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Sports: The Top Ten UFC Knockouts Of All Time

by Zach Gardiner

Everyone loves a good knockout, and the UFC has a history of giving fans the joy of watching people ending up flat on the canvas. The best thing about a fight is that it can change in the blink of an eye. One punch, kick, elbow, or knee can change history forever. 

It’s not easy making a top ten list of the greatest knockouts of all time, but in light of Joaquin Buckley’s electrifying knockout on the 10th of October, it had to be done. There have been countless unforgettable moments with fans favorite fighters over the years, but some just stand out. 

#10 Dan Henderson vs. Micheal Bisping 

Michael Bisping was no stranger to trash talk, but leading up to UFC 100, Bisping seemed determined to get inside Dan Henderson’s head. In the second round, Dan Henderson delivered his “H-Bomb”, (Henderson’s signature right overhand), and put Bisping to sleep. This was arguably the best moment of Henderson’s career. 

#9 Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim 

Edson Barboza’s Victory over Terry Etim at UFC 142 had made history, becoming the first ever knockout by way of spinning heel kick. Barboza was climbing the ranks of the lightweight division, and this knockout solidified him as a top contender. The kick seemed to come out of nowhere, and ended Etim’s night rather quickly. 

#8 Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo 

Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo were the interim Featherweight Champions in 2015. The two best fighters in the UFC. UFC 194 was marketed as the fight of the decade. A ruthless show of determination, heart, and skill – right? Nope. The entire fight lasted thirteen seconds. Aldo pushes forward, and Conor sits him down. Conor is the new unified featherweight champion of the world and becomes the best pound for pound fighter in the UFC. 

#7 Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort 

UFC 126 gave us one of the best middleweight knockouts of all time. Vitor Belfort, the number one contender, had wanted this fight for a long time, and when he got it, he did his due diligence talking about it. There was a lot of trash talk in the weeks leading up to the fight and Silva certainly returned fire. After toying with the challenger for a while, Silva caught Belfort at the end of the first round, with a picture perfect front kick, ending the fight. This finish solidified him as the best in the UFC at the time. 

#6 Lyoto Machida vs. Randy Couture 

Lyoto Machida was the main karate fighter in MMA at the time of UFC 129, which helped him score one of the greatest finishes of all time, over a legend like Randy Couture no less. The two heavyweights met in the octagon, both bringing with them tremendous destructive power. It was a relatively close fight, all the way up until the end of the second round when Machida threw a Crane Kick. It lands right on the jaw and Couture goes down. The fight is over.

#5 Francis Ngannou vs. Alistar Overeem 

Until meeting Ngannou in the octagon at UFC 218, Overeem had only lost once in the past three years. Needless to say, Ngannou ended his dominance. Overeem had been turned into a Pez dispenser after he was hit with the “uppercut from hell”. Before these two met, Ngannou was unranked, but after this fight, half of the division had gone down to light heavyweight. Ngannou is here to stay.

#4 “Sugar” Sean O’Malley vs. Eddie Wineland 

If “Sugar” Sean O’Malley could be described in one word, it would be electrifying. From spinning kicks, to one punch knockouts, O’Malley does it all. Wineland and O’Malley met at UFC 250 on “Fight Island”, where the UFC has proceeded during the pandemic. After a nine month suspension for failing a USADA drug test, a win over the journeyman, Wineland, would put O’Malley back in the spotlight. He did just that. Late in the first round, O’Malley lands a devastating straight right and Wineland goes to sleep before he even hits the canvas. 

#3 Holly Holm vs. Ronda Rousey

Before UFC 193, Ronda Rousey was seemingly invincible. She had won twelve straight, with her last eleven coming by way of submission and all in the first round. People started to say, “death, taxes, Rousey by armbar”. Holm, on the other hand, was easily the best striker in the bantamweight division. She was a former women’s boxing world champion and had two decision victories in MMA. The fight was going well for Holm, she was landing hard shots and avoiding the clinch and the ground. The beginning of the end for Rousey came at the start of the second round. Holm stumbled rousey with a clean left hand, and put her away with a thunderous head kick. This fight changed women’s MMA forever. 

#2 Jorge Masvidal vs. Ben Askren

Jorge Masvidal is a natural born fighter, through and through. He was thought to be the answer to Ben Askren, the decorated All-American wrestler. Askren was undefeated with nineteen wins. The entire fight lasted five seconds, with Masvidal charging at Askren right out of the gates at full speed. Askren tried to duck under the flying knee, but miserably failed. The knee landed square in his temple, and Askren was knocked out cold. Masvidal was able to land two more crushing blows on the ground before the fight was stopped. A proper “baptism” by “street jesus”.

#1 Joaquin Buckley vs. Impa Kasanganay 

The best knockout in UFC history came two weeks ago by way of a spectacular jumping spinning heel kick. Buckley’s left body kick was caught by Kasanganay, so Buckley, seemingly with ease, jumped and in mid-air landed a spinning heel kick on the button. Kasanganay goes stiff as a board, and the fight is over. Needless to say Joaquin Buckley was pleased with his performance, and his $50,000 knockout of the night bonus.

Dodgers slow start leads to comeback, as LA opens the floodgates after A 3-1 deficit to advance to the World Series

by Aeden Alexander

After failed execution in consecutive games, the Dodgers found themselves in a 3-1 hole. However, the team came back to advance to their third World Series in four years.

ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 18: Members of the Los Angeles Dodgers pose for a team photo on the mound after defeating the Atlanta Brave in Game 7 of the NLCS at Globe Life Field on Sunday, October 18, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kelly Gavin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

 Just one week after the Lakers have won their 17th championship, the Los Angeles Dodgers made a historic comeback against the Atlanta Braves, bringing them to their third World Series appearance in the last 4 years. The NLCS left many fans in awe as it was filled with spectacular plays, massive home runs, and games going down to the wire.

The Dodgers faced the Braves in a seven game series in the “MLB Bubble”, where all games were played in Texas to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks. This entire season has been played with zero fans in every stadium and for the first time since last year the MLB allowed fans to enter the Rangers stadium to watch the Braves and Dodgers battle out a tough series.

Los Angeles got off to a slow start in the series, as they were quickly down two games to zero as the Braves pitching was making the Dodgers offense look foolish. Kike Hernandez had a hot start for LA blasting his first homerun of the series to be the Dodgers only run in the first game.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was supposed to be on the bump for game two of the series, but was ruled out due to back spasms and was scheduled to throw the next game. The offense of LA continued to struggle till the end of game two where they rallied in the ninth inning, scoring four runs, and although they came up short, they began showing glimpses of what Dodgers fans saw all year.

LA exploded for eleven runs in Game Three, making headlines for most runs scored in the first inning of a League Title game. From then on they cruised to an easy win but then received a hard blow in the following game as they took a shameful loss ten to two.

Whatever it was that happened after that loss, it surely lit a fire in their soul because from then on the Dodgers played like the 43-17 team we all know they can be and won the next three games. Bellinger and Hernandez both contributed in great fashion by blasting clutch home runs in back-to-back innings. The Dodgers were making history, and individually, Corey Seager was on a tear blasting five homers in the series which broke the record for most home runs ever hit by a single player in a seven game series.

Seager went on to receive the NLCS MVP as he and the Dodgers advanced to the World Series, where they will face the underdog Tampa Bay Rays in another seven game series. This year has evidently been one of the most difficult years our country has had to face and thankfully sports, to an extent, has been able to take our minds off of the things going on around us today. Hopefully the Dodgers, who are on a roll, can end the thirty-two year World Series Title drought and finally bring home the trophy to where it belongs… to the city of Los Angeles.

2020 World Series Schedule, Via SB Nation’s True Blue LA
GameDateTime (PT)Home teamTV
1Tue, Oct 205:09 p.m.DodgersFox
2Wed, Oct 215:08 p.m.DodgersFox
3Fri, Oct 235:08 p.m.RaysFox
4Sat, Oct 245:08 p.m.RaysFox
5*Sun, Oct 255:08 p.m.RaysFox
6*Tue, Oct 275:08 p.m.DodgersFox
7*Wed, Oct 285:09 p.m.DodgersFox

*if necessary, All games at Globe Life Field

SPORTS: NFL COVID 19 OUTBREAKS BECOMING PREVALENT AS STAFF IRRESPONSIBILITY SPREADS

by: Pedro Ochoa

The Titans began the Saga and now the Panthers fall victim – is there a bubble coming?

This NFL season has really been the most exhausting season in history. Every morning brings fresh news of positive COVID-19 tests, amended protocols, schedule delays, and questions that bring even more questions. This pandemic, and all of the positive tests is not an easy task for the NFL to overcome. As of now, the NFL season is not on the brink of collapse–yet. The league has been discussing possible scenarios on how they can prevent a bigger outbreak, but as of now, the best they are doing is shutting down facilities when someone is feeling ill or has symptomes of the virus, which is not as efficient.

The past few weeks in the NFL has been very unusual, which is something usual for 2020. We are not only living history in 2020, but now living history when following the NFL. Every morning there is something new around the league that causes worry among NFL fanatics. 

COVID-19 not only changed the normality of everyone’s life, but also changed sports in ways that no one was able to imagine. The NBA had to put their season in a hiatus and had to finish their season in a bubble, while the MLB endured outbreaks once the season began, and now the outbreak in the NFL. 

The NFL was the last of the bunch to start their season. They were able to see what each league was doing and see what was working and what wasn’t. Even though the NFL was the only league to start on schedule and were able to see what works and what doesn’t regarding COVID-19, they are starting to have issues around the league that is worrying for the NFL and the players. 

The league started off on the right foot, going two weeks with no issues regarding COVID-19. Week three came along and there was a team outbreak within the Tennessee Titans that resulted in the postponement of the first game of the season which was against the Pittsburgh Steelers. This was an easy fix as the league gave the Titans and the Steelers a Week 4 bye, and brought the Ravens bye week from week 8 to week 7. 

Not even a week later, Cam Newton, from the Patriots, was tested positive for COVID-19, which caused him to be placed on the COVID-19 reserve list. The Patriots went on to play week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs. This was not a good idea as a couple of days later, there was an outbreak within the Patriots, which caused the league to postpone the Patriots week 5 game against the Denver Broncos. These two games have been the only games that have been postponed so far. 

The Titans however, decided to break protocols during the 10 days that their facility was closed. Several Titans went on to practice in private, which led to them possibly forfeiting their game in week 5 against the Buffalo Bills for not following directions. This game went on to be played on Tuesday October 13. This wasn’t a fun game to watch, as many players were taking the safe approach after not practicing for over a week. 

