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Williams Holds Out To Beat Pliskova, Nadal Wins In Longest Match At Open, Chicken Fingers And Coke, Nike’s Stock

TENNIS

Serena Williams started slowly but held on to beat former #1 player Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals at the US Open. Williams, who is looking for her 24th Grand Slam, will face 19th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in the semis.

Rafael Nadal held off Dominic Thiem in five sets. The match lasted 4 hours and 49 minutes, 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7(4), 7-6(5) recording the longest match in this year’s Open. Nadal told Thiem after the match that he was sorry, and that he should keep going and will have plenty of time to win. Nadal will face Juan Martin del Potro in the semis.

In other US Open news (if you can call it news), a woman, Alexa Greenfield, was eating chicken fingers with her nephews and was spotted dipping the chicken fingers into her coke. The shot of her in action trended on social media and now according to Alexa, “People are telling me I should go to jail”.

OTHER

As reported earlier, Colin Kaepernick was named as the face of Nike’s 30th Anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, and to no one’s surprise everyone had an opinion. There was a potential fallout for Nike, however, as Reuters reported “shares of the company stock dropped three percent during early trading Tuesday, while the hashtag “Nike Boycott” trended on Twitter throughout the morning.” Nike would not have gone down this path if they didn’t think the risk would pay off, so it will be interesting to see how sales progress going forward.

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WATERCOOLER CHAT: HEAT BOUNCE BACK, CALIF CHROME CONTROVERSIAL OWNER, NADAL STILL TOP OF GAME, RANGERS DOWN 2-0.

BASKETBALL

James, Wade, and BoshIn the NBA, it was Game 2 of the Finals.  San Antonio took Game 1 in what is no being known as the Heat Game (no pun intended), and LeBron James and the Heat needed to bounce back in Game 2 in the hope of stealing home court advantage.  This game was neck and neck most of the way, with the teams still looking fatigued from the effects of Game 1.  But, late in the 4th quarter, LeBron turned it up into high gear again.  The Spurs kept it close, but a late 3-pointer from Chris Bosh sealed the deal for the Heat.  The series is now tied heading back to Miami.  Miami 98, San Antonio 96.

HORSE RACING

In horse racing, all eyes were on California Chrome to win the coveted Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.  No horse has won the Triple Crown since 1978.  It’s extremely difficult, and while many horses have won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, they tend to slip up at The Belmont Stakes on account of its length.  Also, California Chrome is the underdog story of the year.  The owners bought this horse for $10,000, and have already won a couple million dollars off of him.  Unfortunately, the joyous adventure came to an end, as California Chrome finished in 5th place.  The winner, Tonalist, did not race in the Kentucky Derby or Preakness so after the race, Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn complained on national TV that it’s not fair to his horse that fresh horses who didn’t run in the other two major races get to run against his more fatigued horse.  His comments created a huge controversy particularly as he made an insensitive and utterly ridiculous analogy that a horse not running in the two prior races is like him (at over 6 feet tall) playing basketball against a boy in a wheelchair. 

TENNIS

Nadal and FedererWe are witnessing some truly masterful play from Rafael Nadal.  This guy is currently proving that he is one of the greatest of all time. On Sunday, he won his 5th straight French Open title.  This is also his 14th Grand Slam title, and he isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.  New stars are emerging in the tennis world, but it’s still Nadal typically at the top. 

HOCKEY

The New York Rangers are down 2-0 to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Series shifts to Madison Square Garden for game 3, Monday the 9th at 8:00 pm.

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