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Week 10 recap:
MVP race: After what Jackson did on Sunday, Russell Wilson needed to put on a show last night to remain the MVP favorite. He did — but it still feels like Jackson closed the gap a bit this weekend.
Playoff picture: If the season ended today, here's what the postseason field would look like:
P.S. ... The snowstorm at Lambeau was awesome.
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On Sunday, the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC met in the MLS Cup for the third time in four years. After splitting the first two meetings, Seattle emerged victorious, winning 3-1 in front of a record-setting home crowd of 69,274.
The big picture: In the three years since Seattle won its first title, MLS has added four new teams — and there are lots more coming.
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Jeff Bezos is interested in purchasing an NFL team and "has strong support within the league to eventually join their ranks," CBS Sports reports.
Potential targets: No teams are currently on the market, but that could change soon.
By the numbers: Bezos has a net worth of roughly $104 billion, which would make him the richest NFL owner by a cool ~$92 billion.
Go deeper: The NFL's 10 richest owners (CNBC)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — LSU "stared the Alabama death machine in the face and survived," beating the Tide for the first time since 2011 in a 46-41 thriller.
MINNEAPOLIS — Tens of thousands stormed the field after No. 17 Minnesota beat No. 4 Penn State, 31-26, the Gophers' first win over a top-5 team at home since 1977.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State star Cassius Winston shared a hug with coach Tom Izzo after exiting the court on Sunday, a day after his younger brother Zachary died when he was struck by a train.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — In the first ranked-on-ranked action of the season, No. 8 South Carolina overpowered No. 4 Maryland, 63-54, on Sunday. In the new AP poll, the Gamecocks are up to No. 6, while the Terrapins are down to No. 8.
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FiveThirtyEight compared the number of championships teams have won with the number of times they finished as the best team "on paper" (i.e. had the No. 1 Elo rating, a metric used to rank teams).
Biggest gainers (1968-present):
Biggest losers (1968-present):
No. 24 Indiana entered this week's AP poll for the first time since 1994, meaning their in-state rival, Purdue, now holds the longest unranked streak among all Power 5 schools (last ranked in 2007).
Gordon Hayward will be out six weeks following surgery on his left hand. Poor guy. After missing the 2017-18 season (broken ankle) and struggling last year, Hayward was on fire prior to the injury (20.3 pts, 7.9 reb, 4.6 ast on 56.4% FG).
Alexander Zverev beat top-ranked Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 6-4, at the ATP Finals yesterday, meaning he has beaten each of the Big Three (Nadal, Federer, Djokovic) in his last three matches at London's O2 Arena.
26 years ago today, Dan Marino surpassed Fran Tarkenton to become the NFL's all-time leading passer.
The big picture: Marino finished his career with 61,361 passing yards — a record that has since been broken by four different QBs, two of whom are still playing.
As for Tarkenton, he's now ranked 12th behind Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, John Elway, Warren Moon and Matt Ryan.
Go deeper: Dan Marino career highlights (YouTube)
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Many believed this would be the year that a Western team finally won the League of Legends World Championship, but it wasn't meant to be, as China-based FPX beat European-based G2 in Paris to claim the prize of at least $2.5 million.
The backdrop: "A European team hasn't won finals since 2011, which wasn't a truly global event," writes WashPost's Matt Vella. "In the years following, Korean teams dominated — until 2018 when a Chinese team took the top spot."
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly listed the prize money as $1 million. It's been updated to the correct amount of $2.5 million.
The Spurs retired franchise legend Tony Parker's No. 9 jersey in a ceremony last night in San Antonio.
Answer at the bottom.
Mets 1B Pete Alonso and Astros DH Yordan Álvarez had historic seasons in 2019, and their efforts were recognized last night with runaway wins in the NL and AL Rookie of the Year Award voting.
Coming up: The NL and AL Manager of the Year Awards will be handed out tonight at 6pm ET.
Kendall "God bless you, Earl (NSFW)" Baker
Trivia answer: Spain's Pau Gasol (2,098 points)