The Baltimore Orioles have not had the kind of season they would have wanted. Not by a long stretch. Ridiculed by many, labeled a ‘minor league team’ by some, and generally smashed around by anyone and everyone, they will have gotten some joy out of what took place on Wednesday night. That’s because one of their own men- Justin Villar- would go deep to make history. It was league-wide history, as his home run marked the 6,125th this season for the entire MLB, but it was good history nonetheless for a team that’s had little going for it this year. The homer came in the seventh inning and it plated three runs as the Orioles took a 5-2 lead. They eventually would increase their advantage and hold on to win 7-3, ending a six-game losing streak in the process. For an awful season, it sure wasn’t too bad of night, especially against the mighty Los Angeles Dodgers.
Team USA had not been among the favorites to win the FIBA World Cup for some time ahead of their match up with France in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. But that didn’t mean that anyone was expecting them to lose this early. That, however, is what happened, with France, using its own NBA stars to upstage the Americans, captured an 89-79 victory to snap a 58-game winning run for Team USA in tournament games. Donovan Mitchell was the game’s star performer, putting up an admirable 29 points, but all of those came in the first three quarters. That allowed France, led by the likes of Evan Fournier and Rudy Gobert to take over in the final quarter in Dongguan. In total, Fournier finished with 22 and Gobert had 21 and 16 rebounds to lead the French over the Americans. The loss means that the USA can’t even medal and that the best they can hope for is a fifth-place finish.
2018 was notable in the world of sports for a bevy of reasons, but one of them was the fact that Justify won the Triple Crown by taking home the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes. However, according to the rules that were once set up, he could well have been disqualified. According to reports, the horse failed drug tests prior to the running of the Derby. It’s reportedly scopolamine- a performance booster- that is said to have been in the system. Despite having a second sample, which also came up positive, the board decided not to do anything. They concluded that his food could have been contaminated, thereby allowing it to pass over without anymore fuss. Whether he was technically cheating or not might remain a mystery for some time now, and that is a shame.