1st Down: For the ninth time in history, and to no one’s surprise, Alabama are ranked #1 in the AP preseason poll. The Crimson Tide come off the back of a loss in the championship game last season, but they have the reigning Heisman winner in Bryce Young and the top defensive player in Will Anderson, Jr. As a result of all of that, and having head coach Nick Saban at the helm, they took 54 of the 63 first-place votes. Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, and Notre Dame rounded the top five. The SEC leads the way with six teams in the top 25 while the ACC has five, the Big Ten has four, and the Big 12 and Pac 12 each have three apiece.
2nd Down: The Texas Rangers have decided to part ways with manager Chris Woodward, announcing the news on Monday that they would be moving on from him after four losing seasons. Coming into 2022, there was a lot of optimism following the signings of Corey Seagar and Marcus Semien, but the team were just 51-63 under Woodward prior to the plug being pulled. GM Chris Young cited the poor results as well as a lack of organization for the move, and they will hope to further build in the future. Tony Beasley, the previous third-base coach, will take charge as interim manager for the remainder of 2022.
3rd Down: If the latest reports are to be believed, the PGA Tour has a massive ally in the form of Tiger Woods. Such a big ally, in fact, that he will be meeting with many of the top-20 players in the world, as well as those that are among the most ‘influential’ in a meeting, supposedly, to be held on Tuesday as he and the Tour attempt to buoy support against the LIV Golf Series. Woods has been critical of the upstart league, questioning the loyalty of those who have left been the tour that made them, and this is the latest move made in order to try and keep the fledgling group from expanding even further. Woods, according to LIV front man Greg Norman, turned down a deal that was upwards of $700 million to join the new league.
4th Down: It wasn’t how Liverpool would have wanted it to go, but in the end they did get something from their Premier League encounter with Crystal Palace on Monday. Having gone a goal down (and a man down, too) they came back to get a 1-1 draw after Luis Diaz scored a fantastic equalizer. That puts Liverpool four points behind defending champion Manchester City already, however. In Serie A, Juventus got two goals from Dusan Vlahovic as they won 3-0 over Sassuolo. In Spain, Atletico Madrid opened La Liga play with a 3-0 win at Getafe behind two Alvaro Morata strikes.