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In today's Sprint:
⚽️ Messi’s emotional farewell.
🥇 The US women dominated the Olympics.
🏈Remembering Bobby Bowden.
Trivia:Which athlete’s gold medal made him and his mom the first mother/son duo to win gold for the US? Hint: They competed in the same sport.
Caeleb Dressel (swimming)
Noah Lyles (track)
Xander Schauffele (golf)
JaVale McGee (basketball)
*Answer at the bottom
WATER COOLER TALK
⚽️ Lionel Messi gave an emotional farewell presser as he moved on from Barcelona, his club since the age of 13. The legend made it clear he didn’t want to go:
“I offered to reduce my salary by 50% and Barca didn’t ask for anything else. I did everything I could.”
Messi is rumored to join French powerhouse PSG on a 2-year deal pending a medical exam.
🏈 Several notable NFL players signed massive extensions as Colts linebacker Darius Leonard became the highest-paid LB in NFL history with a 5-year, $98.5 million deal. Bills quarterback Josh Allen inked a 6-year, $280 million mega-deal.
🏈 Both the 2020 and 2021 NFL Hall of Fame classes were inducted this weekend, headlined by Troy Polamalu, Peyton Manning, and Calvin Johnson.
⛳️ Harris English and Bryson DeChambeau shot a combined 81 on the back nine of the St. Jude Invitational, opening the door for Abraham Ancer to steal the win. It’s Ancer’s first PGA win.
🏀 The NBA is investigating two separate sign and trade deals between the Pelicans-Bulls and Raptors-Heat for potential tampering violations. The deals involve Lonzo Ball and Kyle Lowry.
Penalties could include loss of draft picks and a $10 million fine.
Who Run The World? Girls
Entering the Olympics as a -700 favorite to win the most golds, the US needed a massive last day to pass China. These teams delivered:
🏀 US women’s basketball continued their otherworldly dominance, earning their seventh consecutive gold with a win over Japan.
🏃♀️ The US women’s and men’s 4x400 teams swept gold.
But China made it quite a bit closer than Rio 2016:
US: 46 gold, 37 silver, 38 bronze (121 total)
China: 26 gold, 19 silver, 26 bronze (71 total)
Who stood out for the US? The women. Of the country’s 39 golds, women accounted for 23. Even more impressive, US women won 66 total medals, the most ever for any nation.
🏃♀️ Allyson Felix became the first US athlete with 11 track & field medals, winning them across the past five Olympic Games.
She became a mom a year and a half ago and won two medals in Tokyo (including one gold).
🏊♂️ Katie Ledecky dominated the first-ever women’s 1500m swimming event, winning gold and giving her 10 Olympic medals. She’s already announced she will be back in 2024.
🤸 Suni Lee took home the gold in the women’s all-around, giving the US its fifth straight Olympic champion in the event.
She also won silver in the team all-around competition.
These guys did well, too:
🏊♂️ Heir apparent to Michael Phelps, Caeleb Dressel did not disappoint. He won five gold medals, including a thriller in the men’s 4x100m.
🏀 After two losses leading up to the Games, Kevin Durant and Team USA went on a tear to gold. KD broke the US’s all-time scoring record at the Olympics.
Let’s talk about NBC’s struggles
In 2014, NBC paid $7.5 billion for the US media rights to the Olympics through 2032. After paying that price tag, you’d think NBC would’ve focused on making the viewing experience seamless for viewers.
Keeping track of what sports were on what channel, at what time, could have been an Olympic event in itself. Add that to a 13-hour time difference, and you get worst-case scenario for NBC.
Looking ahead: The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics begin in six months.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
(59-53) Philadelphia Phillies3vs. (56-55) New York Mets 0
The Phillies won their eighth straight, their longest win streak since 2010. They swept the divisional rival Mets and took the sole lead of the division.
Premier League - Community Shield
Leicester City1vs. Manchester City 0
Without their usual firepower, Manchester City didn’t have enough to top Leicester. The real highlight, though, was listening to the crowd cheer on new Man City addition Jack Grealish as he took to the pitch.
Quote:Legendary coachBobby Bowden passed away Sunday morning at the age of 91. He has some all-time quotes:
“That boy don’t know the meaning of the word fear. In fact, I just saw his grades, and that boy don’t know the meaning of a lot of words.”
“Integrity makes my job easier. It’s deception and dishonesty that require so much diligent effort.”
Stat:Bobby Bowden won 377 games and two national championships during a 44-year coaching career highlighted by one of the great runs in college football history:
Florida State won at least 10 games and finished in the top five every season from 1987-2000.
Highlight:ESPN did a fantastic short on the 1999 FSU undefeated, national title season led by Coach Bowden.
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