Welcome to your weekly sports recap, The Week That Was, where we will do a quick summary of the stories, scores, and items from the world of sports that you might have missed. Checkout out the rest of MentalDimes.com for sport-specific content on your favorite teams and do not forget to check out our podcasts, which are available on Spotify, Apple, and YouTube; search for Mental Dimes. The NCAAF podcast airs live on Wednesday at 6:30 pm Central, and the NCAA Men’s basketball podcast airs on Thursday nights at 10:00 pm Central.
The PGA : The British Open
Australian Cameron Smith fired off five straight birdies on the back nine on the final day of the British Open, shot a (-8) 64 for the round, and earned his first ever major title. Smith overcame a four-stroke lead by Rory Mcilroy and birded the 18th and final hole to claim victory at St. Andrew’s.
MLB News and Notes
Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto rejected a 15-year $440 million contract extension to remain with the club. The Nationals are listening to trade offers from other teams. Still, they are unlikely to deal Soto before this year’s trade deadline as he will not become an unrestricted free agent until after the 2024 season.
Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander recorded his league-leading 12th win of the season, surpassing Curt Schilling and Bob Gibson with 3,121 career strikeouts. Verlander leads all active pitchers in strikeouts.
The Seattle Mariners finished The Week That Was week riding a 14-game winning streak and in 2nd place in the AL West, nine games behind the Houston Astros, after defeating the Texas Rangers 6-2 on Sunday, July 17th.
Liam Hendriks of the Chicago White Sox, Jordan Romano of Toronto, and Devin Williams of Milwaukee were added to the active rosters for the All-Star Game. MLB added the trio after it was announced that Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros, Gerrit Cole of the Yankees, and Atlanta Braves Max Fried would not be active for the Mid-Summer Classic on Tuesday, July 19th, from Dodgers Stadium.
New York Yankees Aaron Judge recorded his league-leading 33rd home run in a 14-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
NBA News and Notes
The Indiana Pacers signed Deandre Ayton to a 4-year $133 million contract. The Phoenix Suns, who had been unable to come to terms with Deandre, quickly matched the offer keeping him in Phoenix. The offer sheet slams the door on the Kevin Durant to the Suns via a sign-and-trade involving the Pacers.
The San Antonio Spurs and forward Keldon Johnson have agreed to a 4-year $80 million contract extension. Johnson was the Spurs first-round draft pick, the 29th pick overall, in 2019.
NFL News and Notes
Robert Griffin III, RGIII, has been promoted by ESPN and will handle the Monday Night Football Countdown position previously held by Randy Moss. RGIII will continue to call college football games on Saturdays in addition to his new role on Monday nights. According to reports, Moss asked to step away from his Monday night role and focus on his Sunday pregame show responsibilities.
The Houston Texans reportedly settled 30 lawsuits related to former Texans QB Deshaun Watson. The team was sued last week by a woman stating that the team “enabled his behavior,” according to sportsyahoo.com. The Cleveland Browns quarterback previously settled 20 out of 24 lawsuits against him.
NCAAF News and Notes
Some unfortunate news to report as Oregon tight end Spencer Webb passed away at the age of 22. According to nbcnews.com, Spencer hit his head after falling on rock slides and hitting his head. The Oregon football program issued the following statement: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Spencer Webb; our hearts go out to his family, teammates, and friends at such a difficult time. We will miss Spencer greatly.”
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