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Hello everyone, this is Wajih AlBaroudi. Happy Monday. I hope you had fun on the final weekend of college football.

I’ll now get to the news you need to start your week.

Good morning to all, but in particular to…

THE BUCCANEERS OF TAMPA BAY

He’s returned. The seven-time Super Bowl champion is almost certain to start the Buccaneers’ season opener at Dallas on September 11 after coach Todd Bowles confirmed that Tom Brady will rejoin the team this week after departing for personal reasons on August 11.

Bowles claimed that Brady’s absence was anticipated and “something we talked about before training camp started,” despite the fact that the cause is still unknown (this crazy “The Masked Singer” conspiracy hasn’t been ruled out). Brady has several reasons to stay and finish this season, regardless of why he left. Here are a few from Jeff Kerr, one of our NFL experts:

The first QB to reach 100,000 passing yards in the NFL will Tom Brady in just 2,431 passing yards (playoff stats included).

(Includes playoff statistics) He has the potential to make history by becoming the first player to pass for 40 touchdowns in three straight seasons and the first to do so in four different seasons. Brady would tie Saints superstar Drew Brees for the most all-time touchdowns with 30 if he had one more 30-touchdown seasons.

The 45-year-old Brady knows his playing days are numbered if his 40-day retirement and enormous broadcasting contract from this past offseason are any indicator. Winning this season’s final Super Bowl would be the perfect conclusion for Brady, and by sharing his intentions to re-join the Buccaneers this week, he took a step closer to realizing that dream.

A bad morning it was too for…

THE BUCCANEERS OF TAMPA BAY

You did read that correctly.

The most crucial position group for the Bucs was stabilized by Brady’s return, but the group in charge of keeping the quarterback upright took a further damage. After tearing his ACL and MCL in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Tennessee Titans, left guard Aaron Stinnie, who was competing for a starting position, is sidelined for the whole season.

According to Jeff Kerr of CBS Sports, the next two left guards to play are Luke Goedeke and Nick Leverett. The newest troubling development with Tampa Bay’s offensive line is Stinnie’s injury:

Left guard Ali Marpet, who made his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2021 and was developing into the player the Bucs hoped he’d be when they selected him in the second round in 2015, shocked the football world by retiring at age 28. Alex Cappa, a right guard, left Tampa Bay for the defending AFC champion Bengals on a four-year, $40 million deal with a Pro Bowl center. On July 28, Ryan Jensen had a serious knee injury, and it’s uncertain if he will be able to play again this year.

strained his oblique during a joint practice with the Titans on Thursday, according to reports. Right tackle Tristan Wirfs, 23, a rising talent who made his first All-Pro team a season ago, suffered a serious knee injury on July 28.

All total, the Buccaneers might be missing four of their returning starters up front, with Donovan Smith, who has a reputation for dependability and has only missed two games in his seven-year career, remaining as the last man standing.

Fortunately for Tampa Bay, Shaq Mason, who was acquired through a trade and won two Super Bowls with Brady while playing for the Patriots, should help out at right guard.

Kamaru Usman is stunned by Leon Edwards to win the UFC welterweight belt.

In the last round of his defense of the welterweight title, Kamaru Usman outmatched Leon Edwards despite suffering his first takedown loss as a UFC fighter in Round 1 — up until the very last second.

With 56 seconds left in the fight, Edwards, who according to writer Brent Bookhouse appeared “fatigued and increasingly disheartened,” kicked Usman in the head, resulting in one of the most shocking knockouts the sport has ever witnessed.

The victory marked Edwards’ 11th straight victory, making him the first UFC champion of Jamaican descent.

, and he became. It was the fourth-latest championship match conclusion in UFC history. Usman’s first defeat in nine years, the outcome prevented him from tying Anderson Silva’s UFC winning streak record of 16 straight victories.

Usman tweeted that he’ll “bounce back and come with a vengeance” after the fight to maintain his composure. Additionally, he might find the opportunity he seeks: Wembley Stadium was mentioned as a prospective location by UFC president Dana White at the post-fight press conference. White stated his desire for a trilogy between Usman and Edwards.

The second battle between Edwards and Usman could be even more entertaining than the first, based on his post-fight remarks. Edwards told reporters that his effort against Usman was one of his “worst performances,” adding that despite it, “I still knocked him out.” Usman now has all the motivation he needs to exact revenge on Edwards.

Seattle Storm and Las Vegas Aces receive tickets to the WNBA playoffs.

The WNBA semifinals are officially set for one half. The Seattle Storm finished off a two-game sweep of Washington by defeating the Mystics 97-84 to guarantee a second-round meeting with the Las Vegas Aces. The top-seeded Aces defeated the Phoenix Mercury in a sweep of their own, which was highlighted by their offensive masterclass in a 117-80 victory in Game 2.

Before the highly anticipated match begins, take note of the following:

The Aces made 23 3-pointers in their victory against Phoenix that sealed the series, making them the first WNBA club to make 20 3-pointers in a regular-season or playoff game. When its Big 3 of Breanna Stewart, Sue Bird, and Jewell Lloyd are healthy and entering the playoffs, Seattle hasn’t lost a playoff series since 2018.

They are moving on to the semifinals when the Big 3 of Y are healthy. The Storm’s Big 3 are all still together, but starting forward Gabby Williams is doubtful for the semifinals after suffering a concussion in the third quarter.

The New York Liberty and Chicago Sky will play a win-or-go-home game on the other side of the bracket. The Connecticut Sun and Dallas Wings play in Game 3 on Tuesday, and the following day, they play in another elimination game. Both the Wings and the Sky lost the opening game of their respective series but came out on top in the second, with the former holding a 31-point lead before winning by 10 and the latter winning by 38, the biggest margin of victory in WNBA playoff history.

On August 28, the WNBA semifinals will start.

Patrick Cantlay wins the BMW Championship for a second consecutive year.

Although the last round wasn’t the most effortless, Patrick Cantlay will gladly accept the victory and the history it stands for. The Californian became the first player in PGA Tour history to successfully defend a FedEx Cup playoff event after winning the BMW Championship for the second consecutive year.

After bogeying twice at the turn, Cantlay’s one-stroke lead going into the final round vanished, but he came back with a birdie at the 17th to hold off Scott Stallings for the victory.

despite bogeying the turn twice, he returned with a. It was Cantlay’s second victory of the year, and with only one tournament left, it propelled him up to No. 2 in the FedEx Cup rankings. Cantlay won $2.7 million, more than $1 million more than Stallings, who finished in second place and received $1.62 million.

Here is Patrick McDonald, our resident golf analyst, analyzing Cantlay’s performance at the BMW Championship and what’s at risk for him at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta the following week:

McDonald:

“Cantlay’s victory on Sunday in Delaware went down in history, and he now has the chance to make more history in Atlanta. No man has ever won the FedEx Cup twice, and while this fact will undoubtedly be on the mind of the current PGA Tour Player of the Year, it will also be on his mind to add another $18 million to his bank account.”

Click here for a detailed summary of the BMW Championship and the McDonald’s rankings for the top finishers.

What we are viewing Monday, 7:05 p.m. on MLB Network, Mets at. Yankees

8 p.m., ESPN Falcons vs. Jets Brewers vs. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m., MLB Network