El Paso and United match ends in draw
First place El Paso FC and New Mexico United on Saturday (Sept. 26) finished in a draw, with neither team scoring a goal throughout the entire 90-minute match.
United, who long held first place in Group C until the last couple weeks, still sits in second place behind El Paso after the draw. Both teams have already clinched playoff spots.
However, first place in the division will be left up until the final match of the season when United plays Real Monarchs SLC on Wednesday (Sept. 30).
New Mexico (7-4-3) also had a match last week against Río Grande Valley FC canceled due to positive COVID-19 tests with that team. No word yet on if that match will be rescheduled.
Over United's last five matches, they've been on a downward spiral, winning just one match, losing two and finishing in two draws.
For El Paso, they will face Colorado Springs on Wednesday and then on Oct. 4, they will face Real Monarchs SLC to close out the regular season.
On Wednesday (Sept. 26), however, when United and El Paso met for the fourth time this season, the home team Locomotive had given United's goalie a run for his money, striking the ball at the net with consistency.
Goalie Cody Mizell had made a key block in the 54th minute against a shot from El Paso's Aaron Gomez, which set the pace for United's defense the rest of the match.
Meanwhile, United struggled on offense and didn't put as much pressure on their opponent as El Paso did in reverse.
With the draw, United as of Monday (Sept. 28) remains four points behind El Paso in Group C. However, Wednesday's match for United can change that – especially if El Paso happens to drop its final two matches of the regular season.
Miami and Lakers to meet in NBA Finals
Much differently than how the MLB and NFL have conducted business, for the past two months the NBA has played in a bubble at Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Many will admit that, without fans, we have seen who can play the game of basketball at a high level. And with that said, it appears the two best teams this season are the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers, who will meet in the 2020 NBA Finals beginning on Wednesday (Sept. 30).
The Lakers defeated the Nuggets in a 7-game series 4-1, while Miami took six games (4-2 series win) to clinch a spot in the Finals.
Miami is a younger team, with standout stars like Tyler Herro making media headlines daily, and with talents such as Bam Abedayo and Duncan Robinson. However, there are vets on the team such as Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic and Jae Crowder.
For Los Angeles, they are led by LeBron James who is in his 17th year in the NBA; this will also be his 10th finals appearance, in which he's won three so far. Two of those championships actually came with Miami more than five years ago.
James will also face his former coach in Eric Spoelstra, who is still with Miami. However, the Lakers have been led all season by Anthony Davis, perhaps the best power forward in the league - and player.
Brady, Bucs starting to find a groove – and other NFL news from Week 3
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the talk of the NFL over the offseason. But in week 1, the Bucs lost to the Saints – a division rival – and Brady's age started to show as he threw a couple of interceptions and missed some open receivers.
But since then, the Bucs have won two straight. And Tampa Bay's latest win came over the Raiders 36-20 on Sunday (Sept. 27) in which Brady threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns - the Brady we have been so used to watching over the past two decades.
On another note: Russell Wilson has shown why he is a top quarterback in the NFL as he orchestrated a win over Dallas at home 38-31, including a third-down – and game-winning – touchdown. He threw for 315 yards and five touchdowns in the win - and he leads the league through week 3 with 14 total passing touchdowns.
Dak Prescott, the losing quarterback on Sunday in the Seahawks/Cowboys matchup, threw for nearly 500 yards and three touchdowns. He had two interceptions, however, including one at the end of the game inside the endzone, which could have tied the game up.