1st Down: Serena Williams is likely playing in her final tournament as a professional at the US Open, and she is looking to make it a memorable one. She took on Danka Kovinic in the first round of Monday, and she overcame her younger opponent in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. The 40 year-old 23-time major champion drew a sold out crowd of about 24,000 people in what could have been her last match had she lost, and she did not disappoint in booking a spot in the second round. Williams will have a much tougher opponent in round two, with #2 seed Anett Kontaveit awaiting her on Wednesday.
2nd Down: The New York Knicks are closing in on a deal that will likely end their pursuit of the Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell. Sources indicate that RJ Barrett is nearing an extension that would be worth $120 million over four years, making it highly unlikely that the team could pursue Mitchell due to the cap space that would be left- or the lack thereof of it. Barrett comes off a rookie season in which he averaged over 20 points a game, and he has become the first rookie in over two decades to sign an extension with the team after his first deal.
3rd Down: The Jimmy Garoppolo saga appears to be over. At least for now. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback has been rumored to be heading out the exit door, but sources now state that he will indeed be staying on board for another season with the Niners. He has, allegedly, restructured his deal with the team and will become a free agent in 2023, but for now he will serve as Trey Lance’s backup. Jimmy G couldn’t find a trade ‘partner,’ so that jeopardized his ability to move, meaning he’ll now have to wait a bit longer to have a shot at being a #1 again.
4th Down: According to reports, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph has been of interest to a number of teams, with calls being made inquiring about his availability. With that said, it is being made clear by the yellow and black office staff that their #3 QB will not be moving anywhere unless it is a ‘significant’ offer. Despite both Mitchell Trubisky and Kenny Pickett leapfrogging him in the depth chart, there are reservations about letting him go due to him knowing the offense.