Anibal Sanchez allowed only three baserunners and zero hits through 7 2/3 innings in the Nationals’ NLCS Game 1 win over Cardinals, which was finished by Sean Doolittle, not their regular closer Daniel Hudson. Hudson missed the game for the birth of his son.
"We really wanted to find a way to pick him up and allow him to enjoy a really special moment with his wife and his family," said Doolittle after a clean ninth inning. "We’re obviously looking forward to having him back because he’s been so huge for us, but I think it went really well."
The decision was understood by most people. Most people.
Who wants to give the state of Tennessee a championship? The state hasn’t won a Super Bowl or college football national championship (at any level of college football) since the Vols won the 1998 title. Here’s the most recent Super Bowl champion or college football national champion in each state.
4 min, 34 seconds
That was the average mile time for Eliud Kipchoge, who became the first person to run a marathon in under two hours. He averaged 13 miles per hour for the nearly two hours.
"Kipchoge, 34, covered the 26.2-mile distance (42.195 kilometers) in one hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds during an exhibition attempt under optimized conditions in Vienna, Austria. This was his second attempt at making history after falling 25 seconds short in 2017 at a race staged by Nike on a Formula One course in Monza, Italy."
Dumbest thing ever
Last week, the Purdue Board of Trustees passed a sports wagering policy that bans all faculty, staff and non-athletes (athletes are already banned under NCAA rules) from betting on Purdue sporting events.
The policy bans faculty, staff and non-athlete students across the university system from gambling on sporting events involving any Purdue teams, coaches or student-athletes. The policy was developed at the urging of some faculty members, as well as the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, after sports betting became legal in Indiana earlier this year. The policy applies to wagers placed worldwide and online.
Faculty and staff violators of the rule would face discipline up to and including termination. Sanctioning guidelines will be developed by the vice provost for faculty affairs and vice president for human resources in concert with the Executive Policy Review Group.
SI legal expert Michael McCann broke down why Purdue faces major obstacles with the ridiculous ban.
Todd got fat
Odds and Ends
Ranking Pac-12 football uniforms ... Purdue is wearing NASA-inspired uniforms (and having a stupid dispute with UCF) ... Candidates for Illinois if they fire Lovie Smith ... Phenomenal Eli Manning story by Ben Baskin if you haven’t read it yet ... Simone Biles has another record ... Did the NFL exchange cover-up strategies with big tobacco?
Loudermilk on High Motor
Former UCF punter Mac Loudermilk was on this week’s podcast, talking about Scott Frost’s departure, that 2-for-1 Florida series, playoff and national champions, and more.
R.I.P. Robert Forster
Actor Robert Forster, 78, died on Friday, the same day El Camino was released. While Forster is better known for other roles, including Jackie Brown and Twin Peaks, he was one of my favorite characters in Breaking Bad.
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