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North Dakota to have tents as locker room for FCS playoff game at Nicholls State

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The University of North Dakota won’t exactly have ideal locker room conditions for their playoff game this coming weekend.

North Dakota finished the regular season 7-4 and travels to Louisiana for a first-round FCS playoff game against 8-4 Nicholls State. When the Fighting Hawks arrive at John L. Guidry Stadium, they will be greeted by a series of temporary tents that will serve as the team’s locker room.

Nicholls State’s football facility is in the midst of a renovation that is expected to be completed by the start of next season. In the meantime, all their opponents this season have had temporary tents as their visitor’s locker room.

“The away team has to stay in tents, so that’ll be a challenge in itself,” North Dakota cornerback Evan Holm told the Grand Forks Herald. “It’s just another big challenge.”

Here’s a look at the setup:

Thankfully for North Dakota, as of now, the weather in Thibodaux, La. projects to be around a high of 81 and low of 56 on Saturday.

Austin Rivers: Doc’s ejection ‘made my night’

Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers had an all-time great troll moment during a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers.

Late in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s game, Doc Rivers was involved in a heated exchange with the refrees. That’s when none other than his son Austin motioned for the officials to give his father a technical foul. After the officials T’d up and ejected the elder Rivers, Austin proceeded to troll his father on Doc’s way off the court.

After the game, Austin said his father getting ejected “made his night.”

Austin has had somewhat of a frosty relationship with his father despite playing for him on the Clippers for four seasons. He has said his dad was not around when he was growing up, so that might explain why he enjoyed the moment on Wednesday night.

The next Rivers family gathering should be very interesting — which is exactly what Rivers said in a joke on Twitter.

Giannis Antetokounmpo damages sign in frustration at halftime

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo was frustrated with his team’s performance during the first half of Sunday’s game and took it out on a blockade.

The Milwaukee Bucks went into the locker room trailing the Oklahoma City Thunder 56-50 at halftime. It seems that half of play didn’t sit well with the Bucks star, who reportedly kicked a hole in this sign at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Perhaps the frustration felt by Antetokounmpo reverberated throughout Milwaukee’s locker room, because they came out and outscored the Thunder 37-24 in the third quarter.

This sort of thing is nothing unusual, as we’ve seen plenty of other star athletes do it in the past. The important thing is to avoid injury while blowing off steam — and to buy a replacement item, which we’re guessing the Bucks will do.

Still no timetable on Marvin Bagley’s return from thumb injury

Marvin Bagley III

Marvin Bagley III still does not have a timetable on his return from a broken thumb.

During the Sacramento Kings’ season opener, Bagley suffered a nondisplaced fracture of his right thumb. After an MRI, it was determined Bagley would be out of action for four-to-six weeks. As the three week mark nears, there’s still no timetable when the Kings big man will be game-ready.

Bagley was the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft. As a rookie, he averaged 14.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and one block per game in 62 games. He is expected to be a big part of the Kings’ future, along with point guard De’Aaron Fox. Sacramento is looking to reach the postseason for the first time since the 2005-2006 season but they’re off to just a 3-6 start.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross attended LSU-Alabama to scout his future quarterback

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was in Alabama this weekend to take a look at his potential future franchise quarterback.

On Saturday, LSU and Alabama met in the biggest game to date of this college football season. No. 1 LSU coming away with a 46-41 victory over No. 3 Alabama. The game featured the presumptive frontrunner for this year’s Heisman Trophy in Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow, and last year’s Heisman runner-up Tua Tagovailoa.

Miami entered Sunday with a 1-7 record and likely high draft pick on the way, making good on their plan to tank this season. Ross was one of many on hand at Bryant-Denny Stadium to see both quarterbacks firsthand, according to a report.

The Dolphins do have a former first-round pick on their roster at quarterback in Josh Rosen, but they’ve mostly been playing veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick instead as the two have alternated benchings.

Ross and the Dolphins are hoping either Tua or Burrow give them their first true franchise quarterback seemingly since Dan Marino retired.

Watch: President Trump booed at UFC 244

President Donald Trump’s appearance at UFC 244 included boos from fans inside Madison Square Garden as well as protests outside the arena.

Prior to Trump arriving for the event, fans showed up outside of Madison Square Garden holding signs and chanting in protest.

Once Trump made his way inside, boos accompanied his entrance.

President Trump also received a cold reception when he attended Game 5 of the World Series between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros.

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Stephen Strasburg opts out of contract

Stephen Strasburg

Stephen Strasburg may have thrown his last pitches for the Washington Nationals.

The World Series MVP has an opt-out clause in his contract that allows him to pass up the remaining four years and $100 of his deal in order to become a free agent. According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Strasburg has chosen to exercise the option to terminate his deal.

Strasburg had a standout season for the Nationals that saw him lead the National League in wins (18) and innings pitched (209) during the regular season. He then went 5-0 during the postseason, including two wins in the World Series, with a 1.98 ERA on the way to be being named World Series MVP.

The door still remains open that Strasburg can return to the Nationals. However, after his stellar season there is little doubt the 31-year-old right-handed will receive lucrative offers that Washington will have to decide if it is willing to match.

Watch: Capitals celebrate Nationals’ World Series

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The Washington Capitals were among the many who celebrated the Washington Nationals winning this year’s World Series.

With a victory in Game 7 over the Houston Astros, the Nationals captured their first World Series championship in franchise history. There were more than 13,000 fans who showed up at Nationals Park that were able to celebrate after the final out was recorded.

Washington’s NHL team was also in a joyous mood after the Nationals’ win. Take a look:

It’s been an impressive recent run for Washington D.C. sports teams. The Capitals won the Stanley Cup for the first time in its franchise history last year. Earlier this month the Washington Mystics won its first WNBA title. And now, the Nationals join the club.