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The two albums have been in the works for months, even years. Fans have been waiting for a new album from West since he started sharing bits from YANDHI (remember that?), and from Drake since Certified Lover Boy was first announced last year. Both albums kept getting pushed back, delayed, and teased, sending fans who were desperate for new music into raptures when they finally dropped. Kanye’s DONDA dropped on August 29, while Certified Lover Boy dropped a week later on September 3.

Taking a look at both albums head-to-head, it’s easy to see why. Drake’s album is refreshing and incredibly well-executed, whereas Kanye’s has been described by many critics as chaotic and unfinished.

After Kanye West's DONDA spectacle that included multiple listening parties, dozens of release dates, and different (and disappointing) versions of songs, Certified Lover Boy is a break from the chaos. It is simple and straightforward – and the internet is loving it.

The bulk of the tracks on CLB are produced by long-time Drake collaborator Noah James Shebib, better known as 40, who has become something of a right-hand man to the Toronto-native rapper. Features include Jay-Z, Travis Scott, Future, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Kid Cudi, and more, and the album is stacked with bars that are guaranteed to make their way into Instagram captions in no time.

such a pleasure to hear finished, well executed, well mixed music my god lol

By Ye's third listening party, fans were tired and wanted the album, and also had high expectations for the final product. When DONDA finally made its way onto streaming platforms, a lot of people were disappointed.  Although some songs and features were amazing, it just didn't hit. The dramatic rollout was so long that when the album was finally released, the hype had already fizzled out, and most fans had heard the songs at least three times already.

With Certified Lover Boy, however, the excitement was built a week ahead of its release, with (arguably terrible) merch being shared on Drake's social media, as well as billboards hinting at CLB's features popping up all over North America, resulting in fans taking to Twitter to speculate who would be making an appearance.

Drake delivered on certified lover boy. Album is heat 🔥 it’s like all of drakes eras in one project.

Certified Lover Boy might not be a life-altering album or a future classic — and many fans are arguing that a lot of the songs "sound the same" — but its rollout, execution, and clean production far outdoes DONDA’s. CLB is carefully mapped out and captures multiple Drake-eras in one album, has a seamless listening experience, and is what some would call, a real album.

Whether you like it or not, Drake's new album is nothing but a success.

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“It was good. Food was good. We just talked about everything that's going on right now, what we're doing kind of leading up to it, who we think might suit the team well if they would be there,” said Koepka, who was then asked if he and DeChambeau had a chance to talk about the duo’s social media dust-up this summer.

DeChambeau and Koepka were joined by Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay at the dinner that, according to Koepka, covered everything about what to expect at the matches, “from A to Z.”

“It was exciting to finally put all of us, or six of us in one room and just start talking about what we're going to do in a few weeks,” Morikawa said. “The end goal is to win, and Stricker knows that. I think everyone knows that. I think looking at the past, obviously the history of the U.S. team hasn't been great, but we are here to change that.”

Morikawa and Koepka said that Stricker also discussed potential captain’s picks, but they didn’t offer any details on who he might be considering. Stricker will announce his six picks on Wednesday morning from Whistling Straits.

With the Ryder Cup looming in three weeks U.S. captain Steve Stricker is at East Lake this week to ready his team for the matches.

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Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Theo Wease injured in practice just three days from the season opener against Tulane.

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In August, Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler defended linebacker T.J. Watt sitting out practice until he gets a new contract. Yesterday, Butler declined to comment further on that. Asked if Watt will practice in Week One, Butler said he doesn’t know and isn’t supposed to say anything. “That’s a good question,” Butler said. “Don’t know. [more]

Bryson DeChambeau opened his Tour Championship on Thursday, and with help from several police officers and security guards, the hecklers stayed silent.

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Trevor Sinclair has told talkSPORT that Cristiano Ronaldo would have been a better fit at Manchester City than United, as Pep Guardiola lacks an out-and-out centre-forward.

The Citizens explored signing the Red Devils icon before he sealed his return to Old Trafford for an initial £13m. Ronaldo could now make his second Manchester United debut when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side host Newcastle on September 11.

Manchester City backed out of all negotiations with Juventus for Ronaldo last Friday before United swooped, per Sky Sports. Guardiola had a chance to sign the Portuguese and while the Citizens appreciated him, their board felt he did not match their ideal transfer profile.

Sinclair, however, believes Ronaldo would have been a superb addition at Manchester City as he would have solved a clear need in his former side’s squad. Occupying the void that Sergio Aguero left, after the Argentine departed at the end of his contract in June.

