Good morning.The Canadian government has opened the border for NHL teams to allow the Stanley Cup Playoffs to continue uninterrupted. Next up, maybe the Blue Jays or Raptors find their way back to Toronto.
In today's Sprint:
🏈Titans’ new stud.
⚽ First Nations League champ.
⚾️ Walk-off wins.
Trivia:Historically, which Formula 1 team owns the most Grand Prix victories?
WATER COOLER TALK
🏈 The Falcons are trading Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans for a second and fourth-round pick. If you’re a fan of any other team, you gotta wonder why your team didn’t give up a bit more for two years of prime Julio.
🎾 Two of the biggest names in tennis are out of the French Open after Serena Williams lost in straight sets and Roger Federer withdrew.
🤸🏿♀️ Simone Biles captured her seventh US gymnastics championship. Her floor performance almost earned a perfect score. Appropriately, her outfit now includes a jeweled Goat.
The Americans Have Arrived
Fight of the night: Down 2-1 to rival Mexico in the Nations League final, Weston McKinnie scored a beautiful header to send the match to overtime. Then, Christian Pulisic nailed a penalty while Man of the Match backup goalie Ethan Horvath denied the Mexican captain's penalty to secure the victory.
Impaulsive: Let’s be honest, this fight was a bit of a snoozefest. But, based on the stats, Floyd Mayweather walked away with the win and both guys walked away with a ton of money.
Floyd Mayweather: $10 million + 50% of PPV sales
Logan Paul: $250 thousand + 10% of PPV sales
Afterward, Mayweather said Paul was "better than I thought he was." (highlights)
Grand Prix predicament: Max Verstappen blew a tire (in-car video) with two laps to go at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, leaving the door open for Lewis Hamilton. But Hamilton hit a wrong switch on his steering wheel and fell from second to 15th, reminding us quite a bit of ourselves playing Mario Kart.
Bowing out: After owning the largest lead through 54 holes at the Memorial Golf Tournament, Jon Rahm was forced to withdraw after testing positive for Covid-19. His statement after being denied the opportunity to win $1.4 million is one of the more classy things you’ll see in sport. Patrick Cantlay won the tourney.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
#5 Atlanta Hawks128vs. #1 Philadelphia 76ers 124
Trae Young (35 pts, 10 ast) brought his game from NY to Philly, propelling the Hawks to their highest-scoring half ever (74 pts).
Hawks lead 1-0.
#4 LA Clippers126vs. Dallas Mavericks 111
Bizarrely, game 7 was the first time either team won a home game in the series.
Kawhi Leonard took matters into his own hands, scoring 45 and 28 in games 6 and 7 respectively.
For the Mavs, Luka Doncic (46 pts, 14 ast) was incredibly but needed at least one teammate to step up. That didn't happen.
ICYMI: James Harden went down with a hamstring injury in the Nets game 1 win over the Bucks. He’s already been ruled out for game 2. Good thing their backup point guard is Kyrie Irving.
Tampa Bay Lightning 6vs. Carolina Hurricanes 4
An eight-goal second period saw the Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov take over the game, scoring or assisting on three of Tampa’s four final goals.
Tampa leads 3-1.
New York Islanders4vs. Boston Bruins 2
Arguably the playoffs most physical game, the two East Division powerhouses were tied until late in the third when the Islanders went up 2-1. The Islanders then knocked in two empty netters to seal the win.
(28-30) Philadelphia Phillies12vs. (24-32) Washington Nationals 6
Everything went wrong after the protective netting behind home plate fell. Washington pitcher Austin Voth broke his nose trying to bunt, and the home plate umpire left the game after being struck by a foul ball.
(36-23) Chicago White Sox3vs. (24-35) Detroit Tigers 0
Chicago manager Tony La Russa became the MLB’s second-winningest coach with his 2,764th victory.
Stat: Luka Doncic has five 40+ point playoff games. He's only played in 13.
Highlight:The University of Tennessee Men’s baseball program hit a walk-off grand slam after trailing 8-5 in the bottom of the ninth.
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