The NBA is in full swing, MLB's hot stove is about to start boiling over and the race for NASCAR's championship just got a lot more interesting.
Meanwhile, in college footballl, Alabama proved to be the machine everybody thought they were.
Here's what's happening this week in U.S. Sports.
1. Dez Bryant signs with Saints
Dez Bryant has finally found a home
The New Orleans Saints on Wednesday announced the signing of Bryant to a one-year, $2.5 million deal. The Dallas Cowboys released Bryant before the start of the season.
New Orleans are coming off of their biggest win of the season as they took down the previously undefeated Los Angeles Rams, but the Saints are surprisingly thin at outside receiver as veteran Ted Ginn Jr. is on injured reserve and free-agent signee Cameron Meredith has no catches over his last three games.
Bryant will join a core that includes one of the NFL's most dynamic receivers in Michael Thomas. And, oh yeah, the Saints play the Cowboys on November 29, giving Bryant a chance to exact revenge on his former employers.
2. Alabama solidifies No. 1 spot with win over LSU
The Crimson Tide verified that they are the top team in college football by defeating No. 3 LSU 29-0 in Baton Rouge this past weekend.
Alabama are now a perfect 9-0 and were expectedly top of the pile when the College Football Playoff rankings were released on Tuesday.
Bama are followed by Clemson at No. 2, Notre Dame at No. 3 and Michigan, who defeated Penn State 42-7 on Saturday, at No. 4.
3. Bryce Harper rejects massive offer from Nationals
Bryce Harper is possibly the biggest free agent to ever come onto the open market in MLB history. And he's in the same free-agent class as former Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles shortstop/third baseman Manny Machado.
Harper is about to likely be paid massive amounts of money and he knows it. How do we know he knows? Because he reportedly turned down a 10-year, $300million offer from the Washington Nationals in September so he could hit the open market.
That deal would have been the second biggest in MLB history behind Giancarlo Stanton's 10-year, $325m deal. Harper thinks he should get more than that and it is hard to argue with him.
Twenty-six year old former MVPs rarely ever hit free agency and Harper could be looking for a deal in the $400m range.
4. Kevin Harvick's penalty makes race for Championship 4 even more interesting
Kevin Harvick has been the best driver in NASCAR this season. The 42-year-old won for the eighth time on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway and was guaranteed a spot in the Championship 4 of the playoffs with that victory.
That was until Wednesday when NASCAR penalised Harvick for having an illegal spoiler in his win at Texas. NASCAR docked Harvick 40 playoff points and took away his automatic place in the final four.
This means there are three open spots for the Ford Ecoboost 400 that will decide the champion. It also gives new life to Kurt Busch, who now trails Harvick by just six points for the final place in the decider in Homestead, Florida.
Fortunately for Harvick, the drivers are this week heading to ISM Raceway in Phoenix, where Harvick leads all active drivers with nine wins. Still, the last week before NASCAR's final four just got a lot more interesting.
5. Unwritten basketball rules
So baseball is known for all kinds of unwritten rules: don't bunt for a hit when a pitcher has a no-hitter going, don't admire a home run or celebrate after a strikeout. But it was basketball this week where a violation of unwritten rules showed up.
Nuggets guard Jamal Murray broke the Canadian record by scoring 48 points in Denver's 115-107 win over the Boston Celtics on Monday. Murray held the ball in the waning seconds with the game in hand and decided to take a long three-pointer hoping to get to the 50-point mark.
He missed, but Celtics guard Kyrie Irving took the ball after the game was over and threw it up into the stands, calling the shot a "b******t move". Murray laughed at the statement when asked about it later and Irving was fined $25,000 for the action, adding a little extra spice to their meeting in Boston later this season.
