Faculty soccer returns in one of the simplest ways (except you are an LSU fan), plus Choose, Pujols hold hitting dwelling runs

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Hello everybody! Joyful Monday and completely happy Labor Day! Hope you are having fun with an extended weekend as we carry you a particular vacation model of the CBS Sports activities HQ AM e-newsletter.

Let’s get proper to it.

It is not such good morning for…

THE LSU TIGERS

I do know I am supposed to write down for a residing, however I am undecided I’ve the phrases to explain this one. Oh properly. Right here we go.

LSU followers, I am sorry. I am so, so sorry. This loss is one for the ages.

  • With simply over 4 minutes left, LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels discovered Jaray Jenkins on a 22-yard cross, and the additional level minimize Florida State‘s result in 24-17.
  • LSU’s protection then compelled a three-and-out, and Florida State punted. However Malik Nabers muffed the punt — his second of the evening. FSU’s Brendan Gant recovered on the LSU 8-yard line with 2:15 left. Recreation over, proper?
  • WRONG. On third-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Seminoles working again Treshaun Ward fumbled a pitch, and LSU’s Mekhi Wingo recovered. Now you could be asking “Why did Florida State even danger pitching the ball?” You would be proper to ask that. It was not the most effective thought within the historical past of the world. Anyway…
  • Daniels then led LSU on a one-minute and twenty-second, 11-play, 99-yard drive culminating in a landing cross to Jenkins as time expired. Going to time beyond regulation, proper?
  • WRONG. Shyheim Brown blocked the additional level, and Florida State held on for a 24-23 win.

I am exhausted simply from typing that.

This was faculty soccer at its peak. There have been a number of instances when followers on each side had fingers on their heads and jaws on the ground — whereas reacting to the very same play. It was stunning, and it was ugly, and it was stupefying, and it was ingenious. You could not write a script with extra twists and turns. Welcome again, faculty soccer.

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Not so honorable mentions

And an excellent morning to everybody however particularly to…


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THE NO. 3 GEORGIA BULLDOGS…

In case you thought the Georgia Bulldogs have been going anyplace after their nationwide championship, assume once more. The Bulldogs opened their title protection with a 49-3 win over No. 11 Oregon.

  • It is Georgia’s largest-ever win over an AP-ranked workforce. The Bulldogs scored touchdowns on every of their first seven drives.
  • Stetson Bennett went 25 for 31 passing for a career-high 368 passing yards with landing passes to Ladd McConkey and Adonai Mitchell.
  • Even after shedding 5 gamers to the primary spherical of the 2022 NFL Draft, Georgia’s protection was dominant. The Bulldogs picked off Bo Nix twice and allowed simply 4.7 yards per try.

This was the third time because the begin of final season that Georgia has held a ranked opponent to 3 factors or fewer. All different groups mixed have carried out it twice over that span. Offensively, issues have been simply nearly as good if not higher, writes our faculty soccer reporter Barrett Sallee.

Our faculty soccer skilled Shehan Jeyarajah, in the meantime, named Georgia his high “winner” in his winners and losers column from Week 1.

… AND ALSO A GOOD MORNING TO THE NO. 2 OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

Thus far, so good for the Ohio State Buckeyes‘ protection beneath new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles. With the high-powered Buckeye offense struggling, it was the protection that stepped up in a 21-10 win over No. 5 Notre Dame.

Whereas it wasn’t the offensive explosion we have come to know from Ohio State not too long ago, the Buckeyes nonetheless earned an A+ in Barrett’s Week 1 grades. Shehan, in the meantime, says the offense is a little bit of a trigger for concern.

  • Jeyarajah: “Ohio State wanted a handful of miraculous performs from Stroud down the stretch to create any offense in opposition to Notre Dame. … They regarded eminently mortal following the harm to Smith-Njigba. Notre Dame’s protection dictated the sport for a lot of the evening. … Any notion that Ohio State is a flawless title contender within the vein of Alabama or Georgia seems to be wishful thus far.

Honorable mentions

Historic chases proceed for Aaron Choose, Albert Pujols ⚾


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There isn’t any dwelling run race this 12 months — Aaron Choose has 17 greater than anybody else — however there are a few chases for historical past, and the fellows chasing them aren’t displaying any indicators of slowing down.

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Choose cranked a 450-foot lead-off dwelling run in a win over the Rays on Sunday to get to a career-high 53 on the season. He additionally hit one on Saturday, which means he is presently on tempo for 64 this season. The AL dwelling run document is 61 from Yankees slugger Roger Maris in 1961. Tthere are solely eight 60-home run seasons in MLB historical past.

  • Barry Bonds, 2001 Giants: 73
  • Mark McGwire, 1998 Cardinals: 70
  • Sammy Sosa, 1998 Cubs: 66
  • Mark McGwire, 1999 Cardinals: 65
  • Sammy Sosa, 2001 Cubs: 64
  • Sammy Sosa, 1999 Cubs: 63
  • Roger Maris, 1961 Yankees: 61
  • Babe Ruth, 1927 Yankees: 60

In the meantime, Albert Pujols hit a clutch dwelling run of his personal, a go-ahead two-run pinch-hit shot within the eighth inning to present the Cardinals a 2-0 win over the Cubs. It is profession dwelling run quantity 695 for Pujols, one wanting tying Alex Rodriguez for fourth all time. Here is the listing:

  • Barry Bonds: 762
  • Hank Aaron: 755
  • Babe Ruth: 714
  • Alex Rodriguez: 696
  • Albert Pujols: 695

Pujols has hit 9 of his 16 dwelling runs this season since August 1.

Aces, Sky each one win away from WNBA Finals journey 🏀


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The Las Vegas Aces and Chicago Sky each got here away with key Recreation 3 victories and now, each main their respective sequence 2-1, are one recreation away from assembly within the WNBA Finals.

Let’s begin in Seattle, the place the Aces gained an time beyond regulation thriller, 110-98, vs. the Storm.

  • A’ja Wilson had a playoff career-high 34 factors in addition to 11 rebounds. She’s the third participant in WNBA historical past with consecutive 30-point video games within the playoffs, becoming a member of Breanna Stewart (2020) and Angel McCoughtry (2011).
  • Chelsea Grey had a playoff career-high 29 factors, together with eight in time beyond regulation.
  • The Aces scored 4 factors within the remaining 2.9 seconds — sandwiched round a Sue Fowl 3-pointer –to drive OT. It was an all-time nice end, writes our WNBA skilled Jack Maloney.
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It wasn’t fairly as high-scoring of an affair between the Sky and Solar76-72 — however Chicago is simply tremendous with that.

Candace Parker had 16 factors, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and three blocks to paved the way. She additionally tied Tamika Catchings for most double-doubles in playoff historical past with 27. This efficiency was “a testomony to her greatness,” Jack says.

Final-minute fantasy soccer prep 🏈


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In case you nonetheless have a fantasy soccer draft in your radar earlier than the season begins, be sure to’re prepared with the entire terrific fantasy soccer content material our consultants have produced. You possibly can see every part you want to know in your draft — together with fantasy guru Chris Towers’ High 200 — right here.

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Let’s be trustworthy: Having a foul fantasy soccer workforce stinks. So comply with our recommendation, and do not have a foul workforce.

What we’re watching Monday 📺

Monza vs. Atalanta, 12:15 p.m. on Paramount+
🏈 No. 4 Clemson vs. Georgia Tech, 8 p.m. on ESPN

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