Sinclair said: “I feel his impact at Manchester City would have been huge. They haven’t got a striker [and] they need one. The possession and the amount of chances they carve out and don’t get finished because they haven’t got an out-and-out striker, such as Aguero or someone like Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Of course, he would [have been a better fit at City]. Man United have got Edinson Cavani, who does a very similar job. I’m sure Manchester United fans are delighted that he’s gone to Manchester United. But whether he’s gonna change their whole season? I don’t think that’s the case – he could have been massive for Manchester City.”

Ronaldo would have undoubtedly solved Manchester City’s lack of a recognised striker if signed from Juventus, like Sinclair claims. But the Citizens hierarchy prioritised the club’s transfer ethos above a likely short-term fix.

Time will tell if Guardiola will live to regret not signing a striker to replace Aguero in the summer market. The Citizens are not having too much trouble scoring after thrashing Norwich and Arsenal 5-0 in their last top-flight fixtures.

The routs moved City level with West Ham on 10 goals as the Premier League’s top-scorers so far. Even though they lost 1-0 at Tottenham – who top the table – on the opening day.

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Opinion: Tennessee won't be great, but Josh Heupel's debut shows Volunteers should be more fun

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Tennessee’s first-year coach strolled up to Neyland Stadium wearing orange-tinted sunglasses. Heupel’s up-tempo offense chewed up yardage quickly in back-to-back first-quarter touchdown drives, running Bowling Green ragged.

Then the second quarter arrived with a thud, a reminder that not even victories against lowly opponents will come easily for the Vols in Heupel’s first season.

The Vols should celebrate the outcome, a 38-6 victory.

A program that averaged five wins the past four years and lost to a team from the Sun Belt Conference isn't positioned to take any victory for granted.

But let’s not ignore the opponent Thursday night.

Bowling Green was blown out in every game during a winless 2020. The Falcons are among the nation’s worst FBS programs. These are the types of opponents that should allow SEC teams to have their starters resting by the second half.

And yet, the Vols led by a single touchdown at halftime after a second quarter in which they mustered 13 yards and less than 2½ minutes of possession.

The first two quarters of the Heupel era offered a microcosm of what to expect from his offense: When the good times are rolling, it's turbo touchdowns. But also expect a helping of warp-speed three-and-outs.

You can see why Tennessee’s coaching staff likes quarterback Joe Milton. He displayed his elite arm strength on a pair of downfield passes intended for Cedric Tillman, launching the ball 65 yards with ease. The trouble was, he overthrew his target each time.    

Milton, at times, took too much time in the pocket and failed to spot his receivers quickly. Fortunately, Bowling Green mounted little pass rush. Don’t expect SEC foes to be so kind.   

Milton mostly kept the Vols out of danger, but his production of 11-of-23 passing for 140 yards and a touchdown evoked memories of Jarrett Guarantano. Milton completed just two passes after the first quarter.

Tennessee also should be concerned by Bowling Green quarterback Matt McDonald’s performance. He completed 25 of 38 passes for 187 yards against the Vols' veteran secondary. This from a guy who completed 43.9% of his passes last season against a schedule that featured only Mid-American Conference foes.

Fortunately for Tennessee, it outmuscled Bowling Green in the trenches.

Jabari Small and Tiyon Evans enjoyed ample running lanes. For all the talk of Heupel’s quarterback development and his up-tempo offense, his offenses also feature a healthy run game. And the Small-Evans combo could emerge as the backbone of this team.

No one should expect Heupel to Make Tennessee Great Again in 2021.

But Heupel (with help from athletics director Danny White) can Make Tennessee Fun Again this season.

The Vols showed glimpses of that Thursday.

Tennessee’s offense wasted no time getting into full sprint. The Vols' first offensive play was a 1-yard run by Small (which is still better than the first play of the Jeremy Pruitt era – a fumble). Eight seconds later, Milton was receiving the snap for the next play.

The Heupel era will come at you fast.

Tennessee amassed five touchdown drives that each covered more than 50 yards in less than three minutes.

The only thing Pruitt’s offenses could be expected to compile in three minutes were a few short gains, a quarterback getting sacked and a penalty by an offensive lineman.

Tennessee's touchdowns were celebrated with orange-and-white fireworks. The stadium’s student section was vocal and filled to the gills, the payoff of a buy-one-get-one ticket promotion for students. New orange-and-white LED stadium lights twinkled throughout the night.

The Vols won’t be polished this season. Thursday's second-quarter headache will repeat more often against better opponents.

In between those headaches, Heupel’s Vols just might be fun.

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