After this, the NFL decided to make more rules regarding COVID-19, from longer on-boarding processes for free-agent tryouts, banning of gatherings outside of the facilities, and implementing a league-wide video monitoring system to ensure compliance. The NFL teams are required to shut down facilities if there is a positive test around them, if someone has any sort of COVID-19  symptoms, and other scenarios where the the issue can turn into an outbreak. 

There have been many closed down facilities around the league for the past couple of weeks, including the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, and most recently the Carolina Panthers as they just got shut down earlier today. Shutdowns may unfortunately continue as the league tries to help stop the spread of the virus around the league.  

The NFL has known about this virus, as they have seen every league see what they did to help prevent an outbreak. An outbreak in the NFL will cause problems around the league that shouldn’t be there. There have been talks around the league on doing individual bubbles, or one huge bubble, but the realistically on this is very slim, as the players will be there for way too long without their family, or if having a huge bubble for the NFL is totally different when compared to the NBA’s bubble. The NFL will have to have more than 3000 people, while the NBA had around 800 to start. 

The importance of these protocols are to minimize the possibility of having another outbreak around the league. There have been countless scenarios where team facilities are closing down causing the teams to have less practice time which causes a disadvantage to teams in certain areas. As NFL fans, we should just hope for the best. We need to always remember that it’s the health of players that comes first, so if a hiatus to the season is what they need, then we have to be okay with it. I mean, it’s not like we have a say on what happens. 

Sports: FOR KOBE!

by Diego Santizo, Sports Editor

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in game six on Sunday night to capture the franchises 17th NBA Championship – tied for most in the league’s history.

(Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

When the clock ticked to 0.0, there was confetti and jubilance everywhere in the mostly empty arena in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Lakers’ bench circled LeBron James, joyously hugging him on the court while Anthony Davis sat down on the scorers table, in disbelief as the emotions rushed over him.

The Los Angeles Lakers were NBA champions for the 17th time in their history after a ten-year finals drought, and on January 26th, the season for the Lakers took on a whole new meaning after the tragic death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others who passed away in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. 

LeBron James and Anthony Davis led the way for the Lakers all throughout the remainder of the season and finally got the job done in their 106-93 win. James had a triple-double, ending the night with 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists on his way to being named Finals MVP – his 4th time winning the award to go along with his fourth championship.

The win caps one of the most challenging seasons in franchise history. Following several years of missing out on the playoffs, the Lakers entered the season as one of the front runners to win after Davis was paired up with James. In his first year with the Lakers, Davis proved to be a difference maker and played big when the Lakers needed him the most during the finals.

After the COVID-19 pandemic, the season was thrown into uncertainty. Racial unrest in the country also threatened the season from finishing but at last on the 356th day of the 74th NBA season, the Lakers franchise claimed its 17th championship.

The victory was a lot sweeter knowing it was a hard earned championship as Miami wasn’t a walk in the park and a big reason for that was Jimmy Butler.

Butler stated after Game 5 that he and his team left everything they had out on the floor, but he was confident that they could win the last two games of the Finals and finish the Heat’s dream run inside the bubble. LeBron James and the Lakers didn’t let that happen.

James would set the tone at the opening tip by defending Butler, but if it wasn’t James, there would always be a Lakers defender on Butler everywhere he went on the floor. 

They weren’t going to allow Butler to beat them. After Butler spent the past three months of his basketball life imposing his will on anyone who came in his path, the Lakers deflated the player who prides himself on being able to play every second if needed. They made Butler look human, and they made the Heat look tired. It ended one of the greatest postseason stretches by a single player and team in recent memory by Butler and the Heat, respectively.

Despite Butler having an impressive campaign, LeBron James made history. 

Heading into these Finals, James was tied with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Milwaukee Bucks, Lakers) and Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors) as the only players in NBA history to win Finals MVPs with more than one team. 

In the 2020 Finals, James averaged 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game. The Lakers’ title was their first since 2010, when franchise icon Kobe Bryant collected Finals MVP honors en route to LA defeating the rival Boston Celtics in Game 7. Overall, this is the 17th championship in Lakers history, tying them with the Celtics for most in NBA history.

The 2020 NBA Finals marked James’ fourth Finals MVP for his third different team. It was the sixth time in James’ career that he averaged 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the NBA Finals. The other five players to accomplish that did it only once (Kevin Durant, Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). James’ 28-point, 14-rebound, 10-assist Game 6 triple-double was his 11th, the most in Finals history.

The celebrations weren’t only in Lake Buena Vista, Florida as hundreds of Laker fans would gather in massive crowds waving Lakers flags through the streets and outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles. 

All decked out in Lakers gear, fans chanted “Kobe! Kobe! Kobe!” through the streets of Downtown LA, which were lit with illegal fireworks launched from vehicles. Cars honked and people applauded from both inside cars and on the streets.

In the midst of the Lakers’ victory, fans forgot LA was in the midst of a pandemic for one night. Fans got caught up in the celebrations, having the Lakers’ on the forefront of their minds and neglecting the consequences that come with gathering in large groups with or without masks.

There is no set date yet for the Lakers’ championship parade because of COVID-19, but fans could not wait to get a head start on the celebration.

