With Major League Baseball on their all-star break and other sports taking a breather, this week is supposed to be the quietest week of the year in sports.
You could’ve fooled us,
The Last Night’s Game Team
MLB (Major League Baseball)
- The best in baseball. Tonight marks the first big event of MLB’s All-Star Game celebration. The excitement starts with the Home Run Derby tonight (8 pm EST on ESPN) and the game itself tomorrow night (8 pm EST on FOX). All the fanfare is happening at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. Check out Five Things to Know About the MLB Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game.
- Simply the best. Portugal faced the nearly impossible task of taking on host country, France, in the finals of Euro 2016. The outlook looked even worse after their star player Cristiano Ronaldo left the game after 25 minutes with a knee injury. After 90 minutes of regulation time, the game was tied at zero. It was the first Euro final to make it through regulation with no goals scored. In the second overtime, Portugal’s Éder scored a goal giving his team the lead and ultimately the win for the Euro Championship.
- Master Murray. With all the turmoil that has been happening in England over the past few weeks, local boy Andy Murray gave the country something to cheer about. Murray won the Men’s Wimbledon championship for the second time, beating Canadian Milos Raonic. Even though he lost, Raonic should be proud as he is the first Canadian man to play in a major singles championship match.
- Successful little Saturday. It appears that Serena Williams enjoyed her time in England. Saturday she captured the Women’s Wimbledon singles title, tying the record of 22 Grand Slam tournament wins. Later that same afternoon, she captured the Women’s doubles title with her sister Venus for the sixth time.
F1 (Formula One Racing)
- Another win for England. On his home turf, Lewis Hamilton led every lap of the British Grand Prix for the win and in turn took the lead in overall points for the season ahead of his teammate Nico Rosberg. Both Hamilton and Rosberg were given a warning before the race to play nice or else. While the post race tensions were high, everyone played the part.
NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing)
- The road less traveled. Brad Keselowski won for the second week in a row. In Kentucky, Keselowski took a gamble to not stop for fuel while everyone else did and that bold move secured him the win while coasting over the finish line on fumes.
UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship)
- This one's for the girls. Achieving one for women sports, two women headlined the male dominated, star studded UFC 200 fight card. Brazilian underdog Amanda Nunes won via submission (when the other fighter has no other choice but to tap out/throw in the towel), defeating champion Miesha Tate. Since Ronda Rousey lost in November 2015, nobody has been able to defend their championship belt. It’s like sisterhood of the traveling belt.
- In arguably the biggest LPGA (Ladies Professional Golfers’ Association of America) tournament of the year, the U.S. Women’s Open, 30-year-old Brittany Lang pulled off a win on the third playoff hole, defeating Anna Nordqvist. At 30, Lang is the oldest player to win a tournament this year.
- $4 Billion. That’s the rumored sale price talent agency WME-IMG paid for the UFC franchise, according to UFC President Dana White. Two brothers, Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, bought the franchise back in 2000 for $2 million. This transaction is the most expensive transaction for an organization in sports history.