1st Down: With their backs against the wall heading into Game 3 at home on Thursday, the Connecticut Sun knew they would need a big performance. They did just that, riding Alyssa Thomas’ huge triple-double to stay alive in the WNBA Finals following a comfortable 105-75 thrashing of the Las Vegas Aces. Thomas was sumptuous, scoring 16 points, grabbing 15 rebounds, and also dishing out 11 assists in a dominant showing. It was her third triple-double, putting her atop the record books, and she is now three of the 19 total in league history, too. Game 4 takes place on Sunday in Connecticut as they look to send it back to the Vegas Strip for a decisive fifth game.
2nd Down: The Tampa Bay Rays made history on Thursday as they honored Roberto Clemente on Roberto Clemente Day by fielding a team of all Latin players as they smashed the Toronto Blue Jays 11-0 on the road to tighten the Wild Card race between the teams to just half-a-game. All nine position players were from Latin nations, an MLB-first, and they certainly showed that you can win with that kind of setup here. Yandy Diaz hit a three-run homer in the second to give them a 4-0 lead while Isaac Paredes had two RBI hits, including a home run of his own, in the blowout. The Rays plated five runs in the top of the ninth to further skate away from their hosts as the race between the clubs remains hot for playoff spots.
3rd Down: Roger Federer is calling it quits. The famed tennis star has decided that it is time to hang up his racket, competitively, with the veteran announcing that he will finish up his storied career after the Laver Cup is played next week. The 41 year-old will conclude his career as the third-highest majors winner on the men’s side with 20, only trailing Rafa Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21). He has had three knee surgeries in the last 18 months, so it’s easy to see why he’s opted to forgo competitive play any longer due to those trying circumstances.
4th Down: The NHL will be bringing back the World Cup of Hockey in 2024, following up the last event in 2016, and this time around the event promises to be different. Instead of having a ‘Team Europe’ and a ‘Team North America,’ it looks like the league will only be having ‘real’ national teams take part in the tournament which is due to be held in the middle of- in February- the season. Ten teams will take part, it’s being reported, so that more stars can play, while a play-in could be used for the final couple of places to be determined. Team Canada defeated Team Europe, comprised of players that didn’t have a national team involved in the final of the 2016 version.