In a year where the COVID-19 pandemic threatened the end of the 2019-2020 NBA season and Kobe’s tragic death stunned the globe, Lebron James and the Lakers achieved greatness… but in the end, it was all for #24.

MAMBA FOREVER!

(Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Sports: High-Flying Dodgers Roll Onto NLCS With 3 Game Sweep Over The San Diego Padres

by Eric Torres

A 12-3 rout of the San Diego Padres on Thursday night in Arlington, Texas clinched a spot in the NLCS for the Dodgers for an astounding 4th time in the last 5 years, where the mighty boys in blue will battle for a spot in the World Series against the up and coming Atlanta Braves.

The Los Angeles Dodgers pose for a team picture after defeating the San Diego Padres 12-3 in Game 3 of a baseball National League Division Series early Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Game 1 saw an electric combined start from ace Walker Buehler and rookie Dustin May, giving up only 1 run through 6 innings. In a rather quiet game, which only saw 7 hits overall, the Dodgers would draw 10 walks in the first 7 innings, as Padres ace Mike Clevinger would exit the game after the first inning. The Dodgers offense, though quiet for most of the game, broke it open in the 6th inning with 4 runs, led by a Mookie Betts double. Victor Gonzalez, Blake Treinen, and Kenley Jansen shut the door on the Padres in the late innings, only allowing one hit through the last 3 innings.

In game 2, the Dodgers’ offense came alive early, scoring 4 runs in the first 4 innings, canceling out an early run given up by starter Clayton Kershaw. However, Kershaw’s postseason demons came back to haunt him in the sixth, giving up back to back home runs to Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado. Things got a little too close for comfort for the Dodgers in the top of the 7th inning, but Cody Bellinger made the play of the day, robbing a go-ahead 2-run home run by Fernando Tatis Jr. The Dodgers seemingly would close it out in the bottom of the 7th, with Turner and Muncy driving in runs. However, the Padres mounted a comeback in the 9th, which saw Kenley Jansen knocked out of the game, and Joe Kelly recording the final out with the bases loaded, holding on to win 6-5.

With all the momentum in their favor, the Dodgers took game 3 in a blowout 12-3 win. After finding themselves down 2-1 after 2 innings, the Dodgers would score 7 runs in the next 3 innings, with six different Dodgers contributing RBIs. Although the Padres showed signs of life in the 6th, reliever Julio Urias would limit the damage to only 1 run. The Padres would not score again, as Blake Treinen, Pedro Baez, and Dylan Floro made quick work of the remaining Padres, and the Dodgers tacked on 4 more in the 9th for good measure, with Will Smith and Cody Bellinger getting 2 RBIs a piece. 11 different pitchers would throw for the Padres in game 3, with only a single one pitching more than an inning.

The underdog Padres were going to have a tough task of defeating the Dodgers anyway, but two of their top starters, Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet, left the Padres with a depleted pitching staff. This was apparent, as the Padres changed pitchers 22 times throughout the 3 game set, with only one pitcher lasting more than 2 innings. 

Meanwhile, a combination of electric pitching and a lively offensive performance would make the Padres a simple task for the Dodgers. Dodgers’ pitching held the dynamic offensive core of the Padres, Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, and Eric Hosmer to just a combined .166 batting average (6 for 36 total). In addition, the Dodgers would only allow 4 total runs in the first 5 innings of play. Clutch pitching was also a positive for the Dodgers this series, as Dodger pitching would strand 19 Padres on base throughout the series. The only blemish on a tremendous team pitching performance from the Dodgers would be Kenley Jansen’s rough outing in game 2, allowing 2 runs in .2 innings, and not being able to close out a 3 run lead. 

On the offensive side, there was an explosive team effort, with 7 different Dodgers registering at least 2 RBIs throughout the series, providing the Dodgers’ pitching with more than enough run support. Overall, the Dodgers combined to score 24 runs on 29 hits in 3 games. Although the Padres had a lead in each game, none of the leads lasted longer than an inning. In addition, a problem that the Dodgers had this year at times, timely hitting, was completely nonexistent this series, as the Dodgers scored 14 runs with 2 outs this series.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will face the Atlanta Braves in a much anticipated matchup, as neither team has lost a game in the postseason yet. The 7-game series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, beginning on Monday, October 12.

Schedule, Via SB Nation’s True Blue LA

GameDateTime (PT)Home teamTV
1Mon, Oct 125:08 p.m.DodgersFox
2Tue, Oct 133:05 p.m.DodgersFS1
3Wed, Oct 143:05 p.m.BravesFS1
4Thu, Oct 15TBDBravesFox or FS1
5*Fri, Oct 16TBDBravesFox or FS1
6*Sat, Oct 17TBDDodgersFox or FS1
7*Sun, Oct 18TBDDodgersFox or FS1

*if necessary

Sports: Dodgers Enter Playoffs Once Again As Title Favorites. Will They Escape Demons Of Worlds Series’ Past?

by Diego Santizo, Sports Editor

The Los Angeles Dodgers finished the season with a 43-17 record, the best record in the majors, and will take on a Milwaukee Brewers team that never spent a single day over .500 all season in the first round of the 2020 MLB playoffs. It begs the question – can they finally win it all? 

Dodgers fans always have high expectations for their team when the season starts, but since 2016, they have considered their season World Series-or-Bust, and this year surely isn’t any different. 

The Dodgers ended their 2016 season losing the National League Championship Series 2-4 against the New York Mets. Then, they ended 2017 in heartbreaking fashion losing to the Houston Astros in 7 games in the World Series. After that, 2018 ended with a World Series lost against the Boston Red Sox in 5 games. In 2019, the heartbreak continued, as they lost the Divisional Round 2-3 against the eventual World Series Champion Washington Nationals. 

The Dodgers are a team built to win now and for years to come. They boast a strong farm system and some of the best young talent in the majors, while also having Mookie Betts under contract for the next 12 years. 

It is notable to point out they may not have a lot of familiar faces on the team next year as Justin Turner, Joc Pederson, Pedro Báez and Kiké Hernández are among the players hitting free agency this winter. Even more notably, players such as Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen and Corey Seager are scheduled to hit free agency after next season. Is time running out for this group to win? 

Despite the speculation and talk, the Dodgers dominated the 2020 season and only lost one series all year! 

After winning their eighth consecutive division title and posting the highest winning percentage of any MLB team since 1906, the Los Angeles Dodgers (43-17, .711) earned the National League’s top seed and the right to host the No. 8 seeded Milwaukee Brewers in the wild card round.

Meanwhile, the Brewers (29-31, .483) are one of two clubs in this year’s postseason with a losing record. The Brewers and Dodgers last playoff meeting came in the 2018 NLCS, which the Dodgers won in seven games.

It is still 2020 and it has been proven time and time again that this year literally anything can happen, so counting out the Milwaukee Brewers wouldn’t be a wise decision, especially after the Nationals shockingly demoralized the Dodgers in the playoffs last season. 

This series features the winners of the last two National League MVP’s in the Brewers’ Christian Yelich (2018) and the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (2019). However, this may not be the Yeli vs Belli battle one may expect, as both players got off to terribly slow starts and never really found their MVP form. The postseason gives them a much-needed opportunity to start fresh when it matters most. 

The Brewers suffered a major blow when their best starter, Corbin Burnes (4-1, 2.11 ERA) strained an oblique muscle in his final regular season start. Swingman Brent Suter, who made only four starts in 2020, will get the call in Game 1. Brandon Woodruff will take the mound in Game 2, who is coming off his best outing of the season (8 shutout innings, 10 strikeouts), which took place last Saturday.  

The best hope for the Brewers to pull off the upset would be to keep the games close until the late innings. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen had a 3.33 ERA and career-high 1.15 WHIP. Setup men Blake Treinen, Brusdar Graterol and Pedro Baez also had ERAs over 3.00, which may be partially inflated but still an area where the Brewers can attack. 

Brewers closer Josh Hader can be almost untouchable at times, as he didn’t allow a hit until Sept. 5. However, he did have a couple poor outings down the stretch. Rookie Devin Williams is one to look out for as he only allowed one earned run in 27 innings (0.33 ERA) and struck out 53 (an incredible 17.7 K/9 rate). 

With Hader and Williams at the top of their game, it creates one of the best one-two relief punch combos in the majors, leaving the Dodgers with no choice but to produce runs early.

Schedule

Wednesday, Game 1: Brewers (Brent Suter, 2-0, 3.13 ERA) at Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 1-0, 3.44 ERA), 10 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Thursday, Game 2: Brewers (Brandon Woodruff, 3-5, 3.05 ERA) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 6-2, 2.16 ERA), 10 p.m .ET (ESPN)

Friday, Game 3 (if necessary): Brewers at Dodgers, 6:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Sports: Everything You Need to Know entering NFL Week 3

by Pedro Ochoa

NFL Week 3 is making us all question whether or not we are really here and watching football in 2020, as the league’s two most high-octane quarterbacks headline Monday Night Football.

If you are debating whether to start or sit Lamar Jackson from the Ravens, then you should really think again, because Lamar is a must start for Sunday. Yes, he will be playing a tough defense in the Chiefs and their own QB Patrick Mahomes but he’s Lamar Jackson, the NFL’s reigning MVP. 

Another great start for the week is Dak Prescott from the Dallas Cowboys. He has averaged 28.7 fantasy points in the first two weeks, and he looks to continue that against a Seattle secondary that struggled against Cam Newton in Week 2. As for his Running Back, Ezekiel Elliott, he is also a must start. You drafted him to lead your team, and he will do that this week again.

One of my favorite starts this week at the Running Back position are Austin Ekeler and Josh Kelley. The Panthers have allowed the most fantasy points to running backs since 2019. Ekeler and Kelley will be getting a lot of touches and targets and put up some big numbers for your team.

Kenyan Drake has really been quiet this season. Averaging 13 points this season, he is not looking like the RB1 that you drafted him to be. However, he faces the Detroit Lions this week. This should be a big week for him and the Arizona Cardinals. Kyler Murray and Deandre Hopkins will also have a big game. Put them into your starting lineups!

Dwayne Haskins has found his favorite wide receiver in Scary Terry McLaurin. Terry McLaurin has had a great two weeks and this week he has a favorable matchup against the Cleveland Browns. 

DK Metcalf had been Russell Wilson’s favorite target so far this season on deep balls. Metcalf is the leading targeted receiver, and is making the most out of them. Metcalf and the Seahawks look to go 3-0 with a win against the Cowboys.

