On behalf of everyone here at Sports, Inc., we hope you had a happy, safe holiday season. We took a brief two day holiday, but we are back with your Morning Roundup, so let’s get down to business.
The NBA acquired a new cellar dweller as the Phoenix Suns disinherited the title with a win last night and a loss by the Cleveland Cavaliers. In a year where coach Tyronn Lue has already paid for a poor record with his job, things in Cleveland may continue to look gloomy in the post-LeBron era. Once again, the Bulls suffered a double-digit defeat as it too appears to be a franchise embroiled in turmoil. On a more positive note, the Spurs completed an upset of Western Conference’s second best team, the Denver Nuggets.
Detroit Pistons 106-95 Washington Wizards
Phoneix Suns 122-120 (OT) Orlando Magic
Indiana Pacers 129-121 Atlanta Hawks
Brooklyn Nets 134-132 Charlotte Hornets
Toronto Raptors 106-104 Miami Heat
Minnesota Timberwolves 119-94 Chicago Bulls
Dallas Mavericks 122-119 New Orleans Pelicans
Memphis Grizzlies 95-87 Cleveland Cavaliers
San Antonio Spurs 111-103 Denver Nuggets
Los Angeles Clippers 127-118 Sacramento Kings
Disappointing news occurred today as the scheduled ServPro First Responder Bowl was cancelled. The game was set to feature No. 25 Boise State vs. Boston College, but was called off due to lightening. This was the first ever bowl game cancelled due to weather, but there is a silver lining as fans will be able to get a refund or attend next year’s game free of charge.
Serie A was hardly full of holiday yesterday as there were a total of five red cards shown throughout all of the fixtures. 10-man Juventus managed to salvage a point away at Atalanta as Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a late equalizer after starting on the bench for rest. The pressure surrounding AC Milan grew as they suffered a frustrating away draw to relegation favorites, Frosinone creating very little in the way of chances throughout the match. Second-place Napoli finished their 1-0 defeat away to Inter with nine men, and failed to capitalize on Juventus’ dropped points earlier in the day.
Atalanta 2-2 Juventus
Frosinone 0-0 AC Milan
Bologna 0-2 Lazio
Cagliari 1-0 Genoa
Fiorentina 0-1 Parma Calcio 1913
Sampdoria 2-0 Chievo Verona
Roma 3-1 Sassuolo
SPAL 2013 0-0 Udinese
Torino 3-0 Empoli
Inter 1-0 Napoli
Boxing Day was full of excitement in the Premier League as Liverpool opened the day by hammering Newcastle 4-0. Not to be outdone by fellow title contenders, Tottenham put five past Bournemouth en route to a 5-0 victory. Meanwhile, Manchester City slipped to third after falling to giant slayers, Leicester City, who beat a Top 4 team in the Premier League for the second time in as many matches. City were also reduced to 10 men late on in the match. Top 4 hopefuls, Arsenal struggled in their trip to Brighton, but managed to hang on to a 1-1 draw while slipping two points adrift of Chelsea for fourth place. The basement of the Premier League changed hands as Fulham finally found the exit door from the bottom spot with a draw against Wolverhampton and a loss by Huddersfiled Town to Manchester United.
Fulham 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Burnley 1-5 Everton
Crystal Palace 0-0 Cardiff City
Leicester City 2-1 Manchester City
Liverpool 4-0 Newcastle United
Manchester United 3-1 Huddersfield Town
Tottenham 5-0 Bournemouth
Brighton and Hove 1-1 Arsenal
Watford 1-2 Chelsea
The ultimate Christmas present was given by Brady Singer to his parents (read here)
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