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In today's Sprint:
⛳️ Caught red-handed.
⚽️ Italy and Argentina get huge wins.
🎾 Djokovic ties Roger and Rafa.
Trivia:Which tennis player won the ‘Golden Grand Slam’ within the same calendar year? That’s the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open, and the Olympics.
Answer at the bottom
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⛳ A fan casually snagged Rory McIlroy’s 6-iron from his bag right in front of Rory and his caddie. The man was eventually kicked out of the tournament. But, if you’re Rory’s caddie, gotta do a bit better.
🏀 Team USA, headlined by Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard, lost to Nigeria 87-90 just weeks before the Olympics. For context, Nigeria was a 31-point underdog.
🏀 Jalen Lewis, the #2 overall recruit in 2023, signed with Overtime Elite. Jalen had offers from Duke and Kentucky but chose the startup league instead.
🏆 Naomi Osaka and Tom Brady won Female and Male Athlete of the Year at the ESPYs.
⚾ Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. tore his ACL. He’ll miss the rest of the season.
In his 17-year career, Lionel Messi has won:
10 Spanish La Liga titles
4 Champions Leagues
6 Ballon d’Ors (best player in the world)
But, before this weekend, his Argentinian teams had never won a major international tournament.
Copa America final: Argentina 1 vs. Brazil 0
Angel Di Maria’s perfect chip gave Argentina the early lead.
Neymar and the Brazilian attack were held in check, mustering only two shots on goal.
Messi recorded 4 goals and 4 assists during the tournament, earning MVP honors.
It's coming to Rome
Not since 1966 has England won a major international title. Unlike Messi, that did not change this weekend.
Euro final: Italy 1 vs. England 1 (Penalty kicks: 3-2)
Things started out hot for the home squad. English fans broke into Wembley pre-match and then England scored the fastest goal in Euro final history (2 minutes in).
Following an Italian equalizer and a scoreless extra time, England fell apart. They missed three straight penalty kicks.
Bizarrely, the English manager elected to have two players who had not played the entire game take penalties instead of Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling, two of the team’s best offensive players.
For the Italians, the win caps an amazing 33 match unbeaten streak. The squad beat three of the world’s best teams en route to the Euro title:
Zoom out: Between the Euros and Copa America tournaments, we got a great look at next summer’s World Cup contenders. Expect each of these four finalists, plus Belgium and France, to be the favorites heading into Qatar 2022.