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Sports Brief: Sept. 15

NFL week one

The NFL opened its regular season on Sunday, Sept. 11.

Russell Wilson and Baker Mayfield both lost games against their former teams to start the season. Mayfield lost to the Cleveland Browns as Cade York hit a 58 yard field goal as time expired. This marks the first time the Browns are 1-0 since 2004. 

Wilson lost to the Seattle Seahawks as Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett elected to kick a 64 yard field goal instead of going for it on a 4th and five. Brandon McManus missed the attempt, giving the Seahwks the win at home against their former Super Bowl-winning  quarterback.

The New York Giants keep their winning record since 2016 with their upset to the Tennessee Titans 21-20.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott left in the 4th quarter of their 19-3 loss with a hand injury, leading to surgery on Monday, Sept. 12. Prescott is slated to miss 6-8 weeks while Dallas will use Cooper Rush to get behind center for the time being. 

Roger Federer retirement

Tennis great Roger Federer has officially announced his retirement from the sport. Federer won 20 Grand Slam titles, ranking him third of all time. The 41 year-old also finished the season as the world No. 1 five separate times.

“I am 41 years old and have played 1500 matches in 24 years,” Federer said. “Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.”

Biden with Griner’s family

President Joe Biden met with Brittany Griner’s family at the White House on Friday, Sept. 16.

Griner has been detained in Russia since February on drug charges, sentencing her to nine years in prison. The United States government considers Griner wrongfully detained and is in the midst of a hostage negotiation to bring her home. 

MLB standings update

The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched first place in the National League West with a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, Sept. 13. It is the fastest a Dodger team has ever secured a division title, as they accomplished the feat in 141 games. This is the Dodgers’ ninth division championship in the last 10 years.

The New York Yankees have built their lead on the American League East to six games, winning eight out of their last 10 games. 

The New York Mets have re-taken the lead on the NL East, holding only a half-game lead on the Atlanta Braves. 

MLB standings as of Sept. 15 can be found here. 

College football

Week two featured major upsets, shuffling the college football landscape. Marshall beat No. 8 Notre Dame 26-21 and Appalachian State beat No. 6 Texas A&M 17-14. No. 1 Alabama survived Texas by a point, 20-19. 

Georgia overtook Alabama for No. 1 in the latest poll while Texas A&M dropped from No. 6 to No. 24 after their loss. Notre Dame completely left the top 25. 

Oklahoma went up one spot to No. 6 and Oklahoma State jumped three spots, moving to No. 8.Full rankings going into week three can be found here.

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