The Viral Roundup – Yuletide Cheer Edition
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Charles Woodson’s final game in Oakland ends as a W. Oakland (a four point home favourite) squeaked out a 23-20 win over San Diego in primetime thanks to a 31-yard field goal in OT coupled with some strong shutdown defense. The victory pulls the Raiders to 7-8 on the year reaching a win mark not seen since 2011. The win serves as a somewhat bittersweet moment in Oakland. The franchise is potentially headed for Los Angeles in 2016.
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2015 hasn’t wrapped up just yet, but the UFC already has eyes on the future. The world’s largest MMA promotion has released a video hyping their historic UFC 200 event set to go down on July 9, 2016 in Las Vegas. Don’t worry, fight fans. The next UFC card is coming up much sooner than that with Robbie Lawler defending his welterweight title against Carlos Condit in Sin City at UFC 195. At the moment, Lawler is heading into the Octagon as a -130 favourite to win.
Did You Know?
– Speaking of the UFC, Anderson Silva has been confirmed for a return to the Octagon. The Spider (who has been out of competition due to a year-long steroid suspension) will face Michael Bisping in London on February 27th. Bisping has had a history of pushing for a fight with the MMA veteran and this bout will be streaming live on the federation’s UFC Fight Pass service.
– After a brief Christmas Eve layoff, the National Basketball Association returns for an all-day slate of Christmas Day offerings. The marquee matchup? That’s unquestionably the Cavaliers/Warriors showdown set to go down in Oakland. Golden State (a seven point favourite) has been undefeated at home, but will get a serious test against a Cleveland team hungry for revenge for last summer and boasting Kyrie Irving in the lineup. Another exciting clash is a Lone Star State battle between San Antonio (a six-and-a-half point road favourite) and Houston. The Rockets could really use a big W over the Spurs to shake out of their 2015-16 funk and return to contender status.
– The Falcons are still fighting for their playoff lives and now they’re dealing with the prospect of losing a notable player in their running game. Rookie rusher Tevin Coleman is going through the league’s concussion protocol after injurying himself at home. It’s unclear if he’ll be available for this weekend’s NFC South duel between Atlanta and undefeated Carolina. Oddsmakers have Cam Netwon and the Panthers as a seven point road favourite.
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