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October 18, 2021

Chicago Sky Rallies in Fourth Quarter to Win WNBA Championship

The sixth-ranked Sky completed their charmed championship run, defeating the Mercury 80-74 and clinching the series 3-1. Hometown heroes Allie Quigley and Candace Parker drove the offense, combining for 42 points. Kahleah Copper was named series MVP for her stand-out play. It is the first championship title for the Sky.

Braves Walk Off to a 2-0 NLCS Series Lead

Game 1 hero Austin Riley drove in Ozzie Albies to tie things up 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth, setting the stage for a dramatic ninth inning. Eddie Rosario capped off a four-hit night with the game-winner, sending Dansby Swanson home and putting the Braves up 2-0 in the series.

Steelers Hold Off Seahawks 23-20 in OT

Seattle QB Geno Smith tried to take things into his own hands-on Sunday night, scrambling towards the first down marker, when he was stripped by T.J. Watt. The turnover set up the Steelers’ Chris Boswell to hit a 37-yarder to seal the win in OT.

Jaguars Snap 20-game Skid, Beat Dolphins 23-20

Urban Meyer earned his first win as an NFL coach and Trevor Lawrence won his first game as a pro, as Jacksonville beat Miami Sunday afternoon in London. Kicker Matthew Wright booted a 53-yard field goal as time expired to give the Jaguars the win, marking the team’s first since Week 1 of the 2020 season.

Prescott Hits Lamb to Win OT Thriller Against Patriots, 35-29

The Patriots and Cowboys traded three lead changes in the final three minutes during Sunday’s shootout at Gillette Stadium. Dallas’ Greg Zuerlein kicked a 49-yarder with 20 seconds left to send the game into OT. The Cowboys secured the win on Dak Prescott’s 35-yard TD toss to wide receiver CeeDee Lamb.

Vikings Outlast Panthers in OT, 34-28

Kirk Cousins connected with KJ Osborn in the end zone on the first drive in overtime to lift Minnesota over Carolina 34-28 in a 3 hour and 41-minute marathon. Dalvin Cook put up 140 yards on the ground and Adam Thielen had 11 catches for 126 yards in the win.

Barcelona Beats Valencia in Aguero Debut

Valencia’s Jose Gaya notched a quick score in the fifth minute of play. However, Barcelona stormed back with three unanswered goals from Ansu Fati, Memphis Depay, and Philippe Coutinho to win 3-1. Sergio Aguero took the field with three minutes remaining for the first time since joining the club this summer. 

Coach O Set to Leave Death Valley at Season’s End, LSU to Buy Out Contract

Just two seasons removed from his national championship run, Ed Orgeron is on his way out at LSU after six years with the team. The Tigers revealed on Sunday that they will part ways with their head coach at the end of the season and will buy out the remaining $16.95 million in his contract.

Georgia Maintains Top Spot, Cincinnati on the Move in AP Poll

Cincinnati took over the No. 2 position in this week’s college football AP Poll. Georgia maintains the top position, and undefeated Oklahoma rounds out the top three. Purdue snuck in at No. 25 after their shocking defeat of Iowa.

Minor League Clubs to Provide Players’ Housing Starting in 2022

Minor league ballplayers received increased attention this year as reports surfaced highlighting their limited compensation and benefits. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that starting in 2022 the MLB will require clubs to provide housing for minor league players. Details are not fully available at this time.

Bridges, Suns Strike $90M Deal

Phoenix signed small forward Mikal Bridges to a four-year, $90 million extension to begin in the 2022-2023 season. His agents Sam Goldfeder and Jordan Gertler of Excel Basketball confirmed the news to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

NBA and Google Announce Multi-year Tech Partnership

The NBA and Google have announced a multi-year marketing and tech partnership, making Google Pixel the Official Fan Phone of the NBA, NBA G League, and NBA 2K League. As part of the deal, Google Pixel will become the first-ever presenting partner of the NBA Playoffs.

Sinclair Media Hit by Reported Ransomware Attack, NFL Broadcasts Disrupted 

Sinclair stations across the country experienced an extended outage on Sunday, impacting the morning shows and several NFL broadcasts. Reports indicate that the disruption was the result of a ransomware attack. Despite claiming a “technical issue,” Sinclair confirmed via an official statement on Monday morning that they’d been subject to a “cybersecurity threat.”