Tune in for history (Saturday, 3:00 pm ET, CBS).
The Rams Get Revenge
Rams Rip the Patriots Apart (24-3) in Rematch of Super Bowl LIII
Just when we thought the New England Patriots were back after a 45-0 win last Sunday, they go and get run over in primetime. Thursday night’s rematch of Super Bowl LIII brought a long list of storylines between the Rams and Pats. That 13-3 loss left a sour taste in L.A. for much of the last two years, but revenge was found last night. Rams’ running back Cam Akers (194 total yards) tallied the most yards by a rookie against a Bill Belichick-coached defense, and L.A. cruised to a 24-3 win.
The Rams (9-4) find themselves as the current 3-seed in the NFC playoff picture with the outright lead in the NFC West, while the Patriots (6-7) might need to win out to make the playoffs. New England hasn’t missed the postseason since Tom Brady tore his ACL in 2008.
Watch: Rams-Patriots Highlights
B/R: Cam Newton Benched for Jarrett Stidham in 4th Quarter of Rams-Pats
USA Today: RB Cam Akers Had a Historic 1st Quarter Rushing Against the Patriots
Coach K Makes the Call
Duke Cancels Remaining Non-Conference Schedule Amid COVID-19 Concerns
The Duke men’s basketball program wasn’t off to a great start this season, and now they’re packing it up. After head coach Mike Krzyzewski stated his concern regarding playing basketball in the current climate of the coronavirus pandemic, the program canceled all remaining non-conference games on the schedule.
What It Means
The decision only affects one remaining game before the holiday break — a Dec. 19 date with Gardner-Webb. But it also means Duke won’t revisit previously postponed matchups with Elon and Charleston Southern. They’ll play Notre Dame next Wednesday (Dec. 16) before a 13-day break until an ACC matchup with Pittsburgh (Dec. 29).
“Making sure that we’re doing the right thing for our players, just for safety… We’re going to play conference and hopefully get to play all of them.” — Coach K
ESPN: Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski Questions Playing Basketball During Pandemic
USA Today: Alabama Head Coach Nate Oats Wonders if Coach K Would Say The Same if Duke Were Winning
MLS CUP 🏆
MLS Finals: Repeat or Rebirth?
Seattle Sounders vs. Columbus Crew
(Saturday 8:30 pm ET, FOX)
Saturday night in Columbus should be an instant classic. A historic clash between the defending champion Seattle Sounders (14-5-6) and revitalized Columbus Crew (15-6-5) will answer the question of dynasty or redemption?
Repeat: The Seattle Storyline
The 2-seed Sounders will appear in their fourth MLS Cup Final in the last five seasons, having won two of the previous three, including last year’s 2019 MLS Cup. They’ve lost just twice since the beginning of October (12 matches), and they’re coming in hot off a miraculous 3-2 comeback win over Minnesota in the MLS West Finals.
Rebirth: The Columbus Storyline
The 3-seed Crew return to the MLS Cup Finals for the first time since 2015. The club has only one MLS Cup trophy in franchise history (2008), but now they’re back after a clean run through the playoffs. Columbus hasn’t given up a goal since Nov. 21, but they’ve also had the benefit of facing the 6-seed, 7-seed and 8-seed en route to the Finals. Seattle will be a much tougher test.
Will it be a repeat or a rebirth? We’ll find out Saturday night.
SB Nation: The Sounders are the MLS Cup Final Opponent the Crew Needs
ESPN: Columbus Crew Have Another New Positive COVID-19 Test Before MLS Cup Final
⚽️ USMNT Smashes El Salvador
The USMNT looked as good as ever with a 6-0 win against El Salvador in Wednesday night’s friendly (delayed story).
⛳️ Olson’s Ace Leads U.S. Women’s Open
Amy Olson (-4) sits atop the leaderboard after Round 1 of the LPGA U.S. Women’s Open thanks in large part to a spectacular hole-in-one on Hole 16.
🏈 Frank Gore Jr. Rips Off 73-Yard TD
The son of NFL legend Frank Gore scampered for a 73-yard highlight touchdown for Southern Mississippi on Thursday night.
🏀 Most Intriguing NBA Preseason Games
The NBA preseason typically isn’t too long, but it will be even shorter than usual this year. And that’s just one of the ways that the buildup to the 2020-21 season is different than most. Here’s a look at several intriguing matchups on this year’s preseason schedule. (Bleacher Report)
⚾️ Winners & Losers From Winter Meetings
The stove was mostly cold during this week’s virtual event. In an underwhelming week where virtually nothing happened, here are the winners and losers from MLB’s winter meeting circus. (CBS Sports)
⚽️ Champions League Power Rankings
The 16 remaining teams in the Champions League are still chasing one team… Bayern Munich is vying for a Champions League repeat, and nothing from the group stage and start to the season indicates that the German power is in jeopardy of losing its crown. (Sports Illustrated)
📰 THE HEADLINES
Clippers Give Paul George 5-Year, $226 Million Max Contract Extension
Boston College Becomes First Team to Opt Out of Bowl Game
James Harden Adds Bucks & Heat to List of Preferred Trade Destinations
🗓️ WEEKEND SCHEDULE
The Must-Watch List
The holiday sports-watching season is almost upon us. Both NFL and College Football continue to clear up the postseason picture this weekend. The NBA returns with preseason action, and we’ll crown an MLS Cup champion in Monday’s edition. Enjoy!
MLS Cup Finals
Seattle vs. Columbus (Sat. 8:30 pm ET)
NFL: Week 14 (Sunday)
Chiefs vs. Dolphins (1:00 pm ET)
Cardinals vs. Giants (1:00 pm ET)
Colts vs. Raiders (4:05 pm ET)
Saints vs. Eagles (4:25 pm ET)
Steelers vs. Bills (8:20 pm ET)
Full NFL Week 14 Schedule
College Football (Saturday)
#1 Alabama vs. Arkansas (Noon ET)
#9 Georgia vs. #25 Missouri (Noon ET)
Army vs. Navy (3:00 pm ET, CBS)
#10 Miami vs. #17 N. Carolina (3:30 pm ET)
#6 Florida vs. LSU (7:00 pm ET)
Full College Football Schedule
College Basketball (Men’s)
#3 Iowa vs. Iowa State (Fri. 9:00 pm ET)
#11 W. Virginia vs. #19 Richmond (Sun. 1:00 pm ET)
#2 Baylor vs. #13 Texas (Sun. 3:00 pm ET)
College Basketball (Women’s)
#2 Louisville vs. N. Carolina (Sun. 4:00 pm ET)
#8 Oregon vs. #15 Oregon State (Sun. 7:00 pm ET)
Soccer (All Leagues)
EPL: Manchester Derby (Sat. 12:30 pm ET)
SPA: Madrid Derby (Sat. 3:00 pm ET)
LPGA: The U.S. Women’s Open
Houston, Texas (All Weekend)
Boxing: Heavyweight Bout
A. Joshua vs. K. Pulev (Sat. 8:00 pm ET)
Yesterday, we asked if you thought the Big Ten made the right call by changing the rules to allow Ohio State into the Big Ten Championship. You said:
No (53.5%) | Yes (46.5%)