Wednesday was full of news in the sports world, from exciting finishes in Major League Baseball, to trades on the eve of the NBA Draft, and more World Cup action. Let’s begin there, as Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal finished off Morocco by a score of 1-0, Portugal has had all 4 goals in this tournament scored by Ronaldo. Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia 1-0, and Spain beat Iran, also 1-0.
Tonight is the NBA Draft, and teams are making moves in order to put them in better position for future moves. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report that the Charlotte Hornets are sending Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets.
Charlotte is finalizing a deal to send Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for Timofey Mozgov, league sources tell ESPN. Nets will save $17M on deal in 2019-20 season, allowing them to create two max salary slots.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2018
It’s a great move for the Nets who will dump Mozgov’s salary, and be able to offer two max contracts next off-season. Meanwhile in Charlotte, the Greatest of all Time apparently just considers play on the court, as Michael Jordan continues to make and sign off on curious choices in the front office.
Heading over to Major League Baseball, the Cincinnati Reds have won 6 of their last 8 games, and swept the two-game series with the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers led 2-0 in the 6th inning yesterday, and the Reds had only managed two hits to that point. After a double by Scott Schebler, Scooter Gennett hit a two-out, two-run home run to tie the game. Immediately afterwards, Eugenio Suarez crushed a ball to left field, taking the lead with a solo home run. The 5-3 victory moves the Reds to 28-45 on the season.
The Cleveland Indians swept the series with the White Sox after a 12-0 domination yesterday. Corey Kluber earned his 11th win of the season with 7 innings pitched, 0 runs allowed, and 7 strikeouts. Jose Ramirez was 1-2 on the day with a couple walks, but had 3 RBI and scored 3 runs himself. The win improves the Tribe to 40-33 on the season, they have won four games in a row.
The Top Play of the Day comes from the Bronx, where the New York Yankees made quite the comeback over the Seattle Mariners. Trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the 7th, the Yankees started their comeback with a sacrifice fly from Didi Gregorius, scoring Clint Frazier. Gary Sanchez would hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game, before Giancarlo Stanton did what he does best in the bottom of the 9th.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 21, 2018
Today is a wild day in the world of sports. The World Cup continues with Denmark-Australia, France-Peru, and Argentina-Croatia. The NBA Draft is tonight, expect a lot of trades and surprising picks of players you probably have never heard of. The Travelers Championship on the PGA TOUR begins today in Cromwell, CT at TPC River Highlands. The Reds host the Chicago Cubs tonight while the Indians get a well-deserved day off.