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The 2-day XFL draft concluded yesterday, with each of the league's 8 teams having put together their initial rosters.
How it worked: Before the actual draft, teams ranked which "Tier One" QB they wanted via a blind-bidding system, then those 8 players were assigned accordingly.
Los Angeles Wildcats
New York Guardians
St. Louis BattleHawks
Tampa Bay Vipers
Due to heavy rain in New York yesterday, Game 4 of the ALCS was postponed to tonight, and Game 5 — originally scheduled for tonight — was pushed back to Friday, which was supposed to be a travel day.
Why it matters: The ripple effects of the rainout will be felt throughout the rest of the series, as the Astros and Yankees may have to play 4 games in 4 days if it goes the distance.
Who it helps: The postponement helps the Astros, as yesterday was set to be a bullpen game with rookie Jose Urquidy expected to pitch the bulk of the innings as either a starter or behind an opener.
Who it hurts: The Yankees will counter with Masahiro Tanaka for Game 4 and James Paxton for Game 5, which is a solid 1-2 punch.
P.S. ... In other baseball news, former Cubs skipper Joe Maddon, an employee of the Angels from 1975 to 2005, has been hired as the team's new manager.
Patrick Day after winning a fight in October 2018. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images
Light middleweight boxer Patrick Day died yesterday after suffering a traumatic brain injury during a fight on Saturday in Chicago. He was 27.
What they're saying: Conwell posted an open letter to Day via Instagram on Monday, saying he never meant to hurt him and that he was considering quitting boxing.
"I never meant for this to happen to you. All I ever wanted to do was win. If I could take it all back I would ... I replay the fight over and over in my head thinking what if this never happened and why did it happen to you."
Gut-wrenching: "It was a running issue between Pat and I, how he came from a very educated, successful family and his mother didn't want him to box," said promoter Lou DiBella, per The Athletic (subscription). "I've known Pat since he was a kid, and she never attended one of his fights."
PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA — South Korea were happy to make it back in one piece after their brutal 2022 World Cup qualifier against North Korea, which ended in a 0-0 draw and was played in front of empty stands.
BARCELONA, SPAIN — Lionel Messi posed with his family after receiving the Golden Shoe award as Europe's top scorer for a record-breaking 6th time.
BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA — Brazilian legend Ronaldhino will temporarily come out of retirement to play in a friendly exhibition match today between Colombian teams Independiente Santa Fe and Atletico Nacional de Medellin.
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MGM Resorts International is selling its Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to the Blackstone Group in a $4.25 billion deal.
The 49ers are 3.1 yards per pass play in the black this season (they average 7.5 and give up 4.4), well ahead of the second-place Patriots and more than twice as dominant as 27 other teams.
Since 2010, there have been 85,109 penalties in the NHL. The most popular is tripping (13.8% of penalties), followed by hooking (13.6%).
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30 years ago today, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area minutes before Game 3 of the World Series between the Giants and A's at San Francisco's Candlestick Park.
Go deeper: NBC's live news coverage (YouTube)
Connor McDavid registered his 3rd career 5-point game last night, which is tied for the most in the NHL since his debut season (2015-16).
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Caption: "A competitor takes part in the Downhill Urbano event at Ciudad Bolivar, a poor locality in southern Bogotá, Colombia."
Go deeper: First-person POV footage (YouTube)
This week, we're listening to "The Sterling Affairs," a 5-part podcast about basketball in Los Angeles, a ruthless real estate empire and the scandal that rocked the NBA.
⏪ Yesterday's episode: "Property" — Donald and Shelly Sterling escaped poverty and became the biggest residential landlords in L.A. But in housing and basketball, they never had to face the consequences of their actions.
"Just wanted to say this is an awesome idea and that as an average NBA fan I probably never would have listened to this series without this 'Podcast Club.' I'm really enjoying it."— Reader Andrew H. (Gilbert, Ariz.)
▶️ Today's episode: "Fallout" — When the explosive tape of Donald broke, it came at a moment when power in the NBA was changing. Players, owners, and a new commissioner were faced with a major test that would re-shape the league.
"This was one of those interesting events in sports where you knew, even in real time, that history was unfolding and that this was a big test for Adam Silver, who was so new on the job. It was a real crossroads moment and he had to make a choice."— Host/producer Jody Avirgan
🎧 Listen: Ep. 4: "Fallout" (42 minutes)
Kendall "RIP, Patrick" Baker
Trivia answer: Brad Marchand (Bruins) and Mathew Barzal (Islanders)