The GIST’s Quote of the Week
“What’s it like to have the literal president of the literal United States (of literal America) go Full Adolescent Boy on your girlfriend?”
—WNBA legend Sue Bird responds to president Donald Trump’s criticism of her girlfriend, U.S. soccer’s Megan Rapinoe (pronounced RAP-eee-NO), in a Players’ Tribune piece that’s definitely worth reading. Tell it how it is, girl.
And that's the tea
The GIST: The stage is set! The defending World Cup champion U.S. and the reigning European champion Netherlands are squaring off in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET. Sunday can’t come soon enough.
Meanwhile, England and Sweden will play on Saturday at 11 a.m. ET for third place bragging rights.
Rewind, how did they get there?:The U.S. beat England 2–1 on Tuesday after England couldn’t capitalize on a huge late-gamepenalty kick opportunity(seems eerily similar to Canada’sJanine Beckie’s stopped penalty).
And the Americans also managed to draw more criticism, but also some applause, when star forward Alex Morgan scored, on her 30th birthday, and celebrated by sipping tea. Whether you think the celebration was distasteful or confident bravado, you have to give her kudos for creativity.
Love ’em or hate ’em, fans are certainly paying attention and buying in to the USWNT as the women’s home jersey is now Nike’s best-selling soccer jersey EVER, men’s or women’s, in one season. So… USA Soccer… when’s that pay raise happening?
What about the Netherlands?:The orange narrowly defeated Sweden in their semifinal, needing extra time (aka overtime) to finally score a goal and win 1–0 thanks tothis absolute beautyfrom Jackie Groenen. Perfection.
So, who’s favoured to win the World Cup?:The Americans. They haven’t trailed fora single secondin the tournament (!!!) and have won a record-setting 11-straight World Cup matches. Oh, and it’s also their third-straight World Cup final appearance. Casual.
Although it’s the first time they’ve ever made it to the Women’s World Cup final, don’t count the Netherlands down and out.
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Shake, shake, shake your money-maker
The GIST: More than $3B was committed to just 45 NBA players on June 30th when free agency opened, again proving that the NBA has the deepest pockets of the major leagues (NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB).
Who’s getting paid?: Similar to the Kardashians, free agency was brought to you by the letter K.
The biggest contracts went to Kevin “KD” Durant (Brooklyn Nets), Kyrie Irving(Brooklyn Nets) and Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics). These guys are laughing straight to the bank, and when KD is healthy, Durant and Irving could be laughing straight to a championship as an elite Nets duo.
But, and this is a big but, the Nets are taking a gamble on KD. He’ll likely miss next season while recovering from the ruptured Achilles he suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Worse? It could take years before he’s back to 100% (if ever).
What about Kawhi?: Canada’s favourite NBA superstar is still toying with our emotions.
#KawhiWatch hit a fever pitch on Wednesday when local TV station CP24 lost their minds sent a helicopter to the Toronto airport to show live footage of MLSE’s private jet landing (because Kawhi was suspected to be on board).
For now, we still have more questions than answers. Like, did the Raptors pitch to Kawhi in L.A. as planned? If so, why the heck would he fly all the way back to Toronto unless he plans to sign? Why leave L.A. if he plans to sign with a team there? Was the plane a decoy? Has #KawhiWatch gone too far? WHEN WILL WE HAVE ANSWERS?! Not, not stressed.
Shaken not stirred
The GIST: While we were all enjoying some Canada Day festivities, NHL general managers were hard at work as free agency opened on July 1st, allowing teams to sign new talent, re-sign old talent and trade for some fresh faces.
What did the Ottawa Senators do?: Most notably, the Sens did a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Sens traded away defenceman Cody Ceci and Ben Harper for defenceman Nikita Zaitsev, winger Connor Brown and one prospect.
The Sens also signed two prior Leafs, defenseman Ron Hainsey and winger Tyler Ennis, to one-year contracts.
Who was the biggest loser?: The Columbus Blue Jackets — three of their best players signed with new teams.
Star forward Artemi Panarin (nicknamed Bread Man) signed with the New York Rangers, goalie Sergei Bobrovsky signed a v. lucrative deal with the Florida Panthers and Matt Duchene (former Sen!) signed with the Nashville Predators. Bye, Felicia!
Anything else?: Monday also saw the first restricted free agent (RFA) offer sheet since 2013.
Here’s how it works: The Montreal Canadiens tendered a five-year, $42.3M contract to the Carolina Hurricanes’ 21-year-old Sebastian Aho, essentially trying to steal him away. Mr. Steal Your Girl? More like Mr. Steal Your Boy.
Carolina has until next Monday to either match the offer and sign Aho to the same contract or decline, give him to Montreal and receive a first, second and third-round pick from the Canadiens in return.
But here’s the thing — the Canadiens’ offer sheet was weak for an extremely good player. And now Carolina can just take their sweet time before matching, which they’ve said they will do, while the Habs are handcuffed and can’t spend that money elsewhere. SMDH.
You go, Glen Coco
The GIST: The prestigious Wimbledon tournament (get #thegist guide here) displays some of the best tennis talents in the world, but it’s 15-year-old (!!!) Cori “Coco” Gauff who has people talking this week.
What happened?: In the first round, Coco was in tough against one of her idols, seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams, but Coco beat her in straight sets 6–4, 6–4.
Gauff followed that up with a second-round win again in straight sets. Did we mention she’s 15?! This teen is something special (and she gets bonus points for wearing New Balance’s Kawhi-inspired “Fun Guy” t-shirt in her post-game press conference).
Meanwhile, No. 2 seed Naomi Osaka was stunned again by unseeded Yulia Putintseva, her third consecutive loss to the Kazakh player. You had to feel for Osaka as she teared up in the post-match press conference.
Who else advanced?: Unsurprisingly, the three top-seeded men's players are still standing: No. 1 Novak Djokovic, No. 2 Roger Federer and No. 3 Rafael Nadal.
On the women’s side, keep your eye on No. 11 Serena Williams, No. 7 Simona Halep and No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, fresh off a Grand Slam win at the French Open.
How’s Canada doing?: Only two out of six Canadians remain: No. 15 Milos Raonic and No. 19 Felix Auger-Aliassime, who are both off to the third round.
The other four — Vasek Pospisil, No. 29 Denis Shapovalov (who lost in straight sets), Brayden Schnur (his Grand Slam debut) and Genie Bouchard (who hasn’t won a match since February) — all lost in the first round. Welp.
Forever an Angel
The GIST: On Monday, 27-year-old Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his Texas hotel room. Police say no foul play is suspected.
The reaction around the league was heartfelt and heartbreaking. Close friend Patrick Corbin, pitcher for the Washington Nationals, wore Skaggs’s No. 45 and drew the number onto his pitching mound on Tuesday; many of Skaggs teammates broke down in a post-game press conference, and the city and baseball fans everywhere mourned the devastating loss. Our hearts go out to his friends and family.
What's Up This Week
Saturday: The Tour de France, the 22-day cycling race made famous by that cheater Lance Armstrong, starts on Saturday. Here’s everything you need to know about the route, the contenders and what to expect.
Sunday: Spend brunch watching the Women’s World Cup final at 11 a.m. ET as the Netherlands try to stop the U.S. squad from defending their championship.
Today–Monday: Wimbledon continues all week long and wraps up on Sunday, July 14th. Stay tuned to our Instagram for any big updates between newsletters!