Justin Herbert did everything he could to help the Los Angeles Chargers snap a losing streak and post his first NFL win Monday night.
The rookie quarterback threw a career-high four touchdown passes. His last scoring pass was a big-time 64-yard strike for a go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter. He also drove the Chargers down the field and put them in position to kick a game-winning field goal with less than one minute remaining in the fourth quarter.
But these are the Chargers, who cannot get out of their own way and have struggled to win close games. They blew a 17-point lead for the second consecutive week, missed the game-winning field goal as time expired in regulation and lost 30-27 in overtime to the New Orleans Saints.
“Losing’s tough. It always is,” Herbert told reporters after the game. “I know we’re really close. I know if we keep working hard and doing the right things, good things will happen. I love the way this team battles.”
Herbert’s first three touchdown passes of 17, 4 and 3 yards powered the Chargers to a 20-3 lead in the second quarter. His fourth scoring was a 64-yard pass to Mike Williams that gave the Chargers a 27-20 lead with 3:40 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Herbert, who completed 20-of-34 passes for 264 yards with no interceptions in the game, has now thrown seven touchdown passes in his last two games and nine scoring passes this season.
“I thought he executed. Made some good plays,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn told reporters after the game. “But we didn’t win the game, so I’m not excited about complimenting anybody, to be honest. But I thought the kid did some good things.”
The Saints’ tied the game 27-27 with a touchdown, and Herbert and the Chargers had another opportunity with 52 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. After completing three short passes, Herbert found Williams for a spectacular 29-yard completion on the left sideline down to the Saints’ 32. The completion set up a 50-yard field goal attempt by Michael Badgley, and his kick sent the football to eventually clanged off the right upright and fell backwards onto the field. No good.
The loss was the Chargers’ fourth consecutive setback, all with Herbert as the starter. The Chargers losses have all been one-possession games, and the average margin of losses is 4.5 points.
The Chargers suffered a 23-20 overtime loss to Kansas City in Week 2, Herbert’s first start as a pro. They lost 21-16 to Carolina and a 31-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“We’ve got to learn (how) to finish games,” Herbert told reporters after the game. “It comes down to execution.”
The Los Angeles Lakers have closed out the Miami Heat to be crowned 2020 NBA Champions, meaning centre Dwight Howard has finally earned his first championship ring.
It’s been quite the journey for the veteran who signed a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Lakers this past offseason. Each side agreed to put their past behind them to try and help this team get back to title contention, and it ended up being the perfect match as Howard was able to thrive in a reduced role for a championship team.
The eight-time All-Star, eight-time All-NBA, five-time All-Defensive Team and three-time Defensive Player of the Year selection was well on his way to the Hall of Fame even without a title, but finally achieving the highly-coveted championship ring puts a bow on Howard’s decorated career.
In a similar career-arch to 1970s star and Hall of Fame centre Spencer Haywood – who had an equally as decorated career earning an MVP, five All-Star appearances, five All-NBA/ABA selections and other awards such as Rookie of the Year – who had been without a title entering his 30s just like Howard. Electing to join a loaded Lakers team with the likes of rookie Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Haywood also flourished in a reduced role to earn the first championship of his career.
Point being: Howard is not the first great player to latch on to a championship-calibre team and give them key minutes to help earn a title, and he certainly won’t be the last in an age where this is becoming more and more common.
In the 2000s alone, we’ve already seen a few great examples of this. Take a look at some other NBA stars who took the same late path Howard did to the first NBA title of their career.
Experience prior to first title: 15 years in NBA, 34 years old
Resume prior to first title : 8x All-Star, 8x All-NBA, 5x All-Defence, 5x Rebound Champ, 3x Defensive Player of the Year, 2x Blocks Champ, All-Rookie
Howard was widely renowned as one of the best centres in the NBA in the late 2000s and early 2010s. Leading the Orlando Magic to The Finals in 2009, it would have been hard to guess that he’d go another 11 seasons without winning an NBA title.
Putting his pride aside, Howard played a vital role off the bench for the Lakers all season. His efforts on the defensive end and on the glass earned him a spot in the starting lineup down the stretch of their 2020 championship run as Howard was able to embrace a lesser role and make the most of limited minutes.
Ray Parks became the second player to breach the 40-point barrier this season for TNT to help the Tropang Giga cruise past Terrafima, 112-101, in the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup Tuesday at the Angeles University Foundation gym in Pampanga.
Parks scored on an array of layups, jumpers and threes to wind up with a career-high 40 points on 13-for-17 shooting from the field. He also hit seven of nine triples and added 10 rebounds, five dimes, a steal and a block for good measure to turn in his finest game in a TNT uniform so far.
