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The Dodgers cruised through 7 innings at home against the Nationals last night. Then Dave Roberts handed the ball to generational left-hander — and noted postseason choke artist — Clayton Kershaw.
Why it matters: For the first time since their move to D.C. in 2005, the Washington Nationals have won a playoff series.
P.S. ... Kershaw is taking a beating, which comes with the territory. Personally, I just wish I could give him a hug.
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The Cardinals made history against the Braves yesterday, becoming the first team to score 10 runs in the first inning of a playoff game en route to a 13-1 victory that earned them a spot in the NLCS.
Extremely sad photo, but it immediately brings to mind what the great Theodore Roosevelt once said...
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. ... The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena ... who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming."
Sean Doolittle pitched a 1-2-3 10th inning to send the Nationals to their first-ever NLCS … then proceeded to jump approximately 100 feet into the air.
Question … What's a worse way to lose: The anticlimactic way in which the Braves lost? Or the heartbreaking way in which the Dodgers lost?
This just in: Looks like fans are showing up to the Lakers-Nets game. More than expected, at least.
Boise State and the Mountain West Conference are off to an impressive start. Photo: Loren Orr/Getty Images
In college football, Power 5 schools (upper tier of FBS) lose to Group of 5 schools (lower tier) all the time.
Yes, but: "[T]his year, the damage has been particularly consistent," writes FiveThirtyEight's Jake Lourim. Power 5 schools are just 69-18 (.793) against Group of 5 opponents this season, their lowest winning percentage since 2008.
Go deeper: The AAC really, really wants you to think of the Power 5 as a Power 6 (SB Nation)
Through Week 5, over 142 million people have tuned into an NFL game, with each game averaging 16.7 million viewers across TV and digital, a 6% increase over last year.
15-year-old Coco Gauff is set to break into the world's top 100 for the first time in her young career after reaching her first WTA tour quarterfinal at the Linz Open in Austria yesterday.
When it comes to men's golf, the 4 major championships and the PGA Tour draw so much attention that it's easy to forget just how many more tournaments are played outside of that bubble.
55 years ago today, the 1964 Summer Olympics opened in Tokyo — the same place the 2020 Summer Olympics will open in 288 days.
Why it matters: The Games, which took place in mid-October to avoid the city's midsummer heat and September typhoon season, were the first ever held in Asia, as well as the first to be broadcast live internationally.
The backdrop: World War II had ended just 19 years earlier, so the Tokyo Olympics represented the conclusion of a long, bleak period for many Japanese and offered an opportunity to celebrate the country's reemergence.
Headline this morning: Tokyo braces for the hottest Olympics ever (NYT)
Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey leads the NFL in rushing yards with 587, while Vikings RB Dalvin Cook is right on his heels with 542.
Answer at the bottom.
With a "super typhoon" barreling toward Japan and threatening to wreak havoc, Rugby World Cup organizers have canceled 2 upcoming matches originally scheduled to be played on Saturday. Flights are being grounded, as well.
Kendall "Happy for Nats fans, they deserve it" Baker
Trivia answer: Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette