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In their first home game since their teammate Tyler Skaggs passed away, the Los Angeles Angels all wore No. 45 to honor him on Friday night … and proceeded to throw a combined no-hitter.
Why it matters: We can't all agree on everything. We root for different teams, enjoy different music, and our political beliefs don't always align.
The bottom line: I'm not asking you to believe in miracles. Maybe Tyler reached down from above and willed that no-hitter into existence, maybe he didn't. What I am asking you to believe in is love — that feeling that connects all of us in ways we can't fully describe.
Request: What's your favorite "sports, man" moment? Reply to this email letting me know and I'll share them in the newsletter this week. Let's keep this feeling going.
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Novak Djokovic outlasted Roger Federer in an epic, mesmerizing final to repeat as Wimbledon champion and win the tournament for the fifth time in his career.
By the numbers: Djokovic improved to 3-0 against Federer in Wimbledon finals and is closing in on Federer's 20 major titles, the most by any man in history.
What they're saying:
"It was probably mentally the most demanding match I was ever part of. The most physically demanding match was against Nadal in the finals of Australia [in 2012] — that one went almost six hours. But mentally, this was a different level because of ... everything."— Novak Djokovic
The big picture: The first time Djokovic and Federer played each other was in 2006, a few days after Mario Williams, Reggie Bush and Vince Young were taken with the top three picks in the NFL draft.
The bottom line: We've never seen anything quite like this era of men's tennis, and the coolest part is that supporters of each player have a legitimate argument that their guy is the best.
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England won the Cricket World Cup for the first time after narrowly defeating New Zealand in the first match in the tournament's history to require a Super Over (aka, overtime).
What they're saying:
"If this has not reconnected a nation to a game that sprang from its own greens, nothing ever will. Even if cricket were to die tomorrow, we would still have this game."— ESPN's Sambit Bal (full article)
The big picture: England becomes the sixth winner in the World Cup's 44-year history, joining Australia (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015), India (1983, 2011), West Indies (1975, 1979), Pakistan (1992) and Sri Lanka (1996).
Go deeper: Cricket, explained
P.S. ... As if the Brits didn't experience enough sports excitement yesterday, England's own Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix, stretching his lead atop the Formula One standings.
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Tony Romo completed a wire-to-wire victory yesterday in the American Century Championship — the second straight year that he's won the celebrity tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
By the numbers: Romo closed with a 2-over-par 74 and scored 20 points to finish at 71 in the modified Stableford scoring system (one point for a bogey, two for a par, three for a birdie, four for an eagle).
143 years ago today, St. Louis Brown Stockings pitcher George W. Bradley tossed the first no-hitter in MLB history in a 2-0 win over the Hartford Dark Blues.
Go deeper: Bradley's career stats
The Seattle Sounders are one of two MLS teams without a loss at home this season (the other is LAFC).
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In 2011, three friends invented Ultimate Tazer Ball — "a freakish amalgamation of soccer and rugby in which players could shock each other with stun guns."
Go deeper: MEL Magazine caught up with one of Ultimate Tazer Ball's former stars, who shared details about the rise and fall of the sport. Enjoy.
⚾️ MLB: Fernando Tatis Jr. got caught in a pickle but somehow managed to make it back to first base safely by momentarily turning into a body contortionist. ... *Morpheus voice* "He is the one."
⏱ Running: Dutch runner Sifan Hassan ran a 4:12:33 mile at an event in Monaco, breaking the women's world record for fastest mile by .23 seconds — a record that had stood for 23 years.
🏀 HS basketball: The top five high school hoopers in America, according to The Athletic (subscription): 1. Emoni Bates, Sophomore (Ypsilanti, Mich.) 2. Cade Cunningham, Senior (Arlington, Texas) 3. Evan Mobley, Senior (Temecula, Calif.) 4. Paolo Banchero, Junior (Seattle) 5. Ziaire Williams, Senior (Sherman Oaks, Calif.).
🏈 Indoor Football League: The Arizona Rattlers fell to the Sioux Falls Storm 56-53 in the IFL championship game. It was the Rattlers' only loss this season and they fell to 1-4 at home in championship games with the only win coming against Kurt Warner and the Iowa Barnstormers in 1997.
🏀 NBA: Native Oklahoman Tyler Parker wrote about his favorite player, Russell Westbrook, getting traded. "The idiosyncrasies that exist within his skill set, those rough edges — those are the things that make him so fun to watch. He's an original and a contradiction, at once fallible and overwhelming." Worth your time.
What's your fondest sports memory that made you go, "Sports, man." Maybe it's a moment you shared with your mom or dad. Maybe you witnessed history. Maybe you finally saw your team win the big game. Could be anything!
See you tomorrow,
Kendall "Sports forever" Baker
Trivia answer: New York Red Bulls