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Weekly sports update Oct. 15-17

NFL Week 5

The Arizona Cardinals continued their undefeated season beating the San Francisco 49ers 17-10. The Kansas City Chiefs, who were preseason betting favorites to win the Super Bowl, lost their third game of the season to the Buffalo Bills 38-20. The Chiefs find themselves in last place of their division, a position which they have not held since their last losing season in 2012 when they went 2-14. 

Los Angeles Charger quarterback Justin Herbert threw for 398 yards and four touchdowns in a 47-42 win against the Cleveland Brown. With that performance, Herbert is among the favorites to win the NFL Most Valuable Player along with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

The Dallas Cowboys, after losing their first game to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, won their fourth straight game against the New York Giants 44-20. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions remain the league’s only winless teams. The Jaguars lost to the Tennessee Titans 37-29, and the Lions lost to the Minnesota Vikings due to a game-winning field goal for the second time this season. 

MLB Playoffs

MLB playoffs continued as the championship series for both leagues were set. The Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays in four games to move on to the American League Championship Series, and the Houston Astros took care of the Chicago White Sox to move on as well. The two teams will play in a seven-game series to go to the World Series.

In the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers went down to a final fifth game to beat the San Francisco Giants and move on, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers to earn the right for a chance at the National League pennant.

ALCS and NLCS begin

Both the National and American League championship series began as the Houston Astros took game one in the ALCS and the Atlanta Braves won game one in the NLCS. Both best-of-seven game series will continue throughout the upcoming week to decide the 2021 World Series. 

Red River Showdown, Rattler benched

The annual Red River Showdown between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners took place on Saturday, Oct. 9. The Longhorns jumped out to an early lead in the first half. Then, Sooner Head Coach Lincoln Riley benched starting quarterback Spencer Rattler in favor of Caleb Williams. Williams led the Sooners to a second half comeback, beating the Longhorns 55-48 after a game winning touchdown by runningback Kennedy Brooks.

OU bans media availability 

In the days following the victory, the University of Oklahoma and Lincoln Riley banned media availability after an OU Daily sports reporter was found watching practice and reported Williams was getting first team reps over Rattler.

Williams did start in the Sooners game on Saturday, Oct. 16 against the Texas Christian Horned Frogs. William threw for a total 295 yards and four touchdowns en route to a 52-31 win.

Jon Gruden scandal

Las Vegas Raiders Head Coach, Jon Gruden, stepped down on Monday, Oct. 11 following a scandal: the NFL found racist, sexist and homophobic emails sent from Gruden throughout his 15-year career. Rich Bisaccia will step up as the team’s interim head coach for the rest of the season. 

The league reportedly is going though over 650,000 emails from various league personnel. These alleged emails have not been made public.

NBA preseason and Kyrie Irving

The NBA is set to begin as the league’s preseason began on Oct. 3. The regular season begins on Tuesday, Oct. 17 with the first game being between the defending champions, Milwaukee Bucks against the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets will be without star point guard Kyrie Irving as Irving refused to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Per the state of New York’s rule that professional athletes playing in arena’s must be vaccinated, Irving will miss all 2021-2022 home games as long as he is not fully vaccinated.

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