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Tomorrow night's Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham is an all-England tussle, and an all-Earth affair.
By the numbers: The 22 projected starters hail from 12 different countries. And if you take bench players into account, over 20 different countries are represented.
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24-year-old receiver and return specialist Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi will be in training camp with the Browns this offseason. If he makes the team, it will be one of the greatest stories in NFL history.
The backdrop: Sheehy-Guiseppi was a junior college All-American kick returner for Phoenix College in 2016, but when he failed to land a scholarship, he went in search of bigger opportunities.
The turning point: All looked lost for Sheehy-Guiseppi until a connection he'd made through an Arizona flag football league found the address of an NFL workout in Miami.
The breakthrough: After the workout ended, he was invited to tryout for the Browns in Cleveland a week later. Damon had virtually no money, so he improvised for a few days, sleeping outside and eating food at strangers' cookouts in Miami.
What's next: Sheehy-Guiseppi's best shot at making the Browns' regular-season roster is on special teams. Go get 'em, Willie Mays Hayes.
Hockey is the ultimate team sport, which is part of what makes it so great. The only downside is that casual fans can struggle to identify with individual players and storylines outside of Team A vs. Team B. Allow me to help with that.
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The deadline to withdraw from the NBA draft just passed, which means we now know what next season's college basketball rosters will look like.
Consensus top 10: I combined the rankings from a handful of top writers to produce a consensus top 10 teams for next season.
The intrigue: Outside of Michigan State, Louisville and Maryland, there's a strong argument to be made that every other top-10 team got worse this offseason — at least on paper.
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55 years ago today, the San Francisco Giants beat the New York Mets 8-6 in 23 innings — the seventh-longest game in MLB history.
Answer at the bottom.
"Eight spellers were better than the dictionary. They were better than anything the Scripps National Spelling Bee could throw at them. And they all ended up with a hand on the trophy," per AP.
Enjoy the weekend,
Kendall "Rock 'em Siakam robots" Baker
Trivia answer: NBA: Heat, Magic, Thunder, Jazz ... NHL: Lightning, Wild, Avalanche ... MLB: Red Sox, White Sox
Editor's note: The fourth item has been corrected to show the Selke Trophy is for the best defensive forward (not the most skilled defenseman).