THINGS TO CARE ABOUT
Westbrook and Harden back at it … In an unexpected turn of events, The Brodie and The Beard are together again. Yep, you read that Woj bomb correctly. The days of bickering Chris Paul and James Harden are a thing of the past. By now, you probably know CP3 was sent to Oklahoma City in the trade. What you might not know is how to make sense of this insane NBA offseason. Turns out the players are as shook as the fans. Read More
How well do you know the week? From an epic Home Run Derby and Wimbledon action to the USWNT’s celebration tour and major NBA moves, the sports world had itself a week. Think you’ve got a handle on everything that went down? We’ll let this quiz will be the judge of that: Read More
Serena the Wimbledon icon … Serena Williams is on her way to another Wimbledon final, looking to win her eighth Wimbledon title and tie Margaret Court for the record of most Grand Slam titles ever. We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to iconic Wimbledon moments from the greatest women’s tennis player of all time, and this year’s run to the final proved to be business as usual. Here’s everything you might have missed from Serena’s march through the bracket. Read More
MLS players spill the beans … Each year, we ask the top stars in MLS to give their anonymous thoughts on the hot-button issues of the league. This year, we got them to go one step further. Here are the unfiltered thoughts of 128 players from all 24 MLS teams, piping hot. Read More
WEEKEND BINGE READS
Unlocking the mystery of superhuman strength … You’ve all heard the stories. A tractor falls on a man and his teenage daughters somehow manage to lift it off him. A woman tackles and fights off a polar bear that was threatening her children. People are capable of feats of extreme, almost otherworldly strength when they’re in danger, which suggests that the limits of human power are really more like “soft barriers,” according to one neuroscientist. What that means for athletics remains to be seen. Read More
‘These kids are ticking time bombs’ … Youth basketball has become highly organized and extremely high-stakes, a true talent pipeline to the pros. Young ballers get to develop their skills against the best competition, with opportunities to play year-round … and that’s the problem. In Part 1 of a two-part series, we examine how the physical stress from constant hooping might lead to an epidemic of injuries, both on and off the court. Read More
Golf’s not-so-secret fascination with CBD oil … It used to be taboo, but now you can find CBD oil in professional golf bags, right next to tees and ball markers. Senior tour players have been the most open about it, saying that it helps with everything from sleep to muscle fatigue, but now the younger players are getting into it, too — to the point where you’re starting to see some high-profile players become spokespeople. Read More
THINGS TO WATCH
Alex Morgan’s “The Equalizer”: That’s The Tea The USWNT are world champs, and Alex Morgan was a big part of it, from her constant presence as a scoring threat to her tea-sipping celebration against England. She talks about it all on the latest episode of “The Equalizer” on ESPN+.Watch
While on vacation in Spain Redskins cornerback Josh Norman jumps over a bull in Pamplona.
LeBron James Jr. shows off his hops as he flies to the rim for a windmill dunk.
“Nothing goes better together in Oklahoma than tornadoes, pork rinds and Horns Down. Whether you’re a Sooner or a Cowpoke, we can all agree that Texas sucks.”
— Oklahoma fan John Slate, on the rivalry with Texas Read More
On this date in 1979, a local disc jockey hosted “Disco Demolition Night” at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. The White Sox had hoped a crowd of about 20,000 would show up to see a crate of disco records blown up before the game. Instead, 50,000 rowdy fans attended, the explosion damaged the field and attendees had to be dispersed by riot police after they stormed the field. All of this proved that, of course, disco will never die.
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEKEND?
Wimbledon men’s championship (semifinals 8 a.m. ET on Friday, ESPN, final 9 a.m. ET on Sunday, ESPN): It’s been a minute since Federer and Nadal squared off on the manicured lawns at the All England Club — 11 years to be exact. Tennis fans remember the last meeting vividly, as it was arguably one of the greatest matches of all time. No matter the outcome of the semifinals, there’s guaranteed to be a superstar (or two) in the final. See you on the grass.
Sneakercenter (ESPN+, Friday): Today is the day, sneakerheads! The show you’ve been waiting for has arrived. Need more kick-bait in your life? Check out @sneakercenter on Instagram, and sign up for the SneakerCenter Facebook group. Don’t say we never gave you anything.
Wimbledon women’s final (9 a.m. ET on Saturday, ESPN): Halep is chasing her first Wimbledon title. Serena is on a quest for that elusive 24th Grand Slam title. We’re getting hyped just thinking about it.
NBA summer league playoffs (quarterfinals, 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, ESPN; semifinals, 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, ESPN2): It’s the final countdown. Only seven games remain before the NBA rooks bid farewell to Vegas. Soak up this hoops action while you can, folks.
UFC Fight Night: De Randamie vs. Ladd (5 p.m. ET on Saturday, ESPN+): MMA’s top rising stars and a legend making a return. The unbeaten Aspen Ladd will be in her first UFC main event, facing Germaine de Randamie, with bantamweight title implications on the line. Prior to that, hometown hero Urijah Faber will enter the Octagon for the first time in more than two years to face up-and-comer Ricky Simon.
Dodgers vs. Red Sox (7 p.m. ET on Sunday, ESPN): The final installment of a three-game series rematch of last year’s World Series. The Dodgers hold the best record in baseball, but have cooled off as of late. The Red Sox left much to be desired in the first half but gained serious momentum as it came to a close. Need we say more?