Hitting the Dog Days of summer we have some big surprises in the World Cup and Women’s side of Wimbledon, some free agency moves in the NHL and NBA, MLB prepares for the All-Star break, Erik Jones got his first NASCAR win and the WNBA saw a handful of all-time leaders come about.
World Cup (Semifinals)
· France and Belgium are the two favorites to win it all (France 2-1; Belgium 5-2)
UBS conducted 10,000 simulations and predicted Germany would win the World Cup.— Sven Henrich (@NorthmanTrader) July 9, 2018
Goldman conducted 1,000,000 simulations and predicted Brazil would win the World Cup.
Neither team made it to the semi-finals.
Banks also make stock market predictions.
Tennis (Wimbledon is down to the final 16)
· Notable mens names still left: Roger Federer, John Isner, Novak Djokovic, Juan Del Potro and Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer advances to his 16th Wimbledon quarterfinal, cruising past Adrian Mannarino in straight sets. pic.twitter.com/4rr77mIX4e— ESPN (@espn) July 9, 2018
· Notable mens names still left: Angelique Kerber andSerena Williams
· On the womens side there are NO top ten seeds left
NHL (Rasmus Dahlin drafted first overall)
· Jonathan Bernier signs 3 year deal with Detroit Red Wings
· Paul Statsny signs 3 year deal with the Vegas Golden Knights
· 44 players file for Salary Arbitration
MLB (50% of the way into the season)
· Last week before the All-Star game. Snubs include Blake Snell, Charlie Morton and Jed Lowrie.
· Mark Reynolds had a 10 RBI game and pitched for a batter, Shohei Ohtani hits the ground running with a 440+ FT homer.
When you drive in 10 runs the night before, you can ask your coach for anything you want!— Greatest Show on Dirt Baseball Podcast (@greatestondirt) July 9, 2018
Mark Reynolds took to the mound for the first time in his career. He was so excited the umpire had to tell him to slow down! #Nationals #OnePursuit pic.twitter.com/9yXBArLnZM
· Kyle Tucker was called up and got an RBI and run in his first game.
· Alex Bregman take top billings over the last two weeks with 14 runs, 14 RBIs, 2 SB, 404 Avg; .483 OBP and .885 SLG.
NBA (Summer League Play)
· Granted it’s summer league but some of the names that have been standing out so far. In the Vegas League Trevon Bluiett (New Orleans Pelicans) leads points with 25 PPG. Tyler Dorsey (Atlanta Hawks) leads rebounds with 14 per game.
· Utah League: Grayson Allen is leading this league in rebounds with 7.5 per game (Derrick White is 2nd we will highlight him later)
· Sacramento League: De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings) leagues this league with 23 PPG (3rd in Rebounds with 8 and 4th in assists with 6). Justin Jackson is third with 17.
· Kevin Durant resigned, Devin Booker signed a five year contract, Keita Bates-Diop signed with the Timberwolves, Rajon Rondo signed with the Lakers, Michael Porter signed with the Nuggets and Collin Sexton signed with the Cavs.
PGA – Kevin Na (2nd career tour win)
· Kevin Na led by 5 strokes to win the Military Tribute at Greenbrier over Kelly Kraft. Brent Snedeker, Jason Kokrak, Joaquin Niemann, Austin Cook, Joel Dahmen, Sam Saunders and Harold Varner all rounded out the top 10.
· Kevin Na now has $26MM in PGA Earnings despite just two wins.
Congrats to Rebekkah Brunson, who just became the leading rebounder in WNBA history. Brunson: 3,317— ESPN Women's Hoops (@ESPN_WomenHoop) July 6, 2018
· Mike Thibault gets 300th career win with Minnesota’s win over Los Angeles
NASCAR – Erik Jones gets his first career victory.
· To sum up the race, 10 cautions, one red flag two overtimes and half of the field DNF (all from accidents).
· Kevin Harvick, Trevor Bayne, Ross Chastain, Clint Bowyer, Joey Gase, Michael McDowell, Aric Almora, Kyle Larson, Jamie McMuray, Corey LaJoie, William Byron, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Daniel Suarez, Brad Keslowski, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney all knocked out through accidents.
· Erik Jones outlasted one of the racing worlds best (Martin Truex Jr.) showing it was not a breeze victory for him.
North Carolina wins again! (beat Chicago Red Stars 4-1)
Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) takes offensive player of June while Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC) takes defensive player
· Daniel Cormier wins heavyweight title with KO over Stipe Miocic
· Derrick Lewis won by unanimous decision over Francis Ngannou
· Egidijus Kavaliauskas won by unanimous decision over Juan Carlos Abreu
· Curious who has won the most NCAA titles?