With all four major leagues in the United States in full swing, there’s so much information to take in surrounding sports. Here is everything you need to know about what’s new in sports today.
Week eight in the NFL started with a close game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers. With the last seconds ticking down on the clock, Arizona had the ball and their quarterback, Kyler Murray, had got them within striking distance after three plays with 20 or more passing yards. With the final play, Murray and his wide-receiver, A.J. Green, were on different pages. As Murray passed the ball to Green while he was not paying attention, Green Bay’s Rasul Douglas intercepted the pass to solidify their 24-21 win.
The World Series has been off to a hot start as the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros have been trading sizable wins. Game one saw the Braves dominate with a total of six runs, including two home runs from outfielders Jorge Soler and Adam Duvall, acquired during the trade deadline. Despite the win, the Braves lost a key player in their bullpen, Charlie Morton. He suffered a fractured fibula after being hit on the shin by a 102.4 mph ball. It has been confirmed that he will not be able to return to the World Series, effectively ending his playoffs this year. Game two came with a much different outcome as the Astros beat the Braves seven to two, with the Braves never even coming close.
With the NBA kicking off, the Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Bulls all started with 4-0 seasons. This was the first time the Chicago Bulls had done so since the 1996-97 season. This turnaround for the Bulls seems to be because of their major overhaul of the roster in the off-season. Acquisitions like Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso and DeMar DeRozan have been making considerable impacts. Meanwhile, in the Western Conference, the Utah Jazz picked up where they left off last season. Their scoring so far has been spread across the team with five players averaging 14 or more points. Rudy Gobert has been their shining star as he continually puts up major points and gets key rebounds each game.
The NHL also recently kicked off their season. Only two teams remain undefeated, the Carolina Hurricanes and the Florida Panthers. Carolina’s hot start is thanks in large part to their new goalie Fredrick Anderson, who was acquired in the off-season from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Anderson’s season so far is encapsulated by their most recent win over the Boston Bruins, where he shut them out with a score of three to zero. This six to zero start is the best in franchise history. In the Western Conference, the Seattle Kraken’s inaugural season is off to a slower start with only three wins in their first eight games. The biggest news to come out of the league’s newest team is their twist on an age-old tradition in hockey: Three Stars of the Game. The top three players from the game are called out just after the game ends. When on home ice, if a player’s name is called, they typically come back out for one lap around the ice to wave to the fans. This time the Seattle players came out with a stuffed fish to throw to the fans.