Happy Monday everyone. I hope you had a good weekend.
Let’s cut to the chase.
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Hello everyone, but especially to…
The MLB All-Star Game starters wereand the reserves were because the match is only eight days away. The starters were elected by the fans while the reserves were determined via player voting and the commissioner’s office.
Here are some key elements of the lists:
- Yankees star Aaron Judge received the most fan votes and will start in the outfield for the AL. brave stand out Ronald Acuna Jr. earned the most fan votes of any NL player to also start in the outfield.
- angels two way wonder Shohei Ohtani has been selected as hitter and pitcher for the second consecutive season. No one in MLB history has done it once. He will be the starting DH for the AL.
- Albert Pujol and Miguel Cabrera made their respective lists as
- With Bryce Harper injured, brave slugger Guillaume Contreras will start at DH for the NL while Cubs recipient Willson Contreras starts behind the plate. They will be the first set of brothers to start the All-Star Game since Roberto and Sandy Alomar in 1992.
Overall, the Yankees lead the way with six players (Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Trevino, Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, Clay Holmes) while the The astros have five. It’s always fun to see your favorite team’s player(s) get selected — every team gets at least one All-Star — but it also leaves a few snubs…and we’ll get to that in a bit.
… AND ALSO HELLO TO NOVAK DJOKOVIC AND ELENA RYBAKIN
good luck quitting Novak Djokovic at the All England Club. The Serbian Superstar won his seventh career – and fourth in a row – the Wimbledon title with a very entertaining victory of 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) Nick Kyrgios yesterday morning.
- Djokovic’s formidable defense and ground game were on display, especially during the last three setswhen he accumulated 38 winners against only 12 unforced errors.
- Although Kyrgios has produced 30 aces – twice as many as Djokovic – Djokovic has won 83% of his first-serve pointsagainst 70% for Kyrgios.
- This is Djokovic’s 21st career major victorya behind Rafael Nadal’s 22 for most of all time by a man.
Djokovic, however, might not be able to continue the number 22 slam for quite some time. He stays not vaccinated against COVID-19what prevented him from playing at the Australian Open (where Nadal won) and could prevent him from playing at the next US Open. The next major after that is the Australian Open 2023. Djokovic said he is not planning to get vaccinated.
On the women’s side, Elena Rybakina came back from a set against Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Rybakina, who was born in Russia but has represented Kazakhstan since 2018, is the first player representing Kazakhstan to win a major. She is also the first woman to win the Wimbledon final in a set since Amelie Mauresmo in 2006.
And not such a good morning for…
THE MLB ALL-STAR GAME SNUBS
The best part of All-Star Games is all the guys doing it. The worst part is all the guys who didn’t – and should have.
Our MLB expert Matt Snyder listedincluding…
- Snyder: “Freddy Freeman: Part of the problem…was a crowded position, exacerbated by the rockies need a representative and CJ Cron being their best selection. Freddie Freeman has another season of Freddie Freeman, however, cutting .304/.381/.494 with 11 home runs and 54 RBIs. He was so important in the middle of the Dodgers‘ as they dealt with injuries and disappointing performances.”
Freeman has made each of the last three All-Star Games, and while he could still be selected to replace Harper, he’s a snub for now. You can check out Matt’s full list.
Not so honorable mentions
Team Wilson defeats Team Stewart in WNBA All-Star Game; Players show their support for Griner 🏀
ace sniper Plum Kelsey poured into a WNBA All-Star Game record with 30 points atand cap off a busy WNBA All-Star Weekend.
Perhaps most important yesterday, league commissioner Cathy Engelbertincluding…
- The season will reach a record 40 matches in 2023.
- The league hopes expand to two teams by 2025 at the latest. philadelphia cream is one of the cities considered.
- The WNBA will charter flights for the finals and increase the playoff prize pool.
Damian Lillard gets huge extension; James Harden signs deal with 76ers 🏀
Two of the NBA’s biggest stars are paid – one far less than him.
Damien Lillard signed atying him to Portland until at least 2025-26 with a player option for 2026-27. Lillard, 31, was drafted by Portland in 2012 and played with the Trail Blazers from. He was a six-time All-NBA selection, second in franchise history in points and minutes played and first in 3 points. But stay, the Blazers never made the final — and have made just one Western Conference Finals — with Lillard in town.
Lillard said “it wouldn’t be as satisfying” to win a title elsewhere.
Also hoping to win his first title, the Sixers star James Hardenwhotake much less money. Although the deal is not closed yet, it will be soon and is expected to be for 2 years at around $32 million per year. Harden struggled with the 76ers after being acquired from the Netsand the pay cut – initiated by Harden himself – is writes our NBA expert Michael Kaskey-Blomain.
- Kaskey-Blomain: “Harden, 32, created financial flexibility for the Sixers this summer – flexibility the team has used to bolster the roster with additions like P.J. Tucker and Daniel House. … Sure, [Harden] loses money in the short term, but he got a higher overall income over the term of the contract if he chooses his option for the ’23-24 campaign. Plus, the deal essentially gives him a chance to increase his own stock. If he comes out and has a stellar season and shows his skills aren’t declining, he’ll be in a position to get another big payday next summer.”
Xander Schauffele wins Scottish Open as Open Championship looms 🏌
Xander Schauele added another impressive win to his recent streak of outstanding play. Now he hopes to add his first major in six days. Schauffele blew, regained and then held onto his lead to win the Scottish Open by one over Kurt Kitayama.
- Schaule has earned consecutive starts on the PGA Tour after winning the Travelers Championship just over two weeks ago. He also won the Zurich Classic alongside his teammate Patrick Canlay back in April. Overall it’s Schauffele’s seventh PGA Tour win.
- This victory came just days after winning the JP McManus Pro-Am (a DP World Tour event), contested last Monday and Tuesday.
- Schaule joins Scottie Scheffler as the only players to earn back-to-back starts this season. It also rises from From No. 11 to No. 5 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
He will be a popular choice for this week’s open championship at St. Andrews, notes golf expert Dean Straka. Meanwhile, Trey Mullinax won the Barbasol Championship. Not only is this his first PGA Tour win, but it’s also earns him a spot in The Openwhich begins Thursday.
What we’re watching on Monday 📺
⚾ Meals at the Braves7:20 p.m. on FS1
⚽ USWNT vs. Mexico9 p.m. on Paramount+