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October 12, 2021

Kiké Hernández Drives Red Sox into ALCS

Kiké Hernández continued his October magic on Monday night, delivering a walk-off sac fly to topple the Tampa Bay Rays and send the Red Sox to the ALCS. Boston pieced together a ninth-inning surge to secure the 6-5 win and clear their bench to welcome home Danny Santana, who was pinch-running for the previous evening’s hero, Christian Vázquez. Boston will play the winner of the Astros/White Sox series, which the Astros currently lead 2-1. 

Gruden, Raiders Part Ways Amid Email Controversy

Jon Gruden is out as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after emails uncovered as part of an investigation of the Washington Football Team revealed racist, homophobic, and misogynistic language. Gruden resigned on Monday evening and his resignation was officially accepted by the team’s principal owner Mark Davis. Assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia has been named interim head coach.

Lamar Jackson Shines in Ravens’ OT Win Over Colts

It was a QB battle for the ages in Baltimore on Monday night. Lamar Jackson had a massive performance, notching a combined 504 yards of offense, including four TDs. Jackson connected with Marquise Brown in the end zone in overtime, lifting the Ravens over the Colts 31-25. Indianapolis quarterback Carson Wentz also threw for over 400 yards in the shootout. 

Longoria’s HR Lifts the Giants Over the Dodgers, 1-0

Max Scherzer’s 10 Ks proved insufficient, as the Giants beat the Dodgers 1-0 in Game 3 of the NLDS. San Francisco’s win came off the bat of Evan Longoria, who belted a home run to lead off the fifth. The Giants are up 2-1 in the best-of-five series.

Simmons Reports to Philadelphia, Prepares to Rejoin Team

All-Star guard Ben Simmons reportedly arrived in Philadelphia on Monday, ESPN reports. Simmons had previously indicated that he wanted to be traded by the 76ers; however, his time on the open market did not yield a suitable deal for the team. Simmons will have to complete several COVID-19 tests before fully rejoining the team per NBA rules.

Pederson’s 3-Run HR Boosts Braves Over Brewers in NLDS Game 3

Joc Pederson smashed a 3-run pinch-hit home run to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 in Game 3 of the NLDS  on Monday. The win gives the Braves a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series., and the chance to close out the Brewers at home later today.

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Autograph to Release Gronk NFTs Today on DraftKings

Following the success of his March NFT drop – and at the encouragement of his QB Tom Brady – Rob Gronkowski is getting his own non-fungible tokens. Autograph is releasing its limited series of Gronk NFTs, starting today at 3 p.m. ET on DraftKings Marketplace. Today’s drop features the Carbon Premier edition, ranging from $12 to $100 each. The Gronk Signature Edition NFTs will be released on Thursday. 

Steelers’ Smith-Schuster Out for Season with Shoulder Injury

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without JuJu Smith-Schuster for the rest of the 2021 season as a result of a dislocated shoulder the star wideout suffered in Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos. Smith-Schuster is expected to undergo surgery later this week and will be sidelined for at least four months.

JR Smith Makes Debut for North Carolina A&T Golf Team

Even his NBA Championship experience couldn’t quell J.R. Smith’s nerves as he hit the links for his first official match as part of the North Carolina A&T golf team. Smith had a respectable day on the course – shooting 83 and 78 in his two rounds. The Aggies came in 11th after day one of the Phoenix Invitational.

5 Players in COVID Protocol Put Kraken Shorthanded for NHL Opener

Seattle’s hockey team has yet to play its first game, but on the eve of its debut against the Vegas Golden Knights, the team announced that five members will be absent due to COVID-19 protocols. The Kraken announced at the beginning of camp that their entire team was vaccinated, making it hopeful that the players will return to the ice in short order.

SLAM Introduces New CEO Les Green

For the first time in its illustrious history, SLAM magazine has a new CEO. Les Green will replace founder Dennis Page. After a prolific run as a Brand Director at Nike and a year as the vice president of marketing at socially driven e-commerce company Teespring, Green will lead the brand into its next chapter, continuing its legacy as a go-to source for all things basketball.

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