At the end of a weekend with endless sports action, Anthony Davis delivered the exclamation point. The last Lakers player to hit a game-winning buzzer-beater in the postseason? Kobe Bryant (2006).


The Playoff Party: AD Calls Game

Anthony Davis’ Game 2 Buzzer-Beater Puts an Exclamation Point on a Weekend Playoff Games

This time of year would normally turn our focus to football, baseball and soccer, but the pandemic push-back has moved spring playoffs to the fall. We’re not complaining, there’s just too much to give them each an individual section. Here’s the rundown — A Playoff Party! — including AD’s must-see game-winner from a weekend of six postseason games.

NBA: Conference Finals 

Lakers Win on AD’s Buzzer-Beater
The L.A. Lakers won Game 1 with ease (126-114) on Friday, but Game 2 came down to the wire. Trailing by two with 2.1 seconds left on a baseline inbounds, Anthony Davis drilled a 3-point buzzer-beater (105-103) as time expired. AD (31) and LeBron James (26) combined for 57 points. (LAL Leads Series 2-0)

Celtics Bounce Back in Game 3
The Celtics finally held a halftime lead despite another ferocious Heat comeback attempt. Boston took Game 3 (117-106) thanks to four starters with 20-plus on Saturday night — Jaylen Brown (26), Jayson Tatum (25), Kemba Walker (21) and Marcus Smart (20). The East finals get four days rest. Game 4 is Wednesday night.(MIA Leads Series 2-1)

NHL: Stanley Cup Finals 

Stars Shine in Game 1
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals was knotted a one apiece after the first period, but Dallas goaltender Anton Khudobin locked down the Lightning the rest of the way. The Stars fired three more goals for a resounding 4-1 victory in Game 1. Game 2 is tonight (8:00 pm ET). (DAL Leads Series 1-0)

WNBA Semi-Finals 

Sun Stun Aces in Game 1
The 7-seeded Sun continued their underdog saga with a Game 1 takedown against the 1-seed Aces. Connecticut outscored Vegas in every period (4-7-12-2) for a 25-point drumming of the top seed. Jasmine Thomas led the way with 31 points on 13-for-18 shooting. (CON Leads Series 1-0)

Storm-Lynx Postponed
An inconclusive COVID-19 test led to a postponement of Game 1 of the semifinals between the Seattle Storm and Minnesota Lynx. It’s the first game postponed inside the WNBA bubble due to virus concerns.


Week 2: Winners & Wowers

Russ Carves Up Pats for 5 TDs, But a Bunch of Stars Go Down With Injuries

Ah, Week 2. The NFL season is still afloat with no major COVID-19 stoppages through two weeks, but the injury concerns are another story. A few huge names were carted off on Sunday. We’ve got a clearer picture of who’s ready to play in 2020, but no preseason has made for a rusty start. Here’s the rundown of Week 2 in the NFL.

Top Performers
QB R. Wilson (SEA): 21/28, 288 yds, 5 TDs
QB D. Prescott (DAL): 34/47, 450 yds, 4 TDs
QB J. Allen (BUF): 34/45, 417 yds, 4 TDs
RB L. Fournette (TB): 103 yds, 2 TDs
RB: A. Jones (GB): 234 total yds, 3 TDs
WR S. Diggs (BUF): 8 rec, 153 yds, 1 TD
TE T. Kelce (KC): 9 rec, 90 yds, 1 TD

4 Downs: Key Storylines
• Russ Reels Off 5 TDs on SNF: The Seahawks beat the Patriots on Sunday Night Football (35-30) thanks to 5 TDs from Russell Wilson. Cam Newton also had a stellar day with 444 total yards and 3 TDs, but Seattle stuffed him at the goal line on the final play of the game.
• Brady’s First Bucs Win: The numbers weren’t spectacular but Tom Brady (217 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) got his first win; Bucs beat Panthers (31-17). Leonard Fournette (103 rushing yards, 2 TDs) and Mike Evans (104 receiving yards, 1 TD) helped spark the offense.
• The Cowboy Comeback: Dallas trailed Atlanta 29-10 at halftime before a 30-point second half and a 1-point win (40-39) thanks to Greg Zuerlein’s onside kick and 46-yard game-winning field goal in the final minute. Dak Prescott proved his worth — 450 yards passing with a TD and three more scores rushing.
• Chargers-Chiefs Goes OT: The reigning Super Bowl champs needed a late comeback to force overtime against the Chargers in rookie QB Justin Herbert’s debut. Kansas City set up Harrison Butker for a 58-yard walk-off kick in OT.
Injury Report
RB Saquon Barkley (Giants) and DE Joey Bosa (49ers) were carted off the field with knee injuries on Sunday. San Francisco also lost QB Jimmy Garroppolo and RB Raheem Mostert, while the Broncos lost QB Drew Lock. Brutal week for the medical team.

