CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three: Every single East Division team comes away with a win, shocking anyone who has even glimpsed the CFL standings over the past few years. Which means that in our little pick 'em, the rookies are piling on and the vets are sinking. Grab your PFD and make your picks inside.
Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers: Now that Marc Gasol and Robert Pera have come down from their tapas-and-wine bender across Barcelona, the last big-name free agent outside the LeBron Show is off the board. The first free-agency period of the NBA’s new money era mostly unfolded over a whirlwind 90 hours, starting with Al-Farouq Aminu’s move to Portland and ending when LaMarcus Aldridge broke away and headed to San Antonio. Even when most players re-sign with their old teams, free agency jolts the league’s balance of power and explodes new trends in the player-sharing economy.
MLB All-Star Rosters (and "Final Vote") announced:
Only four Royals made the squad, averting the doomsday scenario of an "all-Royals" squad from earlier voting.
Huge 20-Cyclist Crash Takes Out Leader at Tour de France: Twenty riders went down in a huge crash during Stage 3 of the Tour de France Monday, including the leader Fabian Cancellara, who fractured two vertebra in his back. Five of the 20 riders involved in the massive spill -- one of the worst in the history of the event -- could not continue. A Reuters photo shows Lotto-Jumbo rider Laurens ten Dam of the Netherlands lying in agony on the road suffering from a dislocated shoulder. The caption notes, "he got back on the bike and finished the stage after it was popped back into place."
U.S. Wins Women's World Cup: An incredible storm of early goals, including a hat trick by Carli Lloyd, led the United States to a 5-2 victory over Japan in the Women's World Cup. The U.S. avenges the 2011 loss in the Final and hoists the championship trophy for the first time in 16 years. Lauren Holiday and Tobin Heath also scored for the Americans, who become the first country to win the Women's World Cup three times. Hope Solo won the Golden Glove as the cup's best goalkeeper, Lloyd the Golden Ball as best player.
DeAndre Jordan Signs with Dallas Mavericks: Center DeAndre Jordan has reached a free-agent deal with the Dallas Mavericks, league sources told ESPN. The deal's reportedly a four-year, $80 million max contract with a player option after the third season. Jordan, who was born in Houston and played for Texas A&M in college, led the league last season in field goal percentage at .710 and rebounds per game at 15.0 for the Los Angeles Clippers.
U.S. Defeats Germany, Advances to Women's World Cup Final: In a meeting of the world's top two FIFA-ranked teams, the United States defeated Germany 2-0 in the Women's World Cup semifinal and advances to the final for the second straight cup. Germany had a chance to take the lead in the second half but missed the first penalty kick in the team's WWC history. The U.S. got a penalty of its own shortly afterwards and Carli Lloyd scored. Lloyd had an assist on the second goal with a pass scored by Kelley O'Hara.
This is Vin Scully's 66th season broadcasting Dodger games. Seriously.:
A goddman national treasure, I will turn on any Dodger games I am awake for on the east coast, and go to sleep listening to him call a game.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two: Another Pick 'Em season is underway, this time with a possible-record-but-I'm-too-lazy-to-look-it-up sixteen players! So it figures that the first week sees three upsets, which means that you probably didn't get many points. Shake it off and make your picks inside.
U.S. Defeats China, Advances to Women's World Cup Semifinals: The U.S. women's soccer team defeated China 1-0 Friday night, advancing to the semifinals of the Women's World Cup in Canada. The Americans were in solid control for most of the match but went into the half in a scoreless tie. In the 51st minute, Carli Lloyd scored on a header with a terrific pass from Julie Johnson near midfield. The U.S. will face Germany, which defeated France 5-4 on penalty kicks after being tied 1-1.
NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: Cixelsyd: The winner of SportsFilter's NHL prediction contest is Cixelsyd, who earned points by choosing the Chicago Blackhawks to win, Duncan Keith to win the Conn Smythe and lead in points, Corey Crawford to have the best goals-against average and himself to win this competition. Ufez Jones seizes the Costanza in a bold move late.
Australian Rugby Player Dies After Tackle: A Queensland Cup rugby league player in Australia has died of injuries suffered during play. Sunshine Coast Falcons player James Ackerman, 24, was knocked unconscious Saturday by a tackle five minutes into a game and died on Monday. Details on the precise injury have not been released, but it was head- or neck-related. The Falcons are a regional team that serves as a feeder for the top-level Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League.
The 11th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em: It's late June, which means the temperature has just nudged above freezing in Edmonton, which means that the snowbank covering Frank's Sporting Supply And Live Bait Shop has melted JUST enough to dig out the front door, which means that FINALLY Jake Ireland can walk in, pick up a fresh crate of regulation footballs, charge them on his Tim Horton's double-double card, allowing us to FINALLY end this run-on sentence and get the CFL season underway. Take a breath and make your picks inside.
SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em final results: congratulations to grum@work and ic23b who tied for first place. (more inside)
Ex-Met Darryl Hamilton found dead in murder-suicide: Former Mets outfielder Darryl Hamilton was identified by police in Pearland, Texas, as one of two victims in a murder-suicide.
Tokyo 2020 Committee Releases Short List of New Sports: Eight sports are in line for addition to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: baseball/softball, bowling, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, surfing, wushu, and karate. Tokyo 2020 organizers will make their recommendation this September, with the IOC making its final decision next August. The list of non-recommended sports was a vast one: air sports, bowls, bridge, chess, dance sport, floorball, flying disc, football, korfball, netball, orienteering, polo, racquetball, sumo, tug of war, underwater sports and waterski and wakeboard.
Max Scherzer Has Perfect Game Through 8 2/3, But Hits Tabata: Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer came within one strike of throwing a perfect game Saturday, but hit Jose Tabata on the elbow on a pitch Tabata leaned into. He then got Josh Harrison to fly out for a no-hitter. This follows a one-hitter on his last start, prompting an ESPN report to call this "perhaps the most dominant consecutive starts in the majors since Johnny Vander Meer pitched back-to-back no-hitters for Cincinnati in 1938." This was Scherzer's first no-hitter and the second in Nats history. He was drenched in chocolate syrup by teammates afterwards.
The stories of Lonnie Smith.:
SBNation's Jon Bois has produced a third episode of his "Pretty Good" videos, and this one is about (possibly) the most interesting athlete of the 1980s, Lonnie Smith.
(Warning: There be some cursing in this here video.)
Brazil's World Cup Stadiums, One Year Later: ESPN looks at Brazil's 12 World Cup stadiums, some of which are barely used because they have no soccer club to fill them. One of the most glaring examples is Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in Brasilia, which cost $900 million to build and is only used by semi-pro clubs because the city lacks a large pro club. An estimated 30 to 40 percent of construction costs of these venues was lost to corruption.