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Chicago Bears defeat Detroit Lions 16-14 in Thanksgiving Day game

The Chicago Bears snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Detroit Lions 16-14. Andy Dalton threw for 317 yards, a touchdown and an interception, and Jared Goff went 21-for-25 for 171 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Darnell Mooney caught five passes for 123 yards, and Jimmy Graham caught the lone touchdown of the game for Chicago.

The Bears got a late field goal in the first half to take a 13-7 lead, but just before the end of the third quarter, Detroit scored to give the Lions a 14-13 lead in the game’s closing seconds. That score held until late in the fourth quarter, when the Bears drove down into the red zone and pushed ahead with a game-winning field goal by Cairo Santos to snap a five-game losing streak.

The Bears will head home for a few days of rest before their Dec. 5 game against the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field.

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Las Vegas Raiders upset Dallas Cowboys 36-33 in overtime on field goal after penalty

The Las Vegas Raiders beat the Dallas Cowboys in an upset victory on Thursday with a score of 36-33. The Raiders’ Daniel Carlson kicked a 29-yard field goal in overtime after Anthony Brown’s fourth pass-interference penalty kept the game alive. Carlson’s fifth field goal came after Brown was called for interference on Zay Jones on third-and-18. All four of Brown’s interference penalties came on third-down incompletions.

The Raiders (6-5) ended a three-game losing streak with their first Thanksgiving victory since 1968. Both teams had season highs in penalties and yards. Dallas had 14 for 166 and Las Vegas 14 for 110.

Next up for both teams, the Raiders will play Washington on Dec. 5 at home; and the Cowboys will be at New Orleans next Thursday.

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NY Giants fire offensive coordinator Jason Garrett after loss to Buccaneers

The New York Giants announced on Twitter they have fired offensive coordinator Jason Garrett midway through his second season with the franchise. Garrett’s dismissal on Tuesday comes just one day after New York’s offense was stymied by Tampa Bay in a 30–10 loss.

Coach Joe Judge confirmed the dismissal of Garrett on Tuesday, saying: “This is not a blame game. That’s not what this is at all. I am not looking for a head to roll or worried about external opinions or perceptions. This is not a blame game. I am very appreciative of Jason for a lot of things he has done for us.”  Judge said the coaching staff would combine to make an offensive game plan for the Sunday’s matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Judge was hired by the Giants in early January 2020, and one of his first moves was to hire Garrett, who had been let go by the Cowboys after 10 seasons as their head coach.

The Giants finished No. 31 in points scored last season, and they enter Week 12 at No. 24 in scoring in the 2021 season. New York scored 30 points just once in Garrett’s tenure, a 37–34 loss to the Cowboys.

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Tampa Bay Rays to sign shortstop Wander Franco to multi-year deal

The Tampa Bay Rays are set to sign shortstop Wander Franco to a massive, multi-year contract extension.

According to reports, the 20-year-old Franco will receive a guaranteed 11 years and $182 million. There is a club option for the final year, and Franco will reportedly receive contract escalators “based on MVP finishes.” The deal is worth a maximum of $223 million.

Franco made his MLB debut in 2021 after being widely regarded as the top prospect in baseball. The switch-hitting shortstop posted an .810 OPS in 70 games this season, adding seven homers and 53 runs. Franco notched two home runs in four postseason games as the Rays lost to the Red Sox in the ALDS.

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New Orleans Saints and Taysom Hill agree to unique four-year, $40M extension which will pay according to position

Taysom Hill and the New Orleans Saints agreed to a contract extension for four years and $40 million with $22.5 million guaranteed for injury and $20 million fully guaranteed.

Hill receives $10 million each season over the next four years if he remains in his current role in which he serves as backup quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end, as well as being a special teams ace. However, the deal can be worth up to $95 million if Hill becomes the Saints’ starting quarterback over the next four years.  The deal includes $22.5 million in guarantees. Hill, 31, was scheduled to become a free agent after this season after he signed a two-year, $21 million extension with the Saints in 2020.

Hill hasn’t started any games at quarterback so far this season is because he was dealing with a concussion in Weeks 5-8 and a foot injury this past week that held him out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Hill  is 7-of-8 passing for 56 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. He has run the ball 20 times for 104 yards and three TDs. And he has four catches for 52 yards.

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Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton agrees to 4-year extension worth nearly $61M

The Denver Broncos announced that wide receiver Courtland Sutton has agreed to a four-year extension worth just under $61 million, which includes $34.9 million in guarantees. Sutton will receive $18 million in the first year of the deal. He was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.

