Top Talent Laid Off At ESPN, Wimbledon Allowing Russian/Belarus Players, Joey Chestnut Wins Again


Jeff Van Gundy, Suzy Kolber, Keyshawn Johnson, Max Kellerman, and Jalen Rose were among the top talent laid off at ESPN. The cost-cutting measure by parent company Disney coincides with a report that ESPN is considering launching a stand-alone streaming service. In this latest round of cuts, 20 commentators were fired and more layoffs are expected.


Wimbledon is underway, and this year the tournament is allowing players from Russia and Belarus to compete as long as they sign agreements assuring the Club that they would not make statements supporting the war in Ukraine. Last year, Wimbledon caused a giant controversy when it banned the players.


After a two-hour rain delay, Joey Chestnut, the GOAT of competitive eating, won the Annual Fourth of July Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating contest again by downing 62 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes (shy of his personal best of 76). Miki Sudo consumed 39 1/2 in the women’s bracket. Both earned $10,000 and the Mustard Belt.

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