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Happy Monday sports fans! 

I hope you all enjoyed the first full weekend of football and that the rookies on your team gave you some hope for the season. If the should-be stars didn't step up, let's remember it's just game one and we don't need to overreact… yet. Though that being said, we're sports fans, so overreacting is what we do best.

Speaking of football, one item we will touch on today is ranking rookie quarterbacks on their debuts. Personally, I was impressed by Justin Fields and hope this is a sign of things to come for the young QB.

But it's not just football we'll be going over. We'll also look at history that was made in MLB, a wild finish at the Wyndham Championship and more.

Let's get to it.


📰 What you need to know

1. Tyler Gilbert tosses the most special no-hitter in a year full of them ⚾

A no-hitter? Impressive. A no-hitter in your first MLB start? Historic.

Arizona Diamondbacks rookie Tyler Gilbert no-hit the San Diego Padres on Saturday, making history while doing so. The 27-year-old became the fourth pitcher to ever toss a no-no in start No. 1, joining:

  • Theodore Breitenstein (1891)
  • Bumpus Jones (1892)
  • Bob Holloman (1953)

It was also the eighth no-hitter in the 2021 MLB regular season, which sets a new record in the modern era (topping the mark of seven no-hitters in the 2015 season.)

In the performance, the left-hander allowed three walks and struck out five batters on 102 pitches. And this came against one of the best teams in the league, as the Diamondbacks defeated the Padres 7-0.

While this was Gilbert's first start, it was his fourth appearance in the majors. The no-hitter is the third in franchise history and the first to happen at home.

2. Breaking down the Clippers' trade for Eric Bledsoe 🏀

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Late last night, news came that the Clippers are trading Rajon Rondo, Patrick Beverley and Daniel Otoru to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Eric Bledsoe.

The New Orleans Pelicans traded Bledsoe to the Grizzlies earlier this offseason in a pre-draft deal, but he was expected to move again. Rondo, Beverley and Otoru could also make another move, too.

Here's a look at the players involved in the deal:

  • Bledsoe: Started his career with the Clippers and then joined the Suns ahead of the 2013-14 season. His most notable years were with the Bucks, where he made back-to-back All-Defensive teams. He was traded ahead of last season after struggling in the playoffs
  • Rondo: The 35-year-old has bounced around in the league, winning a championship with the Celtics and Lakers. He's been in the league since 2006 and is a four-time All-Star
  • Beverly: The point guard joined the Clippers in 2017 and made NBA All-Defensive First Team in his first season in L.A. The 33-year-old has been in the league since 2008
  • Otoru: Otoru is the youngest player involved in this reported trade, at 21. He was selected in the second round of the 2020 draft

For more analysis of the deal, including trade grades, click here.

3. Ranking rookie QBs by their preseason debuts 🏈

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Preseason performance doesn't count for or against a team's regular season record, but for rookies, there is a lot of weight on their performance, especially those who were drafted high and are expected to become stars. This year we are lucky to have a solid group of highly anticipated rookie quarterbacks to watch.

Over the weekend we finally got to see how players like first overall pick Trevor Lawrence would do against an NFL defense*. There's an asterisks there because these defenses aren't at full force and one game won't define their career, but it's still more than we had to work with last week!

Some quarterbacks performed at a higher level than expected, while others didn't make as much of an impact.

CBS Sports' own Cody Benjamin ranked the QBs debuts and here's how he thinks the top picks did, from best to worst:

  • Justin Fields, Bears: 14-20, 142 yards, 1 TD, 106.7 rating, 5 carries, 33 yards, 1 TD, 1 fumble
  • Trey Lance, 49ers: 5-14, 128 yards, 1 TD, 4 sacks, 93.7 rating
  • Zach Wilson, Jets: 6-9, 63 yards, 86.8 rating
  • Mac Jones, Patriots: 13-19, 87 yards, 1 sack, 78.2 rating
  • Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars: 6-9, 71 yards, 1 fumble, 2 sacks, 90.5 rating

For full commentary on each player, click here.

As a New Englander, Jones is someone I will be paying particularly close attention to. I'm hoping Cam Newton is solid enough that the Patriots don't need Jones in a desperate scenario and he can learn from the veteran to be ready to take over as QB1 in the near future.

4. Kevin Kisner wins wild Wyndham Championship playoff ⛳

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The 2021 Wyndham Championship ended with a record-tying six-man playoff and when all was said and done, Kevin Kisner was the last man standing.

Before this victory, Kisner had lost all five PGA Tour playoffs he'd been in. This marks his fourth PGA Tour win. Notably, this was just the third time in PGA Tour history six golfers went to a playoff.

Here's how the wild win went down for Kisner:

  • Kisner made birdie on two of his last three holes in regulation to get to 25 under
  • Kisner joined Adam Scott, Si Woo Kim, Roger Sloan, Kevin Na and Branden Grace at the top of the leaderboard
  • Russell Henley, who led after the first three rounds, did not end up at the top at the end of regulation
  • All six players made par on the first playoff hole
  • Then Kisner hit the shot of the tournament on the second playoff hole while approaching the green, setting himself up for the tournament-winning put 

Kisner has now finished in the top 10 in three of his last five PGA Tour events. Kisner has been consistent in the last six years, winning at the highest levels in 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021.

For grades and commentary on all the top competitors, click here.


📝 Odds & Ends

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📺 What to watch tonight

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Angels vs. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. | NYY -240 | TV: MLB.TV

⚾ Athletics vs. White Sox, 8:10 p.m. | CHI -105 | TV: MLB.TV

⚾ Mets vs. Giants, 9:45 p.m. | SF -188 | TV: MLB.TV


Best thing I saw on the internet 🏅

Chris Sale made his first MLB start in two years on Saturday and struck out eight for the Red Sox. It was great to have a "Sale Day" back for Boston.