Shohei Ohtani set to make All-Star Recreation historical past once more, plus Novak Djokovic continues to be unbeatable at Wimbledon

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Good morning to everybody however particularly to…

MLB’S ALL-STARS…

The MLB All-Star Recreation starters took introduced Friday and the reserves took revealed final evening as the sport is now simply eight days away. Starters had been voted in by followers whereas reserves had been decided by way of participant voting and the commissioner’s workplace.

Listed here are some key tidbits from the rosters:

  • Yankees star Aaron Choose acquired probably the most fan votes and can begin within the outfield for the AL. Braves standout Ronald Acuña Jr. earned probably the most fan votes of any NL participant to get the beginning within the outfield as nicely.
  • Angels two-way marvel Shohei Ohtani was chosen as a batter and as a pitcher for the second straight season. Nobody in MLB historical past has executed that even as soon as. He’ll be the AL’s beginning DH.
  • Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera made their respective rosters as “particular alternatives.”
  • With Bryce Harper injured, Braves slugger William Contreras will begin at DH for the NL whereas Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras will get the beginning behind the plate. They’re going to be the primary set of brothers to begin the All-Star Recreation since Roberto and Sandy Alomar in 1992.

General, the Yankees cleared the path with six gamers (Choose, Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Trevino, Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, Clay Holmes) whereas the Astros have 5. It is all the time enjoyable to see your favourite crew’s participant(s) get chosen — each crew will get no less than one All-Star — however that additionally leaves some snubs … and we’ll get to these in a bit.

… AND ALSO A GOOD MORNING TO NOVAK DJOKOVIC AND ELENA RYBAKINA

Good luck stopping Novak Djokovic on the All England Membership. The Serbian celebrity captured his seventh profession — and fourth consecutive — Wimbledon title with a completely entertaining 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) win over Nick Kyrgios yesterday morning.

  • Djokovic’s terrific protection and floor sport had been on show particularly over the ultimate three unitswhen he racked up 38 winners in comparison with simply 12 unforced errors.
  • Although Kyrgios produced 30 aces — twice as many as Djokovic — Djokovic received 83% of his first-serve factorsin comparison with 70% for Kyrgios.
  • It is Djokovic’s twenty first profession main winone behind Rafael Nadal’s 22 for many all-time by a person.

Djokovic, although, might not have the ability to chase slam quantity 22 for some time. He stays unvaccinated from COVID-19which prevented him from enjoying within the Australian Open (the place Nadal received) and might forestall him from enjoying within the upcoming US Open. The subsequent main after that’s the 2023 Australian Open. Djokovic stated he has no plans to get vaccinated.

On the ladies’s facet, Elena Rybakina got here again from a set all the way down to finest Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Rybakina, who was born in Russia however has represented Kazakhstan since 2018, is the primary participant representing Kazakhstan to win a serious. She’s additionally the first lady to win the Wimbledon ultimate from a set down since Amelie Mauresmo in 2006.

Honorable mentions

And never such a very good morning for…

USATSI

THE MLB ALL-STAR GAME SNUBS

The perfect half in regards to the All-Star Video games is all the blokes who make it. The worst half is all the blokes who did not — and may have.

Our MLB knowledgeable Matt Snyder listed 19 snubs from this 12 months’s contesttogether with…

  • Snyder: Freddie Freeman: A part of the difficulty… was a crowded place, exacerbated by the Rockies needing a consultant and CJ Cron being their most suitable option. Freddie Freeman is having one other Freddie Freeman season, although, slashing .304/.381/.494 with 11 homers and 54 RBI. He is been so necessary in the midst of the Dodgers‘ order as they’ve handled accidents and a few disappointing performances.”

Freeman has made every of the final three All-Star Video games, and whereas he might nonetheless be chosen to exchange Harper, he is a snub for now. You possibly can take a look at Matt’s whole checklist right here.

Not so honorable mentions

Group Wilson beats Group Stewart in WNBA All-Star Recreation; Gamers present help for Griner 🏀

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Aces sharpshooter Kelsey Plum poured in a WNBA All-Star Recreation record-tying 30 factors to lead Group Wilson over Group Stewart, 134-112and cap a busy WNBA All-Star Weekend.

Maybe most necessary yesterday, league commissioner Cathy Engelbert addressed the media with a number of updatestogether with…

  • The season will develop to a report 40 video games in 2023.
  • The league hopes to broaden by as much as two groups by 2025 on the newest. Philadelphia is among the many cities into consideration.
  • The WNBA will constitution flights for the Finals and enhance the playoff prize pool.

Damian Lillard will get enormous extension; James Harden closes in on take care of 76ers 🏀

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Two of the NBA’s greatest stars are getting paid — one considerably lower than he had been.

Damian Lillard signed a 2-year, $122-million extension tying him to Portland by means of no less than 2025-26 with a participant possibility for 2026-27. Lillard, 31, was drafted by Portland in 2012 and has performed with the Path Blazers ever since. He is a six-time All-NBA choice, second in franchise historical past in factors and minutes performed and first in 3-pointers. However nonetheless, the Blazers have by no means made the Finals — and have made only one Western Convention Finals — with Lillard on the town.

Lillard stated “it would not be as fulfilling” to win a title elsewhere.

Additionally hoping to win his first title is the Sixers star James Hardenwho opted out of a $47.3-million participant possibility to take considerably much less cash. Whereas the deal is not executed but, it will likely be quickly and is anticipated to be for two years at about $32 million per 12 months. Harden struggled with the 76ers after being acquired from the Netsand the pay reduce — initiated by Harden himself — is a very good deal for each sidewrites our NBA knowledgeable Michael Kaskey-Blomain.

  • Kaskey-Blomain: “Harden, 32, created monetary flexibility for the Sixers this summer time — flexibility that the crew used to bolster the roster with additions like PJ Tucker and Daniel Home. … Certain, [Harden] loses cash within the short-term, however he secured extra total earnings over the lifetime of the contract if he picks up his possibility for the ’23-24 marketing campaign. Plus, the deal mainly offers him an opportunity to spice up his personal inventory. If he comes out and has a stellar season and exhibits that his abilities aren’t declining, he’ll put himself able to safe one other large payday subsequent summer time.”

Xander Schauffele wins Scottish Open as Open Championship looms 🏌

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Xander Schauffele has added one other spectacular win to his current stretch of excellent play. Now he is hoping he can add his first main in six days’ time. Schauffele blew, regained after which held onto his result in win the Scottish Open by one over Kurt Kitayama.

  • Schauffele has received consecutive PGA Tour begins after successful the Vacationers Championship simply over two weeks in the past. He additionally received the Zurich Traditional alongside his teammate Patrick Cantlay again in April. General, it is Schauffele’s seventh profession PGA Tour win.
  • This win got here simply days after he received the two-day JP McManus Professional-Am (a DP World Tour occasion), performed final Monday and Tuesday.
  • Schauffele joins Scottie Scheffler as the one gamers to win consecutive begins this season. He additionally rises from No. 11 to No. 5 within the Official World Golf Rankings.

He’ll be a preferred choose for this week’s Open Championship at St. Andrews, notes golf knowledgeable Dean Straka. In the meantime, Trey Mullinax received the Barbasol Championship. Not solely is it his first PGA Tour win, but it surely additionally earns him a spot in The Openwhich begins Thursday.

What we’re watching Monday 📺

Mets at Braves7:20 p.m. on FS1
USWNT vs. Mexico9 pm on Paramount+

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