1st Down: The Cleveland Cavaliers, it would appear if sources are correct, are the winners of the Donovan Mitchell sweepstakes. After weeks and weeks of speculation about who could wheel and deal their way to landing the Utah Jazz’s star guard, it seems as if the Cavs have managed to beat everyone to the punch. The report states that the Eastern Conference team are giving up quite a package for him, with Colin Sexton, Ochai Agbaji, and Lauri Markannen heading out west along with three future first-round draft picks. It was always going to hinge on how many picks they could land, and the Jazz finally got the deal they wanted.
2nd Down: The Denver Broncos have been looking for their main man under center for a while now, and it looks like they have locked him up for a while, with the team reportedly signing Russell Wilson to a five-year contract that will be worth up to $245 million. It’s being said that $165 of that will be guaranteed money, underlining just how much faith the team have in the quarterback after they landed him from the Seattle Seahawks back in March. It’s the third-highest deal in the league’s history (to this point) and will determine the foreseeable future for the Broncos. That much is for certain.
3rd Down: The first edition of Thursday Night Football of the season took place this week with a number of college football games. Three ranked teams made their bows, and all of them won on the evening. #17 Pittsburgh defended home turf by defeating West Virginia 38-31 after a furious comeback saw them survive. Down 31-24 in the fourth, they scored a TD as Kedon Slovis (who ended up with 308 yards total) found a target for a game-tying seven. They then took the lead less than a minute later on a 56-yard interception return by MJ Devonshire, and they wouldn’t look back from there. #12 Oklahoma State also won, beating Central Michigan 58-44 while #22 Wake Forest steamrolled VMI 44-10. Penn State won 35-31 over Purdue on the road as well in a Big 10 opener between two unranked programs.
4th Down: The transfer window for European soccer- at the last the major leagues- has come and gone as of Thursday. A flurry of last-minute deals were done, with teams looking to plug in holes with little time to spare. Manchester United had been chasing a deal for Ajax’s Antony, and they finally pulled it off while Manchester City got Manuel Akanji and Liverpool loaned in midfielder Arthur from Juventus. Chelsea brought in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona while Cristiano Ronaldo ultimately stayed at the aforementioned United despite pleading to leave. In American-related news, Sergino Dest was loaned from Barcelona to AC Milan while Christian Pulisic ended up staying with Chelsea despite rumors to the contrary.