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Chris Taylor Crushes 3 HRs, Dodgers Beat Braves 11-2

Down 3-1 in the series going into Thursday’s matchup, LA’s Chris Taylor had a career night with three home runs and six RBIs to lift LA over Atlanta 11-2. Dodgers starter Joe Kelly threw only 28 pitches, giving up a two-run homer to Freddie Freeman in the first, and exited early with bicep soreness, which is expected to keep him out for the remainder of the postseason. The two teams will face off in Game 6 on Saturday at 5:08 p.m. EST in LA. 

Case Keenum Leads Browns Over Broncos

The Cleveland QB got his first start since 2019, as Baker Mayfield was ruled out with a torn labrum and a fracture in his left shoulder. Keenum went 21 for 33 for 199 yards and a touchdown. D’Ernest Johnson had a breakthrough game, putting up 146 yards on the ground and a touchdown – and getting a Twitter shoutout from LeBron James. 

Curry Drops 45 as Warriors Hold Off Clippers 

Steph Curry was disappointed with his season-opening performance against the Lakers, but he more than made up for it in game two on Thursday night against the Clippers. Curry went a perfect nine for 25 points in the first quarter en route to 45 total points on the evening. He was also named to the NBA 75 list just before tip-off. 

USWNT, South Korea Battle to Scoreless Draw

Lindsey Horan collected her 100th cap and earned Woman of the Match honors in Kansas City as the USWNT tied South Korea, 0-0. The two teams head to Minneapolis for the final match in the series on Tuesday, Oct. 26, which will also mark veteran Carli Lloyd’s final game. 

Candy Digital Boasts $1.5B Valuation

On the heels of the official launch of their NFT partnership with the MLB earlier this week, Candy Digital has raised $100 million in a Series A round at a $1.5 billion valuation. The funding round attracted major names, including SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2 and Peyton Manning.

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Final Installment of NBA 75 Revealed

The NBA released the third and final list of the 76 greatest players in league history on Thursday after a tie resulted in the expansion of the list. The last segment included current greats such as Damian Lillard, Kawhi Leonard, and LeBron James, as well as Kobe Bryant. Members of the media, current and past players, and various team personnel selected the unranked list. 

Chinese Media Pull Celtics Games After Kanter Comments

The Boston Celtics have been removed from Chinese media following critical comments made by Celts center Enes Kanter. The decision to pull the games came after Kanter tweeted a two-minute video expressing support for Tibet and wearing shoes that said “Free Tibet” during Wednesday’s game against the Knicks.

FTX Completes $421M Funding Round

The crypto exchange company FTX continues to have a monumental year in 2021. The company announced on Thursday that it had completed a $420,690,000 Series B-1 round at a $25 billion valuation, up nearly 40% since July. At last night’s home opener at the FTX Arena in Miami, the company distributed $500 in crypto to every individual sitting in a designated section. 

Congress Wants Info on NFL Probe into WFT

Two members of Congress have sent a letter to the NFL asking for documents related to the workplace investigation of the Washington Football Team. Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney and Raja Krishnamoorthi sent the letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking for “all documents and communications obtained in connection with the investigation.”

NBA Unveils New Plans to Empower HBCUs

After placing historically Black colleges and universities at the center of the 2021 All-Star Weekend in Atlanta, the NBA is doubling down on its roadmap to lift up HBCUs. The league announced on Thursday that this year’s event will have expanded programming that will include the inaugural NBA HBCU Classic basketball game, which will be played in Cleveland as part of the league’s continuing celebration of its 75th anniversary. Additionally, the NBA and NBA Foundation are launching annual fellowship programs for HBCU students in both undergraduate and graduate studies.

Biles Opens Up About Olympic Struggles, Announces Partnership with Cerebral

Months after a tumultuous trip to the Olympics. Simone Biles said she is “still scared to do gymnastics.” Biles, who appeared on TODAY, said she is still feeling the impact of having the “twisties” — which is a phenomenon in gymnastics where athletes are unable to complete familiar skills. She also announced that she will serve as a brand ambassador for Cerebral, a mental health platform that specializes in anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

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