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Weekly Sports Update: Oct. 13

The past week in sports has been a blur. The MLB playoffs are in full swing, week five of the NFL season has witnessed a couple of eyebrow raisers and a heartbreaking injury and the NBA wrapped up their interesting season. 

The Los Angeles Lakers have completed their title run by winning their 17th championship, their first since 2010. Lebron James takes home his fourth championship and fourth Finals MVP while James’ right-hand man Anthony Davis finally received his first championship ring. The Miami Heat took the powerhouse Lakers to a respectable six-game only to come up short of what would have been an incredible upset. The end of the 2020 NBA season marked the end of a truly unforgettable season. The NBA bubble, once thought impossible when introduced by commissioner Adam Silver, was a huge success ending with zero positive COVID-19 tests. 

The MLB playoffs came out swinging and show no signs of slowing down as we enter the championship series. The Los Angeles Dodgers, after sweeping through the Padres, will take on the Atlanta Braves, who cleaned off the Marlins. The Tampa Bay Rays pulled off a great win over the Yankees and will battle the Houston Astros in the American League. Game 1 of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) took place on Oct. 11 with the Rays edging out the Astros by a score of 2-1. Both game 2 of the ALCS and game 1 of the NLCS are on Oct. 12. 

NFL week five was a wild one for fans and players across the league. The Miami Dolphins came out for blood against the 49ers dominating the entire game and winning 43-17. The Oakland Raiders won the 2020 installment of the legendary Chiefs-Raiders rivalry, a rivalry the Kansas City Chiefs dominated by winning the last five matchups and eight of the past ten games. The Dallas Cowboys won their game but lost their quarterback Dak Prescott to a gruesome ankle compound fracture and dislocation. Andy Dalton came in and completed the win for the Cowboys, and they look to traverse the rest of the season without their QB1. New York continues their nightmare season with the Jets and Giants, remaining winless through the five weeks. The Giants lost to the Cowboys by a field goal and the Jets were crushed by Oklahoma alumni and the Cardinals. The Falcons also failed to get their first win of the season while the Texans finally broke through and beat the Jaguars. The Seahawks continued an unbelievable season, remaining unbeaten and keeping Russell Wilson on top of the early MVP voting.  

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