This week was epic for the world of sports. We saw a great marriage of dynasty’s mixed with some fresh faces gathering a win. A Triple Crown winner, the French Open, a big Warriors win, Washington gets it’s first win in 26 years, MLB stars are emerging from the rest of the pack and
• Justify beat out 20-1 odds Gronkowski by 1.75 lengths to win the Triple Crown
• Sell out crowd of 90,000 watched as Vino Rosso, Gronkowsi and Hofburg made pushes to usurp Justify.
French Open – Nadal takes his 11th , Halep takes her first
• Rafael Nadal beat (#7 ranked) Dominic Thiem in 3 straight sets to win the French Open.
• Grand Slam leaders currently: Roger Federer (20), Rafael Nadal (17), Pete Sampras (14).
• Simona Halep rallied to win her first Major victory beating Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
• Four of the last five grand slams have featured first time winners: Jalena Ostapenko (French Open 2017), Sloan Stephens (US Open 2017), Caroline Wozniacki (Australian 2018) and Simona Halep.
NBA – The Finals: Golden State wins their third Championship in 4 years.
· The Golden State Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in 4 games. Kevin Durant took MVP (his 2nd in two years).
· LeBron apparently broke his hand in game one punching a black board and of course now ‘LeBron Watch’ begins as media outlets are obsessed with this until a decision is made.
· Alex Ovechkin won the Conn Smythe as Playoff MVP as the Capitals win the Stanley Cup
· Alex has proceeded to party among the best of them with the Cup (look out Gronk).
Pretty sure Alex Ovechkin is enjoying himself pic.twitter.com/bobMpAaYDW— Adam Forsythe (@adamforsythe) June 8, 2018
MLB – around 36% into the regular season
• Willy Adames to be called up soon?
• Paul Goldschmidt is heating up (14 runs, 15 RBI’s, .467 Avg, .538 OBP and 1.044 SLG over his last 2 weeks).
• Alen Hanson is the 23rd best hitter over the last 7 days despite only making two starts (the Giants had him pinch hit in every other game and he had a hit in run in four of those six games). He’s 9% owned, if they gave him some legit playing time, just sayin’.
• 14% owned Mike Montgomery has 2 wins 1.02 ERA and 5 K/BB over his last 2 weeks.
• 49% Max Muncy MIGHT still be available, grab him now.
Fantasy Baseball Pitching Forecaster: June 11-17
Closer Report (who is absolutely Criminal right now?)
• Another fresh face among the top PPG as Skylar Diggins-Smith (Dallas) takes top stats.
Sparks beat the Lynx in Minn without Candace Parker .. and adding Cappie Poindexter she gonna be a key piece during the seas— Leonard T (@LTtwo) May 20, 2018
• College Baseball is in the Super Regionals. We know Washington, Mississippi State, UNC and Oregon State are advancing. The other half of the bracket features: Texas vs. Tennessee Tech, Arkansas vs. South Carolina, Texas Tech vs. Duke and Florida vs. Auburn to see who the four from that side will be.
• USC Women win D1 Outdoor Track title in an epic comeback
• Georgia Men win D1 Outdoor Track title in a less epic fashion
Soccer – World Cup has arrived!
• Games for World Cup start on Thursday June 14th.
PGA – FedEx St. Jude Classic (soon to be the Invitational next year)
• Dustin Johnson takes his second win of the 2018 season with a six stroke win over Andrew Putnam (oh and he did it with an eagle on the last hole).
NASCAR Clint Bowyer wins his 10th career victory at the Firekeepers Casino 400
• Rain delays caused the Michigan race to start late. Ryan Blaney won the first stage and Kevin Harvick won the second stage; however, with 67 laps remaining the race was called with Clint Bowyer in the lead at that time.
Clint Bowyer really likes winning before an off weekend. He needs a few extra days to celebrate. pic.twitter.com/i4eB5vpsKz— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) June 10, 2018
• Julien Edelman suspended first four games of 2018 season.