7.20.15: Summer Baseball

Good Morning! During this week’s Home Run Derby, Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds hit 39 home runs to wow the crowd. Take a look here:

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

MLB

MLB All-Star week was a big success this past week in Cincinnati. The Reds’ third baseman Todd Frazier  was the big winner of the HR Derby and the LA Angels’ Mike Trout was named the MVP of the All-Star Game. Next year’s game will be hosted by the Washington Nationals.

It was actually a great week for Mike Trout. The MVP helped his LA Angels squad get past the Boston Red Sox with a walk off home run.

Post All-Star it was back to baseball for teams this weekend. Of note, the New York Mets defeated the  St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday evening after 18 long innings.

Soccer

After this weekend’s CONCACAF Gold Cup matches, Wednesday’s semifinals will feature the United States v. Jamaica  and Panama v. Mexico at 6pm and 9pm ET respectively. To get to the semifinals,  Panama took home the win on penalties against Trinidad and Tobago. The United States pulled ahead with a win against Cuba 6-0, Jamaica joined the semifinals after a 1-0 game against Haiti, and Mexico beat Costa Rica 1-0.

Golf

In St. Andrews, Scotland, Jordan Spieth is looking to make history and win the Grand Slam. After winning both the U.S. Open and the Masters, he has to clinch the third leg — The Open — today. He finished up Sunday at The Open 11-under overall, and is headed into today’s final round one stroke behind Paul Dunne, Jason Day, and Louis Oosthuizen. If he wins, he’ll be the first player since Jack Nicklaus in 1972 to win all three and earn the Grand Slam title.

Other

Congratulations to Brett Favre, who was inducted into the Green Bay Packers’ Hall of Fame on

Ronda Rousey received the ESPY for Best Fighter last Wednesday night. She was the first person other than Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao to win the award. Congrats!

The Denver Nuggets traded Ty Lawson to the  Houston Rockets in return for a few players and a draft pick.

JUST FOR FUN

Riley Curry
She’s got the moves!

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Something Special
Karl-Anthony Towns: the #1 NBA draft pick we forgot about
We might have gotten distracted by D’Angelo Russell, Kristaps Porzingis, Alex Len and DeMarcus Cousins, but Karl-Anthony Towns is going to be extraordinary

“Losing is just feedback”
Lessons learned on the court that stick with you for life
Successful former college athletes think through what they took from sports to their jobs in the professional world

Rest in Peace
Formula One driver Jules Bianchi passed away this weekend
He had sustained head injuries in a Japanese Grand Prix crash last year, and had been in a coma since the October accident

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