The Tropang Giga, now up 2-0 in the standings, also drew a 20-point, 15-rebound double-double from Troy Rosario. Castro, the team’s hero in the clutch in the season opener, added 13 and four assists, as Roger Pogoy cooled down from his 45-point explosion to finish with 11 points on 4-for-15 shooting.
TNT never trailed all game and pulled away in the second quarter, when it used an 11-0 burst to turn a slim 33-29 lead into a 44-29 advantage. Parks, who fired 12 of his points in that quarter, continued his assault after that to help his side build a 20-point advantage for their biggest lead in the game.
CJ Perez scored 30 points on 9-for-23 shooting for the Dyip. Glenn Khobuntin and Rashawn MCarthy added 16 and 14 each in the loss.
Lamb caught eight of 11 targets for a career-high 124 yards in Sunday’s 37-34 win over the Giants.
The rookie was Dak Prescott’s favorite target through the early part of the game, and no other Cowboys’ receiver ended the afternoon with more than four targets. However, after Prescott left in the third quarter with a likely season-ending ankle injury and Andy Dalton took over under center, it was Michael Gallup who was on the end of two huge completions to set up the game-winning field goal. It remains to be seen what the Dallas passing game will look like with Dalton taking the reins, but Lamb should remain heavily involved heading into a Week 6 clash with Arizona.
When Chase Edmonds heard the number, he wanted to double check.
“You said he threw for 380?” he asked. “I didn’t know that. That’s a sneaky 380.”
Quarterback Kyler Murray did indeed throw for 380 yards, a career high, in the Cardinals’ 30-10 win over the Jets on Sunday. He did so connecting with nine different receivers, completing 27 of 37 passes with one touchdown and one interception.
Three of the Cardinals’ four touchdowns came on the ground on a day where the team had 496 net yards on offense. DeAndre Hopkins led all receivers, gobbling up 131 receiving yards on just six catches. He surpassed 9,000 career yards Sunday, the fourth-youngest player in NFL history to reach that mark.
A 37-yard touchdown pass to Hopkins came on the same drive where the wide receiver had a 45-yard catch. With just one defender on him, Hopkins was rightfully confident.
“I like my odds, and I was telling Kyler, ‘Just trust me,’ ” Hopkins said. “I just told him to give me a chance, and let’s work on some things.”
Any slight tweaks by Hopkins and Murray are building off of an already high standard. In three of his five games as Cardinal, Hopkins has had 130 receiving yards or more.
“That one to D-Hop, I didn’t even know if he was gonna catch it,” Murray said. “He shows you time and time again why he’s the best in the league.”
Murray connected early with Christian Kirk. The two have looked comfortable together since Murray entered the league, but Kirk still said Sunday felt like a breakthrough. Kirk finished with 78 yards on five catches, second-most on the team.
“You can just kind of tell when your guys are feeling it,” Murray said on Kirk. “I could tell he was feeling good.”
Oct 11, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws the ball as New York Jets defensive end John Franklin-Myers (91) defends during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Photo: Vincent Carchietta, Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
He also threw Edmonds’ way six times. Edmonds finished with five catches, good for 56 yards, as Murray surpassed 300 passing yards for the sixth time in his career. His previous high was 349, which came Week 2 of last season.
“To throw for that many yards, it’s not just me out there on the field,” Murray said. “It’s obviously a team effort. Coach called a great game.”
The down-field shots were a stark contrast from last week’s loss to the Panthers.
“This week, it felt a little bit more aggressive,” Hopkins said.
On 4th and 1 in the third quarter from their own 39 and up a touchdown, the Cardinals went for it. Murray found tight end Darrell Daniels short right. Needing just one yard, Daniels picked up 31.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury called the play “beautiful,” and said it came from tight
Murray completed 27 of 37 passes for a career-high 380 yards and one touchdown with one interception, adding 31 rushing yards and a TD on nine carries, in Sunday’s 30-10 win over the Jets.
The Cardinals found the end zone in every quarter as Murray kept the offense humming, capping his afternoon with two long bombs to DeAndre Hopkins that accounted for 82 yards and a TD. Murray is only the third quarterback in history to throw for at least five touchdowns and run for at least five touchdowns through his team’s first five games of the season, joining Cam Newton and Kordell Stewart, and he should be able to pad those totals significantly in Week 6 against a reeling Cowboys defense.
