One Big Thing, On This Day, What’s New In Sports 1/13/20

January 13,2020

One Big Thing:

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron speaks during a
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron speaks during a news conference for the NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in New Orleans. Clemson is scheduled to play LSU on Monday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The College Football National Championship game has the No. 1 LSU Tigers battling the defending National Champions, the No. 3 ranked Clemson Tigers. Both sets of Tigers are 14-0 and seeking to cap off a perfect season when they square off at the Superdome.

It features a pair of teams called the Tigers, both of whom (somewhat incorrectly) claim to hail from Death Valley, and still no consensus on who is the king of the college football jungle until the game clock hits zero.

Clemson is after its third crown in four seasons and its 30th straight victory.

LSU is seeking its first national championship since 2007 and first in the CFP era.

The two top quarterbacks in college football Trevor Lawrence and Joe Burrow will tangle. Burrow who has 55 touchdown passes and a passer rating of 204.60, has a chance to put together the most prolific season in college football history.

Lawrence hasn’t lost a game through two seasons nor thrown an interception since Oct. 19, 2019.

Clemson has won two of the last three national championships, while LSU is looking for its first national title since Les Miles led them to the crown in the same building after the 2007 season.

On This Day:

1953 3rd NBA All-Star Game, Allen County Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana: West beats East, 79-75; MVP: George Mikan, Minneapolis Lakers

1953 Happy Birthday Bob Baffert, American Racing Hall of Fame trainer (Triple Crown 2015, 18), born in Nogales, Arizona

1962 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scores 73 points in Warriors’ 135-117 win over Chicago Packers; at the time, most points scored in NBA regulation game, and remains tied for 3rd-highest total

1974 Super Bowl VIII, Rice Stadium, Houston, TX: Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota Vikings, 24-7; MVP: Larry Csonka, Miami, RB

1982 Hank Aaron & Frank Robinson elected to Hall of Fame

1983 AMA urges ban on boxing, cites Muhammad Ali’s deteriorating condition

1985 John McEnroe repeats previous year’s result with a 7–5, 6–0, 6–4 win over Ivan Lendl to claim back-to-back season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC

1985 Playing in his 436th career game, Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky scores his 400th career NHL goal and adds 2 assists in a 5-4 Oilers’ win over the Sabres in Buffalo

1991 42 killed in exhibition soccer match in Johannesburg, South Africa

1991 Soccer stadium riot in Orkney, South Africa, at least 40 die

1994 Tonya Harding’s bodyguard, Shawn Eric Eckardt & Derrick Brian Smith arrested & charged with conspiracy in attack of skater Nancy Kerrigan

1995 26 HNL teams unanimously ratify agreement to end NHL strike

1997 Happy Birthday Connor McDavid, Canadian NHL centre (1st pick 2015 Draft by Edmonton Oilers), born in Richmond Hill, Ontario

1999 Basketball superstar Michael Jordan announces his second retirement just prior to start of lockout-shortened 1998-99 NBA season; returns in 2001 with Washington

2018 Doug Harvey, American National League umpire (Baseball Hall of Fame 2010), dies at 87

2019 Houston guard James Harden scores 38 points in Rockets’ 116-108 loss to Orlando; 16th straight game with 30+ points matching Kobe Bryant’s NBA record streak; also goes 1 for 17 from 3-point arc, tying record for most misses

What’s New:

ESPN is preparing an offer that would make Tony Romo the highest-paid sportscaster in TV history, with a multi-year deal that would pay him between $10 million to $14 million annually.

The sixth-seeded Tennessee Titans crushed the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens on the road Saturday night, winning 2812 to advance to their first AFC Championship Game since the 2002 season.

Pete Carroll was furious after a spot by the referees gave the Green Bay Packers the win in Sunday night’s divisional playoff game.

As college football prepares to crown its latest champion, the game is facing a much bigger question than Clemson or LSU: namely, why are crowds at stadiums across the country shrinking?

The Mountain West Conference has announced new six-year media rights deals with commercial broadcaster CBS and pay-television network Fox Sports worth a combined US$270 million.

With Kyrie Irving back on the court for the Brooklyn Nets and Blake Griffin contemplating knee surgery, we explore what the two stars’ careers tell us about injury-prone NBA players.

The Cardinals and Rockies have recently engaged in preliminary trade negotiations regarding Nolan Arenado.

Major League Baseball has concluded its investigation into the sign-stealing practices the Houston Astros.

The Molson Coors beverage company has announced a multi-year extension of its partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL) as an official beer of the competition in Canada.

Twitch’s ongoing strategy to diversify the content on its platform to attract more brands made headway in 2019, as its non-gaming category “Just Chatting” was watched more than any video game in December.

Professional Bull Riders is forecasting a 25% bump in sponsorship revenue this season, including deals with new partners that include the U.S. Concealed Carry Association, a gun-rights group.

No taking a knee, no political hand gestures and no disrespect during medal ceremonies. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) posted a three-page guideline on Thursday that reiterates Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter. It clearly states how and when athletes can protest during the 2020 Tokyo games.

Here are the 2020 Oscar nominees announced Monday, Jan. 13 in advance of the Academy Award’s Feb. 9 show.

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