This week, the World Series kicked off its first four games, No. 3 Georgia met No. 2 Alabama in college football, and the UEFA Champions League group stage got underway.
Check out some of the biggest games we watched this past week:
Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Dodgers (World Series, Games 1 - 4)
Los Angeles struck first in Game 1 with a two-run shot from Cody Bellinger in the fourth inning against starter Tyler Glasnow, who was taken out in the fifth after conceding two more runs. The Dodgers kept pouring it on from there, extending the lead to 8-1 by the sixth. All eyes were on Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who vanquished his October demons with a six-inning appearance, logging eight strikeouts, and giving up only one earned run, a solo homer from Kevin Kiermaier in the fifth. The Dodgers never trailed and the bullpen did their job by conceding just two runs for a final score of 8-3 in a convincing LA win.
For the second night in a row, pitching was the difference in Game 2. Through four innings, Rays ace Blake Snell did not give up a hit to the NL Champs. That ended in the fifth when, with the Rays up 5-0, Chris Taylor hit a two-run homer off Snell. The Rays offense came from Brandon Lowe, who hit a solo home run in the first and a two-run home run in the fifth. The Dodgers had hope in the eighth when Corey Seager hit a solo home run to make the score 6-4, but there it would stay as the Rays evened the series.
The Dodgers got back on track in Game 3 with a dominant showing from their offense, opening up a 5-0 lead by the fourth. Starter Walker Buehler also locked it down, going six innings, logging 10 Ks, and giving up one earned run in the fifth. They were able to hold on, with a final score of 6-2.
For Game 4, projected starters Julio Urías (LA) and Ryan Harbrough (TB) matched up similarly statistically on the season. While the Dodgers had looked the stronger team overall so far in this series, it was the Rays who took home Game 4 in one of the most exciting games in recent memory. It was back and forth the whole game, but it was Brett Phillip’s first postseason that was the difference-maker, hitting a two-run walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth off Kenley Jansen.
Game 5 will be a good one as the two teams face off on Sunday.
Georgia vs Alabama (Football)
The first half of Saturday night’s matchup of college heavyweights was neck-and-neck. Both teams benefitted from long passing touchdowns, with the first score of the game going Alabama’s way on a 40-yard play by John Metchie, as well as a second-quarter 82-yard catch and run by Georgia running back James Cook.
By the end of the half, Alabama was able to move up the field with only 23 seconds on the clock and cut Georgia’s lead to 24-20 on a 52-yard field goal. Alabama picked up where they left off with an incredible 90-yard receiving touchdown by junior wideout Jaylen Waddle. Alabama never looked back and Georgia did not score again, as the Tide coasted to a 41-24 win. Offense has been the key for Bama this season, and they will look to continue their excellent play against Tennessee on Saturday.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester United (UEFA Champions League, Group Stage)
These sides last met in the round of sixteen last year, when the Red Devils overcame a two-goal aggregate deficit to win on a Marcus Rashford penalty in stoppage time. In Tuesday’s rematch in Paris, the English phenom was once again the hero, scoring a late winner in the 87th minute.
After receiving a short pass from Paul Pogba outside of the box, Rashford faced two markers; he quickly dribbled past new signing Danilo Perreira, while Dutch youngster Mitchell Bakker found himself caught between Rashford and United’s fullback on the right wing, leaving Rashford open for a powerful low-shot to the left corner and beating Keylor Navas in goal.
Before this lone moment of brilliance, it had been a sloppy affair for both teams. The first goal was scored from the spot by Bruno Fernandes in the 23rd minute, a penalty that had to be taken twice after the PSG keeper jumped off the line prematurely.
The equalizer came from an Anthony Martial own-goal in the 55th minute, headed into the United goal at the near post from a Neymar corner. Perhaps this win will give United some much-needed momentum back at home, as they currently sit in 15th place in England.
PSG has also struggled since their Champions League Final loss to Bayern in August. However, these are undeniably still two of Europe’s top clubs and contenders for the title.