Western Conference wins the 66th NBA All-Star Game!
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The 66th NBA All-Star weekend is in the rear view mirror now!

For the third consecutive year in a row, the Western Conference All-Stars defeat the Eastern Conference All-Stars by a score of 192 to 182.

With a combined total of 374 points, this marks the highest scoring game in NBA All-Star Game history and the highest scoring NBA game ever beating out the old record set on 13 December 1983 when the Detroit Pistons defeated the Denver Nuggets in 3 overtimes by a score of 186 to 184.

The winning record of 192 points marks the second highest score for a winning team...preferably the Western Conference All-Stars.

#23 Center, Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans wins the 66th NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player award and gets to drive home his new 2017 Kia Sorento! He earned the MVP honours for scoring a record 52 points with 10 rebounds (4 offensive and 6 defensive rebounds), 26 of 39 field goals, 1 turnover, 2 steals and 1 personal foul. He played for 31 minutes and 50 seconds.

The previous record was set in the 12th NBA All-Star Game when Wilt Chamberlan (1936-1999) of the Philadelphia Warriors scored 42 points.

Records were once again broken in this year's NBA All-Star Game. 101 points were scored just in the 1st quarter alone and 189 points were scored in the first half. East All-Stars tied the record with 53 points. In the first half, the West had 34 assists and the East had 43 assists with 83 combined field goals.

Throughout the game, #36 Forward, Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors scored 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, thus making the 4th triple-double in All-Star game history.

Through out the second half, 185 more combined points were scored and 57.9% or 162 of 280 combined field goals were made in tonight's All-Star Game.

This year's 66th NBA All-Star Game was held at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, the home of the New Orleans Pelicans. The attendance record was 15,701. Time of the game lasted 2 hours and 18 minutes.

The game was originally planned to be held at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, the home of the Charlotte Hornets. If the game had remained in Charlotte, it would have been the second time that the city hosted the All-Star Game in 1991 at the now-demolished Charlotte Coliseum. However, on 19 August 2016, the host city had to be pulled out of Charlotte, because of the controversy surrounding North Carolina's HB2 bill, better known as the "bathroom bill".

The 66th NBA All-Star Game was the first major sporting event to be relocated for political reasons since 13 March 1990 during the NFL's annual meeting. In that instance, the NFL had to relocate Super Bowl XXVII from the Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona to the Rose Bowl in Pasedena, California, because the state of Arizona did not recognise Martin Luther King, Jr. as a holiday.

New Orleans previously hosted the All-Star Game in 2008 and 2014. With the rumours confirmed to be true with a press release, the NBA is saying that the hope to award Charlotte the All-Star Game in 2019.

The Canadian National Anthem, "O Canada" was performed by Nikki Yarofsky and the National Anthem was performed by Joe Batiste. The halftime show was performed by John Legend.

Since the All-Star Game's inception in 1951, the Western Conference All-Stars lead the series with 47 wins and 19 losses.

Next year's 67th NBA All-Star Game will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the home of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers. As it was announced on 22 March 2016, this will be the sixth time that Los Angeles will host the All-Star Game. Southern California previously hosted All-Star games in 1963, 1972, 1983, 2004 and most recently in 2011. Los Angeles alone previously hosted 3 out of 5 All-Star games.

Congratulations once again to the Western Conference All-Stars for winning the 66th NBA All-Star Game. Enjoy the second half of the 2016-2017 NBA regular season which will resume on Thursday night.

Current 2016-2017 NBA Regular Season Standings
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With 849 of 1,230 games played so far, the 2016-2017 NBA regular season is in the All-Star break.

Going into the All-Star break, the defending NBA champion, Cleveland Cavaliers has the best record in the Eastern Conference with 39 wins and 16 losses (.709). The Cavaliers have won the last three consecutive games and is 8-2 in the last 10 games.

The Golden State Warriors have reeled from a 73-9 regular season all-time record last year only to lose their second consecutive NBA championship and their third NBA title overall. This year, the Warriors are 47-9 (.839) and have one only one game prior to the All-Star break and are 8-2 over the last 10 games.

