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#1 jared Goff • Los Angeles Rams • Tennessee Titans • National Football Conference • Quarterback • The NFC Championship Game • Derrick Henry • New Orleans Saints • 2016 NFL Draft • Corey Davis

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Jared Goff downplays age factor ahead of NFC title game

History has not been kind to quarterbacks under age 25 appearing in the NFL conference championship games, but Los Angeles Rams signal-caller Jared Goff, 24, is not about to allow such things impact how he approaches Sunday’s showdown with the New Orleans Saints.

Since the NFL began playing conference championships in 1970, all eight quarterbacks under 25 years of age who have appeared in the NFC Championship Game have lost.

Goff, however, believes his age and relative inexperience — especially when compared to the resume of 40-year-old Drew Brees — isn’t a big deal, at least to him.

“Just going to approach it like any other game,” Goff said this week, via The Orange County Register. “Obviously, there’s a lot on the line going to the Super Bowl and everything like that, but I’ve got to approach it the same way. I think I rely on a lot of the successes I’ve had and understand that I didn’t do that on accident. It’s part of my process.”

Both conference championship games feature matchups between quarterbacks on the extreme opposite ends of the age spectrum. On the AFC side, the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady is 41, while the Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes is only 23.

Goff clearly believes age is nothing but a number, and he prefers to highlight how the Rams are presented with an opportunity to reach the Super Bowl, not what happened to quarterbacks his age in the past.

“Even playing in the NFC Championship is a dream come true,” Goff said. “We’re excited for it. It’s an opportunity you work for and I think we see it as something that we’ve earned. We’ve been through a long season here and just like the Saints, we’ve earned this spot. We have a chance to go play for a world title.”

Rams’ Jared Goff could become youngest QB to win NFC championship

History is not on his side as Goff, 24, meets Saints counterpart Drew Brees

Rams quarterback Jared Goff said he won’t be overwhelmed by the big stage of Sunday’s NFC championship game. “I think I rely on a lot of the successes I’ve had and understand that I didn’t do that on accident.” he said. “It’s part of my process.” (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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THOUSAND OAKS – At age 24, it’s difficult to rent a car and even tougher to win the NFC championship. That’s the history Rams quarterback Jared Goff will face this week against the New Orleans Saints.

Since the advent of the conference championship game in 1970, eight NFC quarterbacks under age 25 have attempted to reach the Super Bowl, and all have failed. There’s nothing particularly magical about that age, but it seems to be a barrier over which Goff, who turned 24 last October, will need to scale.

“Just going to approach it like any other game,” Goff said. “Obviously, there’s a lot on the line going to the Super Bowl and everything like that, but I’ve got to approach it the same way. I think I rely on a lot of the successes I’ve had and understand that I didn’t do that on accident. It’s part of my process.”

The world will find out a lot about Goff during Sunday’s game against the Saints at the raucous Superdome. On one hand, Goff just recorded his first playoff win last week against Dallas and is well-regarded for his even-keel nature. On the other, Goff’s play has been uneven this season, and he’s staring down history.

The last under-25 quarterback to play for the NFC championship was Atlanta’s Michael Vick in 2005. Vick, then 24, went 11 of 24 for 136 yards and one interception and Philadelphia beat Atlanta 27-10.

Since then, there’s been a youth movement among NFC quarterbacks. San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick (age 25), Seattle’s Russell Wilson (25) and Carolina’s Cam Newton (26) all reached the Super Bowl within the past six years, and the Eagles’ Carson Wentz (25) seemed headed there last year before a knee injury.

Still, that’s an 0-8 record for under-25 quarterbacks, and the Rams know it better than any franchise.

Ron Jaworski was 24 when his Rams lost to Dallas in 1976. Pat Haden was 23 the following year in a loss to Minnesota. Dieter Brock was 24 in 1985 when the Rams lost to Chicago. Those three quarterbacks, combined, completed 30 of 75 attempts for 374 yards, one touchdown and five interceptions. None did well.

On the other side, the Rams beat Tampa Bay quarterback Doug Williams, age 24, to reach the Super Bowl in 1980 and beat Tampa Bay’s Shaun King, age 22, to reach the Super Bowl in 2000. Overall, the numbers are ugly. The eight teams with under-25 quarterbacks got outscored by a scoring margin of 213-49.

