What you missed this weekend: 8/16-8/18

It’s only a matter of a few weeks before the NFL and NBA get underway as Europe’s La Liga and English Premier League have already started. We still have some pre-season domestic news though along with some UFC and MLB action and the Ashes between England and Australia witnessed a thrilling second test of cricket. 

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GOLF: BMW Championship

Tiger Woods’ season has come to a disappointing end. After 18 holes, Woods shot even-par 72, which was seven-under overall, and unfortunately, he doesn’t qualify for the next round.

UFC-241: Stipe Miocic

After just a little over four minutes into round four, Stipe Miocic won back his heavyweight title against Daniel Cormier. Although Cormier had 73 more strikes than his counterpart, all it took was just one knockout for Miocic to win his beloved prize. This is the fourth time a champion ended up losing in Anaheim.

NFL: 

Injury news

Los Angles Chargers have lost Derwin James for three to four months due to foot surgery. New Jersey Jets LB Avery Williams tore his ACL in a practice game against the Atlanta Falcons and will probably miss the whole season. The Arizona Cardinals starting cornerback, Robert Alford, broke his tibia bone and will have to sit out for half of the season. The Baltimore Ravens will have to do without Taven Young, who will miss the season due to a neck injury.

Josh McCown

The former Jets quarterback has done a U-turn on his decision to retire and has signed a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. He has signed just a one-year deal with the Eagles.

LA Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys had the edge against the Los Angeles Rams Saturday night in Hawaii, winning 14-10. Devin Smith and Tony Pollard both reached the endzone for Dallas while only JoJo Natson Jr. was able to convert for the Rams.

MLB: 

Gleyber Torres

Gleyber Torres makes his name with the New York Yankees by becoming the second-highest Home Run scorer in a season with the Yankees. He scored his 29th Home Run right before turning 23 years of age.

Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols brought light to his name by becoming the player born outside of the United States with the most hits. The Dominican-born player went to 3,168 hits on Saturday night for the Los Angeles Angels against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Soccer: 

Barcelona

Barcelona was welcomed to a shocking start in La Liga by losing 1-0 to Atletic Bilbao. The hero was Aritz Adruiz who scored in the 89th minute.

Cricket: 

The Ashes

Despite Steve Smith scoring 92(161), Australia ended up trailing England by 8 runs at the end of the first innings, being bowled out for 250. To Australia’s dismay, Smith was retired out first due to a concussion after being hit in the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer. When he returned to bat, Chris Woakes caught him LBW after Smith mistakably left the ball. The second innings didn’t start well for England, especially when skipper Joe Root was caught behind the first ball but England found a hero at Lord’s once again in Ben Stokes, who scored his seventh test match century.

Australia needed 267 runs to win in just a few hours, so a draw was the most likely outcome, but for a good amount of time, the England bowlers excellently created doubt in the Australian batting ability. David Warner and Usman Khawaja were both dismissed caught off of Archer’s bowling, but substitute Marcus Labuschagne bravely got to 59 before being controversially being caught out by Joe Root at square leg. In the final hour, England needed four wickets to win and Australia wasn’t in reach of victory, but the likes of Archer, Joe Denly and Jack Leach were unable to find the wickets and the match was declared a draw.

Australia currently leads the five-match series 0-1 after two tests.

What you may have missed this weekend: 08/08-08/11

If you thought the NFL was teasing us about their return, you were wrong! We are less than a month away from the Thursday night kickoff between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers on September 5th.

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But we’ll have to take it a week at a time before we can see the big games. This past Thursday was the official start of Week 1 of the NFL preseason and we got to see some of the rookies show us what they got. We’ll take a deeper look into some of the games.

And this week’s article will be a little different as we are trying something new. That new thing is for none of you to miss a thing from the weekend. We typically focus on the more important news like NFL, NBA, Soccer and any major tournaments from the other sports like Golf, NASCAR, or Tennis. But we will give you the news you need to know.

Let’s start with the NFL preseason and then work our way around to all the news. This week we have MLB, Golf, Tennis, NASCAR, UFC, and Soccer.

NFL:

NFL Week 1 Preseason Highlights:

The rookies put on a show during week one. We saw a lot of rookies getting comfortable earlier on in their first preseason game. Kansas City Chiefs rookie Mecole Hardman made two catches from 31 yards and a touchdown in his debut.

The No. 6 overall pick, QB Daniel Jones, was drafted by the New York Giants and head coach Pat Shurmur was pleased in Jones touchdown drive in debut.

The No. 1 overall pick, QB Kyler Murray had a sharp debut with the Arizona Cardinals as he went 6 for 7 with 44 yards in his one drive, let’s pay attention to how this will play out with Murray and all the young receivers that they drafted to pair with him.

How about WRs Jakobi Meyers and N’Keal Harry impressing us all with their debuts as part of the New England Patriots. They along with QB Jarrett Stidham are proving to be the bright spots in the Patriots future plans.

NFL Injuries:

Along with the highlights of some of the rookies, there is also some injuries that we should know of.

Players like Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller and Houston Texans Keekee Coutee. But the biggest one of the weekend is Philadelphia Eagles backup QB Sudfeld. This comes as no surprise for Eagles QB, but they are hoping that Carson Wentz can stay healthy this year too.

Other NFL News:

  • Antonio Brown set to retire over a Helmet issue: let him keep his helmet that he’s worn for every season.
  • Colin Kapernick says he’s ready to play again: President Trump said he should if he’s good enough.
  • The Cleveland Browns trade RB Duke Johnson Jr. to the Houston Texans for ’20 pick: Johnson will work alongside Lamar Miller.

MLB:

Toronto’s rookie found himself in an epic battle:

In a 1-0 game against the New York Yankees, the Toronto Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr came up to bat with a runner on base looking to take the lead. He quickly found himself in an epic 13-pitch battle in his first meeting with Yankees closer, Aroldis Chapman. Guerrero was called upon to close the game with a win and he fouled off seven of the 13, got a full count while swinging and missing twice. Guerrero’s last swing was a ground ball that led to a double-play and another save foe Chapman.

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Ryan Yarbrough had a career day:

He was one out shy of a complete game as he pitched a career-high 8 2/3 innings getting 26 outs of 99 pitches in a shutout win against the Seattle Mariners. Had Yarbrough had the chance to get the complete game, he would’ve been the Rays’ first since Matt Andriese did it in 2016. The Rays won the 1-0 and got a series sweep.

