Good morning.The Top Games section is packed with highlights from an awesome day in sports. Hope you enjoy.
In today's Sprint:
⚾️ Ohtani does it all.
🚴 France’s marathon.
⚽️ The favorites go home.
Trivia:Although it was later stripped, when was Lance Armstrong’s last Tour de France victory?
Answer at the bottom
WATER COOLER TALK
⚾ In his first at-bat at Yankee Stadium, Shohei Ohtani blasted a home run. He now leads the Majors with 26 home runs while pitching 60 innings with a 2.58 ERA. Both his hitting and pitching numbers would make him an All-Star but, together, they mean he’s one of the most talented players ever.
🏀 Ben Simmons decided to skip the Olympics to develop his “individual skills.” All 76ers fans are hoping that means shooting thousands of jump shots per day.
🏒 The Chicago Blackhawks hired an independent investigator to look into sexual assault claims filed by two players against a former video coach dating back to the team’s 2010 Stanley Cup finals run.
A Peloton, But It Moves
Although the French were ousted from the Euro tournament, the country still has something to watch… the Tour de France.
Calling the Tour a marathon wouldn’t be doing it justice. There are nearly as many days (23) in the competition as there are miles (26.2) in a marathon. Although the course changes annually, the 2021 edition includes:
21 days of cycling
2,100+ miles covered (the distance from D.C. to Salt Lake City)
What do the different jerseys represent? Depending upon prior day performance, various jerseys are worn by cyclists throughout the event.
Yellow: worn by the overall ride leader of the race
Lime green: worn by the best sprinter and time trialist (think Usain Bolt)
Red polka dots: worn by the race’s best climber
White: worn by the best rider under 26-years-old
Where to watch: All stages of the Tour de France are available on NBC and NBCSN. Generally, they start between 5:00 and 7:20 AM ET. Have your coffee ready.
Wild story: Although most Americans haven’t followed the Tour since Lance Armstrong’s dope-fueled run, the French don’t mess around. One woman is being pursued by law enforcement and is actively fleeing the country after her sign caused over 20 cyclists to crash.
#4 LA Clippers116vs. #2 Phoenix Suns 102
Paul George (41 pts, 13 reb, 6 ast) sent the Suns and CP3 stumbling to the floor. If Paul puts two more of these games together, a lot of people (us included!) owe him an apology.
After a scoreless overtime, both teams made their first four penalty kicks. The Swiss drilled their fifth. Superstar Kylian Mbappe stepped up for France, but Swiss keeper Yann Sommer stuffed his PK to secure the upset over the world's #2 team.
Spain 5 vs. Croatia 3 - Extra time
In extra time, Alvaro Morata put Spain up 4-3 to secure a quarterfinals spot.
Morata received threats after a group-stage game, leading the coach to call for police action. After this game, he dedicated the game-winning goal to his family.
Since 1960, only three Euro knockout stage games have featured two teams scoring 3+ goals. These games were two of them.
NHL Stanley Cup Finals
#2 Tampa Bay Lightning5vs. #4 Montreal Canadiens 1
Tampa looked like the reigning champs in their first game 1 win of any series this postseason. While Montreal has been the bully all year, they took a beating.
Tampa Bay leads the series 1-0.
College Baseball World Series
#4 Vanderbilt 8vs. #7 Mississippi State 2
Vandy scored 7 runs in the first inning, effectively ending the game before it started.
After skating through the semis thanks to the controversial exit of NC State, Vandy is in the driver’s seat with one win separating them from the national title.
Stat:Kyle Schwarber joined Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa as the only players to hit 15 home runs in a 17 game stretch. Even wilder? Seven have come in the past three days.
Highlight:Tom “the goat” Brady flexed hard with his Titleist 12 golf balls. They’re custom-made to show each of his Super Bowl wins.
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