Good morning. As if the New Orleans Saints’ Superdome hadn’t been through enough this year… the roof caught fire during a power washing accident.
I think Louisiana needs a vacation.
In today's Sprint:
⛳️ The Ryder Cup may end golf’s biggest feud.
📺 The Manning brothers continue to dominate football.
🏈 Brady may make history in Foxboro.
Trivia: Peyton Manning played college football at Tennessee. Where did his brother, Eli, play?
*Answer at the bottom
WATER COOLER TALK
⛳️ The continual feud between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka may finally be over ahead of the Ryder Cup after the two bonded as members of Team USA.
DeChambeau went so far as to hint at a potential collaboration between the two, not discounting a made-for-TV charity match.
The two have to be leading candidates for the PGA’s Player Impact Program, paying out $40 million to the players driving the most media attention to golf. Maybe it was all a genius ploy.
🏈 The NFL will host their third iteration of the International Combine, a scouting showcase for international players to earn a spot in the league’s International Player Pathway Program.
44 athletes will compete at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, hoping to follow in the footsteps of international players Efe Obada (Buffalo Bills) and Jordan Mailata (Philadelphia Eagles).
🏀 Ben Simmons doubled down on his desire to leave the Philadelphia 76ers, stating he will not attend the team’s upcoming training camp or ever play a game for the team again.
The 76ers were already in a tough spot, but Simmons' demands make it even harder to trade him.
Unless the team stops asking for six first-round picks in return, it doesn’t look like Simmons and his $177 million contract are going anywhere anytime soon.
Welcome To London
Giphy / Peaky Blinders
King’s Gambit: Earlier this year, UK sports-betting company Entain rejected an $11 billion offer from MGM Resorts, claiming it was undervalued. Turns out Entain was right.
Yesterday, DraftKings made an offer to acquire Entain for $22.4 billion.
The deal would give DraftKings access to Ladbrokes Poker (what a name) and bwin online betting brands, two of the largest players in Europe.
New Sheriff In Town: The Manning brothers are putting up bigger numbers on the ESPN2 simulcast of Monday Night Football than they did on the field, and that’s saying something.
The two-time Super Bowl champions doubled their viewership from Week 1 to week 2, topping 1.8 million viewers. They bumped their share of the total audience from 5% to 13%.
Aimed at a young audience with witty commentary and guests like Pat McAfee and Rob Gronkowski, the broadcast may rival the main broadcast on ESPN much quicker than expected.
Peyton’s company Omaha Productions will put on the show for eight more games this season and 10 games each of the next two seasons.
Border Friends: The budding relationship between the MLS and Mexico’s Liga MX has given birth to two competitive tournaments and a unique All-Star game over the past four years, feeding rumors the two leagues might merge.
Yesterday, the leagues announced a massive partnership: a month-long, World Cup-style tournament involving the 47 teams from both Liga MX and the MLS beginning in 2023.
The leagues are partnering in the lead up to the 2026 World Cup, hosted across the US, Mexico, and Canada.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
(74-78) Detroit Tigers 5vs. (85-66) Chicago White Sox 3
The White Sox have dropped five of their last seven and seem in no hurry to clinch their divisional title.
With a comfortable double-digit lead on second-place Cleveland with 11 games to play, they should be fine.
Soccer - La Liga
(14 pts) Atletico Madrid 2vs. (0 pts) Getafe 1
Atletico sits on top of the La Liga table, but it took the full 90 minutes and two late goals from Luis Suárez to squeak out a win against the worst team in the league.
Stat:499. The number of yards Tom Brady needs to break the NFL passing yards record.
He plays the Rams in week 3… and the Patriots in week 4.
Quote:“No, I don’t. I just run by guys.”
- Rob Gronkowski when asked if he watches film.
Highlight:Conor McGregor threw an absolutely awful first pitch at the Cubs game. Just a bit outside.
NY Mets (73-78) vs. Boston Red Sox (87-65) - 7:10 ET on ESPN
San Francisco Giants (98-53) vs. San Diego Padres (76-74) - 10:00 ET on ESPN
Soccer - England’s Carabao Cup - Round 3
Chelsea vs. Aston Villa - 2:45 ET on ESPN+
Manchester United vs. West Ham - 2:45 ET on ESPN+
Wolves vs. Tottenham - 2:45 ET on ESPN+
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