In a divisional battle, the Indians survived to tie it up:

This wasn’t just a normal series, but the chance to take control of the AL Central was in the line. The Cleveland Indians had everything in their favor until they blew a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings at 3 a piece.

The Indians came right back out in the 10th and loaded the bases in the top of the 10th without having an out yet. That’s when Carlos Santana came up and delivered a go-ahead grand slam that propelled the Indians to a 7-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Tennis:

Rogers Cup:

Although it is not one of the major tournaments in the World of Tennis, the Rogers Cup had some big names in it. One of the biggest names was Spain’s Rafael Nadal who advances to the Finals with a walkover as his semifinal opponent Gael Monfils. Monfils was injured late in quarterfinals early Saturday and was not ready for the Semifinals hours late which lead to Nadal’s automatically going to the finals. In the finals, Nadal faced Daniil Medvedev and won in straight sets (6-3, 6-0).

Golf:

The Northern Trust:

In the Liberty National Golf Club, we saw Tiger Woods withdraw (+4) in the 1st round due to injury and he’s likely sitting out of the next tournament too. But in his absences, we still got to see some great golfers compete. Patrick Reed came out on top as he finished with a -16 par. Abraham Ancer (-15), Harold Varner III (-14), John Rahm (-14), and Adam Scott (-13) all had their chances late, but Reed held them off.

NASCAR:

Consumers Energy 400:

In the Michigan International Speedway, we saw Kevin Harvick win another race. Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Kr., and Daniel Suarez rounded out the top five. In the 183rd lap, Harvick passed Joey Logano and never looked back. He finished just 1.595-seconds ahead, and recorded his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season and the 47th of his career.

UFC:

Women’s Flyweight Title Fight:

Valentina Shevchenko tries to revenge first loss of career (September 2010) against Liz Carmouche. Shevchenko also puts the title on the line 61 days off last defending it which tied for 3rd-fewest in UFC history. After a long-hard fight, Shevchenko won on decisions and it was rightful so. She recorded the matches only takedown as Carmouche failed on three attempts. With the win Shevchenko became the 5th woman to win at least 3 UFC titles. It was also the 8th time that Carmouche has gone to decision (4-4).

Soccer:

Liverpool beat Norwich in the first half:

In the first match of the Premier League on Friday, runners’ up Liverpool scored four in the first half against promoted side Norwich City. Grant Hanley’s seventh-minute own goal was the first goal of the season before Mohamed Salah, Virgil Van Dijk and Divock Origi scored. Teemu Pukki did pull one back in the 64th minute for Norwich, but Liverpool started off with a comfortable win.

West Ham no match for Manchester City:

Manchester City’s success seems to continue over into their third season. Although West Ham was playing at home, they couldn’t hold their ground and City won 0-5. The first half ended 0-1 thanks to Gabriel Jesús’s goal, but the star was Raheem Sterling who scored a hat-trick in the second half. Sergio Aguero, of course, made an impact as a substitute, scoring a penalty, which was City’s fourth goal.

Chelsea faces a devastating start:

Chelsea without Eden Hazard proved ineffective at Old Trafford as Manchester United beat Chelsea 4-0. Marcus Rashford scored in the 18th minute with a penalty before getting a second goal in the 67th minute. Anthony Martial scored just two minutes prior to Rashford’s second and Daniel James closed the scoring account in the 81st minute off of a deflection from a Chelsea defender.

Buy or Sell: Lamar Jackson, Michigan Football, and Arsenal

This week’s “Buy or Sell” is an all football edition and we want to know what you all think about this week’s topics. Join Aman, Joel, and I as we give our thoughts on each of these topics.

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The topics this week are in all forms of football. We have the NFL, NCAA, and Premier League soccer. We have questions about the success of all these teams and how one person can get them there. So let’s see what we all think?

Joel: Lamar Jackson will pass for over 3,500 yards and 25 TDs this coming season

Aman: I can’t buy this, It’s a sell from me. Lamar Jackson played all 16 games last season and got nowhere near that amount. He found 1,200 yards and just six touchdowns. Thirty-five hundred yards he might be able to do with excellent receivers, but the 25 touchdowns are still a big stretch, 19 more than last season.

Granted, Jackson is a quality quarterback and I have no doubt he’ll improve quite a bit this coming season, but the stats Joel’s proposed seem quite out-of-reach.

Rahim: I’ll buy this! I absolutely disagree with Aman. I know it’s hard to believe that a player like Lamar Jackson could have success passing the ball, but he has continuously worked on improving himself this offseason. I think with the current depth around him, he could have a successful season. I don’t think it’ll be a playoff team like they were last year, but Jackson throwing for 3500 + yards and 25 touchdowns will happen.

As a rookie, Jackson played in all 16 games, but only started seven games (6-1) and recorded 1200 yards and six touchdowns. That was also while dealing with issues at both the receivers and running back position. The Ravens dealt with a lot of injuries and had to go with the next man up. The running backs were also very inconsistent as fantasy owners learnt from their season’s.

But I think Jackson will have a better season this year because they have brought players in that could work well with him. With the Mark Ingram addition, you would hope that there would be a lot of screens and would allow Jackson some more weapons to get better.

Rahim: This will be the year that coach Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines win the Big Ten title?

Joel: I believe the Big Ten will come down to two teams this year. Those two teams are Ohio State and Michigan.

Despite Ohio State getting a new head coach and losing several of their best players to the NFL, the Buckeyes will still be the team to beat. They’re still going to have an explosive offense, and their defense should be better.

Michigan lost some great players on defense, but their defensive coordinator is one of the best in the country and should keep their defense at the top. Their offense is what intrigues me. QB Shea Patterson is reportedly looking better than he had before. He’s also got a nice group or receivers.

That should lead to an explosive offense. I feel like Michigan underwent less changes, which is a good thing for them, but I still think Ohio State will be the better team, so I have to sell Harbaugh winning the Big Ten title this season.

Aman: I’m going to have to disagree with Joel on this after much thought. Ohio State’s new head coach can bring about positive change but other than that, Joel handed me every reason to favor Michigan. If Michigan’s team is less changed than Ohio State’s, it’s not likely that Michigan’s form should change either.

Also, along with their positive defense, Michigan’s offense is to be feared with QB Patterson leading the reins. I’m most definitely buying Michigan to win Big Ten this season.

Aman: Arsenal will finish ahead of Chelsea this season in the Premier League?

