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After a heartbreaking Week 1 loss to the Chicago Bears, the Detroit Lions saw a drop in most, but not all, national NFL power rankings.

Let’s take a look at where the Lions stand in the national eye.

USA Today: 23 (Previous 20)

“RB Adrian Peterson tends to make a good first impression, averaging 88.8 rushing yards when debuting for the five NFL teams he’s played for.” — Nate Davis

Touchdown Wire: 26 (Previous: 23)

“When Matt Prater hit a 44-yard field goal late in the third quarter, the Lions had a 23-6 lead over the Bears. Then, Detroit’s defense allowed three fourth-quarter passing touchdowns to Mitchell Trubisky, who looked about as accurate as a busted sprinkler in the first half. The real killer in Matthew Stafford’s attempt to come back from a 27-23 deficit was an easy dropped pass by rookie running back D’Andre Swift with 11 seconds left in the game. Heartbreak, thy name is Detroit.— Doug Farrar

NFL: 28 (Previous: 30)

“Just a horrendous setback for the Lions, who melted down in the fourth quarter and allowed a Bears team led by Mitchell Trubisky to steal a win in the opener at Ford Field. According to Next Gen Stats, Detroit’s win probability was at 98.3 percent late in the fourth quarter, but the Lions — man, the Lions — they’re just one of those teams that always finds a way. Allowing Trubisky to throw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter was bad; D’Andre Swift’s egregious drop as he backpedaled into the end zone in the final seconds was supernatural in its ghoulishness. These are the rare types of stomach-punch losses that can submarine an entire season.” — Dan Hanzus

ESPN: 25 (Previous: 28)

Best rookie debut: RG Jonah Jackson. This is largely due to usage. First-rounder Jeff Okudah didn’t play. Second-rounder D’Andre Swift dropped a game-winning touchdown pass. Fifth-rounder Quintez Cephus caught only three of 10 targets. Third-rounder Julian Okwara and sixth-rounder John Penisini didn’t record a stat. But Jackson played the entire game for the Lions, who ran the ball well — gaining 138 rushing yards. Matthew Stafford was sacked only once (although Jackson might have been the culprit on allowing the sack) and largely had time to throw. It’s something to build on for Jackson for sure.” — Michael Rothstein

CBS Sports: 26 (Previous 24)

“Much like last season, they blew a good lead in the opener. The defense made Mitch Trubisky look good. That’s not a good look.” — Pete Prisco

Sports Illustrated: 24 (Previous: 22)

“D’Andre Swift, man. That can’t be how anyone pictures their first NFL game going. But for some of his teammates who’ve been around the block, and those poor fans, it must have felt sadly familiar and predictable to lose in that fashion. Some people are bullish on a Matthew Stafford–led turnaround under Matt Patricia, but they aren’t good enough to give away games.” — Mitch Goldich

Sporting News: 30 (Previous: 27)

“The Leos are usually the ones making the fourth-quarter save with Stafford, but instead their defense continued to melt down, which now has Matt Patricia at 9-23 and not looking like he will last another season.” — Vinnie Iyer

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How a Bradley Beal trade could put Wizards in control of the 2020 NBA Draft

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How a Beal trade could put Wizards in control of the draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Bradley Beal fell short of making the All-NBA team this season and the Wizards are excited about the prospect of pairing him with a healthy John Wall, but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from predicting how many different ways Washington could trade the shooting guard before next season.

Though it’s unclear how motivated the Wizards would be to trade Beal after he signed a two-year max extension in October 2019, one team that would have the assets to make an intriguing offer is the Golden State Warriors. Bleacher Report’s Grant Hughes proposed a trade scenario Saturday that would put the Wizards in a pivotal spot ahead of this winter’s NBA draft.

Hughes suggested the Wizards trade Beal to the Warriors in exchange for Andrew Wiggins, Eric Paschall and the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft, while also noting Washington could push for the Warriors’ rights to the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 2021 first-rounder to complete the deal.

“Andrew Wiggins’ salary is an albatross, but Wall’s is already dragging the Wizards’ prospects down,” Hughes wrote. “The theory here is that the Wizards are going to be bad regardless and that getting a high lottery pick and an all-rookie first-teamer is worth the price of acknowledging this is a rebuild—albeit one made more difficult by Wall’s contract.”

The Wizards already have the No. 9 overall pick—the same draft position they used to take Rui Hachimura last year—but adding the second pick would make them the only team with two selections in the top 15. While there is no clear choice for the Timberwolves with the No. 1 pick, adding any of James Wiseman, LaMelo Ball or Anthony Edwards would give Washington a significant piece to build around.

Not to be forgotten are the acquisitions of Wiggins and Paschall.

