We probably can’t call the Baltimore Orioles a surprise team anymore.
Last season, the O’s came out of nowhere to challenge for the division crown in the ultra-competitive AL East (home of the Yankees, Rays and Red Sox) and made the playoffs for the first time since 1997. And they’re still rolling this year, 4.5 games out of first in the division and a game back in the AL wild card race.
But what has been a surprise is the Orioles’ Chris Davis.
Even in his spare time, former University of Michigan star Denard “Shoelace” Robinson can’t help but carve up defenses.
Virtual defenses, that is.
The NCAA’s all time-leader in career rushing yards by a quarterback appears on the cover of NCAA Football 14, the latest installment of EA’s best-selling college football franchise. This year’s edition introduces the Infinity Engine 2 (an upgrade to the physics engine from Madden 13), a revamped running game, and the addition of Coach Skills, which adds an RPG element to the ever-popular Dynasty Mode.
Shoelace took some time away from preparing for NFL training camp to chat with SI Kids about the game’s new features, his strategy as a play-caller and achieving his childhood dream of being on the cover.
The tennis gods finally decided to cut Andy Murray a break.
Murray made history yesterday by becoming the first British player to win the men’s singles trophy at Wimbledon in 77 years. He did it by defeating long-time rival Novak Djokavic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.
"That last game will be the toughest game I'll play in my career. Ever," said Murray. "Winning Wimbledon - I still can't believe it. Can't get my head around that. I can't believe it.”
Chances are you weren't watching the Reds-Giants game last night. Cincinnati won, 3-0, and gave the Reds back-to-back victories for the first time since mid-June. But if you weren't watching the game, you missed more than a Reds victory. You missed the first no-hitter of the season, courtesy of Cincinnati pitcher Homer Bailey.
The last big-league no-hitter was thrown in September 2012 — also by Homer Bailey. (That one came against the Pirates.) This makes Bailey the third pitcher in Reds history to throw two no-hitters, and the sixth pitcher in MLB history to throw consecutive no-hitters.
Watch Bailey's teammates mob him at the mound after the Reds secure the final out:
Is Nathan MacKinnon the next Face of the NHL? He might be. But right now, what's certain is that he's the future of the Colorado Avalanche. MacKinnon was the top overall pick in Sunday's NHL Draft, which was held in New Jersey.
The 2013 draft class was especially deep, with experts going back and forth about who would go first: forward MacKinnon or defenseman Seth Jones. Jones seemed like a lock for the first selection for most of the spring. But Avs president (and NHL Hall of Famer) Joe Sakic said his team needed offensive help big time, so MacKinnon was the first name called by commissioner Gary Bettman. (Jones ultimately went fourth, to the Nashville Predators.)
Heading into Sunday’s Confederations Cup final in Brazil, the host nation was the defending Confed Cup champions. Brazil won the last two tournaments, actually. But its opponent was the mighty Spain — reigning world champion and winners of 29 straight matches.
But in the final Confed Cup match, none of that mattered. Brazil dominated España, 3-0, to win its third straight title and set up an epic 2014 World Cup (also hosted by Brazil).