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Ole Miss player opting to transfer after reportedly being misled by the school

Ole Miss safety Deontay Anderson has reportedly filed paperwork to request a full release from his scholarship and plans to transfer away from the program, according to USA Today‘s Dan Wolken.

Anderson claims he was misled by the program about its investigation status, as well as the termination of former head coach Hugh Freeze.

The former four-star prospect, who famously announced his commitment while skydiving, hopes to be eligible at another FBS program next season based on his plea with the NCAA, rather than sit out a full season, which is likely given his situation with the Rebels.

Anderson redshirted during the entire 2017 season, which makes his case even more likely to be granted.

Ole Miss imposed a voluntary postseason ban in 2017 — which eliminates any potential bowl berth with a sixth win in Thursday’s Egg Bowl game against Mississippi State — in order to possibly receive a much less serious punishment from the NCAA as it continues to place sanctions on the football program.

Freeze resigned just before the 2017 season. Phone records that were obtained during a defamation lawsuit by former Rebels coach Houston Nutt revealed that Freeze contacted a female escort service, which coincided with the NCAA’s ongoing investigation of the program, leading to his termination.

Former BCS rating says Alabama now has the weakest strength of schedule among Playoff contenders

Only three Power-5 teams remain with unblemished records in 2017 and the Alabama Crimson Tide act as the headliner of a group that also includes Wisconsin and Miami. By nature of the Tide’s affiliation with the SEC and its extensive history of success, Alabama has earned the benefit of the doubt as a largely unquestioned No. 1 team in the country this season but, at least according to one advanced rating system, the Crimson Tide have navigated a schedule that isn’t exactly impressive.

Jeff Sagarin of USA Today operates a system that was once part of the BCS mix and, after this week’s schedule of events, Alabama’s schedule now ranks at just No. 63 overall nationally. That isn’t a shock considering the way that Florida State (Alabama’s headliner in non-conference play) has fallen apart, but the presence of Mercer on the schedule did not help things this week.

In fact, the Sagarin Ratings now indicate that Alabama has the easiest schedule of any College Football Playoff contender and the path for Nick Saban’s team rates as the easiest of any top-25 program outside of the undefeated UCF squad led by Scott Frost. Of course, not every system rates Alabama’s schedule this poorly but, before the Crimson Tide face Auburn on the road in the Iron Bowl, the resume of wins doesn’t scream as particularly impressive.

Context matters and Alabama is a very, very good football team. With that said, the Crimson Tide’s profile becomes a lot shakier should they lose to Auburn, especially without the presence of top-tier wins elsewhere on the schedule.

Broncos pull the trigger and fire one of their coaches midway through the season

The Denver Broncos produced an encouraging start to the 2017 season, riding their strong defense to a 3-1 record. Since that time, though, the wheels have careened off the wagon for head coach Vance Joseph and company, as the Broncos have lost six consecutive games while averaging only 14.1 points per contest.

As of Monday morning, it appears that offensive swoon was enough to cost offensive coordinator Mike McCoy his job.

Source: The #Broncos have fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 20, 2017

It is probably unfair to place the lion’s share of blame on McCoy’s shoulders, especially given the fact that Denver’s quarterback situation is unsettled. Trevor Siemian entered the season as the entrenched starter before falling apart and, since then, Brock Osweiler has taken the reins to mixed success.

The Broncos do have quite a few talented skill players, headlined by Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, but the offense certainly does not look the part of a legitimate contender at the moment. It will be interesting to see what the reaction will be to McCoy’s firing across the league but, as of now, Denver will have a new voice captaining its offense. It remains to be seen as to whether anyone wearing a headset can override the damage done by faulty quarterback play at the highest level of the sport.

WWE Survivor Series 2017 results: What brand reigns supreme, a Raw power struggle brewing?

Raw wins Men’s Survivor Series Match

Tied at 3-3 heading into the final match and as both teams enter the ring, we have the ref separate both teams but Braun Strowman stays in the ring, which furthers my proof that Braun Strowman tells life what to do and not the other way around.

As for the match, it seemed like we’ve got introductions to everybody in the match with the showmanship. We got fun matchups like Nakamura vs. Triple H and Bobby Roode vs. Triple H.

