America took a holiday last week, but great sports did not. Here are 5 notable news stories you can discuss with the office, the offspring, and the other half…
1) Scotsman Andy Murray defeated Serbia’s Novak Djokovic for the Wimbledon gentleman’s title Sunday in straight sets. It was Britain’s first men’s champion in 77 years (and also a great little geography lesson for the kids: countries that make up the British Empire, or “Never Refer to a Scot as an Englishman”). As for Djokovic, he has retained his world No. 1 ranking…and donkey cheese restaurants.
2) The Boston Celtics selected a new head coach: Brad Stevens. Who? Exactly. The 36-year-old (THIRTY-SIX!!!) was previously head coach for Butler University in Indianapolis. But even with enrollment around only 4,500, Stevens established the Bulldogs as perennial NCAA Tourney contenders.
3) Baseball announced its rosters for the All-Star Game, July 16. For pitchers and final fan voting, visit MLB.com.
American League: Joe Mauer (C, Minnesota); Chris Davis (1B Baltimore); Robinson Cano (2B NY Yankees); Miguel Cabrera (3B Detroit); J.J. Hardy (SS Baltimore); Mike Trout (OF LA Angels); Adam Jones (OF Baltimore); Jose Bautista (OF Toronto); David Ortiz (DH Boston).
National League: Yadier Molina (C St. Louis); Joey Votto (1B Cincinnati); Brandon Phillips (2B Cincinnati); David Wright (3B NY Mets); Troy Tulowitzki (SS Colorado); Carlos Beltran ( OF St. Louis); Carlos Gonzalez (OF Colorado); Bryce Harper (OF Washington). Note there is no DH because the National League lets its pitchers bat, AS GOD INTENDED.
4) After only one season with the Lakers, controversial center Dwight Howard announced in a tweet Friday he would be joining the Houston Rockets. The respected but long-frustrated rebounder’s deal is reportedly for $88 million over the next four years, depending on his free agency.
5) Leroy Sutton and Dartanyon Crockett could have been just two more statistics from the Cleveland ghetto. Two more black teens—already facing physical disabilities—lost to crime and hopelessness. But through sports and one devoted reporter, they are seeking their futures in in college and the U.S. Paralympics team. More here in this ESPN “Outside the Lines” segment, “Why I Stayed.”