6.29.15: End of the Road

Good Morning! Wimbledon kicks off today and we couldn’t be more excited. How does SQ favorite Serena Williams prepare for one of tennis’s biggest tournaments?  By shaking it off with Taylor Swift and co. of course…she never goes out of style!

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NBA

Last Thursday’s NBA Draft was full of excitement. While it was expected that the Minnesota Timberwolves would acquire Karl-Anthony Towns with the first pick, it was a bit of a surprise that the LA Lakers took D’Angelo Russell with the second pick. Other notable rookies selected include: Jahlil Okafor to the Philadelphia 76ers with the third pick, Kristaps Porzingis to the New York Knicks with the fourth pick, and Emmanuel Mudiay with the seventh pick to the Denver Nuggets. The Miami Heat were very happy to get Justise Winslow with the tenth pick.

In other NBA off-season news, LeBron James is expected to opt out of his player option contract  and will become a free agent as of July 1st. He joins teammate Kevin Love in making the same decision. It is expected that both will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Other NBA free agents  to watch this off-season include: DeAndre Jordan of the LA Clippers and LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers.

MLB

Steven Matz had 4 RBIs in his pitching debut for the New York Mets.

LA Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly lightly challenged star player Yasiel Puig to adjust to the men pitching to him as he returns to the lineup. Puig has challenged pitchers for a long time, but now that they’ve started to figure him out, he’s going to need a game plan.

This year’s MLB Home Run Derby will feature new additions including a bracket and timed round. Stay tuned for this year’s All-Star game in Cincinnati!

Other

The NHL Draft took place last week  and the Edmonton Oilers selected Connor McDavid with the first overall pick.

Wimbledon, one of the biggest tournaments  in all of tennis, kicks off this week!

USA USA USA. That’s right. Team USA plays Team Germany this Tuesday in the women’s FIFA World Cup semis. Make sure to watch!

JUST FOR FUN

Eyesores
The worst outfits in the history of the NBA Draft

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

First
Closing the gap
In this year’s NHL Draft, the NY Islanders took on Andong Song, the first Chinese-born hockey player to be drafted

An issue of coverage
More people are watching the women’s FIFA World Cup than ever before
But how much does that mean to us, in light of the fact that there’s less women’s sports coverage on television now than there was in 1989?

Kristaps Porzingis
You didn’t know who he was before… but you might know now!
The Latvian was the #4 pick in the draft, and is headed for the NY Knicks

Clash of generations
Experience does beat out speed sometimes
At the U.S. Track and Field national championships, the veterans took home the wins

 

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