1st Down: Rory McIlroy is a three-time Tour Championship winner following his heroics down the stretch on Sunday to win at East Lake and take the $18 million bonus that comes along with being named the FedexCup champion. Down by six coming into the final round, he would shoot a -4 66 and get help from #1 seed Scottie Scheffler to overtake his rival and win the PGA Tour’s huge prize. The outspoken supporter of the league has now won the end-of-the-season prize three times, joining a win in 2019 and a playoff victory in 2016.
2nd Down: Austin Dillon will be in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs after his last-ditch effort on Sunday at Daytona. The race had been scheduled for Saturday night but was delayed to Sunday before another delay pushed the ultimate finish, a 20-lap dash, to well into the afternoon on Sunday. Dillon somehow navigated his way through a massive crash prior to the stoppage, and he then moved Austin Cindric out of the way to put his #3 car up front and hold off the pack at the checkered flag. With his win, he knocked Martin Truex, Jr. out of the playoffs. Ryan Blaney bested Truex narrowly to claim the last of the 16 slots.
3rd Down: The semis of the WNBA Playoffs began on Sunday with a pair of games in the best-of-five round. In Las Vegas, the Aces went down to the short-handed Seattle Storm as Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart combined to score 50 points in a 76-73 victory. Loyd has 26 while Stewart had 24 as the Storm ‘stole’ one of the road games and will now have home-court advantage. Elsewhere, the Chicago Sky got a superstar performance out of Candace Parker as they fell 68-63 to the Connecticut Sun in the opening game of that series. Parker put up 19 points while also grabbing 18 rebounds, but it didn’t prove to be enough for them to defend their home court in Game 1. The visiting Sun got 15 points from Dewanna Bonner and a double-double from Alyssa Thomas.
4th Down: Tottenham kept up their unbeaten start to the English Premier League season on Sunday, winning 0-2 at Nottingham Forest behind two goals from Harry Kane. The English striker could have had a hat trick, but he missed a penalty in the win. In Spain, meanwhile, both Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema scored twice in wins for their respective teams. Lewandowski helped Barcelona to a dominant 4-0 home win over Real Valladolid and Benzema’s two goals, one in the 88th and one in the 10th minute of stoppage time, helped Real Madrid to a 1-3 road win over Espanyol.