With a few major events behind us now – NBA and NHL seasons, the US Open, the major horse races, the French Open, we had a weekend full of drafts, World Cup games, some college baseball as well as some Boxing and MMA matches to watch.
NBA (Deandre Ayton drafted first overall)
· The Dallas traded with Atlanta who moved down to the number five selection taking Trae Young
· Michael Porter Jr. fell to 14 where the Denver Nuggets drafted him
· Plenty of trades occurring in the first round with the 76ers, Suns, Mavericks, Hawks, Hornets, Clippers all making first round picks involving Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Miles Bridges, Zhaire Smith, Mikeal Brides, Trae Young and Luka Doncic
The names you need to know for the 2019 NBA draft: pic.twitter.com/slNNSfgHmD— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 23, 2018
World Cup (half way through group phase)
· Argentina is in danger at 0-1-1 currently with a -3 goal differential
El Hadary is older than the current FIFA World Cup trophy, which was first handed out in 1974 pic.twitter.com/NbI1KFLLeS— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 25, 2018
NHL (Rasmus Dahlin drafted first overall)
· Five Swedish defenseman taken in the first round.
· The first goalie was drafted at 39th overall (no goalie has been selected in the top 10 picks since Carey Price went to Montreal in 2005).
MLB (46% of the way into the season)
· If you want an interesting MLB standings topic in the NL we are on pace to see some combination of Cubs, Nationals and/or Dodgers in the NL Wild Card play in game and either Boston or NY Yankees will be in that wild card game for the AL.
· Mike Trout doing Mike Trout things – 10 runs, 9 RBI’s batting .486 with a .623 OBP and .838 SLG over his last two weeks.
· Trevor Bauer has now struck out at least 10 batters in his last five out of six games. (91% owned).
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PGA – Bubba Watson wins third title of the year
· Bubba made a six shot deficit and then some on Sunday to earn the win.
· A four way tie in 2nd place at -14 between Stewart Cink, Beau Hossler, JB Holmes and Paul Casey
Bubba Watson is now the first player on TOUR to win three times this season.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 24, 2018
He did not win a single PGA TOUR event last year. pic.twitter.com/dj2SJs8b7O
· Minnesota Lynx climbing up the standings with four consecutive wins outscoring their opponents by 48 points over that time.
· Diani Taurasi moving up the PPG rankings, sits at second with 20.2 PPG.
· VERY interesting article about wage gap in WNBA in relation to NBA (as a percentage of total revenue received). It is estimated that WNBA players receive 21.5% of league revenues vs. NBA players who receive close to 50% of league revenues (with many refs being paid more than the players). The main variable I want to see is how much fixed operational costs are (stadium and otherwise), after that it should be an apples to apples comparison.
NASCAR – Martin Truex Jr. wins at Sonoma
· Martin Truex Jr. holds comfortable lead, up 20 seconds over second place Kevin Harvick. He prompted Harvick to go to pit row earlier in the race by pretending to stop but continuing to race
· Cole White had an accident, Ryan Blaney had steering issues, Cody Ware had a fuel pump issue, Jamie McMurray had an oil pump issue and AJ Allmendinger had engine issues as four of them did not finish the race in a no accident run at Sonoma.
MMA – UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards
· Leon Edwards won in unanimous decision over Donald Cerrone through 5 rounds (Welterweight)
· Ovince Saint-Preux beat Tyson Pedro via submission in the first round in the Light Heavyweight
· Jessica Eye beat Jessica-Rose Clark by decision through 3 rounds in the Women’s Flyweight
· Li Jingliang beat Daichi Abe by decision through 3 rounds in the Women’s Welterweight
· Miguel Berchelt KO’d Jonathan Victor Barros in the third round to retain Junior Lightweight Title
· Vergil Ortiz Jr. also had a third round KO over Carlos Salgado
· Martin Murray won in points over Roberto Garcia in middleweight
· The Mens Baseball Finals are underway – Oregon State vs. Arkansas
· Five of the last 10 CWS champions (and six of the ten runners up) have come from the SEC
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