The only team to be possibly qualified for the 2017 NBA playoffs is below .5 mark right now is the Denver Nuggets who have only won 25 games and lost 31 (.446). The Nuggets are 4-6 over the last ten games and lost only one game going into the break. If the Nuggets season record does not improve, they could miss the playoffs after the remaining 26 games have been completed.

The worst team in the NBA so far this year is the Brooklyn Nets who have won only 9 games and lost 47 games (.161) so far this year. Going into the break, the Nets have lost the last 14 consecutive games and have not won any of the last 10 games so far.

The second half of the 2016-2017 NBA regular season will resume on Thursday leading up to the road to the 2017 NBA Playoffs.

All teams will have 24 to 27 games remaining in the schedule. While the top eight teams in each conference will qualify for the playoffs, the bottom seven will be eliminated from playoff contention.

The Eastern and Western Conference standings going into the All-Star break will determine who will qualify for the 2017 NBA Playoffs after the remaining 381 games have been completed going out of the All-Star break.

For now, here are the top eight seeded teams in each conference and how they will fair if the regular season ended today:

** Eastern Conference Standings **
1. Cleveland Cavaliers**: 39-16 (.709)
2. Boston Celtics: 37-20 (.649)
3. Washington Wizards: 34-21 (.618)
4. Toronto Raptors: 33-24 (.579)
5. Atlanta Hawks: 32-24 (.571)
6. Indiana Pacers: 29-28 (.508)
7. Chicago Bulls: 28-29 (.491)
8. Detroit Pistons: 27-30 (.474)

If the season ended today, the following teams in the Eastern Conference will be eliminated from playoff contention are: Philadelphia 76ers, Millwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, Charolette Hornets, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets

** Western Conference Standings **
1. Golden State Warriors: 47-9 (.839)
2. San Antonio Spurs: 43-13 (.768)
3. Houston Rockets: 40-18 (.69)
4. Los Angeles Clippers: 35-21 (.625)
5. Utah Jazz: 35-22 (.614)
6. Memphis Grizzlies: 34-24 (.586)
7. Oklahoma City Thunder: 32-25 (.561)
8. Denver Nuggets: 25-31 (.446)

If the season ended today, the following teams in the Western Conference will be eliminated from playoff contention are: Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trailblazers

bold-italic - conference leader
** - defending NBA champion
* - defending Western/Eastern Conference Champion


Let's see how this will be settled once the current NBA season starts to wind down. But for now, enjoy the 66th NBA All-Star Game and the second half of the NBA regular season, leading up to the road to the 2017 NBA Playoffs!

New England Patriots: Super Bowl LI Champions!
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For the fifth time in franchise history, the New England Patriots have won Super Bowl LI!

The Patriots did it by making its largest comeback in franchise history by defeating the NFC champion, Atlanta Falcons by a score of 34 to 28 with 11:02 remaining in overtime. Going into the third quarter, the Patriots were down 25 points, but with a touchdown and a two-point conversion, the Patriots managed to tie the game.

Super Bowl LI was the first game in NFL championship history to go into overtime when the game ended with a touchdown.

With the Patriots win, they deny the Atlanta Falcons their first Super Bowl championship in their franchise history.

The New England Patriots finish their 2016 season with 17 wins and 2 losses. The Atlanta Falcons with their elimination loss, finish their season just short with 13 wins and 6 losses.

#12 Quarterback Tom Brady was named the Super Bowl LI Most Valuable Player and for the fourth out of five times in a row. He finished with a 95.2 quarterback rating after making 43 completions out of 62 attempted passes and passing for 466 yards.

He also score 2 touchdowns on 1 interception. He also rushed on 1 attempt for 15 yards with it being the longest one in the game. He also made 5 sacks with 24 yards lost.

His team, the Patriots came all the way back from being suspended the first four games of the 2016 NFL regular season for the "Deflategate" scandal that tarnish the franchise for much of last year.

Super Bowl LI was played at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. This was the third Super Bowl event played at Houston with the last one being held in 2004. 70,807 people attended Super Bowl LI.

The National Anthem was performed by Luke Ryan. The Coin Toss was made by former President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush. The Super Bowl LI Halftime Show was performed by Lady Gaga and the cost of a 30-second commercial was worth $5.02 million!

