Archive for 2024

Krejcikova And Alcaraz Win Wimbledon, Messi Injured As Argentina Wins Copa América Title

TENNIS

Barbora Krejcikova, seeded #31, won Wimbledon and grabbed her second Grand Slam singles title (first was in 2021 at the French Open). Krejcikova had previously never advanced past the second round at Wimbledon.

In the men’s final, Carlos Alcaraz took home the title after beating Novak Djokovic for the second straight year.

SOCCER

Argentina won a record 16th Copa América title by beating Columbia 1-0 at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium. Messi suffered an injury in the 64th minute and was visibly distraught as he cheered on his team from the bend. With the win, Argentina surpasses Uruguay for the most Copa América titles.

 

 

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Basketball Teams Qualifying For Paris Olympics, Angel Reese Breaks Record, Upsets At Wimbledon

BASKETBALL

The basketball teams are now set for the Paris Olympics. The US, Canada, France, Australia, South Sudan, Japan, Serbia, and Germany qualified weeks ago, and Brazil, Spain, Puerto Rico, and Greece qualified over the weekend. Greece is back in the running after not qualifying since 2008. Greece’s Giannis Antetokounmpo broke down in tears when the team made the cut.

Chicago Sky’s 7th pick in the draft, Angel Reese, is on fire. In only her 20th game as a professional, she broke Candice Parker’s 14-year record of double-doubles for 12 consecutive games. Reese had her 13th successive double-double this week against the Seattle Storm.

TENNIS

There were big upsets at Wimbledon this week. #2 seed Coco Gauff lost to #19 seed Emma Navarro, and the men’s #1, Jannik Sinner, lost to #5 ranked Daniil Medvedev. Medvedev will face Carlos Alcaraz.

 

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Klay Leaving Warriors For Dallas, Prince Harry To Receive Tillman Award, Alon Day To Recognize Plight Of Hostages Held By Hamas

BASKETBALL

It’s the end of an era in the Golden State. Klay Thompson announced he’s leaving the Warriors and heading to Dallas ending a memorable 13 year run. Thompson and Steph Curry (affectionately known as the “Splash Brothers”) combined their shooting talents to win four NBA titles and appear in six NBA Finals.

ESPYS

Prince Harry will receive the Pat Tillman award for Service at the ESPYS  on July 11th, but not everyone is happy about it. Tillman’s mother said she was “shocked as to why they would select such a controversial and divisive individual to receive the award“ and there are recipients who “are far more fitting.”

NASCAR

Alon Day, the only Israeli driver in NASCAR, will recognize the plight of the hostages still held in Gaza by Hamas at the NASCAR Xfinity Series in Chicago on Saturday. Day’s car will have a Jet Support Services-branded wrap in blue and white (colors of the Israeli flag) and the Hebrew word for life חי emblazoned on the car. Day said he has five friends who are among the 116 still being held hostage. He told Fox News Digital, “It was shocking to me, not only to see that swell of hate and antisemitism in the United States, it was shocking that it came in response to the worst attack on Israel and the Jewish people since the Holocaust. I feel a little embarrassed from my own naivety. I did not forsee that kind of response from forces within the United States and around the world.”

 

 

 

 

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McCaffrey Marries Culpo, Biles & Rivera Olympic Team, NBA Trade Highlights

FOOTBALL

San Francisco 49ers running back, Christian McCaffrey, married former Miss Universe winner Olivia Culpo over the weekend.

OLYMPICS

Team USA gymnastics is set, and will feature the incomparable Simone Biles and newbie Hezly Rivera. At 27 years old, Simone is the oldest American gymnast to compete at the games since 1952, and Rivera (16-years old) is currenlty the youngest Team USA Olympic athlete.

BASKETBALL

Here are some highlights of NBA trades:

The Philadelphia 76ers signed a four-year $212 million deal with Paul George.

Even though the LA Clippers lost George, they agreed to a $70 million two year deal with James Harden to remain with the team.

Chris Paul was waived by the Golden State Warriors and is reportedly planning to sign with the San Antonio Spurs.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will leave the Denver Nuggets and head to the Orlando Magic on a three-year deal worth $66 million.

 

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Risacher #1 Pick In NBA Draft, Bronny James Will Play With His Dad, A.I. Generated Al Michaels, Jacksonville’s New Stadium

BASKETBALL

French player Zaccharie Risacher was chosen #1 in the NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. Fellow Frenchman Alex Sarr went #2 to the Washington Wizards.

The Los Angeles Lakers selected LeBron James’s son, Bronny, in the second round of the draft. LeBron (39) will now get his wish to play with his 19-year-old son, making LeBron/Bronny the first father-son duo in NBA history.

