Good morning! An Oklahoma student reporter got a pair of binoculars, made his way to the roof of a campus building near the football stadium, and spied on practice.
What’d he learn? Freshman Caleb Williams is taking the first-team reps at quarterback, not Spencer Rattler.
Lincoln Riley immediately canceled media availability for his team until after their game Saturday.
If you know the student, we’d like to hire him ASAP.
- Nathan & Blake
In today's Sprint:
🏈 The WFT stays in hot water.
⚽️ The first two teams qualify for the World Cup.
🏀 Kyrie Irving speaks on the vaccine situation.
Trivia:Six countries have won the World Cup as the host country. Which of the following is one of them?
*Answer at the bottom
WATER COOLER TALK
🏈 It keeps getting worse for the Washington Football Team… by their own doing. A former female team employee was offered money in exchange for her silence regarding sexual assault allegations she made against the team.
The NFLPA is putting pressure on the league to release all current findings of the WFT investigation given the serious nature of this one and the Jon Gruden emails.
📧 Speaking of getting worse… ESPN employees need to learn how to email.
Adam Schefter, the network’s lead NFL analyst, used to send former Washington Football Team General Manager Bruce Allen full articles, asking Allen (referred to as “Mr. Editor”) to fix them up as he’d please.
Schefter said yesterday it was “a step too far.”
🏀 The NBA teased their new uniforms to celebrate the League’s 75th anniversary. Each team will feature four uniforms: Association, Icon, City, and Statement.
The New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, and Boston Celtics will have a fifth uniform option, the “Classic Edition,” to commemorate them as three of the original NBA franchises.
94% of regular-season games will use a unique combination of uniforms, with minimal repeated looks across the league’s 1230 games.
Booking World Cup Flights Like
With World Cup Qualifying heating up, the first two teams (outside of the host country) punched their tickets to Qatar.
Germany and Denmark won their respective groups to qualify out of Europe, leaving 29 spots up for grabs across the six soccer regions.
How are those spots distributed? Here's the breakdown:
Africa (CAF): 5
Asia (AFC): 4 plus 1 playoff qualifier
Europe (UEFA): 11
North/Central America & Caribbean (CONCACAF): 3 plus 1 playoff qualifier
Oceania (OFC): 1 playoff qualifier
South America (CONMEBOL): 4 plus 1 playoff qualifier
Looking ahead: European qualifying ends in November, five months before the other regions are scheduled to complete qualifying in March. The 4 playoff qualifiers will then compete for the final 2 spots in June.
This is the last World Cup to feature 32 teams. Starting in 2026, the World Cup will feature 48 teams.
(1-0-0) Washington Capitals 5vs. (0-1-0) New York Rangers 1
One of the most anticipated opening matchups of the season was surprisingly calm for the bitter rivals, who at one point last season had three simultaneous fights on a game’s opening draw.
Alex Ovechkin scored his 731st and 732nd career goals to take sole possession of fifth on the NHL’s goals list. He’s only 162 goals shy of Wayne Gretzky’s all-time record (894).
#5 Phoenix Mercury91vs. #6 Chicago Sky 86 - OT
Playing from behind for much of the game, Chicago’s Courtney Vandersloot (20 pts, 14 ast) sent the game to OT where Phoenix pulled away.
Phoenix’s Brittney Griner (29 pts, 9 reb, 1 ast) led all players in scoring thanks to 10 points in the game’s first six minutes.
The series is tied 1-1.
Soccer - World Cup Qualifiers
(11 pts) USA2vs. (6 pts) Costa Rica 1
The USMNT rebounded quickly after conceding a goal one minute into the match, notching their first first-half goal in nine games.
The win gives the US some badly needed points after the team fell to Panama just three days ago.
(10 pts) Canada 4 vs. (8 pts) Panama 1
The Canadian national team delivered a 4-1 drubbing to leap-frog Panama for third place in the standings.
Quote:“It’s about choosing what’s best for you. You think I really want to lose money? You think I really want to give up on my dream to go after a championship? You think I really just want to give up my job?”
- Kyrie Irving addressed the vaccine situation between him and the Brooklyn Nets on his Instagram live. Here’s the full two-minute video.
Highlight: Wayne Gretzky, the NHL’s all-time leading scorer, is calling some of his first games as a color commentator with TNT.
His speech ahead of his first game back will give you chills.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-1) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) - 8:20 ET on FOX
MLB Playoffs - Divisional Series
LA Dodgers (106-56) vs. San Francisco Giants (107-55) - 9:07 ET on TBS
Series tied 2-2. Winner advances.
Navy (1-4) vs. Memphis (3-3) - 7:30 ET on ESPN
Soccer - World Cup Qualifiers
(28 pts) Brazil vs. (16 pts) Uruguay - 8:30 ET on fuboTV
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