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Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro after kicking the game-winning FG. Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
Tonight, 8:15pm ET (ESPN): The Browns (0-1) visit the Jets (0-1) in a matchup "loaded with juicy storylines ... and a slight hint of desperation." (Preview)
Mike Trout. Photo: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
Just a week after the Brewers lost reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich for the season due to a fractured knee cap, the Angels have lost perennial AL MVP Mike Trout for the season due to foot surgery.
Why it matters: In addition to winning recent MVP awards, Trout and Yelich are also frontrunners this year. In spite of his injury, Trout will likely still win the AL award, while Yelich's chances could be fading.
On a Saturday with zero matchups between ranked teams, Michigan State, Maryland and USC still managed to drop out of the Top 25, with Cal, Arizona State and TCU replacing them.
By the numbers:
What's next: "College GameDay" will be in Athens on Saturday for a top-10 matchup between No. 3 Georgia and No. 7 Notre Dame. ... We'll also be treated to No. 11 Michigan at No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 8 Auburn at No. 17 Texas A&M.
P.S. … Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson lost his wife, Wendy, to breast cancer last month. To honor her and raise awareness, Georgia fans wore pink instead of red on Saturday. This is humanity at its best:
Marc Gasol. Photo: Fu Tian/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images
Tournament MVP Ricky Rubio scored 20 points, Marc Gasol added 14 (and won his second championship in 3 months) and Spain beat Luis Scola and Argentina 95-75 to win the FIBA World Cup.
The big picture: "Basketball was invented in the United States by a Canadian and given to the world, and the world has more than run with it," writes NBA writer Keith Smith.
Go deeper: The NBA playoffs were a global affair (Axios)
"All of a sudden, it feels as if the future is at hand," writes NYT's Rory Smith, before running through a list of young soccer stars vying to become the future face of the sport.
Prime candidates: João Félix, 19 (Atlético Madrid; Portugal) — Kylian Mbappé, 20 (Paris St.-Germain; France) — Frenkie de Jong, 22 (Barcelona; Netherlands) — Kai Havertz, 20 (Bayer Leverkusen; Germany) — Vinícius Júnior, 19 (Real Madrid; Brazil).
The big picture: This group of players "seem to be the generation that will replace Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world's best players," writes Smith.
The bottom line: Neymar, Hazard and other established superstars will be nearing age 30 by the time Messi vacates his perch, while this new generation will be entering their prime.
Team Europe defeated Team USA in the Solheim Cup (similar to the men's Ryder Cup) in a dramatic finale in Gleneagles, Scotland.
What they're saying: 38-year-old Suzann Pettersen sunk the decisive putt before promptly retiring from golf. Legendary.
"I mean, can you ask for more? The last putt to win the Cup, when it's that close? ... To win here in front of this Scottish crowd? ... It's perfect closure for my Solheim career and also my professional career. I'm done."
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Marc Gasol is just the second player to win an NBA title and a FIBA World Cup in the same year.
Answer at the bottom.
Lew Ford batting for the Orioles during the 2012 ALDS. Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
SI's Jon Tayler (@JATayler) wrote the best thing I read this weekend.
"The first time Lew Ford thought his professional baseball career had reached its end came 1,911 games, 11 teams, five leagues, three countries and 18 years ago."
"But before he gave up on the big leagues, he talked to his wife, Corri, about what the future might hold. They agreed that he'd give baseball one more shot."
See you tomorrow,
Kendall "How many hours do we think Eddy Pineiro slept last night?" Baker
Trivia answer: Lamar Odom