Joel: Looking at the final standings from last season, these two teams didn’t finish that far apart. Although Chelsea ranked 3rd and Arsenal ranked 5th, only two points separated them.

Both teams actually finished with the same amount of wins, but the difference was in ties and losses, with Arsenal being slightly behind. If you check out the odds for teams to win the title this season, both Chelsea and Arsenal come in at 30/1.

However, CBS Sports made sure to note the loss of Eden Hazard for Chelsea, which could be a big blow to the team and cause them to fall. I agree there. I think the loss of Hazard will allow Arsenal to get over Chelsea this season, so I’m buying this.

Rahim: I’m going to have to agree with Joel on this one simply because of the fact that all of the best players for Chelsea are getting transferred elsewhere. We saw Diego Costa leave for Atlètico Madrid a few seasons ago and now Eden Hazard goes to Real Madrid. This is making the La Liga much stronger than the Premier League, but we will still have a pretty competitive season and I buy Arsenal finishes ahead of Chelsea.

Chelsea not only lost some value on the striking side, but also defensively with one of their well-known center backs leaving to join Arsenal. That center back is David Luiz and he will be looking to help Arsenal finish in the top four behind Manchester City, Liverpool, and Tottenham.

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There you have it! Now, what do you think?

  • Will Lamar Jackson pass for over 3,500 yards and 25 TDs this coming season
  • Is this the year coach Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines win the Big Ten title?
  • Will Arsenal finish ahead of Chelsea this season in the Premier League?

Let us know your thoughts in the comment!

What you may have missed this weekend: 08/01 -08/04

Before we get into what all we missed this weekend, I just want to say welcome back football. It’s been too long and yet still too far.

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This weekend had a lot of cheerful moments like the Hall of Fame game between the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos. It was the start of the Hall of Fame weekend that welcomed in the Class of 2019. But let’s see what else we missed this weekend with more NFL news. There’s even news about the NBA and MLB along with a big weekend in Soccer and Cricket by Aman.

NFL:

Hall of Fame Game:

This is an extra preseason game for the two teams involved and it’s all about the Hall of Famers that get inducted the Saturday after. On Thursday, we got our first look at the 2019 NFL season as the Atlanta Falcons give up a touchdown to the Denver Broncos and loss 14-10. Of course, all the big name players weren’t playing in the game, but it was still a pretty good watch.

Hall of Fame Ceremony:

The Hall of Fame Ceremony was the better watch for the NFL. We got to see some of the best players and contributors become Hall of Famers in Canton, Ohio. Players like Chiefs’ safety Johnny Robinson, tight end Tony Gonzalez, Broncos’ corner back Champ Bailey and owner Pat Bowlen, Ravens’ safety Ed Reed, Patriots’ corner back Ty Law, Jets’ center Kevin Mawae, and Cowboys’ contributor Gil Brandt.

Chargers’ Gordon wants out:

In other NFL news, Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon likely wants out. With him currently holding out, there’s been a lot of rumors of a possible trade for Gordon. No team has emerged in talks yet, but let’s keep our eyes and ears open as we get closer to the opening weekend.

Brady gets Extension:

The six time Super Bowl winning champion doesn’t plan on going anywhere any time soon as he and the New England Patriots finalize a contract extension. It’s a two-year extension that will keep Brady under contract through the 2021 season and will get paid $23 million this year, a $8 million increase which makes Brady the sixth-highest-paid QB in the league. It looks like 2019 Draft pick, Jarrett Stidham, will have a few more years to learn behind the “G.O.A.T.”

NBA:

“Melo” times in the NBA:

There hasn’t been much news on the NBA now that the free agency period has been “melo” lately. The only real question is if Carmelo Anthony will play for an NBA team this season? He opens up about his few games with Houston, but says that he is ready for the bigger task at hand. Melo has been a great shooter all throughout his career, but still no defense. But can he stay on a team’s bench?

Christmas schedule released:

We have also been given the five Christmas Day games that we’ll be watching while we eat some of Mama’s delicious pies.

These are the games, but the times are not given yet.

  1. Zion Williamson’s takes his chance at guarding Nikola Jokic as the New Orleans Pelicans face the Denver Nuggets.
  2. There’s also the classic Eastern Conference showdowns between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Milwaukee Bucks. How will Giannis Antetokounmpo do against both Al Horford and Joel Embiid?
  3. The other Eastern Conference game is the reigning champions, Toronto Raptors against the new look Boston Celtics with the likes of Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter.
  4. Then there’s the two guys that haven’t been able to beat the Warriors in the playoffs in the past five years teaming up with hopes of doing it again. Those two guys are James Harden and Russell Westbrook as they look to carry the Houston Rockets to a nice win over Steph Curry and the Warriors.
  5. Then there’s the game everyone wants to see: Lakers-Clippers 2.0. After their opening night game, we’ll have to wait until Christmas to see it again and seeing how each roster is, this will be a great game to watch.

Opening Day roster:

We will also see the battle of Los Angeles on Oct. 22 as LeBron James and the Lakers take on Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers. That will be the second of a back-to-back as we get our first real look at the No. 1 overall pick. Zion Williamson (No. 1) will take his New Orleans Pelicans north to take on the defending NBA champions, Toronto Raptors.

MLB:

The biggest news in the MLB this weekend was the Trade deadline. Of course, most of these were done before the weekend, but all of them are taking place and being finalized. So let’s see some of the players who got trade and where.
  • Houston Astros traded five minor leagues players to the Arizona Diamondbacks for P Zack Greinke
  • Astros also traded OF Derek Fisher (NOT the Basketball star) to the Toronto Blue Jays for P Joe Biagini, P Aaron Sanchez, and minor league OF Cal Stevenson
  • The Milwaukee Brewers traded minor league infielder to the San Francisco Giants for a pair of pitchers, Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black.
  • The Minnesota Twins continue to surprise us with a good season and they trade minor leagues to San Francisco for P Sam Dyson.
  • Los Angeles Dodgers look to add insurance with the asquistion of infielder Jedd Gyorko from the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals get P Tony Cingrani and minor league P Jeffry Abreu
  • The Philadelphia Phillies get OF Corey Dickerson from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • The Cincinnati Reds received a minor league OF from the Oakland Athletics in the Tanner Roark. Roark was the top starting pitcher traded on deadline day.
  • Chicago Cubs receive OF Nicholas Castellanos and cash from the Detroit Tigers who get a pair of minor league pitchers.
  • The Atlanta Braves boosted their bullpen in two different trades. They get pitcher Shane Greene from Detroit and Mark Melancon from San Francisco. They traded a pair of minor leaguers and and P Dan Winkler.
  • The biggest trade was between the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds that included the San Diego Padres. The trade was big for the Indians who traded P Trevor Bauer to the Reds. The Indians received OF Yasiel Puig and minor league pitcher from the Reds. They also received OF Franmil Reyes, P Logan Allen, and minor league infielder from the Padres. The Padres would receive minor league outfielder from the Reds.

