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October 20, 2021

Bellinger and Betts Combine to Revive Dodgers

The Braves had a productive fourth inning, in which a combination of big hits from Joc Pederson, Adam Duvall, Dansby Swanson, and Eddie Rosario put them up 4-2 over the hometown Dodgers. Down 5-2 entering the bottom of the eighth, Cody Bellinger blasted a three-run bomb off of reliever Luke Jackson to square things up. Mookie Betts sealed the victory with an RBI double, putting LA up 6-5. Game 4 takes place tonight in Los Angeles, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:08 p.m. EST.

Bucks Take Down Nets, 127-104

The Milwaukee Bucks commemorated their NBA title with the debut of their championship rings in a pre-game ceremony on Tuesday night. However, the squad quickly put the past behind them and looked to the future, jumping out to an early lead against the visiting Nets. Despite a second-quarter surge by Brooklyn, Giannis Antetokounmpo put up 32 points to lead his team in a dominant display, winning 127-104.

Astros Go Off in the Ninth, Beat Red Sox 9-2 

Red Sox ace Nathan Eovaldi threw a two-strike, two-out curveball over the corner of the plate in the bottom of the ninth, and took a few ceremonial steps towards the dugout; however, he was quickly called back to the mound as the umpire called a ball, changing the trajectory of the evening for Boston. The Astros pieced together a seven-run surge to take the win 9-2 and notch the series at two games apiece. Boston and Houston play Game 5 today at 5:08 p.m. EST at Fenway Park.

Warriors Stage Second Half Comeback, Beat Lakers 121-114

The Lakers came out strong on Tuesday night at the Staples Center, as LeBron James and Anthony Davis combined for 24 points in the first quarter, sailing to a first-half lead. However, despite a tough night of shooting and going just 5 for 21 from the floor, Steph Curry had his first triple-double (21 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds) since 2016, leading the Warriors to a 121-114 victory.

Coinbase Becomes NBA’s First Exclusive Cryptocurrency Partner

The NBA and Coinbase reached a multi-year deal Tuesday that makes the crypto giant an exclusive partner of the NBA, WNBA, G League, 2K League, and USA Basketball. As part of the agreement, Coinbase will be prominently featured during nationally televised NBA games throughout the 2021-2022 season. Coinbase will also become the presenting partner of the WNBA Commissioner’s Cup, a partner of the NBA’s G League Ignite program, and the presenting partner of Team USA’s exhibition tours for both the men’s and women’s teams. It’s the first-ever league-wide cryptocurrency partnership for all parties.

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Drive by DraftKings Assembles All-star Investors for $60M Funding Round

The multi-stage venture capital firm that invests in sports tech and entertainment announced today that they completed an oversubscribed round of funding, totaling $60 million. The list of investors is a veritable who’s who in sports and includes Jerry Jones, Bob Kraft, Theo Epstein, Hilary Knight, Larry Fitzgerald, and many more. In its early phase, Drive by DraftKings has already invested in 13 companies, including Whoop and Just Women’s Sports

NBA Begins to Unveil Top 75 Players of All Time

The league is tipping off its 75th anniversary season by releasing its list of the 75 greatest players in NBA history. The first 25 players on the list were revealed Tuesday night at halftime of the Bucks-Nets season opener. The unranked list included current players like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, and James Harden, and former superstars including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Steve Nash, Hakeem Olajuwon, Bill Russell, and more. 

Messi Notches Two Goals as PSG Tops Leipzig

Paris Saint-Germain had a big night from two of its brightest stars in Champions League play on Tuesday. Kylian Mbappe kicked off PSG’s scoring with a goal in the ninth minute, but the club went down 2-1. Messi scored twice in quick succession in the second half to rally PSG and secure the win, 3-2. 

76ers Suspend Simmons for Season Opener

Ben Simmons will miss the Sixers season-opener tonight in New Orleans after he was tossed from Tuesday’s practice by head coach Doc Rivers. Sources told ESPN’S Adrian Wojnarowski that Simmons was thrown out after declining to sub in for a drill. Following the incident, the team announced Simmons would face a one-game suspension for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

Yankees, Boone Agree to 3-year Extension

Yankees manager Aaron Boone is keeping his pinstripes. The team announced on Tuesday that they had agreed to terms with their 48-year-old skipper through the 2024 season, and potentially longer. The multi-year deal announced Tuesday includes a club option for 2025. 

AAC Prepares for Expansion as Six Schools Apply to Make Move

The waves of this year’s major conference shake-up continue to reverberate. After the American Athletic Conference lost Cincinnati, UCF, and Houston to the Big 12, Yahoo News’ Pete Thamel reports the AAC is set to welcome six new members. Florida Atlantic, Charlotte, North Texas, UTSA, Rice, and UAB each officially submitted paperwork to make the move. 

Chris Paul Invests in Roots Food Group

NBA All-Star Chris Paul is joining a growing roster of athletes, including fellow NBA All-Star Kevin Love, who are investing in the “Food is Medicine” company. Paul, who famously keeps a vegan diet, will back Roots Food Group, which makes and distributes medically tailored meals and products prescribed by doctors to treat various conditions and chronic diseases. 

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