Happy Monday! A pipe burst at Washington’s FedEx stadium mid-game, raining sewage on fans below.
Unfortunately (but a bit predictably), it only got worse for fans of the Football Team. The Chargers scored the game-winning touchdown not too long after.
In today's Sprint:
🎾 From qualifier to US Open champ.
🏈Oregon storms into Columbus.
⚽️ Ronaldo triumphant in return to United.
Trivia:Which player played through a national championship college football season on an injured leg, which was originally thought to be a torn ACL but turned out to be sarcoma (cancer)?
*Reader submitted question.
WATER COOLER TALK
🏎 At the F1 Italian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen tried to cut around Lewis Hamilton on a turn, but didn’t time it right. Max’s car went over Lewis’ and almost landed on his head in a scary moment. F1’s ‘halo’ feature likely saved Lewis’ life.
Both drivers are safe but neither finished the race. With the top two drivers sidelined, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo grabbed his first victory since 2018.
Verstappen received a three-place penalty for the move.
⚾️ Reigning NL Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer will miss the remainder of the LA Dodgers’ season after the MLB and MLBPA agreed to extend his leave indefinitely.
If you don’t know what ‘wagmi’ means, then you’re probably older than the current women’s US Open champ: 18-year-old Emma Raducanu.
Emma Raducanu (6-4, 6-3) vs. Leylah Fernandez
What a run: Ranked #150 in the world entering the US Open, Emma played in a three-match qualifier just to be let in the tournament.
After dominating those three qualifiers, she won six straight US Open matches (without dropping a set!) to capture the first Major for a British woman since 1977.
No qualifier had ever reached a women’s Grand Slam final, let alone won the whole thing.
Earnings: Two weeks ago, Emma’s career earnings were $300,000. She just made $2.5 million.
After going the distance in the semifinals against Alexander Zverev, including this record-setting 53-shot marathon rally, Novak Djokovic looked like a lock to take home the first men’s calendar Grand Slam in over 50 years.
But Daniil Medvedev had other ideas.
#2 Daniil Medvedev (6-4, 6-4, 6-4) vs. #1 Novak Djokovic
Chasing history: Medvedev’s first Major win did more than spoil Novak’s shot at the calendar Grand Slam.
It also thwarted his attempt at passing Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer for the most Major championships of all time (for men), after tying them with 20 earlier this year.
Nothing but class: In his runner up-speech, Djokovic was classy and respectful in defeat.
“Even though I have not won the match, my heart is filled with joy and I am the happiest man alive because you guys made me feel very special on the court… I’ve never felt like this in New York.”
THE University of Oregon
(2-0) #12 Oregon 35 vs. (1-1) #3 Ohio State 28
Oregon’s CJ Verdell (161 yds, 2 TDs) ran through Ohio State’s defense like a knife through butter.
After the game, a mysterious rubber duck was placed right at the center of the Ohio State ‘O’ at the 50-yard line.
(1-1) Jacksonville State 20 vs. (0-2) Florida State 17
Jacksonville State stunned FSU on a last-second prayer which was caught at the 20-yard line. The receiver made one defender miss, got a great block, and scored with no time left.
(2-0) Arkansas 40 vs. (1-1) #15 Texas 21
Arkansas ran for 333 yards while Texas’ two quarterbacks only managed 118 yards throwing between them.
Interestingly, Arkansas was expected to be one of the SEC’s worst teams this year and now find themselves ranked (#24) in the latest AP poll.
(1-1) Stanford 42 vs. (1-1) #14 USC 28
The other member of the 2005 national title game also got blown out in unexpected fashion, falling to a Stanford team that was a 17-point underdog.
Other highlights: #10 Iowa smacked #9 Iowa State, #5 Texas A&M barely beat a bad Colorado team, and #8 Notre Dame needed its QB to throw a touchdown with a dislocated finger to beat Toledo.
Updated AP Poll here, highlighted by Oregon jumping into the top 4 for the first time since 2014 and Iowa climbing to #5.
(1-0) Arizona Cardinals38 vs. (0-1) Tennessee Titans 13
The Cardinals overwhelmed Tennessee on both sides of the ball thanks to Kyler Murray’s five total touchdowns and Chandler Jones’ five sacks, including two strip-sacks.
(1-0) Kansas City Chiefs 33 vs. (0-1) Cleveland Browns 29
After going up 22-10 at halftime, the Browns blew it… allowing a 1-play drive, fumbling on a punt attempt, and throwing a game-clinching interception in the fourth quarter.
The Chiefs’ receiving duo of Tyreek Hill (197 yds, 1 TD) and Travis Kelce (76 yds, 2 TD) proved they are near impossible to stop.
(1-0) New Orleans Saints 38 vs. (0-1) Green Bay Packers 3
Aaron Rodgers (133 yards, 2 INTs) looked more like a Jeopardy host than the reigning NFL MVP against the Saints.
The biggest surprise? Jameis Winston threw for five touchdowns and zero interceptions. He hasn’t played a full game without throwing a pick since December 1, 2019.
Other highlights: Trevor Lawrence lost his first regular-season game since middle school after 69 straight wins. Matthew Stafford looked good in LA, throwing a 67-yard TD on the first drive of a blowout win over da Bears.
(10 pts) Manchester United4vs. (1 pt) Newcastle 1
Cristiano Ronaldo, in his first game with Man U since 2009, scored two goals. Fellow Portuguese international, Bruno Fernandes, added an amazing strike of his own.
Man U sit atop the Premier League table in a tie with…
(10 pts) Chelsea 3 vs. (6 pts) Aston Villa 0
Romelu Lukaku (2 goals) looks like exactly what Chelsea needed to compete for the Premier League title this season.
Stat:Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer struck out his 3,000th batter. He’s one of less than 20 MLB players to achieve the feat.
Quote:"I hope I can be as strong and as resilient as New York has been the past 20 years. I love you, New York."
- US Open runner-up, Leylah Fernandez.
Highlight:A cat dangled from the upper deck at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium… then it fell almost 40 feet into an American flag stretched out by fans below.
The cat survived and the crowd went wild when it was held up in a “Simba pose.”
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A. Freddie Steinmark played the entire 1969 season with the Texas Longhorns despite having cancer in his leg. He helped Texas beat Arkansas in “the game of the century” to win the national title. Freddie passed away two years later.