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What’s occurring to the Yankees? Plus, previewing Serie A

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Joyful Friday, everybody! Congrats on making it by means of one other week. There is a weekend filled with soccer as your reward.

Let’s get proper to it.

Good morning to everybody however particularly to…


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SERIE A FANS

Welcome again, Serie A! The highest Italian soccer league begins this weekend, and you’ll watch all season lengthy on Paramount+.

Final 12 months’s title race wasn’t determined till the final day, when AC Milan claimed their first league title since 2010-11. Our Serie A specialist Francesco Porzio says they will be hard-pressed to defend that title; his decide to win the Scudetto is Juventus.

  • Porzio: “After a really strong switch window, Juventus must be thought-about because the main candidates to win the Scudetto alongside Serie A title holders AC Milan and Inter Milan. [Coach Massimiliano] Allegri has explicitly informed the press that Juventus’ essential goal of the season will probably be to win the home competitors with the identical ambition to go so far as doable within the UEFA Champions League and likewise attempt to win the Coppa Italia, which they misplaced final season within the last towards Inter Milan.”

You should definitely try Francesco’s outlooks for AC Milan, JuventusInter Milan and Roma.

Honorable mentions

And never such a superb morning for…

THE NEW YORK YANKEES

Sure, they did not play final night time, however the canine days of summer time are right here they usually’re hitting the New York Yankees onerous. Because the All-Star Break, the Yankees are:

  • 7-13 (tied for twenty third in MLB)
  • 2-6 in video games determined by one run (down from 19-11 previous to the break)
  • Scoring 4.7 runs per recreation (down from 5.4 earlier than the break, which was finest in MLB)
  • Pitching to a 4.36 crew ERA (twenty fourth in MLB).

Are the Bronx Bombers simply slogging by means of the summer time, or are there larger points? It is that last bullet level that is been a giant subject, says MLB skilled Mike Axisa.

  • Axisa: “The issue is apparent, proper? New York’s rotation has gone from being an elite residence run prevention unit to almost the worst in baseball. Their stroll fee is up a bit however nonetheless effectively under the MLB common (8.2 % of batters confronted), and the strikeout fee is unchanged. Principally, the rotation is pitching prefer it did earlier than, solely with far more balls leaving the yard. … Having an excellent rotation after which abruptly having an ineffective rotation is a surefire method to go from the game’s finest report to taking part in .500 ball for 2 months.”

This can be a actually good look into the 4 largest causes the Yankees have cooled off as summer time has heated up, and whether or not they can flip issues round. As Mike factors out, “it is vital to notice they nonetheless have a 10-game lead within the AL East and likewise a 10-game lead for a Wild Card Sequence bye. In the beginning of this 22-25 stretch, that they had a 12-game lead.”

This weekend may present an ideal turnaround alternative towards the struggling Purple Sox. Boston is working out of time to get into the playoff race. The Yankees may begin their turnaround by pushing their arch rivals additional out of issues… or they might keep mired of their stoop because the stretch run nears.

Not so honorable mentions

NBA retires No. 6 in honor of Invoice Russell 🏀


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The NBA is giving Invoice Russell‘s No. 6 particular therapy: the quantity will probably be drained throughout the league forward of the 2022-23 season. Russell, who died in late July at 88, is the first NBA participant to have his quantity retired league-wide.

  • Different gamers to have their quantity retired in main North American sports activities embody Jackie Robinson (No. 42) and Wayne Gretzky (No. 99).
  • Russell, an 11-time NBA champion, was additionally famous for his impression off the court docket. In 1966, he turned the primary Black head coach in main American sports activities, and he was identified for his activism relating to social and racial points all through his life. On the court docket, his record of accomplishments is actually unimaginable.
  • Present NBA gamers carrying No. 6 — together with LeBron James — don’t want to vary numbers if they do not need to. Nevertheless, no participant will probably be issued a No. 6 jersey going ahead.
  • The NBA additionally plans so as to add commemorative patches on the appropriate shoulder of each jersey for the 2022-23 season, and each court docket may have a clover-shaped brand with the No. 6 within it on the sideline.

