Thursday turned out to be one of the most exciting and action-packed days we have had in sports recently. We’ll start in the NFL, where the Cleveland Browns have finally won a football game for the first time since 2016. The lovable losers had last had a victory on Christmas Eve that year, and their game on Thursday night started about as well as you’d expect. Starting QB Tyrod Taylor struggled, going 4-14 and getting sacked three times for just 19 yards and they fell behind 14-0 to the New York Jets. That’s when Baker Mayfield made his way into the game and made a major statement in doing so. The #1 draft pick out of Oklahoma would lead the Browns right back into contention, and then he would help them win the game 21-17. At the end of the game, Mayfield ended up leading four scoring drives, 201 yards thrown. He outshone fellow rookie QB Sam Darnold of the Jets, who took responsibility by blaming himself for his own team’s woes. What a way to announce yourself by Mayfield, who has got to the be the clear starter now in Cleveland.
Defeating your rivals in sports is perhaps the best feeling you can have. Beating them at their own place is even sweeter. Winning a division crown, then, has got to really sting for said rival. And that’s exactly what happened on Thursday night. The Boston Red Sox came to New York, defeated the Yankees, and thus have officially clinched the AL East now. It’s been a formality for a while, sure, but this is not something that will sit well with fans or players of the Yankees at all. Losing in the Bronx to Boston is never ideal, but having done so in this situation will be very frustrating for them. How did Boston do it? Through their star man, Mookie Betts. Surely he has to be the MVP, right? He didn’t hurt his record on the night, that’s for sure. He had four hits and five RBIs in an 11-6 win that has seen the Red Sox clinch a ticket to the ALDS now no matter what happens from here on. This is the very first time Boston has ever clinched a division against the Yankees, so this will be remembered for some time by the players and fans involved!
And the other big sports story of Thursday is Tiger Woods at the Tour Championship. The final event of the FedexCup Playoffs began with a bang, with the world’s most popular golfer jumping out to an early share of the lead thanks to shooting a -5 under par 65 in Atlanta. That included an eagle on the 18th hole, which helped him get an incredible amount of momentum ahead of Friday’s round. Rickie Fowler also shot the same score, so he’ll be one to watch as well in the chase for the huge monetary prize on offer this weekend.