Hamilton won Sunday’s Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in Germany for his 91st career Formula 1 race victory. It ties him with Schumacher for the most wins of any F1 driver in the 70 years of the world’s most prestigious racing series.
Hamilton started second and ran behind his teammate Valtteri Bottas for the first part of the race. But Bottas locked his front tires up braking into the first corner on lap 11 and Hamilton was able to get past. Hamilton then stayed out front for the rest of the race and was able to stay ahead of Max Verstappen on a restart with 11 laps to go.
Bottas ended up having to retire from the race because of a mechanical problem.
After the race, Schumacher’s son Mick presented Hamilton with a helmet that Schumacher wore while driving for Mercedes. Mick Schumacher is currently first in the Formula 2 points standings and could land a F1 drive in 2021.
Michael Schumacher hasn’t appeared in public since he suffered a brain injury in a skiing accident in 2013. The family has been very private about Schumacher’s condition since his accident.
Hamilton’s win comes in Schumacher’s home country and the home country of his Mercedes racing team. With Bottas failing to score points because of his retirement, Hamilton’s points lead is now 70 points ahead of his teammate in the points standings. For perspective, a driver gets 25 points for winning a race. Bottas could win the next two races while Hamilton finishes outside the top 10 and Hamilton could still have a 20-point lead in the standings.
A championship in 2020 would be Hamilton’s seventh world title — and fifth straight — and also tie Schumacher for the most F1 championships. Hamilton can break Schumacher’s win record in two weeks at the Portugal Grand Prix.
Sunday’s race at the Nurburgring wasn’t originally on the Formula 1 calendar. But as the series scrambled to add races to its schedule because of the coronavirus pandemic, F1 officials agreed to a deal to host a race in Germany. The series has not traveled to Asia or the Americas since the pandemic halted the season in the spring and won’t leave Europe until the end of November to hold the final three races of the season in the Middle East.
San Francisco Shock have cemented their status as the best team in Overwatch. They claimed their second straight Overwatch League championship on Saturday, beating surprise finalists Seoul Dynasty 4-2. They also won $1.5 million in prize money, while the Dynasty walk away with $750,000.
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Unlike last year, when they dropped to the lower bracket after their first playoffs match, the San Francisco Shock ran the table on their path to a second championship in a row.
The Dynasty powered their way to the Grand Finals weekend after winning the Asia-Pacific playoffs losers’ bracket. They narrowly lost to the Shock in the semi-finals, before seeing off Philadelphia Fusion and then hot favorites Shanghai Dragons, both in 3-0 sweeps.
The level of play in the championship match was worthy of such a lofty occasion. The Grand Finals proper started out on Oasis. Seoul rolled out with the double sniper composition that has served them so well during the post-season, but they were no real match for the Shock, who claimed the first map 2-0. Matthew “super” DeLisi came out trumps in the early Roadhog battle against Jae-hee “Gesture” Hong, which limited Seoul’s effectiveness in the early goings.
The Dynasty selected Kings Row for the second map and that was much tighter. San Francisco claimed the first two points with relative ease, and had over five minutes in the time back as they rolled into C. Seoul valiantly staved off the Shock for almost four minutes but couldn’t prevent them from completing the map. On their attack, the Dynasty came agonizingly close to claiming the third point, but couldn’t quite get over the line. The Shock took a 2-0 lead.
And then, a twist. For the assault map, Seoul opted for Hanamura. It’s a great map. It’s also one that the Shock hadn’t lost all year.
The risk paid off, however. Dynasty captured both points on their attack with time to spare, and they were able to prevent San Francisco from claiming the second point to reduce the map deficit to 2-1.
Next, San Francisco took us to Watchpoint: Gibraltar for the escort map. Though they almost held Seoul on point A, the Shock seemed unusually uncoordinated in their defense, which allowed Dynasty to storm through B. San Francisco slowed down Seoul on C, however, which meant Seoul only had 18 seconds to carry into a potential second attack.
Surprisingly, Seoul ditched the double sniper look on their defense to roll out with Joon-yeong “Profit” Park on Genji. And whaddya know? It worked. Profit sliced and diced his way through the Shock, and with Dong-eon “FITS” Kim providing cover on Widowmaker, Seoul didn’t even let the Shock take the first point. The Dynasty squared things up 2-2.
Barnegat senior Andrew Vernieri had the game of his life Friday night in West Long Branch and he did it in a single half.
Vernieri, a 6-foot, 185-pound wide receiver, owned the second half against Shore, scoring the decisive touchdown on a wildcat run and intercepting two passes — the second one at the Barnegat one yard line with 12 seconds remaining. Vernieri also intercepted a pass on the final play of the first half stopping a Shore march at the Barnegat 25 yard line.
