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.
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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.
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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 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.”
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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.
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Carlos Beltran as interviewed to become manager of the New York Yankees, four weeks after the final game of his 20-year major league career. Beltran, 40, played for the Yankees from 2014-16. Though he does not have managerial experience, he mentored young teammates during his final seasons as a player, when he often was a designated hitter. Beltran won his first World Series title this season with Houston, and Astros manager A.J. Hinch credited Beltran’s clubhouse presence with steadying the team during the series. Beltran met with team officials Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
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Tiger Woods makes another return to competitive golf this week and despite 10 months on the sidelines recovering from a fourth back surgery, the 14-time major winner’s goal remains the same — to win. However, Woods may have to temper his expectations at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. He takes on an elite 18-player field that includes eight of the top 10 in the current world rankings.
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The New York Giants on Tuesday announced that Eli Manning will be benched for Week 13 in favor of backup quarterback Geno Smith. The announcement came as a shock to the NFL world, particularly because Manning had the longest active streak of games started by a quarterback, the second-longest ever. While speaking to the media, Manning looked visibly upset when discussing his future with the Giants. Of potentially playing his last game with the Giants, Manning said: “I don’t know. I’ll take it one week at a time.”
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Three North Dakota State football players were dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, head coach Chris Klieman said on Monday afternoon, Nov. 27. All three, freshman quarterback Henry Van Dellen, senior safety Darren Kelley and freshman receiver Sean Engel, were backups and were not expected to factor into Saturday’s FCS second-round playoff game against the University of San Diego.
A day after Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was in negotiations to be the head football coach at Tennessee, then had any potential deal scrapped after an outcry on social media and protests at the school, two officials from previous and current employers came to his defense. Anthony Lurano, a trustee at Penn State, said that Schiano being involved in the Jerry Sandusky case is untrue. And Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith called Schiano a man of “high integrity and great character.”