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Lots of contract stuff this weekend. Let's talk about it.
1. Tom Brady signs extension
2. Draymond Green signs extension
3. Phillies sue to keep "Phanatic" in Philadelphia
4. Fan goes viral, lands A's contract
Barry Bonds drew so many intentional walks in 2004 (120 total) that frustrated fans started a chicken counter. Photo: Don Smith/MLB Photos via Getty Images
Last season, the Astros intentionally walked just four batters. This season, they have intentionally walked zero.
Why it matters: "The Astros' decision to eliminate what has long been considered a valid and beneficial strategy reveals quite a bit about the state of the modern game," writes the WSJ's Jared Diamond (subscription).
The big picture: The Astros' approach has expanded beyond Houston, with former bench coach Alex Cora bringing it to Boston (eight intentional walks this season) and former executive Mike Elias bringing it to Baltimore (five).
The bottom line: "The way things are going," writes Diamond, "it's only a matter of time before the intentional walk goes the way of the spitball and the Sunday double-header."
Aaron Donald. Photo: Scott Varley/Torrance Daily Breeze via Getty Images
The NFL Network released its annual Top 100 Players list, which is voted on by the players themselves.
Top 10 (see full list):
Rewind: In the nine-year history of the Top 100 list, only Brady has been voted No. 1 multiple times (2011, 2017, 2018).
PASADENA, Calif. — In the first game of their Victory Tour, the U.S. women's national soccer team notched a 3-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland to extend its unbeaten run to 17 games (15-0-2).
CANTON, Ohio — The bar for accuracy on bronze busts is shockingly low (see: Cristiano Ronaldo), but wow, whoever made Ed Reed's absolutely nailed it. The hair is spectacular.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — American teens Coco Gauff and Catherine McNally won the Citi Open women's doubles title, the first WTA championship for both players.
Shelly Pennefather is one of the best women's basketball players to ever live, starring at Villanova before playing professionally in Japan. But in 1991, she gave up her career to become a cloistered nun at a monastery in Alexandria, Va.
27 years ago today, Warren Moon became the first black quarterback to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The backstory: After a brilliant career at the University of Washington, Moon hoped to play QB in the NFL, but the racist stereotype was that black players lacked the smarts to play the position.
Go deeper: The first starting black QB for each team
Answer at the bottom.
The X Games wrapped up yesterday, bringing a close to the four-day event at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
See you tomorrow,
Kendall "If every mascot eventually became a free agent, who would you want your team to sign?" Baker
Trivia answer: Isaiah Thomas (57 points in 2017 Eastern Conference Finals)