Latvia's NBA star Kristaps Porzingis scored a game-high 31 points in his season opener on October 19, grabbing 12 rebounds and assuming a leading role in a game the New York Knicks lost to Oklahoma City Thunder 84:105 (24:27, 18:26, 17:26, 25:26).
With the Latvian national soccer team's recent victory against Andorra regarded as a notable achievement, it would be fair to say the national football league (Virsliga) does not stand serious comparison with Serie A in Italy or Germany's Bundesliga.
Kristaps Porziņģis, an NBA player with the New York Knicks, is by a long shot the best-known sportsman Latvia has produced in years. Basketball coach Edvīns Sprūde trained him for eight years in Porziņģis native Liepāja. Sprūde was effectively the first step in a career that has made Kristaps one of the most prominent newcomers in the NBA, Sprūde says in an interview with Rus.lsm.lv.
Latvia managed at least to finish a generally dismal soccer World Cup qualifying tournament on a high of sorts October 11 with a 4-0 win at home to part-timers Andorra.
It says a lot about the state of Latvia's national soccer team right now that securing a 0-0 draw with the Faroe Islands can be seen as an improvement on recent results.
Latvia's No 1 female tennis player Jelena Ostapenko has climbed another two places in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rankings and is ranked eighth this week, a new record for both Ostapenko and Latvia.
Latvia's champion cruiserweight Mairis Briedis retained his world title in the early hours of October 1 in a hard-fought encounter with Cuban Mike Perez.
Latvia's No. 1 tennis player Jeļena Ostapenko (WTA 10) beat world number one Garbine Muguruza (Spain) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the Wuhan WTA Premier series tennis tournament.
The Latvian government on September 26 supported an initiative from the Health Ministry for the creation of a new national anti-doping agency.
Latvian basketball star Kristaps Porziņģis was caught exceeding the speed limit while home in Latvia this month, LSM's Latvian language service reported September 25, citing the LETA news agency.
A Latvian runner has broken a world record according to the rules of the Guinness World Record company by running 144.44 kilometers on a treadmill in 12 hours.
Latvian tennis star Jelena Ostapenko proved her extraordinary triumph at the French Open earlier in the year was no fluke by adding a second tour win of the season to her trophy cabinet September 24.
Riding the wave of a new career high, Jelena Ostapenko (WTA 10) just beat Paraguay's Veronica Cepede Royg (WTA 77) at the Seoul Open to advance to the semi-finals, organizers say.
On September 21 Latvia's top tennis player Jelena Ostapenko (WTA 10) beat Japan's Nao Hibino (WTA 72) to advance to the quarterfinals, organizers said.
Latvia's top-ranking tennis player Jeļena Ostapenko (WTA 10) beat Sweden's Johanna Larsson 7-6(6), 6-1, in the first round of the Korea Open in Seoul.
Latvian motocross rider Pauls Jonass of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team was crowned the 2017 MX2 World Champion on September 17, reports LETA.
Latvia's participation at the Eurobasket 2017 basketball championships came to an end September 12, but not before an epic and nail-biting clash with Slovenia.
Latvia moved almost effortlessly into the last eight of the Eurobasket European Basketball Championships September 10 with a comprehensive demolition of Montenegro in Istanbul.
In a completely nail-biting game, Latvian national basketball team defeated the gritty Turkish side 89:79 (24:22, 23:16, 22:25, 20:16) in the closing Group D game at this year's EuroBasket.
Latvia's men's basketball team turned on the style September 5 to secure a comfortable victory against rivals Russia that ensured them a place in the last 16 of Eurobasket 2017.
Latvia's team at the Eurobasket 2017 Championships racked up a second win in three matches September 4.
Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova produced a thrilling display September 3 that sees her progress to the quarter finals of the US Open tennis chapmionships.
Latvia's men's basketball team racked up its first win of the European championships September 2, beating Belgium in Istanbul.
The Latvian men's basketball team launched its European championship campaign with a loss to tournament favorites Serbia, but in the process showed that they undoubtedly deserve to be sparring with the best.
Latvia's tennis stars Anastasija Sevastova (WTA 17) and French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko (WTA 12) are both through to round three at the 2017 US Open championship.
Following an internal review, Latvia's anti-doping body has discovered 19 deficiencies in its work and says athletes may be prevented from taking part in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, reports Latvian Radio.