The Viral Roundup – Patriot Pummelling Edition
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New England had no problem steamrolling Miami on Thursday Night Football to hit 7-0 on the season. Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes and racked up 356 yards in a 36-7 New England crushing of Miami. Ryan Tannehill tossed two interceptions in a bad night for the Fins. (Miami was a 9 point underdog heading in.) Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake was carted off with an Achilles tendon injury and that’s scary news for Miami football fans.
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After a relatively quiet October, the UFC is set to offer up an exciting November. The crown jewel of the month’s slate of action? That’d be UFC 193 from Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. Ronda Rousey will defend her bantamweight title versus decorated boxer Holly Holm in the main event and there’s also Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending her strawweight title versus Valerie Letourneau in the co-main. Rousey and Jerdrzejczyk are both considered overwhelming favourites to retain with oddsmakers listing the champs as -1600 and -2000 favourites respectively. Here’s a promo video for the Aussie event that’s guaranteed to have you hyped up.
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- The Penguins were able to keep Sabres wonder-rookie Jack Eichel off the scoresheet in a 4-3 home win Thursday. Pittsburgh (a -138 home favourite) enjoyed a pair of assists from Sidney Crosby plus Evgeni Malkin’s fourth goal of the season in the host rink victory. Pens backup keeper Jeff Zatkoff had an incredible night stopping 50 shots to edge out Buffalo.
- The Memphis Grizzlies have notched their first win of the new campaign. The Grizz, favoured by 2.5 heading into the tip-off, avenged this week’s 106-76 drubbing at the hands of the Cavs to thump Indiana 112-103. Marc Gasol put in 20 points while Mike Conley racked 13 racked up 13 points and 10 assists. The Pacers were lit up in the 4th quarter giving up 39 on the scoreboard.
- The Toronto Blue Jays are undergoing a change at general manager. Alex Anthopoulos will not be back in 2016 after turning down an extension offer from the franchise. 2015 marked the best successful year of Anthopoulos’ tenure with Toronto making the ALCS and major deals made for the likes of David Price and Troy Tulowitzki. Anthopoulos had been with the club since 2009 when he took over for J.P. Ricciardi. The GM position will be filled by incoming team president (and ex-Indians exec) Mark Shapiro.
- Don Mattingly won’t be in the unemployment line for long. The former Yankees great will be managing the Miami Marlins in 2016 according to multiple media reports. Mattingly’s skipper services came on the market after he and the Dodgers agreed to part ways after five seasons and three NL West titles. The pact is expected to be formally announced after the World Series. Miami were a putrid 71-91 last season and this hire marks the 15th manager in the club’s history. That’s the most manager hires for one team from 1993 to the present day.
- Elsewhere in personnel decisions, San Diego have selected their new manager. Diamondbacks third base coach Andy Green has been tapped to serve as the Padres skipper in 2016. He’ll be tasked with bringing San Diego (nearly a decade removed from their last playoff appearance) back into the postseason using the revamped roster that A.J. Preller began assembling in 2014.
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