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🥇 Goat: Simone Biles won five world championship medals. This gives her 37 points at the world championships and Olympics, four more than any other gymnast.
🏎️ King of the world: Max Verstappen won his third consecutive world title at Sunday’s Qatar Grand Prix, continuing the most dominant F1 season in history.
🏉 Rugby World Cup: Wales, Argentina, Ireland, New Zealand, England, Fiji, France and South Africa advanced to the quarter-finals in France.
🏈 Blue Bloods: For the first time ever, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, UNC and UCLA were included in the same AP football poll, which dates back to 1936.
⛳️ 30 dreams came true: The Korn Ferry Tour season ended on Sunday, with 30 players earning PGA Tour cards.
⏱️WORLD RECORD IN MARATHON: RACE TO OVER TWO HOURS
A century ago No human has ever run a marathon in less than 2 hours and 30 minutes. Now our species is on the cusp of 2 hours.
New world record: Kelvin Kiptum (23) broke the men’s marathon record on Sunday, winning the Chicago Marathon in 2:00:35, beating fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge by 34 seconds.
Fast Kelvin Rise: Kiptum has run just three marathons in his career – all in the last 10 months – and has run three of the six fastest times in history. Last December he ran 2:01:53 in Valencia, Spain. In April he won the London Marathon with a time of 2:01:25.
Context: Kipchoge is the only famous athlete to break the 2-hour barrier. However, his 1:59:40 mark in 2019 was achieved at a special event in Vienna, not in a record-breaking race.
Records keep falling… Two weeks ago in Berlin, Tigst Assefa from Ethiopia broke the world record in the women’s marathon (2:11:53). Like Kiptum, she ran only her third marathon in her life.
⚾️ MLB SNAPSHOT: DIVISION SERIES
Three teams won 100 games this season — Braves (104), Orioles (101) and Dodgers (100). They haven’t won a single match so far this season.
Where it stands:
Rangers 2, Oriole 0: Texas won Game 1, 3-2, despite striking out 16 times. They won the second game 11-8, thanks in part to drawing 11 walks. Baltimore will need to win both games in Arlington to ensure the team returns home for a decisive Game 5.
Astros 1, Twins 1: Houston won Game 1, 6-4, behind a home run by Justin Verlander and two homers by Yordan Álvarez. Minnesota evened the series on Sunday, winning 6-2 behind seven scoreless innings by righty Pablo López.
Phillies 1, Braves 0: Atlanta has not been banned from playing at home since August 2021. Naturally, the Phils defeated them 3-0 in the first game of the playoffs.
Diamondbacks 1, Dodgers 0: Arizona crushed its big brother from the NL West 11-2, and Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher in postseason history to give up five hits and five runs before recording a single.
Full analysis: ALDS Summary… NLDS Summary
🏈 SUNDAY SCOREBOARD: WEEK 5
The 49ers were the Super Bowl favorites entry on Sunday evening. This morning they are even bigger favorites after crushing their rivals – the Cowboys. Jeff writes.
49ers 42, Cowboys 10: The league’s best team dismantled the league’s best defense, and San Francisco won its 15th straight regular-season game.
Jaguars 25, Bills 20: Buffalo was technically the host team, but Jacksonville, which made London its home away from home, won for the second week in a row.
Chiefs 27, Vikings 20: Patrick Mahomes is the tenth QB in NFL history to defeat 31 different teams and the first to do so before the age of 30.
Steelers 17, Ravens 10: Pittsburgh scored 17 unanswered points to beat Baltimore for the sixth time in seven tries this decade.
Orły 23, Rams 14: It was another narrow victory, but Jalen Hurts and the Birds remain undefeated.
Dolphins 31, Giants 16: De’Von Achane had another monster game (151 yards, TD) and Miami broke the Rams’ 2,000-yard record in five games (2,568).
Falcons 21, Texans 19: CJ Stroud set the record for most passes without an interception (177), but Atlanta won thanks to Younghoe Koo’s field goal.
Colts 23, Titans 16: Indianapolis won with the return of Jonathan Taylor, but lost QB Anthony Richardson to a shoulder injury.
Lions 42, Panthers 24: Jared Goff defeated Bryce Young in the battle for first picks, and Carolina fell to 0-5 and remained the only winless team this season.
