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Weekly Sports Update: Sept. 4 – Sept. 10

The past week in sports had a new class induction into the Professional Baseball Hall of Fame, the opening to the NFL regular season, a full week in college football and more shuffling in the MLB standings.

Hall of Fame class of 2021

The Professional Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2021 was inducted on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Derek Jeter, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller were inducted in the newest class. 

The NFL regular season

The NFL season began Thursday, Sept. 9 with an anticipated game of Dallas Cowboys versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay came out on top after a game-winning drive by quarterback Tom Brady.

The first NFL Sunday of the season is Sept. 12 with a couple of games highlighting the slate. The Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Buffalo Bills for an AFC matchup, and the Baltimore Ravens play the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday Night Football.

Saints name starting quarterback

In more NFL news, the New Orleans Saints have named their starting quarterback after a competition between Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston during this year’s training camp. Jameis Winston was named the starting quarterback for week one and foreseeable future per head coach Sean Peyton, forcing Hill to go back to his jack-of-all-trades role for the New Orleans Saints offense. Winston will open up his season against the Green Bay Packers. 

Fist full week of college football

The first full week of college football finally came and went giving a taste of what is to come. 

Oklahoma had a scare versus Tulane relying on a fourth quarter stop to win the game 40-35. Oklahoma State won their first game against Missouri State 23-16. 

In addition, No. 1 Alabama continued their dominance from last year, beating Miami 44-13. The primetime game of Clemson versus Georgia proved to be a defensive showdown with little offense. In a game where there were as many punts as points, Georgia outlasted Clemson 10-3. 

MLB standings update

MLB standings continue to shuffle as the month of September on. 

Just a few days after gaining first place in the National League West, the Los Angeles Dodgers fell back a spot after losing a three game series to the San Francisco Giants. The Giants now lead the division and have the best record in all of baseball in 2021.

The American League wild card race gets tighter by the day with the New York Yankees still holding the top spot by half a game. The Boston Red Sox currently have a two game lead on the Toronto Blue Jays for the second spot. Just a total of three games are the difference between the top spot and fourth place. 

The National League wild card race is also close as the Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres are tied for the second wild card spot. The Los Angeles Dodgers currently sit in the first spot with a 14.5 game lead.

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