- Mexico bests USA in extra-time soccer thriller
- MLB playoffs continue as the Mets-Dodgers series is embroiled in controversy
- LSU star’s act of generosity toward flood victims raises NCAA issues
USA loses to Mexico in spectacular fashion
Playing in front of a Rose Bowl crowd that was at least 75% pro-Mexico, the U.S. lost a heartbreaker in extra time. The 90 minutes of regulation ended tied 1-1, though Mexico seemed in control throughout. Mexico took the lead in the 30-min overtime session before the U.S. equalized, only to lose in the 118th minute on a fantastic Mexican goal (see below).
With the win, our southern neighbors will represent the region in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, a glorified World Cup tuneup.
Baseball playoffs are in full swing
Overly-physical slide drawing controversy in Dodgers-Mets series
NCAA allows Fournette to auction jersey for relief donation
- Utah is legit: #5 Utah held on vs. #23 Cal and remains a playoff contender. Cal QB and stud pro prospect Jeff Goff threw *5* interceptions.
- Three top-10 teams survive scares: Three CFP contenders trailed in the second half but rallied to win. #4 Michigan State and #2 TCU both scored in the final minute to beat Rutgers and Kansas State, respectively, while #8 Alabama pulled away from Arkansas.
- Michigan is dangerous in the Big 10: #18 Michigan pummeled #13 Northwestern and is now on a 97-0 scoring run over its last three games. The Wolverines sole loss under first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh was in the season’s first game, to Utah. Lookout Michigan State on Saturday…
- Georgia blows lead, loses star: #19 Georgia was effectively eliminated from CFP contention after blowing a 24-3 lead at Tennessee for their second loss. Star running back Nick Chubb suffered a gruesome knee injury and lost consciousness due to the pain. He tore ligaments (but not his ACL) and will get surgery in two weeks.
- Florida rolls, looks to LSU next week: #11 Florida took care of business at Missouri and is teed up for a showdown with undefeated LSU this Saturday.
- ACC undefeateds hold serve: #12 Florida State held off a talented Miami team, while #6 Clemson crushed reeling Georgia Tech. All signs point to these two clashing in a de facto ACC semifinal on November 7th at Clemson.
- Texas gives Oklahoma the Horns: It’s been a rough year for Texas, but the Longhorns enjoyed a big win vs. rival #10 Oklahoma. Oklahoma still has a playoff shot, but will need to beat TCU and Baylor.
Here’s the new top 25 this week.
New 3-on-3 NHL overtime rules adding drama
The NHL shifted its overtime to a 3-on-3 format in an effort to have more overtime goals and exciting finishes. The 3-on-3 format includes one 5-minute period that ends if either team scores, and a penalty shootout follows in the event of a tie. If either team commits a penalty, the other team adds a man and plays 4-on-3.
Over 20% of NHL games go to overtime, so the rule is significant. It’s paying dividends this season, as three of four overtime games have ended with goals in the 3-on-3 format and fans have given rave reviews.
Teaching Yoga = Stressful
Banning Daily Fantasy Sports employees from playing is not the answer
The industry needs to set up firewalls to govern which employees have access to sensitive data and what they can do with that information, which is treating DraftKings and FanDuels like the financial institutions that they are. Also, not being allowed to play has to deter top talent from entering this field and can’t be good for these DFS companies.
‘Netflix of Sports’ will be… Netflix
A Forbes author opines that Netflix will eventually carry live sports , and net neutrality will not save customers from bearing the cost burden.
The failed ‘Tour de Trump’
In 1991 Donald Trump was the figurehead behind an American cycling tour that was to rival the Tour de France. It didn’t go so hot.