  • Nakamura pinned by Braun Strowman (5-4 Raw)
  • Roode pinned by Braun Strowman (5-3 Raw)

Then we have the breakdown with Team Raw, guys arguing and brawls around the ring. Eventually, we have a Randy/Cena duo teaming up on Braun Strowman

  • Samoa Joe pinned by John Cena (4-3 Raw)
  • Cena submitted by Kurt Angle (4-2 Raw)
  • Finn Balor pinned by Randy Orton (3-2 Raw)

After Sami and Kevin interfere we see a huge schmoz that leaves Randy Orton in the ring with Braun Strowman to take a huge power slam.

  • Randy Orton pinned by Braun Strowman (3-1 Raw)

So here we are, Shane is facing Triple H, Braun Strowman and Kurt Angle. The only person to face these odds is LeBron James in the 2016 finals, he won his fight though.

SWERVE!!!!! We see Triple H hit Kurt Angle with a pedigree and then seems to be coming to the aid of his struggling brother-in-law and nope, another swerve. Triple H hits a Shane with one and gets the pin.

Team Raw wins Survivor Series 4-3 and after the match, we see a triumphant Triple H coax his way into getting Braun Strowman to celebrate all of this and clearly the big man is just as confused as all of us. Well, Strowman remains confused and tells Triple H that he never wants to get screwed over again. Well, Trips decides, let me pedigree the big guy but he can’t and after attempting to pedigree him, the COO of WWE eats two running powerslams and we’re left to see Strowman walk to the back.

Like what just happened, what does it all mean?!? This seems like we were getting more RAW storyline out of this then we are with SD Live, although Sami-Kevin attacking Shane will clearly go somewhere. Is Kurt fired? Did Jason Jordan have a hand in any of this? Like what is going on?!?!

WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar def. (via pinfall) WWE Champion AJ Styles

The biggest title vs. title match didn’t disappoint as Brock went on the attack early and threw AJ around like a rag doll. Like, I’m not sure if AJ’s over selling stuff but Jesus Christ this is an ass whipping.

Have you ever seen anything like this? #SuplexCity #SurvivorSeries @BrockLesnar @AJStylesOrg pic.twitter.com/1Q7A7vj0ms — WWE (@WWE) November 20, 2017 Brock Lesnar taking his teddy bear to bed pic.twitter.com/ALkAB9ZWgz — Andrew Hammond (@ahammsportsgeek) November 20, 2017

However, we get some offense from AJ as he takes down Brock who seemed to have injured his knee and now all the sudden, you start to think AJ may pull this one out and then well, this happens.

LESNAR! pic.twitter.com/YOULtUFILD — SlamBuzz (@SlamBuzz_) November 20, 2017

Lesnar gets the win and cements himself as the supreme champion of WWE.

WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte def. (via submission) WWE Monday Night Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss

After the first five-six minutes of the match were quite dead, I must say that both ladies picked up the pace in the match and in turn, the crowd came alive as well. Arguably the two best female athletes in the company displayed great offense through the air and countered false finishes. Charlotte picked up the victory after a lengthy and athletic battle which may have seen the queen of WWE injured, with Night of Champions coming up is it possible that we may see her get tested by the likes of a Becky Lynch, Naomi or maybe Carmella?

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Usos def. (via pinfall) WWE Monday Night Raw Tag Team Champions The Bar 

The two tag team champions from each brand give it a go with some great action and confirm that in the pure two-man team, these two are the true champions of each brand (I wasn’t going to say bar because, well that’s their thing). There was really nothing special about the match, it was something that you would see on either SD Live or Raw but these four men have great chemistry with each other and on a stage like Survivor Series that it just means more and the drama is greater.

The finish of the match saw The Usos use multiple kicks and dives to take out The Bar and now we can only hope that a post-SS feud with the New Day is coming that will either climax at Royal Rumble or maybe even WrestleMania 34

#RAW – 2️⃣#SDLive – 2️⃣ What a victory for The @WWEUsos! #SurvivorSeries pic.twitter.com/7j4bepKWRo — WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) November 20, 2017 WWE United States Champion Baron Corbin def. (pinfall) WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz

This match may have had more heat on social media compared to any other match. Even with the Miz’s wife Maryse at ringside, we see Baron Corbin go full tilt Clubber Lang and tell Maryse that this is what a real man looks like and then blows a kiss (Bravo). Meanwhile, each of the combatants has a great back and forth in a match that went longer than I had expected.

Cobrin showed some great ability to overcome both members of The Miztourage and gets the victory over The Miz in what I would call one of the biggest shockers of the night. After the match, we see Corbin have some words for The Miz and the WWE Universe.

