Serena Williams continues creating magic at US Open, plus our 2022 Preseason All-NFL Team

Happy Thursday everybody, and welcome to September! It may be the very best sports month on the calendar in my modest viewpoint, and I can’t await it to truly start.

Let’s solve to it.

Good early morning to everybody however specifically to…

SERENA WILLIAMS

If Serena Williams‘ first-round win on Monday was expected to be absolutely nothing more than a good keepsake prior to retirement, she didn’t get the message. She’s here to win. The tennis legend, playing in most likely her last competition, beat No. 2 seed Anett Kontaviet 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-2 for her most remarkable win in current memory and is now moving onto the 3rd round, where she’ll deal with Ajla Tomljanovic.

  • Williams was on her video game from the start, going back and forth in a completely amusing very first set. Williams even got to serve for the established 6-5 however dropped the video game, establishing a tiebreak she won 7-4.
  • Kontaviet revealed why she’s been a significant riser in the ranks in the 2nd set, breaking Williams 3 times to require a 3rd set.
  • In the 3rd set, Williams addressed any possible concerns about her conditioning or court protection absolutely: She can definitely do it, even versus the world’s finest. Williams struck 13 winners compared to Kontaviet’s 3. Williams likewise won all 4 of her net points; she had actually won simply 3 in the very first 2 sets integrated.

Serena revealed the capability to dig deep and discover her finest things time and time once again. Playing simply her 6th match of the fiscal year, she was definitely relentless in the 3rd set. Even at 40 — and dealing with the pressure that every match might be her last — Williams revealed her champion mindset and capability is as strong as ever. “This is what I do best,” she stated post-match. “I love a challenge. I love rising to a challenge.”

Our Nick Parco (who is the editor of this newsletter) was on hand for the match, and he states when enjoying Williams, it’s tough to not believe of a remarkable United States Open run by a previous aging star.

  • Parco: “This is all becoming reminiscent of what a fellow American tennis star, Jimmy Connors, did in 1991 in the twilight of his career. He was 39 and made the semis at the US Open, taking down seeds before fizzling out vs. No. 4 Jim Courier. … Of course, Williams wants to replicate that run Connors had, but go the extra mile and win it all in the place where she’s already done that six times. She’s already given the fans at Arthur Ashe so much to root for, dating all the way back to 1999 when she first won.”

Bettors are feeling the magic, too. Williams went into the competition with 50-1 chances to win. She’s now 14-1.

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Sky, Aces knot up particular series with remarkable efforts 🏀


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The WNBA semifinals are seriously remarkable. I do not understand how else to state it. The Sky and the Aces knotted up their series 1-1 versus the Sun and the Storm, respectively, with strong bounce-back efficiencies.

Let’s start in Chicago, where the Sky enhanced to 11-1 following a loss this season thanks to an 85-77 Game 2 win. Candace Parker blazed a trail with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 helps, and all 5 Chicago beginners scored in double figures. That sort of efficiency is what we have actually concerned get out of Parker, composes WNBA press reporter Jack Maloney.

  • Maloney:  “Her numbers weren’t historic like they were in Game 1, but that was because she only needed to play 25 minutes in the blowout. And even if the box score won’t tell it, her performance in Game 2 was nearly as impressive, and perhaps more important given the circumstances.”

Out in Las Vegas, the extremely expected fight in between A’ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart measured up to expectations… and after that some. Wilson scored 33 points and had 13 rebounds, simply enough to lead the Aces to a 78-73 win. Stewart ended up with 32 points and 7 boards.

Through 2 video games, the combined rating of Storm-Aces is 151-149, Aces. The combined rating of Sun-Sky is 148-145, Sky. These video games have actually been extremely close and extremely well-played — and they definitely appear like possible all-time classics when all is stated and done.

White Sox supervisor Tony La Russa out forever with health problem ⚾


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Tony La Russa, the Hall-of-Fame supervisor of the Chicago White Sox, is out forever due to an undefined health problem as his group wants to make a late rally for a playoff berth. Bench coach Miguel Cairo is taking control of in his stead.

  • La Russa, 77, missed out on Tuesday’s loss to the Royals, and the White Sox then revealed his indefinite lack ahead of Wednesday’s win over Kansas City. He is going through a series of tests in the coming days.
  • The White Sox are presently 5 video games behind the Guardians for the AL Central lead and 6.5 video games out of a Wild Card area. They have actually lost 10 of their last 13.

It’s been a hard year on the South Side for group and supervisor alike. The White Sox made the playoffs each of the previous 2 seasons and were anticipated to do the exact same this year with a gifted core of gamers, however injuries and underperformance both at the plate and on the mound have actually cost them substantially.

La Russa has actually drawn near-constant criticism and made numerous odd options — consisting of requiring deliberate strolls in 1-2 counts very first in June and once again simply last month — in his 2nd year of his 2nd stint with the group.

Preseason All-NFL Team: A surprise at QB blazes a trail 🏈


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Everyone likes a great preseason list. College football does a terrific task with it: award watch lists, All-America groups, All-Conference groups, the Coaches Poll, the AP Poll… you call it, there’s a list all set to precede the season starts.

Officially, the NFL has no such things, so we took matters into our own hands: Eight of our NFL professionals voted on the 2022 CBS Preseason All-NFL Team. We’ll begin things off at quarterback, where 3 young stars got the most votes, notes NFL specialist Cody Benjamin.

  • Benjamin:  Justin Herbert (7 votes), Patrick Mahomes (6), Josh Allen (5) — All hail the AFC. Everyone’s buying into Herbert’s laser-armed pocket passing for the Chargers, especially now that he’s got a loaded supporting cast on both sides of the ball. Mahomes and Allen, meanwhile, are the league’s big-play mavens, and everyone figures their Chiefs and Bills will meet again.”

I enjoy Herbert getting the most votes of any quarterback. His 69 profession goal passes are most ever through a gamer’s very first 2 seasons, and he’s simply a happiness to see. As Cody composed, I might see a huge, huge 3rd season in the cards after the Chargers included guard Zion Johnson in the preliminary of the NFL Draft and tight end Gerald Everett in totally free company. And with the acquisitions of cornerback J.C. Jackson and edge rush Khalil Mack, the Chargers job to be truly, truly excellent, which can just assist Herbert’s case.

To see all of the choices for the 53-man lineup — along with for head coach — click here.

What we’re enjoying Thursday 📺

Serie A, 2:30 p.m. on Paramount+
🏈 West Virginia at No. 17 Pitt, 7 p.m. on ESPN
🏈 Central Michigan at No. 12 Oklahoma State, 7 p.m. on FS1
🏈 Penn State at Purdue, 8 p.m. on FOX



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