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Montverde basketball can make NBA draft history

Montverde basketball can make NBA draft history

28/07/2021, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 30402688

The tiny town of Montverde, nestled between Lake Apopka and picturesque rolling hills just west of metropolitan Orange County, will take center stage when the NBA holds its 2021 draft on Thursday, July 29. Montverde Academy, the No. 1 high school basketball program in America, hopes to see four former players taken in the first round to set a record.



https://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/highschool/boys-basketball/os-sp-montverde-draft-0717-20210716-jbr74647mreyro7pshtmpmvybm-story.html
'The Olympics is overwhelming': Michael Phelps says he can relate to Simone Biles

'The Olympics is overwhelming': Michael Phelps says he can relate to Simone Biles

28/07/2021, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 30402681

When Michael Phelps found out Simone Biles withdrew from Tuesday's Olympics gymnastics event, citing mental health, it touched the ex-swimmer's heart.

     


https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2021/07/27/michael-phelps-reacts-simone-biles-gymnastics-team-event-withdrawal/5397177001/
Kiszla: U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky is a six-time Olympic champ, but can we stop calling her the GOAT

Kiszla: U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky is a six-time Olympic champ, but can we stop calling her the GOAT

28/07/2021, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 30402653

TOKYO — Katie Ledecky is a bona fide American sports hero and a six-time Olympic champion, graceful in victory or defeat.

But can we stop calling Ledecky the GOAT so often that the term begins to haunt her?

Her swim for gold in the first-ever 1,500-meter freestyle stage for women at the Olympics was as peaceful as 30 lengths of the pool can be. When it was over Wednesday morning and Ledecky had won easily in 15 minutes and 37.39 seconds, the 24-year-old American pumped her fist in victory.

And then Ledecky cried. Tears of relief as much as pride. Ledecky had finally won gold for the first time at a swim meet many expected her to dominate, after falling short of first place in two earlier events.

GOAT is a term thrown around too lightly by the Olympic hype machine, and it can crush the spirit of even the strongest athlete.

Hey, I’m as guilty as anyone in banging the drum too incessantly in gushing praise of citius, altius, fortius. But here’s the thing that bugs me: We now expect historic greatness before it’s made.

In our rush to crown the next GOAT, we fail to show proper respect for becoming the best the world has ever seen. And, in the process, we also minimize the struggle of an athlete striving to earn a seat at the table alongside sports gods.

There’s no doubt Ledecky is a legendary American swimmer. But with 23 Olympic gold medals in his trophy case, Michael Phelps is the GOAT.  And Kristin Otto might have been a product of East Germany’s better-sports-through-chemistry experiments, but she won six gold medals in the pool at a single Summer Games, way back in 1988.

Ledecky attempted the near-impossible on this summer morning, taking the blocks for two Olympic finals within the span of 90 minutes.

Her first task was the 200 free, where she went out way too slow to hang with this fast crowd, then slogged home during the final 50 meters. Ledecky touched the wall in fifth place, a whopping 1.71 seconds behind winner Ariarne Titmus, the 20-year-old Australian wunderkind.

Titmus, who earlier this week hunted down Ledecky and beat her in the 400 free, is clearly inside the head of her American rival. There are too many sharks in the water to show even a hint of weakness at the Olympics, and Ledecky is no longer the unbeatable force she was five years ago at Rio de Janeiro, where she set two world records and took home five medals, including four gold.

Ledecky is a comet Titmus has caught by the tail. There’s no shame in that. But at age 24, Ledecky is a burnt out shell of her former shelf. Here’s your proof: Ledecky swam this 200 free in 1:55.21, nearly a second-and-a-half slower than her winning time five years ago.

The pressure of the Olympic Games eats its heroes slowly, from the inside, deep in the gut, where self-doubt can attach itself like a leech, sucking the thrill out of being a champion.

Maybe that’s why when Ledecky finished a historic mile swim at the Olympics, her celebration was more fierce than joyous.

This was no party in the pool for Ledecky. And can you blame her? She had slayed a dragon.



https://www.denverpost.com/2021/07/27/katie-ledecky-six-time-olympic-champion-kiszla/
Katie Ledecky wins gold medal in 1,500 freestyle at Tokyo Olympics, US teammate Erica Sullivan takes

Katie Ledecky wins gold medal in 1,500 freestyle at Tokyo Olympics, US teammate Erica Sullivan takes

28/07/2021, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 30402650

Katie Ledecky fell short in her 200-meter freestyle final but came back about an hour later to win the grueling 1,500 freestyle.

     


https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2021/07/27/katie-ledecky-tokyo-olympics-200-1500-freestyle/5395886001/

					Tigers overcome four-run deficit to defeat Twins in extras, 6-5

Tigers overcome four-run deficit to defeat Twins in extras, 6-5

28/07/2021, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 30402672
The Detroit Tigers erased a four-run deficit forcing extras and eventually defeating the Minnesota Twins, 6-5. Miguel Cabrera drove in the game-winning run in the 11th lifting Detroit past Minnesota.

https://www.foxsports.com/mlb/video/1926979139528
Eric Haase, Miguel Cabrera lift Detroit Tigers to 6-5 win over Minnesota Twins in extras

Eric Haase, Miguel Cabrera lift Detroit Tigers to 6-5 win over Minnesota Twins in extras

28/07/2021, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 30402642

After Eric Haase's game-tying grand slam in the ninth, Miguel Cabrera's 11th-inning single gave the Detroit Tigers a 6-5 win over the Twins.

      


https://www.freep.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2021/07/28/miguel-cabrera-lifts-detroit-tigers-6-5-win-over-twins/5395602001/
Detroit Tigers beat Minnesota Twins, 6-5 in 11 innings: Game thread replay

Detroit Tigers beat Minnesota Twins, 6-5 in 11 innings: Game thread replay

28/07/2021, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 30402643

The Detroit Tigers face the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on July 27, 2021. The game will be broadcast on Bally Sports Detroit starting at 8 p.m.

      


https://www.freep.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2021/07/27/detroit-tigers-minnesota-twins-updates/5382505001/
US women's 3-on-3 basketball team leans on Duke women's coach in quest for Tokyo Olympics gold

US women's 3-on-3 basketball team leans on Duke women's coach in quest for Tokyo Olympics gold

28/07/2021, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 30402641

Kara Lawson, former WNBA All-Star and current Duke head coach, started her coaching career in the 3-on-3 format.

      


https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2021/07/27/olympics-3-3-basketball-medal-day-usa-led-kara-lawson/5385151001/
Katie Ledecky wins gold medal in 1,500 freestyle at Tokyo Olympics, US teammate Erica Sullivan takes

Katie Ledecky wins gold medal in 1,500 freestyle at Tokyo Olympics, US teammate Erica Sullivan takes

28/07/2021, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 30402630

Katie Ledecky fell short in her 200-meter freestyle final but came back about an hour later to win the grueling 1,500 freestyle.

      


https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2021/07/27/katie-ledecky-tokyo-olympics-200-1500-freestyle/5395886001/
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