Clippers Outgun Lakers, Auburn Record Huge Win, Cormier Hands Over Title
In the battle for Los Angeles on Friday night, things looked a lot like they used to as the Clippers and Lakers duked it out for superiority. With LeBron James sidelined for the purple and gold, the Clippers would very much be expected to take advantage and win. They did just that this time around, but it wasn’t by much. Some close to the Clippers feel that the Lakers overlooked them, but that is a hard case to make as the final score was 118-107. On top of that, they led by just two heading into the fourth quarter before easing away. It’s not like this was the easiest of wins. Lou Williams was the man of the night, scoring 36 points, a season-high, for the Clippers. Perhaps more impressive was the 22-0 run in the second half that they went on to seal the game in their favor. The next game between the pair will be at the end of January. If LeBron is back, it will be a different game entirely.
Some bowl games are just not what you thought they’d be. Often, we are left with teams either underperforming, well at least one of them. That’s what happened in yesterday’s Music City Bowl in Nashville as the Auburn Tigers unleashed themselves to win 63-14 over Purdue. The Boilermakers were at a loss to come up with answer in the first half, giving up 56 points in a dubious performance. Those 56 points are the most any team has ever gotten in a half of play in a bowl game. NFL-bound Jarrett Stidham had 373 yards and 5 TD throws in his last game, and the Tigers eased up big time in the second half. At the Alamo, the Washington State Cougars finished the season 11-2 as Gardner Minshew led them to a 28-26 win over the Iowa State Cyclones. Minshew had two TD’s in the air and one on the ground to lead his team to the win in San Antonio. In the Camping World Bowl, an old rivalry was renewed as West Virginia met Syracuse. And without their star QB Will Grier, the Mountaineers had no answer on offense as the Orange beat them 34-18 on the night in Orlando. The win gives Syracuse their first ten win season since 2001 and came as a result of a 17 point showing in the final quarter that saw them raise the trophy.
In the UFC, a rarity is going to happen as Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier has decided to relinquish his title. There is a lot of drama and controversy surrounding it, but Cormier, who has also fought in the heavyweight division this year, simply is refusing to fight Jon Jones for a third time. As a result, he was going to be “stripped,” according to him, while Dana White claimed the title would be “vacated” and then awarded to the winner of Saturday’s match between Jones and Alexander Gustafson. This one has 30 for 30 written on it… One day.
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