7.27.15: July is for Baseball

Happy Monday! Start your week off with this no-hitter from Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies!

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

MLB

David Ortiz (aka Big Papi) had a big Sunday night last night. The Boston Red Sox star had two three-run home-runs in a big win over the Detroit Tigers.

As we mentioned in our intro, Cole Hamels also had a big weekend. The Philadelphia Phillies pitcher had a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night just as trade rumors continue to heat up. Conversations are being had with at least six potential teams, but the Texas Rangers or the LA Dodgers seem the most keen on matching up on a deal. Stay tuned!

Major League Baseball also introduced their latest class  into the Hall of Fame over the weekend.

Soccer

Last night, Mexico took on Jamaica for this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup final and came out on top 3-1 to win their seventh all-time title. The last time the Mexican team won the Gold Cup crown was in 2011, with a 4-2 win against USA. To get to the final this year, Jamaica beat out USA (the defending champion) 2-1, and Mexico clinched a 2-1 win against Panama last week.

Golf

This past week, Jordan Spieth was unable to reach his goal of winning the Grand Slam. The 2015 British Open ended with 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson taking home the Claret Jug after a three-way playoff. Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman ended in second and third places, respectively.

Other

Congratulations to the 2015 Tour de France winner, Chris Froome. Born in Nairobi, Froome represented Britain in the historic race. This is his second win at the Tour de France.

The United States ended up on top at this year’s Pan Am Games: Team USA had a final total of 265 medals — 103 of which were gold. Host Canada finished second in both counts, winning 217 medals and 78 golds.

Kyle Busch’s successful return to the racetrack continued as he picked up a win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday night. He has now won three consecutive Sprint Cup Series races, and four of the past five.

JUST FOR FUN

Prom-posal
A 16-year-old amateur golfer bet Holly Sanders that he’d win the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship — if he won, she’d go to prom with him! He didn’t win, but she might go to prom anyways!

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

A Chance
The Special Olympics
Jamaal Charles shares an inspirational story about his own disability and experience in the Special Olympics prior to becoming a KC Chiefs running back

Unbreakable
Why NFL players are taking to MMA in the off-season
Transforming fighting drills into football drills, this training is a testament of will — resilience that gives you an emotional edge over another player

HBO
The network welcomes Bill Simmons
After he parted ways with ESPN, he signed a multi-platform deal with HBO and will debut a new weekly series next year

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