His final season in the bigs has become a total shitshow by the Yankees, who don’t look likely to make the playoffs for the second time in the past three years. But here’s to the Captain, who has led the Bronx Bombers for 20 years and who always gave his all. Thank you, Derek Jeter.
Thirteen-year-old sensation Mo’ne Davis, who plays for Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons, has become the first Little Leaguer to grace the national cover of Sports Illustrated. The 5-foot-4 inch, 111-pound eighth grader is not only taking the Little League World Series by storm, but also she has captured the nation’s attention.
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Meanwhile, at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA, Mo’ne Davis — one of only two girls in the tournament — struck out eight batters in a two-hit shutout, leading Philadelphia over Nashville, 4-0. Mo’ne, who has thrown as fast as 70mph, threw all of 70 pitches in her complete game. Which should mean anyone who still says “You throw like a girl!” can shut the fuck up now. (Photo: Gene Puskar / AP via the New York Daily News)
Yes, I haven’t blogged in like two days and there is more pressing news in the world but the first thing I’m posting after my brief sojourn is this amazing, 41-shot table tennis rally between a Singaporean and a Nigerian at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland. (via ESPN)
Achtung, Messi. World Cup champs Germany 1, Argentina 0.
Even though he’s sticking that hardware he won in Miami in your face, Cleveland.
“Chants of ‘BRAZIL! BRAZIL!’ ringing though the arena, without any trace of irony.”
ESPN soccer commentator IAN DARKE, on the home team’s crowd finally coming to life after a late goal in a 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany.
HOLLAND ATCHA Today’s World Cup wins: Argentina upends Belgium, 1-0, while late substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul sends the Netherlands over Costa Rica, stopping two shots on goal in a 4-3 win on penalty kicks (0-0 after regulation and extra time). (Photo: Fabrice Cofrini / AFP-Getty via the New York Times)
And now, the best impression of a Godzilla villain landing on a Colombian soccer player’s arm goes to… whatever the Hell that thing is on James Rodriguez.
WORLD CUPDATE: France surrenders to Germany (natch); Brazil moves on, but Neymar — seen above, writhing in pain after fracturing his vertebra during the second half against Colombia — does not. (Photo: Marius Becker / EPA via the New York Times)
The New York Times charted all 16 of U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard’s saves. Above: the eight saves he made in the second half.
Besides all the great #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave memes going around, someone went ahead and altered the Wikipedia entry for the U.S. Secretary of Defense.
Chile 0, goal posts 2. (Photo of Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar not needing to do his job since the goal posts did it for him against Chile in a 3-2 shootout win on Saturday by Ian Walton / Getty Images via the New York Daily News)
SOCCERER IN CHIEF President Obama watches the U.S. battle Germany aboard Air Force One en route to Minneapolis on Thursday. The Germans prevailed, 1-0; both teams advance to the knockout round of the World Cup. (Photo: Doug Mills / New York Times)