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Fun Fact of the Day:  In this Sunday’s Wimbledon final, Andy Murray faced #6-ranked Milos Raonic.  It was the first time in 11 grand slam finals that he’s faced someone other than Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer.


Today's Rundown

TENNIS

Throwing up deuces. She did it! Serena Williams won her 22nd grand slam title, tying tennis legend Steffi Graf’s record. She defeated German Angelique Kerber in 2 sets for her 2nd straight Wimbledon title. It was great to see a dominant Serena back on the court, after she had a series of disappointing losses in the finals of the last 3 major tournaments. And because 1 win is child’s play for Serena, she accepted her trophy, changed, and got back on the court to win another trophy with her sister Venus, marking their 14th doubles grand slam titleJolly good show, old chap.  Meanwhile, in the men’s tournament, Andy Murray defeated Milos Raonic in 3 straight sets to win his 2nd Wimbledon title.  Murray played a flawless game, returning Raonic’s powerful serves, including one that clocked in at 147mph. Raonic can be proud of himself for making it to his first major tournament finals, after defeating Roger Federer in in the semifinals on Friday.


SOCCER

What a Euro-trip!  Portugal won its 1st European Championship, upsetting the tournament host and heavy favorites France, 1-0.  Just 8 minutes into the game, French men everywhere were twirling their curly mustaches and saying ‘Oui, oui,’ because Portugal’s superstar Cristiano Ronaldo went down with a knee injury. Ronaldo tried to keep playing, but couldn’t bear the pain.  He sobbed theatrically while a big moth landed on his face and he was stretchered away. The game went scoreless until extra time, when Portugal’s Eder scored a powerful goal, just minutes after he managed to sneak by undetected for a handball.


MMA

Fight night.  UFC changed hands to new owners this morning, selling for a whopping $4B, after this weekend’s highly anticipated UFC 200! It was drama, drama, drama leading up to the big day, because star Jon Jones was pulled from the card for a positive drug test. Fortunately, aging legend Anderson Silva stepped in as a replacement just 2-days before.  Silva is one of the greatest UFC fighters of all time, but at 41-years-old, with no training time, and only 2 months after gall bladder surgery, it wasn’t a huge surprise that he lost to Daniel Cormier. He does his own stunts.  Meanwhile, WWE star Brock Lesnar made a triumphant return to the UFC, after his career was cut short by an intestinal disease.  He defeated Mark Hunt and collected a big fat $2.5M paycheckAn anticlimactic main event. Miesha Tate was heavily favored to win the title fight after beating Holly Holm earlier this year, but she got embarrassed by Amanda Nunes.  Nunes came in so fast and furious that Tate tapped out after only 3 min and 16 seconds.  Congrats to Nunes, who is the UFC’s 1st openly gay champion! 


Spotlight on Women’s Gymnastics

This weekend we discovered who qualified for the Women’s Gymnastics team. Here’s what you need to know…

How do gymnasts make the team? The gymnast with the highest combined all-around score at the Olympic Trials qualifies automatically, but the other 4 members of the team are selected by the Olympic Selection Committee.  They use their discretion pick the best Team America—so that we have great athletes for each of the events to maximize our medal count.

Who was the best all-around?  This year’s big star is the teeny tiny 4’9” Simone Biles, who has won the last 3 world championships and 4 national titles.  She’s known for performing routines that can make your head spin, including a tumbling skill on floor exercise called the "Biles"—yep it’s named after her, because she’s the only gymnast in the world who can do it.   

Who else made the team?  Newbies Madison Kocian and Laurie Hernandez will make their debut, and your old favorites Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas return from the 2012 Olympics.  Gabby was 2012’s all-around gold medalist, but she had a really tough Trials, falling off the balance beam during both nights and coming in 7th overall.  She managed to squeak onto the Olympic team because of her specialty on uneven bars and her tendency to peak right before big events.


Seen and Heard

A 6th Ring.  Former New York Yankees shortstop and notorious ladies man Derek Jeter married fiancée Hannah Davis this weekend in Napa. I guess if you’re a world famous baseball player and you’re going to settle down, it should probably be to a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model.  Congrats to the Jeters!


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MLB

Home Run Derby.  Watch 8 of MLB’s best ball bashers in tonight’s Home Run Derby!  The players will go head-to-head in a single-elimination bracket with bonus points handed out for distance. The field features past winners Robinson Cano and Todd Frazier, but keep your eye out for fan favorite Giancarlo Stanton, who is known for his super deep homers. 8pm ET on ESPN