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LeBron James Two Incidents in Past Week
Last weekend, James was ejected and suspended for a game after he elbowed Isaiah Stewart of the Detroit Pistons, which bloodied his eye. Stewart took offense and began an altercation, resulting in a two-game suspension for himself and one game for James.
After returning to the lineup on Thursday, James was fined $15000 for making an obscene gesture following a long three-point shot with 1:17 left in overtime at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Lakers won the game, 124-116.
Chicago Bears end Five-Game Skid
In a five-game losing streak, the Chicago Bears entered play against the Detroit Lions mired. The good news was that the Lions were winless. Despite having not won a game, the Lions led late before the Bears came away with a 16-14 win on a field goal by Cairo Santos as time expired.
Quarterback Andy Dalton played for the injured Justin Fields and threw for 317 yards, hitting Cole Kmet eight times, including a touchdown. Darnell Mooney led the Bears with 123 yards receiving.
The Bears improved to 4-7, but their win was hardly impressing, being they only put up 16 points against a Lions defense that ranks near the bottom of the league in points allowed.
Koepka defeats DeChambeau in “The Match”
There’s no question that a rivalry exists between PGA Tour golfers Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau. In the fifth edition of “The Match,” which began with Tiger Woods facing Phil Mickelson, Koepka crushed DeChambeau by a 4-and-3 score in the 12-hole match.
Playing for charity, Koepka knocked in four birdies while DeChambeau put up a goose egg. Koepka was more than happy to take down DeChambeau, telling his rival late in the match that “I just wanted to spank you.” DeChambeau noted that he hadn’t played in months but said “no excuses. I should have done better.”
A rematch is not out of the question, but a more significant win would be the two going head-to-head down the stretch of a major championship.
Mets add Starling Marte
This past season, the New York Mets finished a distant third in the NL East behind the eventual World Series champion Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies. The team was looking to close the gap this offseason and made a solid start with the signing of Starling Marte to a 4-year, $78 million contract, as confirmed to Jeff Passan of ESPN.
The 33-year-old played for the Marlins and Athletics last season, hitting a combined .310 with 12 home runs and 55 RBI. Marte is a two-time Gold Glove Award winner and has a career batting average of .289 with 126 home runs with the Pirates, Diamondbacks, Marlins, and Athletics over a 10-year career.
Ohio State Suffers Devasting Loss
At 10-1 and #2 in the country, Ohio State faced #5 Michigan. The Wolverines lost 15 of their last 16 against Ohio State. After leading briefly in the second quarter, Ohio State allowed 28 second-half points to Michigan, losing by 42-27. IN the process, the Wolverines clinched the Big Ten East and a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game.
For Ohio State, the loss dropped them 10-2 and like any hope of finishing in the top four for a spot at a playoff bid. Seven other teams entered play today with only one loss. Ohio State will miss out on the playoffs after advancing to the championship game last year before losing to Alabama.