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"The Stack" 6-26-16

Maybe it was the penalty kick. Maybe it wasn't. One way or the other, Lionel Messi of Argentina announced he is retiring from international competition following Argentina's loss to Chile in the Copa America final. Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Maybe it was the penalty kick. Maybe it wasn't. One way or the other, Lionel Messi of Argentina announced he is retiring from international competition following Argentina's loss to Chile in the Copa America final.
Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
 

Hi! Hello!  Did you miss The Stack last week?  I hope the answer is yes.  There was a lot that happened last week.  We’ll recap it all plus a couple of other headlines as well so let’s get right to “the stack” for today, Monday, June 27th:

 

What happened last week?

 

While The Stack was on vacation last week in Nashville, Tennessee, here are some of the big storylines that happened:

 

  • Dustin Johnson won the U.S. Open despite being assessed a one-stroke penalty that took the USGA far too long to apply.

  • The long nightmare for Cleveland sports fans ended with the Cleveland Cavaliers completing an amazing 3-1 series deficit against the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA Finals Sunday night.  It is the first championship for the city since 1964.

  • J.R. Smith is still shirtless.

  • Did you see that victory parade in Cleveland on Wednesday?  Over a million people in attendance.  They deserved to party that is for sure.  Hopefully employers let their employees go to the parade or watch it on TV.

  • Johnny Manziel’s father thinks his son is a “druggie” and jail may be best for him.

  • Brexit!  WTF UK?! 

  • Ben Simmons went number one to the Philadelphia 76ers in Thursday’s NBA Draft and Brandon Ingram went second.  Odd that Kris Dunn lasted until pick five to the Minnesota Timberwolves.  A lot of trades went down too.  Free agency starts soon.

  • American Auston Matthews went number one to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL Draft on Friday.  The draft concluded Saturday and just like in the NBA Draft, there were a number of trades leading up to and during the draft.

  • Iceland!!!! Wales!!!

  • Have I mentioned the UK leaving the EU yet?

 

I know I’m missing a few headlines, but these are some of the biggest.  Here are a couple of other headlines…

 

Copa American crowns champion, Euro Cup continues

 

Yes, The Stack is talking more soccer, because let’s face it, we’ve kind of been sucked in thanks to the likes of Iceland.  More on the Euro Cup in a moment.  Copa America crowned it’s champion on Sunday.  No it’s not the US.  They lost to Argentina in the semifinals and then lost 1-0 to Colombia in the third place game.  Your champion is Chile who knocked off Argentina in the championship game via penalty kicks 4-2 after regulation and the extra sessions ended in a scoreless nil-nil draw.  After the game Lionel Messi announced he is retiring from international competition.  He has had a brilliant career.  Coincidentally or not, he did miss the first penalty kick for Argentina.  Too much pressure on him?  Who knows. Chile wins Copa America for the second straight time.

 

Onto the Euro Cup though.  The host country France survived a bit of  a scare from Ireland before winning 2-1.  Germany took down Slovkia 3-0 and Belgium poured it on against Hungary scoring three goals in a matter of minutes in the second half to win 4-0.  There are two more spots left up for grabs in the quarterfinals.  Will Iceland continue the Cinderella story and beat England?  That is the last match of the day and frankly English fans need some good news right now after the United Kingdom voted last week to pull out of the European Union. What they heck are they thinking?  Must be something in the water.  Here’s today’s schedule:

 

Italy vs. Spain Noon ET ESPN2

 

England vs. Iceland 3 PM ET ESPN2

 

Wimbledon preview

 

Wimbledon starts today and London and sports fans in the country need something to distract them.  Can Andy Murray win it all on the men’s side?  Unlikely since he would have to go through Novak Djokovic and let’s face it, the Joker is going to win it on the men’s side.

 

Hard not to pick Serena Williams on the women’s side even if she hasn’t won a major yet this season.  I’ll still take her in part because the women’s field is so hard to pinpoint who can beat her.  Isn’t Victoria Azarenka out?  I think so.  Taking Serena for the win.  Coverage can be found all tournament long on ESPN and ESPN2.

 

Coming up later this week: Reaction to top stories in the sports world including latest on former Tennessee Volunteers women's basketball head coach Pat Summit's health.


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