8.31.15: Incoming!

Happy Monday! The US Open is starting tonight – are you ready to watch stars like Serena Williams and Roger Federer play some tennis?! We are!

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

It was quite the weekend for Jake Arrieta. The Chicago Cubs pitcher threw his first no-hitter against the LA Dodgers on Sunday night.

Congratulations to Japan, who won the the Little League World Series against Mid-Atlantic this weekend! This was Japan’s 10th Little League World Series Championship.
The Toronto Blue Jays continued their domination… this time with a sweep over the Detroit Tigers.

Soccer

It was business as usual for the early Premier League favorites, as Manchester City easily defeated Watford 2-0. It took a red card and own goal for Arsenal to best Newcastle United, 1-0. Last season’s champions, Chelsea, continued their struggles and lost at home to Crystal Palace, 2-1.  Liverpool also lost at home 3-0 to West Ham United.  To cap off a weekend full of upsets, Swansea City downed Manchester United 2-1.  It’s only the fourth week and there’s been no shortage of drama.  Premier League action will be on hold for a week because of European Championship qualifying matches, but will resume on Saturday, September 12th with exciting match-ups. We’re already looking forward to Manchester United hosting Liverpool, and Chelsea traveling to play Everton on that Saturday.

In La Liga this Saturday, Barcelona took home a 1-0 win against Malaga to maintain their 100% start to the season. James Rodriguez helped Real Madrid to clinch a 5-0 win against Real Betis. Rodriguez scored twice (once with a crazy bicycle kick), as did teammate Gareth Bale to seal the deal on Real Madrid’s first win of the season. Notably absent from the scoreboard was Cristiano Ronaldo, who has yet to make his first goal of the season.

Other

2015 US Open tennis starts today! Tonight at 7pm is the first round of men’s and women’s tennis. Catch the TV schedule here, or catch the games themselves at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.

One tennis star who won’t be playing is Maria Sharapova. She announced her withdrawal from the tournament because of a leg injury.

In golf news, Jordan Spieth lost his No. 1 world ranking this week after a missed cut at the FedEx Cup playoff event. He held the record for only two weeks, but is hoping to make a comeback.

 

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Why the MLB can’t get ahold of www.twins.com for the Minnesota Twins

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I won’t give up on you
Under Armour is still featuring Tom Brady in their upcoming ads
Their newest campaign focuses on athletes’ work ethics and training regimens

150%
What does Serena Williams stand for?
She doesn’t accept achievements or criticism quietly – she stands out

How to win in college football
Traits we’ve seen in the past 10 success stories
What doesn’t matter? Having the best quarterback. What does matter? Read on to find out.

8.24.15: Land of Summer

Good morning! We’re so excited to watch Jen Welter’s success as the first female NFL coach during the Arizona Cardinals’ training camp – check it out:

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

MLB

The New York Yankees lost CC Sabathia to a knee injury on Sunday night. It is expected that he will placed on the DL indefinitely.

The Houston Astros are looking good. After sweeping the LA Dodgers over the weekend, the Astros are heading into September with October baseball on their minds. Watch out.

The New York Mets expect David Wright to return from injury and get back into the lineup this Monday. Wright has been on the DL since mid-April.

NFL

A tough loss for the Green Bay Packers as Jordy Nelson went down with a knee injury in a preseason match-up against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. The Packers hope that today’s results do not show what is feared to be a torn ACL.

In other injury news, it looks like Maurkice Pouncey of the Pittsburgh Steelers  will have to have surgery to repair a damaged ankle.

Soccer

In the Premier League, Chelsea debuted Pedro Rodriguez (who signed from Barcelona this week). On Sunday, Chelsea — with the help of Rodriguez — finished out their game against West Bromwich Albion 3-2. Looks like Chelsea has bounced back from their 3-0 loss to Manchester City last week! In additional Premier League news, Manchester City maintained their winning streak as they beat Everton on Sunday, 2-0.  Today at 3pm EST, tune in to watch Arsenal take on Liverpool.

In La Liga news, this weekend we saw Barcelona beat Athletic 1-0 and Real Madrid finish their game against Real Sporting de Gijon 0-0.

In MLS, the LA Galaxy took home a win against NYC FC, 5-1. The Galaxy have now won four straight MLS games. This game is especially important because of how heavily promoted it was — this was the first Major League Soccer game that past English teammates Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard would play against each other.  Prior to the game, NYC FC ruled that Lampard was unfit to play.

Other

JR Smith announced  that he will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on a two year deal.

The Little League World Series is currently taking place in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. But, don’t expect to see another star like Mo’ne Davis during this year’s competition, because the qualifying teams are all male.

Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt retained the world 100m title at the World Athletics Championship this weekend. He was a hundredth of a second faster than this year’s fastest man in the world, Justin Gatlin.

