The Morning Roundup 12/23/18

Yesterday was a low content day, but the sports did not stop. In case you missed last night’s sports action, here is your Morning Roundup:

NCAA Football

Yesterday’s bowl action featured a blowout by Army in the Armed Forces Bowl.

Jared Birmingham Bowl: Wake Forest 37-34 Memphis
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Army 70-14 Houston
Dollar General Bowl: Troy 42-32 Buffalo
Sofi Hawai’i Bowl: Louisiana Tech 31-14 Hawai’i

NCAA Basketball

Yesterday’s college basketball featured several close games with Top 25 teams. It also featured underdogs No.18 Arizona State topping No.1 Kansas by 4 points, and No.19 Kentucky upsetting No.9 North Carolina beating them by 8 points. This will surely affect the rankings next week as there will be a new No. 1 following Kansas’ loss to No.18 Arizona State

3 Tennessee 83-64 Wake Forest
16 Wisconsin 84-53 Grambling
23 Iowa 110-64 Savannah State
5 Virginia 72-40 William & Mary
25 Nebraska 86-62 CSU Fullerton
11 Florida State 81-59 Saint Louis
15 Ohio State 80-66 UCLA
4 Michigan 71-50 Air Force
7 Auburn 93-88 Murray State
19 Kentucky 80-72 9 North Carolina
22 Indiana 94-64 Jacksonville
6 Nevada 68-62 Akron
17 Mississippi State 67-63 Wright State
18 Arizona State 80-76 1 Kansas

Current rankings

NFL

Both the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans boosted their playoff hopes by securing wins and the inside path to clinch January football. In order to make the playoffs, Tennessee will need a win and a Baltimore loss in Week 17 since Baltimore owns the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Baltimore Ravens 22-10 Los Angeles Chargers
Tennessee Titans  25-16 Washington Redskins

Current standings

NBA

Last night’s NBA action featured a triple overtime thriller between the Wizards and Suns and had several close games. The most notable result was the Miami Heat’s victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. The young, exciting Dallas Mavericks also played a close game against the under-performing Warriors on a night that showcased many close games.

Los Angeles Clippers 132-111 Denver Nuggets
Washington Wizards 149-146 Phoenix Suns
Philadelphia 76ers 126-101 Toronto Raptors
Miami Heat 94-87 Milwaukee Bucks
Houston Rockets 108-101 San Antonio Spurs
Golden State Warriors 120-116 Dallas Mavericks
Oklahoma City Thunder 107-106 Utah Jazz

Current standings

Soccer

English Premier League

The English Premier League featured a congested matchday fixture list as the holiday season ramps up. The best action occurred at The Etihad Stadium where an Andros Townsend wonderstrike helped seal all three points for Crystal Palace. Leicester also defeated Top 4 favorites Chelsea on the road in the other suprising result of the day.

Arsenal 3-1 Burnley
Bournemouth 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Chelsea 0-1 Leicester City
Huddersfield Town 1-3 Southampton
Manchester City 2-3 Crystal Palace
Newcastle United 0-0 Fulham
West Ham United 0-2 Watford
Cardiff City 1-5 Manchester United

Latest table

Ligue 1

In the final weekend before the Ligue 1 winter break, PSG extended its lead over Lille by 13 points. Monaco also suffered a setback as they continue to fight relegation, but Thierry Henry will be disappointed with a loss to basement boys, Guingamp before the two-week layoff. Other fixtures featured draws for Top 4 contenders Lyon and Montpellier as they chase European football next season.

Angers 1-1 Marseille
Lille 1-2 Toulouse
Monaco 0-2 Guingamp
Montpelier 1-1 Lyon
Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 Nantes
Reims 2-2 Caen
Rennes 4-0 Nimes
Saint Etienne 3-0 Dijon
Strasbourg 2-0 Nice

Latest table

Bundesliga

The Bundesliga featured several close fixtures with a back-and-forth duel occurring between Leipzig and Werder Bremen. Bayern secured a victory to continue chasing Dortmund who are comfortably perched over their rivals atop the Bundesliga heading into the winter break.

Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 Hertha Berlin
Hannover 96 0-1 Fortuna Düsseldorf
Nürnberg 0-1 Freiburg
RB Leipzig 3-2 Werder Bremen
VfB Stuttgart 1-3 Schalke 04
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-3 Bayern München

Latest table

Serie A 

Italian giants Juventus defeated Roma in a cagey affair that featured a couple of disallowed goals due to VAR, but managed to top their rivals and maintain a solid hold on the pole position in Serie A. Inter suffered from an uncharacteristic performance and drew with relegation favorites Chievo Verona in Verona. Napoli maintain its title hunt, as AC Milan saw its pursuit of a Top 4 place and Champions League football take a hit as they fell to defeat at home against Fiorentina.

Lazio 3-1 Cagliari
Empoli 2-4 Sampdoria
Genoa 3-1 Atalanta
AC Milan 0-1 Fiorentina
Napoli 1-0 SPAL
Sassuolo 1-1 Torino
Udinese 1-1 Frosinone
Chievo Verona 1-1 Inter
Parma Calcio 1913 0-0 Bologna
Juventus 1-0 Roma

Latest table

La Liga BBVA

Real Betis 1-1 Eibar
Atlético Madrid 1-0 Espanyol
Barcelona 2-0 Celta Vigo
Athletic Club 1-1 Real Valladolid

Latest table

Bonus: FIFA Club World Cup

Bronze Match: Kashima Antlers 0-4 River Plate

Gold Match: Real Madrid 4-1 Al-Ain

MLB (news only)

It was a slow day following the signings of Andrew Miller and Daniel Murphy along with the trade of Yasiel Puig to the Reds.

Mike Fiers inked a two-year contract to remain in Oakland.

In the rumor mill, the Los Angeles Dodgers are still interested in Cleveland Indians ace, Corey Kluber. The San Diego Padres have also been linked to Blue Jays ace, Marcus Stroman.

All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel has reportedly lowered his asking price on the free agency market. He was originally looking for a contract in the region of 6 years/$100+ million.

That’s all we have for today’s Morning Roundup. Look for more content throughout the day, and don’t forget to check out our contact page to connect with us on social media.

-Connor Pittman

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