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October 8, 2021

Stafford, Rams Roll Seahawks 26-17 on TNF

The Seahawks needed more than the twelfth man on Thursday night, as the Rams took home the divisional win 26-17 in Seattle, bringing them to 4-1 on the season. Matthew Stafford continued his rock-solid play for the Rams, going for 25-37 passing for 365 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. 

Arozarena Makes History as Rays Sting Sox 5-0 in ALDS Opener

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena stole the show Thursday night, becoming the first player in the playoffs to hit a home run and steal home in the same game. The AL East champs rode the rookie phenom’s big night to a 5-0 victory over the Red Sox to take Game 1 of the ALDS.

Pepi Helps USMNT Beat Jamaica 2-0 in World Cup Qualifier

Rising star Ricardo Pepi scored two second-half goals Thursday night to help United States beat Jamaica 2-0 in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying action in Austin, Texas. The win is the second straight for the Americans in qualifying play for Qatar 2022.

McCullers’ Strong Start Lifts Astros Over White Sox 6-1 in Game 1 of ALDS

Lance McCullers Jr. pitched 6.2 scoreless innings to help the Houston Astros take Game 1 of the ALDS against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Houston took the lead in the best-of-five game series thanks to a 10-hit game, notably spearheaded by 3 RBIs from Yordan Álvarez, including a solo homer.

18 Ex-NBA Players Indicted in $4M Health Benefit Scam

Eighteen former NBA players have been charged with defrauding the league’s health and welfare benefits plan, federal authorities announced Thursday. The indictments, which were presented by the US Attorney’s office, allegedly involve ex-players claiming $4 million in fictitious medical and dental expenses. The charges allege that the defendants in the case received about $2.5 million in fraudulent proceeds.

ESPN’s Bomani Jones to Get Late-Night Show on HBO

He’s one of the biggest personalities at ESPN, and he’s taking his talents to late-night HBO in 2022. Jones, who confirmed via Twitter that the show will be called Game Theory, will continue to work for ESPN while hosting the new program.

Signed ‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson Photo Sells for $1.47M

An autographed photograph of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson from 1911 sold for $1.47 million — the most ever for a signed sports photograph. The photo, captured by Frank W. Smith, sold at Christie’s and Hunt Auctions in New York on Thursday, along with other notable sports memorabilia.

Newcastle United Acquired by Saudi-backed Consortium for $409M

As the news broke that after 14 challenging years, Mike Ashley had finally sold the Premier League club, Newcastle United’s fans literally danced in the streets. A Saudi-backed consortium with a collection of assets valued at over $500 billion acquired the club, thus concluding 18-months of grueling negotiations. The deal includes a legally binding clause that ensures that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will not have any ownership stake in Newcastle United FC.

Texas Creates Direct Line Between Boosters and Student-Athletes

Leverage Lineup will link student-athletes to alumni boosters for sponsorship deals. The system will be run directly by the University of Texas and will help students navigate the tricky NIL waters, ensuring that they will not put their eligibility at risk.