The Flashpoint (September 16 Edition)

The college football season is in its infancy, but we might have already seen the game of the year. No. 1 Alabama escaped College Station, Texas, with a win over No. 6 Texas A&M, 49-42. The victory avenges the Tide’s only loss last year. In a matchup between the two most talented teams in the NFL, Seattle hammered rival San Francisco, 29-3, giving the Seahawks a leg up for the NFC West crown. San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick was held to 138 yards passing, a week after he threw for more than 400 against the Green Bay Packers. Russia amended its Olympic Truce resolution—a statement drafted every two years by the hosts of the upcoming Olympic Games—to include gay and transgendered people. Russian policies towards the LGBT community have come under fire in the buildup to the Winter Games in February. Russia opened Olympics University, a $500 million facility designed to educate former athletes whose playing days are over. The core curriculum is aimed at helping them build careers running world sports. Floyd Mayweather took home $41.5 million for his fight against Canelo Alvarez Saturday night. After his dominant performance, Mayweather remains undefeated, moving to 45-0 in his Hall of Fame career.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)