The trends have been different in the AFC, where five under-25 quarterbacks have won conference-championship games, including Dan Marino, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger. So, Goff is going to join one club or the other.

Then again, it’s not a one-player game, and Goff isn’t necessarily going to struggle just because Jaworski and did.

“He operates with such a quieted mind, no matter what’s going on,” Rams receiver Brandin Cooks said of Goff. “The ebbs and flows of the game, he seems to stay even keel and when you have that from your quarterback that’s special. You love to see that in a ‘younger’ guy, but he doesn’t play like a younger guy, that’s for sure.”

The Rams’ Jared Goff, 24, will be up against the New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees in the NFC championship game on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. Brees will be playing his first game as a 40-year-old. (AP Photo/File)

For much of this season, that was the case. In his second full season as a starter, Goff made the Pro Bowl and finished fourth in passing yards (4,688), tied for sixth in touchdown passes (32) and ranked third among all regular quarterbacks with an average of 8.4 yards per pass attempt.

The season was not a flat line. The analytics website Pro Football Focus grades each quarterback’s pass game, and through the first 11 games, when the Rams had a 10-1 record, Goff graded at 77.3.

After their bye on the week of Nov. 26, Goff got grades of 40.3 (vs. Detroit), 45.6 (vs. Chicago) and 47.1 (vs. Philadelphia). Goff faced increased pressure and often looked uncomfortable in the pocket and made off-balance throws. He rebounded in season-ending games against Arizona (87.1) and San Francisco (84.0).

Then, in last week’s divisional-round victory over Dallas, Goff showed a little of both. He stepped into more throws and completed passes into tight windows, but he also looked off with his accuracy at times. Goff finished 15 of 28 for 186 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions.

“Every once in a while you have a bad game or two. I think that was the situation there,” Goff said of his late-season issues. “There were various reasons why we weren’t doing well offensively and why I wasn’t my sharpest. I feel like we fixed those four weeks ago and I feel pretty good now.”

The Saints will be the truest test. In these teams’ first meeting of the season, Nov. 4 at the Superdome, Goff had one of his best games, as he passed for 391 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception.

None of the history is going to bother Goff. He has a no-stick attitude when it comes to highs and lows, even though he acknowledged this week that he has allowed himself to dream about what the Super Bowl would be like. First, that would require him to be the youngest NFC-championship quarterback in history.

“Even playing in the NFC Championship is a dream come true,” Goff said. “We’re excited for it. It’s an opportunity you work for and I think we see it as something that we’ve earned. We’ve been through a long season here and just like the Saints, we’ve earned this spot. We have a chance to go play for a world title.”

RAMS HAVE BAD HISTORY WITH SUNDAY’S REF

Rams fans took notice when the league assigned head referee Bill Vinovich to lead the officiating crew for Sunday’s game. That’s because the Rams have lost eight consecutive games refereed by Vinovich.

One fan even started an online petition this week to have Vinovich removed from working the game. Coincidentally, Vinovich spent much of his childhood in Orange County and still lives there.The streak is pure coincidence. Vinovich became a referee in 2004, and between then and 2006, the Rams went 2-2 in his games. Vinovich took a hiatus from officiating because of a heart issue, but since his return to the field in 2012, the Rams have yet to win a game with him on the field.

Some Rams fans cited the Nov. 4 game between the Rams and Saints, which Vinovich called. The game was tied 14-14 when Rams punter Johnny Hekker attempted a fake field goal but was ruled short of the first-down marker, even though some replays appeared to show Hekker picked up the necessary yardage.

#2 Manny Pacquiao • Adrien Broner • Boxing • Floyd Mayweather Ring Of Highlights on Instagram: “Manny Pacquiao on his age: “It’s just a number, it doesn’t matter that I’m 40…I still feel young.” [via Showtime]”

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Manny Pacquiao Vs. Adrien Broner Preview And Odds; Joshua Vs. Wilder Negotiations: Boxing Biz

Manny Pacquiao probably wouldn’t have many problems if he were facing Adrien Broner in the prime of Pacquiao’s career. Yes, Broner is tough, and yes, Broner has power. But Broner has never beaten an elite fighter, and he’s not been great when he fights above the 140-pound junior welterweight division. If Pacquiao was at his best, he’d likely overwhelm Broner and probably stop him. But when people tune in Saturday to watch Pacquiao vs. Broner on Showtime PPV, they won’t be watching the best version of Pacquiao.

