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National Sports Brief: Week of Sept. 16-22

This past week, the world of sports has been filled with nostalgia and streak-breaking results. Tiger Woods and Baker Mayfield dominated the headlines as they both made climbs into the record books.

Tiger returns:

Tiger Woods earned his 80th career PGA Tour victory Sunday at East Lake Golf Club, winning the tour championships.

Justin Rose picked up the FedEx Cup crown when he birdied the 18th hole, tying him for fourth at 6-under-par. If Rose would have finished one stroke back, Woods would have won both trophies and a large cash prize.

Woods posted six top-10 finishes in 2018 demonstrating the dominance he once displayed on a weekly basis. He looks to pick up where he left off this Friday at the Ryder Cup as the U.S. team attempts to retain the trophy.

Baker Mayfield snaps Browns’ losing streak:

In the NFL, Baker Mayfield, the first overall pick in the 2018 draft, snapped the Cleveland Browns’ 635-day losing streak. Down 14-0 when he entered, Mayfield changed the atmosphere in Ohio, passing for 201 yards and leading the charge to a 21-17 comeback.

This comes only a year after spiking the University of Oklahoma flag at midfield against rival Ohio State University.

OSU falls:

This week in college football Oklahoma State University fell short to Texas Tech University last Saturday, 41-17.

The Red Raiders offense stayed true to their air-raid attack against the Oklahoma State defense. Quarterback Alan Bowman passed for 397 yards on 46 attempts, tossing two touchdowns in the process. Running back Demarcus Felton ran for 130 yards on 14 carries.

This loss to Texas Tech snapped the Cowboys’ chances for a perfect season and starts them 0-1 in conference play. Oklahoma State will face the University of Kansas Saturday in another conference matchup.

OU wins in OT:

On the other side of Oklahoma football, the Sooners pulled off a “nail-biting” 28-21 victory over Army West Point in overtime.

Three running backs ran for over 70-yards in the game. Army’s triple option slowed the Oklahoma offense as they had a “miraculous 44:41 minutes” of ball possession.

The Sooners will take on Baylor University Saturday, looking to improve their record to a perfect 5-0.

MLB playoff picture:

With baseball season coming to a close, the playoff picture is starting to come into place.

If the season ended today, the two American League Wild Card spots would go to the Oakland A’s and the New York Yankees. The winner of the Wild Card match-up would take on the Boston Red Sox who hold the best record in baseball (106-51). Houston and Cleveland would come in at the two and three seeds, respectively.

In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers currently hold the wild card matchup. The winner would face the Chicago Cubs in a five-game series. The Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers control the two and three seeds.

UFC 229:

The UFC 229 press conference hosted the names of two premier fighters in the MMA world: Connor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Accompanying them on the card are Tony Ferguson and Anthony Pettis who will spotlight in the co-main event. Knockout specialist Derrick Lewis will also fight, as he takes on Alexander Volkov in another top-ranked contest.

The event will take place Oct. 6 at the T-Mobile Arena.

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