Good morning.On Saturday, Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch, suffering from cardiac arrest. It was the most terrifying moment I’ve seen in sports.
What an incredible job the medics did under unimaginable pressure with millions watching. The scenes of his teammates surrounding him while the doctors worked is something I wish hadn’t been televised but something I’ll never forget.
Christian was given life-saving CPR on the field and taken to the hospital. Yesterday, the Denmark national team said:
“We spoke to Christian Eriksen, who sent his greetings to his teammates. His condition is stable, and he continues to be hospitalized for further examination.”
In today's Sprint:
🎾 Novak gets number 19.
⚽️ The British are coming.
🏀 Kyrie out in Brooklyn.
Trivia:Other than Novak Djokovic, who has beaten Rafael Nadal at the French Open?
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🎾 Novak Djokovic overcame deficits against Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas to win his 2nd French Open and 19th Grand Slam. At 34, Novak could catch Nadal and Federer (both have 20 Slams) this year.
Novak’s 3rd set win over Nadal may go down as the best tennis set ever. The tennis was so incredible French authorities let fans break curfew to keep watching.
Crazy stat: Since 2004, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have combined for 58 Grand Slams. Everyone else? 12.
🎾 Barbora Krejcikova won both the women’s singles and doubles titles at the French Open. She’s the first since 2000 to do so.
🥊 While Leon Edwards technically won the fight at UFC 263, Nate Diaz’s flurry at the end of the match certainly made it feel otherwise. Diaz said, “In the real world, that’s a wrap.” Meanwhile, Brandon Moreno became the first Mexican-born champ in UFC history.
⚽️ One of the world’s top attacking prospects, Jadon Sancho, may be on the move to Manchester United at a fee estimated between €94 - 115 million.
The tournament many Europeans claim is more important than the World Cup kicked off this weekend. Considering the last four World Cup winners were European countries, they may be on to something.
The format of the Euros:24 nations qualified and are split into six groups of four to start round-robin play. From there, the top two from each group and the four best third-place teams advance to the Round of 16. Then it’s straight knockouts until the finals on July 11th.
ESPN will air 37 games while ESPN2 gets seven and ABC gets five. With game times at 9am, 12pm, and 3pm Eastern, you’ll have something fun to watch while on all those Zoom calls.
One group looks tougher than the rest.
Poor Hungary, sandwiched into the group with the 2016 Euro winners (Portugal), 2018 World Cup winners (France), and Germany (soccer powerhouse).
It may be coming home. England sports its best squad since the early 2000s. Here are the tourney favorites:
The Sprint’s pick? Belgium. With Kevin de Bruyne back from injury linking with Romelu Lukaku, expect the Red Devils to score an absurd number of goals.
#3 Milwaukee Bucks107vs. #2 Brooklyn Nets 96
Brooklyn suddenly looks vulnerable with two of their big three sidelined. Kyrie Irving did not play in the 2nd half and was seen in a walking boot after the game.
Kevin Durant (28 pts, 13 reb, 5 ast) will need more help if the Nets want to make the conference finals. Joe Harris, it's your time.
Series tied 2-2.
#4 LA Clippers132 vs. #1 Utah Jazz 106
Paul George (31 pts, 5 ast) finally lived up to the Playoff P nickname while Kawhi Leonard (34 pts, 12 reb, 5 ast) continues his great play.
Utah leads 2-1.
ICYMI: Nikola Jokic, the league MVP, was ejected in the 3rd quarter of Denver's elimination loss to the Suns. What'd he do? Graze a Suns player while swiping at the ball.
#3 NY Islanders 2vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 1
The Lightning trailed for more minutes in the game (27) than they did in the entire 6-game series against Carolina (20).
Islanders lead 1-0.
Soccer - Euros
England1vs. Croatia 0
England’s front three of Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, and Harry Kane is the best in the world, and they looked like it against the 2018 World Cup runner-ups.
After starting pitcher Triston McKenzie failed to get out of the first inning, the Tribe used a whopping seven relief pitchers to top the Mariners.
Quote:“He was concerned about us. He said, ‘I don’t remember much, and I’m more concerned about you guys.’ That’s typical Christian. He’s a hell of a player, but what a person he is as well.”
Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand on his conversation with Christian Eriksen.
Highlight:Austin McBroom (YouTube) knocked out Bryce Hall (TikTok) in the Battle of the Platforms.
Highlight2: Cubs fans made one of the longest beer snakes you'll see at a ballpark. Great to have fans back.
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NBA Playoffs - 2nd Round
#1 Philadelphia 76ers vs. #5 Atlanta Hawks - 7:30 ET on TNT
Philly leads 2-1
#1 Utah Jazz vs. #4 LA Clippers - 10:00 ET on TNT
Utah leads 2-1
NHL Playoffs - Semis
#1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. #4 Montreal Canadiens - 9:00 ET on NBCSN
ML: VGS -260
Soccer - Euros
Spain vs. Sweden - 3:00 ET on ESPN
Chicago Cubs (37-27) vs. NY Mets (32-24) - 7:00 ET on ESPN
B. Robin Soderling beat Nadal back in 2009 at the French Open. Since then, Rafa has only lost two more times at the tournament - both to Djokovic (2015 and 2021). Losing once every six years seems pretty good.
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