#RAW – 2️⃣#SDLive – 1️⃣ …and @BaronCorbinWWE just SHUT YOUR MOUTH! #SurvivorSeries pic.twitter.com/TaKVU0mFQW — WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) November 20, 2017 The Shield def. (via pinfall) The New Day

People use the term dream match far too often but in this case, this is the only time I will use this for this match. The two best factions of a generation open up the show and display some great three-man offense at various times. But what made this match so great is the storytelling.

You had great scenes of desperation between the two teams, and it all led to three great spots.

First, you had the New Day with what could be called a “Mudhole Stompfest” where Kofi, Xavier and Big E had multiple tags in the ring. Some great arial action from each memeber of the New Day and of course Roman has a Superman punch. As we near the finish, Kofi Kingston is cornered by all three members of The Shield and you know what’s coming….

Triple Powerbomb but not just any triple powerbomb.

The Shield DESTROYING poor Kofi Kingston. What a move! #SurvivorSeries pic.twitter.com/vUwLuWgb0R — WWE Critics (@WWECritics) November 20, 2017

The Shield win.

Team Raw def.  Team SmackDown Women’s Survivor Series Match

We get our first shock pin of the match, nope it’s not Asuka but the SmackDown Live women’s captain Becky Lynch getting eliminated by Bayley with a cheap roll up. Tamina, Naomi, and crew count out Nia Jax but then things started to break down in a strange way.

Naomi pins Alicia Fox but I’m not sure it was a pin but then Naomi goes into the submission, the ref counts it as a pin but as soon as that happens Sasha Banks and taps Naomi out. Carmella gets pinned by Asuka, shocking I know. Sasha gets submitted by Natalya, Tamina takes out Bayley so now we’re down to Asuka vs. Tamina and Natalya.

There’s no way Asuka goes down right? Yeah that didn’t happen. We see Asuka win the match by taking out the two women from SD Live, let’s just give Asuka the Raw Women’s title match with Alexa Bliss already.

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  • Presented without comment…
Who wore it better? #WellWellWell #SurvivorSeries pic.twitter.com/mAz9kZNRWD — The History of WWE (@TheHistoryofWWE) November 20, 2017
  • I didn’t really think about the massive commentary team until Bo, aka “Boss Bo” tweeted this…
Most sports: “lets go back to a 2-man commentary, it flows better”WWE: pic.twitter.com/K12nrz2NiJ — Bo Churney (@bochurney) November 20, 2017 Survivor Series pre-show results
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  • Enzo def. (via pinfall) Kalisto to retain the Cruiserweight Championship
  • Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn def. (via pinfall) Breezango
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Goodbye, Georgia Dome – thanks for the memories!

As we say goodbye to the Georgia Dome after a quarter-century, it’s only fitting we look back at some it its most memorable moments.

The Atlanta landmark was demolished at 7:30 a.m. Monday. The last event was held in the 25-year-old building in March, and the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened next door in August.

>> Watch a video of the implosion here

>> Head to WSBTV.com for complete coverage of the implosion 

From Super Bowls, to NCAA Men’s Final Fours, to the Summer Olympics, the dome has hosted some incredible sporting events

1996 Summer Olympics

The 70,000-seat Georgia Dome was basically divided into two separate arenas.

On one side, “The Magnificent Seven” captured America’s first victory ever in women’s team gymnastics.

The team – made up of Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Dominique Dawes, Kerri Strug, Amy Chow, Amanda Borden and Jaycie Phelps – is probably best known for Strug landing a vault on one foot to clinch the gold medal. She was famously helped off by coach Bela Karolyi.

>> On WSBTV.com: Crews make last-minute preps for Georgia Dome implosion

On the other side, “The Dream Team” won its second gold medal in men’s basketball.

The team – coached by Lenny Wilkens – defeated Yugoslavia 95-69 in the gold medal game.

Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, John Stockton and David Robinson played on this team and the original 1992 Dream Team.

Super Bowl XXVIII

The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills 30-13, earning their fourth Super Bowl in franchise history.

After trailing 13-6 at halftime, the Cowboys closed the game with 24 unanswered points. Emmitt Smith scored twice and was named the game’s MVP.

The crowd of 72,817 saw Natalie Cole sing the national anthem, Joe Namath do the coin toss and a halftime show featuring The Judds, Clint Black, Travis Tritt and Tanya Tucker.

Super Bowl XXXIV

The second Super Bowl hosted by the Georgia Dome was one of the most memorable in history.

The St. Louis Rams defeated the Tennessee Titans 23-16 when Mike Jones stopped Kevin Dyson just short of the goal-line on the game’s final play.Quarterback Kurt Warned threw for 414 yards and 2 touchdowns, and was named the game’s MVP.

