Unfortunately, there wasn’t much news to miss other a handful of Soccer matches. We have the Women’s World Cup, Copa America and Gold Cup all taking place right now. We saw amazing matches in all.
However, before we get into soccer, we’ll talk about other important news. News like Tennis’ Cori Gauff (15) being the youngest ever to qualify for the Wimbledon major tournament that is set to start on Monday, July 1st. Let’s see how well she does.
There was also a big UFC fight that took place this weekend, as we saw Francis Ngannou versus Junior Dos Santos. It was a quick one for Ngannou (14-3), as he needed just 71 seconds to stop Junior dos Santos on Saturday at UFC Fight Night.
Dos Santos (21-6) joined Cain Velasquez and Curtis Blaydes as first-round knockout victims against Ngannou over the past eight months, with all three heavyweights lasting a grand total of two minutes and 22 seconds. Dos Santos started off quick with an outside leg kick and a left hook, but Ngannou bounced back up to his feet and began to land hard kicks of his own. Ngannou followed with a right hand that dos Santos never saw coming.
There was also the announcement of the competitors who will be in the 2019 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby. Those players are Ronald Acuna Jr., Christian Yelich, Josh Bell, Pete Alonso, Carlos Santana and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. There will be two more players announced later this week.
But now we move on to the main sports of the weekend, as we look into NBA free agency and soccer.
NBA Free agency:
The NBA launched free agency late Sunday, and we already know where the majority of the top names will be playing next season. Let’s take a look at the signings from the first day of free agency.
- Kevin Durant (four-year/$164 M) and Kyrie Irving (four-year/$141 M) pairing up in Brooklyn.
- DeAndre Jordan (four-year/$40 M) and Garrett Temple (two-year/$10 M) will also join the Brooklyn Nets.
- Kemba Walker sign-and-trade with Boston Celtics (four-year/$141 M) that involved Terry Rozier going to Charlotte Hornets (three-year/$58 M)
- Demarre Carroll signs with San Antonio Spurs (two-year/$13 M)
- Bojan Bogdanovic (four-year/$73 M) and Ed Davis (two-years/$10 M) sign with Utah Jazz
- Malcolm Brogdon acquired by Indiana Pacers on a four-year/$85 M in a sign-and-trade.
- J.J. Redick signs with New Orleans Pelicans (two-year/$26.5 M)
- Derrick Rose signs with Detroit Pistons (two-year/$15 M)
- Ricky Rubio to Suns (three-year/$51 M)
- Trevor Ariza will join the Sacramento Kings (two-year/$25 M)
- Julius Randle (three-year/$63 M), Bobby Portis (three-year/$31 M), Reggie Bullock (two-year/$21 M) and Taj Gibson (two-year/ $20 M) sign with the New York Knicks.
- Al-Farouq Aminu joins the Orlando Magic (three-year/$29 M)
- Jeremy Lamb signs with Indiana Pacers (3-year/$31.5M)
- Jimmy Butler (four-year/$142 M) set to Miami Heat in a sign-and-trade that will send Josh Richardson to Philadelphia 76ers and sent Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones Jr. to the Dallas Mavericks (from Miami)
- Al Horford signs with Philadelphia 76ers (four-year/$109 M)
- D’Angelo Russell will be acquired by the Golden State Warriors on a four-year/$117 M deal. Treveon Graham and Shabazz Napier were also traded to the Warriors and Andre Iguodala has been traded to the Memphis Grizzlies to help free some cap space for the Russell trade.
- Thaddeus Young will go to Chicago Bulls for three-year/$41 M.
- Mike Mascala joins the Oklahoma City Thunder.
- Mario Hezonja joins the Portland Trail Blazers on one-year minimum deal.
There are also another players who didn’t wait to stay right where they are:
- Damian Lillard gets extension with the Portland Blazers (four-year/$196 M)
- Jamal Murray gets extension with the Denver Nuggets (five-year/$170)
- Brook Lopez (four-year/$52 M) and Khris Middleton (five-year/$178 M) resign with the Milwaukee Bucks.
- George Hill also returns to Milwaukee Bucks on a three-year/$29 M deal.
- Rodney Hood returns to Portland (two-year/$16 M)
- Harrison Barnes stays with Sacramento Kings (four-year/$85 M)
- Terrence Ross staying in Orlando on a four-year/$54 M deal
- Tobias Harris stays with Philadelphia 76ers (five-year/$180 M)
- Nerlens Noel stays with Oklahoma City Thunder on a two-year/ $11.7 M deal
- Jonas Valanciunas stays with Memphis Grizzles (three-year/ $45 M)
- Kristaps Porzingis stays with Dallas Mavericks (five-year/ $158 M)
- Rudy Gay returns to San Antonio Spurs (two-year/$32 M)
- Klay Thompson will return to Golden State Warriors (five-year/$190)
- Patrick Beverley stays with Los Angeles Clippers (three-year/$40 M)
Women’s World Cup:
USA continues their dominance:
The USA Women’s National team came into the World Cup as heavy favorites. France was also one of the favorites, and on Friday we saw the two nations battle for a chance to face England in the semifinals.
In a 2-1 victory, USA’s Megan Rapinoe scored both goals. She has scored the last four goals for USA women’s at World Cup, becoming the first woman with consecutive multi-goal games in knockout stage.
She is also catching Abby Wambach (5) for the most go-ahead goals in Women’s World Cup history. Rapinoe (3) will look to lead her team in a big game against England on Tuesday. England beat Norway 3-0 to advance.
Netherlands, Sweden advance to Semifinals:
Netherlands took a 2-0 victory over Italy to advance, while Sweden had a 2-1 win over Germany. The two sides will face each other on Wednesday for the chance to go to the World Cup finals next weekend against the winner of the England-USA match.
Argentina makes a statement:
After their 3-0 loss to Columbia to open Copa America play, Argentina was getting a lot of criticism and doubters, including myself. See my thoughts here. Argentina made it out the group stages and are one more win away from making the finals. In the match against Venezuela, they won 2-0 and looked comfortable doing it. Their next opponent will be Brazil on Tuesday.
Brazil gets a scare:
Brazil barely survived a tough battle against Paraguay, as they had to fight in penalties to ultimately advance after winning 4-3. Brazil will now have the task of knocking out Argentina once again.
Chile and Peru win on penalties:
This is where things get interesting, because the two teams who lost were actual favorites in their match. Uruguay lost to Peru 5-4 after Luis Suarez missed the potential penalty to put Uruguay in a kick off with them. Peru was not given a fair chance against a Uruguayan team who could’ve easily won.
Columbia lost to Chile 5-4 on penalties, and they were likely the strongest team in the Copa America this year. When it comes to Chile, this is not a surprise, as they have won it the last two times. In fact, this past week in our “Buy or Sell,” we discussed if Chile could retain and Mickayeen made a powerful statement.
Chile will look to advance to the Finals once again, as they face Peru in their next fixture, but can they really face Argentina in the finals?
There has been a lot of different soccer tournaments going on, and all the USA fans are going crazy. Not only can the women advance to the finals of the World Cup, but the men are looking to advance to another Gold Cup final.
On Sunday, we saw USA take care of Curacao in a 1-0 victory. We also saw Jamaica beat Panama 1-0. USA and Jamaica will face each other for a spot in the finals on Wednesday.
They will face the winner of Haiti (beat Canada 3-2) and Mexico (beat Costa Rica 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw). This is the third time in a row that Mexico, USA and Jamaica have made it into the final four, but could this be the year Jamaica does it?