Are you ready for US Open tennis to begin on August 31st? BecauseSerena Williams and Roger Federer sure are !

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Step by Step
The WNBA’s Elena Delle Donne lost a shoe in the middle of a game

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Our Team
SQ is hitting ’em out of the park

Why subscribe to SQ? This article has some pretty great reasons for you to share The SportsQuip

Thinking cap
Watching and learning his way through MLB
Pitcher Aaron Harang has played for lots of teams – he’s currently under a 1 year contract with the Phillies, but he’s a likely trade candidate

From the outside in
Why NFL tackles are switching to guards
Teams are acknowledging their need for nuanced, quick thinkers on the inside

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

 

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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

8.10.15: Welcome back, EPL!

This morning, we take a moment to reflect on the career of storied NFL Hall of Fame star, Frank Gifford. Gifford passed away at the age of 84 this weekend. Once a member of the New York Giants, he won Comeback Player of the Year in 1962, and was also an eight-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro.

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

MLB

The Toronto Blue Jays are the talk of the town after sweeping the New York Yankees and getting their 8th straight win over the weekend. This was the first time since May of 2003 that Toronto swept New York in a series of at least three games. The gap for the American League (AL) East lead is now even closer.

David Ortiz plans to return to the Boston Red Sox next season. Big Papi announced his intentions for the 2016 season after a clause in his contract kicked in on Saturday night with his 425th plate appearance (against the Detroit Tigers).

Soccer

English Premier League kicked off this weekend with several important games. Last season’s Premier League champions, Chelsea, drew their opening match 2-2 against Swansea City, while Arsenal lost a disappointing home opener to West Ham United 2-0. Up north, Manchester United started the new campaign with a 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur, while Liverpool was also victorious against Stoke City, 1-0. The last of the “Big 5” title contenders, Manchester City, starts its season this afternoon against West Bromwich Albion at 3pm EST.

In MLS this Sunday, the LA Galaxy overcame a slow start to clinch a 3-1 win against Seattle Sounders FC. Of note, Giovani dos Santos scored his first goal for the Galaxy in his MLS debut, a week after arriving from Mexico’s Gold Cup title run. In addition, the New York Red Bulls finished their match with a 2-0 win over New York City FC. The Red Bulls are now unbeaten for their past five games, and are 3-0 against NYCFC.

Other

Professional football kicked offed their preseason  with the Hall of Fame game on Sunday night. Get ready, the NFL season is about to begin.

This weekend, 22-year-old Sloane Stephens took home a win after the final round of the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. She won a hard fought battle for her first WTA title against Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Next stop, the U.S. Open!

Katie Ledecky is still on the rise. This week at the swimming world championships, she took gold in the 200-meter race (in addition to her usual distances). She’s expanding her skill set to both sprints and endurance events, and is dominating across the board. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for this 18-year-old.

 

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Staying in shape
Getting ready for game day is unique for 350-pound football players

 

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Unheard Speech
Junior Seau’s daughter wanted to give a speech on his behalf at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony
She was unable to do so, as the Hall does not allow others to give speeches on behalf of deceased inductees. But, we thought her speech was important to share

Goodbye!
The story of two elite athletes on their way down
Tiger Woods and A-Rod are both at the point where their best just isn’t good enough

Need help with soccer?
You’re not alone. Here’s a guide to the EPL
It started up again this weekend, and we have to stay on top of it!

8.3.15: Welcome to August

Happy Monday! August may feel like a light month for sports (because it is), but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some things to check out… like this awesome video of Michael Jordan against Jimmy Butler in a game of hoops at a summer camp:

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

MLB

The  trade deadline came and went last week with a few big developments. Of note: Cole Hamels was traded to the Texas Rangers and Yoenis Cespedes went to the New York Mets.

The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Kansas City Royals in wild fashion (5-2) yesterday in what appears to be an increasingly heated rivalry.

Also over the weekend, the  LA Dodgers swept the LA Angels 5-3 and the New York Mets swept the  Washington Nationals 5-2.

 

Other

In all things MMA, Ronda Rousey enhanced her legacy with a 34 second knockout win  on Saturday against Bethe Correia.

The NBA held their first game  in Africa over the weekend in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team World rallied to beat Team Africa in an exciting match-up. This was the NBA’s first venture on the continent, and its success could lead to many more events in the future.

Oh, and just a reminder that the NFL season will be here before you know it — NFL training camp is up and running!

JUST FOR FUN

Crunch
From the football field to a peanut brittle factory

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Tom Brady
Coping with Deflategate
How Brady should be responding — and getting his image back under control

American Pharoah does it again
He’s the 8th Triple Crown victor to win his next race
At this weekend’s Haskell Invitational, he was having a ton of fun and barely broke a sweat