Jets 31, Broncos 21: Jets OC Nathaniel Hackett exacted revenge on the team that fired him, but it was New York’s defense that prevailed.
Saints 34, Patriots 0: New England was outscored 72-3 in the last two games and QB Mac Jones was benched twice. Not the best.
Bengals 34, Cardinals 20: Ja’Marr Chase exploded for 192 yards and three TDs as Cincy’s offense topped 30 points for the first time this season.
Further reading: Winners and losers
🌎 THE WORLD IN PHOTOS
Las Vegas – The Aces dominated Liberty in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals, winning 99-82 behind 26 points from Jackie Young and Kelsey Plum.
Seattle – 2,318 fans watched Megan Rapinoe make her OL Reign home debut in 2013. 10 years later, her farewell home game drew a record 34,130 NWSL fans.
London – Arsenal ended their 15-game winless streak against Manchester City with a 1-0 victory on Sunday, which moved the Gunners to second place.
🏈 DAILY RANKING: 14 UNDEFEATED TEAMS
It was quite a Saturday in college football, Oklahoma beats Texas to move up to No. 5 in the AP Poll, USC survives Arizona in triple overtime, Louisville beats Notre Dame, and Miami suffers one of the most inexcusable losses in sports history.
Where it stands: After six weeks, 14 undefeated teams remain in the table. Here’s how Yahoo Sports’ Nick Bromberg and Sam Cooper compare them.
Penn State (5-0)
Ohio State (5-0)
Air forces (5-0)
James Madison (5-0)
Alone Upstairs: Undefeated Georgia has been ranked No. 1 for 17 straight weeks, the fourth-longest streak in FSU history (1999). Next up is USC’s 18-week winning streak (1972-73).
📆 OCT. September 9, 1915: WOODROW IN THE WORLD
108 years ago today Woodrow Wilson became the first sitting president to attend a World Series game and watched the Red Sox defeat the Phillies in Game 2 at the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia to win the series 4-1*.
Historian Michael Beschloss notes that Wilson brought his just-announced fiancée, Edith Bolling Galt, to the game in their first public appearance since their engagement.
Fun Fact: President Harry Truman holds the record for most MLB games he attended while in office, attending 16 games, all in Washington.
More about this day:
⚾️ 1989: Art Shell made his debut as the first Black head coach in modern NFL history, leading the Raiders to a 14-7 victory over the Jets.
🏈 2012: Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison for sexually abusing children.
*Babe on the bench: Boston pitched so hard in the 1915 World Series that young Babe Ruth was not used on the mound and only had one pinch hit.
📺WATCH LIST: MATCH 2
The NLDS continues its run tonight both home teams tried to avoid falling into 2-0 holes.
Phillies at Braves (6:07 p.m. ET, TBS*): Zack Wheeler (13-6, 3.21 ERA) vs. Max Fried (8-1, 2.55 ERA)
Diamondbacks at Dodgers (21:07, TBS*): Zac Gallen (17-9, 3.47 ERA) vs. Bobby Miller (11-4, 3.76 ERA)
More to watch:
🏈 NFL: Packers (+1.5) at Raiders (8:15 p.m., ABC/ESPN) … Raiders QB Jimmy Garoppolo will play after concussion protocol approval.
🏀 NBA preseason: Spurs at Thunder (20:00, NBA)… Two-meter phenoms Victor Wembanyama and Chet Holmgren make their NBA debuts.
⛳️ NCAA Golf: Jackson T. Stephens Cup (5 p.m., golf) …Trinity Forest (Dallas) hosts the annual women’s tournament.
*Now streaming: Warner Bros. Discovery added live sports to Max last week, so you can stream today’s MLB games there. Max’s live sports tier will cost $10 per month, but is free until March.
⚾️ MLB INTERESTING FACTS
Jose Altuve on Saturday, he hit his 24th postseason home run, the second-most ever.
Answer at the bottom.
🍿 A FEW BAKERS: ATTRACTIONS OF THE WEEKEND
Lions running back Aidan Hutchinson, Phillies shortstop Trea Turner and Bulls shortstop Quenton Jackson will appear in the top 13 games of the weekend.
Roll the highlights.
Answer to the interesting fact: Manny Ramirez
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