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Sports Update

Author: Austin Gatlin

Posted October 1st, 2020

NCAA Football-

    Big things have happened in the world of college football this past week. From comebacks to upsets, and opt-outs to breakouts, there is nothing that should be unexpected in this unusual and crazy season.

 

Upsets-

There were two big upsets this week. The first one displayed a spectacular comeback as the Kansas State Wildcats scored 24 unanswered points in the second half of the game to upset the #3 ranked Oklahoma Sooners 38-35.

    The second upset came in the SEC first week of play this season as the defending national champions LSU Tigers took on the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The game was back and forth from start to finish but in the end, new Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach capitalized his Bulldog debut with an enormous win over the defending champs 44-34.

 

Breakout and Stellar performances-

    While Mike Leach made an impressive coaching debut for the Bulldogs but the spotlight shines on QB K.J Costello passed for 623 yards and a new SEC record-breaking Heisman trophy winner and 1st overall pick Joe Burrows record from last season.

    Florida QB Kyle Trask put out an outstanding performance tossing six touchdown passes in a 51-35 win over Ole Miss. Not bad for someone who was a backup QB in highschool.

    Last Week Miami QB Tate Martell opted out of the season. This left University of Houston transfer, D’Eriq King, as the sure starter. King has started every game for the Hurricanes this season and has proved he belongs. Throughout his college career, the dual-threat QB has caused damage in the air and on the ground and shows no sign of changing that. He led the Hurricanes in passing and rushing yards in Miami's 52-10 win over Florida State.

 

NFL-

    Week three of the NFL couldn’t have had a better start and end. Although not the best teams, the week opened up Thursday night with the matchup of the beard vs. the stache when Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Miami Dolphins took on Gardner Minshew and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The week ended with a playoff-caliber matchup between two of the best players and teams in the league when Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs took on Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.

 

Injuries-

    The Seattle Seahawks lost two players in Sunday's game. One being running back Chris Carson, who is said to have suffered a knee sprain. The other is safety Jamal Adams who suffered a groin strain.

    The New York Giants lost safety Jabrill Peppers in the first quarter due to an ankle injury.

    Washington football team defensive end and second overall pick Chase Young left the game with a groin injury.

    After several ACL tears throughout the league last week, Chicago Bears running back, Tarik Cohen, is feared to have a torn ACL as he left the game with a knee injury.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin left the game due to a hamstring injury.

    49ers’ tight end Jordan Reed could miss 6-8 weeks due to a sprained knee.

 

Player and team news-

    Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagey pulled starting QB Mitchell Trubisky in the second half against the Atlanta Falcons and put in QB Nick Foles. Foles led the Bears to a comeback win and has been named the starter for week four.

    The Atlanta Falcons choke once again as they let another big lead slip away. Atlanta had a 26 point led going into the fourth quarter. The Falcons let up 20 points in the fourth and put up zero. Resulting in a final score of 30-26 Chicago.

    The Tennessee Titans have reported that three players and five team personal members have tested positive for COVID-19. The Titans are closing all their facilities until Saturday. They play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

    Kansas City Chiefs QB, Patrick Mahomes, became the fastest QB to reach 10k career passing yards Monday night when the Chiefs beat the Baltimore Ravens 34-20.

 

 

NBA-

    The NBA finals are set. The Los Angeles Lakers won the Western Conference final 4-1 over the Denver Nuggets. The Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics to win the Eastern Conference Final 4-2. This will be the Lakers first time back to the finals since 2010 when the late great Kobe Bryant led them to their fifth title. The Heat was last in the championship in 2014 and last won a title in 2013. Both featured LeBron James on the Heat.

 

News-

    Doc Rivers is out as the Head Coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers said chairman Steve Ballmer and Rivers reached a mutual agreement for Rivers to step down. Rivers is arguably the best coach in Clippers history, as he leads the franchise in wins, playoff appearances, and win percentage.

MLB-

    The regular season of Major League Baseball is officially over. The shortest season in history now moves to the biggest playoff bracket in history. The American League starts playing Tuesday and the National League on Wednesday.

Teams, rankings, awards, etc.-

    D.J LeMahieu is the batting champ of the American League and Juan Soto takes the title in the National League.

    The Los Angeles Angels are firing GM Billy Eppler at the end of its fifth losing season. Eppler had 1 year left on his contract.

    The NL Central division is represented in the playoffs by four of its five teams.

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