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The crowd of 72,625 saw Faith Hill sing the National Anthem and a halftime show featuring Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton and Edward James Olmos.

An ice storm hit Atlanta during the week of the game and many doubted the city’s ability to host the event. Despite the concerns, the Super Bowl will return to Atlanta in 2019.

Tornado hits downtown Atlanta

Thousands of basketball fans were inside the Georgia Dome when an EF-2 tornado ripped through downtown Atlanta in March 2008.

The 130 mph tornado killed one person near downtown, blew out dozens of windows from high-rise buildings, tossed trees and cars and damaged homes in the area.

Inside the Georgia Dome, fans were watching the Southeastern Conference college basketball tournament. The game between Mississippi State and Alabama was in overtime when the tornado struck around 9:40 p.m.

The storm ripped open a panel on the side of the dome, shearing bolts and causing insulation to fall into the arena.

The game was completed after the storm moved through. The rest of the tournament was postponed.

The dome, along with several other downtown buildings, underwent repairs while staying open for business in the years after the tornado.

Sugar Bowl moved to Georgia Dome

After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the Sugar Bowl between the Georgia Bulldogs and the West Virginia Mountaineers was played at the Georgia dome in January 2006. It was the first time the “South’s Biggest Bowl Game” was played outside of the state of Louisiana.

That week, within a four day period, the dome hosted three games. Along with the Sugar Bowl, the dome also hosted the Peach Bowl between LSU and Miami and an NFL game between the Falcons and the Panthers.

2012 NFC Championship game

The Georgia Dome has seen its share of Falcons successes and frustrations. The 2012 NFC Championship was one of the franchise's biggest accomplishments and toughest defeats. It was the first-ever NFC championship game in Atlanta. The Falcons jumped out to a 17-0 second-quarter lead over the San Francisco 49ers. The lead wouldn't last, and after failing to make a play at the end, the Falcons lost 28-24 and missed the Super Bowl. 

2017 NFC Championship game

In 2017, the Falcons would not squander a chance to return to the Super Bowl. In their final game at the Georgia Dome, the Falcons beat the Packers 44-21 to advance to their second Super Bowl in franchise history.

In this game, the Falcons again jumped out to a 17-0 lead, but this time they never looked back. They took a 24-0 at halftime and held on for a convincing win to close out their time at the Dome. 

NCAA Tournaments

Atlanta has hosted 85 NCAA men's tournament games, fifth most of any city. Thirty of those games were played at the Georgia Dome. Six NCAA Regionals, three men's Final Fours (2002, 2007 and 2013) and one women's Final Four were played at the Dome. The Dome's final tournament in 2013 set records. A crowd of 74,326 beat the record for the largest ever for a final game. 

State Championships

The Dome has been home to the finals since 2008, but the stadium's 25-year history with Georgia high school football dates back to the building's opening in 1992. On Sept. 5, 1992, the Corky Kell Classic matchup between Brookwood and McEachern was the first regular season football game in the Dome. Until then, Georgia high school football rarely was played on such a big stage. 

In the 25 seasons, 169 Georgia high schools have participated in the Dome's 298 high school football games, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. 

Soccer at the dome

Eleven soccer games were played at the Georgia Dome since 2009. The first competitive soccer games were held during the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The U.S. men's national team made its first appearance in Atlanta since 1977 in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals at the Dome. 

In all, the Dome hosted Mexico's "El Tri" four times, Mexico's Club America twice and the U.S. men's and women's national teams once each. Notable visitors also include European clubs A.C. Milan and Manchester City.

Trump again lashes out at UCLA basketball dad LaVar Ball: 'Very ungrateful!'

President Donald Trump continued his Twitter roasting of UCLA basketball dad and Big Baller Brand mogul LaVar Ball on Sunday evening, calling him “very ungrateful” for not thanking him for getting his son out of trouble.

>> See the tweet here

“Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!” Trump tweeted.

>> PREVIOUS STORY: Trump fires back after LaVar Ball minimizes role in getting UCLA players released

Earlier Sunday, Trump said “I should have left them in jail!,” referring to the three UCLA basketball players arrested in China for shoplifting, one of whom was Ball’s son, LiAngelo.

>> See the tweet here

“Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!” Trump tweeted.

>> LiAngelo Ball, UCLA teammates arrested in China could get 10 years in prison if convicted

This was Trump’s response to Ball essentially saying “Trump who?” when asked on Saturday about the president’s role in helping LiAngelo.

