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•  The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first major league team team to clinch a playoff spot, defeating the San Diego Padres 11-2. writes that "with a 96-43 record, they appear to be cruising toward home-field advantage in any series they play."

•  In the US Open Tennis Championships, Iga Swiatek won the women's singles final by defeating Ons Jabeur 6-2, 7-6 (5).

In the men's singles final, Carlos Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-2, winning his first career Grand Slam title.

•  In Week One of the National Football league season…

Philadelphia Eagles 38, Detroit Lions 35

San Francisco 49ers 10, Chicago Bears 19

Pittsburgh Steelers 23, Cincinnati Bengals 20

New England Patriots 7, Miami Dolphins 20

Cleveland Browns 26, Carolina Panthers 24

Indianapolis Colts 20, Houston Texans 20

New Orleans Saints 27, Atlanta Falcons 26

Baltimore Ravens 24, New York Jets 9

Jacksonville Jaguars 22, Washington Commanders 28

Green Bay Packers 7, Minnesota Vikings 23

New York Giants 21, Tennessee Titans 20

Las Vegas Raiders 19, Los Angeles Chargers 24

Kansas City Chiefs 44, Arizona Cardinals 21

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19, Dallas Cowboys 3

•  Finally, in what is sort of a sports story, Food & Wine reports that the San Francisco Giants, while having a less-than-stellar year on the field, plan to do better when it comes to fields in which grapes are grown - the team has hired its own Master Sommelier.

According to the story, "Billed as the 'first-ever Master Sommelier for a professional sports organization,' Evan Goldstein was announced this week as the latest addition to the Giants, with the club saying the partnership has the goal of 'enhancing the gameday experience and further solidifying [the Giants'] connection to the wine industry'."

The story goes on:

"The Giants suggest that breaking ground for Major League Baseball in this department is nothing new: In 1977, the old Candlestick Park became the first MLB ballpark to offer in-stadium wine service. And currently, Oracle Park has an almost overwhelming wine selection that the team describes as 'a dedicated wine bar on each level, California Wine Carts along the Promenade and View Levels and seven unique locations that offer wine on tap.'  With Goldstein's help, the Giants hope to elevate things even further … The Giants presented Goldstein's new duties in six bullet points — including handling wine tastings, facilitating wine pairings, assisting the ballpark with selecting wines, curating other wine-related experiences for the Giants community, working with current and former Giants players either involved in or interested in becoming a part of the wine industry, and exploring wine-related opportunities for the club in general."