Lowry Wins Open In Dominant Fashion, Yaz (The Third) Walks It Off, Dolphins To Pay Norton

Shane Lowry came into Sunday’s fourth and final round of the Open Championship with a huge four shot lead, though many felt he was ripe for the picking seeing as how he had let go of such a lead once before. That would not come to fruition on this day, however, as Lowry not only playing steadily but pulled away in difficult conditions to capture the Claret Jug via a six-stroke victory. The turning point came when both he and playing partner Tommy Fleetwood, who was four shots back at the time, had trouble on the 14th hole. Lowry managed to make a bogey, but Fleetwood dropped back another stroke thanks to a double bogey, handing Lowry a five-shot lead. A hole later, it was six, and he wouldn’t look back then. The Irishman took down the title of Champion Golfer in Northern Ireland and became just the third man to win the tournament by six or more in the last 40 years. History was thwarted in the battle for third place, with Tony Finau holding off Brooks Koepka. Had Koepka finished top three, he would have been the first man to have ever finished in the top three spots in all four majors.

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The San Francisco Giants have been surging of late in the NL West, so much so that they are now no longer clear ‘sellers’ for the upcoming trade deadline. Some opine, and these may be wishful thinkers, that they could actually be active buyers. Regardless of that, they got back to winning ways on Sunday afternoon after a minor blip, thanks to a 12th inning home run by Mike Yastrzemski that won them the game 3-2 over the New York Mets. In their last 18 games, they have won 15 times and are now 50-50. They are still a long, long way back from the Dodgers, 16 complete games, but there is very much a chance- if they can keep up this trend- for them to make the playoffs as a Wild Card. It’s players like Yaz and co. that have kept them in it, by hook or by crook, in manager Bruce Bochy’s final season.

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It was absolutely devastating to hear about Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton’s amputated arm earlier this month thanks to a car accident. Having finally been released from the hospital sometime last week, Norton got some more good news yesterday as it was announced that he would be placed on the non-football injury list. Though the Dolphins are waiving him, since they need his spot on the roster for someone else, they will still pay him his full salary. All the while it will not count toward the cap. It may seem expected, but it’s a very nice gesture and one the NFL definitely needed to have make the rounds.

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Lowry Puts One Hand On Claret Jug, A’s Rally To Fend Off Twins, Pacquiao Defies Age

Hometown favorite Rory McIlroy might have been the most famous of Northern Ireland and Ireland when the week began, but Shane Lowry looks like he could be giving him a run for his money after a splendid performance on Saturday in the third round of the Open Championship at Royal Portrush. The Irishman destroyed the course on a day where conditions were favorable, carding an -8 63 to go four shots clear of the field at -16 total. He leads Englishman Tommy Fleetwood and then has a further two shot advantage over JB Holmes and one more shot over Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose, who always seem to loom large at majors. Lowry looks to be the big favorite ahead of Sunday’s final round, which is being moved up due to harsh weather being on the way, but he has blown a four stroke lead at a major before- in the final round of the 2016 US Open in which he went on to shoot 76 and surrender the lead rather easily. Will history repeat for him, or will he become another first-time major winner?

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The Oakland A’s hadn’t gotten too much joy off the Minnesota Twins in the first seven innings on Saturday night. In addition to giving up two solo home runs in the first inning to trail 2-0, they also just couldn’t get anything going offensively. But all of that started to change in the seventh inning as Mark Canha and Ramon Laureano keyed their comeback with home runs. Canha’s drove in two, while Laureano’s was a solo effort. In the bottom of the seventh, there were more fireworks to be had as the home team Twins came back to retake the lead at 4-3 with Miguel Sano hitting a home run and then a sac fly. That saw them leading going into the ninth where the A’s once again rallied. With Canha and Laureano again causing havoc on the base path, Khris Davis singled with two outs and both men scored to hand them the lead. From there, Oakland shut the door to win 5-4 and stay within 5.5 games of the Astros in the AL West. With the loss, the Twins are now just three games up on the Indians in the AL Central.

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It’s impressive that a 40-year old man could beat a 30-year old man. That goes for virtually any sporting event. After all, 30 is a whole lot closer to ‘prime’ time than 40. It’s even more an accomplishment when it comes to boxing. Manny Pacquiao took it one step further on Saturday night as he did that by beating previously undefeated Keith Thurman by split decision. You read that right: undefeated. Pacquiao won the welterweight world title in front of a capacity crowd at the MGM Grand, and in doing so avenged a man that had mocked him for being too small in the buildup. Pacquiao is now 62-7-2 in his career with 40 knockouts, while Thurman is now at 29-1 with 22 knockouts.

