What you missed this weekend: 07/24 -07/28

This was a quiet weekend in the sports world as we all start to look forward to the start of the football season in nearly a month. Before we get there, we will still look at what there is to miss this week while we wait.

Mookie Betts

“Mookie Betts” by Keith Allison is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

We do have some news from the NFL that relates to contract extensions, signings, and injury updates. We have some MLB highlights with more Boxing, and MMA news to catch up.

NFL:

As we look forward to the Hall of Fame game on August 2nd, we look at new deals for players like Bobby Wagner (ILB) and Kevin Byard (S) who are the highest-paid players at their positions. Wagner with the Seattle Seahawks and Byard with the Tennessee Titans. The New York Jets signed their rookie, Quinnen Williams, to a four-year, $32.5 million deal.

Another players like WR Allen Hurns and CB Orlando Scandrick found new teams, while the Detroit Lions cut long-term RB Theo Riddick, Riddick is planning on meeting with the New Orleans Saints.

There are also some injuries to some key receivers like New York Giants’ Sterling Shepard and Cincinnati Bengals’ A.J. Green. Shepard is out with a fractured thumb, while Green injured his left ankle and likely out 6-8 weeks.

MLB:

Toronto and New York trade:

It was a long time coming for this move. On Sunday, the Toronto Blue Jays made a trade that would send pitcher Marcus Stroman to the New York Mets in exchange for pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson, according to ESPN. Both Kay and Woods are No. 6 and 7 prospects for the Mets’ system, while Stroman is fifth-best in the American League with a 2.96 ERA off 21 starts. He is a cheap option ($7.4 M) for the Mets and could hold onto him until 2020 when he is eligible to hit free agency.

Betts make-a-wish come true:

In case you missed it, Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts added a new reason for the New York Yankees to hate him. Not only was he the American League MVP last year, but he also homered three times in four innings against the Yankees in a 10-5 win on Friday night. This three-homer game from Betts helped me pass Alfonso Soriano for most three-homer games from the leadoff spot (4th). He also became the eighth player in MLB history with five three-homer games.

Beets had a bit more motivation before Friday’s game as he met with a
10-year-old Nico Sapienza, Make-A-Wish child who asked Beets to hit a home run for him. Not only was it one, but three homers and he made history doing it.

Boxing:

Davis TKo’d Nunez

In another important fight, we saw Gervonta Davis vs. Ricardo Nunez in championship bout. Davis (22-0, 21 KOs), the WBA junior lightweight champion had the last laugh in this one as he made his return home to face hard-hitting Ricardo Nunez who he knocked out in the second round.

But here’s how he did it. Davis was patient early as Nunez (21-3, 19 KOs) attacked forward. But Davis gave one left-handed blow to the head Nunez that snapped his head back. Nunez was using the ropes to hold him up as Davis continued to land punches until the referee called the bout at the 1:33 mark of the second round.

With high praises from Floyd Mayweather Jr., Davis looks for who’s next. He has several fighters wanting a piece of him, but he has his mind set on current IBF junior lightweight champion Tevin Farmer as the two have been exchanging words on social media.

Ramirez stunted Hooker:

In a champion vs. champion bout, Jose Ramirez stunted Maurice Hooker to become the unified 140-pound champion on Saturday night. With the victory, Ramirez retained his WBC light welterweight belt and captured Hooker’s WBO belt as well.

Ramirez (25-0, 17 KOs) scored a first-round knockdown after stepping on Hooker’s foot while throwing a punch. Both fighters had their moments as Ramirez seized control when he was able to pin Hooker against the ropes. Hooker (26-1-3, 17 KOs) had success in the center of the ring with his long reach.

But in the sixth round, Ramirez landed a wicked left hook to Hooker that sent him stumbling backwards into the ropes and Ramirez continued with shot after shot until the referee called the bout.

UFC:

At UFC 240, we saw Max Holloway defeat Frankie Edgar on a unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 48-47). During the fight, Edgar had a lot of bright spots, Holloway’s pace was too much Edgar. Holloway used his length to get some nice punches in on Edgar and make the decision easier for the judges.

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