Soccer: (Aman)

MLS All-Stars unable to stand up to Atlético Madrid:

Atlético Madrid are famed for their defensive strength and it was exactly that which won them their preseason match against the MLS All-Stars in Orlando. Along with keeping a clean sheet, Atlético Madrid also managed to score thrice, all with just 41 percent possession.
However, in that 41 percent, Atlético Madrid outshot the MLS All-Stars 8-19, with the three goals coming from Marcos Llorente towards the end of the first half, new signing João Félix in the 85th minute and Diego Costa adding salt to the wounds in the 93rd minute.

Bad day for LA Galaxy:

After a bad loss to LAFC, most did not expect Atlanta United to even be able to compete with LA Galaxy. But things did not necessarily go to plan. Atlanta went up 2-0 in the first half but they didn’t score either of the two goals.
An unfortunate occurrence of two own goals from David Romney and Giancarlo González 20 minutes apart set the win for the home side. Atlanta then made it 3-0 in the 72nd minute when Josef Martínez converted yet another penalty.

Dortmund shock Bayern Munich to win DFL Supercup:

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund usually play in the DFL Supercup and Bayern Munich usually win. But this time, Jadon Sancho had a show to put on. Dortmund shockingly beat the giants 2-0 thanks to goals from Paco Alcácer in the 48th minute and Sancho in the 69th. Sancho had put on such a performance, Alex Witself said later on that “Even Bayern were scared of Sancho!”

Messi handed three-month international football ban by CONMEBOL:

After Argentina controversially lost to Brazil in the Copa América Semi-finals, Lionel Messi didn’t hesitate and claiming CONMEBOL officials were guilty of corruption after a crucial referee decision against Argentina wasn’t reviewed.
CONMEBOL have since responded by banning Messi for playing for Argentina for three months, but this, amongst other things prove Messi was not wrong. Along with the corruption cases against FIFA, the President of the Argentina Fútbol Asociación Luis Segura was charged with fraud.

Philadelphia regains No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference:

To wrap up a weekend full of Soccer news, we have to take a look at the Eastern Conference standings in MLS. Going into their match on Sunday, Philadelphia Union was tied for 1st with Atlanta United FC at 39 points. The Unions opponents, DC United, were sitting at 4th with 36 and were looking for their chance to be the top team. With a win, DC United would’ve been in a three-way tie for 1st. However, Philadelphia Union didn’t let that happen as they cruised to a 4-1 victory over Wayne Rooney and DC United. There’s still plenty of games left and we could see more movement amongst the top four teams in the East.

Cricket:

Steve Smith silences England:

The first Ashes test at the Edgbaston, Birmingham has been highlighted by one player: Steve Smith. In his first test for Australia in 16 months, Smith scored 144(219), helping Australia from 122-8 to a respectable total of 284.
He first had an 88-run partnership with Peter Siddle, who scored 44(85) himself, and then the 10th-wicket partnership lasted 74 runs with Nathan Lyon, who scored 12(26)*. The loss of Jimmy Anderson due to injury made bowling difficult for England, but Stuart Broad passed the 450 mark in his five-for by bowling Smith.
In the next innings, England found a hero as well in the name of the opener Rory Burns. When Jason Roy’s dismissal reinstated doubts around England’s opening batsmen, Burns batted till Day 3, scoring 133(312), being dismissed caught behind. The skipper Joe Root and in-form Ben Stokes also provided half-centuries, but the biggest frustration for Australia was the ninth-wicket partnership between Stuart Broad, 29(67), and Chris Woakes, 37(95)*, which lasted 65 runs and 24.1 overs.

In the next innings, England found a hero as well in the name of the opener Rory Burns. When Jason Roy’s dismissal reinstated doubts around England’s opening batsmen, Burns batted till Day 3, scoring 133(312), being dismissed caught behind. The skipper Joe Root and in-form Ben Stokes also provided half-centuries, but the biggest frustration for Australia was the ninth-wicket partnership between Stuart Broad, 29(67), and Chris Woakes, 37(95)*, which lasted 65 runs and 24.1 overs.

England had a considerable lead of 90 runs, but Smith wasn’t done talking. Smith completed a rare Ashes twin century, scoring 142(207) this time. Multiple, lengthy partnerships seemed to kill England’s spirit as Australia batted on. First, a 48-run stand with Usman Khawaja, in which Khawaja scored 40 off just 48. Then, the Vice Captain, Travis Head got to his fifty from 116 deliveries as his partnership with Smith was worth 130 runs.
Things got even worse for England when Matthew Wade stepped up to the crease as Smith wasn’t the only one to score a century. Smith and Wade batted together for 126 runs and Wade went on to score 110(143), before being caught at fine leg by Joe Denly.
Some lower order power proved deadly for England as quick runs came from the skipper Tim Paine 34(44), James Pattinson 47(48) and Pat Cummins 26(33), setting England a target of 398.

Buy or Sell: Cleveland Browns, Atlético Madrid, and Boston Red Sox

It’s time to start buying and selling our thoughts and some important questions that caught our mind this week. As we do every week, Aman, Dan, and I will each buy or sell topics of issues.

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This week we will discuss whether or not the Cleveland Browns have what it takes to win the AFC North and make the playoffs as a lot of us could be expecting. We’ll also be discussing the chances of one of the best soccer teams in the world as they try to top their league. And of course, there’s always baseball talk with the Boston Red Sox looking to make a push for the playoffs. Let’s see what we got to see about it.

Rahim: The Cleveland Browns, not the Pittsburgh Steelers, win the AFC North?

Dan: I BUY that the Cleveland Browns will win their division, not only this season but many seasons to come. The Browns with this team will be a dominate force in the AFC North division for a long time. Yes, I know it sounds like a shock, but think about it from a talent level.

