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December 26, 2019
One Big Thing:
After playing the first 29 games of the 2019-20 NBA season, LeBron James did not play against the Denver Nuggets due to a thoracic muscle strain and ‘nagging’ groin issue.
A collision with Patrick Beverley in the first quarter of the Lakers’ 111-106 loss Wednesday night to the Clippers caused LeBron James to aggravate a nagging groin injury and could cause the Lakers star to miss some game time moving forward.
“I felt healthy going into the game,” James said. “I got kneed in the groin taking a charge from Pat Beverley, and it kind of set me right back to where I was five days ago.”
Even though the Lakers are now riding a season-worst, four-game losing streak, several members of the organization already have approached James about the urgency to sit out and rehab his groin injury until he feels fully recovered.
On This Day:
1917 1st NHL defensemen to score a goal: Toronto Maple Leaf Harry Cameron
1919 Yankees & Red Sox reach agreement on transfer of Babe Ruth the Yankees
1925 NHL record 141 shots as NY Americans (73) beat Pitt Pirates (68) 3-1, NY’s Jake Forbes 67 saves, Pitt’s Ray Waters 70
1942 Chris ‘Red’ Cagle, College Football Hall of Fame halfback, dies of a fractured skull from a fall at 37
1943 National Football League Championship, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat Washington Redskins, 41-21; Bears 6th title
1947 Happy Birthday Carlton Fisk, Vermont, all star catcher (Red Sox, White Sox)
1948 Happy Birthday Chris Chambliss, 1st baseman (NY Yankee)
1954 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Municipal Stadium: Cleveland Browns thrash Detroit Lions, 56-10; Browns’ placekicker Lou Groza makes 8 extra points, a new title game record
1959 NFL coach John Madden (23) weds Virginia Fields
1960 National Football League Championship, Franklin Field, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles beat Green Bay Packers, 17-13; lone playoff defeat for Packers coach Vince Lombardi before Packers establish dynasty
1964 AFL Championship, War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo: Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 20-7; defending champions can’t overcome 1st quarter injury to star RB Keith Lincoln
1965 AFL Championship, Balboa Stadium San Diego: Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 23-0; repeat previous year’s win over SD
1971 Muhammad Ali finishes off German Jürgen Blin with a thundering right cross for a 7th-round knockout in a non-title heavyweight boxing contest in Zurich, Switzerland
1975 5th Fiesta Bowl: #7 Arizona State beats #6 Nebraska, 17-14
1976 AFC Championship, Oakland Coliseum: Oakland Raiders beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-7
1986 Mark Messier is suspended for 10 games for instigating a fight with Jamie Macoun and breaking his cheekbone
1990 Garry Kasparov beats Antatoly Karpov to retain chess championship
1991 Chuck Knolls retires as NFL coach after 23 years
2002 Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal (30) weds Shaunie Nelson at The Beverly Hills Hotel’s Crystal Garden
2004 Reggie White, American football player, dies at 43
There is more evidence that running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire may be a longshot to play for No. 1 LSU in the Peach Bowl playoff semifinal against No. 4 Oklahoma.
Washington quarterback Jacob Eason, a top-five NFL prospect that he will forgo his senior season and enter the draft.
This summer Bobby Wagner negotiated his own $54 million, three-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks, making him the highest-paid middle linebacker in the league.
The White Sox continued their active offseason by inking Dallas Keuchel to a three-year deal with a vesting option for a fourth.
First it was juiced in the regular season, when teams set all kinds of home run records. Then it was dejuiced in the postseason, when it affected the outcomes of games and series. The changes made it difficult for teams and fans to anticipate how the ball would behave, but they may have also exposed a flaw in the stories we tell ourselves about the game.
Major League Baseball announced a tentative new five-year labor agreement with the umpires, paving the way for the electronic strike zone to perhaps make its debut at the big-league level sometime before the deal expires in 2024.
Golf Channel reports that the final day of singles played Sunday in Australia but broadcast Saturday night in North America became the most-watched cable telecast in Presidents Cup history.
Apple’s head of services Eddy Cue apparently met with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott about the latter’s ongoing effort to sell an equity stake in the conference’s media rights business and how a deal could work for the Apple TV app and TV+ subscription service.
The South African digital sports outlet reports that Isaac Lugudde-Katwe, Roc Nation’s international director, confirmed the agency’s latest signing of Kolisi, 28. British newspaper the Daily Star had earlier reported that Kolisi, who has been in England doing promotional work for Adidas, met with Roc Nation Sports International president Michael Yormark in London.
Gymnast Simone Biles is the 2019 AP Female Athlete of the Year.
China has introduced various measures to incentivize winter sports businesses to invest in the region ahead of hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics. Two Chinese cities Beijing and Zhangjiakou witnessed a burst of activity in winter sports investment when it was announced that China will be hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics. In 1996, China had only 11 ski resorts in the country. Twenty years later, the country had 646 ski resorts.
Sports betting is legal in just 11 states, with seven more preparing to follow. Research published recently by the consultancy Gambling Compliance projects that 40 U.S. states will have legalized sports betting by 2024.
The third largest internet provider in Russia, Rambler Group, recently filed a suit against Amazon-owned Twitch for $3 billion (180 billion roubles). Rambler Group claims that Twitch breached Rambler Group’s exclusive broadcasting rights of Premiere League soccer matches numerous times since August, 2019.