Good morning.This weekend we learned the average NBA floor sweeper’s salary is $80,000 a year. Hold while I update my resume.
In today's Sprint:
⚾️ The Pack sent home.
🎾 Wimbledon warmups.
⚽️ The Dutch’s early exit.
Trivia:Which company has provided every tennis ball for Wimbledon since 1902?
Answer at the bottom
WATER COOLER TALK
🤸🏿♀️ Superstar Simone Biles will lead US gymnastics in this summer’s Olympics after dominating the trials. She’s the only returning gymnast from the 2016 gold medal team.
⚽️ Man City is working on an agreement to bring winger Jack Grealish over from Aston Villa for an eye-popping $119 million. That’s higher than the 2021 NBA salary cap.
🚴 World Champion Julian Alaphilippe won the first stage of the Tour de France, but the headlines were overshadowed by a women who caused dozens of bikes to crash.
🎾 Serena Williams opted out of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics in a surprising move which is likely the four-time gold medalist’s last shot at the games.
⛳ After an eight-hole playoff (26 total holes), Harris English won the Travelers Championship.
⚾ The NCAA disqualified NC State from the College World Series due to Covid protocols with the Wolfpack one win away from playing for its first baseball national title. It was bizarre as the NCAA allowed NC State to play Friday with just 13 players, but disqualified them for Saturday’s game when they would have had more available players.
Vanderbilt advanced to the CWS finals on no-contest.
All White Everything
The only event where it’s not only fashionably accepted but actually required to wear all white - Wimbledon - starts today.
Novak Djokovic (-125)
Daniil Medvedev (+600)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (+750)
Roger Federer (+1100)
The big name missing? Rafa Nadal, who opted out of the tournament to rest.
Ash Barty (+600)
Serena Williams (+650)
The other big name missing? Naomi Osaka, who decided to spend time with friends and family while prepping for the Olympics.
What’s at stake: Novak Djokovic has won both Majors this year (Australian and French). A Wimbledon win would put him one step closer to the Grand Slam and his 20th Major, tying Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal.
For Serena Williams, she’s playing for her 24th grand slam title. A record for both men and women.
#2 Phoenix Suns84vs. #4 LA Clippers 80
In a game seemingly devoid of offense, the Suns and Clippers combined for 9 of 51 from 3. It’s the first game this year with less than 11 threes made.
The Clippers continued to struggle without top star Kawhi Leonard. Now, they have to overcome a 3-1 deficit to make the finals.
#3 Milwaukee Bucks 113 vs. #5 Atlanta Hawks 102
Khris Middleton (38 pts, 11 reb, 7 ast) stole the show in the fourth quarter, leading the Bucks to the tight win.
The Bucks lead the series 2-1.
College Baseball World Series
#7 Mississippi State4vs. #2 Texas 3
State’s Tanner Leggett hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th with his teammates wearing rally caps and upside-down sunglasses.
State advances to the CWS finals to play Vanderbilt.
Tampa Bay Lightning1vs. NY Islanders 0
The game’s only goal came on an Islander power play, but it was the Lightning who scored despite playing 4 men to 5.
Tampa advances to the Stanley Cup finals to play Montreal.
Soccer - Euros
Czech Republic 2vs. Netherlands 0
The tournament’s biggest upset so far featured another goal from Patrik Schick, the Czech’s new wonderboy, and a red card for Matthias De Light, the Netherlands’ best defender.
The Czech advance to play Denmark in the quarterfinals.
Belgium1 vs. Portugal 0
Belgium ousted the reigning Euro champs to advance to the quarterfinals against Italy, but injuries to Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard mean they may be without two of the world’s best players.
Stat:Fernando Tatis hit three home runs… in four innings.