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- IN the last week we have been treated to some of the best baseball possible by the Astros and Dodgers. After LA took a win in Game 1 of the World Series, we were treated to (perhaps) the greatest game we have ever seen on the MLB’s biggest stage in Game 2. A see-sawing run binge then transpired over the next four games with both teams splitting the contests to force a decisive Game 7 tomorrow. DO NOT miss it.
- ON Monday the 14-time major champion Tiger Woods announced when he will be making his long-awaited return to golf. The upcoming Hero World Challenge (30th November to 3rd December) will be Woods’ first golfing action since the Dubai Desert Classic in February when he only managed to play one round due to a lingering back injury.
- #2 VS #6 on the weekend saw two College Football heavyweights clash in an epic game. Penn State went to visit the Ohio State Buckeyes and looked like they were going to come away with a win. Heisman favourite Saquon Barkley returned to opening kickoff for a touchdown and the Nittany Lions built a 35-20 lead midway through the third quarter. Then J.T. Barrett came to the party, leading the Buckeyes on three impressive touchdown drives to snag a comeback win 39-38.
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- FOURTH ranked TCU wasn’t as joyous as the Buckeye’s though with #25 Iowa State upsetting them in front of a vocal 55,000+ home crowd. The Horned Frogs suffered their first loss of the year 14-7 coughing the ball up twice in the red zone in the second half trying to find a game-tying TD.
- BRUCE Maxwell, who earlier this year became the first and only MLB player to kneel during the National Anthem was arrested a few days ago on the charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Apparently, Maxwell pointed a gun at a female food delivery person as she was delivering food to an address ins Scottsdale, Arizona.
- WITH Halloween taking place over the weekend, some of the finest athletes in the world took their chance to dress up. Players from the likes of Genie Bouchard (Baywatch), Floyd Mayweather (Sylvester The Cat), Steph Curry (Jigsaw), Isaiah Thomas (Eazy-E), Lebron James (Pennywise), Russell Wilson (Pete Carroll) and Tristian Thompson with Khloe Kardashian (Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen) all donned costumes to get into the spirit of the Halloween season.
- WE saw Russell Westbrook bring up another milestone on his stat filled resume against the Bulls earlier in the week. A 12 point, 13 rebound, 13 assist line gave Westbrook his 82nd career triple-double and his first against Chicago. That gives Russ one against all 29 teams he has played against in the league, something that no one else has done before.
- SURPRISINGLY the Cavaliers and Spurs are two of the teams riding the longest losing streaks in the past week. After starting 4-0, SanAntonio has fallen to the Magic, Celtics and Pacers on a three-game road trip, while Cleveland has lost to the Nets, Pelicans and Knicks by a combined 46 points.
- WE are starting to get a clear picture of who is a contender and who is a pretender in the NFL after Week 8. The Vikings (6-2), Bills (5-2), Patriots (5-2), Chiefs (6-2), Eagles (7-1), Steelers (6-2) and Saints (5-2) all picked up wins as the playoff race continues to take shape.
- AS the NFL trade deadline approached a ton of big names were being mentioned in potential rumoured deals. However, the players who did switch clubs, even though they were noteworthy, kind of came out of nowhere. Jimmy Garoppolo (Patriots to 49ers), Kelvin Benjamin (Panthers to Bills), Duane Brown (Texans to Seahawks) and Jay Ajayi (Dolphins to Eagles) were the headliners who all landed on new squads for the second half of the season.
- ONCE again Cam Newton continued to dominate headlines for his off-field indiscretions. When asked about ‘big chunk plays’ in a press conference this week Newton rolled his eyes at a reporter and said next question before leaving the stand a few short seconds later. It’s worth pointing out that Cam did answer questions for nearly 10 minutes prior to that, but still not exactly a smooth move by the Panthers QB.
- A top of the table clash between Machester United and Tottenham Hotspur to decide outright second on the table took place over the weekend. It didn’t have a chance to live up to the hype though with the Spurs missing key frontman Harry Kane with a hamstring complaint. The Red Devils took out a win thanks to an 81st-minute strike from Anthony Martial finding the back of the net. There was no other movement at the top of the table with top five Chelsea (1-0 over Bournemouth), Man City (3-2 over West Brom) and Arsenal (2-1 over Swansea) all recording W’s.
- LAST week it was the Red Sox and Mets hiring replacements, this week there were more MLB manager openings. The Yankees decided not to renew Joe Girardi’s contract after 10 seasons with the club and are still searching for a replacement. The Washington Nationals moved to replace Dusty Baker, hiring former Cubs bench manager Dave Martinez and the Phillies have pounced on the Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler for their manager role.