OLYMPICS

This summer, NBC will use A.I. to generate broadcaster Al Michaels’s voice to create Olympic recap videos.  Many people are skeptical about how this will be received and why it’s necessary (considering Michaels is very much alive and could do this without A.I.).

FOOTBALL

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the city of Jacksonville agreed to a $1.4 billion project to rebuild their stadium and keep the franchise there. The “Stadium of the Future” will be a complete overhaul of EverBank Stadium and is projected to begin construction after the 2025 season.

 

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Panthers Win First Stanley Cup Championship, JJ Redick New Laker Coach, Frankie Muniz Nascar Racer

HOCKEY

The Florida Panthers finally won a Stanley Cup Championship after a 30 year drought. The Panthers were up 3-0 then gave up three games to tie the series, but managed to pull out a win in Game 7. This is their first Championship in franchise history.

BASKETBALL

The LA Lakers hired former NBA player and podcaster JJ Redick as their next head coach. Redick, who is replacing Darvin Ham, has no previous coaching experience. According to reports, he will make $8 million per season with the Lakers.

MOTORSPORTS

Actor Frankie Muniz joined Reaume Brothers Racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. The “Malcolm in the Middle” star has been working his way through NASCAR’s ladder system with some impressive finishes.

 

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Celtics Win 18th NBA Championship, Clark/Reese Rivalry, Aiyuk Says 49ers Don’t Want Me

BASKETBALL

Thanks to the dynamic duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, the Boston Celtics won their 18th NBA championship last night in a decisive Game 5 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. With the win, the Celtics broke a tie with the L.A. Lakers for the most titles in NBA history.

The rivalry between Caitlin Clark’s Indiana Fever and Angel Reese’s Chicago Sky is making for and entertaining WNBA season. For the second time this season, Clark had a flagrant foul committed against her during a Sky matchup. This week Angel Reese was the culprit for unintentionally bashing Clark across the head.

FOOTBALL

San Francisco wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk sent a message via TikTok video to his former teammate at Arizona State, Washington Commanders quarterback Jayden Daniels, that the 49ers “don’t want me back.”

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Celtics Up 3-0, Legendary Jerry West Died, Joey Chestnut Winner-Take-All Contest On Labor Day

BASKETBALL

The Boston Celtics are up 3-0 against the Dallas Mavericks. With a win tonight, they will be crowned NBA Champions.

Basketball legend Jerry West died at 86. West led the Lakers to multiple championships as a player and then as a general manager. The NBA logo is reported to be West dribbling.

HOT DOG EATING

As reported, Nathan’s Famous won’t allow Joey Chestnut, the biggest name in competitive eating, to compete at their annual 4th of July event. Chestnut will likely have the last word, as it was announced he will face Takeru Kobayashi in a winner-take-all hot dog eating contest airing on Netflix on Labor Day.

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Joey Chestnut Can’t Compete In Nathan’s Famous, Porzingis Injury

HOT DOG EATING

Joey Chestnut, the GOAT of  professional eating, won’t be able to compete in Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest, a July 4th tradition. The 16-time winner of the famous “Mustard Belt” signed a deal with the plant-based Impossible Foods company, and even though Impossible had no issue with Chestnut competing, Nathan’s Famous demanded loyalty and balked at the idea. Joey wrote on Instagram, he “was very disappointed to learn from the media today that after nearly 20 years I am banned from the Nathan’s 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest. I love competing in that event, I love celebrating America with my fans all over this great country on the 4th and I have been training to defend my title.”

BASKETBALL

The Celtics have a 2-0 lead over the Dallas Mavericks, but tonight’s game could be difficult if Kristaps Porzingis isn’t cleared to play. Porzingis has a tear in his ankle which could cause dislocation of his tendon.

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Clark Not On Team USA, Hurley Turns Down Lakers, Celtics Up 2-0, Carlos Alcaraz Wins French Open

BASKETBALL

Indiana Fever rookie Caitlin Clark was not asked to join the 12-player roster for the U.S. Olympic team. Team USA’s decision has been controversial, as many believe Clark’s celebrity status would have increased ratings and attendance. Others contend that the decision is sound because she’s not one of the top 12 best players in the WNBA.

UConn’s Dan Hurley turned down a $70 million offer to coach the LA Lakers and will stay with his winning college team.

The Boston Celtics have a 2-0 lead against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. The Celtics head to Dallas for game 3 on Wednesday night.

TENNIS

Carlos Alcaraz won his first French Open title. With the win, he now has three Grand Slam titles under his belt and is the only men’s player to win his first three Grand Slam’s on three different surfaces.

 

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