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Happy Monday! As many of us are thankful for a day off work and school, we wanted to take a second to remember the incredible accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Now, as this weekend was packed with great games and storylines, it's time for sports.

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In today's Sprint:

  • 🏈   Drew’s last game?
  • 🥤   The end of Sprite Cranberry
  • 🏀   Weekend hoops

NFL

Thank You, Drew

Yesterday, it was reported that Drew Brees will retire after the season. However, after the loss to the Bucs, Brees did not commit to that decision, saying “I'll answer this question one time, and that is that I'm going to give myself an opportunity to think about the season, think about a lot of things - just like I did last year.”

If he does hang up the cleats, the future first-ballot Hall of Famer ends his career with jaw-dropping stats:

  • 80,358 passing yards (most all-time)
  • 7,142 completed passes (most all-time)
  • 571 TDs (2nd all-time)

NFC

(13-3) Green Bay Packers 32 vs. (10-6) Los Angeles Rams 18

  • Aaron Rodgers is still, well, Aaron Rodgers (23-36, 296 yds, 3 tot TDs). He shredded the same Rams defense that held Russell Wilson in check last weekend. Having won seven in a row, Green Bay is getting hot at the right time and will be favored no matter who they play next weekend.

(11-5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30 vs. (12-4) New Orleans Saints 20

  • The Bucs' defense (4 turnovers) was dominant, not allowing the Saints to get anything going down the field.

AFC

(14-2) Kansas City Chiefs 22 vs. (11-5) Cleveland Browns 17

  • When Patrick Mahomes (255 yds, 2 tot TDs) left the game with a concussion, the Chiefs looked to be in trouble as the Browns mounted a comeback. But backup QB Chad Henne and the Chiefs’ defense did just enough to avoid the upset. Mahomes’ status for next weekend is unclear.

(13-3) Buffalo Bills 17 vs. (11-5) Baltimore Ravens 3

  • WR Stefon Diggs (106 yds, 1 TD) proved once again to be the spark plug the Bills needed.
  • Bills Mafia, as the team lovingly refers to its fans, donated over $200k to a charity backed by Lamar Jackson to honor the All-Pro QB after he suffered a concussion during the game.

WATER COOLER TALK
  • ⚽   Athletic Bilbao defeated Barcelona 3-2 for the Spanish Super Cup in a match where Barca’s Lionel Messi was removed from play due to a red card.
  • 🥊   In the UFC main event Saturday, Max Holloway shattered the record of 290 significant strikes with 445 en route to a victory over Calvin Kattar. For Kattar, it was a real slap in the face.
  • ⛳   World #3 golfer Justin Thomas lost his biggest sponsor, Ralph Lauren, after a hot mic caught him using a slur during last weekend’s PGA Tour event.
  • 🏀   An MRI found a small mass on Indiana Pacers wing Caris LaVert’s kidney during a physical with the team following his trade from the Brooklyn Nets. The trade may literally have saved his life.
  • 🥤   LeBron James pulls his biggest free agent move yet… switching drink sponsors from Coke to Pepsi. LeBron has been the face of Sprite and Powerade (Coke brands) for the last 18 years.

BASKETBALL

Happy Harden

James Harden made his highly anticipated debut for the Nets on Saturday. Harden (29 pts, 11 reb, 14 ast) put up a triple-double as he looked in sync with new teammate Kevin Durant (42 pts, 5 ast). More important for the Nets, Harden was all smiles.

NBA

(5-8) Chicago Bulls 117 vs. (6-6) Dallas Mavericks 101

  • Luka Doncic (36 pts, 16 reb, 15 ast) passed Micheal Jordan on the all time triple doubles list in just his third season. Luka is 21 years old.

NCAAW

(6-6) Colorado 77 vs. (11-1) #1 Stanford 72

  • The Colorado women handed Stanford their first loss behind Mya Hollingshed (32 pts, 10 reb). With the loss, the #1 ranked women’s basketball team is now 468-6 against unranked opponents in the last twenty years.

NCAAM

(9-2) #18 Virginia 85 vs. (9-2) #12 Clemson 50

  • Virginia held Clemson to 3 points in the first 12 minutes of the game en route to a 35 point beat down of the Tigers. Virginia has now won 13 ACC games in a row dating back to last year.

(11-3) #21 Ohio St 87 vs. (9-5) #14 Illinois 81

  • Ohio St, led by EJ Lidell (26 pts, 7 reb), outlasted Illinois and Ayo Dosunmo (22 pts, 4 reb, 5 ast) in an exciting Big Ten matchup.

(12-0) #2 Baylor 68 vs. (11-4) #15 Texas Tech 60

  • Mac McClung (24 pts) tried to bring Texas Tech back with a late run, but Baylor held them off to stay undefeated.

TRIVIA

Virginia’s 35-point win against Clemson Saturday was the second largest road win ever over a top 25 team. Which team holds the record for the largest home loss as a top 25 team?

  1. UCLA
  2. UNC
  3. Kentucky
  4. Virginia

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TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Virginia. In 1993, the unranked UConn Huskies traveled down to Charlottesville and destroyed #12 UVA 77-36.