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Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs survive vs. Chargers, plus the top of a tennis period

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Completely satisfied Friday, everybody!

Let’s get proper to it.

Good morning to everybody however particularly to…

THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Virtually all NFL video games come down to some essential performs. A missed task right here, a drop there, a turnover there and wins turn into losses — and vice versa. On Thursday, within the essential moments, the Chiefs had been those who made these performs, rallying from a 17-7 deficit to beat the Chargers 27-24 in a giant AFC West showdown.

  • The largest play of the evening got here with the sport tied 17-17 early within the fourth quarter, with the Chargers dealing with 1st-and-Purpose on the 3-yard line: Rookie cornerback Jaylen Watson took benefit of a miscommunication between Justin Herbert and Gerald Everett, intercepting the go and returning it 99 yards for a pick-six.
  • Later, Clyde-Edwards-Helaire ripped off a career-long 52-yard run to arrange a area objective that prolonged the result in 10 factors. It was the longest run by a Chiefs working again since 2019.
  • Patrick Mahomes was considerably quiet however nonetheless stable: 24 for 35, 235 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions.
  • Since 2018, Mahomes is 8-7 (.533 win pct) in video games through which he trails by 10+ factors at any level; all different quarterbacks are 141-796-4 (.152 win pct) in these video games over that span.

The Kansas Metropolis protection stood out as effectively. Chris Jones had two sacks, and the workforce as a complete registered eight hits on Herbert. The secondary held up remarkably effectively and is permitting 6.3 yards per try this season regardless of dealing with gifted quarterbacks in Herbert and Kyler Murray. It allowed 7.3 yards per try final 12 months.

If Jones can proceed to make this sort of influence and the secondary can proceed to carry up effectively, the Chiefs will not essentially want large video games from Mahomes, and that is factor.

Honorable mentions

And never such morning for…


USATSI

THE LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

The Chargers will rue their missed alternatives in a sport that was eminently winnable.

  • Herbert’s red-zone turnover was a devastating blow. From 1st-and-goal on the 3-yard line, the Chargers had an anticipated factors worth of 5.8 (a.okay.a. the Chargers are anticipated to complete that possession with 5.8 factors). As a substitute, they gave six factors to the opposite workforce.
  • Los Angeles went simply 5 for 16 on Third down, and simply 5 for 11 on Third-and-2 or shorter.
  • Professional Soccer Focus marked the Chargers for three dropped interceptions.

That is the way you lose a sport through which you out-gained your opponent by over 80 yards and ran 20 extra performs than the opposite workforce, which is precisely what the Chargers did.

Within the course of, one other challenge popped up: Herbert took a ton of huge hits and even needed to go away the sport for a play. Whereas head coach Brandon Staley stated Herbert is “OK,” the QB wasn’t obtainable to talk postgame due to his ribs/stomach challenge. Even when he does show simply effective for the lengthy haul, seeing your star quarterback banged up this early within the season isn’t any enjoyable. 

Roger Federer following Serena Williams into retirement is finish of period 🎾

It is the top of an period in tennis, this time on the boys’s facet. After the Laver Cup subsequent weekend, Roger Federer will retire, he introduced on social media Thursday.

  • Federer’s 20 profession Grand Slam titles are third all-time by a person, solely behind Rafael Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21). Federer’s eight Wimbledon titles are most all-time by a person, and he additionally gained six Australian Opens, 5 US Opens and one French Open.
  • As well as, Federer’s 368 Grand Slam matches gained is a document. General, he gained 103 ATP titles, second to Jimmy Connors (109) and 1,245 ATP matches, additionally second to Connors (1,275).
  • Federer spent 310 weeks — together with a document 237 consecutively from Jan. 2004 to Sept. 2008 — at ATP No. 1.
  • Federer has been suffering from knee points not too long ago — this might be his first occasion since Wimbledon in 2021 — and he cited accidents as a significant motive for his choice.

Federer’s announcement comes simply over a month after Serena Williams introduced her retirement plans and fewer than two weeks after what’s assumed to be her final match (although she semi-teased a return Thursday). As our Matt Norlander writes, it is not solely the top of an period, however the finish of an period in contrast to another for the game of tennis.

  • Norlander: “Federer’s fast smile, humility and easygoing demeanor made a haughty sport extra likable. Williams’ trailblazing and uncompromising method to competitors and her private picture compelled a predominantly white sport to come back to grips with its faults. Nobody may have identified it then, however when Federer and Williams gained Wimbledon in 2003 (Federer’s first Slam, Williams’ sixth on the time), the game was formally on its solution to by no means being the identical once more.”

This is how the remainder of the tennis world reacted to Federer’s announcement.

What I am going to miss most about Federer is his grace and gracefulness: at all times humble in victory or the uncommon defeat, at all times gliding across the court docket, dispatching opponent after opponent with deft contact, artistic shotmaking and laser-like precision.

WNBA Finals recap: Solar dominate Aces to drive Sport 4 🏀


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There might be no sweep within the WNBA Finals. The Solar made certain of that in emphatic vogue with 105-76 blowout of the Aces through which the Connecticut offense lastly got here to life.

  • Six Solar gamers scored in double figures, with Alyssa Thomas registering the first triple-double in WNBA Finals historical past (16 factors, 15 rebounds, 11 assists) and Jonquel Jones main the scoring cost with 20 factors.
  • After capturing simply 8 for 30 (26.7%) on 3-pointers within the first two video games mixed, the Solar knocked down 8 of 15 from deep (53.3%) in Sport 3. It helped them outscored the Aces, 28-7, within the fourth quarter.
  • The Solar enhance to 4-0 in elimination video games this postseason.

Sport 4 is ready for Sunday.

Will MLB’s shift ban really make a giant distinction? ⚾


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In case you missed it, MLB formally permitted implementing some vital adjustments to the sport in 2023: a pitch clock, bigger bases and shift restrictions. These first two are fairly self-explanatory. Listed here are particulars on the third:

  • Upon launch of every pitch, there should be a minimal of 4 defenders — aside from the battery — with each ft throughout the outer boundary of the infield dust
  • Upon launch of the pitch, there should be two of the 4 infielders on both sides of second base. 
  • The workforce should designate two infielders for both sides of second base, and so they can’t swap forwards and backwards primarily based on the batter.

Will this transformation make a giant distinction? Our MLB consultants answered that in this week’s Batting Round roundtable, and R.J. Anderson says…

  • Anderson: “I am usually not a fan of banning or limiting strategic parts, like defensive positioning, however I’ve grown to really feel that the influence the shift had on offensive manufacturing was overstated — one thing that I feel is validated if you take a look at the leaguewide BABIP on a year-to-year foundation. … Possibly I am mistaken and taking away the shift proves to be extra pivotal than I count on, however my intestine feeling is that it finally ends up being a lot ado about nothing.”

What we’re watching this weekend 📺

⚽ We’re watching Serie A on Paramount+ all weekend. Identical with the NWSL on Paramount+.

Friday

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

Saturday

🏈 No. 1 Georgia at South Carolina, Midday on ESPN
🏈 No. 6 Oklahoma at Nebraska, Midday 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

Sunday

🏈 This is the Week 2 NFL schedule.
🏀 Aces at Solar, 4 p.m. on ESPN
Dodgers at Giants, 7 p.m. on ESPN



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