It’s another stacked weekend on the sports calendar with the World Series (Games 1 tonight), MLS and NWSL playoffs, football, basketball, hockey, and more. We’ve got a highlight-heavy Friday edition to launch us into the weekend. But first: Is time finally catching up with Tom Brady?
Time’s Up, Tommy
Ravens Top Bucs on Thursday Night Football (27-22) to Hand Tom Brady First 3-Game Losing Streak in 20 Years
Should’ve stayed retired? Let the debates begin. Tom Brady and the Bucs are officially in a catastrophic backslide, and Thursday night in Baltimore firmly pushed the panic button. The Bucs led 10-3 in the third quarter before Ravens QB Lamar Jackson tossed two touchdowns to give the Ravens a 17-10 advantage. The Baltimore run game took over and buried the Bucs in the fourth quarter. Brady added a late touchdown, but it was too little too late. The Ravens had five different ballcarriers combine for 231 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries, including 170 from Gus Edwards (65), Kenyan Drake (62) and Jackson (43). Tampa had just 44 yards on the ground. And for the first time in what feels like an eternity, Tom Brady appears to be aging and growing frustrated. Is time almost up?
L. Jackson (BAL): 27/38, 238 yards, 2 TDs
T. Brady (TB): 26/44, 325 yards, 1 TD
Fun Fact: Brady went 302 games without a three-game losing streak dating back to 2002. The second-longest such streak was 155 games (Joe Montana).
Ravens Record Recap: Baltimore (5-3) may not have the scariest record in the AFC, but they boast five quality wins while all three losses have come by an average of just 3.7 points per loss (11 points total).
Bucs ‘Bout to Blow Up: After a Super Bowl and an unretirement from Brady, the Bucs are closing in on the inevitable blow-up point for the roster. Brady is 44 and Tampa Bay doesn’t have the cap space to sustain its current roster moving forward.
Watch: Ravens Rock Bucs on TNF (27-22)
CBS Sports: Ravens Hand Tom Brady First 3-Game Skid Since 2002
Luka Lifts Mavs With 41
Luka Doncic (41-14-11) Shows Out With Triple-Double to Hand Nets 3rd Straight Loss (129-125, OT)
The early-season woes continued last night in Brooklyn as the Nets dropped their third straight to a scorching-hot Luka Doncic and the Mavs (129-125, OT). Doncic poured in 41 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists and three steals in a game where Kevin Durant (37) and Kyrie Irving (39) needed 76 points just to force overtime. Doncic shot 50 percent from the floor — so did his team — and the Mavs were 20-for-40 (50 percent) from 3-point range. The Mavs are just 2-2 to open the year, but Luka has scored 30-plus in all four games (averaging 34.7 ppg) while shooting 50 percent on the season. Thursday marked his first triple-double of the season, but it won’t be his last.
Watch: Luka Doncic Recods 41-Point Triple Double in OT Win
Other NBA Highlights
Kings Still Winless: The Grizzlies beat the Kings (125-110) to hand Sacramento (0-4) their fourth straight loss to open the season. Grizzlies’ sharpshooter Desmond Bane (31 points) hit six 3s, and the Grizz are now 4-1.
Dubs Down the Heat: Golden State got back in the win column with a double-digit win over the Heat (123-110) thanks to a big night from Steph Curry (33 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds). Curry canned seven triples (7-for-14), and he’s now hit 27 threes in four games.
The Clipper-Coaster Continues: Without Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers’ early-season struggles continued last night with a loss to the Thunder (118-110) in a game where L.A. overcame a double-digit deficit to take a double-digit lead, then fall behind by double digits once more. Both teams are now 2-3.
Oilers Duo Bringing Their A-Game
Connor McDavid Tallies 2nd Hat Trick of Season, Draisaitl Strikes Winner as Oilers Beat Blackhawks (6-5)
That’s two hat tricks in eight games for Connor McDavid, but it was Leon Draisaitl’s late goal that made the difference last night for the Oilers against the Blackhawks (6-5). Draisaitl tallied the game-winner with 38 seconds left in the third period to lift Edmonton to their third straight win. It was also McDavid’s 12th career hatty. Both McDavid and Draisaitl are tied for the NHL lead in goals (15). The Oilers’ dominant duo is back at it again in 2022.
Watch: Connor McDavid Nets 2nd Hat Trick of Season
Other NHL Highlights
Marchand Shines in Debut: Brad Marchand made his season debut for the Bruins and recorded two goals and an assists in a 5-1 beatdown of the Red Wings.
Hart Makes 48 Saves for Flyers: Philadelphia’s hot start continued with a lockdown performance from Carter Hart in net (48 saves) en route to a 4-3 win over the Panthers. The Flyers are now 5-2.
Boudreau Gets 600th Win: The Canucks claimed their first win of the season after an 0-5-1 start by beating the Kraken in a thriller (5-4), and head coach Bruce Boudreau hit the 600-win milestone.
Week 8 of the NFL season begins with a high-profile Thursday night matchup between two very different former MVP quarterbacks. It’s a perfect way to start off an important week, with the trade deadline looming and teams considering their future. (FOX Sports)
Will a pitcher throw the game of his life…and lose? Will J.T. Realmuto break yet another postseason record? Here are some bold predictions for the 2022 World Series, from an onslaught of home runs to a Framber Valdez complete game. (CBS Sports)
Rory McIlroy is back on top of the PGA Tour. LIV Golf’s season-ending $50 million tournament tees off with high stakes. And the LPGA returns to Japan. Who said October didn’t have must-see golf? (ESPN)
The Must-Watch List
It’s time to get things started in the World Series! Both MLS (semifinals) and NWSL (finals) keep the postseason action rolling, and football, basketball and hockey are in full regular-season mode. It’s the last weekend of a sports-filled October. Enjoy!
Gm 1: Phillies at Astros (Fri. 8:03 pm)
Gm 2: Phillies at Astros (Sat. 8:03 pm)
MLS Cup Playoffs (Conference Finals)
West: LAFC vs. Austin FC (Sun. 3:00 pm)
East: Philadelphia Union at New York City FC (Sun. 8:00 pm)
Portland Thorns vs. Kansas City Current (Sat. 9:00 pm)
College Football (Saturday)
#2 Ohio State at #13 Penn State (Noon)
Florida at #1 Georgia (3:30 pm)
#9 Oklahoma State at #22 Kansas State (3:30 pm)
#19 Kentucky at #3 Tennessee (7:00 pm)
Full College Football Schedule
NFL Week 8 (Sunday)
Bears at Cowboys (1:00 pm)
Patriots at Jets (1:00 pm)
Steelers at Eagles (1:00 pm)
49ers at Rams (4:25 pm)
Giants at Seahawks (4:25 pm)
Packers at Bills (8:20 pm)
Knicks at Bucks (Fri. 8:00 pm)
Pelicans at Suns (Fri. 10:00 pm)
Rangers at Stars (Sat. 2:00 pm)
Hurricanes at Flyers (Sat. 7:00 pm)
Oilers at Flames (Sat. 10:00 pm)
NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs
Round of 8: Martinsville Speedway (Sun. 2:00 pm)
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