Happy Wednesday. Let's sports...
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Mariano Rivera was raised in a small fishing village in Panama, signed with the New York Yankees as an amateur in 1990 for $3,000 and struggled early in his career as a starter (in 1995, he posted a 5.51 ERA as a 25-year-old rookie).
Roy Halladay (85.4%), who sadly passed away in 2017, "outlasted his opponents within a game and a season in a way no pitcher really has since," writes The Ringer's Michael Baumann." Hope you're smiling up there, Roy. You did it, man.
Edgar Martínez (85.4%) benefited from a late surge of support to get into the Hall in his final year on the ballot. You know what's crazy? Four years ago, he received just 27% of the vote.
Mike Mussina (76.9%) won at least 15 games and threw at least 200 innings 11 times in his 18-year career — one spent entirely in the AL East (10 seasons with the Orioles, 8 with the Yankees).
Serena Williams fell to No. 7 seed Karolína Plíšková, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, in the quarterfinals last night. Williams had a 5-1 lead in the third set, but it all collapsed after she suffered a foot fault and a twisted ankle on consecutive plays. Match highlights.
Meanwhile, in the men's bracket: Top-seeded Novak Djokovic advanced to the semis a few hours ago after an exhausted Kei Nishikori retired from their match down 6-1, 4-1.
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Above: Charles Matthews celebrates with teammates after just barely — and I mean barely — beating the buzzer to give Michigan the 59-57 win over Minnesota. Here's the broadcast angle, and here's the view from the expensive seats.
Below: The San Jose Sharks defeated the Washington Capitals 7-6 (OT) in an absolute thriller last night. In the final seconds of regulation, it looked like the Caps were going to win 6-5 — until Evander Kane beat the final horn.
CBS rejected a Super Bowl advertisement that would have advocated for the legalization of medical marijuana, Bloomberg reports.
What happened: Acreage Holdings, the cannabis company backed by former House Speaker John Boehner, was hoping to raise awareness for "constituents who are being lost in the dialogue."
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There's a possibility we'll be watching a Maya Moore-less WNBA next season, as the superstar and the Minnesota Lynx are currently engaged in a standoff, writes Axios' Mike Sykes.
What's happening: Moore "might retire, or take a year off, or even ask to be traded," according to a report by Minneapolis TV station WCCO.
The big picture: Moore is the LeBron James of the WNBA. If she gets moved, it would be the biggest trade in league history, rivaled only by Elena Delle Donne's trade to the Washington Mystics in 2017.
Next year, Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics for the second time.
Answer at the bottom.
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Welcome to Day 2 of Squash Week. Here's Day 1 if you missed it.
Squash, invented in 1830, is a sport played by 2 players (singles) or 4 players (doubles) in a 4-walled court that measures 31 feet x 21 feet x 18.5 feet.
Film breakdown: There was a point during yesterday's quarterfinal matchup between world No. 1 Mohammed Elshorbagy and world No. 11 Diego Elias that demonstrates why squash has been dubbed "physical chess." A few things to point out before you watch:
🎥 Watch: Roll the tape
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Four years ago today, Klay Thompson set the NBA record for most points (37) and three-pointers in a quarter (9), finishing with 52 points in the Warriors' 126-101 win over the Kings. Enjoy.
⚽️ After going undefeated in 2018, the USWNT started 2019 with a 3-1 loss to World Cup host France, but they bounced back yesterday with a 1-0 victory over Spain.
🥊 "What does your favorite UFC fighter have in common with your Lyft driver? Both are classified as contractors, giving them few labor rights. But several efforts underway ... seek greater protections for the men and women grappling in the cage." (The Ringer)
🏈 The Rams and Patriots have completely reversed roles since their first Super Bowl meeting.
Kendall "I think I love squash" Baker
Trivia Answer: 1964 (Tokyo was also going to host the 1940 Olympics but, ya know, WWII and all)