Why the Bills top the first NFL power rankings of the season and Sue Bird played her last WNBA game

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope You are fine.

Let’s get straight to the point.

Good morning to everyone, but especially to…

THE BUFFALO LICENSES…

It’s that time of year again. The NFL is back this week – tomorrow night (!) to be exact – and it will feature teams number one and number four NFL Reporter Pete Prisco’s Week 1 Power Rankings. That’s correct: That bills have taken the top spot while the reigning Super Bowl champion Aries are fourth.

  • Prism: “The Bills showed in their playoff loss to the Kansas City chiefs in January — I promise I won’t use the phrase “13 seconds” that much anymore — that they can play with anyone on the big stage. … The Bills seem to have gained a lot of bragging rights from this heartbreaking loss, which rarely happens, but that’s the feeling you get from the Bills after spending time with the team. You know now. That’s a big difference from thinking it.”

Here are the top 5:

That saints are the biggest jumps since Pete’s last Power ranking, from 23rd to seventh place. That Broncosmeanwhile, after acquiring one of the most hyped teams this season Russell Wilsonbut they’ve dropped from eighth to 17th place. “I still see them as the fourth team in the league,” Pete says. This is a bit of a surprise to me, but we’ll find out soon enough!

…AND ALSO GOOD MORNING TO THE GEORGIA BULLDOGS

SATISFACTION

It’s clear that nobody made a better impression in Week 1 than Georgia. The Bulldogs, after that Disassembly then no. 11Oregon 49-3have risen from No. 3 to No. 2 in the latest AP pollskip State of Ohio despite the horse chestnuts 21-10 win over then-no. 5 Notre Dame.

Here are the top 5, with first place votes and last week’s rank in parentheses:

  • 1. Alabama (44) (previous rank: 1)
  • 2. Georgia (17) (back: 3)
  • 3. Ohio State (2) (previous: 2)
  • 4. Michigan (back: 8)
  • 5. Clemson (Rev. 4)

Oregonfell completely out of the top 25 and Utah followed from #7 to #13 defeat in Florida. The Gators – unranked a week ago – are now 12th ahead of a big clash with No. 20 Kentucky. Florida is also No. 14 in Our college football insider Dennis Dodd’s power rankings.

  • Dodd: “Whatever flaws the Gators may have this season, Anthony Richardson seems poised to mitigate most of them. Gosh, he was clearly the difference to a strong Utah team as Billy Napier’s squad got off to a hot start with their highest-ever win in a season opener.

Oh and Here is the Coaches survey also.

recognitions

Aces Reach WNBA Finals; Sue Bird plays the last game of her career 🏀

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Chelsea Grey is the ace up the sleeve of Las Vegas. She has ice in her veins, and now she has her team a series away from a title.

After scoring a playoff career-high 29 points in Game 3 on Sunday, she increased that tally to 31 in the Streak Win 97-92 Win Game 4 to send the Aces to their second WNBA Finals in the last three years.

  • Gray became the first player in WNBA playoff history to record 30 points and 10 assists in a game. She’s now averaging 24 points on 63 percent shooting (59 percent out of three) this postseason.
  • Las Vegas won despite a WNBA playoff record by 42 points Breanna Stewart, which will now enter the free hand. That too marks the end of Sue Bird’s legendary career, how to retire. Her 13 All-Star appearances are the most ever.
  • for the aces, Aye Wilson continued her stellar game with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

The Aces’ 90.4 points per game led the WNBA this regular season Her unmatched shooting skills were once again on displaywrites WNBA expert Jack Maloney.

The aces meet tomorrow night’s winner sun sky Game 5 after the Sun kept their season alive a 104-80 win. The Sun set a franchise playoff record for points in a game.

UEFA Champions League: Manchester City flexing muscles; Dinamo Zagreb stuns Chelsea ⚽

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The first day of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League is in the books and it was dramatic, surprising, star-studded and everything else you could wish for in football at the highest level.

Let’s start with the good, and that is Erling Halandthe very very Well.

  • He scored twice as well Manchester City frolicked Seville 4-0
  • Haaland now has an amazing one 12 goals in his first eight games for Cityand he will likely lead throughout the competition.

Speaking of defending champions real MadridLos Blancos easily defeated Celtic 3-0, but the win didn’t come without a price: Karim Benzema left the game after less than 30 minutes after an apparent knee injury. The superstar Frenchman was an integral part of Real Madrid’s title last year and he is absolutely necessary if they want to repeat themselves.

As for another French star, Kylian Mbappe‘s brace in the first half led PSG to a 2-1 win over Juventus. American midfielder Weston McKennie however, was able to concede a goal back for Juventus, and PSG’s narrow win despite Mbappe’s brilliance is cause for concernsays football reporter Jonathan Johnson.

  • Johnson: ‘That was less PSG making a statement in the end and more the logical difference between the two teams that was the result, but there’s certainly more than Galtier’s men can do in the games to come….’We are satisfied, but could have done a bit more.” admitted Mbappe after the game.”

PSG will certainly take his result over that of Chelseawho surprisingly lost 1-0 to the Croatian side Dynamo Zagreb. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel challenged his players to the “Lack of hunger, lack of intensity, lack of determination to win duels to actually do things at the highest level” and, as our football writer James Benge writes, “Something is wrong at Stamford Bridge.”

You can find all the results and takeaways of the day in our round-up here. There are now eight more games today, all streaming on Paramount+.

  • Ajax vs Rangers12:45 p.m
  • Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Sporting CP12:45 p.m
  • Atlético Madrid vs Porto3 pm
  • Barcelona vs Viktoria Pilsen3 pm
  • Inter Milan vs Bayern3 pm
  • Naples vs Liverpool3 pm
  • Tottenham vs Marseille3 pm
  • Club Brugge versus Bayer Leverkusen3 pm


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Minor League Baseball Union Gaining Momentum ⚾

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Last month, the Major League Baseball Player’s Association sent union organizing cards to minor league players. It didn’t take long to pick up speed. On Tuesday, the MLBPA announced Over 50 percent of all minor league players signed the cards in support.

It’s a big move for a number of reasons, writes our baseball expert Mike Axisa.

  • Axis: “Only 30 percent of minor leagues are required to sign the authorization card to trigger a formal vote to unionize. However, a majority vote would require MLB to recognize the union under the laws of the National Labor Relations Board The MLBPA initially asked the MLB to voluntarily recognize minor league players as unionized. … Formal efforts to unionize the minor leagues don’t come long after MLB agreed to pay $185 million to settle a class action lawsuit filed by minor leagues Seeking payment for Spring Training, Advanced Spring Training, and Apprenticeship League.

So what happens next?

Well, there is no set deadline for MLB to voluntarily recognize a minor league union, nor is there a set timeline for the progress of the process. However, there is plenty of momentum on the minor league Union side.

What we watch Wednesday 📺

UEFA Champions League12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m Outstanding+
⚾ Diamondbacks at Padres8:40 p.m. on FS1

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