1) Payback is a Bitch
Yesterday, the US Women’s National Soccer team beat Japan 5 to 2 to win the 2015 Women’s World Cup. This is the team’s first World Cup since 1999, avenging a loss to the same Japanese squad in the 2011 finals.
Carli Lloyd led the Americans with a hat trick (3 goals), which was the first in US Women’s soccer history. Because of her performance, Lloyd won the Golden Ball Award; which is the World Cup’s MVP. Plus, she made the longest goal I’ve ever seen from a professional soccer player.
The team deserved this win, and the fame and notoriety that comes from it. Hopefully women’s soccer, and women’s sports in general, gets the boost it deserves from this showing.
2) Sign on the Dotted Line, Please
Even though it’s the NBA offseason, free agency is dominating the headlines. A lot of movement has taken place between now and July 1st. Here is a run down of the important NBA roster moves that have occured:
– The Spurs resigned Kawhi Leonard (5 years/90 million) and Danny Green (4 yrs/ 45 mil) and signed LaMarcus Aldridge (4 yrs/80 mil). They are now the Western Conference favorites.
(Editor’s Note: Que Aladdin song “I Can Show You the World”)
– Important free agents that resigned with their teams: Jimmy Butler (5 yrs/90 mil), Khris Middleton (5 yrs/70 mil), Draymond Green (5/85 mil), Kevin Love (5/110 mil), Marc Gasol (5/100 mil), Dwayne Wade (1 yr/20 mil), Paul Millsap (3 yrs/58 mil).
(Editor’s Note: Memphis now gets 5 more years of the smoothest big man in the league.)
– Important free agents that went to different teams: DeAndre Jordan (4 yrs/80 mil with Dallas), Greg Monroe (3yrs/ 50 mil with Milwaukee), Lou Williams (3 yrs/21 mil with LA Lakers), DeMarre Carroll (4 yr/ 60 mil with Toronto), Wes Matthews (4 yrs/ 57 mil with Dallas), Monta Ellis (4 yrs, 44 mil with Indiana), and Tyson Chandler (4 yrs/52 mil). The Mavericks replace old Tyson Chandler with “Young Tyson Chandler.” The dunks alone make this deal a win for Dallas.
(Editor’s Note: Can’t wait for those Dirk to DeAndre alley-oops. 7 footers passing to other 7 footers is like watching Unicorns and Leprechauns play in a field.)
For a more in depth review of NBA free agency, visit:
3) No Trade-backs
NHL free agency is happening right now as well, however, it’s the trades that have everyone around the league talking. Here is an important list of NHL trades:
– Brandon Saad was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp and a fourth-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft. Anisimov then signed a 5 year, 22.75 million dollar contract with Chicago.
– Buffalo sent defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forwards Mikhail Grigorenko and J.T. Compher and the No. 31 overall pick in the 2015 draft to the Avs in exchange for center Ryan O’Reilly and forward Jamie McGinn.
– Toronto traded winger Phil Kessel, forward Tyler Biggs and defenseman Tim Erixon to Pittsburgh for forwards Kasperi Kapanen and Nick Spaling, defenseman Scott Harrington, and two conditional draft picks.
(Editor’s Note: Kessel might be my favorite non-Blackhawks hockey player in the league. He’s over-weight and out of shape, but he’s one of the best goal-scorers in hockey. Plus he really loves his smelling salts.)
For more free agent information visit: http://www.sbnation.com/nhl-free-agency
4) The Votes Are in; the Winners Are…
The MLB all-star voting ended this past weekend. Here is a list of starters and reserves for both the National League and the American League:
C: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
2B: Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins
3B: Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds
SS: Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis Cardinals
OF: Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins (injured, will not play.); Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals (injured, questionable to play.); and Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
C: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals; Yasmani Grandal, Los Angeles Dodgers
1B: Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs; Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
2B: Joe Panik, San Francisco Giants; D.J. LaMahieu, Colorado Rockies
3B: Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs (replaced injured Stanton on roster.); Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
SS: Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants
OF: A.J. Pollock, Arizona Diamondbacks; Justin Upton, San Diego Padres; Joc Pederson, Los Angeles Dodgers; Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates (will start for injured Stanton.)
SPs: RHP Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals; RHP Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers; RHP Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates; RHP A.J. Burnett, Pittsburgh Pirates; LHP Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants; RHP Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals; RHP Jacob deGrom, New York Mets,; RHP Shelby Miller, Atlanta Braves
RPs: LHP Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds; RHP Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh Pirates; RHP Jonathan Papelbon, Philadelphia Phillies; RHP Francisco Rodriguez, Milwaukee Brewers; RHP Trevor Rosenthal, St. Louis Cardinals
NL Final Vote Candidates: RHP Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds; RHP Jeurys Famlilia, New York Mets; LHP Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers; RHP Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals; SS Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
C: Salvador Perez, Kansas City
1B: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers (injured, will not play.)
2B: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
3B: Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
SS: Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals
OF: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels; Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals; Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
DH: Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners
C: Russell Martin, Toronto Blue Jays; Stephen Vogt, Oakland Athletics
1B: Price Fielder, Texas Rangers; Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels (will start for injured Cabrera); Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees (replaced injured Cabrera on the roster)
2B: Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians
3B: Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
SS: Jose Iglesias, Detroit Tigers
OF: Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles; J.D. Martinez, Detroit Tigers; Jose Baustista, Toronto Blue Jays
UTIL: Brock Holt, Boston Red Sox
SPs: LHP Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox; RHP Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics; RHP Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays; RHP Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners; LHP David Price, Detroit Tigers; LHP Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
RPs: RHP Brad Boxberger, Tampa Bay Rays; Dellin Betances, New York Yankees; RHP Wade Davis Kansas City Royals; RHP Kelvin Herrera, Kansas City Royals; RHP Darren O’Day, Baltimore Orioles; LHP Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles; LHP Glen Perkins, Minnesota Twins
AL Final Vote Candidates: SS Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox; OF Yoenis Cespedes, Detroit Tigers; OF Brett Gardner, New York Yankees; 3B Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals; 2B Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins
The final votes are due by Friday, July 10th. I will have more in depth analysis on the topic coming tomorrow or Thursday. Stay tuned.