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NFL Fires Field Official Hugo Cruz For Performance-Related Issues

The NFL announced they have fired field official Hugo Cruz, for performance reasons and not meeting the standard over a sustained period of time. Cruz’s firing marks the first midseason firing of an official in the Super Bowl era. Cruz had been with the league since 2015, but missed a blatant false start late in the second quarter in Week 6’s game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Cleveland Browns. While it was said that this particular incident did not lead to Cruz’s dismissal and no other details were disclosed, the high-profile nature of the missed call seems to have been a contributing factor of Cruz not meeting the high standards of officiating. The NFL Referees Association plans to file a grievance on behalf of Cruz over his dismissal, according to multiple sources.  ...Read more

Red Sox Beat Dodgers 4-2 In Game 2 To Take 2-0 World Series Lead

Boston pitcher David Price earned his second postseason victory in a row Wednesday night, pitching six innings allowing only 3 hits which brought brought the Boston Red Sox the win in Game 2 of the 2018 World Series. RBI leader J.D. Martinez broke a fifth-inning tie with a two-run single that sent Boston to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Red Sox now lead the series 2-0. Game 3 is Friday in Los Angeles. The Dodgers need a win to avoid an 0-3 deficit, one that no World Series winning team has ever come back from. ...Read more

Denver Broncos Release QB Chad Kelly After Trespassing Arrest

The Denver Broncos released quarterback Chad Kelly on Wednesday following his arrest for allegedly trespassing in a Colorado home. Broncos president of football operations and general manager John Elway said in a news release that “this was a decision that we made as an organization. After reviewing all the information…we agreed that releasing Chad was the right thing to do.”  Kelly’s release from the Broncos followed his arrest early Tuesday in which police responded to a report of a man standing outside a residence at around 1:17 a.m.; a couple and their child were inside the home when Kelly, 24, allegedly entered and sat on the couch next to the mother, mumbling incoherently. The home’s occupant chased the man out of the residence and police eventually found Kelly, who matched the description provided by the homeowner. Kelly was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal trespass.  Kelly was drafted by the Broncos in the seventh and final round of the 2017 NFL Draft; he missed all of last season with an injury. Kelly is the nephew of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. ...Read more

Boston Red Sox Win 8-4 Over Dodgers In Game One Of World Series

The Boston Red Sox beat the L.A. Dodgers, 8-4, in Game 1 of the 2018 World Series. Red Sox pinch hitter Eduardo Nunez hit a three-run homer, and Andrew Benintendi collected four hits to take their team to the win on Tuesday at home in Fenway Park.  This is the first World Series meeting between the two franchises in 112 years. The Dodgers and Red Sox will be back at Fenway Park tonight for Game Two of the best-of-seven series. ...Read more

Dalls Cowboys Acquire Star Wide Receiver Amari Cooper For 1st-Round Draft Pick

The Dallas Cowboys have acquired wide receiver Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders for a first-round pick in the 2019 draft. Cooper is a fourth-year pro out of Alabama, and the fourth overall pick in the 2015 draft.  During his three full seasons with the Raiders, Cooper made the Pro Bowl twice, in 2015 and 2016, before taking a small step back during 2017. Cooper is set to play 2019 under a fifth-year option worth roughly $13.9 million. Currently, Cooper is in the NFL’s concussion protocol after suffering the injury Oct. 14 in Oakland’s loss to Seattle in London. ...Read more

Denver Nuggets Forward Will Barton Out Indefinitely With Hip And Core Strain

Denver Nuggets announced on Monday that forward Will Barton has been diagnosed with a right hip and core strain suffered in Saturday’s win over the Suns. As of press time, a timetable for his return was unknown at this time. Barton sustained the injury in the third quarter of Saturday’s game and had to be taken off the court. He underwent tests Sunday and further evaluation confirmed the severity of the injury.  Barton is signed a four-year deal to remain in Denver this offseason. He has averaged 13-plus points per game in each of his last four seasons and is averaging 16.5 points so far this season.  ...Read more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Kwon Alexander Out For Season With Torn ACL

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ starting linebacker Kwon Alexander’s knee injury will take him out for the rest of the season. An MRI on Monday confirmed that Alexander has indeed torn his ACL. Alexander suffered the injury just before halftime during Sunday’s overtime victory over the Cleveland Browns. Alexander is a former fourth-round pick by the Buccaneers in 2015. He’s started all 46 games he’s appeared in over his first four years in the league, making 380 tackles with six interceptions and seven sacks. The Bucs have also lost rookie linebacker Jack Cichy to a torn ACL. It’s the second time he’s torn an ACL after he suffered the injury in his other knee just last year. The Buccaneers are now down to Lavonte David, Devante Bond, Adarius Taylor, and Cameron Lynch as their linebackers currently on the active roster. ...Read more

Los Angeles Angels Name Brad Ausmus As Their New Manager

Los Angeles Angels general manager Billy Eppler announced on Sunday the hiring of Brad Ausmus as the Angels’ new manager. Ausmus served as his special assistant last season and replaces Mike Scioscia, who left the club earlier this month after 19 seasons in charge. Scioscia is the winningest manager in franchise history. Ausmus is a former big league catcher who spent four seasons as the Detroit Tigers’ manager from 2014-17. The Tigers won the AL Central in his first season but went just 314-332 throughout his years as manager. ...Read more

Cincinnati Bengals Linebacker Vontaze Burfict Fined $112K For Illegal Hits Against Steelers

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was not suspended for two unnecessary roughness calls last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he was just fined $112,000 by the NFL on Saturday. Burfict committed the personal fouls on hits against receiver Antonio Brown, and running back James Conner. Burfict, in his seventh season, is the most fined player in the NFL paying $415,637. He has now been fined 11 times. He has also been suspended six games, including a three-game ban after an illegal hit on Brown in a 2016 playoff game. ...Read more

Boston Red Sox Defeat Houston Astros To Win ALCS And Advance To World Series

Boston pitcher David Price shut out the Houston Astros for six innings Thursday night, taking the Red Sox to a 4-1 victory and clinching the pennant in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series.  33-year-old Price pitched on three days’ rest, and struck out nine, walked none and allowed three hits, with 65 of his 93 pitches going for strikes.  J.D. Martinez homered in the third inning off Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, pushing the Red Sox ahead, 1-0, and then third baseman Rafael Devers delivered a three-run HR to put Boston ahead 4-0.  Astros Marwin González hit a solo home run off Matt Barnes, who relieved Price in the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough to come back against Boston. ...Read more