The Yankees had the second-highest payroll in baseball ($203.3 million) behind only the LA Dodgers ($267.2 million).
⛳️ The PGA and LPGA governing bodies ruled that professional and elite amateur tournaments will have the option to limit a club’s length to 46 inches, down from 48 inches.
More and more players are moving to 47-48 inch drivers after watching Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson win Majors by bombing away with that style of driver, which helps hit the ball further due to increased clubhead speed.
Given golf's recent boom in popularity - partly because of long drivers - this move seems a bit silly from the PGA.
Sky’s the Limit
At the end of the regular season, the Chicago Sky were 16-16 and barely made the playoffs. In the playoffs, they’re 6-1 with series wins over two of the top three seeded teams.
Now, they’re two wins away from the first championship in franchise history after winning game 1 of the Finals.
The competition: The Phoenix Mercury finished just a few games ahead of Chicago in the regular season. They’re the first 5-seed to hold home-court advantage in the WNBA Finals.
With game 2 tipping off on ESPN tonight at 9:00 ET, here are the three key players to watch:
Candace “Ace” Parker: The 2x MVP and 6x All-Star returned to her hometown team this season, averaging 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists for the Chicago Sky. The team’s best player all year.
Kahleah Copper: Kahleah Copper is playing lights out and is a big reason why the Sky is 6-1 this postseason. She had a 21 point, 10 rebound, 3 assist night in the game 1 win.
The Goat: Although Brittney Griner led the Mercury in both points and rebounds this season, it’s 39-year-old Diana Taurasi who was voted the greatest player in WNBA history. She’s willed Phoenix to wins this postseason, and they need her to be at the top of her game to beat the Sky.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
Houston, We Do Not Have A Problem
MLB - Divisional Series
Houston Astros10vs. Chicago White Sox 1
With their backs against the wall, the White Sox jumped to a 1-0 lead before their offense went stagnant.
It was another dominant ALDS for the Astros, who became the third team ever to reach the ALCS in five straight seasons.
They’ll be a tough matchup for the Red Sox. Houston leads the MLB in runs scored (863), batting average (.267), and on-base percentage (.339).