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Ten-Run Inning Secures Comeback Cards Win, McIlroy And Tiger Miss Open Cut, Zlatan Outduels Vela

After four innings of their game against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night, it looked like the St. Louis Cardinals were done and dusted. They were down 7-0 and on the road, a spot many a team would have simply called it a day from. But that wasn’t the way things went down on this night, as the Cardinals answered back with a ridiculous ten-run inning in the sixth to help them on the way to a 12-11 win. The hero of the sixth inning, among others, was Jose Martinez. Not only did he have a Grand Slam homer but he also singled and had scored a run previously to that. In the seventh, they extended their lead through Paul DeJong hit his second home run of the game. A late, valiant comeback from the rocked Reds would ensue, but in the bottom of the ninth they were thwarted with runners right at the doorstep. Ryan Lavarnway showed out for the Reds, smacking two homers of his own, in the fourth and eighth, and also driving in a run via a deep double. Cincinnati are now nine games back of the Cubs in the NL Central, while the Cardinals are in second and 2.5 games behind their rivals.

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Two of the golf’s biggest names will not be playing the weekend at the Open Championship after Tiger Woods and hometown hero Rory McIlroy missed the cut on Friday. Tiger did so without much of a whimper, while the Northern Irishman made a stirring comeback only to be denied by one stroke of making it into the third and fourth rounds at Royal Portrush. While those two stories were the ones most would talk about, it was JB Holmes and Shane Lowry that continued to prosper, remaining in the lead. Jordan Spieth has also made his move, so the final two rounds are shaping up quite nicely.

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LAFC came into Friday night’s first LA derby of the season- dubbed ‘El Trafico’- having never beaten the LA Galaxy before. They got off to the ideal start, however, as Carlos Vela scored a penalty kick after just four minutes to give them a 1-0 lead. It was his 20th goal of the MLS season, making him the fastest man to ever reach that lofty number. But, as is typically the case, the man known as Zlatan Ibrahimovic had something to say. Less than four minutes later, he had scored one of his trademark outlandish goals. He would then grab two more in the second half, in the span of 14 minutes, to complete his hat trick and hand the Galaxy a 3-1 lead. Vela scored a second deep into stoppage time as LAFC, who have now only lost three times in 21 matches, fell to a defeat. With the victory, the Galaxy rose to second place in the Western Conference, though they are still nine points off their rivals’ pace.

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Strasburg’s Impressive Night Leads To Crushing Braves Win, Holmes Tops Open Board, Boone Tossed In Yankees Afternoon Clash With Rays

Whenever you see Stephen Strasburg’s name on the lineup sheet, you expect that you’re going to see him have a good showing out on the mound. On Thursday night against the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Nationals got more than they bargained for, however, as he not only delivered with his arm but also with his bat. He ultimately would give up three earned runs over five and a third innings pitched, but it was his bat that helped lead his team to the win. He went 3 for 3 from the plate, smacking a home run in the third inning that drove himself and two others in. Curiously enough, it was the second time he had gotten a hit in the frame, an amazing statistic in and of itself. Strasburg is, and never has been, a slouch at the plate, mind you. He won the Silver Slugger in 2012 for being the best hitting pitcher that year, so it’s no shock to see him do well at the dish. It’s just a surprise to see him do this well. The Nationals would go on to win 13-4 in the end, rollicking the Braves in the first game of a four-game set. They are now 5.5 back of them after handing the current NL East leaders their third ‘L’ in a row.

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After an eventful first round of the Open Championship at Royal Portrush, there is a surprising name atop the leaderboard in J.B. Holmes. The American leads in a major championship for the first in 11 years here at -5, and despite that has got to be considered an outsider to take home the Claret Jug come Sunday. Still yet, his 66 in tough conditions was excellent, and in links golf you just never, ever know. The big stories of Thursday’s opening round centered around much higher scores. Rory McIlroy’s awful quadruple bogey to begin play was bad, but former Open champion David Duvall made a 14 on one hole on the way to a 91. Tiger Woods had a rotten day, though not nearly that bad, by shooting a 78 and looking well and truly lost currently. Irishman Shane Lowry is in solo second at -4, while a host of players finished at -3, including Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, and Tommy Fleetwood.

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Just when the Tampa Bay Rays looked like they were making up some of the gap in the AL East, the New York Yankees have clipped their wings. That kept up on Thursday as the Yankees won both games of doubleheader to assert their dominance and push their division lead to eight games once again. The afternoon affair was perhaps the most newsworthy. After a slow start in which the Rays had a 2-0 lead thanks to a couple of homers in the first, Aaron Boone was tossed for throwing profane barbs at an umpire. That only served to wake his team up, as the tied it up immediately and then would add four more runs later to seal up the game. In the nightcap, they also would win, by a 5-1 score, underlining how much of a threat they will be to anyone that dare face them.

