👋 Good morning! Today's word count: 1,217 (<5 mins).
P.S. ... Today is the last day to enter our iPad Pro giveaway. Details at the bottom.
Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Recap: With Klay Thompson sidelined, Game 3 was either going to be Toronto's best chance to run away with a game or an all-time performance from Curry. It turned out to be a little bit of both.
Question: Which lineup is worse?
What's next: "Attention now shifts to the Warriors' facility in downtown Oakland, where Kevin Durant is expected to go through a closed door scrimmage [today] in either a 3-on-3 or 5-on-5 setting," The Athletic's Anthony Slater reports.
Vargas stays hot: Mets starter Jason Vargas tossed a complete game shutout against the Giants, continuing a recent run of quality starts. Vargas' ERA before a time-traveling Founding Father (above in red) paid him a visit: 14.21. His ERA since then: 1.85. Thomas Jefferson? Is that you?
Sale makes history: Red Sox starter Chris Sale also tossed a complete game shutout, but here's the kicker: He mixed in an immaculate inning (three strikeouts, nine pitches), his second of the season. The only other pitcher with two in one year? Lefty Grove in ... 1928.
Cubs sign Kimbrel: 16 different pitchers have recorded the final out for the 2019 Cubs. That closer-by committee approach is likely over now that they've signed All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to a three-year, $43 million deal.
Aaron Rodgers and his fellow co-founders at Rx3 Ventures just announced a $50 million fund that will focus on consumer brands.
The big picture: The age of the celebrity VC is upon us, so it should come as no surprise that Rodgers is the latest in a long line of athletes who have ventured into the world of investing as of late. A few prime examples:
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
From Mike Sykes: Illinois passed a sports betting bill over the weekend that includes mobile betting, in-venue kiosks and, most notably, a mandate that operators use official league data for in-play and prop bets.
The big picture: The official league data mandate, which Tennessee also included in its bill last month, is the most significant part of this bill, as it provides a potential template for leagues to make money.
Photo: Dan Istitene/Getty Images
Four years ago today, Serena Williams won her third French Open title and her 20th overall Grand Slam singles championship, making her one of just three players, male or female, to reach that mark in the Open Era.
Most Grand Slams (1968-present):
Go deeper: 20 Serena Williams stats for 20 grand slams
The Raptors are the second team in the last 20 years to have all five starters score 15+ points in a Finals game, joining the 2013 Spurs, who did it in Game 5 against the Heat.
Answer at the bottom.
Apparently, shin-kicking is a centuries-old tradition in England. And apparently, the World Championships went down last week.
Not counting special teamers, there are 225 NFL players who are at least 30 years old, which is roughly seven per team. Here's the cream of that crop, per SI:
See you tomorrow,
Kendall "Read the comments" Baker
Trivia answer: Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan