Aaron Judge sets a record of 61, but Barry Bonds holds a record

Sometime in the 19th century, someone threw the first pitch in the history of baseball. This was followed by the second pitch in baseball history, at which point someone said right away that the pitch wasn’t what it used to be. Baseball is constantly trying to chase after a purer, happier past that never existed, and this strange habit is most evident when discussing the record for one season. Ty Cobb, who rose to stardom in the era of dead balls, used to be wary of the idea that players…

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MLB playoff teams ranked by starting pitching rotation

During the regular season, it’s fairly easy to determine the relative strength of different teams’ rotations. Just about every team is on even ground in using five starters (though some use six these days) to grind through the 162-game schedule, so statistics can often tell most of the story. It’s far more complicated, though, to discern which team has the starting pitching advantage during the postseason, especially with the new 12-team format. In the best-of-three wild-card series, teams may end up using only two starters, so front-end dominance could play…

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Before College Football Playoff expands, many questions remain

Greg Sankey opened the doors and broke into the circle of reporters assembled in the lobby of the Big Ten headquarters in Rosemont, Illinois. The SEC commissioner took a deep breath inward as if he was seconds away from a major announcement, and perhaps a breakthrough in negotiations for expanded college football. “My quote is this!” He shouted, and then, as he darted toward the door, Sankey smiled and pointed at CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock, “Whatever he said!” The 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame sporting director Jack Swarbrick…

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WNBA Off-Season Questions: Brittney Griner, Breanna Stewart, Prioritization & More

The 2022 WNBA season is somewhat only a week in rearview, and six finalists — Aja Wilson, Kelsey Bloom, Chelsea Gray, Alyssa Thomas, Breona Jones, plus Sun coach Kurt Miller — have already moved on to playing basketball in the States United States of America. The ongoing FIBA ​​World Cup in Australia. But while the members of the title-winning Aces and the second-placed Sun focus on international play, it’s never too early to start thinking about what W will look like next spring. So here are five burning questions poised…

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Trevor Lawrence, Tua Tagovailoa among young NFL QBs causing parity

It’s been a great September for the NFL, with a good game (Miami at Cincinnati) coming Thursday to finish out the month. And so you guys had a lot of good questions for me this week. Let’s dive in … From Peter Small (@peterlsmall): NFL parity more/less unique this year than prior years? Peter, it’s struck me through the past three Sundays how many awesome endings we’ve had. There’ll be a dud, I’m sure, soon—and there’s a better chance that those will come when the byes start in Week 6.…

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Roger Federer turned skeptics into fans

• Chris Almeida and I chatted on Friday about Roger Federer. • You have likely seen this image, an instant classic, of Federer and Nadal following the match. To use what has become a musty cliché, “there’s so much to unpack here.” Quick story: while we were filming “Strokes of Genius” in 2018, Federer and Nadal, independently, made the same point about their rivalry, They were grateful for the presence of the other. Sure, with no Nadal, Federer likely would have won a few more majors. And with no Federer, Nadal…

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USMNT tied with Saudi Arabia in the World Cup final

Good morning, I’m Dan Garland. I’m still waiting (not very impatiently) for the day I can finally write about Aaron Judge breaking Roger Maris’ record. At SI today: AM: 🇺🇸 Another close of USMNT 🏈 How Ryan Griffin Lasted 10 Years in the NFL 🗽 The Yankees wind up splitting If you’re reading this on SI.com, you can sign up for this free newsletter in your inbox every day of the week at SI.com/newsletters. So much for setting the World Cup The results of the US men’s team in their…

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Snoop Dogg had a terrible but funny look on the Celebrity Wheel of Fortune

1. Let’s start with the positives: Snoop Dogg was very entertaining as a contestant on a recent episode of celebrity wheel of fortune, His effort was amazing. However, here comes the negative, his execution was a problem. In fact, the negative is also positive, because Snoop’s wrong answers were funny. There were many wrong answers. I don’t want to spoil anything for those of you Who want to go freshSo I’ll post the compilation video after this sentence and then write about Snoop’s performance underneath. Snoop’s lack of “Baking brownies”…

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USMNT should hope the friendly model doesn’t follow in the World Cup

The US team’s World Cup preparations quietly ended on Tuesday afternoon, literally and figuratively, with a quiet 0-0 draw against modest Saudi Arabia at the nearly empty Nueva Condomina stadium in Murcia, Spain. The next time the Americans meet, they will be in Qatar, with about a week to prepare before the World Cup opener against Wales on November 21. Results during this month’s international window, which started with a shocking 2-0 loss to Wales. Japan last Friday, it will be forgotten. But coach Greg Berhalter and the men who…

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Memphis Basketball Avoids Sanctions in NCAA Achievement Despite Hurdles

A Zoom call to discuss the issue of men’s basketball offenses in Memphis slipped at 11:09 a.m. ET, nine minutes late. It was just for the brand that the worst NCAA body ever designed was behind schedule. The Independent Accountability Dissolution Process, the fresh take on college athletics ideas, has finally reached a verdict on a case that was revealed in November 2019 and handed over to it on March 20. It included star recruit James Wiseman, who is now starting his third season in the NBA and won In…

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