The finals for three major soccer tournaments: the Women’s World Cup, the Gold Cup, and the Copa America, took place on Sunday, July 8. Check out happened in those tournaments, what’s going on at Wimbledon, and how Kawhi and PG-13 changed the NBA in our weekly sports update!
Weekly Sports Update – July 8th Edition
India vs New Zealand and England vs Australia in ICC Cricket World Cup Semifinals
Before getting into what else happened this past week, it’s important to note that the ICC Cricket World Cup is down to its final four teams: India, England, Australia, and New Zealand. India battles New Zealand while England takes on Australia.
India leads the ICC World Cup Standings with a 7-1 record. England, the highest-rated squad heading into the World Cup, isn’t in second place, though. Australia only has 2 losses. The question heading into the Final Four is whether the Australians are for real or not. They battle England in the semifinals, a squad they beat back on June 25.
The English will push Australia. That’s the matchup to watch because India should roll into the finals by easily disposing of New Zealand. The New Zealanders have lost their last 3, making them the longest shot of the remaining four teams to win the World Cup.
Wimbledon reaches quarterfinals stage
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have moved on to the quarterfinals. Both look strong, but Nadal figures to have a tough match facing Sam Querry. The un-seeded American player excels over grass. Nadal plays his best over clay. That match takes place on July 10. Most definitely pay attention to our write-up on that one.
On the women’s side, Serena Williams, Elina Svitolina, and Simona Halep have all advanced to the quarterfinals. One player that hasn’t is world’s number one ranked Ashleigh Barty. Alison Riske beat Barty 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in their fourth round matchup. Can Riske keep it going versus Williams?
On the other side of the women’s Wimbledon bracket, Halep and Svitolina look strong. They figure to face each other later this week in the Wimbledon Semifinals. Make sure to check out all our Wimbledon blogs this week for insight on the top wagers on both the men’s and women’s sides.
USA wins second straight Women’s World Cup
The 2019 Women’s World Cup turned out to be another coronation for the United States’ women’s soccer program. USA won it’s second straight Women’s World Cup when they dominated the Netherlands 2-0 this past Sunday.
Although the U.S. made it took easy in the finals, they struggled versus England in the semifinals last week. The Americans got some help from the replay booth after they called back an England goal that would have tied it. Then, U.S. women’s soccer goalie Alyssa Naeher stopped an English penalty kick.
The United States is the best in women’s soccer again. But, their dominance won’t last forever. The English and Spanish impressed during this year’s Women’s World Cup. It will be interesting to see if either one of those squads makes enough strides in the next four years to challenge the Americans in 2023.
Brazil beats Peru for Copa America Championship
We must hand it to Peru. They managed to get by Uruguay and Chile to make it all the way to the Copa America Championship match. Unfortunately, they faced one of the top national teams in the world, Brazil, in the finals. Although Peru played much better this past Sunday than they did losing 0-5 to Brazil in group play, they were no match for their rivals.
Brazil used their beautiful brand of soccer to beat Peru 3-1. We know Brazil will be awesome at the 2022 World Cup. Peru, if they move forward, should be a dark horse. They got better and better with every match at the 2019 Copa America. It might not be too long before we talk about Peru in the same breath that we talk about other South American soccer heavyweights: Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay.
Mexico beats the United States to win Gold Cup
The United State’s men’s soccer squad fell to rival Mexico in the Gold Cup Final on Sunday. USA had played well to get to the finals. Mexico’s the better team, though.
The Mexicans outshot the Americans 20 to 11. They took 5 shots on goal compared to the United States’ 3 shots. They also kept the ball 57% of the time compared to USA’s 43% possession.
Although the U.S. failed to win the Gold Cup, the program appears headed in the right direction. The United State’s men’s national team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. If they continue moving in the right direction, they could be a surprise World Cup entrant for 2022.
MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday
Before going on to the biggest news of the week, just a reminder that the MLB All-Star Game takes place on Tuesday, July 9. Don’t forget to watch and wager on an American Classic.
Kawhi and PG-13 Make Los Angeles the NBA Mecca Again
Although plenty of eyes were on the Women’s World Cup, the Gold Cup, Copa America, and Wimbledon, the biggest, most important, news of the week happened last Friday afternoon when Kawhi Leonard decided to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Kawhi pulled a LeBron James in the sense that he worked with the Clippers to convince Paul George that he too should join what’s traditionally been Los Angeles’ “B” hoops team. The Oklahoma City Thunder managed to trade George to the Clippers. Kawhi then signed with the Clippers and, there you have it, the second super team in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Clippers projected starting lineup of Kawhi, George, Patrick Beverly, Montrezl Harrell, and Ivica Zubac makes for an incredible starting five. However, that’s not the real reason the Clippers are favored at +270 to win the NBA Championship.
The real reason is that not only do the Clippers have a formidable starting five, but that they also bring the best sixth man in the NBA, Lou Williams, off the bench. Wilson Chandler, a starter for the Denver Nuggets in 2018, will also come off the bench.
The Clippers are favored over the Lakers, who are at +350, because they can mix and match with any other team in the NBA, including Showtime. It helps that Kawhi and PG-13 are in their primes.
Have the L.A. Clippers finally overtaken the L.A. Lakers as the top sports franchise in Los Angeles? Maybe.
Have a great week!
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