years ago about the possibility of returning to their earliest songs. “We were going to officially release the No Life ’til Leather demo as a record, with 27 tracks, pics, the whole enchilada,” Mustaine wrote on Twitter, “and the talks broke down because Lars wanted credit on two songs I wrote every note and word to. I have the texts. I passed.”  

DAVE MUSTAINE Reveals Dispute Over METALLICA Songwriting Credits May Have Contributed To Shelving Of Expanded ‘No Life ‘Til Leather’ Release

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Erik Jones Becomes The First NASCAR Driver To Win Rookie of the Year In All Three National Series

Erik Jones has made NASCAR history by becoming the first driver to win Rookie of the Year for all three national touring series: 2015 – Truck Series Rookie of the Year, 2016 – Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year, and 2017 – Cup Series Rookie of the Year.  Jones will return to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2017 to drive the No. 20 Toyota previously driven by Matt Kenseth.

Erik Jones claims rookie of the year honors in NASCAR Cup Series

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