With all of that said and done, the 97th NFL season has come to a close! The 98th NFL season will begin on Thursday, 3 August 2017 with the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame game - that's exactly 180 days from now.

For now, congratulations to the New England Patriots for overcoming the largest deficit in Super Bowl history to be crowned as champions of the National Football League for 2016!

Super Bowl LI
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The 97th NFL season finally comes to a close this Sunday as the road to the NFL championship ends in NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Super Bowl LI will feature the AFC Champion, the #1 New England Patriots taking on the NFC Champion, the #2 Atlanta Falcons for the ultimate prize, the NFL world championship and the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

This event marks the 50th anniversary year of the first Super Bowl which was played on 15 January 1967.

The New England Patriots make their ninth Super Bowl appearance and are seeking to win their fifth Super Bowl championship having to already won in Super Bowl XXXVI, Super Bowl XXXVIII, Super Bowl XXXIX and Super Bowl XLIX.

The Atlanta Falcons make their second Super Bowl appearance. The last time the Atlanta Falcons were there were in Super Bowl XXXIII when the Falcons lost to the Denver Broncos, 34 to 19 and the Falcons never even lead in the big game.

So, how did they got to Super Bowl LI?

The New England Patriots finished the regular season with a 14-2 record and along with their best record in the AFC East, they have the best record in the NFL this regular season.

When the NFL playoffs began, the AFC Champion Patriots were on a first round bye. In the AFC Divisional Playoffs, the Patriots eliminated the #4 Houston Texans, 34 to 16 and eliminated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.

In the NFC side of the coin, the Falcons were on a first round bye when the playoffs began. In the NFC Divisional Playoffs, the Falcons eliminated the #3 Seattle Seahawks by a score of 36 to 20. And in the NFC Championship Game, the Falcons eliminated the #4 Green Bay Packers, 44 to 21.

The National Anthem will be performed by Luke Ryan and the Super Bowl Halftime Show will be performed by Lady Gaga! The cost of a 30-second commercial will be worth $5.02 million.

The game will be scheduled to be played on Sunday, 5 Febraury 2017 and kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 PM CST (6:30 PM EST). The game will be broadcast on FOX.

Will the Atlanta Falcons will their first ever Super Bowl championship in franchise history or will the New England Patriots go for their fifth Super Bowl championship and deny the Falcons' their NFL championship for a second time in their appearance?

Something has got to give here. You can find out about it on Sunday.

You can read more about Super Bowl LI in this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl_LI

Enjoy the big game!

AFC Wins the 2017 Pro Bowl
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After three years of a unsuccessful "drafted" format, the NFL returned to the AFC-NFC conferenced format that was previously used for 42 years.

The closing of the Pro Bowl has officially lead to the kick off of Super Bowl week! Tonight, the AFC All-Stars defeated the NFC All-Stars by a score of 20 to 14.

#87 Tight End Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs was awarded the 2017 Pro Bowl Offensive MVP. He scored 3 receptions for 36 yards with the longest being 23 yards. He also scored 1 touchdown and made 4 targets.

#57 Outside Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander of the Buffalo Bills was awarded the 2017 Pro Bowl Defensive MVP. He was responsible for making 7 solo tackles with 1 assisted tackle (8 tackles total). He also made 1 interception for 20 yards with 2 defended passes.

Under the terms of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), since the AFC All-Stars won the game, the winning team received $61,000 while the losing team, the NFC All-Stars received $30,000. Because the AFC won the game, the Pro Bowl is now tied at 22 wins a piece since the AFC-NFC merger in 1970.

The 2017 Pro Bowl was held at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The National Anthem was performed by Olivia Holt and the referee was Jerome Boger. Attendance at the 2017 Pro Bowl is yet to be determined.

Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs was named the head coach of the AFC All-Stars. Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys was named the head coach of the NFC All-Stars.

The 97th NFL season will come to a close next Sunday with Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston featuring the AFC champion, the New England Patriots taking on the NFC champion, the Atlanta Falcons for the ultimate prize...the NFL world championship and the Vince Lombardi trophy!
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Metropolitan Division All-Stars wins the 62nd NHL All-Star Game!
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The 62nd NHL All-Star weekend has come to a close!

