Happy Friday! Tired of trying to figure out which Olympic events are on which NBC channels? Us too… solely on principle, I don’t think I’ll ever sign up for Peacock.
In today's Sprint:
🏀 Trades and failed trades around the NBA.
🥇 Suni Lee wins Gold.
⚾️ The MLB’s big trade deadline deals.
Trivia:What was pitcher Joe Martina traded for in 1921?
Bats and baseballs
An outfield fence
*Answer at the bottom
WATER COOLER TALK
🎓 ESPN clapped back at the Big 12 claiming it has not tried to destabilize the conference and called the Big 12’s cease and desist letter full of “unsubstantiated speculations.” Meanwhile, the SEC voted to allow Texas and Oklahoma into the conference starting 2025.
🍸 DraftKings partnered with Sports and Social to create branded sports bars. Basically, think a casino mixed with your neighborhood pub. The first cities will be Nashville and Detroit.
🏀 The Detroit Pistons took former Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham first overall in the NBA Draft. 3 of the top 7 picks didn’t play in college, and 4 of the top 8 are international players. Here's a full rundown of the Draft.
🏀 The Lakers acquired Russell Westbrook from the Wizards for Kuzma, Montreal Harrell, KCP, and the #22 pick. The Lakers only danger? The 3-point line.
🏀 The Philadelphia 76ers have decided Ben Simmons is worthy of a “James Harden” trade package.
Simmons was offered to the Warriors for Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman, the #7 and #14 picks, and 2 more future first-round picks. The Warriors quickly declined.
Somehow, we think the 76ers might have a hard time trading him with that valuation.
A Star Is Born
*As of 11pm ET 7/29
🤸🏽♀️ Suni Lee won the women’s gymnastics all-around Gold, clinching the victory with an incredible floor routine and a near-perfect uneven bars performance.
She is the 5th straight US Olympic all-around winner.
At just 18, Suni is committed to Auburn. There, with the new NIL rules, the win could be worth $1 million+ considering the endorsements she'll bring in.
Imagine sitting down in freshmen calculus and a Gold medal winner is in the seat next to you.
🎾 Novak Djokovic crushed Kai Nishikori 6-2, 6-0 to advance to the semifinal. He'll play #4 Alexander Zverev.
🥎 The Mexico softball team could face financial and legal trouble for putting their uniforms in the trash and taking home bed sheets from Tokyo instead.
Deal Or No Deal
For a brief period in July, the MLB sees a flurry of moves unmatched by any other American sport.
Who was moved at the trade deadline?
Pitcher Max Scherzer and shortstop Trae Turner (Washington Nationals → LA Dodgers)
1B Anthony Rizzo (Chicago Cubs → NY Yankees)
1B Joey Gallo (Texas Rangers → NY Yankees)
2B Adam Frazier (Pittsburgh Pirates → San Diego Padres)
Other notable names moved: Kyle Schwarber, Eduardo Escobar, Yimi Garcia, Cesar Hernandez, and Brad Hand.
Here's a running list of all trades made until the deadline today at 4:00 ET.
Why are so many players dealt? With an expansive farm system, teams can go into win-now mode by trading a few young prospects. In return, they get short-term, high-impact players and avoid trading away their entire future.
The bottom line: With the Dodgers adding a Cy Young-winning pitcher (Scherzer) and an all-star shortstop (Turner), their odds to win the World Series jumped to +320. Best in the league.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
Soccer - Gold Cup Semifinals
USA1vs. Qatar 0
Although Gyasi Zardes netted the game-winner, goalie Matt Turner played the hero, stopping several Qatari chances before the US took the lead in the 86th minute.
The US will play Mexico for the title on Sunday.
(54-49) Cincinnati Reds7vs. (50-54) Chicago Cubs 4
Joey Votto continues to smash the long ball, hitting a home run in his sixth straight game.
Stat: Pirates rookie Rodolfo Castro became the first MLB player to hit a home run on each of his first five hits.
Highlight: The NBA honored Terrence Clarke at the Draft with an honorary pick. The Kentucky basketball player passed in April and likely would have been a first-round pick.
Highlight 2:After receiving a less than elite speed rating in the new Madden 22, Tom Brady decided to prove the game wrong. It didn’t go so well for the champ.
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