Happy almost Friday. If you’re a Notre Dame fan, maybe it’s time to push your school into a football conference (I hear the Big 12 is looking). ND’s home football opener will stream on Peacock, with a paid subscription required to watch the game.
In today's Sprint:
🏃🏿 Kenya owns the long-distance events.
🛶 A look at Olympic canoeing.
🏈The Hall of Fame game kicks off the NFL season.
Trivia:Which two NFL teams played in the 2019 Hall of Fame game?
Chicago Bears vs. Baltimore Ravens
Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals
New York Giants vs. Buffalo Bills
Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons
*Answer at the bottom
WATER COOLER TALK
🏈 The Jacksonville Jaguars are announcing the winners of each 1:1 drill over the loudspeaker during the course of training camp. The method will play into final roster cuts. Urban Meyer said this:
“I don't believe in subjectivity. I believe in what's your record? Every man's got a record. What is it? You are what your record is.”
“Over the course of my career, I can give you example after example of players that maybe they're a little slow but they just never lose.”
⚾️ The MLB released the 2022 schedule with all teams opening game on the same day (March 31) for the first time since 1968. That is unless there’s a holdout. The collective bargaining agreement ends on December 1, 2021.
⚽ La Liga, the top Spanish soccer league, agreed in principle to a $3.2 billion investment from private equity firm CVC. Stripped of revenue by Covid-19, La Liga clubs desperately need the cash. 90% of the investment would go to the clubs. Clubs with the most revenue (Real Madrid, Barcelona) would receive a higher portion.
Each club has to use 70% of its share on infrastructure improvements, 15% on player acquisition, and 15% on financing debts.
Kenya Dig It?
*As of 11pm ET 8/4
🏀 US women’s hoops beat Australia 79-55, good for their 53rd straight Olympic win. Next up for the top-ranked US? Serbia in the semifinals.
⚾️ One loss away from elimination, US baseball stayed alive with a 3-1 win over the Dominican Republic. Their next game, against South Korea, will determine who plays Japan for the gold.
🏃 Andre de Grasse came from behind to win the 200m men’s final, giving Canada its first medal on the track since 1996 and first gold in the event in 93 years.
Team USA had runners come in second, third, and fourth, including a 17-year-old high school senior.
🏃♀️ Great Britain's Katrina Johnson-Thompson didn’t let a calf injury stop her from finishing the 200m race in the heptathlon. The favorite for gold waived off the medical crew to run through the line, though she medically withdrew from the heptathlon afterward.
🏃🏿 Kenyan runner Emmanuel Korir won gold in the men’s 800m, continuing Kenya's domination over long-distance running. Korir’s teammate Ferguson Rotich took silver.
Kenya has won four straight golds in the men's 800m.
Canoeing at the Olympics is the seldom televised event most Americans don’t realize they’re missing. Today, we want to highlight it.
How the races work: Split into either slalom or sprint, the athletes use either a canoe (indicated by a "C" in the event title) or a kayak ("K").
Sprints are high-speed races over calm water. It’s exactly like racing your friends at summer camp except much faster and a lot farther.
Slaloms are where things get tough.
Racers maneuver on a white-water course passing through a series of upstream and downstream gates. Races are usually 250 meters long with 25 gates spread throughout, 6-8 of which require upstream paddling.
What events are there?The events vary by the number of racers in the boat and the race distance, with a two-person kayaking event called a K-2.
16 events are taking place in this year’s Olympics, ranging from a 200m K-1 sprint to a 2000m C-4. Both men and women also compete in the slalom events.
Give today’s Olympic canoeing a try (in a small miracle, we navigated NBC's site and were able to find a time and channel):
8:00 PM ET on USA
AROUND THE LEAGUES
(65-44) Milwaukee Brewers4 vs. (41-67) Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Rowdy Tellez has been on fire, batting .340 since he was traded to the Brewers on July 6. He kept up the hot streak by smashing a three-run homer as a pinch hitter.
Stat:White Sox manager Tony LaRussa has managed over 2.3% of all games in MLB history.