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P.K. Subban. Photo: Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
The NHL salary cap for next season was set at $81.5 million on Saturday, which is $1.5 million lower than initially projected.
Why it matters: The cap crunch led to several teams immediately shedding high-priced players in trades.
"This was certainly a little bit of a reflection of where we are today in this new hockey world of the cap system. Cash is king, if you will. It was a tough trade, for sure."— David Poile
Between the lines: The NHL's hard cap system has its pros and cons.
The big picture: The NHL's financial system is vastly different from the NBA's, for example, where a soft cap allows teams to spend more than their competitors as long as they're willing to pay what is essentially a fine.
The bottom line: The NHL values parity more than almost any other league, and the hard cap helps facilitate that.
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The 2019 Women's World Cup has entered the knockout stage, with four teams already eliminated over the weekend and the USWNT set to take the field today.
USA vs. Spain (12pm ET)
Sweden vs. Canada (3pm ET)
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Michigan and Vanderbilt will square off in the College World Series finals, with Game 1 of the best-of-three series slated for tonight (7pm ET, ESPN).
By the numbers:
The backdrop: The Wolverines are playing in their first CWS finals in school history, while the Commodores have been here three times in the last six seasons, having won it all in 2014. So, Michigan is the clear underdog.
The bottom line: "If Michigan's postseason run were a movie, Vanderbilt would be the unstoppable, machine-like antagonist, fittingly awaiting in the title series," writes 247Sports' Zach Shaw.
Luol Deng. Photo: Stacy Revere/Getty Images
Luol Deng has made $151 million playing basketball during his 15-year NBA career. All the while, he's been investing in real estate, amassing an impressive portfolio worth $125 million.
Why it matters: "Real estate might not be as sexy or generate the headlines of athletes pouring money into tech startups, but the potential returns can be much more lucrative," writes Forbes' Kurt Badenhausen.
How it works: There are nearly 9,000 "O-zone" areas across the country, which are required to have a poverty rate of 20% or higher or a median household income that is less than 80% of the surrounding area.
LOS ANGELES — Rookie catcher Will Smith hit a walk-off home run against the Rockies on Sunday, the third straight game that a Dodgers rookie produced a walk-off. ... Smith joins Trea Turner (Nationals) and Matt Chapman (A's) as the only players with two walk-off dingers this season.
INDIANAPOLIS — Joe Johnson put up 27 points and 16 rebounds in his BIG3 debut, as the Triplets (Johnson, Al Jefferson) beat the Aliens (Shannon Brown, Greg Oden) on opening weekend. "Iso" Joe playing in a league that's like 90% isolation seems unfair.
LONDON — 146 days after undergoing career-saving hip surgery, three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray completed his remarkable return to tennis by winning the Queen's Club doubles title alongside Feliciano Lopez.
CHASKA, MINNESOTA — With her mentor Karrie Webb watching from the gallery, 22-year-old Australian Hannah Green saved par on the 18th hole to win the KPMG Women's PGA Championship by one stroke over defending champ Sung Hyun Park.
John Isner in 2010. Photo: Suzanne Punkett-Pool/Getty Images
Nine years ago today, John Isner beat Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in the longest match in tennis history measured by both time (11 hours, 5 minutes) and number of games (183).
Watch: Match highlights.
Twelve NFL teams have never won a Super Bowl, and four have never even played in one.
See you tomorrow,
Kendall "Dang, Luol" Baker
Trivia answer: Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions