Good morning! This weekend Trevor Lawrence found Tim Tebow for their first touchdown at Jags training camp. The major networks can’t get enough of it.
If Tebow makes the team (looking likely), I recommend avoiding ESPN for a while.
In today's Sprint:
🏊♂️ Lilly King questions the Russians place in the Olympics.
🎾 Djokovic melts down in the semis.
🥇 Katie Ledecky’s absurd stats.
Trivia:Which sport is not debuting in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics?
*Answer at the bottom
WATER COOLER TALK
🏊♂️ US swimmer Lilly King openly questioned why Russian athletes are allowed to compete in the Summer Olympics. After a state-sponsored doping scandal came to light after the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the country’s flag and anthem were banned from Tokyo.
Individual Russian athletes who were determined to not be part of the doping are competing as part of the “Russian Olympic Committee.”
In addition, Russia is fully banned from the 2022 World Cup.
🏀 Kawhi Leonard declined his player option for next season. Though he plans to re-sign with the Clippers, he'll listen to offers from other teams before doing so.
🏎 Esteban Ocon won his first F1 Hungarian Grand Prix, which was riddled with controversy as several racers were eliminated due to both collisions and rule violations.
Lewis Hamilton now leads Max Verstappen 192-186 in the overall standings after finishing 3rd compared to Max's 10th.
🏒 San Jose Sharks winger Evander Kane denied his soon-to-be ex-wife’s accusations that he gambled on his own games. The NHL is conducting a full investigation.
Djoke’s On You
The most dominant male athlete of the last two years, Novak Djokovic lost to Alexander Zverev in a surprise semifinal upset. On the back of winning his record-tying 20th major title, the world’s top-ranked player had his sights set not only on a Grand Slam but a Golden Slam.
Golden Slam: Available only once every four, or in this case five, years, the Golden Slam means a player wins a Grand Slam plus a gold medal at the Olympics in the same calendar year.
Only one person has won the Golden Slam - Steffi Graf in 1988.
How it went down: After cruising through the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon this year, Djokovic looked to be on the fast track to the gold medal. Then it all fell apart.
Semifinals: falls to Alexander Zverev 6-1, 3-6, 1-6
Bronze medal match: falls to Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6, 7-6, 3-6
The bigger picture: Just winning a calendar year Grand Slam is hard enough. If Djokovic wins the US Open, he’ll be the first male player to achieve the feat since 1969.
*As of 11pm ET 8/1
⚽️ The USWNT stormed back from an early deficit, tying the Netherlands 2-2. Luckily, they capitalized on their shootout opportunities (4-2) and advanced to the semifinals. Goalie Alyssa Naeher made a few incredible saves.
⛳️ Xander Schauffele took gold in the men’s golf event, winning the Olympics before his first major tournament victory.
Xander's dad, Stefan, was an Olympic hopeful before being hit by a drunk driver nearly 40 years ago. As Xander's swing coach, he got to be there to see his son win gold.
🏀 Kevin Durant became Team USA’s all-time leading scorer after the 119-84 win against the Czech Republic. Next up, Spain in the quarterfinals. Full bracket here.
🏊♂️ Caeleb Dressel won a whopping five Olympic golds and set several world records in the process. He is one of only four male swimmers to win five golds at the same games.
🏃🏿 Jamaica took all three medals in the women’s 100m final as Elaine Thompson-Herah (10.61) broke the 33-year-old 100m world record. She also won the 100m and 200m at Rio 2016.
🏃 Italy’s Marcell Jacobs is the first male athlete to win the 100m men’s race since 2004 not named Usain Bolt. He’s the first Italian to win the 100m at the Olympics.
🎽 The men’s high jump ended in a tie as Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi and Qatar’s Mutaz Barshim became co-gold medalists. They refused to do a jump-off.
Soccer - Gold Cup
US1vs. Mexico 0
After Mexican captain Hector Herrera only received a yellow card for kicking a US player in the head, the game went to extra time as a 0-0 tie.
Then, in the 117th minute, Kellyn Acosta delivered a perfect ball and Miles Robinson headed it home to give the US the win.
Stat:In the women’s 800m freestyle, Katie Kedecky has the 23 fastest timesever.
Quote:“I’ve got rocks in my pocket or I’d float off cause I don’t have no more money.”
- Cowboys Owner, President, and GM Jerry Jones on signing Dak Prescott and his offensive weapons.
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