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The Nationals entered last night's game as the biggest World Series underdog in over a decade. They'll wake up this morning in full control after handing Astros ace Gerrit Cole his first loss since May.
What's next: The Nationals will send Stephen Strasburg to the mound in Game 2 tonight, while the Astros will counter with Justin Verlander.
Go deeper: Soto "committed to Washington in a rancid batting cage in Florida when he was 16. Four years later, the slugging outfielder was batting cleanup in Game 1 of the World Series — and dominating." (New York Times)
LOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard (30 pts) and the Clippers beat LeBron James (18-9-8) and the Lakers, 112-102, in a star-studded season opener at Staples Center.
TORONTO — After slipping on shiny new rings and raising a championship banner, Fred VanVleet (career-high 34 points) and Pascal Siakam (34-18-5) led the defending champion Raptors past the Pelicans, 130-122 (OT).
The big picture: Plank and Parker have been on the job for a similar period of time, but have delivered radically different returns to shareholders.
On the other side: Parker's tenure as Nike's CEO has been marred by major scandals in the past 2 years.
What's next: Patrik Frisk, Under Armour's COO, will take over the top post, and John Donahoe, a current Nike board member and CEO of cloud computing company ServiceNow, will take the reins at Nike.
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The 2019-20 college basketball season begins on Nov. 5 with an epic double-header at Madison Square Garden, as No. 4 Duke battles No. 3 Kansas and No. 2 Kentucky takes on No. 1 Michigan State.
The preseason landscape...
All-America team: Cassius Winston, who led Michigan State to the Final Four last season and is the country's preeminent floor general, was this year's only consensus selection.
Top 25: Winston's Spartans are No. 1 in the preseason poll for the first time in program history, while defending champion Virginia is slotted at No. 11.
Starting in 2020, all 49ers season ticket holders will have access to unlimited food and beverages (excluding alcohol) at every game, making Levi's Stadium the first to offer such a service.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney ($9.3 million annual salary) took over the top spot in the annual USA Today coaches salary database.
A study of former professional soccer players in Scotland found that they were 3.5 times more likely to die of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, ALS and Parkinson's than the general population.
26 years ago today, Blue Jays outfielder Joe Carter hit a walk-off home run in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series to clinch Toronto's second straight title.
What they said: As Carter hopped around the bases like a little kid, Blue Jays announcer Tom Cheek uttered the famous words, "Touch 'em all Joe! You'll never hit a bigger home run in your life!"
Go deeper: Carter's World Series walk-off, 25 years later (Sportsnet)
A reader told me that he and his son love doing the trivia each morning, so I asked if his son would help me out. 13-year-old Billy Cannon from Chevy Chase, Md. is providing the questions this week. Thanks, Billy!
There have only been two instances in World Series history in which multiple MVPs were selected (1981 and 2001).
Answer at the bottom.
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Tens of thousands of spectators descended upon Harvard's campus this past weekend to watch amateur and professional rowers from all over the world compete at the 55th Head of the Charles Regatta — the world's largest two-day rowing competition.
"Regattas such as the Head of the Charles in Boston and the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia are to the rowing world what the New York Marathon and the Boston Marathon are to running."— Rowing legend/historian Susan Saint Sing
🏀 What in God's name happened to Jordan Tebbutt? (Matt Giles, Deadspin)
"This is typically the point in the story in which the player either shines in college, fulfilling a destiny that has been 18-plus years in the making; or when the plan falls apart in a way that no one could have predicted. But what happened with Tebbutt was more complicated, harder to explain: he just disappeared."
🎮 The history of hidden talents in 'Madden' ratings (Alex Kirshner, Banner Society)
"During meetings with the Madden crew at offseason events, players (especially rookies) make personal appeals to the ratings staff. But often these conversations ... aren't about how good their virtual avatars will be. Instead, players want EA to know about obscure skills that have nothing to do with their NFL positions."
🏈 A second chance at life and football: Inside Richard Yeargin's comeback (David M. Hale, ESPN)
"He still thinks about that day .... What if it hadn't rained or if he had left a little later or if — well, he tries to push those thoughts aside. There are a thousand twists and turns in a lifetime, but today, he is right where he is supposed to be."
The logo for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games has been unveiled, and it looks like... a dating app? Or, as freelance journalist Megan Clement put it, a sultry woman:
Kendall "Soto might be a top 5 player in baseball" Baker
Trivia answer: Diamondbacks starters Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson
Editor's note: The chart in story no. 3 was corrected.