One Big Thing, On This Day, What's New In Sports 1/8/20

January 8, 2020

One Big Thing:

Luka Doncic
Photo: Clutch Points

Luka Doncic is having a breakout season for the Dallas Mavericks. He’s already an MVP candidate and is doing things on the court we have not seen from someone his age since LeBron James.

On Saturday, he tallying his 10th triple-double of the season in the Mavs’ 123-120 defeat to the Charlotte Hornets. Luka Doncic came away with 39 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in 43 minutes.

Doncic is usually just a few rebounds and assists short, averging 29.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 8.9 assists in 31 games.

Monday night against a struggling Chicago Bulls team he dropped 21 points in the third quarter alone and entered the final quarter on pace for potentially another 40-point triple-double. In fact, he had put up 34 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in those first three quarters.

This is his 4th straight game recorded 30+ points, 10+ rebounds and 7+ assists, joining Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and Russell Westbrook as the only players to do so.

On This Day:

1945 University of Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team sets an NCAA record by holding Arkansas State to 6 points in a 75-6 win

1953 Happy Birthday Bruce Sutter, American baseball pitcher (Cubs, Cards, Braves), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

1955 Furman sets NCAA basketball single-game scoring record with 154 pt

1955 Georgia Tech ends Kentucky’s 130-game home basketball win streak

1957 Happy Birthday Dwight Clark, American NFL wide receiver/executive (“The Catch” 1981 Super Bowl SF 49ers), born in Kingston, North Carolina (d. 2018)

1962 21 year old future Hall of Fame golfer Jack Nicklaus makes his first professional appearance; tied 50th in Los Angeles Open

1972 NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall

1980 NCAA decides to sponsor women’s championships in 5 sports

1984 NCAA announces that basketball tournament will have 64 teams

1984 Happy Birthday Jeff Francoeur, American baseball player, born in Atlanta, Georgia

1987 Jack Sikma (Milwaukee) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games

1993 Michael Jordan’s game-high 35 points leads Chicago to 120-95 win over Milwaukee; gives him exactly 20,000 points in 620th game of his NBA career; 2nd-fastest to reach milestone after Wilt Chamberlain (499)

1995 Mike Schmidt is elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame

2000 “Music City Miracle”, in AFC Wild Card Playoff, Tennessee Titans defeat Buffalo Bills 22-16 in last 16 seconds with Kevin Dyson, running length of the field for a game-winning touchdown

2008 Joe Gibbs retires, for the second time, as head coach of the Washington Redskins

2013 Steve Nash records his 10,000th career assist against Houston

2018 College Football National Championship, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta: #4 Alabama beats #3 Georgia, 26-23

What’s New:

XFL betting
Photo: Legal Sports Report

The XFL Launches Betting Integrity Program With Genius Sports (READ) Dustin Gouker | Legal Sports Report

US commercial broadcaster CBS recorded its highest primetime viewership for a National Football League (NFL) AFC Wild Card game in nine years, as an average 31.4 million viewers tuned in to watch the New England Patriots’ 20-13 defeat to the Tennessee Titans. (READ)  Steven Impey | Sports Pro Media

NFL went ‘next level’ in the UK in 2019 with purpose-built stadium and Academy… so what does the future hold? (READ) Malik Ouzia | Evening Standard

Alabama succession plan in place with Bryce Young ready to take over for Tua Tagovailoa (READ) Patrick Schmidt | FanSided

Tua Tagovailoa Leaves Alabama With Legacy Secure and All Eyes on His NFL Future (READ) Pat Forde | Sports Illustrated

MLB discussing on-field technology to prevent sign stealing (READ) Hannah Keyser | Yahoo Sports

MLB launching investigation into Red Sox sign-stealing allegations (READ) Steve DelVecchio | Larry Brown Sports

Predators fire head coach Peter Laviolette (READ) Gavin Lee | Pro Hockey Rumors

Sponsorships for Pro Bull Riders Tour Surge 25% (READ) Scott Soshnick and Eben Novy-Williams | Bloomberg

How Michael Strahan Took Control of His Post-Football Career (READ) Mary Pilon | Entrepreneur

Brock Lesnar enters the Royal Rumble at No. 1 (READ) Cedric Welton | FanSided


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