The Wimbledon Finals took place this weekend while plenty of other news happened in other sports. Check out the weekly sports update!
Weekly Sports Update – July 15th Edition
Halep and Djokovic take Wimbledon Championships
Simona Halep made quick work of Serena Williamson at the Wimbledon Women’s Finals. The match, which took place on Saturday, July 13, was supposed to be Serena’s return to glory. She was favored to beat Halep. However, Halep stepped it up and easily beat Williams in straight sets, both 6-2. Wimbledon is Simona’s second major championship. No doubt, the victory should vault her to number one in the world.
Tennis fans witnessed a classic at the 2019 Wimbledon Men’s Finals. Two legendary tennis players, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, duked it out in five sets. Federer had Djokovic on the ropes in the fifth set, but Djokovic fought back. Djokovic’s victory was the first Wimbledon to be decided by a 12-all in the final set. That’s how much both these players wanted the win. If you missed it, try to check out the replay. The 2019 Wimbledon Final between Djokovic and Federer is already a classic.
Golfers finish up preparations for The Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Ireland
Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, and Brooks Koepka are the favorites to win The Open Championship in 2019. Also called the British Open, The Open Championship is this year’s final major.
Koepka offers favorite’s odds at +750 while McIlroy is the second choice. Woods is the third choice and Johnson is the fourth choice. Do your handicapping early. Although The Open Championship is a PGA Tour tournament, it takes place in Ireland, which means it will be late Wednesday night in the United States when golfers tee it off.
Teams look to make moves before MLB trade deadline
Major League Baseball’s trade deadline is on July 31. Right now, teams are scrambling to find that one or two pitchers or fielders that can lead to World Series glory. Rumor are swirling about the moves that some Fall Classic favorites might make.
The L.A. Dodgers are supposedly looking for bullpen help. Los Angeles’s relievers rank tenth in ERA at 4.14. If Los Angeles can solidify their bullpen, they might be impossible to beat to at least win the NL Pennant. Los Angeles has a 62-33 record. They’ve got a feared starting rotation and can score pretty much at will. An improved bullpen makes Los Angeles the best team in baseball.
The Yankees, who have a 59-32 record, are rumored to be targeting D’Backs starter Robbie Ray. Ray might fit perfectly in New York’s rotation. He could also serve as a 1 or 2 out player in playoff games.
A couple of gigantic pitchers could be traded in the next couple of weeks: Madison Bumgarner and Trevor Bauer. The Cleveland Indians can still make a push and win the AL Central Division. They need more than a couple of pieces to do that, though. Trading Bauer makes sense.
San Francisco is one of the worst teams in MLB. Trading Bumgarner could help them start the rebuild they desperately need.
Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman ready to rumble in July 20 bout in Vegas
Before discussing the Pacquiao-Thurman bout, a quick note about boxing great Pernell Whittaker. He was hit by a car over the weekend and tragically died. Known as “Sweat Pea”, Whittaker won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics. He finished his professional record with 40 wins, 4 losses, and a draw. It’s a tragic end to Whittaker’s life. Let’s remember Pernell for what he was, one of the best to ever step into a boxing ring.
On Saturday, July 20, Pacquiao and Thurman will try to honor’s Pernell’s life with a great performance. Boxing provides entertainment and both these guys are experts at providing that entertainment. They both aren’t afraid to mix it up.
Pacquiao’s always been a throw down fighter while Thurman likes to give the fans what they want. Manny’s lost some speed. However, his experience and chin should keep him in this bout.
Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney expected to miss training camp
The Houston Texans don’t expect to agree to a long-term deal by Monday’s 4:00pm deadline. That means Clowney might miss all of training camp this season. Bad news because this is sort of a make or break season for the Texans.
They’ve got a young, terrific, quarterback in Deshaun Watson. Unfortunately, this is probably the last season where Houston’s defense stays intact. For Houston to make a playoff run, both Clowney and J.J. Watt must be at their absolute best.
Clowney missing all of training camp is a huge knock to Houston’s playoff chances.
Big summer horse racing meets are here
The Triple Crown is over, but that doesn’t mean horse racing stops. The two most important meets of the year are either underway or will be underway soon. The classic Saratoga Summer Meet in Saratoga, New York, had their opening day last week.
Del Mar near San Diego starts their summer meet this Wednesday on July 17. Both meets offer gigantic purses, which means the quality of racing doesn’t get any better. The higher quality of racing, the more likely horseplayers make money. Check out both meets and take a shot at making profit betting the ponies.
Russell Westbrook is now a Houston Rocket
The Houston Rockets made a huge roll of the dice this past week. Seeing how their rivals improved big time, the Rockets decided to make a swing for the fences and trade for former Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook.
Westbrook reunites with James Harden. If the two can be copasetic on the court, the Rockets might challenge the Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, Trail Blazers, and Nuggets for the Western Conference title. If Westbrook and Harden don’t play well together, they’re very similar players, the Rockets could end up as the seventh or eighth playoff seed in the loaded West.
No matter what happens, let’s give Houston props. Instead of sitting on their hands, they made a move. That says something about the organization’s desire to win.
Have a great week!
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