Wiggins, who the Warriors traded for at the deadline this season, is signed through the 2022-23 season at about $30 million a year. He’s averaged 19.7 points per game in his career while managing to avoid any major injuries. Paschall was drafted by Golden State in the second round last year and proved to be a steal, making the NBA All-Rookie First Team behind a scoring average of 14 points per game.

It would be an enticing scenario, though one that would force the Wizards to concede they won’t be ready to contend by the 2020-21 season. But if any team has the assets to entice Washington to hit the reset button, it’s the Warriors.

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Blue Jays clinch AL wild-card spot

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The surprising Toronto Blue Jays have clinched a spot in American League playoffs.  

With a 4-1 win over the Yankees on Thursday, the Blue Jays joined a loaded field that includes the Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians. It’s Toronto’s first postseason appearance since 2016 and only their third since winning back-to-back World Series in 1992-93.

The Blue Jays success has been shocking for a couple reasons. First and foremost, they didn’t get to play a true home game all season after Canadian officials ruled against them traveling in and out of Canada during the pandemic. The Blue Jays made Sahlen Field in Buffalo their home away from home.  

Beyond that, the Blue Jays weren’t figured to be contenders just yet. The franchise has been in rebuild mode, but has developed quicker than expected. The young core of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio have all been contributors and supporting players like Teoscar Hernandez and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. have made them a dangerous team.  

The last remaining playoff spot in the AL figures to go to the Houston Astros when they clinch second place in the AL West. Their magic number heading into Thursday was two. The Blue Jays figure to be the No. 8 seed in the AL, which means they would meat the Rays in a best-of-three series.

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Indians beat Chisox for 4-game sweep, playoff seeds at stake

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CLEVELAND (AP) — José Ramírez delivered a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 Thursday night for a four-game sweep in a matchup of playoff-bound teams.

The victory pulled the Indians within one game of Chicago for the fourth seed and home-field advantage in the first round of the postseason. Idle Minnesota leads the White Sox by one game in the AL Central with three to play.

The Indians have won five straight and the White Sox have lost five in a row.

Chicago scored three times in the top of the seventh to take a 4-1 lead, but Cleveland answered with four in the bottom half. Ramírez’s two-out double to center off Carlos Rodón (0-2) drove in César Hernández and Delino DeShields.

On Tuesday night, Ramírez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning to lift Cleveland over the White Sox 5-3 to clinch a playoff spot.

AL MVP candidate Ramírez went 2 for 3 in the series finale and is hitting .485 with eight homers and 20 RBIs over his last 13 games.

Cam Hill (2-0) worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win and Brad Hand pitched the ninth for his AL-high 15th save in 15 chances.

White Sox starter Dallas Keuchel allowed one run in six innings in his second start since a stint on the injured list with back spasms. The left-hander went 1-0 with a 0.45 ERA in four September outings, lowering his season mark to 1.99, second-best in the AL.

Indians right-hander Zach Plesac went 6 2/3 innings, surrendering four runs and striking out seven. He was chased in the seventh after Nomar Mazara singled home two runs, which was preceded by an RBI groundout by Yasmani Grandal.

Yolmer Sánchez hit his first homer since July 19, 2019, to put the White Sox up 1-0 in the third. It was the first run scored by Chicago against Plesac in 16 1/3 innings this season.

RESTING ROOKIE

White Sox OF Luis Robert, who is mired in a 0-for-28 slump and doesn’t have a hit since Sept. 15, was not in the lineup. The 23-year-old Cuban leads all rookies with 30 RBIs and is tied for first with 11 homers, but has just six hits in his last 70 at-bats (.086).

“The reality is you have a young man coming into the big leagues, and no matter how talented you are, you hit a wall,” manager Rick Renteria said. “Nobody wants to see the wall be hit, but you hit a wall.”

HONEST ANSWER

The White Sox fell out of the division lead for the first time since Sept. 4 when they lost 3-2 at Cleveland on Wednesday. Renteria admitted their struggles are taking a toll. “There is this belief that players don’t lose their confidence or their trust, but that’s not true,” he said before the game. “Every single one of us loses confidence and trust in ourselves at times.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: LHP Aaron Bummer (left biceps strain) and LHP Carlos Rodón (left shoulder soreness) were activated off the 45-day injured list. Bummer had been sidelined since Aug. 8 and Rodón last pitched on Aug. 3. In corresponding moves, RHP Steve Cishek and LHP Ross Detwiler were designated for assignment.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Dylan Cease (5-3, 3.52 ERA) opens a three-game series at Guaranteed Rate Field against Cubs RHP Yu Darvish. The White Sox took two of three from their Windy City rivals at Wrigley Field from Aug. 21-23.

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (3-4, 2.90 ERA) takes the hill against Pirates RHP Mitch Keller as Cleveland wraps up the regular season with three home games. Carrasco struck out a season-high 11 at Detroit on Sept. 20.

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More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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