They have such a good young core on both sides of the both and it will be tough to handle them, especially if everyone plays well together.

I mean I think having Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry on the same team is a great thing. We saw it happen at LSU during their college days, so why not now? It’ll help both of them say focused on football rather than off-the-field things.

Aman: I sell the Cleveland Browns finishing first in the AFC North and I have the Pittsburgh Steelers regaining the title. The Browns possess an intriguing team this season, without a doubt, but I still think it will take a few games in the beginning for the Browns to figure out their playing style and a winning combination.

With that being said, I’m sure the Browns feel like they can finish second in the AFC North and make the playoffs, perhaps one or two wins less than the Steelers.

The Browns might have more famous stars on their roster this season but the Steelers have the advantage of experience, especially when it comes to comparing the quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Baker Mayfield.

Also, we’re gonna have to wait and see if Mayfield can continue the magic across multiple seasons like how Roethlisberger has done.

Aman: Atlético Madrid will finish above Real Madrid this season in La Liga?

Rahim: This is a hard buy because I am a fan of hating Real Madrid as all Barcelona fans are, but I think Real Madrid is just @£&#_*”+%$~ and the deserve to lose. I love that fact that they have been struggling lately and it makes this an easy buy for me. With Atlético’s recent 7-3 win over Real, it proves that they are ready to be ahead of Real and take the La Liga.

Unfortunately, they still have to worry about Barcelona who continues to get better with the addition of Antoine Griezmann. That will hurt Atlético a bit because Griezmann was a former member of their squad, but they should be good enough to finish ahead of Real.

Dan: Now I am not much of a soccer or La Liga guy, but I’m selling this. I just think that Atlético has lost too much talent recently that it’ll be harder for them to be a top two team in La Liga.

Like Rahim said, Barcelona is most likely going to win La Liga again this season. Looking at the squads, Atlético doesn’t have as many stars as they did in the past. But maybe this will the year we see them do it. It will be tough because both Barcelona and Real Madrid got better despite losing one of the best players, so I sell that Atlético finishes ahead of Real Madrid.

Dan: Despite winning 3 of 4 over the division leading New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox will still miss the playoffs regardless of what happens in their next 3 game series with the Yankees.

Aman: It’ll be disappointing. It’ll be somewhat upsetting. But it will make the MLB wide open. I buy the Boston Red Sox missing the playoffs this season.

If the Red Sox lose their next three-game series as Dan mentioned, it’s definitely game over. The Red Sox’s difficult start earlier in the season is one that’s too hard to recover from. Along with that, the other American League teams which will likely make the playoffs ahead of the Red Sox currently have 60+ wins, meaning by the end of the regular season, they could be well ahead of the Red Sox.

Another team Boston fans will need to keep their eyes open for are the Los Angeles Angels, who have 56 wins compared to Boston’s 59, and could easily overtake Boston if the Red Sox lose just a few matches.

Rahim: I buy this as well! But I’m only looking at the playoff history of the Red Sox the year following a World Series win. They have had the worst record or been in the Wild Card. This year they are fighting for one of the two Wild Cards.

But it is a tough road ahead of them. We have seen the Red Sox’ battle through the early season struggles and be in a five team race for the two spots.

Regardless of their recent win streak against AL East’s best, New York Yankees, Boston still have their hands full with 52 games left and currently 7th in the playoff picture behind the Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics, and Cleveland Indians.

I do expect to see two of those teams finish ahead of the Red Sox and keep them out of postseason, so I’ll buy this question.

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There you have it! Now, what do you think?

  • Will the Cleveland Browns win the AFC North over the Pittsburgh Steelers?
  • Will Atlético Madrid finish above Real Madrid this season in La Liga?
  • Can the Boston Red Sox make a playoff push after their recent winning streak against the New York Yankees?

Let us know your thoughts in the comment!

What you missed this weekend: 07/24 -07/28

This was a quiet weekend in the sports world as we all start to look forward to the start of the football season in nearly a month. Before we get there, we will still look at what there is to miss this week while we wait.

Mookie Betts

“Mookie Betts” by Keith Allison is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

We do have some news from the NFL that relates to contract extensions, signings, and injury updates. We have some MLB highlights with more Boxing, and MMA news to catch up.

NFL:

As we look forward to the Hall of Fame game on August 2nd, we look at new deals for players like Bobby Wagner (ILB) and Kevin Byard (S) who are the highest-paid players at their positions. Wagner with the Seattle Seahawks and Byard with the Tennessee Titans. The New York Jets signed their rookie, Quinnen Williams, to a four-year, $32.5 million deal.

Another players like WR Allen Hurns and CB Orlando Scandrick found new teams, while the Detroit Lions cut long-term RB Theo Riddick, Riddick is planning on meeting with the New Orleans Saints.

There are also some injuries to some key receivers like New York Giants’ Sterling Shepard and Cincinnati Bengals’ A.J. Green. Shepard is out with a fractured thumb, while Green injured his left ankle and likely out 6-8 weeks.

MLB:

Toronto and New York trade:

It was a long time coming for this move. On Sunday, the Toronto Blue Jays made a trade that would send pitcher Marcus Stroman to the New York Mets in exchange for pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson, according to ESPN. Both Kay and Woods are No. 6 and 7 prospects for the Mets’ system, while Stroman is fifth-best in the American League with a 2.96 ERA off 21 starts. He is a cheap option ($7.4 M) for the Mets and could hold onto him until 2020 when he is eligible to hit free agency.

Betts make-a-wish come true:

In case you missed it, Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts added a new reason for the New York Yankees to hate him. Not only was he the American League MVP last year, but he also homered three times in four innings against the Yankees in a 10-5 win on Friday night. This three-homer game from Betts helped me pass Alfonso Soriano for most three-homer games from the leadoff spot (4th). He also became the eighth player in MLB history with five three-homer games.

Beets had a bit more motivation before Friday’s game as he met with a
10-year-old Nico Sapienza, Make-A-Wish child who asked Beets to hit a home run for him. Not only was it one, but three homers and he made history doing it.

Boxing:

Davis TKo’d Nunez

In another important fight, we saw Gervonta Davis vs. Ricardo Nunez in championship bout. Davis (22-0, 21 KOs), the WBA junior lightweight champion had the last laugh in this one as he made his return home to face hard-hitting Ricardo Nunez who he knocked out in the second round.

