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Sports Brief: Sept. 2


Serena Williams is competing in the final tournament of her career after her retirement announcement last month. Williams, who refrained from professional tennis for over a year after having a child, advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open after defeating the No. 2 player in the world, Anett Kontaveit, in three sets. 

Williams is set to face Ajila Tomljanovic in the third round of the singles bracket while also competing in the doubles bracket with her sister, Venus Williams.

College football is back

College football kicked off its 2022-2023 season on Thursday, Sept. 1, with the first full college football Saturday coming up on Sept. 3. 

No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 23 Cincinnati vs. No. 19 Arkansas are the headliners for week 1. 

Oklahoma State began their 2022-2023 campaign against Central Michigan on Thursday, Sept. 1 winning 58-44. The Cowboys begin this year ranked No. 12 after ending last season as the 5th ranked team in the country.

The full college football top 25 can be found here.

MLB storylines going into final month

With the calendar turning to September, the MLB enters its final month of the regular season. Storylines to keep an eye on include:

 Albert Pujols is now  six home runs away from 700 for his career.

 Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is currently on pace to break the Roger Maris, Yankees, and American League 61 home run record for a season.

The Seattle Mariners currently sit in a playoff spot, which would be the team’s first playoff since 2001, the longest such drought in all professional sports.

Lastly, after starting the season 23-27, the defending world series champions, Atlanta Braves,  have gone 43-19 since the beginning of June and are now 3.5 games back of the New York Mets in the National League East. 

Current MLB standings heading into the final month can be found here.

NFL roster deadline, one week away from kickoff

The NFL is now  one week away from starting the 2022-2023 season. Teams are making the final cuts, signing and trading before starting their respective campaigns.

The Philadelphia Eagles traded wide receiver Jalen Reagor to the Minnesota Vikings for a 2023 and 2024 draft pick. The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly looking into signing offensive linemen Jason Peters following the injury to left tackle Tyron Smith. The Carolina Panthers signed free agent wide receiver Laviska Shenult Jr.

The San Francisco 49ers have also signed Jimmy Garropolo to a one year extension for the 2022-2023 season. Garoppolo has been the starting quarterback for the 49ers for the last few seasons, but the team announced before training camp that 2021 third overall pick, Trey Lance, would take over the starting quarterback job and they will be looking to trade Garoppolo. Regardless, Garoppolo is back in San Francisco for this season currently.

All of the 2022 NFL transactions can be found here.

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