Manny Pacquiao, left, and Adrien Broner will face off to see if Pacquiao is good enough to beat an opponent of his caliber. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)GETTY

But is any version of Pacquiao—who reportedly will make a $10 million guarantee along with a percentage of the PPV profit—a version that Broner can beat, especially at 147 pounds? Most of the boxer predictions say no—though, to be fair, a few have said they believe in Broner—and he is a +250 underdog, meaning you’d win $250 on a $100 bet. Pacquiao, meanwhile, is a -325 favorite, which means you’d have bet $325 to win $100.

Broner, who will make a $2.5 million guarantee and a percentage on the backend, has a chance, but it doesn’t seem like a great chance.

“No way Broner wins,” welterweight titlist Shawn Porter told Philstar.com. “I’ve fought Broner and I’ve sparred with Manny. I think Manny’s too quick, too strong. In all aspects, Manny is better than Broner.”

Yet you should still tune in to the Showtime PPV telecast, and there are plenty of reasons why. Here are three of them.

1) Pacquiao might be too old: He’s 40 years old, and his skills certainly aren’t getting sharper at this point in his life. Yes, he knocked out Matthysse last year, but Matthysse was a shell of his former self. It’s unclear if we should take anything away from that bout. At some point, considering some of the hellacious battles he’s fought in the ring, Pacquiao is going to get old in the ring overnight. So far, it hasn’t happened. Perhaps Broner could be more aggressive than usual to see if the old, fiery Pacquiao is still there. “Pacquiao’s a legend,” Broner said. “He’ll always go down as one of the best in the boxing business. But I just feel like it’s my time to take over this sport, and I’m coming to take the throne from Pacquiao.”

2) Is Broner really focused this time?: The problem with Broner throughout his career is that he’s so obviously talented but has underperformed every time he’s fought an elite opponent. His training camps aren’t always great, and he’s had a myriad of legal distractions throughout his career. This time, though, is different, he said (which, frankly, is what he’s said in the past, as well). But this might be his last chance at a massive payday. So, perhaps he does have a different mindset. “I know what’s at stake,” Broner said. “A win over Pacquiao could take my career somewhere that I can only dream of. So I’ve got to take it seriously.”

Manny Pacquiao Vs. Adrien Broner: 10 Things You Should Know About Saturday's Fight

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 18: WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (L) and Adrien Broner face off during their official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 18, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will defend his title against Broner on January 19 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) photo credit: Getty ImagesGETTY

Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien "The Problem" Broner is the first high-profile boxing matchup of 2019. At 40 years old, Pacquiao still has a massive audience, and Broner is perhaps the most polarizing fighter in the sport. Together, they're one of the most intriguing fights we'll see in 2019.

Here are the 10 things you should know about the bout.

Date and Time

The fight takes place on Saturday, January 19. The card begins at 9 pm ET. It takes place on the same day as the UFC's debut on ESPN. That event should provide some viewership competition for the Pacquiao-Broner fight.

Location

The bout takes place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This fight will be Pacquiao's first bout in the United States since November 2016 when the future Hall of Famer took a unanimous decision away from Jessie Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Arena, also in Vegas.

How to Watch

Showtime will broadcast and stream the bout as an exclusive pay-per-view. Fans can order it from their local cable or satellite provider, or watch it via live stream on the Showtime app.

What's at Stake?

Pacquiao is the WBA "regular" welterweight champion. His title will be on the line, but perhaps more important is a potential rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. It's not confirmed, but there are rumors Pacquiao could get Mayweather out of retirement for another massive payday.

A win for Broner would be a career-saver. He needs a win over a big name, and few have more weight than Pacquiao.

Weigh-In Results

Both fighters made weight. Pacquiao came in just half-a-pound lighter than Broner.

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Odds

Per Sportsbook, Pacquiao is a minus-300 favorite (h/tproboxingodds). Broner is a plus-235 underdog.