But here’s how he did it. Davis was patient early as Nunez (21-3, 19 KOs) attacked forward. But Davis gave one left-handed blow to the head Nunez that snapped his head back. Nunez was using the ropes to hold him up as Davis continued to land punches until the referee called the bout at the 1:33 mark of the second round.

With high praises from Floyd Mayweather Jr., Davis looks for who’s next. He has several fighters wanting a piece of him, but he has his mind set on current IBF junior lightweight champion Tevin Farmer as the two have been exchanging words on social media.

Ramirez stunted Hooker:

In a champion vs. champion bout, Jose Ramirez stunted Maurice Hooker to become the unified 140-pound champion on Saturday night. With the victory, Ramirez retained his WBC light welterweight belt and captured Hooker’s WBO belt as well.

Ramirez (25-0, 17 KOs) scored a first-round knockdown after stepping on Hooker’s foot while throwing a punch. Both fighters had their moments as Ramirez seized control when he was able to pin Hooker against the ropes. Hooker (26-1-3, 17 KOs) had success in the center of the ring with his long reach.

But in the sixth round, Ramirez landed a wicked left hook to Hooker that sent him stumbling backwards into the ropes and Ramirez continued with shot after shot until the referee called the bout.

UFC:

At UFC 240, we saw Max Holloway defeat Frankie Edgar on a unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 48-47). During the fight, Edgar had a lot of bright spots, Holloway’s pace was too much Edgar. Holloway used his length to get some nice punches in on Edgar and make the decision easier for the judges.

What you missed this weekend: 7/18 – 7/21

It’s that time of the week already? Man the world moves fast! And the world of sports never sleeps. I hope you found time to get yours while you go on vacations with your family as the kids will be back to school shortly.

But before the vacation time ends, let’s make sure we are all caught up on what we missed this weekend.

Manny
Pacquiao in a combat.” by Sunil Grover is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

There aren’t much matchups or games going on with that much importance, but we do have a lot of news to cover about some of the bigger sports. We also have a pair of UFC and Boxing bouts to tell you about.

And don’t forget about the British Open for all you Golf fans. We will also recap some of the biggest MLS games of the weekend with a few FIFA games as well.

This week was quiet for the NBA and NFL for the most part. In the NFL, the biggest news was the decision on Kansas City Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill’s suspension or not. Joel talked about it here.

In the NBA, there hasn’t been much happening besides shooting guard Kyle Korver reuniting with former head coach Mike Budenholzer as he agrees to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks. James Harden and Anthony Davis both not playing for USA basketball and Kawhi Leonard filing a lawsuit against Nike over the “Klaw” image.

In MLB, all the teams are looking for a great second half and finding trades that could help them make the push for the playoffs. Let’s keep an eye on the trade deadline and see if players like San Francisco Giants’ pitcher Madison Bumgarner get moved.

We also might have missed Atlanta Braves’ outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. become the second player in MLB history to get 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a season before the age of 22 (Angels’ Mike Trout was the first).

And there were six players inducted into the 2019 MLB Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon. Players like Harold Baines, Lee Smith, Mike Mussina,  Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, and Roy Halladay.

Rivera became the first player to ever receive a vote on 100 percent of the ballots. Rivera finished his 19-year career with a record 652 saves and a 205 ERA+.  As great as Rivera was, Edgar Martinez had his number. During Martinez career against Rivera, he went 11 for 19 with two homers, six runs batted in, and a .579/.652/1.053 line.

Mussina spent his 18-year major-league career in the American League pitching for the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees. Mussina won 270 games with an average ERA of 3.71 and appeared in the playoffs nine times. But Mussina will not have a logo on his plague.

Let’s not forget about the late Roy Halladay. Halladay died in a plane crash in 2017, but he served as one of the best pitchers in the Majors. He played eight seasons with two Cy Young Awards. Halladay became the sixth player to be voted in by the BBWAA after his death.

Boxing:

Manny Pacquiao defeats Keith Thurman

Pacquiao hands Thurman his 1st career loss
Manny Pacquiao, the all-time boxing legend, aimed to prove he could still take care of business against an elite opponent at age 40.
He did just that, adding yet another enormous victory to his storied, 24-year career by defeating Keith Thurman, a man 10 years his junior, by split decision to take his undefeated record and welterweight world title before 14,356 on Saturday night at the raucous MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Pacquiao, who knocked down Thurman in the first round, won 115-112 on the scorecards from judges Dave Moretti and Tim Cheatham, while judge Glenn Feldman had it 114-113 for Thurman. ESPN also had it for Pacquiao, 117-110.

“It was fun. My opponent is a good fighter and boxer. He was strong,” Pacquiao said. “Even though Thurman lost, he did his best. He’s not an easy opponent. He’s a good boxer, and he’s strong. I was just blessed tonight.”

Pacquiao first arrived from the Philippines to fight in the United States as a relative unknown former flyweight titleholder and, in this same arena, knocked out Lehlo Ledwaba in the sixth round in a big upset to win a junior featherweight world title as a late replacement on an Oscar De La Hoya undercard in 2001. Eighteen years later and 25 pounds heavier, Pacquiao continued to thrill fans in an arena that has become something of a second home to him, as he took down Thurman in an action-packed fight.

Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs), 30, of Clearwater, Florida, who was making his sixth defense against the secondary titleholder Pacquiao, had promised to send Pacquiao into retirement. Thurman, who predicted he would knock Pacquiao out inside of six rounds, said he would make PacMan “disappear.”

Final Punch Stats

FIGHTERTOTALJABSPOWERPacquiao195 of 686 (28%)82 of 346(24%)113 of 340 (33%)Thurman210 of 571 (37%)18 of 128 (14%)192 of 443 (43%)– Courtesy of CompuBox

Thurman mocked Pacquiao’s smaller size by saying he had “little T-rex arms” and claimed that his in-and-out style made him look like a bunny. Thurman said he would do to Pacquiao what Pacquiao had done a decade ago to the aging De La Hoya: give him a savage beating and send him into retirement.

Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs), 40, the iconic senator from the Philippines and the only fighter in boxing history to win world titles in eight weight classes, claimed the trash talk motivated him to work even harder than usual in training camp. True or not, Pacquiao looked sharp. His speed and reflexes were there, as were his stinging power and ability to move in and out and side to side as he hurt “One Time” Thurman several times.

“I’m not that kind of boxer who talks a lot. We were just promoting the fight,” Pacquiao said. “I think he did his best, and I did my best. I think we made the fans happy tonight because it was a good fight.”

