Philadelphia Flyers Mascot Gritty Under Investigation for Assault Police in Philadelphia are reportedly investigating an assault accusation against Gritty, the official mascot of the Flyers, the city’s National Hockey League team. Gritty is being accused of punching a 13-year-old boy in 2019 during a photo opportunity for season ticket holders. The boy is said to have patted Gritty on the head before walking away which prompted the mascot to take a “running start” and punch the boy “as hard as he could.” According to the boy’s father, Chris Greenwell, the punch caused a “contusion” to his son’s “lower thoracic spine,” otherwise known as a bruise. Greenwell initially attempted to handle the situation directly with the Flyers, asking the team to apologize and do “something special” for his son. However, his communication with the team allegedly “went south,” prompting him to file an official police complaint. The Flyers have since denied any wrongdoing by Gritty, saying they found “nothing to support [Greenwell’s] claim.” Flyers spokesperson, to ‘The Philadelphia Inquirer’
Zion Williamson Makes Record-Breaking NBA Debut In the most anticipated NBA debut since LeBron James, Zion did not disappoint. The rookie set a new Pelicans record with 22 points in his first game. Williamson scored 17 straight points in the 4th quarter to give New Orleans a 107-106 lead before sitting out the final 5:23 of the game. The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Pelicans 121-117. Zion Williamson, via statement Williamson was 8-of-11 from the field, including 7 rebounds and 3 assists, in just 18 minutes. Alvin Gentry, Pelicans coach, via statement Williamson was the No. 1 pick of the 2019 NBA Draft after playing one season at Duke.
Derek Jeter's election to the Hall of Fame marked the seventh straight year with at least one first-ballot honoree, but that streak is probably over in 2021
Longtime Giants QB Eli Manning to Retire The 39-year-old two-time Super Bowl MVP will officially make the announcement on Friday. He steps away from the NFL after 16 seasons and two championships with New York. In his last year, Manning played in only four games, handing the reins to rookie QB Daniel Jones. Manning was originally taken first overall in the 2004 Draft by the Chargers. San Diego then traded the Ole Miss star to the Giants, where he spent his entire career. Manning ends his run with 366 TD passes, good for seventh all-time. He is also seventh in all-time passing yards and started 210 straight NFL games, which is the third-longest streak in league history for an NFL quarterback. Giants co-owner John Mara, via statement
The Los Angeles City Council wants Major League Baseball to strip the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox of their World Series titles and award the trophies to the Dodgers
The Super Bowl History of the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers On Feb. 2, the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers will face off in Miami, Florida, for Super Bowl LIV. For the Chiefs, it will be their first Super Bowl appearance in 50 years. They last faced off against the Minnesota Vikings in 1970, emerging victorious, 23-7. Previously, the Chiefs made their Super Bowl debut in 1967, losing 10-35 against the Green Bay Packers. The 49ers have a much more extensive Super Bowl history, having made seven total appearances in the championship game, including this season. Under the leadership of star quarterback Joe Montana and legendary head coach Bill Walsh, they won their first Super Bowl in 1982, defeating the Cincinnati Bengals, 26-21. Walsh and Montana went on to lead the 49ers to two more Super Bowl wins in 1985 and 1989. In 1990, the 49ers crushed the Denver Broncos, 55-10, led by veteran quarterback Montana and the team’s new head coach, George Seifert. The 49ers then won Super Bowl XXIX in 1995, beating the San Diego Chargers 49-26. In 2013, the 49ers experienced their first Super Bowl loss to the Baltimore Ravens, ending the game with a nail-biting score of 31-34.
Managers AJ Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltrán lost their jobs in the wake of the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scam to leave three teams needing to fill spots in the dugout just three weeks before the start of spring training