1—San Diego Padres pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne was stopped short with only four outs to go Sunday of a no-hitter against the New York Mets. The Padres are the only active major league franchise without a “no-no.” And it would have been a feather in the cap for Cuban-born Despaigne, who defected from his difficult life less than a year ago while on a national team trip in Europe.
Also of note: the man who ended the run was none other than Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy. Daniel Murphy who was told by sports commentator Boomer Esiason in March that he shouldn’t have taken paternity leave for his first child, and that his wife should have had a C-section. Daniel Murphy the 2014 All-Star. Yeah, that Daniel Murphy. Whatever, Boo-Boo.
2–Ireland’s Rory McIlroy won the British Open wire-to-wire, but perhaps more exciting was the bet on Rory his father won for around $180,000 U.S.—and that he placed 10 years ago. Rory’s dad Gerry so believed in his son in 2004 he placed a 200-pound wager ($341) at 500-to-1 odds that his son would win the Open within 10 years. You buyin’ the pints then, Dad?
3—Ready to start Christmas shopping? Here are the current top-selling pro football jerseys: #1 Johnny Manziel (QB, Cleveland Browns); #2 Russell Wilson (QB, Seattle); #3 Colin Kaepernick (QB, San Francisco); #4 Peyton Manning (QB, Denver); #5 Richard Sherman (CB, Seattle). The number-six seller is St. Louis’ defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay man drafted by the NFL.
4—Led by Christine Sinclair’s hat trick (three goals in one match), the Portland Thorns defeated the Boston Breakers 6-3 Sunday, hoping to continue a run to win the National Women’s Soccer League championship again. They won the inaugural title first last year. The hat trick was the first in the franchise’s history.
5—If you or anyone you know has been affected by cancer, you will especially appreciate this speech by ESPN anchor Stuart Scott on receiving the “Jimmy V Perseverance Award” during the sports awards program “The ESPY’s” last week. One of ESPN’s longest-tenured anchors, you will recognize him, even if you’re not a sports fan, for his funky glasses, fun cultural references, and a slightly cocked eye, once injured while on assignment. Scott has struggled with recurring cancer and its complications since 2007, yet has carried on with strength and character. Have the tissues ready when he brings his daughter on the stage…