The Daily Outkick: Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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LSU Upstages UCF’s National Championship Plans With Its Own Showcase Win in Fiesta Bowl (Sports Illustrated) The Tigers dictated play and, even with several stars missing, looked like the Power 5 titans they are in ending UCF’s 25-game winning streak.

Divided Congress’s First Task: Tussle With Trump Over Shutdown (Bloomberg) The first test of the new dynamic may happen on Wednesday as Pelosi and leaders meet with Trump to discuss border security.

Start The 2019 Hype: Texas Impresses In Sugar Bowl Upset Over Georgia (Yahoo Sports) It’s fair to wonder about Georgia’s level of motivation after having their hearts ripped out by Alabama yet again and missing the playoff, but this was still an underwhelming performance.

Clay Travis: Marcus Mariota Is No Longer Titans Franchise QB (Outkick)

Five NFL Teams Eligible For ‘Hard Knocks’ (CBS Sports) Putting Jon Gruden on HBO for one hour a week practically guarantees that this would go down as the craziest season of Hard Knocks ever.

A Way Out of the Shutdown (Wall Street Journal) The President could follow the escape route offered by Senator Lindsey Graham and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, among others, and offer a larger immigration bargain.

People Think Grover Just Dropped The F-bomb On Sesame Street — What Do You Hear? (People) New viral video from Sesame Street has viewers convinced Grover dropped the f-bomb.

Purdue Super Fan Who Inspired With Fight Against Cancer Dies (Associated Press) Tyler Trent, a former Purdue University student and college football super fan who inspired many with his battle against cancer, died Tuesday. He was 20 years old.

Netflix Shares Fall To Start The New Year As Analyst Says Subscriber Growth Fell Short Last Quarter (CNBC) Netflix shares slipped in premarket trading Wednesday after SunTrust Robinson Humphrey said the streaming giant added fewer subscribers than expected last quarter.

The Best (and Worst) Betting Moments of 2018 (The Action Network) 15 favorite betting moments from 2018, featuring plenty of bad beats and miracle covers.

Curbs on A.I. Exports? Silicon Valley Fears Losing Its Edge (New York Times) The Commerce Department is considering national security restrictions on artificial intelligence. Some worry they could stunt the industry in the U.S.

The Milestones of Human Progress We Reached in 2018 (Singularity Hub) In the grander context of human history, 2018 was an extraordinarily positive year. In fact, every year has been getting progressively better.

Longhorns Mascot Bevo Charges After Georgia Bulldog Mascot (Dallas News) Bevo charged out of his pen after Uga, with dozens of media, personnel and bystanders in the way. Multiple people were nearly trampled.

Which States Will Pass New Sports Betting Bills In 2019 (Legal Sports Report) When lawmakers go back into session this month, legal sports betting will slot into the the legislative agenda for many. Which states look ready to give sports betting a try?