According to CompuBox punch statistics, Pacquiao landed 195 of 686 punches (28%) and Thurman connected with 210 of 571 (37%). Thurman’s 192 power shots (anything other than a jab) were the most-landed on Pacquiao in the 43 fights of his that CompuBox has tracked. But Pacquiao had a massive edge in jabs landed, 82-18.

“I knew it was too close,” Thurman said. “He got the knockdown, so he had momentum in Round 1. I wish I had a little bit more output to go toe-to-toe. I felt like he was getting a little bit tired, but he did have experience in the ring. My conditioning and my output was just behind Manny Pacquiao’s. I would love the rematch.”

They went right at each other with heavy punches from the outset. Each landed solid shots in the first round, but it was Pacquiao with a clean straight hand that connected flush and knocked Thurman down in the waning seconds of the round to elicit a massive cheer from the crowd.

Thurman quickly beat referee Kenny Bayless’ count, and the round ended.

Pacquiao rocked Thurman with another straight right hand in the second round, followed by a burst of punches from all angles. Thurman tried to fight back but didn’t land much and could not get away from Pacquiao, who chased him down.

When Thurman forced Pacquiao to the ropes in the third round with a flurry of punches, Pacquiao immediately responded to blunt his success as the crowd began to chant, “Manny! Manny!”

Thurman tried to get his jab going and land to Pacquiao’s body in the fifth round. He has some success, but Pacquiao eventually forced him back and fired combinations. By the end of the round, Thurman looked a bit shaky and was bleeding from his nose.

Thurman bounced back in the sixth round as the pace slowed. He got in a few solid shots and appeared to shade the round.

Thurman continued to come on strong in the seventh round, whacking Pacquiao with right hands and leaving him with swelling by his right temple.

Pacquiao rocked Thurman with a left hand in the eighth round, and Thurman’s nose began to spout blood again.

There was a fierce, toe-to-toe exchange in the ninth round when Thurman forced Pacquiao to the ropes and unloaded, but Pacquiao quickly turned the tables.

Pacquiao had a big 10th round, when he visibly hurt Thurman with a left hand to the body. Thurman winced and was on the run trying to get away as Pacquiao swarmed him and belted him with shots.

Thurman, who missed 22 months because of elbow and hand injuries before returning for a January win, connected with a left-right combination in the 11th round as Pacquiao’s temple area continued to swell, but it appeared like he would need something dramatic in the final round.

Pacquiao did not look to cruise in the final round, however. He cracked Thurman with heavy punches and stood toe-to-toe with him to close out the exciting fight.

Pacquiao drank in the cheers while standing on one of the ring posts with the black belt slung over his shoulder. He bowed the fans and blew them kisses.

Teddy Atlas breaks down how Manny Pacquiao claimed a split-decision victory over Keith Thurman.

“I really love the fans. Thank you so much for coming here and witnessing the fight,” Pacquiao said. “I’m sure they were happy tonight because they saw a good fight.”

Pacquiao said he likely will return to the ring next year. He will return to the Philippines to be in the Senate when it goes back into session and will make his decision in the coming months. But the obvious fight for him would be a title unification match against the winner of the Errol Spence Jr.-Shawn Porter bout, which was announced at a news conference on Saturday hours before the card began.

“I hope to be at that fight on Sept. 28,” Pacquiao said.

The winner surely will want to fight Pacquiao because of the pay-per-view riches he can still bring to the table. Thurman embraced facing Pacquiao. He had never backed down from a top opponent. He has taken on and defeated Danny Garcia and Porter and made this his mantra: “I have an ‘O’ and I’m not afraid to let it go. If you can beat me, beat me.”

When Pacquiao did exactly that, Thurman did not complain about the decision, showing the all-time great the utmost respect.

“You get blessings and lessons. Tonight was a blessing and a lesson,” Thurman said. “Thank you everybody, and thank you Manny Pacquiao.”

Maxim Dadashev had surgery after loss:

Before this loss, Dadashev was undefeated, but this fight was something else for him. After lossing in the 11th-round to Subriel Matias on Friday night, he underwent surgery because of brain swelling. The way Dadashev lost was by his trainer throwing in the towel of International Boxing Federation 140-pound eliminator. Dadashev was having a difficult time leaving the ring and threw up before reaching the dressing room.

But he was tough and grinded out the rounds as they became harder and harder for him. He did take a lot of body shots throughout the fight as Matias had 112 of his 319 punches were body, but this brain swelling had to be from something else. We wish Dadashev a speedy recovery and hopefully we’ll see him in the ring again.

UFC:

Edwards outclasses dos Anjos, calls out Masvidal

UFC welterweight Leon Edwards has had a tough time getting the top fighters in his division to fight him. They might not have a choice in the matter after this weekend.

Edwards (18-3) extended his win streak to eight Saturday night, as he defeated former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (29-12) by unanimous decision. The 170-pound bout headlined UFC Fight Night at San Antonio’s AT&T Center.

It was an impressive showing by the English welterweight, who has not lost a fight since December 2015 — to current UFC champion Kamaru Usman. All three judges scored it a blowout victory for Edwards, awarding official scores of 50-45, 49-46 and 49-46.

Immediately after the win, Edwards called for a fight against ranked contender Jorge Masvidal, with whom he got into a brief, backstage altercation at a UFC event in March in London.

“I’m on an eight-fight win streak, in one of the hardest divisions in the sport,” Edwards said. “There’s a little weasel called Jorge Masvidal. Accept the fight. Let’s do it. You’re not on my level. Let’s make the fight happen.”

Edwards, who was born in Jamaica and fights out of Birmingham, England, has certainly done enough to start making demands. His win streak is the second-longest active run in the division, trailing only Usman’s 10 in a row. His eight wins since the start of 2016 is tied for the most in that time frame with Usman and Vicente Luque.

He proved better than dos Anjos in every area of the fight Saturday night. He outstruck the former champion 106 to 88 overall, according to ESPN’s FightCenter data, and stuffed all five of his takedown attempts. He opened a deep cut over dos Anjos’ left eye with an elbow in the second round, which threatened to stop the fight.

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Edwards satisfied with win vs. dos Anjos, calls out Masvidal

Leon Edwards summarizes his execution vs. Rafael dos Anjos as perfect, while calling out Jorge Masvidal for a future fight.

