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January 3, 2020

One Big Thing:

NFL’s Best Running Back Discusses the Importance of Being Versatile
Photo: Grant Halverson | Getty, Christian McCaffrey stiff-arms Josh Allen of the Jacksonville Jaguars

Christian McCaffrey’s versatility and superb statistics helped him to a rare double: The Carolina Panthers running back has made The Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team at two positions.

McCaffrey rushed for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns and caught 116 passes for 1,005 yards and four TDs this season.

He became the third player in NFL history to finish with at least 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in the same season, joining Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk and Roger Craig, who is on the senior ballot for the Hall this year.

“It means a lot,” says McCaffrey, a third-year pro. “It is a big honor, and that is something that you don’t work hard for it, but when it comes you are really grateful and appreciative.”

On This Day:

1923 Hank Stram, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (KC Chiefs Super Bowl 1970), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)

1939 Happy Birthday Bobby Hull, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (Art Ross Trophy 1960, 62, 66; Hart Memorial Trophy 1965, 66), born in Pointe Anne, Ontario

1943 Bid McPhee, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (Cincinnati Reds; last 2nd baseman to play without a glove), dies at 83

1971 1st AFC Championship, Memorial Stadium, Baltimore: Baltimore Colts beat Oakland Raiders, 27-17

1971 1st NFC Championship, Kezar Stadium, SF: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 17-10

1973 A 12-man syndicate led by Michael Burke and George Steinbrenner III buys MLB’s New York Yankees from CBS for US$10 million

1980 Happy Birthday Angela Ruggiero, American ice hockey hall of fame defenseman (Olympics gold 1998; Chairperson IOC Athletes’ Commission 2016-18), born in Panorama City, California

1981 Happy Birthday Eli Manning, American NFL quarterback (MVP Super Bowls 2007, 11; Pro Bowl 2008, 11, 12, 15; NY Giants), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

1983 Dallas running back Tony Dorsett sets NFL record with 99-yard rush in the Cowboys 31-27 defeat at Minnesota Vikings

1991 LA King Wayne Gretzky scores his 700th goal against NY Islanders

1991 Luke Appling, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop, (7-time MLB All Star), dies of abdominal aortic aneurysm at 83

1993 “The Comeback”, QB Frank Reich led the Buffalo Bills back from a 32-point deficit, to defeat the Houston Oilers 41-38 in overtime in a wild card playoff game, the greatest comeback ever in pro football history

2003 Sid Gillman, American football coach, dies at 91

2016 Jimmy Butler breaks Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls record for points in a half, scoring 40 of his 42 points in the second half to lead the Bulls in a 115-113 victory over the Toronto Raptors

What’s New:

Serena Williams

Inside Serena Williams’ Plan To Ace Venture Investing (READ) Kurt Badenhausen | Forbes

The National Football League (NFL) has recorded a five per cent increase in television viewership for its 100th regular season, according to data seen by CNBC. (READ) Pearce Bates | Sports Pro

Formula One TV audience drops by 8.6MILLION after move to paid-for Sky Sports (READ) Gary Stonehouse | The Sun

Churchill Downs set to clash with Caesars in Indiana sports betting arena (READ) Zack Owens | Louisville Business First

Retirement With A Plan: Magic ‘Old Guy’ D.J. Augustin Dives Into Real Estate (READ) Sean Deveney | Forbes

The Warriors Get a New Home, and New Neighbors (READ) Brian Libby | The New York Times

How Fanatics Uses FaceTime Calls with NFL Rookies to Engage Fans (READ) Team | HashTag Sports


David Stern, the former commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA), has died in New York aged 77. (READ) Michael Long | Sports Pro

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