Undercard

  • Badou Jack vs. Marcus Browne
  • Nordine Oubaali vs. Rau'shee Warren for WBC bantamweight title
  • Jhack Tepora vs. Hugo Ruiz for interim WBA featherweight title

Last Time Out

In Pacquiao's last bout, he captured the WBA regular title with a dominant performance against Lucas Matthysse in July 2018. Pacquiao scored the seventh-round TKO. Matthysse looked as if he had one foot out the door in the fight. He looked like a shell of the fighter who was once one of the most feared in his weight region.

In any case, the win set Pacquiao up to sign with Premier Boxing Champions and Al Haymon, and it created another path to a potential fight with Mayweather.

In Broner's last bout, he walked away with a controversial draw against Vargas in April 2018 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. I thought Vargas deserved the decision, and Broner was fortunate to escape with a draw.

Best Bet Per Peter Kahn

According to Forbes' boxing odds expert Peter Kahn, the best bet to make on Saturday's fight is Pacquiao by decision.  Kahn wrote:

"Although I feel Broner will be more competitive than many people have expressed, I don't see Broner winning this fight, so even though there's value at +258 (wager $100 to win $258) for Broner as an underdog, I simply don't see him winning the fight, therefore, the $100 isn't a wise bet."

My Prediction

I concur with Kahn. I give Broner a chance to win if he can be aggressive on the inside with Pacquiao, and look to effectively counterpunch. However, in the end, Pacquiao will be too quick and busy, and he'll win a decision.

#3 Spencer Ware • Kansas City Chiefs • New England Patriots

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Spencer Ware (hamstring) not on Chiefs' injury report for Championship Round

Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware was not listed on the team's injury report ahead of the team's Championship Round game against the New England Patriots.

WHAT IT MEANS:Ware was participating in full all week despite a hamstring ailment, and he'll be good to go on Sunday with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

Our models project Ware for 24.5 rushing yards, 11.4 receiving yards, 0.3 total touchdowns and 5.7 FanDuel points.

Source: BJ Kissell

Eric Berry, Spencer Ware and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif off Chiefs injury report

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The Chiefs played without safety Eric Berry, running back Spencer Ware and guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif in last weekend’s win over the Colts, but all three are set to play this Sunday.

The team released its final injury report of the week on Friday and all three players avoided injury designations. Things have been trending in that direction as all three players have been full participants in practice the last two days.

Berry missed Week 17 of the regular season after making his 2018 debut in Week 15 and he said Friday that his heel injury

“It was pretty frustrating, but you just have to keep rolling,” Berry said, via the Associated Press. “Keep focused and keep your head down.”

Linebacker Dorian O'Daniel was ruled out with an ankle injury. He’s the only player with an injury designation for Kansas City.

The Chiefs played without Eric Berry, Dan Sorensen, Justin Houston & without Chavarius Ward (as a starter on defense) in the October 14th game.

Dr Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff, their starting right guard, fractured his fibula the week before that game. Mitch Morse suffered a concussion in the 1st half of the first Chiefs/Patriots game.

KC is now back at full strength, with 4 new/different starters on defense. I don’t know what the status of the Patriots starters were on October 14th, nor do I care.

They whipped KC on the final play of that game with a field goal score in 45 degree weather. Now we’ll get to see how both teams match up in 25 degree temps.

They play in Kansas City for only the 2nd time since Andy Reid has been the Chiefs head coach. 5 games and this is only the second time they’ve had to travel to Arrowhead?

KC has 6 additional starting quality players available now, that they didn’t have on 10/14/19.

#4 Mohamed Salah • José Mourinho • Chelsea F.C. • Liverpool F.C. • Manchester United F.C. • Premier League

 

Mourinho Dismisses Claims Of Poor Salah Relationship At Chelsea

It has often been claimed that Jose Mourinho had a poor relationship with Mohamed Salah at Chelsea, but the Portuguese coach has now insisted it was not his fault the African was sold by the Stamford Bridge club in 2016.

Salah joined the Blues in January 2014, during Mourinho's second spell at the London club, but the then 22-year-old never got a regular run in the starting XI.

