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Pittsburg Pirates Jack Suwinski becomes the first rookie in the history of Major League Baseball to hit three home runs in a game, including a walk-off home run. Suwinski hit the game-winning home run off San Francisco’s Tyler Rogers to win the game 4-3.
The Houston Astros combine for a no-hitter against the New York Yankees. Christian Javier accumulated 13 strikeouts over seven innings. Hector Nevis pitched the eighth inning, walking two before getting out of the inning without a hit, and Ryan Pressly closed out the ninth to complete the no-hitter.
Baltimore Oriole Austin Hays becomes the sixth player in team history to hit for the cycle. The 26-year-old completed the rare feat in four at-bats against the Washington Nationals on Friday, June 22nd.
The Stanley Cup Finals/NHL News
The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Colorado Avalanche 6-2 on Monday, June 20th, to keep their title hopes alive. Colorado leads the series 2-1 heading into Wednesday’s pivotal game four.
The Colorado Avalanche rebounded from Monday night’s 6-2 thrashing at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning, winning the Wednesday’s game 3-2 in overtime to take a commanding 3-1 series lead in the-best-of-7 series for the Stanley Cup.
The Tampa Bay Lightning stay alive in the Stanley Cup Finals with a 3-2 victory over the Avalanche. Colorado leads the series 3-2. Ondrej Palat scored the go-ahead goal with 13:38 left in the third period. Seven out of the eleven goals scored by Palat in the playoffs have come in the third period.
Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs won the NHL MVP award called the Hart Memorial Trophy. Matthews was also named the Most Outstanding Player by the NHL Players Association (NHLPA) members and received the Ted Lindsay award.
Rob Gronkowski announces his retirement from the NFL, again. Gronkowski played for nine years in the NFL with the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has 92 touchdowns since entering the league in 2010, the most of any player during that time.
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick announced that he would be joining Amazon Prime as a Thursday night football analyst. Fitzpatrick, who played 17 seasons in the NFL, will join Richard Sherman and Tony Gonzalez as part of the cast.
Former Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Tony “Goose” Siragusa passed away at age 55. Siragusa played 12 seasons in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens, winning a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2000.
The Orlando Magic selected Duke forward Paolo Banchero with the number one pick of the 2022 NBA draft.
Prior to the NBA draft, the Portland Trailblazers acquired Jerami Grant from the Detroit Pistons for a protected 2025 first-round pick.
The Detroit Pistons acquired Kemba Walker from the New York Knicks in a three-team trade with the Charlotte Hornets.
Steve Clifford returns as head coach of the Charlotte Hornets. Clifford coached the Hornets for five years and led the team to two playoff appearances. Clifford last coached the Hornets in 2018
Former Purdue Boilermaker and first-round pick of the Portland Trailblazers Caleb Swanigan passed away at age 25. Swanigan played three years in the NBA for Portland and the Sacramento Kings.
John Wall of the Houston Rockets will opt-in and exercise his $47.4 million player option for the 2022-23 NBA season. Wall has not played since the 2020-21 season. The Rockets are trying to find a trade partner or workout a buyout for the Wall.
Canadian Matt Fitzpatrick wins the US Open with a (-2) final round and (-6) for the tournament. Fitzpatrick became the first non-American to win both the US Amateur and US Open.
Brooks Koepka announced he would sign with LIV. Koepka will make his inaugural LIV appearance at the LIV Golf Invitational Series in Portland on June 28.
College World Series
Oklahoma defeats Notre Dame 6-2 on Sunday, June 19th sending the Irish to the losers bracket to face Texas A&M. On Tuesday, June 21st, the Texas Aggies eliminate the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 5-1, setting up a showdown between the Aggies and the Oklahoma Sooners on Wednesday, June 22nd. Oklahoma punched their ticket to the College World Series finals by eliminating the Texas Aggies 5-1 on Wednesday, June 22nd.
The Auburn Tigers eliminated the Stanford Cardinal from the College World Series with a 6-2 victory over the Cardinal. Ole Miss defeated Arkansas 13-5 on Monday night, June 20th. The loss sent Arkansas to the losers bracket to play Auburn, with the winner continuing and the loser going home. Arkansas defeated Auburn 11-1 to keep their championship hopes alive. Arkansas defeated Ole Miss 3-2 on Wednesday, June 22nd, setting up a winner-take-all game on Thursday. Ole Miss defeated Arkansas 2-0 to advance to the College World Series finals to face the Oklahoma Sooners.
The Ole Miss Rebels grabbed a series lead in the best-of-three series defeating the Oklahoma Sooners 10-3 in game one of the College World Series Championship.
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