Good morning.A few more days and it’s July 4th weekend. Hang in there!
In today's Sprint:
🚴 The Tour hits pause.
🏀 More injuries to stars.
⚾️ Mississippi State stays alive.
Trivia:Vanderbilt needs one more win to clinch back-to-back titles in College Baseball. Who was the most recent team to go back-to-back?
Answer at the bottom
WATER COOLER TALK
🎾 Serena Williams withdrew from Wimbledon after injuring her knee slipping on wet grass. Meanwhile, her sister Venus got her first Wimbledon singles win in six years.
🚴 After the race’s third stage resulted in numerous serious crashes due to dangerous racing conditions, Tour de France riders protested the fourth stage by all halting mid-race for one minute.
🏒 Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury won his first Venezia trophy for the league’s best goalie after posting a .922 save percentage. After four All-Star berths and three Stanley Cups, we’re surprised it’s his first.
🏒 Connor McDavid won the NHL's Hart Trophy (MVP). He became the second player to receive every first-place vote. The other? Wayne Gretzky, of course.
⚾️ The family of Tyler Skaggs, who was found dead from an overdose during the 2019 season, is suing the LA Angels.
⚾️ Mariners’ pitcher Hector Santiago became the first player banned for using “sticky stuff” following the MLB’s crackdown.
NBA Eastern Conference Finals
#5 Atlanta Hawks110vs. #3 Milwaukee Bucks 88
Without the series’ best two players (Atlanta’s Trae Young and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo), the Hawks easily beat the Bucks behind Lou Williams (21 pts, 8 ast) and Bogdan Bognanovic (20 pts, 5 ast).
Giannis went down early with a badly hyperextended knee. The Bucks are doing additional testing to determine the injury’s severity.
If Giannis is out, the odds suddenly favor Atlanta despite 83% of bets being on the Bucks prior to game 4.
Series tied 2-2.
College Baseball World Series Finals
#7 Mississippi State13vs. Vanderbilt 2
Mississippi State clobbered Vandy to extend the series to a deciding game 3.
If State wins, it’ll be the school’s first national title in any team sport.
Soccer - Euros
England 2vs. Germany 0
England notched as many goals as they had in the whole of the group stage to beat Germany for the first time in a major tourney since 1966.
Amazingly, they still have not given up a goal in the tournament.
Ukraine2vs. Sweden 1
After downing Sweden, Ukraine will make its first trip to the quarterfinals.
The Euro quarterfinals are set. The biggest game? Belgium vs. Italy. Whoever wins will be favored to win the whole thing.
Quote:“That’s one of the most special players to ever lace his shoes up.”
-Clippers’ DeMarcus Cousins on teammate Paul ‘Playoff P’ George, who led the team to game 6 of the Western Conference Finals without Kawhi Leonard.
Highlight:Both Shohei Ohtani (28) and Kyle Schwarber (25) tallied another home run. Between these two, Fernando Tatis Jr, Vlad Guerrero Jr, and Ronald Acuna, this home run title race is shaping up to be the best since Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire.
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