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Tyronne Lue to Be Next Clippers Head Coach

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The Los Angeles Clippers are finalizing a five-year agreement to have Tyronne Lue become the next head coach.

What We Know:

  • Lue was an assistant coach with the Clippers during the 2019-2020 season and will replace Doc Rivers. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, former All-Star and Finals MVP Chauncey Billups will join as Lue’s lead assistant coach. Billups had emerged as a candidate for several head coaching and front office vacancies over the years.
  • Lue has been a highly sought after head coaching candidate since the summer of 2019. He initially became the favorite for the Los Angeles Lakers job last summer, but a satisfactory deal was never reached. This offseason, Lue has been one of the top candidates for the Clippers, Rockets, 76ers, and Pelicans.
  • Lue has prior head coaching experience with the Cleveland Cavaliers, leading the team for two and a half seasons. Lue won a championship with the Cavs in his first season as head coach and led the team to three straight finals appearances.
  • Lue’s situation with the Clippers is actually quite similar to his previous stint in Cleveland. Lue was an assistant for the Cavs under David Blatt, and he took over as head coach after Blatt’s dismissal and led them to the 2016 NBA Championship. In LA, he’ll be taking over for a team that he is already well accustomed to and he has star talent in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
  • The Clippers were title favorites in the eyes of many this year, but their early playoff exit left a sour taste. They suffered one of the most epic collapses in NBA history, blowing a 3-1 lead to the underdog Denver Nuggets. Additionally, they again failed to reach the Western Conference Finals, a destination that they’ve never reached in their 50-year existence.

The Clippers should still be in the championship mix next season. They have the star talent and a new yet proven head coach, and they should be motivated to make up for this season.

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Sagar is a Digital Intern at UnmutedCo. He graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in Trumpet Performance and Economics. Sagar writes for Black News Alerts and the BNA Daily Podcast.

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Dodgers Win World Series

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The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6, capturing their first World Series title since 1988.

What We Know:

  • The Dodgers had a tough time early in the game, but came alive in the sixth inning. This was helped by Rays manager Kevin Cash’s questionable decision to pull their starting pitcher Blake Snell early.
  • Snell pitched 18 strikeouts in the World Series and just allowed two hits during this game, so it was surprising to see him leave the game so early.
  • This gave the Dodgers an opportunity that they wouldn’t waste. After trailing 0-1, the Dodgers were able to tie off a wild pitch and Mookie Betts was able to make it home to take the lead. He capped off the game with a monster home run to seal the game.

  • This championship must feel good for LA. It’s their second one this month as the Lakers won the NBA Championship just weeks ago. Not only is this the Dodgers’ first championship in over 30 years, it’s one that caps off a decade of dominant regular-season baseball.
  • The Dodgers have been one of the MLB’s best teams for the last several seasons, but they have always disappointed or fallen just short of winning it all. This win completely changes the legacies of every member of their core, especially Clayton Kershaw.
  • A little bit of controversy to go with this joyous occasion: Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner tested positive for COVID-19. The Dodgers were notified midgame and Turner was pulled in the eighth inning. Turner said he was feeling fine and asymptomatic, but he drew a lot criticism for celebrating with the team and taking photos while taking his mask off.

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Dodgers president Andrew Friedman said of Turner, “I don’t think there was anyone that was going to stop him from going out.”

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Jaguars RB Ryquell Armstead Hospitalized With COVID-19

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Ryquell Armstead has been hospitalized twice due to the coronavirus.

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  • Armstead, 23, was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list during the first week of September and is still dealing with “significant respiratory issues,” according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He is expected to be out for the remainder of the season.
  • Armstead has been battling the virus for months now and is reportedly still suffering a variety of complications. Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone said there is no timetable for his recovery and that “he’ll be out a while”.
  • Over 20 NFL players have contracted the coronavirus this year. The United States death toll is over 224,000 and is still rising.
  • Armstead was selected in the fourth round of the 2019 draft. He rushed for 108 yards last season. The Jaguars expected him to become their starting running back this season and take on a bigger role, but that will have to wait until he makes a full recovery.

Undrafted rookie James Robinson has taken over as Jacksonville’s starting running back.

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Vikings Trade Yannick Ngakoue

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The Minnesota Vikings have traded pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue to the Baltimore Ravens.

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  • The deal will send Ngakoue to Baltimore and a 2021 third-round pick and 2022 conditional fifth-round pick to Minnesota, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
  • Ngakoue will spend the Ravens’ bye week going through COVID-19 testing. He should be available for their Week 8 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Baltimore already has the league’s best defense, only allowing 17.3 points per game, and they are now adding a former Pro-Bowl selection. The Ravens are 5-1 and second in the AFC North, right behind the Steelers.
  • The Ravens previously tried to trade for Ngakoue in recent months and tried to acquire Jadeveon Clowney before the season started. The Ravens still have their franchise tag in Matthew Judon to pair with Ngakoue. Ngakoue has already been traded once this season when Jacksonville sent him to Minnesota.
  • Through six games in Minnesota, Ngakoue had five sacks, two forced fumbles, seven quarterback hits and 12 tackles, five of which resulted in losses. The Vikings unfortunately couldn’t capitalize on his production and started 1-5.

Ngakoue is reportedly excited to be heading to Baltimore. He grew up in Bowie, Maryland and played college ball at the University of Maryland.

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