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What Had Happened Was: 10/18/17

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  • Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward went up for an alley-oop Tuesday in the opening minutes of the first quarter of the team’s first game of the season, collided with Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and came down awkwardly with his leg bending backward as he broke his fall. When the action settled, Hayward was still laid out on the floor with his ankle in the complete opposite direction and the referee frantically calling for a stretcher. The Celtics announced that the forward fractured his ankle in his Boston debut and was being transported to a Boston hospital that night. Cleveland, led by 29 points, 16 rebounds and 9 assists from James, won the season opener 102-99.
  • New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit a home run in the seventh inning and doubled during a four-run eighth inning, lifting the Yankees over the Houston Astros, 6-4, in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. The Yankees overcame three errors and a late 4-0 deficit to tie the series at 2-2, sending the series back to Houston for Game 5 on Wednesday.
  • Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott will be allowed to play on Sunday after a federal judge granted him another legal reprieve. The second-year back continues to fight a six-game suspension that the league issued months back over domestic violence allegations. On Tuesday evening, San Francisco U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty ruled for a temporary restraining order to block the league’s suspension five days after a federal appeals court overturned a Texas court’s injunction, which had allowed Elliott to suit up for the Cowboys for the first six weeks of the season.

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On this day in sports history

On Oct. 18, 1977, New York Yankees outfielder Reggie Jackson hit three home runs on three pitches in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, earning the nickname “Mr. October.” The Yankees won the game 8-4, ending the series in six games, with Jackson being named World Series MVP.


Rhiannon Walker is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a drinker of Sassy Cow Creamery chocolate milk, an owner of an extensive Disney VHS collection, and she might have a heart attack if Frank Ocean doesn't drop his second album.