Congratulations, you made it to Friday. Bad news, though...it starts all over again in a couple days. Time for your Friday morning Tea Shot.
Javier Baez has played three games in the Major Leagues. Javier Baez has hit three home runs in the Major Leagues. That's a pretty good positive correlation if you ask me. Baez homered twice yesterday in the Cubs' 6-2 win over the Rockies. Hey Kyle Hendricks was pretty good too. He gave up six hits and two runs over eight innings. He's 3-1 in his five starts this season. So much for that Cole Hamels guy, right?
The White Sox Lose Big Again
It's probably a good thing if you are a Sox fan and went to bed early last night. They played out west and didn't make much happen, losing 13-3 to the Seattle Mariners. They didn't get a hit until Connor Gillaspie's double in the 5th inning, and they gave up at least two runs in every inning from the 4th through the 8th. They'll try again tonight.
Bears Begin Preseason Tonight
The Bears welcome the Eagles to Soldier Field tonight to begin the 2014 Preseason schedule. Not sure how much can be gleaned from the first preseason game, but it'll be nice to watch football again.
Kevin Love On The Move...In Theory
The Timberwolves and Cavaliers reportedly have an agreement in place to trade Kevin Love to Cleveland for the Cavs' last two #1 overall picks (apparently those things grow on trees in Cleveland) and a 2015 draft pick. Of course, the trade can't officially be completed until August 23rd. We could see several more rumored agreements between now and then. The big hold up in any Kevin Love deal was his reluctance to sign a long term contract with the team he ended up with. According to the report, he's agreed to do just that with the Cavs. Say hello to LeBron, K-Love, and Kyrie for the forseeable future in Cleveland. Sorry, Joakim.
Kevin Durant Off Team USA
Another star forward has left Team USA, but not because of injury. Probably, though, because of the fear of injury. Durant removed his name from consideration for the FIBA World Cup squad because of "physical and mental fatigue". You have to wonder if the Thunder saw Paul George's injury and said hey, that could have been Durant, and nudged him to pull out.
Tiger Struggles, Rory Just Off the Pace at PGA
Tiger Woods limped his way (not literally) to a 3-over 74 yesterday at Valhalla, 14 years after he finished the first round tied for the lead. Of course, he went on to win the 2000 PGA Championship, also played at Valhalla. Rory, on the other hand, went 5-under for a 66 and sits one shot off the lead held by Lee Westwood, Kevin Chappell, and Ryan Palmer. A lot of golf to be played still of course, and things could get interesting with weather on the way.
NCAA Power 5 Conferences
The NCAA Division 1 Board of Directors voted yesterday to allow the "Power 5" Conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, Pac 12 and Notre Dame) some level of autonomy. Two things that are expected to be at the top of their list of changes include cost of attendance stipends for players and guaranteed four-year scholarships. The New York Times has a pretty good explanation of the basics here.
Landon Donovan to Retire
American soccer is about to lose one of the all time greats. Landon Donovan will retire from professional soccer at the end of the MLS season. He's both the national team's and the MLS all time leading scorer. He was left off the 2014 World Cup team by Jurgen Klinsmann, a controversial decision to say the least. Despite that, he'll be remembered as perhaps the greatest American soccer player of all time.
Jimmy Garoppolo Makes Preseason Debut
One more local note. Arlington Heights native and Rolling Meadows High School grad Jimmy Garoppolo made his preseason debut last night against the Redskins. Ryan Mallett started the game and played until halftime. Garoppolo went 9-for-13 for 157 yards and a touchdown. Congratulations Jimmy!
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