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Weekly Sports Update Oct. 23-29

2021 World Series

The Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros are facing off in the 2021 World Series. Game One of the seven-game series took place on Tuesday, Oct. 26 with the Braves beating the Astros 6-2. 

Braves pitcher Charlie Morton was pulled in the third inning after taking a line drive off the shin. It was reported after the game that Morton fractured his right fibula and will be out the remainder of the series. 

The Astros were able to even the series in Game Two on Oct. 27, beating the Braves 7-2. Astros secondbasemen Jose Altuve hit his 22nd career postseason home run in the seventh inning and tied Bernie Williams for second all-time in postseason home runs. He now trails only Manny Ramirez, who has 29. 

The teams are traveling to Atlanta for the next three games. Game Three will be on Friday, Oct. 29.

Oklahoma Sooners avoid upset, Oklahoma State receives first loss

The Oklahoma Sooners started Caleb Willliams once again over former starting quarterback Spencer Rattler in their latest game against the Kansas Jayhawks, who have only won one game so far. After trailing the Jayhawks 10-0 at halftime, the Sooners rallied in the second half and won the game 35-23. The Sooners moved to 8-0 for the season and remain at No. 4 in the national rankings.

Oklahoma State lost their first game of the season against the Iowa State Cyclones by a score of 24-21. After the loss, the Cowboys dropped from No. 8 to No. 15 in the college football national rankings.

Eagles trade away Zach Ertz

After a week six loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Philadelphia Eagles traded tight end Zach Ertz to the Arizona Cardinals for rookie cornerback Tay Gowan and a 2022 fifth round draft pick. 

Ertz released a lengthy statement on his Twitter account following the news.

“Now comes the toughest part for me, saying goodbye, for now, to the city that I love,” Ertz said. “This is home, Philadelphia is home.”

NFL week seven

The Arizona Cardinals continued their undefeated season and beat the Houston Texans 31-5. The Cardinals have achieved their second best start to a season in team history, moving to 7-0. They are the NFL’s only unbeaten team. 

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matt Stafford and Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff each played against their former teams as the pair were traded for each other over the offseason. Stafford beat his former franchise 28-19, handing the Lions their seventh loss of the season. The Lions remain the only winless team in the NFL. 

Now a couple weeks removed from controversy surrounding former Head Coach Jon Gruden, the Las Vegas Raiders are 2-0 with interim Head Coach Rich Bissacia, beating the Philadelphia Eagles 33-22. 

After starting the season 3-0, the Carolina Panthers have lost their previous four games. The Panthers suffered a 25-3 loss to the New York Giants, leading Head Coach Matt Rhule to bench quarterback Sam Darnold in the fourth quarter. Darnold is said to be the starter in their upcoming week eight matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

Brady throws for 600

In a game against the Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady became the first quarterback in the history of the NFL to throw for 600 touchdowns in their career. 

Brady threw for two more touchdowns in the game to bring his career total to 602 touchdown passes, the most of all time. The next closest was Drew Brees with 571, who retired after the 2020 season. 

Thunder get first win

The Oklahoma City Thunder got their first win after losing the first four games in the young NBA season. The Thunder beat the Los Angeles Lakers 123-115. The Lakers are off to a 2-3 start as Lebron James has missed two straight games with an ankle injury

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