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Last Week in Sports (December 22-28)

NFL

After 17 weeks of action the NFL regular season came to a close yesterday night with the game between the Cincinnati Bengals on their visit to Heinz Field against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In a game where most of the scoring opportunities came from big mistakes by the opposition it was the Steelers who won the game 27 to 17 clinching the top spot on the AFC North. They will now face the Ravens as the Bengals will pay a visit to Indianapolis.

Dallas is back in the postseason for the first time since 2009. The Cowboys did not have to win this game but they sure wanted to end the season with a bang as they visited Washington, a division rival. DeMarco Murray who had some unfinished business last week trying to tie the record of most yards rushed in a single season finally achieved and surpassed that mark. His 1,845 rushing yards by the end of the game left the 1995 record set by Smith of 1,773 in the dust. Also Dez Bryant became the player with most touchdowns in a single season with 16, a record that belonged to Terrell Owens since 2007. At the end of the game the Cowboys won 44 to 17 and will host the Detroit Lions this upcoming weekend.

The other Wild Card matchup will be between the Cardinals and the Panthers. In the AFC the Patriots and the Denver Broncos have the week off while in the NFC the Packers and the Seahawks will be also watching next weekend’s games from home.

NBA

In some basketball action Toronto is making the most out of a great season and still holds the lead in the Eastern Conference after 31 games with a 24-7 record. The Chicago Bulls are right now one of the hottest team in the league having a six game winning streak. The Dallas Mavericks with Rajon Rondo as one of the new stars for the team are still in playoff contention while they stand in fifth place in the Western Conference. They finished last week beating the Lakers at home and as well as the OKC Thunder. This upcoming Friday Rondo will travel back to his basketball hometown of Boston as the Mavs will take on the Celtics. Golden State is atop of the Western Conference with a record of 24-5.

SOCCER

While most of the soccer action is taking a winter break before 2015, the English Premiere League does not stop. Boxing Day (December 26) and soccer in England is almost the equivalent to football and Thanksgiving in the U.S., both need to coexist at a certain occasion. Some of the most interesting scores include Chelsea’s victory over West Ham United by 2-0, Liverpool beating Burnley by 1-0, Manchester United scored three goals over Newcastle, team which only scored once, with that same score Manchester City earned three points over West Bromwich and Arsenal came out victorious over Queen Park Rangers by 1-0.

Now after 19 games so far this season it is Chelsea who leads the leaderboard with 46 points. Manchester City is in second with 43 points and Manchester United runs in third with 36 points. If the tournament ended today Crystal Palace, Burnley and Leicester City would be relegated from the competition for next season.

RUNNING

Doping was a strange word in the vocabulary of long distance running events, not until this year when the world heard about Rita Jeptoo’s scandal. The back to back winner at the Chicago Marathon and Boston Marathon winner in 2014 tested positive early this month, this time it was the “B” sample. The “A” sample was tested in September but the results of that test did not come out until after her win at the Chicago Marathon. Jeptoo requested further testing and still failed to show no signs of doping. The punishments by the International Association of Athletic Federations and Athletics Kenya are be a ban from any IAAF regulated competition for at least two years, forfeit any prize money plus her World Marathon Majors jackpot.

Postseason Cowboys

The accident waiting to happen has not happened this season for the Dallas Cowboys. Without Jerry Jones making the calls and letting his staff, lead by Jason Garrett do its job, after 16 weeks of football action this means the Cowboys are going to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

Unlike the past three years, Dallas did not have to wait until the last game of the regular season to learn its faith. By winning all but three games up to this point last night at AT&T Stadium they clinched not just a ticket to the postseason but the NFC East division title.

America’s team has been unbeatable on the road but they have had their fair share of struggles when performing in front of a home crowd. They opened the season with a loss against the 49’ers and since then only the Arizona Cardinals, the Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles have made it clear that they do wanted to mess with Texas.

That did not matter much now, since after losing to the Eagles in Thanksgiving, Romo has been on beast mode and done everything he can to take his team to where it stands today. After the Eagles lost to the Redskins on Saturday it was only a matter of a win against the Colts to seal the deal. They obviously came out on top with a dominant 42-7 performance over Indianapolis.