Following loan stints with Fiorentina and AS Roma, during which he scored a combined 28 goals, he joined the latter on a permanent deal before eventually moving to Liverpool in 2017.

Mourinho, though, has now insisted it was not him but rather Chelsea who decided to sell the Egyptian to Roma in 2016.

"When the club decided to sell him, it was not me. I bought him, I didn't sell him, and my relationship with him was good, is good," he told beIN SPORTS.

"I think that he doesn't regret that move because everything went well. Everything went well for him and the progression went well for him but, at that moment, he was just a kid with a huge desire to play every week, every minute and we couldn't give him it.

"He was just a lost kid in London. He was a lost kid in a new world and we wanted to work him to become better and better and better but he was more in the idea that he wanted to play and not to wait.

"So we decided to put him on loan. To put him on loan in a culture that I knew well – Italy, tactical football, physical football, good place to play. Fiorentina is a good team, without being a team with huge pressure playing for the title and we decided that move there."

The Portuguese coach also claimed people should remember him as the coach who bought Salah rather than the one who sold him.

"Lots of things have been told that are not true. People try to identify me with the coach that sold Salah; I am the coach that bought Salah. It's completely the wrong idea," he added.

"I played against Basel in the Champions League. Salah was a kid in Basel. When I play against a certain team, I analyse the team and the players for quite a long time and I fell in love with that kid. I bought the kid.

"I pushed the club to buy him and, at the time, we already had fantastic attacking players – (Eden) Hazard, Willian – we had top talent there. But I told (Chelsea) to buy that kid.

"He was more a winger coming inside more than a striker like he is now."

Salah has been a revelation since joining Liverpool, scoring 61 goals and assisting another 24 strikes in just 82 appearances.

DEFENCE

‘I didn’t sell him’ – Jose Mourinho defends management of Mohamed Salah at Chelsea

The Liverpool forward is in scintillating form in front of goal, but could have been wearing Chelsea colours

Jose Mourinho has defended his management of Mohamed Salah during the forward’s time at Chelsea.

The Portuguese went as far as to say the decision to sell the Egypt international was made by the hierarchy at Stamford Bridge – not by the Portuguese.

Mourinho brought Salah to England in 2014

Mourinho brought Salah to England in 2014

Salah joined Chelsea as a fresh-faced winger from Basel in January 2014 for £11million, but was restricted to just 19 appearances.

Despite impressing in the Champions League for the Swiss side, Salah went on loan to Fiorentina and then Roma and never returned to SW6.

In June 2017, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp decided to part with £34million to bring the Egyptian back to the Premier League and the investment has paid off.

Salah has scored 46 Premier League goals for the Reds and led them to the Champions League Final last season.

Salah won the Golden Boot last season after scoring 32 goals

Salah won the Golden Boot last season after scoring 32 goals

“When the club decided to sell him, it was not me. I bought him, I didn’t sell him, and my relationship with him was good, is good,” Mourinho told beIN SPORTS.

“I think that he doesn’t regret that move because everything went well. Everything went well for him and the progression went well for him but, at that moment, he was just a kid with a huge desire to play every week, every minute and we couldn’t give him it.”

Despite the 26-year-old’s incredible resurgence, Mourinho does not believe he failed to get the best out of the player while he was managing him.

He added: “Lots of things have been told that are not true. People try to identify me with the coach that sold Salah; I am the coach that bought Salah. It’s completely the wrong idea.

Mourinho’s last game in charge of United was a 3-1 loss to Liverpool at Anfield

Mourinho’s last game in charge of United was a 3-1 loss to Liverpool at Anfield

“I played against Basel in the Champions League. Salah was a kid in Basel. When I play against a certain team, I analyse the team and the players for quite a long time and I fell in love with that kid. I bought the kid.

“I pushed the club to buy him and, at the time, we already had fantastic attacking players – [Eden] Hazard, Willian – we had top talent there. But I told [Chelsea] to buy that kid.

“He was more a winger coming inside more than a striker like he is now.”

With World Cup winner Andre Schurrle and Diego Costa also in the Blues’ front line, Mourinho admitted he was forced to agree to send Salah out on loan.

