What Had Happened Was: 10/5/17
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- The Minnesota Lynx defeated the Los Angeles Sparks to win their record-tying fourth WNBA title. After being down 2-1 in the best-of-five WNBA Finals series, the Lynx closed out the Sparks on Wednesday with an 85-76 Game 5 win at home over the defending league champions. Lynx center Sylvia Fowles scored 17 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to become the first player since Lauren Jackson of the Seattle Storm in 2010 to be named both league MVP and Finals MVP in the same season. Minnesota also joined the Houston Comets as the only teams in WNBA history with four titles, after also winning in 2011, 2013 and 2015. “We cherish every opportunity we have to step on the floor and compete for championships,” said Seimone Augustus, Minnesota’s longest-tenured player. “It’s heartwarming for me because I got to experience the good, the bad and the ugly here. To see us where we are, with people actually saying we’re a dynasty? I can remember the days when we were a laughingstock.”
- The Arizona Diamondbacks advanced to the National League Division Series with an 11-8 win over the Colorado Rockies in Wednesday’s wild-card game. The Diamondbacks took a commanding 6-0 lead, but Colorado stormed back to bring the game within one run in the top of the seventh inning. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley hit the first triple of his career, and the first by a reliever in postseason history, to score two runs and push Arizona’s lead to 8-5, which the team would not look back from despite three more runs from Colorado in the final two frames. The Diamondbacks will face the 104-win Los Angeles Dodgers in a best-of-five NLDS.
- Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell’s mother spoke out on her son’s decision to kneel during the national anthem. On Sept. 23, the 26-year-old rookie became the first major league baseball player to take a knee during the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” choosing to do so “for the people who don’t have a voice.” On Tuesday, Sports Illustrated released an exclusive interview with Maxwell’s mother, who opened up about the stance her son took that led to racial slurs and threats of violence. Read the full conversation here.
- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton received backlash after making a sexist comment directed toward a female reporter during a news conference on Wednesday. “It’s funny to hear a female talk about ‘routes,’ ” Newton said before answering a question from Charlotte Observer beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue about wide receiver Devin Funchess. Rodrigue took to Twitter to express her frustration with the comment, before NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted out a full statement explaining how Newton only made the situation “worse.” An official apology from Newton or the team has yet to be released.
I don't think it's "funny" to be a female and talk about routes. I think it's my job.
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) October 4, 2017
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 4, 2017
Top three tweets
B.Weeden got a job. Thinking of taking early vacation time 2 see IF* I can make a roster. Milds and hen dawg would be shelved temporarily 😂 pic.twitter.com/YOgySqnlVn
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) October 4, 2017
2. DROPPIN’ DIMES
— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) October 4, 2017
3. BBB 101
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 2, 2017
"I'm not tired of having my fan experience injected with social issues, but I am tired of Americans reacting to social issues like 🏈 fans" pic.twitter.com/k1qm1A7A8j
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) October 4, 2017
On this day in sports history
On Oct. 5, 1985, with a 27-7 Grambling State victory over Prairie View A&M at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Tigers head coach Eddie Robinson notched his 324th career win, surpassing longtime Alabama head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant for the most wins by a coach in college football history. Robinson, who died in 2007, finished his coaching career with a total of 408 victories, one shy of the all-time Division I record of 409 wins, held by Penn State’s Joe Paterno. “Nobody has ever done or will ever do what Eddie Robinson has done for this game,” Paterno once said. “Our profession will never, ever be able to repay Eddie Robinson for what he has done for this country and the profession of football.”
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) October 3, 2017