Dos Anjos tried everything he could to turn the tide, but there was simply no doing so. He had some success early on with leg kicks, but Edwards’ range and ability to mix things up dictated the standup. Dos Anjos tried hard in the third round to take the fight to the ground, but Edwards used his size and defensive grappling to calmly remain on his feet.

Masvidal hit Edwards at UFC Fight Night in March, after Edwards said something to him as Masvidal was being interviewed backstage. Masvidal’s management has said he does not want to fight anyone other than Usman or Conor McGregor at the moment.

Dos Anjos has now lost three of his past four bouts. His only win during that time came in May, when he defeated Kevin Leefourth-round submission.

Greg Hardy:

Greg Hardy KO’s Juan Adams in 45 seconds

UFC heavyweight Juan Adams spent more than a year calling out Greg Hardy — and it took Hardy less than one minute to silence him.

Hardy (5-1) made quick work of Adams (5-2) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday inside AT&T Center in San Antonio. A former Division I collegiate wrestler, Adams tried to take Hardy down in the opening minute, but Hardy defended the initial shot and landed a string of hammerfists to the side of Adams’ head.

The heavyweight bout was waved off just 45 seconds in, when it became apparent Adams was not responding to the shots. Hardy, 30, improved to 2-1 in the UFC. His only loss came via disqualification for an illegal blow against Allen Crowder in January.

“I want to thank Juan Adams, no matter what he said about me,” Hardy said. “He was a great opponent, but it’s always ‘The Prince of War,’ baby.

“Everybody wants to get me on the ground. I want everybody to know that calling out my name comes with consequences. And taking me down comes with consequences.”

Adams, 27, had repeatedly said he did not think Hardy was UFC-caliber. He also claimed to “hate” the former NFL defensive lineman, and started a hashtag online titled “#F—GregHardy.”

Hardy has been a controversial figure for the UFC, ever since the promotion signed him to a developmental deal last year. Off-field issues including convictions for domestic violence (later expunged from his record) and drug possession contributed to the end of his NFL career.

The former Pro Bowler began training mixed martial arts full-time in 2016, and the results have been good so far. All five of his professional wins have come via first-round knockout. He trains out of American Top Team in South Florida, one of the top MMA camps in the world.

Adams fell to 1-2 in the UFC.

Soccer:

MLS:

International Champions Cup:

In a friendly, Tottenham Spurs’ Harry Kane outlasted Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus in an International friendly with a goal from halfway. The goal came injury-time as Kane lead the Spurs to a 3-2 win. Kane was a second-half substitute who lifted the Spurs and this was the second time in three months that the Spurs had beaten Juventus, previously Champions League semifinal.

What you may have missed this weekend: 7/5 – 7/7

If you didn’t think much happened in the last few days around the world in sports, trust me, a lot more happened then you think. Along with the NBA Free Agency headlines, there were three soccer finals yesterday and a special 15-year old is causing an earthquake in London’s Wimbledon. So without further ado, let’s start by seeing what the Los Angeles Lakers are up to during the NBA Free Agency.

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Coco Gauff by Kate Tann is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

NBA

Lakers on the hunt:

After a dismal NBA season, the Lakers are being quick to patch their team by signing some big names. Right after Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard announced his decision, Danny Green announced he would be signing with the Lakers for a two year, $30 million deal. The other big name to come to Los Angeles is DeMarcus Cousins from Golden State Warriors and Rojan Rondo is set to rejoin his former team. The Lakers completed three more signings in JaVale McGee, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Quinn Cook.

Clippers, Thunder secure big trade:

After the Los Angeles Clippers signed NBA Champion Kawhi Leonard, they were quick to move for Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George. However, the Clippers have had to give up a lot for George. First, they traded away Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari, but also four future first-round picks, another protected first-round pick in 2023 and an extra potential two more picks of the Clippers.

 

UFC 239 (By RahimAli Merchant)

Jones beats Santos, Nunes wrecks Helms:

It was a busy week in Las Vegas for the world of sports, we not only saw the start of the NBA’s Summer league where Zion Williamson showed off, but we got to feel an earthquake or two that might have changed the whole atmosphere. The fight between Jon Jones and Tiago Santos was not affected by the earthquake, but they definitely hit the road running with a five-round contest that ended in a decision by the judges that gave Jones (25-1) the controversial victory.

Let’s not forget about the women. Though the men were the highlight of the night, Amanda Nunes did some quick work to Holly Helms with a head kick knockout in the first round to claim the victory. Both Helms and Nunes have proven that MMA is not just for the boys.

 

Wimbledon:

Coco Gauff advances to Round of 16:

After a shocking victory against 15-year old Coco Gauff’s idol, Venus Williams, Gauff sealed her place in the Round of 16 by beating Pelona Hercog on Friday. After losing the first round unfortunately by six sets to three, Gauff won a 7-9 tiebreaker in the second set, before nearly avoiding another tiebreaker in the third set, winning 5-7. Gauff is currently playing possibly her hardest opponent yet, Simona Halep. What’s most impressive about Gauff’s playing style is her youthful athletic ability on the court.

 

Soccer:

USA wins fourth World Cup title:

After beating France earlier in the tournament, the US proved they were favorites to retain the FIFA World Cup title and had one last game to play before lifting the trophy: the Netherlands. After a tight, scoreless first half, VAR played a role once again in giving the US a penalty in the 61st minute, which Megan Rapinoe scored. Just eight minutes later, Rose Lavelle netted a second for the US and the US won 2-0, adding a fourth star.

Mexico wins another Gold Cup:

The US Men’s National Team were involved in another soccer final on the same day as the Women’s, and just like the earlier, the favorites won, but in this game, the US wasn’t the favorites to win. The US had an excellent Gold Cup, without a doubt, but Mexico was far too strong. Despite Mexico only scoring once through Jonathan Dos Santos, the US wasted plenty of opportunities to score under pressure, and Mexico lifted the trophy at the end of the night.

Brazil beats Peru in Copa América Finals:

Peru made a Cinderella run to the Copa América Finals, but they were unable to compete with the hosts as Brazil routed Peru 3-1 to win their first Copa América since 2007. Everton continued his excellent tournament and international career by opening the scoring in the 15th minute before Gabriel Jesus typically added a second right before the half. Peru got one back through their hero Paulo Guererro, who scored a penalty in the 44th minute, but Richarlison put the nail in the coffin by scoring Brazil’s third in the 90th minute.

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