1st Down: The Seattle Storm are headed to the second round of the WNBA Playoffs following a 97-84 win over the Washington Mystics on Sunday. The win was highlighted by double-double showings from both Sue Bird (18 points and 10 assists) and Breanna Stewart (21 points and 10 rebounds) as the Storm swept the best-of-three series with a home on their home floor. Elsewhere, the Dallas Wings won on the road by an 89-79 scoreline over the Connecticut Sun to force a decisive Game 3. Teaira McCowan posted 17 points and 11 rebounds while Kayla Thornton added 20 points to the mix to keep their season alive for another day.
2nd Down: Patrick Cantlay has gone back-to-back at the BMW Championship. Sunday saw the golfer, last season’s Fedex Cup winner, take the crown, besting Scott Stallings by two strokes after a -2 69 in the fourth and final round. That came courtesy of a nice bounce on the 17th hole that allowed him to make the decisive birdie at Wilmington Country Club. By virtue of the win, Cantlay will be the #2 seed heading into the Tour Championship next week at East Lake, giving him a tremendous opportunity to make it back-to-back Tour and Fedex Cup crowns. He will begin play two shots behind Scottie Scheffler beginning on Thursday in Atlanta, but he’ll still have a ton of momentum heading into the event.
3rd Down: Kyle Larson also went back-to-back on Sunday, winning for the second consecutive year at Watkins Glen and the second straight day as well after falling into a win in the Xfinity race on Saturday. Larson had played second fiddle for much of the day to Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott, but he muscled him out of the way on the final restart of the race and ran off to claim his second victory of the season. AJ Allmendinger followed Larson, with Joey Logano, Elliott, and Daniel Suarez completing the top-five finishers.
4th Down: On the soccer field, it was a busy day in Europe as a number of games took place. One of the biggest results of the day saw Leeds United, inspired by Americans and MLS products, downed Chelsea 3-0. Brenden Aaronson scored the opener and the hosts never let up as the Blues’ troubles continued on. Manchester City, meanwhile, fought from behind to get a 3-3 draw at Newcastle as Erling Haaland scored a third goal in as many games for his club. In Spain, meanwhile, Barcelona won 1-4 at Real Sociedad behind a duo of goals from birthday boy Robert Lewandowski, the Pole’s first two for his new club. Bayern Munich, his former club, rolled just fine without him as they crushed Bochum 0-7 in German Bundesliga play as well. Sadio Mane found the net twice for his new employers.