What you missed this weekend in sports: 12/29/18 – 12/30/18
It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these articles and we’d like to apologize to those who have been keeping up with the sports while we’ve been missing. We will try to keep this going all throughout the NFL playoffs.
Speaking of NFL, find out all the interesting news that happened this weekend along with news from college football, NBA, Premier League and Cricket. So let’s find out what we’ve missed this week!
Arizona Cardinals are on the clock:
The Cardinals have finished with the worst record in the NFL (3-13), which has landed them the first overall pick in the 2019 Draft in April. It will be interesting to see what they do with that pick, as they already have a QB, WR and RB for the future.
Saquon Barkley wraps up historical rookie year:
Barkley breaks the record for most catches by a rookie RB with his 89th reception of the year, previously owned by Reggie Bush! Barkley also becomes the third rookie to gain 2000 yards from scrimmage, joining Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James. This has likely set him up to win the Rookie of the year.
Philly Special in Atlanta and Miami:
If I told you we would see two Philly specials on the same day, would you believe me? Well, you should because in the regular season finale for the Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins, their quarterbacks caught a TD pass. That’s what a Philly special is, the QB catching the ball in the end zone. It was made famous by Eagles’ QB Nick Foles.
Falcons’ Matt Ryan and Dolphins’ Ryan Tannenhill are the next two QBs to do it successfully.
Mahomes’ 50th TD pass and 5000 yards passing:
Mahomes surprised several of us with the numbers he has put up this season. In only his second year in the NFL, he has broken several records and joined elite company. With his 50 touchdowns, he joins the likes of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. He also might have just made himself the clear cut front runner for the league MVP.
Baker Mayfield sets Rookie record:
Like Mahomes, Mayfield has had himself a nice season too. But was it enough to give him the rookie of the year honors? He has taken the Cleveland Browns to a successful season, finishing 7-8-1. That’s the most wins they have had over the past four seasons. They’ve only had three wins over the three seasons before that. He has also set the rookie record for passing touchdowns in a season with 27. That’s one more than Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson, who shared the record. Will Mayfield win the ROY?
The playoff picture has been set. It will be an exciting one, as this week could tell a lot about a team. We’ve seen both the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers miss out on the playoffs after being one of the top teams last year. So let’s take a look at the playoffs as we head into the New Year.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
2. New England Patriots (11-5)
3. Houston Texans (11-5) vs 6. Indianapolis Colts (10-6)
4. Baltimore Ravens (10-6) vs 5. Los Angeles Chargers (12-4)
1. New Orleans Saints (13-3)
2. Los Angeles Rams (12-4)
3. Chicago Bears (11-5) vs 6. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)
4. Dallas Cowboys (10-6) vs 5. Seattle Seahawks (10-6)
Now that the season is over, the search for new head coaches is on. We’ve already seen the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns fire their head coaches, but let’s see who is going to join them.
Some names already announced:
New York Jets’ Todd Bowles
Denver Broncos’ Vance Joseph
Arizona Cardinals’ Steve Wilkes
Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Dirk Koetter
Expect for there to be more firings throughout the week.
National Championship set:
The committee might have had it wrong letting Notre Dame stay in the playoffs over Ohio State and Georgia. Clearly the Fighting Irish were no challenge for the Clemson Tigers. We will now have to suffer through another round of Clemson-Alabama in the National Championship. Can Alabama be the first team to repeat in the playoff era? Or will Clemson win their second title in three years? Nonetheless, the winner of this game will be the first team in FBS history to finish with a record of 15-0. Who you got?
Premier League (By Aman Huda)
Wolves stun Tottenham:
Although Wolves have been impressive this Premier League season, including their 2-1 win over Chelsea, it was still hard to predict them beating Tottenham at Wembley. And till the 70th minute, Tottenham was on top 1-0, but not comfortably. Willy Boly equalized in the 72nd minute to give Wolves hope, but no one saw Wolves winning 1-3 by the end of the 90 minutes! That’s exactly what happened, thanks to goals from Mexican star Raúl Jiménez and Portuguese winger Hélder Costa.
Fulham finds last minute crucial victory:
New Fulham Manager Claudio Ranieri found success this weekend at home versus Huddersfield, not just in winning, but more importantly, in keeping a clean sheet. Nineteenth-placed Fulham won 1-0 in the craziest of fashions: by a 91st-minute goal by hero Aleksandar Mitrović! Now, Fulham is still 19th with 14 points, while Huddersfield sits bottom last with just ten points. Fulham will have to deal with Arsenal next, while Huddersfield will have an encounter against winners Burnley.
Liverpool extends lead to nine points at the top:
Many saw Liverpool winning against title-challengers Arsenal on Saturday. Few could have seen the Reds winning 5-1. Even fewer would have seen four of the five goals coming in the first half. Unai Emery’s Arsenal was left speechless by Liverpool’s front three, as Roberto Firmino won a hat-trick, Sadio Mané scored off of Mohammad Salah’s assist, and after Salah scored a penalty, his thirteenth goal of the season. Arsenal did get one from youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles, but now Arsenal continues to roe in fifth, 16 points behind Liverpool.
Manchester City gets back to winning ways:
After losing to Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leicester City, it would have been quite optimistic to predict Manchester City to beat Southampton, especially after Southampton had successfully beaten Arsenal. But City finished the job within the first half, getting three goals, thanks to David Silva in the opening ten minutes, Sergio Aguero’s strike at the end of the half and an own goal from James Ward-Prowse. Southampton did manage to get one in the 37th minute from Pierre-Emile Højbjerg to make it 1-1, but Manchester City managed to retain their second-place position, while Southampton is in trouble in 17th.
Cricket (By Aman Huda)
India beat Australia on Day 5 in the Boxing Day Test:
Boxing Day may be a special occasion for Australians, but losing, not so much. After debutant Mayank Agarwal’s 76(161) and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 106(319) lead India to a massive 443-7d, it seemed India would have wrapped this test up quickly, but heroics from Pat Cummins on Day 4 allowed a Day 5 to be contested, with India needing two wickets to win. After Cummins fell for 63(114), Nathan Lyon fell soon after for 7(50) as India won on a rain-hit Day 5 by 137 runs.
Cameron Bancroft makes a return to cricket:
After being caught cheating through ball-tampering in a test versus South Africa for Australia, opening batsmen Cameron Bancroft faced a nine-month ban from cricket. That ban ended yesterday, as Bancroft made his return in the Big Bash League for Perth Scorchers against the Hobart Hurricanes. Unfortunately, Bancroft only scored two off three at number five in Perth’s collapse of 107-8, which Hobart chased in 17 and a half overs with six wickets remaining.