heinnews is grateful for plenty this season. Obviously health of loved ones and a roof of our heads. There is also the great readers and contributors we have had – without you there would be no heinnews.com.

And of course sports fans are thankful that there are plenty of top-notch sports going on this Thursday. The usual Turkey Day festivities includes three decent NFL football games – Tennessee at Detroit (well, at least Tennessee is fun to watch), Seattle at Dallas, and Arizona at Philadelphia (this one is actually a pretty darn important one).

College football fans get a Texas-sized serving of dessert with No. 2 Texas hosting Texas A&M. Texas A&M better be hoping that Texas players ate before the game otherwise they will be stuffed and gobbled up (sorry, that was bad).

The NBA is offering up Orlando at Washington and a tantalizing helping of New Orleans at Denver (nice matchup at point guard of Chris Paul v Chauncey Billups).

Europeans of course don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but the Euroleague has some nice matchups as well. Unicaja travel to Tel Aviv to face Maccabi in Pini Gershon’s first Euroleague back as head coach. DKV Joventut welcome fellow Spaniards Tau Ceramica in an intriguing battle – even though Joventut are still missing Ricky Rubio and Pops Mensah-Bonsu. And Fenerbahce head to Lottomatica Roma in a battle of 3-1 teams.

A quick recap of Wednesday: What a thriller in the Euroleague showdown between Partizan and CSKA Moscow. The reigning champions CSKA survive a subpar performance in winning 63-62 in Belgrade as Partizan miss four shots in the final 10 seconds to win the game.

No such drama was necessary for college basketball’s top-ranked North Carolina, who thrashed No. 8 Notre Dame 102-87 in the final of the Maui Invitational. A 75% Tyler Hansbrough poured in 34 points for UNC. Watch out this season for the Heels.

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