The Week that Was 8/21-8/27

Welcome to your weekly sports recap, The Week That Was, where we will do a quick overview of the stories, scores, and items from the world of sports that you might have missed. Checkout out the rest of MentalDimes.com for sport-specific content on your favorite teams and do not forget to check out our podcast, which is available on Spotify, Apple, and YouTube; search for Mental Dimes.

NCAAF

College football season welcomed college fans back on Saturday with a full schedule of games to kick off the season. The opening week was not kind to Nebraska fans as Scott Frost and company squandered a double-digit lead and failed to execute on an on-side kick attempt as Northwestern defeated the Huskers 31-28 from Dublin, Ireland. For a complete listing of game scores, check out espn.com

Two Indiana State football players were among three students killed in an auto accident last weekend. Defensive back Caleb VanHooser and linebacker Christian Eubanks, and Jayden Musili were killed in the accident that injured two other players. Head football coach Curt Mallory issed the following statement: ” It is a terrible day for Indiana State football and a devastating loss for both the Eubanks and the VanHooser families. Both young men were quality individuals who were loved and respected by their teammates and this staff. To say they will be missed is an understatement. Our continued prayers and support are with their families, friends, and teammates during this difficult time.”

Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh announced that Cade McNamara would be the starting quarterback in week one against Colorado State. JJ McCarthy will start in the second game of the season against Hawaii. Harbaugh said a decision as to who will be the starting QB would be made after week 2.

NFL

Baker Mayfield will be the starter for the Carolina Panthers when the team opens the season Sunday, September 11th, on the road against his former team, the Cleveland Browns. The former number one pick and Heisman trophy winner beat out Sam Darnold in a QB competition to claim the starting job entering the 2022 season.

Former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and Hall-of-Famer Len Dawson passed away last week at 87. Dawson was named MVP and led the Chiefs to a championship with a victory in Super Bowl IV over the Minnesota Vikings. Dawson was enshrined in the Hall of Fame as both a player and a broadcaster. Dawson hosted HBO’s Inside the NFL from 1977-2001.

Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith suffered a torn left hamstring during practice. The injury is expected to keep Smith out of action for the entire season. The eight-time pro-bowler is the team’s most tenured player on the Cowboys roster.

The Buffalo Bills have released rookie punter Matt Araiza after he was named in a civil suit that alleges that while Araiza attended San Diego State University, he was involved in the gang-rape of a minor.

MLB

New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman has been placed on the 15-day injured list due to an infection from a tattoo on his leg. New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone noted Chapman has “an infection in his leg right now. We’re hoping we’d kind of knock it out and be able to take care of it the last couple days, but it’s still significant enough, from a tattoo he recently got; he’s got a pretty bad infection in there.”

Seattle Mariners rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez signed a 12-year contract extension worth $210 in guaranteed money and could be worth $470 and up to 17 years contingent on team and player options.

NBA

After meeting with head coach Steve Nash and owners Joe and Clare Wu Tsai, Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant has agreed to stay with the team. According to a report from NBC sports, the team also plans to keep Kyrie Irving.

Vanessa Bryant, the wife of Los Angeles Laker superstar Kobe Bryant, won a verdict against Los Angeles count of $15 million. A jury unanimously found the county liable for the helicopter death of her husband and daughter and seven others in a crash that occurred in 2020. The initial verdict awarded Bryant $16 million, but that amount was amended after a clerical error was found.  

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