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What Had Happened Was: 8/28/17

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  • DeShone Kizer will be the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback in the team’s Week 1 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns traded for Brock Osweiler and had Cody Kessler on the roster, but Hue Jackson ultimately believed the rookie just had the right feel. “He’s earned the right to play through his preparation. He’s established a work ethic that has earned the respect of his teammates,” Jackson said. Kizer, a two-year starter at Notre Dame, threw for 351 yards, rushed for another 47 and scored two touchdowns in three preseason games.
  • With his 50th home run of the season, Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton helped lift the home team over the San Diego Padres, 6-2. The two teams were deadlocked before Stanton’s homer gave the Marlins the winning margin and the sweep for the series. Stanton is the first National League player to reach 50 home runs since the Milwaukee Brewers’ Prince Fielder in 2007. This was Stanton’s 17th long ball in August, which tied him for the second-most in MLB history behind Rudy York’s 18 exactly 80 years ago.
  • In a major plot twist in the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics’ plans to swap All-Star point guards Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, the trade may just fail. Thomas, who had a hip injury that ended his season in the Eastern Conference finals, has questions regarding a physical examination from the Cavaliers, who now wish to attain another asset from the Celtics to finish off the deal. If that doesn’t occur, then the trade agreement may just fall through.
  • Floyd Mayweather defeated Conor McGregor in the highly anticipated fight of the year on Aug. 26. Despite an admirable showing from McGregor, fighting in his first professional boxing match, in the early rounds, the Irishman ultimately lost by a technical TKO in the 10th round. Mayweather retires (again) with an unblemished 50-0 record and will likely make more than $200 million for the superfight.

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On this day in sports history

On Aug. 27, 1982, Rickey Henderson ran 90 feet into the history books when he stole his 119th base in a single season, taking the record previously held by former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Lou Brock. The heist occurred in the third inning with the Oakland Athletics dealing with a two-out situation. Henderson reached first base after drawing a walk from Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Doc Medich, and then the pitcher toyed with him, throwing four pitches to first to keep Henderson in place. It was a poor strategy, as Henderson still ended up bolting for second, beating a sweeping tag. In the sixth inning, Henderson added his 12oth steal, also against Medich.


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.