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A’s Batter Mariners After Early Deficit, Paul To Heat Stalls, McIlroy Off To Awful Home Open Start

Don’t look now, but the Oakland A’s are slowly, quietly making up ground in the AL West title picture. Their game on Wednesday afternoon began with a slow start, falling behind 2-0 to the Seattle Mariners. But this team, 4.5 games behind division leaders Houston, didn’t throw in the towel or panic. They fought back with a gusto, tying it up instantly in the bottom half of the inning. From there, Homer Bailey was able to overcome his poor start, in his debut for them, and throw six innings of nearly flawless baseball- not including the aforementioned second frame. Mark Canha and Jurickson Profar chipped in with two home runs apiece, with Canha’s solo shots being the ones to put them up by two runs and see them begin to pull away. Ramon Laureano also had a heck of a day. He would score three runs, one of which came as a result of a solo homer of his own, and he would make one of those great catches only he can make in center field. That’s six wins in a row for the A’s, and despite the Astros’ win on the day not seeing them move closer, you have to believe they still are up for the fight and aren’t going to giving up anytime soon.

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If sources are to be believed, then Chris Paul’s potential move to the Miami Heat is in serious jeopardy. At least for this season. The Oklahoma City Thunder, who just acquired the point guard in a deal that saw them exchange Russell Westbrook for him, are said to now be resigned to keeping him and having him play part, if not all, of the 2019-20 season for them. In fact, it is claimed that Paul feels it is best for him to do so. That’s because hardly any teams have cap space after the deal was made so late in free agency, making it very likely he will not be able to join another team until next summer.

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So much of the talk of the golf world centered around Rory McIlroy’s return home to Northern Ireland for the Open at Royal Portrush. And rightfully so. A big star deserves a big homecoming, but unfortunately he didn’t get the welcome he had hoped for. Many of the bookmakers’ favorite stepped up to the tee and hit his very first shot out of bounds on the first hole, leading him to make an eight on a par-4. After he had hit the ball out of bounds, he then drove into heavy rough, causing him to end up making double what his score should have been on a normal day. Not a good opener at all, and one that saw his chances of winning drop drastically.

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Cubs Walk Off After Slow Start, Harper Leads Phillies Past Dodgers

In an incredibly tight NL Central where every game is big at this point, the Chicago Cubs didn’t get off to the best of starts on Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field. In fact, they were staring down the barrel of a 3-0 deficit after just one inning after giving up a couple of homers. But that didn’t discourage them. The division leaders, now 6.5 ahead of the Reds, improved their record to 51-44 by virtue of a stirring 4-3 comeback win. They started it pretty quickly, with Robel Garcia smacking a two-run homer in the second inning. But they didn’t tie it up until the sixth when Kris Bryant went yard to knot it up at three apiece. After going through the next three frames scoreless, extras were needed. In stepped Kyle Schwarber in the bottom of the tenth, who dully homered to give his team a win that now puts them 2.5 up of the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Much can be, and will be said, of Bryce Harper’s big money contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Many contend that it’s just not working out at present, but it’s still very early days to know whether or not it will pay off totally. He certainly showed why he commanded such a figure on Tuesday night as he drove in five RBIs to lead his team to a come-from-behind victory over the surging Los Angeles Dodgers. Harper had a home run in the second inning that drove himself and two others in to make it 6-1 for the Phillies and seemingly all but kill off the game. But it’s never that simple against the Dodgers, and they would fight back and actually take an 8-6 lead into the bottom of the ninth thanks to a bevy of homers, including ones from Cody Bellinger and the extremely hot AJ Pollock. With a chance to save the game, Kenley Jensen stepped on the mound and proceeded to blow the game, allowing an RBI single from Scott Kingery to make it 8-7 and then seeing Harper drive two more in with a double to win the game for the Phillies. Unfortunately, the Phillies are still third in the NL East, trail the Nationals by two games, and are a full 8.5 behind the Atlanta Braves.

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D’Arnaud Put Rays On His Back, Simmons Agrees Sixers Deal, Jarrett And Falcons Reach Consensus, Giants Crush Rockies

For seemingly the one millionth time in the past few weeks, the Tampa Bay Rays took on the New York Yankees on Monday night. This game was being played at Yankee Stadium, so that meant one thing was expected: the Yankees would keep up their dominance at the park over their fellow AL East rivals. Having lost each of their first five games there this season, they came with a mission on the night, though it was one man that dragged them there at the plate. Travis d’Arnaud was that man, crushing three home runs and driving in all five RBIs in a 5-4 win. His third homer came in the ninth inning as he blasted a three-run shot off Aroldis Chapman to put them into a lead they did not relinquish.

