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Weekly sports update Oct. 29 – Nov. 4

Atlanta Braves win world series

The Atlanta Braves became World Series champions after beating the Houston Astros six-games. This is the Braves first World Series title since 1995. Outfielder Jorge Soler won the World Series MVP after posting a .300 average and three home runs, including a 3-run homerun in the third inning of game six. 

Henry Ruggs 

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was involved in a serious car wreck that killed a 23-year-old female. Ruggs was under the influence of alcohol and charged with a DUI. He is facing jail time for the incident.  The team released a statement following the incident.

“The Raiders are aware of an accident involving Henry Ruggs III that occurred this morning in Las Vegas,” the statement said. “We are devastated by the loss of life and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family.”

The Raiders released Ruggs on Nov. 2.

NFL trade deadline

The trade deadline for NFL teams was 4 p.m. on Nov. 2 and a couple moves were made around the league.

The Denver Broncos traded former Super Bowl MVP Von Miller to the Los Angeles Rams for a 2022 second and third round draft pick. The Kansas City Chiefs got linebacker Melvin Ingram from the Pittsburgh Steelers for a sixth round pick in the upcoming draft. 

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who is in the midst of domestic violence violations, was not traded, despite numerous rumors. 

Linebacker Jaylon Smith was released by the Green Bay Packers after playing just two games with the team. Smith was released by the Dallas Cowboys earlier in the season on Oct. 5.

NFL week eight

The NFL’s last unbeaten team, the Arizona Cardinals, suffered their first loss of the season to the Green Bay Packers. Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas sealed the win by intercepting Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray in the endzone late in the fourth quarter. 

The New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets all won with backup quarterbacks in week eight. Trevor Simean led the Saints to a 36-27 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mike White threw for over 400 yards and threw a game-winning touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals. Cooper Rush led the Cowboys on a game winning drive to beat the Minnesota Vikings 20-16. 

The Carolina Panthers ended their four-game losing streak by beating the Atlanta Falcons 19-13, and the Detroit Lions remained winless as they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 44-6. 

Local college football

The Oklahoma Sooners remained undefeated, beating Texas Tech 52-21. The Sooners currently sit in first place in the Big 12, leading Oklahoma State by 1.5 games as they go into their bye week. 

After suffering their first loss a week prior, Oklahoma State beat Kansas 55-3.

College Football Playoff committee rankings

The College Football Playoff committee released their first rankings of the year, showing who they think are the top four teams making the College Football Playoff at this point of the season. The top four are as follows: No. 1 Georgia; No. 2 Alabama; No.3 Michigan State; No.4 Oregon.

Ohio State sits at No. 5, while undefeated Cincinnati sits at No. 6. Oklahoma comes in at No. 8, and Oklahoma State is three notches below at No. 11.

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