8.17.15: Let’s get it started

Good morning! This weekend, Jason Day won the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Check out his heartwarming response to receiving the 2015 trophy:

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

MLB

The Chicago Cubs beat their city rivals, the Chicago White Sox, and won their 9th game in a row (15 of 16) on Saturday night. But, that streak was broken on Sunday afternoon as the White Sox got revenge in the form of a 3-1 win.

Last week, David Denson of the Milwaukee Brewers became the first publicly out player on a team affiliated with Major League Baseball after sharing with both teammates and the media that he is gay.

NFL

It may still be preseason, but there has been no shortage of drama so far this August. Of note:

  • Tim Tebow debuted (after quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley) for the Philadelphia Eagles, who defeated the Indianapolis Colts in a preseason match-up.
  • The Tom Brady and New England Patriots saga continued in a federal courtroom last week. Stay tuned for more as the case develops.

NBA

Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers will likely be out for another season  after undergoing surgery on his foot. This foot has troubled his NBA career thus far – Embiid had his first surgery the week before the 2014 NBA draft, in which he was taken by the 76ers with the third pick. Here’s to hoping for a successful recovery!

Michael Jordan and Nike will open a store in Chicago dedicated to the Jordan brand line before the end of 2015.

Team USA held their annual mini-camp in Vegas last week. The final roster won’t be announced for awhile, but everyone is getting excited for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Many of the league’s biggest stars were onsite in Vegas, looking forward to trying for Team USA’s third straight Olympic gold medal.

LeBron James is known for doing amazing things on the court, but he’s also doing some pretty amazing things off of it as well. James announced that he would fund full college scholarships for any kid who completes his “I Promise” program as part of his foundation, and in partnership with the University of Akron program.

Soccer

Starting off on Friday, we witnessed some great Premier League games. Manchester United took the win over Aston Villa, 1-0.  On Sunday, Arsenal began their campaign for this year’s championship with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace. In addition, 2013-14 Premier League champion Manchester City stunned last year’s champion, Chelsea, 3-0.

Other

Who’s number 1? Well, in the world of Official World Golf Rankings it’s now Jordan Spieth. The young golfer passed Rory McIlroy on the ranks despite not winning the PGA Championship on Sunday.

Women’s gymnastics was front and center  as the U.S. National championships heated up in Indianapolis this weekend. Olympic champions Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman showed off their stuff against newcomers Simone Biles and Maggie Nichols.

 

JUST FOR FUN

Getting a round in
Steph Curry and POTUS played a round of golf together this weekend

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Two more years
Twitter and the NFL extended their deal
The partnership will continue to syndicate league content across Twitter’s network

What are the odds?
All 15 MLB home teams won on the same day this past Tuesday
According to the NY Times, the odds of this happening on a night with a full MLB schedule are 1 in 32, 768

Young Love
Why the media loves Jordan Spieth
He’s the good guy – earnest, innocent, and eager to please

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