Undefeated: The 2-0 Club
Rams, Bears, Packers, Titans, Bills, Steelers, Cardinals, Ravens, Chiefs, Seahawks

Splitters: The 1-1 Club
Patriots, Bucs, Chargers, 49ers, Jaguars, Browns, Cowboys, Colts, Washington

Winless: The 0-2 Club
Bengals, Eagles, Giants, Falcons, Lions, Dolphins, Jets, Broncos, Panthers, Texans, Vikings

Monday Night Football
Saints (1-0) vs. Raiders (1-0) (8:15 pm ET)

View All Week 2 Scores & Highlights

Additional Storylines
SI: Making Sense of Week 2’s Rash of Injuries
NFL: What We Learned From Week 2


Low, Low DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau (-6) Dominates U.S. Open to Win First Major

To any golfers who questioned the methods of Bryson DeChambeau, don’t. The 27-year-old put on more than 40 pounds during the sports shutdown and came back with a beefy build, and his power and length were on display at one of the most treacherous courses in the world this weekend. Plenty of golfers went under par on Thursday, but spirits broke as the weekend rolled on. Every golfer dropped to par or above by tournament’s end, except DeChambeau.

How Bryson Beat Winged Foot
The difficult (to say the least) Winged Foot Golf Club ate up players in the rough, but DeChambeau’s combination of length and accuracy helped him avoid the disasters that befell everyone — and I mean everyone — else. He trailed his playing partner Matthew Wolff (E) by two strokes entering Sunday, and he thrived hole after hole as Wolff collapsed like the field. An eagle on Hole 9 gave him the outright lead before a bogey-free 1-under on the back. It’s DeChambeau’s seventh PGA Tour victory and his first major.

Final Leaderboard
B. DeChambeau (-6)
M. Wolff (E)
L. Oosthuizen (+2)
H. English (+3)
X. Schauffele (+4)
D. Johnson (+5)

Other Notable Scores: T. Finau (+6), J. Thomas (+6), W. Simpson (+6), R. McIlroy (+7), P. Reed (+7), P. Casey (8), H. Matsuyama (+8), J. Rahm (+10), T. Woods (CUT)

Watch Highlights (Down the Stretch)

Additional Storylines
CBS Sports: Bryson DeChambeau is Reshaping Golf As He Sees Fit
Golf Channel: DeChambeau Could Use 48-Inch Driver Shaft at The Masters


All Eyes on October

Magic Number Week: The MLB Postseason is 1 Week Away

Want more playoffs? We thought so. Baseball’s postseason begins in just one week, and that means it’s “Magic Number” week in the majors. How many games does each team need to win to join the party in October? We’ll have that for you throughout this week’s push. For now, let’s take a look at baseball’s bizarre (expanded) playoff picture and the race for the final spots this week.

Only seven teams have officially clinched postseason berths: Rays, Yankees, White Sox, Twins, A’s, Dodgers and Padres. The NL East and NL Central divisions are still up for grabs.

American League (Division Leader)
AL East: *Rays (35-19)
AL Central: *White Sox (34-19)
AL West: *Athletics (33-20)

In the Hunt: *Yankees (31-22), Indians (29-24), Astros (27-26), Blue Jays (27-26), Mariners (23-30), Orioles (23-31), Angels (23-31), Tigers (22-30), Royals (21-32)

National League (Division Leader)
NL East: Braves (31-22)
NL Central: Cubs (31-22)
NL West: *Dodgers (38-16)

In the Hunt: *Padres (34-20), Marlins (28-25), Phillies (27-26), Cardinals (26-24), Reds (27-27), Giants (26-26), Mets (24-29), Rockies (23-29)

*The three division winners and next five teams (8 total) from each league will make the postseason (16 teams).

Additional Storylines
USA Today: Padres Clinch First Postseason Berth in 14 Years
CBS Sports: MLB’s 5 Biggest Surprises From 2020 Regular Season


 Pogacar Wins Tour de France
Tour de France Rookie Tadej Pogacar became the second-youngest cyclist to win the race with a dazzling performance in Stage 21 on the eve of his 22nd birthday. He’s also the first winner from Slovenia in the race’s history. He held the yellow leader jersey for just one of the 21 stages — the last one.

️ Gio Reyna’s 1st Bundesliga Goal
17-year-old American Giovanni Reyna made his Borussia Dortmund debut over the weekend, and he began his Bundesliga adventure with a goal in the opening match — a 35th-minute strike on a diagonal pass. Reyna also earned Dortmund a penalty kick in the match.

️ Toyota Takes Le Mans 24-Hour Race
The Toyota Gazoo Racing team of Sebastian Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley won the 2020 edition of the Le Mans 24-hour race in France on Saturday and Sunday. The trio completed the hat-trick as they swept all three stages of the endurance race.

️ Harvick Wins Again at Bristol
Kevin Harvick did it again. His ninth win of the season came Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway after stealing the lead from Kyle Busch down the stretch. Four drivers have been eliminated from the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs; Ryan Blaney, Cole Custer, William Byron and Matt DiBenedetto.

Bryson DeChambeau wins the U.S. Open 

We can all agree that 2020 hasn’t been the best year for most of us, but it’s gone pretty well for Bryson DeChambeau so far. Not only did DeChambeau put on major size to become the beefiest golfer on the PGA Tour, but now he’s also added a first major win to his resume. DeChambeau won the U.S. Open on Sunday with his best round of the week. 

What to watch tonight

 White Sox vs. Indians, 6:10 p.m. | CLE +101| TV: MLB.TV
 Stars vs. Lightning, 8 p.m. | TBL -150 | TV: NBCSN
 Saints vs. Raiders, 8:15 p.m. | LV +5.5 | TV: ESPN  

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