Good morning. Nine days after Christian Eriksen’s on-field collapse, his Denmark squad needed a huge win to advance at the Euros.
They got it in a 4-1 beat down of Russia in front of a wild stadium in Copenhagen. Gotta love sports.
In today's Sprint:
ðŸ… Things are looking up for the Olympics.
ðŸŽ“ Supreme Court hearing.
âš¾ï¸ deGrom cannot be stopped.
Trivia:Which university has the most NCAA team championships across all sports?
WATER COOLER TALK
âš½ï¸ Manchester City offered $100+M for Tottenham star striker Harry Kane. Tottenham rejected the initial offer, that's how good Harry Kane is. If City does get him, they’d pair Kane with Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, and Kevin De Bruyne to form the best attack in the world.
ðŸ… Japan plans to hold Olympic events either at 50% capacity or 10K fans, whichever is fewer. The announcement is a good sign for the Summer Games.
ðŸ… Both the men’s and women’s US Olympic basketball teams are taking shape. The guys’ team features Damian Lillard, Devin Booker, and Kevin Durant while the girls’ team features A’ja Wilson and Diana Taurasi.
ðŸˆ Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib came out as gay, becoming the first active NFL player to do so. He also donated $100K to the Trevor Project.
ðŸ€ Becky Hammon and Chauncey Billups are both finalists for the Portland Trail Blazers head coaching position. Becky would be the first female head coach in the NBA. She’s coached under Gregg Popovich in San Antonio since 2014.
It’s Not What You Think
In a unanimous 9-0 vote, the Supreme Court ruled the NCAA violates antitrust law with its limits on college athlete compensation.
But no, that does not mean Bryce Young or DJ Uiagalelei are going to make millions next year.
What changes? Now, schools can provide education-related benefits to college athletes beyond tuition. That means grad school and study abroad scholarships, internships, tutoring grants, and computers.
The bottom line:When all nine Supreme Court justices agree on something, it usually points to a larger issue underpinning the argument.
In this case, the Court has taken an issue with the NCAA's definition of amateurism. Justice Kavanaugh wrote:
"Nowhere else in America can businesses get away with agreeing not to pay their workers a fair market rate on the theory that their product is defined by not paying their workers a fair market rate."
"And under ordinary principles of antitrust law, it is not evident why college sports should be any different. The NCAA is not above the law."
Zoom out: Though the ruling does not touch on Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL), it'll have a huge impact on how the NCAA works through the NIL issue. In his concurring opinion, Kavanaugh wrote: "There are serious questions whether the NCAA’s remaining compensation rules can pass muster."
Based on this ruling, if the NCAA tries to enact NIL regulations that are too strict, the Supreme Court won't hesitate to strike them down.
College Baseball World Series
NC State1vs. Vanderbilt 0
The teams combined for just 5 hits, but it was NC State who managed the lone home run.
With Vandy’s loss, the 3 favorites (Vandy, Texas, and Tennessee) all have one loss. One more and they’re eliminated.
Stanford14 vs. Arizona 5
Stanford had 20 hits and obliterated the Wildcats, making Arizona the first team eliminated from the CWS.
NHL Playoffs - Semis
Tampa Bay Lightning8vs. NY Islanders 0
The Lightning dominated from the drop, scoring three goals in both the 1st and 2nd periods.
Tampa Bay leads 3-2.
Soccer - Euros
(9 pts) Belgium2vs. (3 pts) Finland 0
The favorites became one of only three teams to stay perfect through the group stage.
Stat:In our weekly Jacob deGrom update, he now has a 0.50 ERA through 72 innings pitched.
Quote:“One of the teams, they weren't interested at the very end. I was thinking, 'You're sticking with that m—?'”
Tom Brady questioning an unnamed team after they snubbed him in free agency last year.
Highlight:With his Philadelphia Union down 2-1 to Atlanta United, Jakob Glesnes delivered a stunning goal to tie the game from 25 yards out.
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