Trivia:Who has the most losses of any NFL QB through the first 7 years of his career?
WATER COOLER TALK
🏀 The NBA lost two stars yesterday - Suns’ Chris Paul (Covid-19) and Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (ACL injury). Both guys are out indefinitely. At the rate players are going down, the eventual Finals champion may simply be the healthiest team.
🏀 LaMelo Ball took home the NBA’s Rookie of the Year, beating out Anthony Edwards and Tyrese Haliburton. However, Edwards still claims the dunk of the year.
🏀 The New Orleans Pelicans fired coach Stan Van Gundy, meaning Zion Williamson will get his third coach in three years. Five if you count high school and Duke.
⚽️ Real Madrid defender and longtime captain Sergio Ramos is leaving the club after 16 years and four Champions League titles.
⚽ The US Women’s National Team finished a streak of three friendlies with a dominating 2-0 win over Nigeria.
Starbucks Stadium? Yep, the mega coffee brand filed for stadium naming rights with the US Trademark Office earlier this month. If the office approves, then Starbucks gets six months to prove it’s “using its mark in commerce” before having to file an extension.
It won’t be in Seattle: With Amazon dominating the sports naming rights in Starbucks’ home city, the brand will have to look elsewhere. Some options:
MLS: LAFC - the Banc of California wants out of its contract.
NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers - the current deal with Heinz runs through 2021.
Premier League: Only 30% of the EPL has a stadium naming rights deal, and that doesn’t include massive clubs like Manchester United.
Whatever city and team the company decides, one day you may be able to grab a latte at Starbucks Stadium.
Zoom out: We’re seeing a shift away from traditional stadium sponsors such as airlines and banks toward consumer goods and tech. Earlier this year, the first crypto company (FTX) got in on the action by acquiring the naming rights to the Miami Heat’s arena in South Beach.
NBA Playoffs - 2nd Round
#5 Atlanta Hawks 109vs. #1 Philadelphia 76ers 106
The Sixers led by 25 points with three minutes left in the 3rd quarter. They then gave up 51 points in 15 minutes to lose the game.
Joel Embiid (37 pts, 13 reb) and Seth Curry (36 pts, 7 reb) got almost no help from the rest of the team.
It wasn’t all about the 76ers though. Trae Young (39 pts, 7 ast) continues to show he’s one of the best young point guards in the league.
Atlanta leads 3-2.
#4 LA Clippers 119 vs. Utah Jazz 111
No Kawhi, no problem for Paul George (37 pts, 16 reb). Quietly, George is truly living up to the Playoff P nickname.
LA leads 3-2.
NHL Playoffs - Semis
#4 Montreal Canadiens 3vs. #1 Vegas Golden Knights 2
The Canadiens jumped out to an early 3-0 lead which proved too much for the Knights to overcome.
Series tied 1-1.
Soccer - Euros
(4 pts) Wales2 vs. (0 pts) Turkey 0
Gareth Bale set up both goals for the Welsh lads who moved into second place in Group A.
(6 pts) Italy2 vs. (1 pt) Switzerland 0
Italy became the first team to secure one of sixteen knockout round spots, cruising past the Swiss for their second win of the tournament.
(43-25) Chicago White Sox8vs. (43-26) Tampa Bay Rays 7 - 10 innings
Yasmani Grandal hit the walk-off RBI to win the game for Chicago and sweep the series. Chicago now has the AL’s best record.
Stat:Jacob deGrom’s career ERA is now 2.496. He is the third pitcher with an ERA under 2.5 with 150+ starts in MLB history.
Quote:“If I can’t do it, it can’t be done.”
Professional boxer and MMA fighter, gold medalist, and undisputed world champion Claressa Shields on wanting to be a boxing and MMA world champion at the same time.
Highlight:TJ Olsen, the 8-year-old son of former NFL Tight End Greg Olsen, rang the bell at the hospital after he recovered from a heart transplant.
#2 Brooklyn Nets vs. #3 Milwaukee Bucks - 8:30 ET on ESPN
Nets lead 3-2
#2 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. #3 New York Islanders - 8:00 ET on USA
ML: TB -140
Series tied 1-1
Soccer - Euros
(0 pts) Denmark vs. (3 pts) Belgium - 12:00 ET on ESPN
(3 pts) Netherlands vs. (3 pts) Austria - 3:00 ET on ESPN
C. Derek Carr holds the record with 63 losses. His brother David (56) is second on the list.