I gave you the players that have the best match-ups, so I have to now give you some players with not so favorable match-ups. Marquise Brown is my first player on this list. We all thought that Lamar would start throwing more, which would result in Brown having more points per week. This has not happened yet, but it will happen, just not this week against the Chiefs. 

Cooper Kupp has been performing to a level that I think he will stay at. Years back, Kupp would be getting most of the touches in the red zone. That now belongs to Tyler Higbee. Higbee is getting Kupp’s touches in the red zone, and this week, with a not so favourable matchup, I am going to have to say to sit Cooper Krupp.

The Raven’s backfield is keeping people guessing on who to start each week. I don’t trust the Raven’s backfield. They had Dobbins get most of the touches week 1, and Edwards and Ingram week 2. I think every Ravens Running Back should be sat this week against the Chiefs because of the uncertainty of the running backs.

David Johnson has been getting a lot of touches for the Houston Texans this season. With Hopkins out, he needs to find another favorite target. This week, however, is not a great matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have one of the best defenses in the league led by TJ Watt and Minkah Fitzpatrick. Johnson would be a guy that will be locked up throughout the game on Sunday.

The last sit of the week for me is Tom Brady. Tom Brady has really been showing his age recently. He has been averaging less than 13 fantasy points a game. There are plenty of better quarterbacks on the waiver wire that can start instead of him.

These next few guys have really been showing football fans that they are legit players and should be starting in every fantasy team. After Marlon Mack’s injury, Colts’ rookie Running Back Johnathan Taylor has been performing on another level. He is getting over 20 touches a game, which is great for fantasy owners. 

Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Kyler Murray looks to be another early candidate for MVP. He is averaging 30 fantasy points, and that is coming from his ability to rush. He is on pace to break Lamar Jackson’s record for 1300 rushing yards in one season by a QB.

In a grim outlook on the Packers’ Running Back situation, many said, “Don’t draft Aaron Jones, he won’t be getting the same amount of points as last year.” The ones that doubted Jones are hiding because the Running Back has been performing amazing. He is the RB1 right now and looks to stay there against the Saints on Sunday. 

As we go into Week 3, make sure you look at injuries and at the waiver wire. Good luck on your week 3 match-ups!

Sports: Week Two of the NFL Season features slew of Injuries

by Pedro Ochoa

After a multitude of injuries around the NFL during week two, Fantasy Football managers entered panic mode, as we saw big names suffer serious injuries, including the likes of Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffrey.

Due to the preseason being cancelled due to COVID-19, as well as a shortened offseason, the athlete’s bodies may not have had adequate time to ease back into the rigors of football, causing their bodies to tire easily, ultimately resulting in injuries.

The NFL’s Week Two kicked off on Thursday Night Football between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns, where there were no serious injuries. On Sunday, we saw 14 games played throughout the day. The Saints and Raiders capped off the second week at the Raiders’ first game in their new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Monday Night Football.

Thursday Night Football was surprisingly a good game between the Bengals and the Browns. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt had a combined 50+ points to lead the Browns to their first victory of the season against the Bengals with a score of 35-30. Odell Beckham Jr. is starting to look like 2018 Odell again, putting up over 17 Fantasy points. On the other side of the ball, the first overall pick, Joe Burrow, put up almost 25 fantasy points. 

Tom Brady has been showing his age lately, but still picked up his first win in a Buccaneers uniform. Despite not having a great performance without his best wide receiver in Chris Godwin, the Bucs still pulled in the win against the Panthers with a score of 31-17. Christian McCaffrey was among the top players who were injured, leaving the game due to a high ankle injury, crushing his team and Fantasy owners everywhere.

The Steelers moved to 2-0 on the season with a close win over the Broncos, at a score of 26-21. James Connor had a bounce-back performance as he ran for 106 yards, a touchdown, as well as 20 fantasy points. Juju Smith-Schuster disappointed fantasy managers this week. Denver’s Drew Lock and Courtland Sutton suffered injuries, which led to Melvin Gordon getting more carries in the backfield. 

The Los Angeles Rams blew out the Philadelphia Eagles in a battle of the 2016 NFL Draft’s two top picks- Jared Goff and Carson Wentz – at a final score of 37-19. Goff had an amazing performance, being almost perfect in the first half. The rotation of The Ram’s backfield kept the Eagles guessing. Philly fans are very disappointed with how the Eagles have started off. Carson Wentz looks lost on the field, while Miles Sanders has to carry the team to at least put up some points. 

Despite the 49ers losing basically their whole team due to injuries, San Francisco still demolished the Jets with a score of 31-13. These injuries for the 49ers are really going to push them back a couple of steps in the playoff race, and certainly disappoints all fantasy owners who drafted 49ers players. 

The Bills barely escaped the Dolphins in their game on Sunday, pulling away with a 31-28 victory in Miami. Yes, you read that right, the Dolphins! Will the Dolphins keep this up? 

The Bears surprisingly begin their 2020 season at 2-0, as they were led by Mitchell Trubisky and David Montgomery, narrowly beating the Giants with a score of 17-13. The Giants lost Saquon Barkley in the second quarter due to a torn ACL, a tremendous loss for the Giants and Barkley’s fantasy owners alike. Danial Jones had little help throughout the game from his wideouts, as well as Saquon’s replacement, Dion Lewis. 