In the first semifinal game, the Pacific Division All-Stars defeat the Central Division All-Stars, 10 to 3. In the second semifinal game, the Metropolitan Division All-Stars defeat the Atlantic All-Stars, 10 to 6. Lastly, in the championship game, the Metropolitan All-Stars defeat the Pacific Division All-Stars, 4 to 3.

#17 Forward Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers was named the 2017 NHL All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award! He scored three goals including 8 shots - a < 3 rating in two games, including the game-winning goal in the championship game.

Since the Metropolitan Division All-Stars won the All-Star Game, they split $1 million.

The 62nd NHL All-Star Game was held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, home of the Los Angeles Kings. This was the third event that the city hosted the All-Star Game and the firse once since 2002. Next year's 2018 NBA All-Star Game will be held in the same city.

Now, here is thee overall record of each division who participated in the All-Star Game as follows:

Atlantic Division: 0-1
Metropolitan Division: 1-0
Central Division: 0-0
Pacific Division: 1-1

And now that this year's 62nd NHL All-Star game is in the books, NHL will be off for tomorrow and the second half of the 2015-2016 NHL regular season will resume on Tuesday leading up to the road to the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Enjoy the second half of the NHL season!

Current 2016-2017 NHL Regular Season Standings
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With 739 games played going into the All-Star break this weekend, there will be 491 games remaining in the 2016-2017 NHL regular season leading up to the road to the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs this Spring. This means that there are 30 to 36 games remaining for each NHL team. The second half of the 2016-2017 NHL regular season will resume on Tuesday, 31 January 2017.

So far, the best team in the NHL is the Washington Capitals. With 33 games remaining, their current record is 33-10-6 (.674) with 72 points in the Metropolitan Division. While their 10-game record is 8-1-1, they only won one game in their current streak.

The worst team in the NHL this year is the Colorado Avalanche from the Atlantic Division. With 36 games remaining in the regular season, their record is 13-31-2 (.283) with just 28 points. Their 10-game record is 1-8-1 and they lost the last 7 consecutive games so far.

The defending Stanley Cup champion, the Pittsburgh Penguins is third in the Metropolitan Division with a 30-13-5 (.625) record with 65 points. Their 10-game record is 5-5-0 and they lost the last 2 consecutive games going into the break.

The last day of the 2016-2017 NHL regular season is Sunday, 9 April 2017 with the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs beginning on Wednesday, 12 April 2017. Going into the All-Star Break, here are the current 2016-2017 NHL standings of the top four teams in each division and how they would qualify into the Stanley Cup Playoffs if the current season ended today:

** Eastern Conference Standings **
* Atlantic Division
1. Montreal Canadiens: 29-14-7 (.58), 65
2. Ottawa Senators: 26-15-6 (.553), 58
3. Boston Bruins: 25-21-6 (.481), 56
4. Toronto Maple Leafs: 25-21-6 (.447), 56

If the season ended today, the following teams in the Atlantic Division would be eliminated from playoff contention would be: Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings

* Metropolitan Division
1. Washington Capitals: 33-10-6 (.674), 72
2. Columbus Blue Jackets: 32-12-4 (.667), 68
3. Pittsburgh Penguins**: 30-13-5 (.625), 65
4. New York Rangers: 31-17-1 (.633), 63

If the season ended today, the following teams in the Metropolitan Division would be eliminated from playoff contention would be: Mew Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders


** Western Conference Standings **
* Central Division
1. Minnesota Wild: 32-11-5 (.667), 69
2. Chicago Blackhawks: 30-16-5 (.588), 65
3. Nashville Predators: 24-17-8 (.49), 56
4. St. Louis Blues: 24-20-5 (.49), 53

If the season ended today, the following teams in the Central Division would be eliminated from playoff contention would be: Colorado Avalanche, Winnepeg Jets and Dallas Stars

* Pacific Division
1. San Jose Sharks: 31-17-2 (.588), 64
2. Edmonton Oilers: 28-15-8 (.549), 64
3. Anaheim Ducks: 27-15-9 (.529), 63
4. Calgary Flames: 25-24-3 (.481), 53

If the season ended today, the following teams in the Pacific Division would be eliminated from playoff contention would be: Vancouver Canucks, Arizona Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings

bold italic: Division leader
italic: wildcard
** defending Stanley Cup champion
* defending Western Conference/Eastern Conference champion


Enjoy the 62nd NHL All-Star Game!