James is probably the most notable of the lively gamers who put on No. 6, however he is removed from the one one. All the record is 16 gamers deep, and that features 5 who had been born within the 2000s and will find yourself being the final NBA participant to put on No. 6 ever:

  • Kenneth Lofton Jr. (born Aug. 14, 2002)
  • Jaylin Williams (born June 29, 2002)
  • Keon Johnson (born March 10, 2002)
  • Kenyon Martin Jr. (Jan. 6, 2001)
  • Quentin Grimes (Could 8, 2000)

There’s yet one more crew that is caught Kevin Durant’s eye 👀


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One other day, one other Kevin Durant rumor. The Nets famous person reportedly views the 76ers as a “welcome touchdown spot.” In case you bear in mind yesterday’s publication, this report comes on the heels of experiences saying he additionally views the Celtics as a “desired touchdown spot.”

The Celtics truly made a suggestion for Durant; it is not identified if the 76ers have accomplished the identical, however there seems to be no less than some mutual curiosity. This is what a doable supply may appear like, in line with our NBA reporter Michael Kaskey-Blomain.

  • Kaskey-Blomain: “With a view to execute a deal, the Sixers must half with an enormous haul that may doubtless embody a number of draft picks, Tobias Harris and promising younger guard Tyrese Maxey. Such a deal is not essentially a no brainer for the Sixers. Clearly, buying Durant would widen the crew’s present championship window, however it could restrict their long-term prospects. … It is also truthful to marvel if the Nets would even need to commerce Durant to the Sixers after buying and selling James Harden to them earlier this 12 months. The 2 groups are in the identical division, in any case.”

Preseason bowl projections: Who’s making the Faculty Soccer Playoff? 🏈


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Ah sure, the preseason. When hope springs everlasting, each crew’s loss column is clean, and bowl projections are the proper factor to get us followers excited. That is proper, Jerry Palm’s preseason bowl projections have arrived, and I’d like to see his prediction for the Faculty Soccer Playoff discipline change into true.

  • Peach Bowl: (1) Alabama vs. (4) Oklahoma
  • Fiesta Bowl: (2) Ohio State vs. (3) Georgia

Alabama seeking to get again atop the faculty soccer mountain after melting down late in final 12 months’s championship recreation? Ohio State again after a down 12 months? Georgia attempting to repeat? Oklahoma making it lower than a 12 months after Lincoln Riley departed for USC? Signal me up for that.

Talking of USC, Jerry is bullish on the Trojans. He initiatives them to play Cincinnati within the Cotton Bowl. You possibly can see Jerry’s CFP and New Yr’s Six predictions right here and his projections for each single bowl recreation right here.

What we’re watching this weekend 📺

We’re watching Serie A and the NWSL all weekend on Paramount+.

Friday

🏈 Falcons at Lions, 6 p.m. on NFL Community
🏀 Liberty at Dream, 7:30 p.m. on CBS Sports activities Community
🏈 Packers at 49ers, 8:30 p.m. on NFL Community
🏀 Storm at Lynx, 9 p.m. on ESPN 2

Saturday

🏈 Chiefs at Bears, 1 p.m. on NFL Community
🏈 Colts at Payments, 4 p.m. on NFL Community
🏈 Seahawks at Steelers, 7 p.m. on NFL Community
Yankees at Purple Sox, 7:15 p.m. on FOX
🏈 Cowboys at Broncos, 9 p.m. on NFL Community

Sunday

🏀 Lynx at Solar, 1 p.m. on ABC
🏀 Storm at Aces, 3 p.m. on ABC
🏈 Vikings at Raiders, 4:25 p.m. on NFL Community
Yankees at Purple Sox, 7 p.m. on ESPN
St. Jude Championship Last Spherical, 3 p.m. on NBC



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