The Colts, led by Philip Rivers, beat the Vikings, 28-11. Despite all of the turnovers by Rivers, the Colts were able to come out on top. Kirk Cousins and the Vikings struggled mightily, finding nothing to work for them on offense. 

Is Minshew Mania happening? The Jaguars, led by Gardner Minshew, almost came back for the win against the Titans, but lost with a score of 33-30. The Titans did what the Titans do best, having Derrick Henry rush, and Ryan Tannehill throw whenever they needed him to. As for the Jaguars, Gardner Minshew is playing like prime Tom Brady! 

Jordan Love came to Green Bay to take over Aaron Rodgers? I think not. Everyone thought that Rodgers was done, and that it’s time for Jordan Love to take over. Rodgers just said “Hold my beer,” and is performing on another level. The Aaron’s on the team, Rodgers and Jones, led the team to a blowout victory against the Lions with a score of 42-21. Davante Adams left the game early due to a high ankle sprain. 

Is it Super Bowl LI again? The Falcons – again – blew a 20 point lead. Led by Matt Ryan and Calvin Ridley, the Falcons began the first half with a bang. The second half started and they thought they won the game already. The Cowboys went on a miraculous comeback victory to beat the Falcons by 1 point with a score of 40-39. It looks like the Cowboys are going to win the NFC East division with ease. 

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens are cruising through the season. They defeated the Texans with a score of 33-16. Lamar just played like Lamar. On the other side of the ball, Watson is struggling without Hopkins. 

Kyler Murray was looking very comfortable playing catch with Deandre Hopkins in their win against The Washington Football Team at a score of 30-15. On the other side of the football, Terry McLaurin led the Football Team for 125 yards and a touchdown that let him have over 27 fantasy points. The Football Team looks like the best threat against the Cowboys in the fight for their division. 

The Chiefs narrowly beat the Chargers with a score of 23-20. The battle of the division rivals went to overtime, and the reigning champs stole the win. The Chiefs were led by Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. What happened to Watkins this week? On the other side of the football, Tyrod Taylor looks to have gotten his job taken away by the rookie, Justin Herbert. 

Superman Cam Newton is back? Despite losing to the Seahawks with a score of 35-30, the Patriots look good! Cam Newton was doing the most, rushing for touchdowns, throwing touchdowns and just being Superman Cam. The Seahawks had an amazing performance. Russell Wilson had over 33 fantasy points while throwing 5 touchdown passes. 

To end week two, The Las Vegas Raiders beat the Saints in the new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Monday Night Football. They did not want their first home game in the new stadium to be spoiled by the Saints. 

The lack of preseason and short offseason caused many injuries all around the league. Owners and coaches are struggling to get everything straight since the season came by so fast. Yes, football was needed to “save” 2020, but everyone knows that it was rushed for the actual players. Hopefully the league sees this, and tries to fix it during the upcoming seasons.

Sports: Los Angeles. One City. One Goal. Two Outcomes… Lakers poised for title run as clippers Implode

by Diego Santizo, Sports Editor

Los Angeles, a city in which high expectations are simply the norm. But when it comes to professional athletics, despite the Angelino fanbase being demanding of every team, they are no strangers to coming up short. 

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter against the Houston Rockets in Game Five of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 12, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The Clippers curse is real. Fans surely had flashbacks from the 2015 Clippers coming into game seven of the Western Conference semi-finals, and they were in for a treat that will leave a sour taste in their mouth for weeks, maybe even months. 

The Nuggets came back from being down 3–1 for the second straight series to make the Western Conference finals for just the fourth time in their 53 year franchise history. This upcoming conference finals appearance marks the first since 2009 which ironically was also against the Lakers. They took game seven by a margin of 104-89, resulting in the Clippers losing once again in the second round. 

Denver was led by its dynamic duo of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. Murray led all scorers with 40 points and went 6-of-13 in 3-point shooting, while Jokic finished the night with 16 points, 22 rebounds and 13 assists. Montrezl Harrell led the Clippers with 20 points off the bench, with the Clipper’s superstar duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George combining for just 24 points on 10-for-38 shooting.

The Clippers held a 12-point lead in the first half, but just as they did in Games 5 and 6, the Nuggets went to work in the second half to put the Clippers away. With Leonard, George and a deep supporting cast, the Clippers were considered the NBA title favorite for much of the season. They’ll now be forced to leave the bubble after three straight disappointing losses. Twitter showed no mercy whatsoever on the Clippers following their shocking defeat with players like Damian Lillard and Ja Morant taking part in the festivities. 

The Lakers on the other hand, have a 8-2 record in the playoffs and have been led by future Hall of Famer Lebron James. Despite fans missing out on the “Battle for Los Angeles” Western Conference Finals edition, the Nuggest won’t be a walk in the park for Lebron and crew as they currently hold a 6-0 record in elimination games during the 2020 playoffs.

On paper, the Lakers should be the heavy favorites to advance to the NBA Finals. However, as they have shown all playoffs long, it would not be smart to underestimate and count out the no. 3 seeded Nuggets. Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic have been spectacular in the playoffs so far. Both have certainly shown that they are difficult to stop when they are at the top of their games.

Obviously, Denver will inevitably need their two stars Jokic and Murray to play at their best if they want to have a chance to pull off the monumental upset. But with a loaded team like the Lakers, led by two generational superstars, the Nuggets will definitely need everyone to play their A-game.

