Good morning to everyone but especially to...
- Turnover on downs
- Punt (muffed)
- Field goal
- The play of the night was made by... Ja'Sir Taylor, who pushed Broncos blocker P.J. Locke into returner Montrell Washington, who then muffed the punt. Four plays later, Hopkins -- battling a hamstring injury -- nailed his fourth field goal of the night for the win.
- Neither quarterback played well: Justin Herbert went 37 for 57 for 238 yards and an interception. Russell Wilson -- after going 10 for 10 for 116 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter -- finished just 15 for 28 for 188 yards overall and took four sacks.
- Austin Ekeler had 83 yards from scrimmage and the Chargers' lone touchdown.
- The Broncos became the first team to lose consecutive games, both in overtime, since 2017. They had 10 penalties for 151 yards.
This game was close, ugly and low-scoring. But guess what? That's the NFL this year. There have been 57 one-score games -- most in any season through six weeks -- and teams are averaging 21.6 points per game, on pace to be the fewest since 2009.
You have to win close games. On Monday, the Chargers did.
- Dak Prescott is this week.
- Robbie Anderson to the Cardinals.
- The Titans are on their way to .
- De'Andre Hunter got . Kevin Porter Jr., meanwhile, .
And not such a good morning for...
THE NEW YORK YANKEES AND THE CLEVELAND GUARDIANS
For the second time in five days, the Yankees and Guardians were. The decisive Game 5 is today at 4:07 p.m. This one was particularly frustrating as the game, scheduled to start at 7:07 p.m., wasn't officially postponed until after 9:30 p.m.
The good news is that the weather for tomorrow looks clear, andIn fact, the Yankees have already announced Game 2 starter Nestor Cortes will start today. That's where the good news ends, though.
- Whoever wins today won't have any time to celebrate, because Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros is tomorrow.
- Houston will be coming off three days of rest
Obviously, credit the Astros for sweeping the Mariners to guarantee themselves extra rest, but now they'll get the added benefit of playing a team that will be coming in on zero rest.
Not so honorable mentions
- Carson Wentz with a broken finger.
- Marquise Brown will also miss several weeks with a foot injury.
- Cam Akers of Los Angeles. where he could land.
- Fernando Tatis Jr. had .
- The Texans vice president of football operations Jack Easterby.
Welcome back, NBA! Predictions and more as season tips off tonight 🏀
Rejoice! The NBA is back, which makes me happy and should make you happy, too. Whether your favorite team is going for a title, tanking for Victor Wembanyama or somewhere in between, we haveand so, so much more for what will surely be (and already has been) an entertaining season.
Let's start with some, because that's one thing everyone can agree on, right? Just like the end of last season, the Warriors , writes NBA expert Colin Ward-Henninger.
- Ward-Henninger: "You win the title, you get the crown. The Warriors enter 2022-23 at No. 1 in the Power Rankings thanks to the return of their entire core, a few savvy signings and the potential emergence of some of their young prospects. Sure, the specter of Draymond Green's punch will linger around this team for a while, but winning tends to resolve such things, and the Warriors should do plenty of that to start the season. With Green, Steph Curry, Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole and a healthier Klay Thompson, the Warriors enter the season as the well-deserved team to beat."
We'll see how Green'simpacts the Warriors as a whole, but there's no doubt Green was one of the . Here's the top five of the :
- 1. Warriors
- 2. Clippers
- 3. Celtics
- 4. 76ers
- 5. Suns
We also have, and there are five different choices among the eight predictions. Our experts also gave as well, and here's who they chose for MVP.
- Joel Embiid (2 votes)
- Giannis Antetokounmpo (2 votes)
- Luka Doncic (2 votes)
- Stephen Curry (1 vote)
- Jayson Tatum (1 vote)
You'll notice there's a distinct lack of Lakers in the previous paragraphs, and I can't say I blame our NBA writers. After a disastrous last season, Russell Westbrook is still in Los Angeles (thoughshould come in handy), and LeBron James and Anthony Davis haven't been consistently healthy since their 2020 title run. James Herbert took in his latest "From Deep" column.
- Herbert: "For a LeBron team, there are not particularly high expectations. The roster feels cobbled together because it has been, and it feels incomplete because it almost certainly is. Westbrook's $47 million expiring contract is hanging over everything, and the Lakers' 2027 and 2029 unprotected first-round picks are available if the right deal comes along. The moment that they part with them, though, this strange in-between phase will be over and they'll be all-in with whatever comes back in return."
These pieces have been terrific all preseason, so I'll plug the rest here:
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As for everything else to know:
- Celtics honor Bill Russell with
Previewing the Phillies-Padres NLCS with World Series trip on the line ⚾
The NLCS starts tonight, and while, the Phillies and Padres don't care. They have a trip to the World Series on their minds after upsetting the Braves and Dodgers, respectively.
- It'll be Zack Wheeler vs. Yu Darvish for the pitching matchup. Wheeler pitched seven shutout innings in his lone start against San Diego this season. Darvish, meanwhile, went 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in two starts against Philadelphia.
- The Phillies won the season series, 4-3.
- The Phillies are looking for their first World Series trip since 2009. The Padres are looking for their first since 1998.
The NLCS appearances are years in the making for these teams' big-name 2019 offseason signees. Both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper signed huge deals with their respective clubs three seasons ago, and, writes MLB expert Matt Snyder.
- Snyder: "Machado is coming off an MVP-caliber season and -- given how poorly Paul Goldschmidt finished the season -- there's an argument to be made that when he finishes second he'll have been shortchanged. ... So far in the playoffs, in which the Phillies had the worst record coming in and still haven't faced elimination, Harper is hitting .435/.480/.957 with three doubles, three home runs, six RBI and six runs."
North Carolina tops men's basketball AP Top 25 🏀
Coming off a national runner-up finish and returning four starters, the North Carolina Tar Heels are atop. Here's the top 10, with first-place votes in parentheses:
- 1. North Carolina (47)
- 2. Gonzaga (12)
- 3. Houston (1)
- 4. Kentucky (2)
- T5. Baylor
- T5. Kansas
- 7. Duke
- 8. UCLA
- 9. Creighton
- 10. Arkansas
Our college basketball expert Kyle Boone is.
- Boone: "North Carolina is a very good basketball team and easily ranks top-10 for me next season. Just not No. 1. Like UCLA last year, the magical NCAA Tournament run it is coming off of has skewed the reality of what it really was last season: which was a just-OK team that got really hot end of year. Remember: UNC at one point last season didn't even look like it'd be a tourney team. It had to catch fire down the stretch and eventually got in as a No. 8 seed."
You can see the entire preseason polland Kyle's overrated and underrated squads .
What we're watching Tuesday 📺
⚾ Guardians at Yankees, 4:07 p.m. on TBS
🏒 Flyers at Lightning, 7 p.m. on ESPN
🏀 76ers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. on TNT
⚾ Phillies at Padres, 8:03 p.m. on FS1
🏒 Kings at Predators, 9:30 p.m. on ESPN
🏀 Lakers at Warriors, 10 p.m. on TNT