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Sports Quick Hits: October 25th, 2021

October 25, 2021
Source: Mark Thompson/Getty Images
Source: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

🏁Racing: Everything’s bigger in Texas, including Jamie Chadwick’s margin of victory. The Brit claimed her second consecutive W Series title with a dominant first-place finish at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend.

  • Then yesterday, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen held off Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton to finish first at the U.S. Grand Prix, reclaim the top spot in the F1 standings and add another chapter to the “stupid” rivalry in the process.

⛳️LPGA: The tide was high, but South Korea’s Jin Young Ko held on to win the BMW Ladies Championship yesterday, with a playoff hole victory over compatriot Hee Jeong Lim. With the win, Ko is expected to overtake American Nelly Korda and become the new world No. 1.

🎓🏈College: Five ranked teams lost in Week 8, bringing some movement in the new AP Top 25 poll. The wildest game of the week? Unranked Illinois’ nine overtime (not a typo!) 20–18 win over previously ranked No. 7 Penn State. We’re tired just thinking about it.

🏒Hockey: In the first of nine USA vs. Canada tuneup games leading up to the Beijing Olympics, Team USA women’s hockey lost 3–1 to Canada on Friday. Fortunately, the squad’s back in action tonight at 7 p.m. ET. Sounds like redemption to us.

🏈Week 7 highlights from the NFL

October 25, 2021
Source: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
Source: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Sunday’s highlight: Tennessee Titans running back (RB) Derrick Henry threw (yes, threw) this touchdown (TD) to tight end (TE) MyCole Pruitt in the Titans’ 27–3 win over the (surprisingly 3-4) Kansas City Chiefs. They don’t call him King Henry for nothing.

Injury report: In other Kansas City news, quarterback (QB) Patrick Mahomes exited the game in the fourth quarter after a scary hit to the head. Elsewhere, NY Jets QB Zach Wilson left with a knee injury in the second quarter of his squad’s lopsided loss to the New England Patriots.

Achievement alert: Another week, another milestone for QB Tom Brady. Brady became the first NFLer to ever throw 600 TDs with this pass in his Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 38–3 rout of the Chicago Bears. The GOAT keeps GOATing.

Just keep winning: The Arizona Cardinals remain undefeated thanks to yesterday’s 31–5 win over the Houston Texans, and Cards TE Zach Ertz already has his first TD with his new squad after being traded from the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this month.

Tonight: There’s more Week 7 fun where that came from. Wide receiver DK Metcalf and the Seattle Seahawks host RB Alvin Kamara and the New Orleans Saints tonight at 8:15 p.m. ET in a key Monday Night Football matchup.


Sports Quick Hits: October 20th, 2021

October 20, 2021

🏀WNBA: After losing the W title to the Chicago Sky on Sunday and skipping out on the postgame press conference, the Phoenix Mercury have been fined $10,000 for violating league rules. That’ll set them back.

🏒NHL: On Monday, San Jose Shark Evander Kane was suspended for 21 games (about a quarter of the season) for submitting a fake vaccination record to his team and the league. C’mon man.

🎓🏈NCAA Football: Five of Washington State’s football coaching staff — including head coach Nick Rolovich — were fired on Tuesday after refusing the COVID-19 vaccine (which is mandated for all state employees).

So congratulations to former defensive coordinator and new interim head coach Jake Dickert, who has a vaccine and has a Division I team to run! Good things come to those who get vaccinated.

🏈Weekend highlights from the NFL

October 18, 2021
Source: Jaguars/Twitter
Source: Jaguars/Twitter
  • At long last, the Jacksonville Jaguars — led by rookie quarterback (QB) Trevor Lawrence — finally snapped their 20-game losing streak yesterday, defeating the Miami Dolphins 23–20 behind kicker Matthew Wright’s game-winning field goal.
  • How about another last-minute win? Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins connected with wide receiver (WR) K.J. Osborn for the game-winning touchdown (TD) in their 34–28 overtime win over the Carolina Panthers. Doing Lizzo proud.
  • Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins used some fancy footwork to score one of his two TDs in the Cardinals 37–14 win over the Cleveland Browns. The unbeaten streak continues.
  • If you’re not ready for Week 6 to end quite yet, you’re in luck. QB Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills face running back Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans tonight at 8:15 p.m. ET. We’ll be waiting all day for Monday night.

Sports Quick Hits: October 18th, 2021

October 18, 2021
Source: Tony Quinn/ISI Photos/Getty Images
Source: Tony Quinn/ISI Photos/Getty Images

⚽️NWSL: With less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, the six-team NWSL playoff picture is coming into focus. The Washington Spirit clinched a postseason berth over the weekend, joining the Portland Thorns (who secured the 2021 NWSL Shield yesterday) and OL Reign. Coming for you, November.

🎓🏈College football: Week 7 saw last week’s chaos and said hold my beer, bringing upsets aplenty and big changes to the AP Top 25 poll. Notable surprises include previously unranked Purdue topping previously ranked No. 2 Iowa, and previously unranked Auburn downing previously ranked No. 17 Arkansas.

Speaking of shockers, two years removed from winning a national title and one day removed from an upset win over Florida, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron will be out of a job at the end of the season. You can geaux your own way...