The Viral Roundup – Grazin’ In The Grass Edition
Happy Monday! Welcome to a brand new go-around of The Viral Roundup. We’re your daily one-stop shop for all the big news, big buzz and big developments headlining a new day in the world of sports. In today’s edition: Two living legends square off in the Wimbledon final, the Mets win thanks to a triple homer outing and one big name All-Star won’t be headed to the Midseason Classic.
Did You Hear?
Novak Djokovic was in no mood to give up Wimbledon title on Sunday. The superstar Serb (who came in as a light -130 favourite) outplayed Roger Federer for the second Wimbledon final in a row and emerged with a 7–6, 6–7, 6–4, 6–3 victory. The English crowd had their heart set on Federer pulling out the win, but while his performance was strong, but it still wasn’t enough. Djokovic kept things as percise as possible and provided only 16 unforced errors compared to the 35 racked up by Federer. Next up on the Grand Slam schedule? The U.S. Open in late August/early September. Djokovic is already pegged as a 5/4 favourite to win the NYC tournament.
Did You See?
Saturday’s UFC 189 tilt between Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes ended in a way that probably has Dana White still grinning from ear-to-ear this Monday morning. McGregor scored the TKO victory (and the interim featherweight title) in memorable fashion courtesy of some brutal strikes. Did you miss it? Hit play and check out that amazing left.
Did You Know?
- Mashin’ Mets! New York’s NL club are bouncing back from an abysmal June to head into the All-Star Break with a four game win streak. The Mets (a slight +107 underdog) scored a three homer showing from Kirk Nieuwenhuis in a 5-3 home victory over Arizona. The trio of taters was the 10th 3 HR clubbing in Mets history, but the first to take place at the team’s home park. Heading into the season split, the Mets sit two games back of the NL East leading Nationals.
- Someone get a crash pad for the Astros! Houston lost their sixth straight game yesterday courtesy of a 4-3 loss to the Rays. The contest saw Matt Moore collect his first W since his return from elbow surgery.
- Jose Bautista has been selected for his sixth straight All-Star Game, but you won’t be seeing him on the diamond Tuesday. The Jays slugger will be missing the Midseason Classic for undisclosed medical reasons. A shoulder injury has given Bautista a bit of grief this year, but he’s still managed to smack 17 jacks and 59 RBI in 84 games played. (The .238 average is troubling, although that’s partially offset by the fact he’s generated the most walks in the Majors.) Minnesota Twins 2B Brian Dozier will take the vacant roster spot.
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