“He was just a lost kid in London,” Mourinho continued. “He was a lost kid in a new world and we wanted to work him to become better and better and better but he was more in the idea that he wanted to play and not to wait.

“So we decided to put him on loan. To put him on loan in a culture that I knew well – Italy, tactical football, physical football, good place to play. Fiorentina is a good team, without being a team with huge pressure playing for the title and we decided that move there.”

#5 Ignas Brazdeikis • Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball • Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball • Zion Williamson • Basketball

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Michigan star Brazdeikis wants Duke, Zion Williamson

BySAM HELLMAN 

They call it “we want Bama’ syndrome during the college football season. Well one of the stars of the undefeated Michigan Wolverines basketball team wants Duke in a big way. Michigan leading scorer Ignas Brazdeikis called out the Blue Devils Friday afternoon, according to 97.1 The Ticket. Duke may not be No. 1 come Monday when the new polls arrive, but the Blue Devils are the only team ahead of the Wolverines right now. He wants a shot at Duke, and specifically Zion Williamson.

“They got that No. 1 team and that No. 1 hype, and we feel like we're definitely better than them,” Brazdeikis said. “ ... I'm not scared about no competition. I'll guard anyone."

The freshman has a team-high 15.6 points per game to go along with 5.4 rebounds. Williamson, a freshman sensation at Duke, has 21.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Williamson’s season has the nation’s attention while Brazdeikis is quietly becoming a star for undefeated Michigan.

Michigan is 17-0 and No. 2 in the country heading into a Saturday game at Wisconsin. Should Michigan win, combined with Duke’s recent loss to unranked Syracuse, the Wolverines are expected to rise to No. 1 status in the Associated Press voting.

“That's kind of why they're 17-0. Seventeen teams have tried, 17 have failed,” Northwestern coach Chris Collins said after this week’s game. “I think only two teams have come within 10 points of them. When you play 17 games and 15 of them are double-figure games, you've got a real good thing going. It's probably the most well-rounded team (I have seen from Michigan). It’s a really good mix of guys who know their roles.”

Meanwhile, Duke can get back on track in a big way with a win over Virginia. Virginia is undefeated heading into a battle with Duke Saturday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium, but checks in as a 3.5-point dog so far.

#6 Boo the dog

RIP to our brother Boo ❤️

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Boo, 'world's cutest dog,' dies aged 12

The Pomeranian Boo and his companion Buddy, who died last year, became internet sensations when their American owners started sharing pictures of their adorable antics.
His death was confirmed in a post made by his owners to his 16 million Facebook followers. He was 12 years old, in human years.
"Shortly after Buddy died, Boo showed signs of heart issues. We think his heart literally broke when Buddy left us," his owners wrote. "He hung on and gave us over a year. But it looks like it was his time, and I'm sure it was a most joyous moment for them when they saw each other in heaven.
"Our family is heartbroken, but we find comfort knowing that he is no longer in any pain or discomfort," they added, noting that Boo "brought joy to people all over the world."
The announcement was met with shock from Boo's fans, several of whom said they were in tears at the news.
Venus The Two Face Cat, a Chimera cat with over a million Facebook fans, "wrote:" "He's a true legend and we've so enjoyed following him for the past 6.5 years."
In addition to his social media presence, Boo was appointed in 2012 as Virgin America's Official Pet Liaison. He also had a book deal, appearing in photo books including "Boo: The Life of the World's Cutest Dog," published in 2011.
The dog "discussed" how he handled fame in a 2012 interview with CNN. "Life hasn't changed much for me," he said. "I like to stay home, play with toys and pal around with Buddy."
A previous rumor that Boo had passed away was debunked by CNN's Anderson Cooper in 2012.

Fans Mourn The Death Of Boo, Pomeranian Known As ‘World’s Cutest Dog’

Boo’s humans said his “heart literally broke” after the death of his best friend, Buddy.
Boo, a dog massively famous on social media for his adorable face, in 2014.

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Boo, a dog massively famous on social media for his adorable face, in 2014.

The fluffy, cheerful Pomeranian, whose charm and good looks captured the hearts of the internet, has died.

Boo, 12, died in his sleep early Friday morning, according to an announcement on social media signed “Boo’s humans.”

