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MLB teams fight for four remaining playoff spots

September 29, 2021
Source: Cardinals/Twitter
Source: Cardinals/Twitter

National League (NL): The St. Louis Cardinals won their 17th straight game yesterday, clinching the second and final NL Wild Card spot in the process. They join the San Francisco Giants, LA Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers as the NL teams guaranteed a trip to the postseason.

  • As for the final NL postseason berth, the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies are battling to top the NL East, and — get this — they’re currently playing each other, with the Braves winning last night.

American League (AL): The AL is where things get messy. The Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago White Sox are both locked in for the playoffs, and the Houston Astros are expected to join them soon.

  • But in the Wild Card race, five teams are fighting for two spots, and four of them are currently facing each other...

The NY Yankees face the Toronto Blue Jays tonight at 7:07 p.m. ET, then the Seattle Mariners take on the Oakland Athletics at 10:10 p.m. ET. Check out the standings. Are you not entertained?

🏀WNBA semifinals kick off with a double overtime match

September 29, 2021
SOURCE: M. ANTHONY NESMITH/ICON SPORTSWIRE VIA GETTY IMAGES
SOURCE: M. ANTHONY NESMITH/ICON SPORTSWIRE VIA GETTY IMAGES

Connecticut Sun vs. Chicago Sky: Okay, we were not expecting that. The No. 6 seed Sky stunned the No. 1 Sun last night in a nail-biting double overtime game, winning 101–95 to give the Sun their first loss — outside of the Commissioner’s Cup final — since July 3rd.

  • The Sky’s Candace Parker put up 22 points while Courtney Vandersloot recorded just the second triple-double in WNBA playoff history. Impressive. Don’t miss Game 2 tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET.
  • If it’s any consolation for the Sun, Jonquel Jones was named WNBA MVP yesterday, Brionna Jones (no relation) won Most Improved Player, and head coach Curt Miller took home the Coach of the Year award.

Las Vegas Aces vs. Phoenix Mercury: Mercury is officially in retrograde. Despite all five of their starters hitting double figures, the No. 5 Mercury lost to the No. 2 Aces 96–90 last night in the first of their best-of-five series.

  • The Aces’ Riquna Williams led with 26 points, Chelsea Gray notched a double-double, and Kelsey Plum lit it up with 20 points in the second half alone. Game 2 tomorrow at 10 p.m. ET is a can’t miss.

WTF: Unfortunately, things are only getting worse for the Mercury: they’re being kicked out of their home arena (again) for what could be a series-ending Game 3, all because Disney on Ice is rolling through Phoenix on Sunday. Wish we were kidding..

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Sports Quick Hits: September 27th, 2021

September 27, 2021
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SOURCE: DAN ISTITENE - FORMULA 1/FORMULA 1 VIA GETTY IMAGES

🏎F1: Yesterday, Lewis Hamilton became the first-ever F1 driver to win 100 races, following a dramatic ending to the Russian Grand Prix. After race leader Lando Norris spun out with a few laps to go, Hamilton sailed to his fifth win of the season, nearly a minute ahead of his biggest rival and runner up, Max Verstappen.

🎓🏈College football: Hey Google, play “I’m Upset” by Drake. Four previously ranked teams lost to formerly unranked opponents during college football Week 4. Most notably, previous No. 9 Clemson lost 27–21 to previously unranked NC State, prompting the Tigers to fall out of the top 10 in the AP Top 25 poll for the first time in 97 (!!!) weeks.

⛳️Golf: Okay Google, now play “Life is Good” by Drake and Future, because Team USA won the Ryder Cup. In front of a home crowd in Wisconsin, the Americans cruised to a 19–9 win — the biggest margin of victory since 1979 — over Europe. The win was so special, even arch nemeses Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau hugged it out. U–S–A!

🏈New records and crazy plays in week 3 of the NFL

September 27, 2021
Source: Baltimore Ravens/Twitter
Source: Baltimore Ravens/Twitter

Crazy plays: The Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Arizona Cardinals game featured two of the nuttiest plays of the weekend. To end the first half, Cards kicker (K) Matt Prater attempted the longest field goal (FG) in NFL history at 68 yards, but it fell short, was caught by Jags returner Jamal Agnew who ran back for a 109-yard touchdown (TD). Like, how?

  • In the second half, Jags quarterback Trevor Lawrence attempted the always-entertaining flea flicker trick play, but instead was picked off by Cards cornerback Byron Murphy, who ran it back for his own crazy TD, giving Arizona the lead and the eventual 31–19 win.

New record: Baltimore Ravens K Justin Tucker saw the Cardinals’ FG attempt and said, “Hold my beer protein shake.” The nine-season vet kicked an NFL record-shattering 66-yard field goal at the buzzer to win the game 19–17 over the Detroit Lions.

Dolt of the week: The Dallas Cowboys are hosting their division rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles, in Monday Night Football tonight, but Cowboy La’el Collins is sitting this one out. Collins was suspended for five games on September 10th for unknown reasons...which finally became known this weekend: he allegedly tried to bribe the NFL’s drug-test collector. Oh boy.

🏀Two WNBA GOATs may have faced each other for the last time

September 27, 2021
Source: WNBA/Twitter
Source: WNBA/Twitter

Phoenix Mercury vs. Seattle Storm: Taurasi’s Mercury and Bird’s Storm — the defending WNBA champions — faced off in the first of yesterday’s round two matchups. The Mercury won the 85–80 overtime thriller, but it was longtime rivals and friends Taurasi and Bird who stole the show.

Chicago Sky vs. Minnesota Lynx: In yesterday’s second game, the lower-seeded Sky cruised to an 89–76 win over the Lynx — and the newly named four-time Defensive Player of the Year Sylvia Fowles — to make their first semifinal since 2016.

  • While Sky star Candace Parker had a mellow game, putting up just eight points, power couple Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley combined for 30 points.

Tomorrow’s semifinals: The Mercury and Sky have a day to recoup before tomorrow’s best-of-five semis series begin. As the lower seed, the No. 6 Sky will face the No. 1 Connecticut Sun at 8 p.m. ET, while the No. 5 Mercury are set to play the No. 2 Las Vegas Aces at 10 p.m. ET. Let’s dance.