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July 17th, 2017

Wimbledon gave us more great memories this year.

Roger Federer showed why he is the greatest of all-time, winning his 19th major championship and eighth gentleman's singles crown, both records. He beat Marin Cilic in straight sets in the finals. At age 35, he showed why he is so special. Last year, he was sidelined with a knee injury and his future looked bleak. Now he has won two of the three Grand Slam events so far this year.

How impressive was he at Wimbledon this year? He beat Cilic, Milos Raonic, Thomas Berdych and Gregor Dimitrov en route to the title, four highly-ranked, talented players.

Venus Williams went for her sixth Wimbledon women's crown but fell to Garbine Muguruza of Spain. Muguruza won the final nine games of the match to prevail.

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July 3rd, 2017

 

The NBA free agency period has taken over the headlines.

There have been big moves with Chris Paul dealt to the Rockets and Paul George to the Thunder. There have been players going elsewhere for big bucks like JJ Redick to Philadelphia for $23 million.

There have been big money re-signings like Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin and Kyle Lowery.

I am concerned that NBA stars of free agency will create power teams and unfortunately, many mediocre ones.

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June 26th, 2017

The hottest team in baseball is the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The team has won 10 straight contests. On Sunday, they trailed Colorado 5-0 early. They were down 6-4 in the seventh inning.

It helps when you score five runs on four wild pitches. Plus Cody Bellinger had his sixth multi-homer game.

You can point at several people for the team's success. Bellinger has provided a spark since being called up. Clayton Kershaw is one of the top pitchers in baseball. How about some credit to manager Dave Roberts? His team is always prepared and he has utilized different combinations to gain versatility in his lineup.

This team is going to be dangerous.

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June 24th, 2017

"We had a great time at the Tournament Club of Iowa in Polk City, IA as we raised money for kids battling cancer through The V Foundation. I can't thank JoEllen and Craig Mettille enough for their dedication, generosity and for hosting this event for the 7th year raising a cumulative total that has exceeded 1 million dollars. They are really genuine people who care about others.

The event was emceed by Bobby Hansen, former outstanding Iowa State star who also played in the NBA and part of the '92 Bulls Championship team led by Michael Jordan. They honored Fran McCaffery, head basketball coach of Iowa, whose son Patrick is a cancer survivor. He and his wife Margaret not only were honored but also made a nice contribution as did the second honoree, Hall of Fame Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. I loved being the keynote speaker here and sharing stories about cancer survivors.

We also had three youngsters who were battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and are now in remission: Michael, Justin, and Cooper. It was really a special night and we're so proud of the dollars that we raised. Once again, a big big thank you to the hearts of gold JoEllen and Craig Mettille."

 

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June 23rd, 2017

The 2017 NBA draft is in the books. There was a great amount of talent going to NBA rosters.

 

Here are some thoughts from draft night.

A number of teams were winners. It starts with Philadelphia getting Markelle Fultz to open the draft. He will team up with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid to provide a solid young trio. The Sixers used other picks to bolster the future roster.

 

I liked the Sacramento-Portland deal. Zach Collins will be a star up front for the Blazers. Caleb Swanigan also adds another big body up front. The Kings added DeAaron Fox, Justin Jackson and Harry Giles, three guys with winning experience. If Giles can stay healthy, this is a big move.

 

Chicago got a nice deal, adding Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn and Zach Lavine in the Jimmy Butler deal. Certainly Minnesota was thrilled to get Butler and Justin Patton.

 

Charlotte made a good decision in selecting Malik Monk at #11 overall.

 

Phoenix got Josh Jackson and he is my early pick as Rookie of the Year. Devon Reed is an outstanding defender.

 

It would be easy to say Cleveland lost because it did not have a pick.

 

If I had to pick a losing situation, is was the large number of underclassmen that had eligibility remaining and went undrafted.

 

That list included Kobi Simmons and Chance Comanche of Arizona, Antonio Blakeney of LSU, Isaiah Briscoe of Kentucky, PJ Dozier of South Carolina, EricMika of BYU, Jonathan Motley of Baylor, Cameron Oliver of Nevada, LJ Peak of Georgetown, Devin Robinson of Florida, Melo Trimble of Maryland.

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June 19th, 2017

The NBA draft should provide excitement galore this week.

This is one of the deepest drafts in years and several players should develop into stars for years to come.

I really like Duke's Jayson Tatum and Josh Jackson of Kansas.

Lonzo Ball of UCLA also has a bright future. Keep an eye on Gonzaga's Zach Collins to reach his potential.

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Quote of the Week

"The amazing Roger Federer is absolutely the GOAT!! He now has a record eight Wimbledon men's singles titles."

  -Dick Vitale