“With deepest sadness I wanted to share that Boo passed away in his sleep early this morning and has left us to join his best friend, Buddy,” the post read. “Our family is heartbroken, but we find comfort knowing that he is no longer in any pain or discomfort. We know that Buddy was the first to greet him on the other side of that rainbow bridge, and this is likely the most excited either of them have been in a long time.”

It went on to say that Boo had started to develop heart issues last year after the death of Buddy ― his close companion and fellow Pomeranian.

Boo (R) and his best friend, Buddy in 2014 at Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. Notably, this was before Trump ent

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Boo (R) and his best friend, Buddy in 2014 at Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. Notably, this was before Trump entered politics.

“We think his heart literally broke when Buddy left us,” the post read. His owners noted that “it was a most joyous moment for them when the saw each other in heaven.”

Boo rose to prominence on social media in 2009. In 2011, his owner published the book Boo: The Life of the World’s Cutest Dog under a pseudonym. For years, countless articles on Boo would refer to him as the “world’s cutest dog.” At his death, Boo had more than 16 million Facebook followers and 550,000 Instagram followers. Many of his fans were expressing their grief with tributes to the adorable dog.

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Tenille Clarke@tenilleclarke1

Boo The Dog passed away today you guys. ☹️
I hope he and Buddy are finally reuinted. ?❤️✨

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JohnFilms@johnfilms01

Rest in peace Boo. The world's most adorable dog. You will be missed.

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Renee Klahr

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Will never forget the time I found a cut-out picture of Boo the dog in my grandma’s purse. Guys, she SNIPPED IT OUT OF A MAGAZINE. Rip Boo ?

BuzzFeed News

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Boo, the incredibly adorable Pomeranian who became an internet sensation, died in his sleep Friday. He was 12 (in human years). https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/skbaer/boo-the-worlds-cutest-dog-has-died?bftwnews&utm_term=4ldqpgc#4ldqpgc 

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Kate Rose ?‍?@KateRoseBee

We're hitting the point where the first cohort of very famous internet pets are reaching the end of their little lives, and now one of Facebook's fuzzy titans, Boo the Dog, is laid to rest. The king is dead, long live the king.

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 Rest in peace, Boo.

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Hello Again and Thanks for reading it is I David "IT40" Ellenberger with an update on the status of my lawsuit against Alphabet inc case # 4:20-CV-04877-SBA  and the website and life in general. By now if you regularly visit InternetTop40.com you may have read this section "author info" or Bio. So I am adding to it with more bio and more info. I originally liked the idea of voting on the internet 20-25 years ago when I first got online with WebTV (does anyone remember that?).

The technology at that time was not advanced enough to easily be able to vote online or watch videos or much else for that matter but I was hooked and look at what we can do now with videos, IOT, and everything else, but I digress. I started InternetTop40.com about 5 years ago and the user base has been going up steadily ever since. I wanted to be another Facebook, with music and voting and that is all coming together slowly but surely. BTW if you want to help or have any interest please feel free to email me anytime.

Now in my previous Author Info or bio page I made it clear or at least I thought I made it clear, I am personally suing Alphabet inc. in Federal Court for Fraud. I have evidence to prove they are not counting all the pageviews, among other things and defrauding myself and probably millions of other website owners and content creators out of Billions of dollars. So if I wasn't clear or you didn't know it's true I am suing Alphabet inc. in Federal Court for Fraud the case was recently moved from my state of Kentucky to N. California to make it easier for Alphabet inc. to steam roll me or so they think. Needless to say if you are interested and I hope you are you can look the case up online under my name "David Russell Ellenberger" or the case # which is 4:20-CV-04877-SBA.

Now, I want to make it clear to you and everyone that I am not suing Alphabet inc. aka Google for fraud just because I want a million dollars for nothing. I am suing Google for fraud because I think they are committing  a serious crime with worldwide and societal ramifications, it is a  very serious problem.  I am suing Google for fraud because to put it simply the analytics numbers don't add up at least not in my favor or yours, there is something very fishy going on with the Google analytics numbers. Of course Google has an excuse for every one of them but I have reasons and the actual numbers and they don't add up, more about the numbers later.

