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📺 Tonight, 8:15pm ET (ESPN): Bears (-5.5) at Redskins
The Astros won their third straight AL West title yesterday. Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images
The Dodgers (100-56) won their 100th game of the season yesterday, joining the AL East champion Yankees (102-55) and AL West champion Astros (102-54) as triple-digit victors.
Meanwhile, on the opposite end of the spectrum, the Royals (57-100) lost their 100th game of the season yesterday, joining the Tigers (46-109), Orioles (51-105) and Marlins (54-101) as triple-digit losers.
The bottom line: 2019 was the season of the home run — and the year of the haves and have-nots.
P.S. ... In other news, the Cubs just became the second team in the last 100 years to get swept at home in a 4-game series and lose all 4 games by a single run.
Wisconsin moved into the top 10 in this week's AP poll after destroying Michigan. The top of the rankings remained mostly unchanged, while the middle got a big makeover.
By the numbers:
What's next: This Saturday features 2 matchups of ranked teams: No. 18 Virginia at No. 10 Notre Dame and No. 21 USC at No. 17 Washington.
ICYMI ... UCLA came back from a 49-17 third-quarter deficit to beat Washington State, 67-63, in one of the most absurd games ever.
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN — Back-to-back champion New Zealand beat South Africa 23-13 in an early heavyweight matchup at the Rugby World Cup.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — Team Europe defeated Team World 13-11 to win the Laver Cup, which — good news — will be held in Boston next year.
LONDON — Manchester United suffered a humiliating 2-0 defeat to West Ham United during an upset-filled weekend in the Premier League (above: West Ham's Aaron Cresswell scoring goal No. 2). View the current standings.
SINGAPORE — Sebastian Vettel won the Singapore Grand Prix, his first Grand Prix victory in over a year; and his teammate, Charles Leclerc, came in second. Huge day for Ferrari.
NBA: Roughly 2 months after NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that he believed "leakage and slippage" around free agency deadlines was "hurt[ing] the perception of integrity around the league," the NBA approved a series of new tampering rules.
WNBA: The Connecticut Sun swept the L.A. Sparks to reach their first WNBA Finals since 2005. Meanwhile, the Washington Mystics lead the Las Vegas Aces, 2-1, with Game 4 set for tomorrow.
CBB: Kansas is expected to be hit with "multiple major violations" by the NCAA stemming from last year's federal criminal trail, the Kansas City Star reports.
28 years ago today, Dolphins coach Don Shula became the second head coach in NFL history to win 300 games, joining Bears legend George Halas.
Answer at the bottom.
A family plays croquet in 1865. Photo: Otto Herschan Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Julian Smith wrote a fantastic piece for Deadspin about croquet. More specifically, he tells the story of 2 Kentucky farmers who came to dominate the sport.
A brief history:
See you tomorrow,
Kendall "Can't stop watching that Federer/Nadal clip" Baker
Trivia answer: Kurt Warner