Swanson and Soler Belt Back-to-Back HRs to Lift Braves Over Astros, 3-2
Atlanta is just one win from its first World Series title since 1995. After a rough start from rookie pitcher Dylan Lee, the Braves’ bullpen stepped up yet again, piecing together a one-run effort as Atlanta beat Houston 3-2. Atlanta’s bats came alive in the seventh as Dansby Swanson and Jorge Soler hit back-to-back home runs. Game 5 will take place tonight at 8:15 p.m. EST in Atlanta.
Teixeira Cranks Blachowicz, Makes History at UFC 267
42-year-old jiu-jitsu ace Glover Teixeira closed the show in record-setting fashion at UFC 267 in Abu Dhabi, submitting light heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz via rear naked choke to become the oldest first-time UFC title-holder of all time. In the co-main event, Petr Yan outstruck Cory Sandhagen to win the interim Bantamweight belt by unanimous decision.
Houston Stuns No. 19 SMU with Last-Second Punt Return
Coming into their matchup against SMU, Houston’s Marcus Jones had eight career kickoff returns, but he saved his most spectacular effort for Saturday night. Fielding the ball two yards in his own end zone, the senior took off for a 102-yard return as the clock ticked down, sealing a fourth-quarter comeback and lifting the Cougars over the previously unbeaten Mustangs, 44-37.
Georgia Stays Undefeated, Trounces Florida 34-7
The No. 1 Bulldogs recovered from a slow start on Saturday, posting 21 points in the final minutes of the second quarter en route to steamrolling the Gators 34-7. Georgia’s top-ranked defense demonstrated their dominance, forcing three turnovers in the win.
No. 8 Michigan State Defense Shines in Win Against No. 6 Michigan, 37-33
Spartans junior Kenneth Walker III had a career day, racking up 197 yards and five touchdowns as Michigan State beat Michigan 37-33 to claim this year’s Paul Bunyan Trophy. Turnovers hurt the Wolverines, as quarterbacks Cade McNamara and J.J. McCarthy combined for three interceptions and a late-game fumble that led to the Spartans’ winning drive.
Several Stars Set to Return in NFL’s Week 8
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that a number of NFL stars will return to the gridiron on Sunday. Among those expected to suit up include Cleveland QB Baker Mayfield and RB Nick Chubb, as well as Tampa Bay TE Rob Gronkowski. Carolina is also expected to start All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore for the first time this season.
Man U Bests Tottenham Hotspur, 3-0
Manchester United has had a series of ups and downs thus far this season, but things were looking up for the club on Saturday as they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0. Cristiano Ronaldo maximized a new formation, notching a goal and an assist in the win, which moved them into fifth place.
DeMar DeRozan Drops 32 as Bulls Hand Jazz First Loss
DeMar DeRozan missed the game-winning shot in Thursday’s loss against the Knicks; however, the 32-year-old shooting guard didn’t dwell as he went off for 32 points on Saturday as the Bulls beat the Jazz 107-99. Utah’s Donovan Mitchell posted 30 points in the loss, the first of the season for the Jazz.
Wizards Outlast Celtics in Double-OT Battle, 115-112
Bradley Beal led all scorers with 36 points as the Wizards took down the Celtics in a double-overtime battle 115-112. Washington benefited from key performances from new additions Kyle Kuzma – who posted a career-high 17 rebounds – and Spencer Dinwiddie, who had 20 in the gutsy win for the Wizards.