A matchup worth looking out for is going to be Davis vs. Jokic. Davis, as the NBA’s two preeminent bigs make their conference finals debut. Though Nuggets star Nikola Jokic is a central reason his team has overcome two back-to-back 3-1 deficits, Davis won the matchup during the regular season as the Lakers went 3-1 against the Nuggets, including two wins in Denver. 

James will head into Game 1 on Friday averaging 26.6 pts, 10.3 rebounds, and 8.8 assists in the playoffs and will be playing in his 11th conference finals.

The Lakers will be representing Los Angeles in the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2010, while the Clippers will be representing Los Angeles by following in the footsteps of the rest of us, watching the Lakers compete for a title from their couches outside the NBA “bubble.”

SPORTS: UFC 249 Preview, Predictions, and Precautions

by Aharon Colon, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Although there is almost nothing to watch in the sports world right now, the UFC lives on with an exciting card on Saturday including two world title fights with a mixture of veteran and young fighters. 

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You might think that since this card is taking place at such a time that it would be boring with fighters no one really knows about, but you would be totally wrong. It is actually the exact opposite. The UFC packed this card with fighters crazy enough to take this chance at giving the people what they want. 

Starting at the bottom, the early prelims are filled with young exciting talent looking to make a name for themselves. There is no better time to get your name out there because every MMA fan will be watching this from start to finish. The fight to look out for here is 13th ranked welterweight in the world Vicente Luque taking on Niko Price. Here Vicente is looking to move up the rankings, so he can eventually earn a title shot. 

The prelims are a whole different story. Resembling a main card quality lineup, its main bout is between 15th ranked welterweight in the world Anthony “Showtime” Pettis and 6th ranked Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Both fighters have great resumes, a great recond, huge fanbases, and are exciting to watch so expect sparks to fly when they meet in the cage. Other notable fighters on this card are veteran Fabricio Werdum, former world champion Carla Esparza, and Uriah Hall, all looking for upcoming title bouts. 

Now for the moneymaker, the main card. Headlining the entire event is Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson vs Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje and Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo vs Dominick Cruz. Personally, these four fighters are my favorite right now, so you could only imagine the excitement I felt when this card came out. Ferguson and Gaethje are vying for the interim lightweight title, while Cejudo and Cruz are vying for the undisputed bantamweight championship.

In the Ferguson vs Gaethje fight, look out for the conditioning of Ferguson. Although I expect him to get caught once or twice by Gathje’s right hand for which he is known for, it is his signature thing to always get back up. “El Cucuy” never gets tired and keeps the same pace the entire fight, which I believe will be too much for Gaethje. The only way I see Gaethje winning this fight is by his one-punch knockout power, but Ferguson has a strong chin and has been hit before. My prediction is that “El Cucuy” takes the interim title and extends his twelve fight win streak to 13, via submission in the 4th round. If I had to choose which submission, I’d say either rear-naked or triangle choke. 

In the other title bout, Cejudo is taking the world by storm. He is almost unstoppable right now holding two titles in two divisions simultaneously. Not only that but he is also a gold medalist in wrestling, taking the medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. 

Even after this impressive resume and with all the momentum in the world, it is going to be probably his toughest challenge yet facing Dominick Cruz. After multiple injury layoffs, Cruz is looking to pick up where he left off, which is taking his Bantamweight title back. He is the veteran here and has almost always been the champion in this division. With his fancy footwork and cage IQ off the charts, he is already on the lookout for being in the Hall of Fame. I say Cruz gets the upset in a razor-thin split decision, using his striking and footwork to his advantage. 

You might be wondering at this point, how are they even putting this whole event together? Well for Dana White, the president of the UFC, it wasn’t hard finding a place to hold it. Of course, it is going to be in Florida, and they are taking the utmost precautions heading into fight night. 

Testing everyone who is working that night, including fighters, coaches, and everyone in between, they are not letting anybody through the cracks. The UFC also has a whole hotel to themselves, checking everyone who comes in and out. At every checkpoint, fighters and associates alike are being kept in their respective camps, not being allowed to see anyone outside. They even have  24 different rooms for fighters to warm up in pre-fight, not letting any of them share a room like they usually would. 

All in all, I highly recommend you watch all these fights. Not only is it one of the only sporting events on right now, but it is actually action-packed with the best fighters of today. You can watch the prelims on ESPN, but the main card is only found on ESPN+. 

Here are my predictions for every single fight: 

Early Prelims:

Vicente Luque defeats Niko Price (decision) 

Charles Rosa defeats Bryce Mitchell (decision)

Ryan Spann defeats Sam Alvey (KO) 

Prelims: 

Uriah Hall defeats Ronaldo Souza (stoppage) 

Michelle Waterson defeats Carla Esparza (decision) 

Fabricio Werdum defeats Aleksei Oleinik (Submission) 

Donald Cerrone defeats Anthony Pettis (Stoppage) 

Main Card: 

Yorgan De Castro defeats Greg Hardy (KO)

Jeremy Stephens defeats Calvin Kattar (KO) 

Francis Ngannou defeats Jairzinho Rozenstruik (stoppage) 

Dominick Cruz defeats Henry Cejudo (decision) 

Tony Ferguson defeats Justin Gaethje (submission)

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