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August 21, 2019

WHAT’S NEW IN THE WORLD OF SPORTS

NFL News…

The Cleveland Browns are the NFL’s “it” team this preseason. They have a dynamic young quarterback in Baker Mayfield. They have a star wide receiver in Odell Beckham Jr. They have a new coach, a new plan, and renewed hope … and this time that hope seems warranted. So how did the Browns go from leaguewide laughingstock to potential model franchise of the future? Welcome to Trust the Browns’ Process Week, when we’ll explore how Believeland reached this point and what comes next. (READ MORE)

The NFL and Pluto TV have reached a deal to launch the NFL Channel, a curated library offering, on the ad-supported streaming service. Because Pluto is available free for consumers, much of the programming on its 150-plus networks approximates but does not duplicate what pay-TV subscribers get via the traditional bundle. (READ MORE)

NBA News…

With 22 straight postseason appearances under its belt, San Antonio is tied for the longest streak in history. This season, the Spurs could break the record, but they’ll have to walk a tightrope to do it in the souped-up West. (READ MORE)

Tyronn Lue will be coaching in Los Angeles this upcoming season, but it won’t be for the Lakers. (READ MORE)

College Football News…

The NFL Draft has become a year-round conversation, so much so that fans want to know top names for the next year right after the current year ends. With the college football season right around the corner, summer scouting is wrapping up, and the focus will shift to watching these players in the fall. (READ MORE)

Lane Kiffin may no longer be coaching Jalen Hurts, but he still has his former quarterback’s back.

Kiffin was quoted in a story published by The Athletic’s Jason Kersey on Monday regarding Oklahoma’s decision to name Hurts its starting quarterback for the season (Kiffin was Hurts’ offensive coordinator at Alabama in 2016). (READ MORE)

Another quarterback battle has been called, and another one has gone to a true freshman. Auburn has selected Bo Nix as its starter, 11 days ahead of the No. 16 Tigers’ season opener against No. 11 Oregon at AT&T Stadium. (READ MORE)

FIFA World Cup…

Ten member associations have expressed interest in hosting. It’s a stark contrast from the bidding process for the 2015 tournament, which only had two bidders before being awarded to France.

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bolivia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Japan
  • South Korea, as well as with a potential joint-bid with North Korea
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa

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