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Weekly Replay for November 21-27



First, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from all of us at Compete! There’s been a lot of sports info to share from a variety of people, sports and organizations. Kick back and enjoy the read!


Johnny Manziel demoted to third string for partying … again

Problem child Johnny Manziel has now been demoted to third string for his two-day partying during the Browns bye week. TMZ came up with the video showing Manziel holding a bottle of champagne while partying in an Austin nightclub last week, and they had witnesses saying he partying again the second night at a different club and the champagne bottle wasn’t a prop –he was drinking at both places.

This wouldn’t be an issue for a player without Manziel’s continuing history of bad choices but this is just the latest in his bonehead pranks. First response of Browns coach Mike Pettine was, “I want to sit down and discuss it before I do a knee jerk and go off on a tangent.” But the straw that broke the camel’s back appears to be that he lied not only to fans but also to the Browns, trying to pass the video off as old. It’s really come down to an issue of trust,” said Pettine; “This is where we had an obvious shortcoming.” Mary Kay Cabot, a Browns reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, has speculated that the team may be “ready to move on.” Read the full story here:



FIFA opens formal proceedings against Blatter and Platini

Formal proceedings have been opened against FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini, both currently serving 90-day suspensions handed out by the governing body’s ethics committee. Both deny wrongdoing but are facing lengthy bans from the game. Read the full story here:



Dodgers name Padres’ Dave Roberts as their first minority manager

Former Dodger centerfielder and UCLA standout Dave Roberts was named the 10th manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. With a black father and Japanese mother, Roberts is the first minority to hold the position. He has spent the last five years as a coach for the San Diego Padres.

“It’s hard for me to put into words what it means to be named manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers,” Roberts, 43, said. “This is truly the opportunity of a lifetime. The Dodgers are the groundbreaking franchise of Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Sandy Koufax, Maury Wills, Fernando Valenzuela and Hideo Nomo. When I put on this uniform as a player, I understood the special responsibility to honor those that played before me as well as the amazing bond between the Dodgers and their fans. I feel that I have now come full circle in my career and there is plenty of unfinished business left in L.A.” Read the full story here:



NCAA Evaluating Championship Host Cities Amid Concern over LGBT Rights

According to Dana Hunsinger Benbow of the Indianapolis Star, “The NCAA will reportedly step back and evaluate its list of host cities for marquee future events in light of controversial legislative decisions in the state of Indiana and the city of Houston.” Read the full story here:



Michael Sam tells TMZ he still plans on NFL career

Michael Sam is determined to have an NFL career. He tells TMZ the he’s working hard to make an NFL roster in the 2016 season and has fired his publicist and agent to help convince NFL teams that he’s serious about playing football as opposed to Dancing With the Stars and Oprah Winfrey. Read the full story here:


He also shared his take on the epic collapse of Colin Kaepernick out in San Franicisco this year. Read the full story here:


Head of International Association of Athletics Federation resigns from Nike in light of scandal

According to the BBC: “Lord Coe announced he was stepping down from his Nike role at a news conference in Monaco. … Coe has ended his 38-year ambassadorial paid role with US sportswear giant Nike. It follows conflict of interest claims over the 2021 World Championships going to Eugene, Oregon, where Nike is based.” Read the full story here:



Hopi high school cross country team has longest U.S. winning streak

With a centuries-old tradition of running, Hopi students and their coach bring a unique perspective to competition. Read the full story here:



Ben Cohen says he’s too “out of shape” to release 2016 calendar

Dad Bods may be in this year but Ben Cohen announced on his Facebook page that he won’t be showing off his this year for his regular annual calendar. Read the full story here:




Weekly Replay is written by Community Editor, Ty Nolan. Check out Ty’s books on Amazon.



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