The Viral Roundup – You Can Still Rock In America Edition
Happy Monday! We trust your weekend went well and that your bail contact came through. Welcome to The Viral Roundup, your daily one-stop shop for all the big news, big buzz and big developments headlining a brand new day in the world of sports. In today’s edition: The USA claims women’s soccer supremacy, Justin Verlander gets knocked around by the Jays and the Lakers scoop up a reigning award winner in free agency.
Did You Hear?
America is once again the dominant force in women’s soccer. The FIFA Women’s World Cup closed with the United States decimating defending champs Japan 5-2 to claim the title in Vancouver. (Four goals in the opening 16 minutes certainly went a long way.) The Yanks boasted a wealth of excellent performances, but Carli Lloyd’s hat trick clearly stole the show. The blowout victory gave the U.S. their first World Cup win since 1999 and provided soccer legend Abby Wambach with a remarkable close to her World Cup career.
Did You See?
Did you catch the gut destroying patriotism-n-gorging expo that was the 2015 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest? Reigning champ and 4th of July institution Joey Chesnut was outdueled by Matt “The Megatoad” Stonie in this year’s bout (Stonie ate 62 dogs), but he did arrive with one hell of an entrance.
Did You Know?
- It hasn’t been a kind 2015 for Justin Verlander. The superstar Tigers arm continues to be winless this season and suffered a five inning smackdown courtesy of the Toronto Blue Jays. The visiting Jays (a -125 moneyline road favourite) stomped Detroit 10-5 with a six run showing in the 5th inflicting maximum damage. Jose Bautista cranked his 17th homer of the year and Justin Smoak also went yard in the win. The Tigers (currently pegged as a respectable 20/1 shot to win the World Series) are dealing with the absence of 1B Miguel Cabrera who will be on the shelf for six weeks or more with calf injury. Detroit starts a new series today in Seattle and the Jays continue their road swing with a four game set in Chicago.
- The Lakers have had a relatively humiliating first few days of free agency, but the franchise has locked down reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams. The 28-year-old guard averaged 15.5 points-per-game with the Raptors in 2014-15.
- In one of the stranger stories to emerge over the 4th of July weekend, the New York Giants are dealing with a bizarre injury to one of their defensive cornerstones. Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul went to the hospital after a fireworks mishap damaged his hands. It’s unclear how severe the injuries are, but ESPN reports they are not likely to be career-threatening.
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