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October 7, 2021

Dodgers Beat Cardinals 3-1 Behind Taylor Walk-Off HR

The Los Angeles Dodgers kept their postseason run alive Wednesday night with a 3-1 walk-off win against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Wild Card game. Chris Taylor provided the fireworks for the Dodgers, coming off the bench and hitting a two-out, two-run walk-off homer. LA now moves on for a highly anticipated NLDS showdown against the division rival San Francisco Giants.

Sky Beats Sun 79-69 Advances to WNBA Finals  

Candace Parker is no stranger to Chicago, and last night, she played the role of hometown hero as the Sky took down the top-ranked Sun 79-69 to claim their spot in the WNBA Finals. Courtney Vandersloot kicked things off with a blazing 13-point first quarter. The Sky will take on the winner of a decisive Game 5 between the Aces and Mercury.

Vasgersian Leaving ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball

Play-by-play man Matt Vasgersian is leaving ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” after four seasons in the booth, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported on Wednesday. Vasgersian’s departure opens up an opportunity for someone new to sit alongside color commentator Alex Rodriguez during the weekly primetime broadcast.

Aces Refuse to Fold, Beat Mercury 93-76

Chelsea Gray put up a team-high 22 to lift the Aces over the Mercury in Phoenix. The two teams head back to Las Vegas on Friday for a winner-takes-all showdown to determine who will advance to the finals.

NBA to Halt Random Testing of Players for Marijuana 

NBA players will no longer be subject to random tests for marijuana, the league announced Wednesday in a memo sent to the players association. The suspension of random drug testing for the 2021-22 season is a continuation of an adjusted policy that began in the 2019-20 season restart in Orlando and continued through last season. League officials say they will continue to test for “drugs of abuse and performance-enhancing substances.”

Sox, Yankees Draws Average 7.7M Viewers on ESPN

Tuesday night’s AL Wild Card showdown between the  Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees was the most-watched MLB game on ESPN since 1998, the sports network announced Wednesday. The matchup averaged 7.7 million viewers but reached a peak of 8.4 million viewers between 10:15-10:30 p.m. ET. It was also the most-streamed MLB event ever on ESPN platforms with “73.6 million minutes consumed digitally.”

Panthers Pick Up Pats’ Gilmore, Packers Sign Smith After Release from Cowboys

Hours after announcing he would be released, the New England Patriots on Wednesday traded Pro Bowl cornerback Stephon Gilmore to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a 2023 sixth-round draft pick. Another big roster move involved the Green Bay Packers signing linebacker Jaylon Smith after he was surprisingly released by the Cowboys.

Padres Fire Tingler After Lackluster Season

The San Diego Padres announced Wednesday they are parting ways with manager Jayce Tingler. The news of Tingler’s firing comes only three days after the team finished the season with a 79-83 record, coming in third place in the NL West and 28 games behind San Francisco.

NWSL Pauses Play in Solidarity

As the NWSL returned to action on Wednesday, players from the Washington Spirit and Gotham FC stopped play at the six-minute mark and linked arms in a public display in solidarity with the victims of abuse who have come forward in recent weeks. It was the first of three planned protests on pitches across the country, with the six minutes chosen to represent the number of years that have passed since the alleged abuses transpired. The move comes on the same day that the NWSLPA released a list of demands related to the investigation and communication surrounding its findings.

NFL TV Viewership Up 17% Over Last Season

NFL games are averaging 17.3 million viewers on television and digital, an increase of 17% over last season and 3% the season before that, the league announced Wednesday. The biggest draw so far this season has been Tom Brady’s return to New England against the New England Patriots, followed by the Bucs season opener against Dallas.

Endeavor Goes All in on Collectibles Market with eBay Deal

On the back of announcing their investment in Fanatics’ most recent fundraising round, Endeavor confirmed on Wednesday that they are partnering with eBay to create live sports memorabilia events. The first in the series will take place in January 2022 at the MINT Collective in Las Vegas.