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August 2, 2021

It was a great week in the sports world.

The NBA Draft gave 60 players an opportunity to reach their dream. Cade Cunningham went #1 to the Pistons. There were several deals, led by the Lakers getting Russell Westbrook.

Major League Baseball saw its wildest trade deadline. Big names were dealt as the Cubs and Nationals unloaded several veterans. Names like Max Scherzer, Kris Bryant, Jay Baez, Kyle Schwarber, Trea Turner, Jose Berrios, Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo switched uniforms. We also saw White Sox newcomer Seby Zavala become the first player to hit three home runs in his first game.

Then there was the Olympics. Katie Ledecky, Caleb Dressel and Robert Finke were big names winning gold. Next week we will see if USA basketball can get the gold.

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July 26, 2021

 

Congratulations to the Milwaukee Bucks, winning the NBA championship for the first time in 50 years. They rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Suns in six games. GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO was incredible in the final game, scoring 50 points and hitting most of his free throws. His shot-blocking prowess was a big factor as well.

The Olympics got under way. Nothing like the beauty of the opening ceremonies. There were a number of interesting developments. A swimmer from Tunisia won a gold medal. Ash Barty, the top-seeded women, lost in round one. For the first time since 2004, the U.S. men’s basketball team has lost in the Olympics, falling to France 83-76.

This week is the NBA draft. I think this is a deep crop and you can make noise if you have several picks.

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July 19, 2021

Jon Rahm shot a 67 in the final round of the US Open, finishing at a winning -6. He joined Jose Maria Olazabal and Seve Ballesteros as Spaniards to win majors. Rahm made two great putts on the 17th and 18th holes.

Devin Booker had a triple-double, scoring 40 points as the Suns beat the Clippers in game one of the Western Conference finals.

The Hawks stunned the Sixers, winning game seven at Philadelphia.

Kevin Durant scored 48 points but it was not enough as the injury-plagued Nets lost to the Bucks.

 

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July 12, 2021

Wimbledon produced many exciting moments. Novak Djokovic won his 20th Grand Slam title to tie Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal atop the list. Djokovic lost two sets during the entire Wimbledon, beating Matteo Berretini of Italy in the final.
Ashleigh Barty of Australia won the women’s title.
Gerrit Cole of the Yankees had one of the best pitching performances of the season, throwing a three-hit shutout, a complete game win over Houston.
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July 6th, 2021

The Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns advanced to the NBA finals. The Bucks were without the Greek Freak and still got past the Atlanta Hawks. The Suns advanced past the Clippers.
The Tampa Bay Lightning moved up 3-0 on the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup finals.
At the start if July 4th, the Mets, Brewers, Giants, Red Sox and Astros were divisional leaders. Nine of those five had winning record last season. The White Sox were the only divisional leader that was over .500 last season.
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Quote of the Week

“What a start for Seby Zavala of the White Sox. Three homers in his first game!"

-Dick Vitale