DAILY LINKS: Mejia’s walk-off slam caps wild win for Padres

Francisco Mejia

Mejia’s walk-off slam caps wild win for Padres – Padres
Two outs, bases loaded, tie game, bottom of the ninth — the rookie catcher strode to the plate, and he wasted no time putting his stamp on a dramatic Padres victory. Mejia smashed the first pitch he saw from Rangers reliever Jeffrey Springs into the left-field seats, sending the Padres to a 7-3 win, by way of their first walk-off grand slam in more than three years.

Vontae Davis Leaves Field During Game, Then Abruptly Retires – New York Times
In a puzzling and highly unusual move, cornerback Vontae Davis, a former first-round pick and two-time Pro Bowler, “pulled himself out of the game,” according to Coach Sean McDermott. “He communicated to us that he was done,” McDermott added when asked to clarify that Davis, who had made one tackle, was not injured.

What we learned from Sunday’s Week 2 games – NFL
Here’s what we’ve learned from Sunday’s Week 2 games of the 2018 NFL season.


Patrick Mahomes sets mark for TD passes in first 3 games – ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs expected a lot from Patrick Mahomes after installing him as their starting quarterback this season. But they didn’t quite expect all that he’s delivered thus far, including Sunday’s 42-37 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dwyane Wade to continue reunion tour with Heat, plans one final NBA season – Sun Sentinel
Dwyane Wade’s reunion tour with the Miami Heat will continue, with the franchise’s all-time leading scorer agreeing to return for 2018-19, in what now will be the 16th and final NBA season for the South Florida icon who has led the franchise to its three championships.

San Diego State wears down ASU football for Herm Edwards’ first loss – AZ Central
No. 25 Arizona State gave up momentum late in the second quarter Saturday night by passing on a short field goal to potentially lead by two possessions at halftime and never regained it in a 28-21 loss at San Diego State.


Brash Jaguars show their growth in win over Patriots – NFL
It might have been tempting to use the pastel rainbow that arched over the stadium as some kind of sweet metaphor for what the Jaguars found at the end of this game, but it simply does not fit with this team’s personality. The Jaguars are brash and bold and, most importantly on Sunday, smart enough to have learned from how they lost the AFC Championship Game to the Patriots.

Clay Matthews: Roughing-the-passer penalties ‘out of control’ – ESPN
Clay Matthews accepted responsibility for his roughing-the-passer penalty that nearly cost the Green Bay Packers their season-opening win against the Chicago Bears. He didn’t feel the same way a week later after he was flagged again Sunday on a play that wiped out a potentially game-clinching interception late in the fourth quarter of the 29-29 tie with the Minnesota Vikings.

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