It was a record-setting night in Jerry World and it had nothing to do with ticket sales. The over 90,000 spectators were in to see the boys #finishthefight. Emitt Smith was sitting in the V.I.P. box with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and “hoping” to see DeMarco Murray beat his record of rushing yards in a season. With having surgery done in his left hand just days before the game it was a surprise to see Murray on the field. At the end of the day he was 29 yards shy of it.

The one that did get a record was Tony Romo. The quarterback had just another one of those nights that are hard to believe from a QB that had been struggling with his games in December his whole career. He completed 90% of his passes (18-20), he did not throw a single interception while the Colts had two. He passed the ball for 218 yards which has him now as the franchise all-time leading passer with 32,971, putting him in the record books over legendary Troy Aikman.

At the end of the game there were many reasons to smile about in the locker room. The victory, the playoff spot, and being so close to getting their first shutout of the season and against a team that had scored in every regular season game since 1993.

It was also a special night for coach Jason Garrett who now has 40 victories with the team since he took charge in 2010. He is now showing why Jerry has kept him for a long time after losing decisive games against the Giants, Redskins and Eagles the past three seasons. For the man that once was a player and is now leading the organization to the spot in history it deserves, this is the reflection of the work done in all past three seasons and not only the past 15 games.

If the regular season ended today things would not look so nice for the Cowboys as they would most likely be playing the Cardinals  (11-4), one of the few teams that can brag about beating the boys this season. If the accident waiting to happen does not happen there is a big chance we could see the Dallas Cowboys back in the Super Bowl on February 1st at the University of Arizona

UFC’s Injured Card

It took less than eight hours for the first-ever Ultimate Fighter Championship (UFC) fight in Mexico City to sell out the over 20,000 tickets available. Earlier this week the event took a huge hit and we probably won’t see the “Arena Ciudad de México” at its maximum capacity on november 15.

What was supposed to be a huge turnout to watch Caín Velasquez fight for the heavyweight championship against Fabricio Werdum could lose huge ratings now that Velasquez was ruled out due to an injury in his knee. His place will be now taken by Mark Hunt. Two days later, Diego Sánchez announced via Twitter that his fate was just like Velasquez bad luck. The interesting thing here is that Sanchez opponent, Joe Lauzon, had already dropped out of the competition one day earlier. Plus add the withdrawal of Erick “Goyito” Pérez from Monterrey, Mexico. Everything seems to be going the opposite way as to how organizers envisioned the event.

Dana White, during his appearance at UFC 172 in Dallas, Texas showed a huge interest on taking his brand to the other side of the Rio Grande where the UFC fanbase is steadily growing. It is still unclear how the various hits this event has taken will affect the two White had already planned for 2015.

At 32 years old, Velasquez (13-1-0) is not only a fan favorite among the hispanic followers of the sport, but a household name among the elite figures in the mixed martial arts world. Even though he has spent most of his life living in the United States, his roots are based in Mexico. The first ever UFC event in Mexico was a great comeback opportunity for the fighter who has not seen action since October 2013 when he beat Junior dos Santos.

His injury is clearly not just a hit for his personal career but for the whole UFC circus that is a major blow that is yet not quantified. Something that is not common in big events is reimbursements and that is just what UFC is offering ticketholders. From october 28 to november 7 those who saw any of the injured fighters as a reason to attend, will be able to claim their money back.

2014 hasn’t been a good year for UFC fighters,  many who have been getting injured left and right throughout the year. Staying healthy has been a challenge for many of them, something that is always bound to happen when we are talking about a highly physical and brutal contact sport. But it is nothing compared to 2013 when 101 fighters had to step down from either practices or bouts. This year the number of injured contestants is around 50.

Some could claim that the bad luck for the upcoming event on the arena where it will be hosted. The last big show that was scheduled at the Mexico City Arena was between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the San Antonio Spurs. The NBA game had to be postponed when a generator malfunction outside the arena sent smoke pouring into the building less than an hour before the scheduled tip off.

So whatever it is, now that Cain, Diego and Joe have been ruled out of the first ever UFC showdown in Mexico City it will be interesting to see if the arena still sells out and what are the repercussions for the future of the sport south of the United States.

The new main event for UFC 180. Fabricio Werdum vs. Mark Hunt who is replacing Cain Velásquez (mmaweekly.com)
The new main event for UFC 180. Fabricio Werdum vs. Mark Hunt who is replacing Cain Velásquez (mmaweekly.com)