This all started when Trump tweeted after returning from Asia that the three UCLA basketball players who got in trouble for allegedly shoplifting in China should thank him for saving them from a decade in prison.

>> Read the tweet here

“Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!” he tweeted last Wednesday morning.

The players, for their part, did exactly that at an afternoon press conference the same day.

“To the three UCLA basketball players I say: You’re welcome, go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made your release possible and, HAVE A GREAT LIFE! Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!” Trump said in reply.

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were returned to the United States after being arrested on charges of shoplifting, in connection with the alleged theft of Louis Vuitton sunglasses in Shanghai. The university later announced that the players would be suspended indefinitely.

>> Read more trending news

Previously, Rare speculated that it was possible Trump wanted to hear a “thank you” not just from the basketball players, but also from the unapologetic LaVar Ball himself.

The president did not end up getting that thank you from the elder Ball.

“Who? What was [Trump] over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out,” Ball said, according to ESPN.

>> On Rare.us: LaVar Ball on Trump helping his son: 'Who?'

“As long as my boy’s back here, I’m fine. I’m happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, ‘They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes,’” Ball added, downplaying his son’s alleged mistake. “I’m from L.A. I’ve seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn’t define him.”

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch sits for U.S. national anthem, stands for Mexico's

Star NFL running back Marshawn Lynch of the Oakland Raiders was spotted sitting on the sidelines as the U.S. national anthem played before a Sunday afternoon game in Mexico against the New England Patriots.

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Lynch appeared to take his demonstration a step further by standing during the Mexican national anthem, according to reporters at the game:

Some social media users responded, claiming that this was “false news" and that Lynch was sitting because his equipment was being worked on.

According to Sports Illustrated, it’s not the first time Lynch chose to sit during the anthem. In fact, he’s been doing it all season.

 The Bleacher Report said over the summer that Lynch claimed he had been sitting during the anthem for 11 years, and his coach, Jack Del Rio, responded to that by saying, “It’s a non-issue for me.”

“On Marshawn, talked to Marshawn trying to make sure we’re on the same page,” Del Rio said. “He said, ‘This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself.’ I said, ‘So you understand how I feel, I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem. But I’m going to respect you as a man, you do your thing. We’ll do ours.’ It’s a non-issue for me.”

Earlier on Sunday, Rare covered a retired NFL running back who strongly disagrees with the protests occurring during the national anthem.

Former NFL stand-out Herschel Walker blamed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for allowing protests during the national anthem to become routine occurrences during the 2017 season and potentially beyond.

Walker said that he finds the protests “upsetting” and that they should have been stopped when they started.

“I absolutely think the protests are so upsetting, and I blame the commissioner,” he said, according to the New York Post. “I know people are going to be angry when I say it, but he should have stopped the protests at the very beginning.”

Walker said that if people want to protest they should do so in Washington, D.C.

“Our flag is very special, and black lives matter, but what we should do is go to Washington after the season and protest there instead. We have young men and women fighting for the flag. And we have to respect the White House,” he added.

Previously, Walker said that the NFL should make a rule that says players can only protest while “off the job.”

>> On Rare.us: NFL players take a knee on Veterans Day weekend

“I do, I think it means making a league-wide rule that if you want to protest, protest off the job. One of the things I want to say about the protests, where was everyone before the season started?” he asked. “I didn’t see anyone protesting in front of the White House, protesting in front of Congress or protesting in front of police officers. Why did we wait until football season started to start this again?”

Matthew Stafford had the most pitiful attempt to draw a penalty against a defender

Quarterbacks will do anything they can to gain extra yardage, including trying to bait officials into throwing a flag for late unnecessary roughness.

The Detroit Lions squared off against their rival Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon, and the Detroit offense was struggling early on against the Bears defense. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford tried to get his offense some extra yardage by baiting officials into calling a flag, and it might’ve been the worst attempt at flopping in NFL history.

Stafford leaned his helmet in and made contact with a Bears defender, and then Stafford snapped his head back as if the Bears defender had hit him.

Matthew Stafford Using His Head pic.twitter.com/583nbN6wGJ — Gustavo Vega (@iamvega1982) November 19, 2017

Related: NFL RB done for the year after brutal injury forced him to be carted off the field

It was a pretty sad attempt at drawing a flag, but hey, whatever works.

The Lions went on to win the game 27-24 to improve to 6-4 on the year, and they kept their postseason hopes alive with the win.

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