1st Down: The Syracuse Orange are off to a 4-0 start, holding off Virginia on Friday evening by a 22-20 score at home to remain unbeaten on the year. Having taken a 16-0 lead into the break, the Orange were forced to show their resolve as the visiting Cavaliers scored charged back to lead 20-19 with six minutes to go. However, a fifth field goal from kicker Andre Szmyt with just over a minute to go and a defensive stand on fourth down saw them hold on and get off to their first 4-0 start since 2018. They are also 2-0 thus far in the ACC. In other college football action, Air Force pummeled Nevada 40-28 and UTEP saw off highly-favored Boise State 27-10 in El Paso.
2nd Down: Roger Federer has officially called time on his career as a professional tennis player, bowing out Friday at the Laver Cup in a double match. Federer, who is 41 and had dealt with multiple knee setbacks that ultimately forced him to call it quits, had hoped to face off with Rafa Nadal in his last match, and he got that wish on Friday as he played with the fellow legend. Francis Tiafoe and Jack Sock were the opponents, but the day belonged to the Swiss as he was lifted up and carried off the court in his farewell. Federer leaves the game having won 20 grand slams, third on the all-time men’s list behind Novak Djokovic and the aforementioned Nadal.
3rd Down: The United States continued to roll at the Presidents Cup on Friday, hammering the International team on the second day of competition to take an 8-2 lead heading into the third day of the team competition. This time, it was closer on the course, with three matches going down to the wire in the fourball format, but the Americans saw it through to take a commanding lead. The US now needs just 8.5 points of the available 20 on offer to retain the trophy they have so often held in this ‘rivalry.’
4th Down: It was a very busy day across the world of soccer as teams took part in both pre-World Cup friendlies and UEFA Nations League matches. The United States played Japan in a friendly, and they went down 2-0 in Austria, leaving little positive to be said about the showing. Lionel Messi scored twice as Argentina defeated Honduras while Richarlison did the same trick for Brazil as they beat Ghana 3-0. In the UNL, Germany were shocked by Hungary and England lost to Italy to see them relegated from ‘League A’ in the confusing competition.