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Nats’ Slide Continues, Olympic Games Come To A Close, Manning Headlines HOF Class
Despite out-hitting the Braves 12-6, the Washington Nationals lost to Atlanta yesterday 5-4. The Nats, who dropped 2 of 3 to the Braves, were led by Ryan Zimmerman’s 3-for-5 afternoon, but saw pitcher Patrick Corbin struggle once again, giving up 5 earned runs in his 6 innings of work. The Nationals are off today before starting a series against the New York Mets tomorrow night on Sports Radio 1450.
Tampa Bay out-slugged the Baltimore Orioles 9-6 yesterday to sweep the 3-game weekend series. The O’s start a midweek set against the Detroit Tigers tomorrow at Camden Yards.
The Summer Olympic games ended yesterday with a closing ceremony that included Zoom-like videos, a presentation from Paris, who will host the 2024 Games, and the dousing of the Olympic flame. The US led the overall medal count with 113.
Peyton Manning headlined the 2021 Pro Football Hall Of Fame class that was inducted yesterday in Canton, Ohio. This year’s class also included receiver Calvin Johnson and defensive standouts Charles Woodson and John Lynch.
And, on the PGA Tour, Abraham Ancer won the WGC Fed-Ex St. Jude Invitational. Ancer beat Hideki Matsuyama and Sam Burns in a playoff to take home the $1.8 million first prize.
Brady And Bucs Win SB 55, Young & Smith Garner NFL Awards, Caps Drop Third Straight
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won Super Bowl 55 yesterday in dominating fashion by a score of 31-9over the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium. Tom Brady threw 3 touchdown passes, including 2 to familiar target Rob Gronkowski, and the Tampa Bay defense kept Patrick Mahomes and the KC offense out of the end zone for the entire contest. Brady picked up his record fifth Super Bowl MVP award and becomes just the second quarterback to win a Super Bowl with 2 different teams.
Over the weekend, the league handed out it’s NFL Honors awards and Washington’s Chase Young was named Defensive Rookie of the Year, while WFT quarterback Alex Smith was named Comeback Player of the Year. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers earned his third MVP award.
Peyton Manning leads the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2021, which was also named this weekend. Also joining Manning among the 8 inductees are Charles Woodson and Calvin Johnson.
To the NHL, where the Washington Capitals lost their third straight game yesterday, a 7-4 decision to the Philadelphia Flyers. Philly broke 4-4 tie with a 3-goal third period, as the Caps fell to 6-3-3 on the season. Alex Ovechkin had 2 goals and 2 assists for the Capitals, who return to the ice tomorrow at 6 against the Flyers.
On the Shenandoah University docket, Men’s Basketball will play at Hampden-Sydney tonight at 7, while the Hornet Women entertain Ferrum this evening at 7 at the Wilkins Center.
Smith Wins Heisman, Manning Leads HOF Finalists, Rivera May Rotate QB’s
Alabama’s Devonta Smith outdistanced Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence to win the Heisman Trophy last night in a virtual ceremony. Smith is the first wide receiver to win the coveted award since 1991. The other finalists were Smith’s teammate Mac Jones, and Florida QB Kyle Trask.
Peyton Manning leads the list of finalists for this year’s Pro Football Hall Of Fame class. Other finalists include defensive back Charles Woodson, wide receiver Calvin Johnson, and defensive end Jared Allen. As many as five of the finalists will be chosen later this month for enshrinement.
Ahead of Saturday’s playoff game with Tampa Bay, Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera said yesterday he is considering rotating quarterbacks Alex Smith and Taylor Heinicke in Wild Card contest. Smith led Washington to Sunday night’s win over the Eagles, and was 5-1 as a starter this year, but is still favoring a calf injury suffered several weeks ago. The game is scheduled for 8:15 at Fed-Ex Field.
And, in college hoop tonight, number-22 Virginia hosts Wake Forest tonight at 9, while number-19 Virginia Tech travels to Louisville for a 6:30 tip-off.