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- THE big guns of Champions League competition flexed their muscle last night with massive wins across the board. Chelsea (6-0), Man U (3-0), Barcelona (3-0), Bayern Munich (3-0) and Paris Saint-Germain (5-0) all dominating in their matches. In Barcelona’s game, Leo Messi scored twice giving him 99 career UEFA goals.
- WITH their 88th win of the season the Washington Nationals became the first MLB team to clinch a playoff berth. The NL East leaders have scored the most runs in their league and they are only poised to get better when Bryce Harper returns.
- UFC 215 in Edmonton didn’t feature as many of the mainstream names as most cards, but there was a title bout that went down to the wire. It came down to a split decision between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko with Nunes retaining her belt at the 135 pound for the second time.
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- A huge Week 1 of NFL action delivered plenty of headlines, here are the ones that mattered the most. David Johnson suffered a dislocated wrist in the Cardinals loss to the Lions. The injury will sideline him for a couple of months, which is a huge blow to Arizona’s playoff chances.
- AFTER holding out for the entire offseason Aaron Donald will apparently sign a new contract to rejoin the Los Angeles Rams. Donald missed week one against the Colts but is expected to line up to play the Redskins.
- AMID all the speculation of Ezekiel Elliott’s looming suspension there is the likelihood now that the Cowboys running back will be playing for the entire season. Elliott has been granted a temporary restraining order by a Texas court, which means he could play all 16 games as the case progresses.
- THE Jacksonville Jaguars were perhaps the most impressive team in the first week with the defense slaughtering the Houston Texans offensive line and holding their offense to seven points and recording 10 sacks. Calais Campbell recorded a franchise record four individual sacks with rookie Leonard Fournette rushing for 100 yards in his pro debut.
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- THE final Grand Slam of the year ended over the weekend with Rafael Nadal and Sloane Stephens taking out the men’s and women’s brackets. While Rafa recorded his 16th Grand Slam title, Stephens tasted major success for the first time. The win helped Stephens increase her ranking 940 places in the past five weeks going from 957th to 17th.
- LAST week in AFL finals action most of the games were blowouts, with the exception of the Port Adelaide and West Coast game. In one of the greatest finals ever the game ended tied 60 a piece meaning for the third time ever we are heading to extra time to decide a final. After two five minute periods, it took a Luke Shuey kick after the siren to hand the Eagles a famous two-point victory.
- Tony Allen (New Orleans Pelicans) and Shabazz Muhammad (Minnesota Timberwolves) signed new deals in the past week. Allen joins the Pelicans after seven seasons at Memphis, giving New Orleans a great wing defender and Muhammad signing for the vet minimum to give the T-Wolves a bench scoring option.
- COLLEGE football over the weekend saw another incredible Lamar Jackson performance, with the Louisville QB amassing 393 passing yards, 132 rushing yards and six total touchdowns. The biggest story of the weekend though was Oklahoma upset win over Ohio State on their own field. The 31-16 match saw Baker Mayfield dominate and after recording the W he planted the Sooners flag in the middle of the field.
- MANCHESTER United could only manage a 2-2 draw with Stoke City but still keep their lead at the top of the table. Man City are hot on the heels though after a 5-0 win against Liverpool.
- KOBE Bryant will have his jerseys retired by the Lakers on the 18th of December this year. That’s right jerseys. LA is planning to send both #8 and #24 to the rafters after Bryant donned both numbers for 10 years each in his 20-year career in Los Angeles.
- TWO teams in different leagues are trending in opposite directions at a record rate. The Cleveland Indians are currently locked in a battle for their 20th straight win, which would tie the 2002 mark set by the Oakland A’s, the longest streak in the majors since the 1935 Chicago Cubs set the record, with 21. The Dodgers have lost 16 of their last 17 matches though after they were seemingly on pace to beat the single season wins mark.