(London-AP) – Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in an epic Wimbledon final to win his second straight and fifth title at the All England Club. Djokovic won 13-12 in a fifth-set tiebreaker for his 16th major championship while denying Federer the chance to extend his records with a ninth Wimbledon title and 21st overall Grand Slam championship. Djokovic has now won four of the last five majors to pull within two of tying Rafael Nadal for the second-most all-time.
(Atlanta, GA) – The NL East-leading Braves kept rolling as Freddie Freeman’s three-run homer in the eighth inning helped fellow All-Star Mike Soroka win his 10th consecutive decision in Atlanta’s 4-1 victory over the Padres. Freeman’s two-out blast broke a scoreless tie and enabled Soroka to improve to 10-1 after the rookie struck out a career-high nine over seven innings. The Braves swept the three-game series and have now won seven of eight.
(USA) – Procter & Gamble is donating $529,000 to the U.S. women’s national soccer team to support equal pay for the World Cup champions.Procter & Gamble, which sponsors the team through its Secret deodorant brand, took out a full-page ad in The New York Times that urged the U.S. Soccer Federation to “end gender pay inequality once and for all.” The donation will be broken down into $23,000 for each of the 23 players on the team.
(London, England-AP) – An American teenager is continuing her historic run at Wimbledon’s tennis championships.
Fifteen-year-old Coco Gauff heads into a round-of-16 match today in London against the tournament’s number seven seed, Simona Halep.
She started her run by taking out tennis legend Venus Williams in the first round. No one this young has made it this far into the tournament since Jennifer Capriati in 1991
(Lyon, France-AP) — The U.S. Women’s National Soccer team is the 2019 World Cup champions. They defeated the Netherlands 2-0 today in Lyon, France, for their second consecutive World Cup win and fourth overall.
The women’s team previously took home the trophy in 1991, 1999 and 2015. It took 61-minutes for the first goal to be scored by either team, as Megan Rapinoe gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick. In the 69th minute, Rose Lavelle increased their lead to 2-0.
Following the match, Rapinoe was awarded the Golden Boot, given to the player who scored the most goals in the shortest amount of time. She finished the tournament with six goals and three assists.
(Southlake, TX) – Sad news coming out of the MLB. It appears Angels’ pitcher Tyler Skaggs is dead at the age of 27. According to a statement released by the police, authorities responded to a call of an unconscious man in a hotel room at the Hilton hotel at 1400 Plaza Place in Southlake Texas, in the early afternoon.
Upon arrival officers found Skaggs unresponsive where he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Skaggs, who pitched Saturday against the A’s was on a road trip with the team and had posted a pic with his teammates on Instagram wearing cowboy hats and said, “Howdy y’all. #TexasRoadtrip.”
The match against the Rangers has been postponed as an investigation into what caused this man to pass so early gets underway. At this time, investigators don’t believe it’s suicide or foul play and really don’t have any answers right now. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner said an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday to determine a cause of death.
The Angels released a statement on Twitter Monday afternoon saying, “It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas. Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time.”
Skaggs, a lefty was 28-38 with a 4.41 ERA in 96 career starts.
He was a newlywed having just married Carli Miles 7 months ago in December 2018. He would’ve turned 28 on July 13th.
(Wimbledon, England-AP) – One of the most highly anticipated opening-round matches at Wimbledon lived up to the hype, as 15-year-old American Coco Gauff beat 39-year-old Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4. Gauff, who is ranked 313th, is the youngest player to enter the main draw at Wimbledon since Laura Robson in 2009.
Venus wasn’t the only Grand Slam winner to be upset in the first round as second-seeded Naomi Osaka – this year’s Australian Open winner – fell to Yulia Putinseva in straight sets.
On the men’s side, defending champion Novak Djokovic, 2018 runner-up Kevin Anderson and three-time Grand Slam champ Stan Wawrinka all advanced. Sixth-seeded Alexander Zverev and seventh-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas, meanwhile, were both eliminated in the first round.
(Houston, TX) – It’s one of those occurrences that can totally ruin a game. Ball pops up into the stands and strikes a fan.
79-year old Linda Goldbloom was killed after she was hit in the head with a baseball at a Dodger’s game while celebrating her birthday last year. John ‘Jay’ Loos sued the Cubs after a foul ball struck him and caused him
The stories go on and on with concerns that fans will continue to get hit by balls until more protective netting is put in place.
It happened again during the Cubs-Astros game in Houston. Albert Almora Jr. hit a liner into the stands down the third-base line in the fourth inning and it struck a little girl. The youngster was filmed crying as her parents carried her out of the ballpark.
Almora couldn’t bear the thought as he was seen putting his hands on his head and dropping to his knees near home plate. No word on the little girl’s condition.
(Louisville, KY) – Donald Trump exaggerates the truth a lot but one thing he got straight over the weekend was that the best horse didn’t win Kentucky Derby.
Fans were stunned when Maximum Security won by a 1 3/4 length over Country House and the victory was overturned shortly thereafter.
Before Co-Owner Gary West could get his fist pump up high enough there were calls for a disqualification after claims that Maximum Security crossed into the Country House’s lane. It’s the most ridiculous call to think a horse would do something that could have injured himself as well on purpose, but that was the call. The stewards called interference and Country House became the winner.
Maximum’s jockey said that he was probably spooked by screaming fans as he is just a baby. As of right now, Maximum won’t run in the Preakness and his owners say they will appeal the decision.
(Minneapolis, MN) – Minnesota is celebrating one of its own today after 21-year old Halima Aden, originally born in Kenyan, broke barriers by becoming the first woman to wear a burkini in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue.
Known for it’s teeny weenie bikini wearing models, and on some occasions, naked models, Sports Illustrated sent a clear signal to the world with their latest edition.
Not sure if Aden is the first Muslim model to be featured in the Swimsuit edition but she is definitely the first to be featured wearing a burkini and a hijab.
This isn’t the first time Aden broke through a glass ceiling. In 2016 she became the first fully covered Muslim woman to compete in the Miss Minnesota pageant.
She traveled back to Kenya for the shoot. She was born in a refugee camp there and it’s where she spent the first seven years of her life.
Aden will be featured in the May 8th issue.
(Nashville, TN) – Dreams will come true tonight for more than 220 college football players and free agents as 32 teams in the National Football League look to get a roster boost during one of sports’ biggest nights.
The Arizona Cardinals have the top pick and most think they’ll pounce on Heisman Trophy Winner and Oklahoma Sooners’ QB Kyler Murray. If the Cardinals go that route, Murray would be the 22nd Heisman Trophy Winner selected first overall.
But some say don’t write that down in ink. There are rumors that the Cardinals have reached out to Bamma DT Quinnen Williams to let him know that he could be the top draft pick. The Cardinals chose a QB last year with Josh Rosen and his future with Arizona could be up in the air as nobody knows what the plan is. Other draft rumors claim that the Dolphins would like to get their hands on Rosen, so we could see some trading early on.
Other teams to watch for: The Raiders hold three of the first 32 selections with the Giants, Seahawks and Packers also owning multiple first -rounders.
For the first time, the NFL Draft will air on ABC with Good Morning America Host Robin Roberts.
(Boston, MA) – Retired New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski drew ire when a photo surfaced of him mishandling the Lombardi Trophy.
It was the opening day for the Boston Red Sox when Gronk used the trophy, presented to the Patriots for winning Super Bowl 53, as a baseball bat.
Who knows what the reasoning behind his decision was, but needless to say…it left a nice dent in it. According to reports, The Patriots are in no rush to fix it.