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October 11, 2019

The Washington Mystics defeated the Connecticut Sun 89-78 on Thursday night, earning the team's first WNBA championship in franchise history.

It all came down to Game 5, with Emma Meesseman of the Mystics ending the night with 22 points; she was also named Finals MVP. For the Sun, Jonquel Jones finished with 25 points and nine rebounds. The Mystics have been in the league since 1998, and it wasn't until 2017 that they made it to the playoffs. During their first-ever appearance in the Finals last season, the Mystics lost to the Seattle Storm. Catherine Garcia

September 11, 2019

With their 7-3 win Tuesday night over the Baltimore Orioles, the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their seventh straight National League West title.

They earned the pennant at Camden Yards, becoming the first team to secure a spot in the playoffs. Corey Seager had two home runs for the Dodgers, while Gavin Lux has his first career homer. Over seven innings, pitcher Walker Buehler had no walks and only four hits, striking out 11.

The Dodgers are aiming to win their first World Series title since 1988; they lost to the Houston Astros in 2017 and the Boston Red Sox in 2018. Game 1 of the National League Division Series is set for Oct. 3 at Dodger Stadium. Catherine Garcia

July 28, 2019

Egan Bernal, 22, won the Tour de France on Sunday, becoming the first Colombian — and South American — to do so.

Bernal, who is also the youngest champion since World War II, is from Zipaquira, a city in central Colombia. Hundreds of residents gathered together in a plaza to watch the final stage on a giant screen, and thousands more tuned in across the country. "I am the most happy guy in the world," Bernal said from the winner's podium. "I just won the Tour de France and yeah, I can't believe it."

Organizers said that this year, just 1 minute, 31 seconds separated first and third places. The Tour de France started July 6 and covered 2,092 miles. Catherine Garcia

June 10, 2019

The Boston Bruins defeated the St. Louis Blues 5-1 Sunday during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The series is now tied 3-3, with the deciding Game 7 set for Wednesday in Boston. One of the Bruins' goals came courtesy of Karson Kuhlman, appearing in his first-ever Stanley Cup Final. The Blues' only goal was made by Ryan O'Reilly, his seventh of the series.

There hasn't been a Game 7 in the series since 2011. Catherine Garcia

June 3, 2019

With the first pick in the 2019 Major League Baseball draft, the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night selected catcher Adley Rutschman.

The 21-year-old from Sherwood, Oregon, played for Oregon State, and was named this season's Pac-12 player of the year. In 2018, Oregon State won its third College World Series title, with Rutschman named the most outstanding player of the tournament. This season, Rutschman had 17 home runs in 56 games. Catherine Garcia

May 15, 2019

Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Edwin Jackson made the record books on Wednesday, becoming the first person in Major League Baseball history to play for 14 different teams.

The Blue Jays faced the San Francisco Giants, one of the few teams Jackson hasn't played for — the 35-year-old has pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, and San Diego Padres.

When Jackson joined the Athletics last season, he tied the record previously held by Octavio Dotel, USA Today reports. He started his MLB career pitching for the Dodgers on Sept. 9, 2003 — his 20th birthday. Catherine Garcia

April 25, 2019

University of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was chosen by the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night as the first pick of the National Football League college draft.

Last season, Murray threw for 54 touchdowns and won the Heisman Trophy, and during his university's pro day in March, he completed 61 of 67 passes.

Murray is also a baseball star, and signed a $4.6 million contract in 2018 with the Oakland Athletics; he was the ninth pick in the Major League Baseball draft. Now that Murray is choosing football over baseball, he forfeited his salary and will return most of the $1.5 million bonus he received from the Athletics. Catherine Garcia

March 7, 2019

LeBron James passed Michael Jordan on Wednesday night to become No. 4 on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

He started the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets game needing 12 points to claim the record, and he got that in the second quarter, tying Jordan at 32,292 career points; at the half, James had 32,297 points. Earlier in the day, James, 34, said Jordan was "the guy I looked up to my whole life, a guy I aspired to be when I was a kid," and it was going to be "unreal" to pass him.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the No. 1 spot, with 38,387 points, followed by Karl Malone at No. 2 with 36,928 points, and Kobe Bryant at No. 3 with 33,643 points. Catherine Garcia

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