Companies like Google are making Billions of dollars a year in profits telling us data is the most valuable thing and misleading us and misdirecting the media and the world every chance they can.  Now data is valuable and they are making billions in profits seemingly like magic but there is no magic to it just corruption and lies. One thing Alphabet inc. aka Google is really making their money from and that is advertising dollars and they are putting all of this advertising on the websites other people have created.

Websites that I have created and  websites you have created and websites millions of others around the world have created websites or content. For example Just writing a text is creating content and that's where Google puts the billions in advertising they receive and keeping most of it for themselves. Yes content others have created and yet somehow they are keeping almost all of these billions for themselves and not distributing it equitably to the real workers the true content creators who actually deserve the advertising monies. Google has made it's billions on the backs of you and me. Think about that for a minute, how can they continue to justify this? They Can't, it has to change.

For example if I were to prevail in the current lawsuit just half of the monies or $20 billion put into a basic account and compounded at 5% annually we could realistically employ over 80,000 people at $24,000 a year, indefinitely.  Sounds unbelievable but its true and if we only employed 40,000 people we could pay them approx. $48,000 a year indefinitely. Its all true. Its simply a matter of having the money and the will to do it. Now is 40,000 people a lot well yes it would be a lot of employees but with more money simply put into a trust account we could employ more people

I David Russell Ellenberger through my website InternetTop40.com am suing Google to try to help right a wrong. A wrong committed by Google that has simply gotten out of hand. Most people may think they can't do anything about it. Nothing can stop Google, the politicians don't care they use all of Googles data to further their own campaigns and line their own pockets while the rest of us keep on creating the content for Google, nothing can be done, this however is not the case, we can do something.

The politicians and Alphabet inc. aka Google have done nothing to help society at large other than organize it so they can keep more money in secret and pay off all their buddies with their fraudulently obtained money. It's gotten so bad that the politicians and others in control won't even talk about it, they ignore it and hope it goes away, they won't even try to stop google because it is helping them too much and maybe they are scared of Google or who knows what they may be thinking. But it looks like fraud and it's coming to an end.

I'm telling you we can do something and I David Russell Ellenberger an average citizen Content Creator am saying to you, I'm not scared of Google because I have nothing left to loose.  I David Russell Ellenberger am telling you there is something you too can do, if nothing else, tell all your friends to come to InternetTop40.com aka IT40, believe these words and Create your Content.

Further I promise to you and all who read this if we do prevail in the lawsuit against Alphabet Inc. We will use half of any monies we may receive to pay "content creators" a living wage. I pledge to anyone who is reading this, we will use half of any monies we may receive to help those who really do want to work on the internet and create content and tell us what they think. We will use half of any money so you can Get Paid, we want you to get paid for the content you create and get paid everyday and Get Paid to Vote create data and to be able to do this work online and from your home or anywhere in the world you care to be. Because in the words of an ancient scholar Y-O-U are the business Y-O-U are creating all the data, Y-O-U are the content creators and Y-O-U are all that matters.

Now the main thing I want you to take away form this and to know, Alphabet inc. is and has been committing fraud against you, me and everyone who uses the internet. I don't think Google started out to defraud the world it has just degenerated into this endless morass of corruption and fraud and no one seems to care, Well I care and I know you care too.  Sadly Google has been doing this with impunity for years and it is only getting worse. Please don't let them fool you with their lies and obfuscation. Do some research create some content build a website and research the analytics numbers you will find I am right. Google owes you, me and everyone online thousands if not 10's of thousands of dollars for all the data and advertising dollars they have co-opted from you and the rest of the world. So join with me don't use any Google products or file your own lawsuit in federal court against Alphabet inc. I will be glad to help you any way I can and show you how to do it if need be. It will take a sincere effort on your part but it will definitely help your self esteem, society and the world.

Now that's about all I have to say on this subject for now.  I will tell you this if you want more information or you have questions or comments for me, my email is [email protected] Thank you for reading looking and listening and believing in InternetTop40.com Please tell all your friends about us and don't forget to vote Thumbs up or down and refresh your page when your done. One last Thing, I need all the help I can get I am only 1 person but together and with todays technology we can move mountains and reframe society and our world the way we want it to be. One final note let me tell you about a new website coming to the world called IVAMP.org.... Thank you ttyl

 

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