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Jalen Hurts. Photo: Brett Deering/Getty Images
More: Northwestern bettors suffered the season's first bad beat ... Nevada beat Purdue on a 56-yard field goal by true freshman Brandon Talton, who was put on scholarship right afterward … Hugh Freeze coached from a hospital bed in the press box.
Justin Verlander. Photo: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images
Astros ace Justin Verlander became the 6th pitcher in MLB history to throw 3 no-hitters when he blanked the Blue Jays on Sunday, joining Nolan Ryan (7), Sandy Koufax (4), Cy Young (3) Bob Feller (3) and Larry Corcoran (3).
Before falling to the Rangers 7-0 last night, the Yankees had gone 220 straight games without failing to score — the second-longest no-shutout streak in MLB history, trailing only the Babe Ruth-led Yankees of 1931-33 (308 games).
7 players are tied for 7th place in triples … and they all have 7!! They are: Ozzie Albies (Braves), Charlie Blackmon (Rockies), Adam Eaton (Nationals), Brett Gardner (Yankees), Kevin Kiermaier (Rays), Austin Meadows (Rays) and Amed Rosario (Mets).
There's still work left to do, but Serena has a clear path to the final. Photo: Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images
Noon ET: (5) Elina Svitolina vs. (16) Johanna Konta
1:15pm ET: (23) Stan Wawrinka vs. (5) Daniil Medvedev
7pm ET: (8) Serena Williams vs. (18) Wang Qiang
8:15pm ET: (3) Roger Federer vs. Grigor Dimitrov
With his idol Tiger Woods looking on, Rafael Nadal powered past 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic — and hit one of the best tennis shots you'll ever see.
"This is the era of the swing-change superstar: A mediocre player [rebuilds] his mechanics piece by piece until he's reborn as an out-of-nowhere power-hitting stud. That's not Yelich's story.... He still struggles with the question of why he changed [his swing], and he certainly didn't know anything like this was going to happen."
🏈 The NFL, The NCAA And The Eternal Football Rules Debate (The Ringer)
"From overtime to pass interference to PATs, college and pro football have long had distinct sets of rules. So which level does it best? Let's examine six key differences — and decide whose version is superior."
"Many in women's professional sports are tired of hearing that until their leagues increase attendance or draw higher ratings, they don't deserve serious investment.... Money spent, or 'lost,' on them is typically described as a 'cost,' while money poured into men's franchises, many of which lose much more of it, is described as an 'investment.'"
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20 years ago today, Penguins legend Mario Lemieux struck a deal with team ownership that landed him and his ownership group controlling interest of the organization.
Go deeper: Mario Lemieux took control of Penguins as a businessman, not a savior (SB Nation)
Mack Brown won his first game back at the helm for UNC and now has the 2nd-most wins in school history, making him 1 of 3 coaches since 1940 to be in the top 2 in wins at multiple Power 5 schools.
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STAVELOT, BELGIUM — 22-year-old French driver Anthoine Hubert was killed during an F2 race held prior to Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix. Pictured: Anthoine's brother, mother and his peers observing a moment of silence.
TEAHUPO'O, TAHITI — The 2019 Tahiti Pro, stop No. 7 on the World Surf League Men's Championship Tour, concluded on Sunday. The photos taken by Brian Bielmann — from both above and below the water — are absolutely breathtaking.
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Trivia answer: Steve Spurrier (Florida and South Carolina) and Paul "Bear" Bryant (Alabama and Kentucky)