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Recap: The U.S. Women's National Team dominated the World Cup from start to finish. Yesterday's final was no different, even if it took them longer than usual to score their first goal.
By the numbers:
What they're saying:
"This year's USWNT simply proved that it could do everything. It could speak its mind, fight for equal pay, win every game, and answer its critics. For some groups, taking on all of that at once might have led to loss of focus. For this group, it seemed to have the opposite effect."— The Ringer's Brian Phillips (full article)
What's next: The city of New York will hold a ticker tape parade for the USWNT on Wednesday.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
In the aftermath of the Clippers signing Kawhi Leonard and trading for Paul George, all anybody wants to talk about is next season.
The big picture: Ever since Steve Ballmer bought the team, the Clippers have done their best to make an impression, both on and off the court, in a market long dominated by the Lakers.
Meanwhile, off the court, the Clippers have been carving out their own space in Los Angeles in hopes of attracting new fans and being viewed as far more than a little brother.
"The Clippers believe there's an untapped following out there — the grinders, outsiders, artists and counter-culture types who might be put off by the Lakers' preening Hollywood image."— Bleacher Report's Howard Beck (full article)
The bottom line: The Clippers have become "an inviting, subcultural answer to an antiquated legacy brand in the [Lakers], hoping to flaunt managerial competence as a winning formula over a nebulous sense of prestige," writes The Ringer's Danny Chau.
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Six weeks ago, 20-year-old Matthew Wolff won the NCAA individual title with Oklahoma State. Yesterday, he won the 3M Open — his third tournament as a professional.
Why it matters: Only three players have won an NCAA individual championship and a PGA Tour title in the same year:
The highlight: Wolff made a 26-foot putt from the fringe for an eagle on the final hole to beat Bryson DeChambeau and fellow newbie Collin Morikawa by one stroke. Unreal.
The bottom line: Get used to seeing plenty of Matt and his weird swing on leaderboards and highlight reels for years to come.
Tonight's Home Run Derby (8pm ET, ESPN) suffered a huge loss yesterday when Christian Yelich, who leads the league with 31 dingers, pulled out due to a back injury.
1. Matt Chapman, A's (replacing Yelich)
2. Pete Alonso, Mets
3. Josh Bell, Pirates
4. Alex Bregman, Astros
5. Joc Pederson, Dodgers
6. Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves
7. Carlos Santana, Indians
8. Vlad Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays
Jorge Masvidal after knocking out Ben Askren. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images
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Nine years ago today, LeBron James sent the sports world into a frenzy when he made "The Decision."
"This fall ... this is very tough ... This fall I'm going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat."— LeBron James
The big picture: James' decision changed the NBA forever, opening up the floodgates for unprecedented player movement this decade. This summer alone, five of last season's All-NBA players changed teams.
For the first time since 1998, at least three players have 30 HR heading into the All-Star break (Christian Yelich, Cody Bellinger and Pete Alonso).
Answer at the bottom.
A Lithuanian couple won the World Wife-Carrying Championship for the second straight year on Saturday, completing the 278-yard obstacle course in 66.72 seconds (highlights).
Odell Beckham Jr. in his new threads. Photo: Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images
See you tomorrow,
Kendall "If Steve Ballmer bought the 15 most valuable NBA teams, he would still have $5 billion left over" Baker
Trivia answer: Mark McGwire (Cardinals), Sammy Sosa (Cubs), Ken Griffey Jr. (Mariners) and Greg Vaughn (Padres)