Barnegat improved to 2-0 with a heart-stopping, 20-13, victory over Shore (1-1). It was Barnegat’s fourth-straight win over the Devils.
“I’ll be smiling in my sleep,” Vernieri said. “I’ve never had a game like that.”
Vernieri, who plays wide receiver on offense most of the time, but in short yardage spots, he is the feature back in Barnegat’s wildcat set.
“If you’re a Vernieri, you’re tough,” said Barnegat head coach Rob Davis. “We like to use different players to attack the defense is short-yardage situations.”
Vernieri capped a 10-play, 80-yard march on Barnegat’s second possession of the third quarter with a decisive, against-the-flow cut running right.
He saw say daylight, put his foot in the ground and plowed through Shore defenders just before the goal line.
“I have to give credit to my offensive line,” Vernieri said. “I just saw the hole open and I hit it.”
Barnegat played most of the second half without 1,000-yard rusher Nik DiLeo on offense. DiLeo, who was suffering from cramps, had 91 yards and a touchdown in the first half. He did play the majority of the second half on defense.
Vernieri picked off his first pass six plays into the fourth quarter. He jumped the route being run by Shore’s 6-foot-4 wide receiver Chris Kessler and snuffed the Shore march at the Barnegat 36 yard line.
After the Vernieri interception, Barnegat went on a clock-gobbing, 13-play drive moving to the Shore five yard line. On a fourth-and-one, DiLeo was stopped a chain-link short of the first down with 2:52 left.
Shore quarterback Mike McGhee engineered a magnificent, 15-play drive, in the closing moments. McGhee completed seven of eight passes on the march for 85 yards. He also scrambled for 21 yards. Shore did have a holding penalty on the final drive.
On third-and-10 from the 11, McGhee put the ball in the hands of Kessler (6 catches, 117 yards). However, a clean, but jarring hit by Vernier at belly-button level knocked the ball loose.
On fourth-and-10, McGhee was given plenty of time to throw. When the pressure finally came, he fired for Kessler in the middle of the field. Vernieri made the interception in front of the goal line to preserve the victory.
“I saw No. 27 (Shore’s Shane McLaughlin) trying to set a pick on me,” Vernieri said. “I ran under the pick and made the interception.
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Nick Foles joined a very exclusive club on Thursday night after guiding the Chicago Bears to a 20-19 comeback win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The win over the Bucs makes Foles only the fourth quarterback in NFL history along with Jake Plummer, Brian Griese and Cam Newton to have multiple career wins over Tom Brady without ever being on the losing side against the six-time Super Bowl champion.
To put the achievement into context, Brady has played 331 games between regular season and playoffs since he entered the NFL in 2000, losing just 77 of them. Of those 77 losses, only nine have come against quarterbacks Brady has never defeated and five of those nine have come against the Denver Broncos.
Foles’ first start for the Bears on Thursday night marked just the second time he and Brady had crossed path since Super Bowl LII, when the now Bears quarterback became only the second quarterback after Eli Manning to defeat Brady in a Super Bowl—Manning pulled off the feat twice, as the New York Giants won Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI—and was named Super Bowl MVP after leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a surprise win over the New England Patriots.
Of the other three quarterbacks to register multiple career wins over Brady without ever losing to the three-time MVP, Plummer is the only one to have managed it three times. The second-round pick of the 1997 NFL Draft defeated Brady twice in the same season, as the Denver Broncos won 28-20 in New England in Week 6 of the 2005 season, before beating the Patriots 27-13 in the Divisional Round three months later.
The latter win snapped New England’s 11-game winning streak in the postseason and was the Broncos’ first playoff win since Super Bowl XXXIII, despite a relatively average performance from Plummer, who finished with a modest 197 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception while completing 15 of his 26 passes.
Plummer had the better of Brady again the following season, as the Broncos won 17-7 in New England in Week 3.
Before Plummer arrived on the scene, another Broncos quarterback had notched up perfect career record against Brady. Griese led Denver to a 31-20 home win against New England in Week 7 of the 2001 season, before repeating the feat in Week 8 the following year as the Broncos won 24-16 on the road in Foxborough.
Newton, who succeeded Brady in New England this offseason as the latter left the Patriots after two decades, is the only other quarterback yet to lose to the 43-year-old despite facing him multiple times. Newton led the Carolina Panthers to a 24-20 win at home in Week 11 of the 2013 season and then inspired the Panthers to a 33-30 road win in Week 4 of the 2017 season.