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It had been a long time coming, but it looks like the Philadelphia 76ers and guard Ben Simmons have reached a deal on the extension of his contract. The Australian, according to his agent, is set to sign on the dotted line for five more years and will receive $170 million for it. The team and player’s reps had been in talks dating back quite a while and needed to make a decision before October. But apparently GM Elton Brand, a former player in his own right, wanted to get the job done quickly and efficiently and has thus gotten it effectively out of the way so the his team can get to business on the court. Simmons, who averaged nearly 17 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists per game last season, will first be playing for his nation at this summer’s FIBA Basketball World Cup.

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The Atlanta Falcons and Grady Jarrett didn’t leave much time left to come up with a deal, but with a 4 PM deadline staring at them dead in the face, they decided to push aside their differences and forge a path ahead together. Jarrett, widely considered to be one of the top defensive tackles in the NFL, is slated to make $68 million over the next four years and deserves every penny of it given his versatility at causing trouble for opposing offenses and being an all-around stand up guy. Jarrett had 53 pressures last season, and he was one of the nominees for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award as well. Now, the Falcons will look toward shoring up other stars, such as Julio Jones.

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The San Francisco Giants recorded one of their franchise’s most lopsided victories ever on Monday afternoon as they slammed their way past the Colorado Rockies by a score of 19-2. Brandon Crawford was the standout star, hitting two home runs of his own and collecting 8 RBI in a 5 for 6 outing for the ages. The first inning alone saw them post five runs and just two innings later they had basically killed off the game with a further seven. Jeff Samardzija was good on the mound as well, throwing 6 2/3 innings with nine K’s and only two earned runs in the first game of a doubleheader.

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Djokovic Outlasts Federer In Five Sets, Dodgers Defeat Red Sox In 12, Davis Skipping US Camp

Roger Federer came up just short… this short… to a victory over one of his chief rivals and part of the ‘big three’ Novak Djokovic on Sunday in the Men’s Final at Wimbledon only to come out on the losing end of the stick after five sets and a tiebreaker to boot. In one of the all-time great clashes at the All England Club, the Serbian somehow found the will to win in a ridiculously long tiebreaker that looked like it would go ages. With the first four sets ending 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, the fifth needed a lot of additional play to determine who was going to take home yet another of tennis’ major crowns. He held on to win 13-12 in the fifth set, capturing a third straight victory over his Swiss rival at the tournament in Finals. At four hours and 55 minutes, it goes down as the longest Final in the history of Wimbledon. Djokovic twice had to save Championship points, but ultimately was able to come back from the brink to win, becoming the first man since 1948 to do so. This one is going to win some awards, don’t you think?

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It took them a long, long time to do it, but the Los Angeles Dodgers finally got their win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night. It had looked like the defending World champions were beaten, but they had kept battling back. The NL West leading Dodgers went ahead 3-0 in the first inning when AJ Pollock smashed a three-run homer. But the Red Sox answered back with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Pollock added a fourth RBI in the fourth inning to put them up 4-2 and give them a lead that would hold for most of ‘regulation’ time. But the Red Sox, desperate to get back in the AL East picture, fought back in a big way in the eighth inning, with Xander Bogaerts and JD Martinez hitting home runs and forcing extra innings at Fenway Park. The 10th and 11th innings would go by without much happening, but in the 12th the visitors exploded to score three runs and record a 7-4 win. A bunch of walks and singles allowed them to put the runs on the board and capture the series win as a result. Boston is now ten games back of the New York Yankees. Meanwhile, the Dodgers are cruising with a 14.5 game lead over the Colorado Rockies in the NL West.

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Anthony Davis, in a bid to concentrate on the upcoming NBA season with the Los Angeles Lakers, has decided to forgo attending the USA basketball training camp, according to sources. By doing so, it also means that the former Pelicans center will not be included in the FIBA Basketball World Cup team, either. It’s said that he would still like to be considered for a place in the 2020 Olympic team, however, so we will have to wait and see if this changes his standing in the coaching staff’s eyes.

