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Rapinoe Scores To Beat France In Quarterfinals, NBA Free Agency, Big News For Nets And 76ers

SOCCER

Thanks to Megan Rapinoe, the U.S. beat France in the much-watched quarterfinal of the Women’s World Cup on Friday. Rapinoe scored both goals in the 2-1 victory. The U.S. will play England on Tuesday, July 2nd in the semifinals while Sweden will take on the Netherlands on July 3rd. The Finals will take place on July 7th.

BASKETBALL

NBA Free-agency officially began Sunday night at 6:00 pm, and there’s already some big news. The Brooklyn Nets made a splash by making a deal worth more than $2 billion dollars to sign Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

TheWarriors lost Durant, but plan to sign a four-year $117 million deal with the Nets for D’Angelo Russell. In order to make this deal work, the Warriors need to trade Andre Iguodala and their 2024 first round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Warriors also plan to re-sign the injured Klay Thompson to a five-year $189 million deal to stay with Golden State.

In other big news, the Philadelphia 76ers signed Al Horford from their rival the Boston Celtics for a 4-year $109 million deal. The Sixers also finalized a sign and trade deal sending Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat. To round out the night, the Sixers plan to re-sign Tobias Harris for a five-year $180 million deal.

For more free-agency live updates, click here.

 

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Cookie Monster Delights Cubbies, MLB All-Star Starters, Free Agency Begins, LeBron Gives Up #23, Women’s World Cup Today

BASEBALL

Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster delighted the crowd during the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field. He started by shouting out, “Today C is for Cubbies” then led the stadium in a rendition of “Take me out to the Ball Game”. The Chicago Cubs went on to beat the Atlanta Braves 9-7. You can’t help smile listening to him!

Major League Baseball announced the 2019 All-Star Game starters. The Angels’ Mike Trout led the group with the most votes. Click here for a list of all the starters. The All-Star Game will be played on July 9th at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

BASKETBALL

On Sunday at 6:00 pm ET, free agency begins, and teams can officially start meeting with players. There are rumors about where some notable free-agents will land. Among the big names are Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Kawhi Leonard.

LeBron James is showing his excitement for new teammate Anthony Davis by agreeing to give him his #23 jersey. Davis wore #23 for 7 years while he was a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. LeBron will switch to No.6 which he wore when he was a member of the Miami Heat and Team USA.

SOCCER

Tune in at 3:00 pm ET today to watch the 2019 Women’s World Cup where the U.S. Women’s team will square off against France in the quarterfinals.

 

 

 

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Antetokounmpo Wins MVP, Gobert Defensive Player, Doncic Rookie Of Year, US Women Beat Spain

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The NBA Awards were handed out Monday night and Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the Most Valuable Player. The top rookie award went to Luka Doncic,  Lou Williams won his third Sixth Man award, and for the second year in a row, Rudy Gobert took home the Defensive Player of the Year. For a list of the rest of the awards, click here.

SOCCER

With determination and grit, the Women’s U.S. National team managed to beat Spain 2-1 in the round of 16 and will now play France in the quarterfinals on Friday.

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Dodgers Rookies Make History, Cody Bellinger Has Eventful Game, USWNT To Play Spain

BASEBALL

With their third game in a row where a rookie has hit a walk-off home run, the Los Angeles Dodgers made history. There has never been a team with rookie teammates hitting walk-off home runs in consecutive games before the Dodgers recent sweep of the Colorado Rockies.

In more Dodgers news,  first baseman Cody Bellinger had an eventful game. First he hit a foul ball which hit a woman in the head, then he had to deal with an enthusiastic female fan who ran onto the field to try and give him a hug. He told the fan, “You know you’re going to jail.” The fan replied, “It was worth it.”

SOCCER

The US Women’s National Team will play Spain in the quarterfinals of the World Cup today at at noon ET. The Womens’ team had no trouble blowing past their opponents in the group stage, and if they beat Spain today will take on the host team France on June 28th.

 

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Zion, Ja Morant, RJ Barrett Round Out Top 3 Picks In NBA Draft, Wrong Team Hats, US Women’s National Soccer Beat Sweden

BASKETBALL

To no one’s surprise, Duke’s Zion Williamson, Murray State’s Ja Morant, and Duke’s RJ Barrett rounded out the top three picks in the NBA draft on Thursday night. They will be heading to the New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies and New York Knicks respectively. The Atlanta Hawks chose Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter with the 4th pick and the Cleveland Cavaliers grabbed Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland with pick #5.

In an odd set of circumstances, some players were handed the wrong team hats when their names were announced. The NBA rules state that a trade can’t go through until the official start of the basketball season, so a player such as De’Andre Hunter, had to awkwardly get his picture taken in an LA Lakers hat instead of a Hawks hat.

SOCCER

The Women’s U.S. national team beat their rival Sweden on Thursday and wrapped up their third group match with three wins in three games. It was the first time the U.S. has completed a group phase without giving up a goal. The U.S. will now face Spain on Monday in the round-of-16.

