Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs survive vs. Chargers, plus the end of a tennis era

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Almost all NFL video games boil down to a couple of essential plays. A missed out on task here, a drop there, a turnover there and wins ended up being losses — and vice versa. On Thursday, in the turning points, the Chiefs were the ones who made those plays, rallying from a 17-7 deficit to beat the Chargers 27-24 in a huge AFC West face-off.

  • The most significant play of the night included the video game connected 17-17 early in the 4th quarter, with the Chargers dealing with 1st-and-Goal at the 3-yard line: Rookie cornerback Jaylen Watson benefited from a miscommunication in between Justin Herbert and Gerald Everett, obstructing the pass and returning it 99 lawns for a pick-six.
  • Later, Clyde-Edwards-Helaire swindled a career-long 52-yard go to establish a basket that extended the result in 10 points. It was the longest run by a Chiefs running back because 2019.
  • Patrick Mahomes was rather peaceful however still strong: 24 for 35, 235 lawns, 2 goals, no interceptions.
  • Since 2018, Mahomes is 8-7 (.533 win pct) in video games in which he routes by 10+ points at any point; all other quarterbacks are 141-796-4 (.152 win pct) in those video games over that period.

The Kansas City defense stuck out also. Chris Jones had 2 sacks, and the group as an entire signed up 8 hits on Herbert. The secondary held up incredibly well and is enabling 6.3 lawns per effort this season in spite of dealing with skilled quarterbacks in Herbert and Kyler Murray. It enabled 7.3 lawns per effort in 2015.

If Jones can continue to make this kind of effect and the secondary can continue to hold up well, the Chiefs will not always require big video games from Mahomes, which’s an advantage.

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And not such an excellent early morning for…



The Chargers will rue their missed out on chances in a video game that was incomparably winnable.

  • Herbert’s red-zone turnover was a terrible blow. From 1st-and-goal at the 3-yard line, the Chargers had actually an anticipated points worth of 5.8 (a.k.a. the Chargers are anticipated to end up that belongings with 5.8 points). Instead, they offered 6 indicate the other group.
  • Los Angeles went simply 5 for 16 on 3rd down, and simply 5 for 11 on 3rd-and-2 or much shorter.
  • Pro Football Focus marked the Chargers for 3 dropped interceptions.

That’s how you lose a video game in which you out-gained your challenger by over 80 lawns and ran 20 more plays than the other group, which is precisely what the Chargers did.

In the procedure, another problem turned up: Herbert took a lots of success and even needed to leave the video game for a play. While head coach Brandon Staley stated Herbert is “OK,” the QB wasn’t offered to speak postgame since of his ribs/abdomen problem. Even if he does show simply great for the long run, seeing your star quarterback banged up this early in the season is no enjoyable. 

Roger Federer following Serena Williams into retirement is end of age 🎾

It’s completion of an age in tennis, this time on the males’s side. After the Laver Cup next weekend, Roger Federer will retire, he revealed on social networks Thursday.

  • Federer’s 20 profession Grand Slam titles are 3rd all-time by a male, just behind Rafael Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21). Federer’s 8 Wimbledon titles are most all-time by a male, and he likewise won 6 Australian Opens, 5 United States Opens and one French Open.
  • In addition, Federer’s 368 Grand Slam matches won is a record. Overall, he won 103 ATP titles, 2nd to Jimmy Connors (109) and 1,245 ATP matches, likewise 2nd to Connors (1,275).
  • Federer invested 310 weeks — consisting of a record 237 consecutively from Jan. 2004 to Sept. 2008 — at ATP No. 1.
  • Federer has actually been afflicted by knee problems just recently — this will be his very first occasion because Wimbledon in 2021 — and he pointed out injuries as a significant factor for his choice.

Federer’s statement comes simply over a month after Serena Williams revealed her retirement strategies and less than 2 weeks after what is presumed to be her last match (though she semi-teased a return Thursday). As our Matt Norlander composes, it’s not just completion of an age, however completion of an age unlike any other for the sport of tennis.

  • Norlander: “Federer’s quick smile, humility and easygoing demeanor made a haughty sport more likable. Williams’ trailblazing and uncompromising approach to competition and her personal image forced a predominantly white sport to come to grips with its faults. No one could have known it then, but when Federer and Williams won Wimbledon in 2003 (Federer’s first Slam, Williams’ sixth at the time), the sport was officially on its way to never being the same again.”

Here’s how the remainder of the tennis world responded to Federer’s statement.

What I’ll miss out on most about Federer is his grace and gracefulness: constantly simple in success or the unusual defeat, constantly moving around the court, dispatching challenger after challenger with deft touch, innovative shotmaking and laser-like accuracy.

WNBA Finals wrap-up: Sun control Aces to require Game 4 🏀

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There will be no sweep in the WNBA Finals. The Sun made certain of that in emphatic style with 105-76 blowout of the Aces in which the Connecticut offense lastly came to life.

  • Six Sun gamers scored in double figures, with Alyssa Thomas signing up the initially triple-double in WNBA Finals history (16 points, 15 rebounds, 11 helps) and Jonquel Jones leading the scoring charge with 20 points.
  • After shooting simply 8 for 30 (26.7%) on 3-pointers in the very first 2 video games integrated, the Sun tore down 8 of 15 from deep (53.3%) in Game 3. It assisted them outscored the Aces, 28-7, in the 4th quarter.
  • The Sun enhance to 4-0 in removal video games this postseason.

Game 4 is set for Sunday.

Will MLB’s shift restriction in fact make a huge distinction? ⚾

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In case you missed it, MLB formally authorized carrying out some substantial modifications to the video game in 2023:  a pitch clock, bigger bases and shift constraints. Those initially 2 are quite obvious. Here are information on the 3rd:

  • Upon release of each pitch, there should be a minimum of 4 protectors — besides the battery — with both feet within the external border of the infield dirt
  • Upon release of the pitch, there should be 2 of the 4 infielders on each side of 2nd base. 
  • The group needs to designate 2 infielders for each side of 2nd base, and they cannot change backward and forward based upon the batter.

Will this modification make a huge distinction? Our MLB specialists responded to that in today’s Batting Around roundtable, and R.J. Anderson states…

  • Anderson: “I’m generally not a fan of banning or limiting strategic components, like defensive positioning, but I’ve grown to feel that the impact the shift had on offensive production was overstated — something that I think is validated when you look at the leaguewide BABIP on a year-to-year basis. … Maybe I’m wrong and doing away with the shift proves to be more pivotal than I expect, but my gut feeling is that it ends up being much ado about nothing.”

What we’re seeing this weekend 📺

⚽ We’re seeing Serie A on Paramount+ all weekend. Same with the NWSL on Paramount+.


🏈 Florida State at Louisville, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN


🏈 No. 1 Georgia at South Carolina, Noon on ESPN
🏈 No. 6 Oklahoma at Nebraska, Noon on FOX
🏈 No. 12 BYU at No. 25 Oregon, 3:30 p.m. on FOX
🏈 No. 22 Penn State at Auburn, 3:30 p.m. on CBS
🏈 No. 13 Miami at No. 22 Texas A&M, 9 p.m. on ESPN


🏈 Here’s the Week 2 NFL schedule.
🏀 Aces at Sun, 4 p.m. on ESPN
Dodgers at Giants, 7 p.m. on ESPN

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