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Kepler Keeps Up Hot Streak Vs Bauer, Red Sox Land Cashner, Halep Crushes Serena

For whatever reason, Max Kepler just sees the baseball come out of the hand of Trevor Bauer really well. Ahead of the Minnesota Twins’ 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night, he had hit a home run three times in a row back in June. Somehow, some way he kept that impressive streak up, homering in each of his two at-bats on Saturday to extend his streak to five home runs in a row off the same pitcher. He was finally struck out by the flamethrower in the fourth inning, but Kepler had tied the record for the most consecutive homers by one player off a pitcher and had helped his team to a lead that wouldn’t be came back from. Tip your cap to him, won’t you! With the win, the AL Central leaders increased their advantage over the Indians to 7.5 games.

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With the Boston Red Sox desperate to make up ground in the American League playoff picture and in need of a starter, they made a deal on Saturday to acquire Baltimore Orioles righty Andrew Cashner. The deal sees a couple of minor league prospects in Elio Prado and Noelberth Romero move in the opposite direction. The Red Sox will be getting a pitcher that is 9-3 on the season with a 3.83 ERA in 17 starts for the paltry 28-64 club. His ERA since June is at 1.41, showing he’s been throwing extremely well. It looks like he will start for the Sox as soon as possible now.

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With the whole world watching on eagerly to see if Serena Williams was going to win her record-breaking 24th Major title at Wimbledon on Saturday, you wouldn’t have blamed Simona Halep for folding. But that’s not what she did. Not by a longshot. Instead, she flourished, dominating the veteran and only making three unforced errors throughout the 6-2, 6-2 win. The title is the Romanian’s second Major victory, following up her win on the clay at the French Open back in 2018. She never once let the moment get to her, and she didn’t get ahead of herself, and she ended up capturing a title that very few actually thought she would. Williams, meanwhile, has stated she may play more tournaments in an attempt to be more ready to win that elusive 24th Major title.

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Angels Throw No-Hitter To Honor Skaggs, Red Sox Hammer Dodgers In World Series Rematch, Federer To Face Djokovic In Final, Griezmann Joins Barcelona At Last

The Los Angeles Angels are never going to be the same after Tyler Skaggs departed from our presence much too early. But life, and the show, as they say, must go on. And the Angels made sure to put on one heck of one of those on Friday night, blanking the Seattle Mariners 13-0 and throwing a combined no-hitter as a tribute to the pitcher in their first home game since his unfortunate passing. Taylor Cole began the affair on the mound, going seven innings and striking out six before handing the ball over to Felix Pena, who would complete the job without allowing a hit. Mike Trout gave his own tribute as well, smacking a two-run homer in the bottom of the first on the very first pitch he saw… all the while wearing Skaggs’ jersey. It will be a long, long time until things get normal again for some, but this night, this night will be remembered for an eternity as a special night for baseball, and most importantly, family.

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For at least one night, the Boston Red Sox turned back the clock a year or so and showed just why they won the World Series last year as they swatted aside the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1 at Fenway Park on Friday night. They did so via a combination of great hitting and, of course, excellent pitching. They hammered three home runs on the night, with Xander Bogaerts’ three run jack proving to be the nail in the coffin that took the lead up to seven. Eduardo Rodriguez was incredibly impressive on the mound, pitching seven innings of one run baseball while mowing down ten hitters on the evening. The visiting Dodgers only managed to get a combined five hits in the outing, with only one of them coming from the first five in the batting order. That one belonged to Cody Bellinger, who was still 1-3. L.A. did no harm to their standing in the NL West with their loss, as they are still up 12.5 games. The Red Sox, meanwhile, still reside in third place in the AL East and trail the Yankees by nine games. They are 2.5 back of Tampa Bay, though, so they still have a real shot at this.

It will be a familiar looking Wimbledon Men’s Final this year once again, with Novak Djokovic set to renew his rivalry with Roger Federer on Sunday. But it wasn’t always easy for them to do so. Djokovic, the top seed, took out #23 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 as he was expected to do. In the other semi, Federer and age-old rival Rafa Nadal played out another classic. When five sets were over, it was Federer who had outlasted his French counterpart, beating him 7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in their 40th showdown all-time. The 38 year-old Federer, a 20 time Major winner, now has his work cut out for him as he faces a man that so very rarely is defeated on grass in the Final at the All England Club.

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We finally, finally, at long last, know have news that Antoine Griezmann, the France star striker, has landed at Barcelona, with the Spanish club confirming he had joined from rivals Atletico Madrid on Friday. After a protracted summer full of intrigue last year, Griezmann spurned Barca ala the Decision only to decide a year later he wanted to leave for real this time. However, there are still fireworks to be had, with Atletico insisting they are owed much more money than what the Catalan club has paid them. Atletico believe his release clause is equal to roughly $225 million, while Barcelona claim it is about $135 million. It’s a ton of money, and this thing looks bound for court sooner or later, such is the tangled mess it has become with rumors of tampering abounding.

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