Sutton, 26, said on Monday:“This is home … Denver gave me opportunity and getting drafted was one of the best days of my life. I’ve always said being a Bronco is something I want to do for life.”  The wide receiver missed all but two games in 2020 with a torn ACL and has returned to lead the Broncos in receptions (43) and receiving yards (617) this season.

Courtland Sutton agrees to four-year extension in Denver

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Sacramento Kings fire head coach Luke Walton, promote Alvin Gentry as interim coach

The Sacramento Kings announced on Sunday that they have promoted associate head coach Alvin Gentry to interim head coach after firing coach Luke Walton. The Kings have lost seven of eight games and dropped to 6-11 on the season, which leaves them 12th in the Western Conference. General manager Monte McNair said: “We all know all of us have to be better, especially over the last two weeks. We’re not meeting expectations. That’s not just on Luke. That’s on me, the rest of our coaches and players. Everyone acknowledges that.”

Gentry will be taking over his sixth NBA team, and Kings assistant coach Rico Hines has been promoted to the front of the bench. Hines was hired to Walton’s staff as a player development coach in 2019.

Walton was 68-93 in two-plus seasons as Kings coach. The Kings have been one of the league’s worst defensive teams under Walton, ranking 26th in defensive efficiency this season and last in 2020-21. This season, Sacramento also ranks 26th in defensive rebounding percentage, 29th in paint points per game allowed and last in second-chance points per game allowed, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

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Lakers LeBron James, Pistons forward Isaiah Stewart ejected after altercation

Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James and Detroit forward Isaiah Stewart were ejected following an altercation during their game at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, in which James struck Stewart in the face and Stewart fought back at James

The incident happened with 9:18 remaining left in the third quarter and the Pistons leading 78-66, when Detroit’s Jerami Grant had just made a free throw as James and Stewart jostled for position in case Grant missed the foul shot. James swung his left forearm with force and struck Stewart in the face with his fist, causing significant bleeding near Stewart’s right eye. At first, James tried to calm the situation, but Stewart took offense which set off a wild scene.

Several Pistons, including coach Dwane Casey and rookie Cade Cunningham, tried to restrain Stewart. The forward knocked multiple people over trying to go after Lakers players, and it took nearly two minutes to get Stewart off the court. Russell Westbrook was issued a technical foul following the melee, and James was issued a flagrant foul 2 and ejected for just the second time in his career. Stewart faces a suspension and fines.

The game against Detroit was only LeBron’s second game back after missing eight consecutive games with an abdominal strain. He had 10 points and five assists at the time of the incident. The Lakers took the win 121-116; the Pistons and Lakers will meet up again in Los Angeles on Nov. 28.

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred hints that player lockout could advance MLB collective bargaining agreement talks

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred hinted at the potential benefit of a lockout should league owners and the MLB Players Association fail to agree to a new collective bargaining agreement by Dec. 2.  On Thursday, Manfred said that “an offseason lockout that moves the process forward is different than a labor dispute that costs games. I don’t think ’94 worked out too great for anybody. I think we need to look at other sports. The pattern has become to control the timing of the labor dispute and try to minimize the prospect of actual disruption of the season. That’s what it’s about. It’s avoiding doing damage to the season.”

Negotiations between owners and the players’ union have been contentious for some time, but a work stoppage “appears almost certain to start” when the current CBA expires before midnight Dec. 2.

Manfred said Thursday the owners haven’t chosen a course of action just yet: “We will not—did not make today, and will not make a decision as to what’s next. We’re focused on making an agreement prior to Dec. 1.”

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Ravens QB Lamar Jackson misses second straight practice due to non-COVID related illness

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday due to a non-COVID related illness. Jackson was sent home Wednesday along with starting center Bradley Bozeman, who is also sick.

Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Thursday that Jackson is feeling better but did not have a complete update on the QB’s status for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.

Jackson has missed just two games since becoming Baltimore’s starter in 2018, including one absence caused by COVID-19 last season. He’s tallied 2,447 passing yards in 2021, adding 639 on the ground. Jackson struggled in Baltimore’s Week 10 loss to the Miami Dolphins but is 7-2 as a starter following a loss in his career. The Ravens have only lost consecutive games twice with Jackson at the help, winning their last 11 games in 2019 and last five games in 2020.

Baltimore enters Week 11 leading the AFC North at 6–3 after last week’s loss to the Dolphins. Kickoff in Chicago on Sunday is slated for 1 p.m. ET.

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