Alright, Alright, Alright

Alright, Alright, Alright

Matt Trombley, Eric Joiner, Blake Wynveen, Nathan Baugh
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Good morning. Jake Olson, a former USC long-snapper and the first fully-blind man to play in a college football game, is quite the golfer. He shoots in the 80s.
- Nathan
In today's Sprint:
⚾️ Home run derby
⚽️ Expansion
🏀 Brooklyn’s in
Trivia: Which MLS team has the most MLS Cup titles?
  1. New England Revolution
  2. D.C. United
  3. Seattle Sounders
  4. LA Galaxy

WATER COOLER TALK
⚾️ The Pioneer League, an independent minor league, is testing a sudden-death home run derby instead of extra innings.
🥊 Conor McGregor sold his whiskey brand ‘Proper No. Twelve” for $600 million. After, he donated $500K to charity to settle a bet he had with rival Dustin Poirier.
🥊 They’ve made it official - Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul will fight in an exhibition boxing match on June 6th in Miami. Paul’s reach (he’s 6’2” and Mayweather is 5’8”) may be his only chance to make it interesting.
⚽ Christian Pulisic became the first American men’s player to score in a Champions League semifinal with this strike. His Chelsea squad tied Real Madrid 1-1 in the 1st leg of their semi.

MLS
Minister of Culture
Matthew McConaughey is both a founding investor and worker at Austin FC, the newest addition to Major League Soccer. His job? Minister of Culture, a position he brings considerable experience to as he has the same role on the University of Texas campus.
Expanding quickly: Founded in 1996 with just 10 teams, the MLS has grown to 27 teams this year and plans to expand to 30 by the end of 2023.
  • Charlotte FC - 2022 debut
  • St. Louis City FC - 2023 debut
  • Sacramento Republic FC - 2023 debut
Zoom out: In 2019, the most recent year the data is available, the average MLS team was valued at $313 million, up 30% from 2018. As weird as it sounds, that's actually more than 11 of the 20 English Premier League clubs.
With big names like McConaughey and David Beckham (Inter Miami) pushing the league, plus soccer’s overall growth in popularity in the U.S., investors see the MLS as poised to explode. And it doesn’t hurt there’s no threat of relegation.

AROUND THE LEAGUES
NBA
(42-20) Brooklyn Nets 116 vs. (26-36) Toronto Raptors 103
  • The shorthanded Nets used a balanced attack (seven players with 10+ points) to outlast Toronto, clinching the East’s first playoff seed.
(34-27) Dallas Mavericks 133 vs. (31-31) Golden State Warriors 103
  • The Warriors scored 29 points in the first half, the fewest by any team this season.
MLB
(11-11) Toronto Blue Jays 9 vs. (8-12) Washington Nationals 5
  • Vlad Guerrero Jr. became the youngest player since 1901 to homer three times and drive in 7 RBI in one game.
NHL
(32-13-4) Washington Capitals 1 vs. (29-15-5) New York Islanders 0
  • The Caps scored the only goal of the game a mere minute and a half in. The Islanders were once again blanked by Washington’s rookie goalie.
(15-27-7) New Jersey Devils 6 vs. (22-20-7) Philadelphia Flyers 4
  • The Devils used some major firepower on offense to end a 0-9-1 winless skid, winning their first game since April 8th.

WEDNESDAY WATCHLIST
Champions League Semifinal
First leg: PSG vs. Manchester City - 3:00 ET on Paramount+
NBA
(-3) LA Lakers (36-25) vs. Washington Wizards (record) - 7:30 ET on ESPN
(-3) LA Clippers (43-20) vs. Phoenix Suns (43-18) - 10:00 ET on ESPN
MLB
Miami Marlins (10-13) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (14-9) - 1:40 PM ET on ESPN+
(-1.5) Atlanta Braves (11-12) vs. Chicago Cubs (10-13) - 7:20 ET on FS1
NHL
St. Louis Blues (21-19-6) vs. (-1.5) Minnesota Wild (31-13-3) - 7:00 ET on NBCSN
Colorado Avalanche (31-11-4) vs. (-1.5) Vegas Golden Knights (34-11-2) - 9:30 ET on NBCSN

TRIVIA ANSWER
D. The LA Galaxy have won five of their nine Cup appearances, with D.C. close behind with four titles.

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