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Following a World Series that defied everything we know about home-field advantage, order appears to have been restored to the universe in one fell swoop.
What happened: On Sunday, NFL home teams not only won all 11 games, but they also went 11-0 against the spread. (Meanwhile, the Texans beat the Jaguars in London).
Ravens (6-2) def. Patriots (8-1), 37-20
Chiefs (6-3) def. Vikings (6-3), 26-23
Chargers (4-5) def. Packers (7-2), 26-11
Bills (6-2) def. Redskins (1-8), 24-9
Dolphins (1-7) def. Jets (1-7), 26-18
Seahawks (7-2) def. Bucs (2-6), 40-34 (OT)
Broncos (3-6) def. Browns (2-6), 24-19
Panthers (5-3) def. Titans (4-5), 30-20
Raiders (4-4) def. Lions (3-4-1), 31-24
Steelers (4-4) def. Colts (5-3), 26-24
Eagles (5-4) def. Bears (3-5), 22-14
Texans (6-3) def. Jaguars (4-5), 26-3
On Friday, we looked back at the champions and MVPs of the last 10 years in the four major U.S. sports. In keeping with that theme, here are MLB's WAR leaders this decade.
With nine ranked teams on byes, including four of the top five, there was very little movement at the top of this week's AP poll.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — "Washington threw a party 95 years in the making Saturday afternoon, with baseball fans gleefully lining downtown streets for a World Series parade and rally that covered the Mall in a sea of red." (WashPost)
ARCADIA, CALIF. — Mongolian Groom (pictured above) was euthanized after running in the $6 million Classic at the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park, the 37th horse to die at the track since December.
NEW YORK — "It's entirely possible that every big city is at its best on marathon day," writes the New York Times' Matthew Futterman.
Through 76 career games, Luka Dončić and LeBron James put up remarkably similar numbers:
Fast-forward to Friday: In his 77th career game, the 20-year-old Dončić faced off against his childhood idol for the third time — and it was glorious (Lakers won in OT):
The bottom line: Entering Friday, we knew we were watching the past, present and future of basketball collide (to me, James is the past and the present, while Dončić is the present and the future).
Thanks to a county policy designed to prevent lopsided results, a high school football coach on Long Island has been suspended following his team's 61-13 win.
Phil Mickelson will drop to No. 51 in the Official World Golf Ranking this week, the first time in 26 years that he won't be among the top 50 golfers in the world.
Lewis Hamilton came in second place at the U.S. Grand Prix (just over four seconds behind teammate Valtteri Bottas) to clinch his sixth championship.
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10 years ago today, the Yankees beat the Phillies, 7-3, in Game 6 of the World Series to win their record 27th championship.
The big picture: The Yankees haven't been back to the Fall Classic since, with the 2010s marking the first decade since the 1910s that they didn't appear in one.
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South Africa beat England, 32-12, to win the Rugby World Cup — the eighth time in the last nine World Cups that a team from the Southern Hemisphere came out on top.
Why it matters: Siya Kolisi became South Africa's first black captain to lift the cup, 24 years after the Springboks' first participation postapartheid.
"We have so many problems in our country, a team like this — we come from different backgrounds, different races — and we came together with one goal. I really hope we've done that for South Africa, to show that we can pull together if we want to achieve something."— Siya Kolisi (video)
Colorado's Nolan Arenado won a Gold Glove Award for the seventh time last night (see all winners) and has now won the award in every season of his career.
Answer at the bottom.
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There were two massive fights on Saturday night:
Driving the news: In a decision intended to maximize subscriptions, DAZN delayed the start of the Alvarez fight until after the Masvidal fight was over. That resulted in a 98-minute wait between the co-main and main events in Vegas, and some viewed it as an insult to boxing.
Question for you: What I find most interesting here is a general assumption by DAZN that boxing fans are also UFC fans or that, at the very least, there's enough crossover appeal that they wouldn't mind a 98-minute delay. Is this true? Let's find out.
Which best describes you:
Kendall "RIP, Jared" Baker
Trivia answer: Brooks Robinson (16), Mike Schmidt (10), Scott Rolen (8)