The Viral Roundup – Return Of The Zach Edition
Howdy! Welcome to another freshly brewed 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: The British Open (finally) crowns its 2015 champ, Matt Harvey gets smacked around in Washington and Nashville ponies up over $20 million to secure a deal with one of their young stars.
Did You Hear?
It take a day longer than expected, but we have this year’s British Open champ. Zach Johnson defeated Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a playoff that ended a wild tournament at the Old Course at St. Andrews. The victory provided Johnson with his second ever major and makes him only the sixth golfer to claim victory at both The open and the Masters. Johnson’s win crushed Jordan Spieth’s chance at a grand slam. The 21-year-old phenom was close to pushing his way into the playoff picture, but was one stroke back by the time all 18 holes were through.
Did You See?
Yesterday we showcased a pair of gorgeous dunks from the NBA’s Summer League and now we’re shifting our summer dunk focus to an insane slam dunk contest that went down in Berlin. Jam maestros Jordan Kilganon and Rafal Lipek went toe-to-toe with some unbelievable results.
Did You Know?
- The Nationals have reached 50 wins on the season. Washington (a -125 favourite) thumped Mets starter Matt Harvey for five runs over three innings in a 7-2 Nats win. Gio Gonzalez held New York to two runs over six innings to notch his seventh win and Harvey now drops to 8-7 on the years. Ian Desmond went 2-4 with a homer and 2 RBI in the win and Washington now enjoys a three game lead over the Mets in the NL East standings. The two teams square off again tonight at Nationals Park.
- The Nashville Predators have locked up forward Craig Smith to a new deal. The 25-year-old now has a 5-year deal worth $21.25 million. Smith scored 23 goals and 21 assists last year for the Preds with 5 additional points notched during the postseason. Nashville is currently slated as a 16/1 shot to win the Stanley Cup in 2016.
- The NHL’s latest expansion bid odyssey has begun and it looks like neither Seattle nor Portland will not be among the cities ponying up for the initial bid. Formal applications did come in from outside the Pacific Northwest: Quebec City and Las Vegas. TSN reports that those were the only two locations that entered an application with Seattle, Portland, Milwaukee, Kansas City and metro Toronto among the locations not putting their name into the mix.
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