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August 16, 2021

It was an amazing week for baseball. Arizona’s Tyler Gilbert no-hit the Padres in his first major league start. The last pitcher to throw a no-no in his first major league start was Bobo Holloman in 1953. It was the eight no-hitter in MLB this season, tying the record for one campaign.
Baseball also enjoyed drama in the Field of Dreams game in Iowa. The Yankees scored four runs in the ninth to take the lead. Tim Anderson hit a two-run homer that Hollywood scriptwriters couldn’t do better.
NFL preseason action picked up. I’m not a big fan of exhibitions.
There was big news in tennis as Roger Federer will miss the US Open and many more months due to additional knee surgery.
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August 9, 2021

The Olympics concluded and the USA team led in gold medals (edging China) and total medals. The USA team won gold in men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball to win the race for most golds.

NBA free agency started and there were several sin-and trade moves, led by Lonzo Ball and Kyle Lowery. The Lakers signed several free agents.

The San Francisco Giants were the first team to reach 70 wins.

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August 2, 2021

It was a great week in the sports world.

The NBA Draft gave 60 players an opportunity to reach their dream. Cade Cunningham went #1 to the Pistons. There were several deals, led by the Lakers getting Russell Westbrook.

Major League Baseball saw its wildest trade deadline. Big names were dealt as the Cubs and Nationals unloaded several veterans. Names like Max Scherzer, Kris Bryant, Jay Baez, Kyle Schwarber, Trea Turner, Jose Berrios, Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo switched uniforms. We also saw White Sox newcomer Seby Zavala become the first player to hit three home runs in his first game.

Then there was the Olympics. Katie Ledecky, Caleb Dressel and Robert Finke were big names winning gold. Next week we will see if USA basketball can get the gold.

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July 26, 2021

 

Congratulations to the Milwaukee Bucks, winning the NBA championship for the first time in 50 years. They rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Suns in six games. GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO was incredible in the final game, scoring 50 points and hitting most of his free throws. His shot-blocking prowess was a big factor as well.

The Olympics got under way. Nothing like the beauty of the opening ceremonies. There were a number of interesting developments. A swimmer from Tunisia won a gold medal. Ash Barty, the top-seeded women, lost in round one. For the first time since 2004, the U.S. men’s basketball team has lost in the Olympics, falling to France 83-76.

This week is the NBA draft. I think this is a deep crop and you can make noise if you have several picks.

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July 19, 2021

Jon Rahm shot a 67 in the final round of the US Open, finishing at a winning -6. He joined Jose Maria Olazabal and Seve Ballesteros as Spaniards to win majors. Rahm made two great putts on the 17th and 18th holes.

Devin Booker had a triple-double, scoring 40 points as the Suns beat the Clippers in game one of the Western Conference finals.

The Hawks stunned the Sixers, winning game seven at Philadelphia.

Kevin Durant scored 48 points but it was not enough as the injury-plagued Nets lost to the Bucks.

 

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Quote of the Week

"123-90 was not that close. A whipping as Mark Cuban’s Mavs blew out Phoenix in game seven. Luka Doncic was incredible as the Suns fell short."
-Dick Vitale