One Big Thing, On This Day, What’s New In Sports 1/15/20

January 15, 2020

One Big Thing:

Clemson Upsets No. 3 Duke in an ACC Conference Match-Up

Photo by Charles York | The Chronicle

Just one day after the Clemson Tigers lost their National Championship game to LSU, the Tiger basketball team (8-8) (3-3) beat the Duke Blue Devils (15-2) (5-1) 79-72 at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Clemson defeated North Carolina on Saturday evening in Chapel Hill and it marked the first win on the road against the Tar Heels in program history.

Down 62-59 with six minutes left, Clemson proceeded to go on a 20-10 run to finish the game.

Clemson had three players in double figures, Aamir Simms (25) (10-of-15 shooting), Tevin Mack (22) (10-of-14 shooting) and John Newman III (14). Simms and Mack both grabbed 9 rebounds each.

Duke also had three players in double figures. Vernon Carey Jr. (20), Tre Jones (17) and Cassius Stanley (14). Carey Jr. had 7 rebound for the game.

The Blue Devils will have a chance to rebound Saturday night, as No. 11 Louisville will come to Cameron Indoor Stadium for a top-15 clash.

On This Day:

1892 Basketball rules first published in Triangle Magazine, written by James Naismith

1934 New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth, nearing end of illustrious career, signs a 1-year contract worth $35,000; represents a pay cut of $17,000 for “The Babe”

1939 1st NFL All Star Game, Wrigley Field, Chicago: New York Giants beat All America All-Stars, 13-10

1942 Chicago Cubs drop plans to install lights at Wrigley Field because of military’s need for materials; takes 35 years before lights finally installed at the venerable ballpark

1942 US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt sends his famed “Green Light Letter” to MLB Commissioner Judge Landis, encouraging baseball to continue playing during World War II

1957 7th NBA All-Star Game, Boston Garden: East beats West, 109-97; MVP: Bob Cousy, Boston Celtics, PG

1957 Brooklyn Dodgers extend their 5-year lease on Ebbets Field by signing a new 3-year lease with real estate developer Marvin Kratter; club moves to Los Angeles the next year

1958 New York Yankees announce that 140 MLB games to be televised on WPIX TV this season in a deal worth over $1 million dollars

1964 MLB executives vote to hold a free agent amateur draft, officially known as Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in NYC

1964 San Francisco Giants make champion outfielder Willie Mays the highest-paid player in baseball when they sign him to a new $105,000 per season contract

1965 One of the biggest trades in NBA history; San Francisco Warriors send Wilt Chamberlain to the Philadelphia 76ers for Connie Dierking, Lee Shaffer, Paul Neumann and cash

1978 Super Bowl XII, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Dallas Cowboys beat Denver Broncos, 27-10; MVP: Harvey Martin, Dallas, DE & Randy White, Dallas, DT

1979 Happy Birthday Drew Brees, American football quarterback (Super Bowl MVP 2009, New Orleans Saints; 13 x Pro Bowl; 7 × NFL passing yards leader), born in Austin, Texas

1986 Montreal’s rookie goaltender Patrick Roy records his first of 66 career NHL shutouts, in the Canadiens’ 4-0 win against the Winnipeg Jets at the Forum

1987 Champion Boston Celtics NBA forward Larry Bird is named Man of the Year by ‘The Sporting News’ and Athlete of the Year by ‘Associated Press’; first time one athlete gains both distinctions

1988 NFL analyst Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder makes several questionable comments about African Americans during a lunchtime interview on CBS’ NFL Today; fired the next day

1990 Golden State coach Don Nelson becomes 2nd man in NBA history to appear in 1,000 games both as a player and coach (joining Lenny Wilkens) as the Warriors lose to the Indiana Pacers, 144-105

1997 Controversial Chicago Bulls’ forward Dennis Rodman kicks cameraman Eugene Amos in the groin during a game against Minnesota Timberwolves; ultimately pays Amos $200,000 settlement, and is suspended for 11 games without pay

2000 Utah’s Jerry Sloan becomes 12th coach in NBA history to reach the 700-victory plateau when the Jazz defeat the LA Clippers, 112-75 at the Delta Center, Salt Lake City

2013 Happy Birthday “Gomer Pyle” actor Jim Nabors (82) weds retired performer Stan Cadwallader (64) at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle

2014 LA Dodgers sign pitcher Clayton Kershaw to the biggest deal in baseball history, a 7-year, $215 million package averaging $30.7 million per season

What’s New:
Joe Brady Panthers
Photo: Derick E. Hingle | USA TODAY Sports

LSU’s passing game coordinator Joe Brady is planning to return to the NFL and the Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator.

Kevin Stefanski was named head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Stefanski, was the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings.

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is retiring at age 28 after eight seasons in the NFL.

The “Rooney Rule” is broken will the NFL do anything to fix it? The latest coaching cycle paints a grim picture for coaching candidates of color.

When Anthony Davis fell hard to the floor against the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel and everyone in Los Angeles held their collective breath.

Tony Parker is not the only longtime San Antonio Spur without a losing record against any of the other teams. David Robinson, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are part of that exclusive club.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made a tough decision by the penalties he handed down against the Houston Astros for electronic sign stealing.

Alex Cora, 44, manager of the 2018 World Series Champions Boston Red Sox has been linked this offseason to two sign-stealing schemes, has mutually agreed to part ways with the team.

Third baseman Josh Donaldson has agreed to a deal worth $84 million over four years and includes a $16 million club option with an $8 million buyout with the Minnesota Twins.

The New York Yankees’ short-season Class A affiliate has already announced a promotion on Sept. 3 when the Staten Island Yankees host the Tri-City Valley Cats, an affiliate of the Astros.

Rasmus Sandin, the 19-year-old prospect aching for a NHL breakthrough will get his chance with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs are down two defencemen Jake Muzzin and Morgan Rielly.

Joe Burrow the LSU Tigers quarterback won the Heisman Trophy, set the single season record in touchdown passes, and finished his career with a 15-0 record and a national championship.

The College Football Playoff title game in New Orleans appears to show Cleveland Browns and former Tiger Odell Beckham Jr. celebrating the win handing out cash to players.

Former Penn State football player Isaiah Humphries filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the university, coach James Franklin and former teammate Damion Barber.

The Auburn Tigers baseball program added four-time All-Star Tim Hudson to its staff as the pitching coach.

Publicly traded casino company Penn National Gaming is looking to acquire Barstool Sports. Penn National owns and operates casinos across the US, and is looking to become a more prominent player in the expanding US sports betting industry.

Vince Vaughn usually steals the show in any movie he is in. Monday night he stole the show again caught talking to President Donald Trump in a suite while attending the College Football Championship game.

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