20. Januar 2019
|Harden scores 48 points as Rockets rally past Lakers in OT|
|Pacquiao wants Mayweather rematch after beating Broner|
|Sharapova unimpressed with questions after Melbourne exit|
|Nadal outclasses Berdych en route to quarters|
|Collins trounces 2016 Aus Open champion Kerber|
|Sanchez: Man United thriving thanks to Solskjaer|
|Sharapova crashes out of Australian Open|
|Devils´ Palmieri replaces Hall on NHL All-Star roster|
|Tuchel stunned by PSG´s nine-goal thrashing of Guingamp|
|Modric wants to extend Real Madrid stay|
|Marotta: Icardi will re-sign, Godin wants Inter|
|´F*** no!´ - Westbrook on if he´s cool with Embiid|
|Mickelson shoots 66 to stay ahead at Desert Classic|
|Real Madrid? You never know what the future holds - PSG´s Mbappe|
|Inter lacked quality in disappointing Sassuolo draw - Spalletti|
|Walton has one goal for Lakers-Rockets matchup: Keep Harden under 50 points|
|CAF Champions League Review: Simba learn Vita lesson as Sundowns find form|
19. Januar 2019
|Bayliss relishing pressure of World Cup and Ashes to finish England reign|
|Guardiola keen to keep City rhythm and challenge on four fronts|
|Fifita backs Johnson to inspire the Sharks|
|For Real Madrid, nothing is impossible - Solari refuses to give up in title race|
|Inter 0 Sassuolo 0: Spalletti´s side labour at sparse San Siro|
|Marshawn Lynch will continue playing ´if it works out´|
|Simeone excited by improving Atleti|
|Jones ´cautiously optimistic´ over Farrell ahead of Ireland clash|
|Sarri questions Chelsea motivation after Arsenal surrender|
|Emery urges Arsenal to find balance after downing Chelsea|
|Koscielny hails Arsenal fighting spirit in Chelsea win|
|Pellegrini: It was not a good idea for Arnautovic to play|
|Iran v Oman: We´re not satisfied yet, says Al Mahaijri|
|Carbery sends Munster through and ends Exeter´s lingering Champions Cup hopes|
|Dyche defiant despite offside call|
|Hasenhuttl rates Everton win as Southampton´s best|
|Benitez looking up the table after Schar inspires win over Cardiff|
|RB Leipzig 0 Borussia Dortmund 1: Witsel restores six-point cushion|
|Swansea City 1 Sheffield United 0: McBurnie punishes wasteful Blades|
|Cardiff sign Sala from Nantes for club-record fee|
|Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0: Lacazette and Koscielny fire Gunners to rousing derby win|
|Huesca 0 Atletico Madrid 3: Dominant Atleti keep pressure on Barca|
|Rashford arguably league´s best striker with Kane out - Solskjaer|
|Hafeez plays steady hand as Pakistan punish Proteas´ patient approach|
|Klopp: Exceptional Salah would have scored even more up front!|
|Suspected ´serious´ Verratti injury leaves Tuchel with mixed emotions|
|We needed to rediscover our best form - Ramos pleased for Real Madrid fans|
|City bought Guardiola four full-backs! - Mourinho aims dig at Man Utd transfer policy|
|Valverde ´not frustrated´ amid De Jong & Vela links|
|Championship Review: Leaders Leeds beaten at Stoke as Villa end Hull run|
|Bournemouth rode their luck, admits Howe|
|Barca boss Valverde calls for clarity on RFEF rules|
|Bears rack up 107 points in routing Enisei en route to quarter-finals|
|Paris Saint-Germain 9 Guingamp 0: Verratti injured for rampant champions|
|Solskjaer: I´ll remember managing United for the rest of my life|
|Palace win a ´massive relief´ for Liverpool boss Klopp|
|Salah fourth fastest to 50 goals in Premier League history|
|Real Madrid 2 Sevilla 0: Solari´s side take over third spot|
|Watford 0 Burnley 0: Wood denied winner by contentious call|
|Liverpool 4 Crystal Palace 3: Salah reaches 50 thanks to Speroni shocker|
|Newcastle United 3 Cardiff City 0: Schar double moves hosts out of bottom three|
|Southampton 2 Everton 1: In-form Saints steer clear of trouble|
|Bournemouth 2 West Ham 0: Wilson and King sink Pellegrini´s men|
|Manchester United 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 1: Record-breaking win for Solskjaer|
|Pelicans star Anthony Davis out for one to two weeks with sprained finger|
|Verratti hobbles off for PSG against Guingamp|
|Brook ponders next move after missing out on Khan|
|Mick Schumacher: The Ferrari academy graduates who made it to F1|
|Thailand v China: Lippi aims to overcome War Elephants and reach last eight|
|I deserved red card, says Wolves boss Nuno|
|Mick Schumacher joins Ferrari Driver Academy|
|Jared Goff not worried about Superdome noise: ´When it´s loud, we love it´|
|Rooney urged Rashford to run at defenders|