1st Down: The Georgia Bulldogs had an extremely successful start to the 2022 season, and they rewarded for it, moving from #3 to #2 in the rankings following a demolition of Oregon in their opener. The Dawgs, the defending champions, smashed the previously #11 Ducks 49-3 in Atlanta, earning the spot one behind Alabama at #1. The rest of the top five was rounded out by Ohio State, Michigan, and Clemson. OSU and Clemson each dropped a spot while Michigan gained four. Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Baylor, and USC complete the top ten. The Fighting Irish are the only team to have lost to be in the top ten currently. Oregon, meanwhile, fell out altogether after their humbling down south.
2nd Down: Giannis and Luka Doncic have been busy this summer, and both of them are showing why they are two of the most dominant players in the NBA. Giannis led Greece past Ukraine at the EuroBasket tournament on Tuesday, scoring 41 points, the most since Dirk’s 43 over two decades ago, as they topped their group with a fourth win from four games. In Group B, Slovenia won after Doncic scored 36 points and had 10 rebounds in a victory over Germany. Both teams are among the favorites to win the competition given their superstar players and their performance levels.
3rd Down: Sue Bird’s career is officially over, with the WNBA Playoff semis concluding for her and the Seattle Storm on Tuesday night. The Las Vegas Aces were ran hard, but in the end they grabbed a 97-92 win on the road to book a spot in the Finals. Chelsea Gray was spectacular, especially late when she made two clutch buckets back-to-back, scoring 31 points and doing enough to help cancel out the 41 that Breanna Stewart had dropped for the hosts. Bird, meanwhile, had eight points in her sendoff. Elsewhere, there will be a Game 5 in Chicago as the Sky were beaten- emphatically- by the Connecticut Sun to see a rubber match needed. Dewanna Bonner and Courtney Williams each had 19 to ensure there was another day of action. The Aces will await the winner of that decisive match up.
4th Down: The UEFA Champions League is off and running as of Tuesday night, and the debut of Erling Haaland at Manchester City in the competition was a smash hit. The Norwegian showcased exactly why the Citizens brought him in, scoring twice in a 4-0 romp in Seville to give the favorites a win to start the group stage. Elsewhere, Chelsea shockingly lost 1-0 in Croatia to Dinamo Zagreb as Mislav Orsic’s 13th minute held up. PSG won 2-1 over Juventus at home as Kylian Mbappe struck twice on the evening, propelling them past their Italian visitors. Real Madrid, the holders, won 0-3 in Scotland over Celtic, but they did see Karim Benzema go down with some sort of injury to temper the mood.