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🚨 Late night Woj bomb: The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to trade Tobias Harris to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for a heap of assets. Philly is GOING FOR IT.
P.S. In other wild basketball news, WNBA superstar Maya Moore announced that she won't be playing basketball in 2019.
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Over the last decade or so, the technology business has both fully embraced and, in many ways, helped create a "youth beats experience" mindset. The result is a culture where 30-year-old, and even 20-year-old, executives are the norm.
Why it matters: It would appear that the football world is following Silicon Valley's lead on this, as college programs and professional franchises alike have begun to, well, not really care how old people are as long as they're the best.
At the college level, starting a true freshman at quarterback used to be unprecedented. Now, it's how the best programs are achieving success: each of the past 3 title games has featured one (Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa, Trevor Lawrence).
"There's kind of a shift ... especially on the West Coast ... away from the traditional guy who was an intern and then worked for 55 years and now he's a CEO at age 100. I think football is the same way."— Alabama offensive lineman Jonah Williams (via the WSJ)
At the pro level, the Cincinnati Bengals just hired 35-year-old Zac Taylor to be their head coach, largely — and this is no criticism of Zac, it's just the truth — because he spent the last 24 months learning from his now former boss, 33-year-old Sean McVay.
The big picture: The youth movement is happening in other sports, too. "Boy geniuses" like David Stearns (Milwaukee Brewers) and Kyle Dubas (Toronto Maple Leafs), both 33, run major franchises and rookies across every sport are being asked to do more than ever.
The bottom line: Whether it's a permanent societal change or merely a temporary response to the extreme times we're living in and the digital economy that surrounds us, age and experience are no longer prerequisites for success.
P.S. Millennials may have "officially ruined brunch," but it's only because we were too busy plotting our takeover of the world. I'm allowed to say this because I'm a millennial.
The Toronto Maple Leafs signed center Auston Matthews to a 5-year contract extension on Tuesday that will pay the 21-year-old superstar $58.7 million through 2024.
This is wild: An insane 93% of the contract is made up of signing bonuses, effectively making it lockout-proof. The year by year breakdown:
Be smart: This contract structure could also save Matthews tens of millions of dollars in taxes.
Go deeper: Winners and losers of the Matthews extension
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From Mike: Already done for the season following December heel surgery, John Wall slipped and fell at his home, tearing his Achilles tendon and landing the Washington Wizards in the worst place an organization can be: no-man's land.
Why it matters: The Wizards signed Wall to a $207 million extension 2 seasons ago after he made his first All-NBA team. Since then, Wall has only played in 73 regular season games and is now set to miss approximately 12 months.
The bottom line: D.C. sports are cursed.
Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are discussing potentially drastic changes to the sport of baseball, "a significant departure from the past that speaks to the chasm between the parties," ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports.
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Alex Ovechkin became the highest-scoring Russian player in NHL history last night, registering his 1,180th point to break a tie with Sergei Fedorov.
Bad news: Ski racing legend Lindsey Vonn announced last week that she will be retiring from the sport after this week's world championships in Sweden. On Tuesday, Vonn participated in the super-G, but it sadly ended in ruin.
Good news: Fellow Team USA member Mikaela Shiffrin won the event with this flawless run. At just 23, Shiffrin already has 53 World Cup wins, trailing only Vonn (82) and Austria's Annemarie Moser-Proell (62) on the women's all-time list.
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48 years ago today, Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard pulled out a makeshift 6-iron and hit two golf balls on the lunar surface, becoming the first — and only — person to play golf anywhere other than Earth.
Watch: Yup, there's footage.
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In the 105th minute of a 1-1 game, Christian Pulisic scooped up the ball near midfield, split two defenders with a give-and-go, then turned on the jets and tucked one into the back of the net.
Kendall "Having a legit American soccer star to root for is awesome" Baker
Trivia answer: Evgeni Malkin and Ilya Kovalchuck