Nats Stay Hot Thanks To Strasburg, Gauff Advances Again, Korver Available For Lakers, Pulisic Leads USA To Final

Grace Higgins | July 4th, 2019

The Washington Nationals continued what has been an ultra impressive upturn in play in the middle part of the MLB season on Wednesday afternoon, dispatching the Miami Marlins 3-1 in large part due to the pitching of Stephen Strasburg. The long-time ace conjured up seven innings plus while giving up no runs and striking out 14. In the fourth inning, he accomplished a very rare feat in throwing an immaculate inning, a rarity that few have ever achieved. Home runs from Ryan Dozier and Matt Adams gave them the firepower they needed, and they improved to 44-41 on the year as a result. They are now a game back of the Phillies for second in the NL East, and their recent play has seen them given a chance to make the playoffs after a horrendous start. The Nats have now won seven of their last eight and have won 25 of their last 35 in total.

The Comeback

The story and legend of Coco Gauff has only just begun, but it’s already making a telling impact on the world of tennis. After downing Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon, the 15 year-old defeated Magdalena Rybarikova, a player that once made a semi-final at the All England Club, 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday to move into the third round. The youngest ever qualifier for the tournament never even had to face a break point and continues to defy expectations for a lady of her very young age.

Kyle Korver is once again on the move, with the Phoenix Suns now set to place the shooter on waivers. The former, well veteran of a multitude of teams, will now be able to pick who he would like to play with as a free agent. It’s been thought for some time that he will be linking up with former teammate LeBron James, so the Los Angeles Lakers are certainly a player. It’s thought that the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers are also contenders to sign him.

Silver Screen and Roll

The United States Women’s Soccer team will be taking on the Netherlands, 1-0 winners over Sweden in extra time on Wednesday, on Sunday in the Final of the World Cup, but they aren’t the only ones making waves right now. The men’s team is also making some, and they got themselves into a Final of their own on Wednesday night after overcoming Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semis. A ninth minute goal from Weston McKennie came after sustained pressure, and the Reggae Boyz got a break a few minutes later when played was stopped due to weather. It wouldn’t prove to matter much, though, as the USA ended up winning 3-1 after two second-half goals from Christian Pulisic sent them through to face Mexico on Sunday in Chicago.

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