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Top 10 Headlines to Know About Sports This Week

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This Week in Sports Talk (TWIST) is our weekly roundup of top headlines and current news events from the past seven days in the world of pro sports, plus a preview of what’s up next. Heading into the week of August 29, 2021, these are the top 10 headlines you need to know about to understand and join the conversation this week about sports, including football, baseball, tennis and basketball news.

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Despite all of the conflict and turmoil in the headlines this week, there’s a quiet corner of the world where comity is blooming. Golfers Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka have agreed to stop their feud ahead of 2021 Ryder Cup!

If these two can declare a truce, who knows what might happen next?

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What else do you need to know this week? Here’s our take on the top 10.

top 10 headlines to know to join the talk about sports this week: August 29, 2021

1. The New York Yankees are on fire!

longest winning streak since 1961

The New York Yankees have earned the mantle of the hottest team in baseball. After a sluggish spring and early summer, they were on a roll of 13 straight wins – the longest franchise winning streak since 1961. (Devoted pinstripe fans will recall that season as the one when Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle were chasing Babe Ruth’s home run record.) The fun came to end yesterday afternoon, however, as they lost 3-2 to the Oakland A’s.

The A’s really needed this win to stay in the hunt for the second wild card slot in the AL (the Yanks have already secured the first one).

Despite their impressive run, however, the team is not as high in the standings as you’d think. The Yanks remain 5 games back of Tampa Bay, and only two ahead of the Boston Red Sox in the AL East.

NL Highlights

Sadly for New Yorkers, as one local team rises, the other remains in a free fall. The Mets are in third place in the NL East, 7.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves. At least their ace Jacob deGrom has been cleared to begin throwing again.

The World Series defending champs the LA Dodgers are inching closer to the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants. As of this posting, they’re only 2.5 games back. Every executive at every media company with MLB broadcast or streaming rights is praying for a Dodgers-Yankees World Series. We’ll see . . .

2. Elsewhere in MLB, streaks snap and records fall.

Here are some other fun facts from the world of baseball this week. First, the LA Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres in 16 innings on Wednesday night, which is the longest MLB game since the implementation of runner-on-second rule.

While the Yanks focused this week on keeping their winning streak alive, the Baltimore Orioles finally snapped their 19-game losing streak this week with a win against the LA Angels. Further proof that no matter how bad it gets, at some point the tide will turn.

3. Winston lands the starting role for the Saints.

The Drew Brees era is over, and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has named former No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston the team’s new starting quarterback. Winston won the job by outperforming Taysom Hill. Now he’s prepping to face Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the season opener.

In related news, Jacksonville Jaguars’ quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater have also been named the starters for their teams. Lawrence beat out Gardner Minshew for the role. Bridgewater squeezed ahead of Drew Lock.

4. Mac & Cheese time in New England?

The New England Patriots find themselves in a bit of a controversy over who their starting quarterback will be after it became clear that front runner Cam Newton was unvaccinated. That meant he had to sit out 5 days, while the team’s #1 draft pick, quarterback Mac Jones, got all the first team snaps. Jones has looked strong in training camp and in pre-season matchups. Our Sports Desk notes that apparently “Mac & Cheese” Jones is taking a page from  Tom Brady’s playbook on preparation. Reports are that he’s putting in 18-hour days.

5. NFL pre-season ends this weekend.

This is the last weekend of pre-season games before the season opener between the Dallas Cowboys and the Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, September 9. Only two more weeks to go!

The season hasn’t even started, and already there are locker room leaks about Jacksonville head coach Urban Meyer. That’s just never a good sign.

Meyer won over 85% of his games in his 17 years as a college head coach. But in his first gig as an NFL coach, he’s heading a team that went 1-15 last season. CBS Sports notes that Meyer “hates to lose.” To his dismay, the Jags have lost both preseason games on their schedule (even though no one really cares about the preseason and all will be forgotten once the actual season begins).

Off-the-record, players are complaining that Meyer is bringing too many college practices to the NFL. Watch this space to see how this plays out as the stakes get higher. The Jags start the regular season on September 12 against the Houston Texans.

6. Several leading lights out at the US Open.

This year’s US Open at Flushing Meadows, Queens, will be a shadow of its former self. Usually the site of glamour on and off the court, this year most of the stars are not playing. For example, both of the Williams sisters have pulled out. As have Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. All of them cited injuries and/or rehab and the reason. So it appears that Novak Djokovic has a pretty clear path to breaking the Grand Slam title total he shares with Federer and Nadal – and winning all four Grand Slam tournaments in a single year.

The young women we all love to watch and root for are in this tournament, but the draw has us really bummed out. Naomi Osaka looks good to make it to the Round of 16. But Sloane Stephens is playing Madison Keys in Round 1 – meaning one of them will be out early. Dang it! Avid fans will remember that this was the pair who played the women’s final of the US Open in 2017. Whichever one wins is highly likely to meet another of our favorites, Coco Gauff, in Round 2.

7. Three-team trade in the NBA.

There are always significant (and sometimes head-scratching) trades during the off-season, and this week in the NBA it was a three-team deal that made headlines. The Portland Trail Blazers, Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers did a trade that sent Lauri Markkanen to the Cavs and Larry Nance Jr. to the Blazers.

8. College football season has kicked off.

The NCAA Division One College Football season started yesterday. In the inaugural game, the Fighting Illini of Illinois beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 30-22. Leading to further criticism of Cornhuskers coach Scott Frost, who has had a rocky 3-year tenure. He’s now 12-21 as head coach at Nebraska.

The “real” college season starts next week, when the AP-ranked teams begin playing.

9. Big 12 in expansion discussion with BYU.

In a potential conference realignment, The Athletic is reporting that the Big 12 is “seriously discussing” adding the BYU Cougars to its roster (BYU football has been independent since 2011). CBS Sports notes that the report comes one day after the Pac-12 Conference announced that it would not pursue expansion at this time. Oklahoma and Texas are leaving the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference no later than 2025.

10. Ronaldo returns to Man U.

Just a few short weeks after Lionel Messi left Barcelona for PSG, another international soccer star is making a move. Cristiano Ronaldo is returning to Manchester United, where it all started for him. Ronaldo announced that he wanted to leave Juventus early in the week. Manchester City considered an offer, but ultimately declined to pursue him. Later the same day, word came that Manchester United had made a deal. Man U. is sending roughly $30 million to Juventus, on top of Ronaldo’s pay package.

This Week in Sports Talk August 29, 2021

That’s our take on the news headlines today and the previews of the week ahead that you need to know to understand and join the talk about sports – including football, baseball, golf, tennis and basketball. Stay safe and strong out there, dear reader. See you next week.

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