Mary Tyler Moore (1936 - 2017)
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Mary Tyler Moore, an actress whose career spanned more than 58 years has died. She was 80 years old.

Born on 29 December 1936 in Brooklyn, New York, she was best known for her roles in the television sitcom, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" which ran from 1970 to 1977. She was diagnosed with Type I diabetes when she was just 33.

She was survived by Dr. Robert Levine, whom she married in 1983 and had one child, Richard Moore who died in October 1980.

She will be deeply missed! For more information on the life of Mary Tyler Moore, read this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Tyler_Moore

Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States
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Today is the last day that current President Barack H. Obama will be President of the United States. Starting tomorrow at noon EST, Barack H. Obama will no longer be president and the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States will commence.

Donald J. Trump will sworn into the Oath of Office and will be known as President Trump. His running mate Mike Pence will be sworn in as the 48th Vice President of the United States.

When Donald Trump takes office, he will become the oldest President of the United States. Previously, Ronald Regan took the Oath of Office at the age of 69 in 1981.

How did he become president? As you may know, he won the 2016 Presidential Election by an electoral vote of 304 to 227. 30 states voted for the Republican and 20 states voted for the Democratic (Hillary Clinton). Both Donald and Hillary are from the home state of New York.

Hillary Clinton however, won the popular vote, 65,844,954 (45.95%) to 62,978,879 (48.04%). Donald Trump will become the fifth person in history to become president despite losing the nationwide popular vote and will become the first president without any prior experience in public service.

This is going to be a rough ride for everyone for at least the next four years (through at least January 2021).

Clemson Tigers: 2016 College Football Playoff National Champions!
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After 20 weeks, the 2016 college football season has come to a end!

For the second time in programme history and for the first time since the 1981 college football season, the Clemson Tigers are national champions!

In the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game, the #2 Tigers secured their second national championship after dethroning the previously undefeated and defending national champion, #1 Alabama Crimson Tide by a score of 35 to 31!

The Crimson Tide came just one second short of winning their second consecutive national title and winning their 17th title overall. You can thank #13 WR Hunter Renfrow for catching a 2-yard touchdown to win the game!

So how did the two remaining teams advanced to the National Championship Game?

On Saturday, 31 December 2016, in the first national semifinal game, the #1 Crimson Tide eliminated the #4 Washington Huskies, 21 to 7. In the second national semifinal game, the #2 Clemson Tigers shut out and eliminate the #3 Ohio State Buckeyes, 31 to 0.

#4 QB Deshaun Watson was awarded the 2017 CFP Offensive Player of the Game! He earned the award for completing 36 of 56 attempts with a quarterback rating of 145. He rushed 420 yards and scored 3 touchdowns with 4 sacks and 21 rushes for 43 yards!

#10 LB Ben Boulware was awarded the 2017 CFP Defensive Player of the Game! He earned the award for making 6 tackles (4 unanswered and 2 assisted tackles) and 1 pass defended interception.

The #2 Clemson Tigers finish their season with 14 wins and 1 loss. The #1 Alabama Crimson Tide with their only loss of the season also finish their season with 14 wins a 1 loss. With the Crimson Tides' loss, this leaves no more undefeated college football teams as the 2016 season came to a end.

The Crimson Tide's loss also snaps the programme's 26-game winning streak with their last loss in September 2015.

The 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game was played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida with an attendance record of 74,512. The national anthem was performed by Little Big Town with the halftime show being performed by the Million Dollar Band and the Clemson University Tiger Band.

With the exception of the all-star college football bowl games later this month, college football has headed into a long off-season. The 2017 college football season will begin a new on Thursday, 31 August 2017 - that's less than 233 days from today!

For now, congratulations to the Clemson Tigers for pulling off an upset against the previously undefeated and national champion, Alabama Crimson Tide to win their first national championship in 35 years!

The Clemson Tigers are the champions of college football!

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