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U.S. Women’s Soccer Routs Thailand, Defends Celebrations

SOCCER

U.S. Women’s soccer is creating quite a stir. They not only routed Thailand 13-0 on Tuesday in the World Cup opener but caused some to question their sportsmanship for their celebrations after each goal. Striker Alex Morgan, who scored a record-tying five goals, defended the team ratcheting up the score and said, “we knew that every goal could matter in this group stage game.” Scoring differential does matter in World Cup play as it could be used as a tiebreaker for seeding purposes. As for the excessive celebrating, veteran player Abby Wambach weighed in to say “It’s the World Cup folks. Would you say this about the men? Didn’t think so. For all that have issue with many goals: for some players this is (their) first World Cup goal, and they should be excited. Imagine it being you out there.This is your dream of playing and then scoring in a World Cup. Celebrate.Would you tell a men’s team to not score or celebrate?” For the World Cup Schedule, click here.

 

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Keenum To Redskins, Irving Online Tirade Agst NFL’s Drug Policy, Soccer’s U.S. Womens Team Sues Federation

FOOTBALL

It won’t be official until March 13th, but looks like the Denver Broncos traded quarterback Case Keenum to the Washington Redskins. At 31 years old, Keenum provides extra insurance for the team. Keenum and Colt McCoy will compete for the quarterback position if starter Alex Smith isn’t ready to return after suffering a broken tibia and fibula last November.

Cowboys defensive lineman, David Irving, aired a 20-minute tirade against the NFL’s drug policy on Instagram Live. Irving has been suspended indefinitely for violating the league’s drug policy and took to the airwaves (while appearing to smoke marijuana) to announce his grievances with the league and report he was quitting football. He said, “Basically guys, I quit. There’s a lot of (expletive) (expletive) up with the league.” He went on to say, “How many NBA players you see get in trouble about this? How many coaches you see get in trouble about this? How many baseball players get in trouble? UFC players getting in trouble? How many actors?”

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All 28 players on Soccer’s U.S. Women’s National Team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation for gender discrimination, alleging that their male peers on the Men’s National Team make more money even though they have the same job responsibilities and haven’t performed nearly as well as the women’s team. The men’s team failed to qualify for the the 2018 World Cup, while the women’s team has won three World Cups and four Olympic gold medals.

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Zlatan And LeBron Move Like Small Ninjas, Love Signs $120 Extension, Gurley Signs Largest Guarantee In NFL History

BASKETBALL

LA Galaxy’s outspoken and confident star, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, expressed his interest in seeing LeBron in LA and acknowledging both he at 6’5″ and LeBron at 6’8″ move like small ninjas.  “Of course I will see (LeBron) play basket. I don’t know if he’s interested in soccer, even though soccer is bigger than basket will all due respect for basket. Of course I will see him. I think him as an athlete is amazing. What he is doing, the way he is doing it, because I see myself also being so big and move like a small ninja, what he does also, so I find it fancy. That inspires a lot of people. I think we’ll watch each other, of course.”

In other NBA news, Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Love signed a 4 year $120 million contract extension.

FOOTBALL

Running Back Todd Gurley set a record signing a 4-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams worth $60 million, $45 million guaranteed (the largest guarantee ever for a running back in NFL history). In the past, teams have been reluctant to pay running backs large guaranteed money because they tend to be more prone to injuries than some other positions. This deal could be a game changer for other high profile running backs like Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell who is currently trying to negotiate his own contract.

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Wimbledon’s Historic Semi’s, Djokovic Wins, Kerber Defeats Serena, France Wins World Cup, Kylian Mbappe Captures Hearts

TENNIS

The Wimbledon men’s semifinal was one for the ages. After 6 hours and 35 minutes, Kevin Anderson beat John Isner 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4 (26-24). Isner has now played in the two longest matches in Grand Slam history. In 2010 (also at Wimbledon) Isner beat Nicolas Mahut in a match lasting 11 hours, 5 minutes over 3 days time.

Anderson ultimately lost in the Finals to Novak Djokovic (who beat Rafael Nadal in the semis).

In the women’s final, Angelique Kerber defeated Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3 ending Serena’s exciting comeback after a 13-month maternity leave.

WORLD CUP

France prevailed over Croatia to bring the month-long World Cup tournament in Russia to an end. The win marked the second time in team history France has brought home the title. 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe became the stand-out star during the tournament securing his place in history as only the second teenager to score a goal in a World Cup final (the first was a 17-year old Pele in 1958). Mbappe further impressed the sports world by announcing he’ll donate his earnings from the tournament to a charity offering free sports instruction to disabled children.

 

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Federer Lost, Nadal & Djokovic In Semis, Croatia And France In World Cup Final

TENNIS

In some big news out of Wimbledon, eight-time Wimbledon champion and #2 player in the world, Roger Federer, lost in the quarterfinals to Kevin Anderson (who’s playing in his first semis at this historic tournament).  Juan Martin del Potro couldn’t pull off an upset of #1 player in the world, Rafael Nadal, even after requesting a sandwich from his coach (with perfect execution by the ball boy). Nadal will now play Novak Djokovic in the semis and Anderson takes on John Isner.

WORLD CUP

In an exciting World Cup Semifinal, Croatia defeated England 2-1 and emerges to the championship match for the first time in its history.  According to the oddsmakers, when Croatia entered the tournament, it had a 3% chance to win it all.  The Final between France and Croatia takes place on Sunday at 11:00 am ET.

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