His Michigan State team might not have lived up to the hype in March, but Denzel Valentine made up for it with not one, but two shining moments in this year’s NBA Summer League final. The rookie tied the game with a three at the buzzer, then hit another clutch jumper to ice a Summer League final win over the T-Wolves. The 13 teams who picked ahead of the Bulls in this year’s draft may want a mulligan.
Nice week at the hot corner
Manny Machado and Jung Ho Kang made sure to pay attention when their Little League coaches told them always to be in the ready position at third base. Those liners come in fast.
Cubs, Mets outfielders show off their cannons
On Monday, Yoenis Cespedes nailed Willson Contreras at the plate. Two days later, Jason Heyward caught James Loney trying to score with a 99 mph laser beam from center.
Javy challenges Rizzo for ‘King of the Tarp’ status
We showed you how Anthony Rizzo owns the tarp at Wrigley. Looks like his teammates have been taking notes. Here’s Javier Baez making a nice running grab right in front of Rizzo at the Reynolds Wrap cover.
No-look, backheel winner for Inter
In a friendly match, Inter Milan’s Stevan Jovetic became one with the ball and nailed a crazy, back-to-the-goal shot to beat Real Salt Lake in stoppage time. Was it luck? Skill? You decide.
Looking ahead, looking back...
1969 — Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game was postponed for the first time. The game was played the following day and the NL topped the AL, 9-3 in Washington, D.C. Lucky for us, we didn't have to worry about bad weather this year.
2013 — 2016 Final Vote candidate Ryan Braun was suspended for the final 65 games of the regular season for a positive PED test. Braun’s power numbers haven't been the same since coming back from the suspension, and he’s made the All-Star team just once since 2013 (he made the team each of the five previous seasons) — just something to think about.
2009 — Mark Buehrle tossed his second career no-hitter, this one a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays. History aside, this game will forever be remembered for the game-saving catch defensive replacement Dewayne Wise made in the ninth inning.
2012 — Ichiro made a shocking departure from Seattle, where he electrified fans for over a decade. The Yankees, who acquired him, happened to be in town, so the newly-traded star walked across the diamond to the visitor’s dugout and singled in his first at bat with his new team… against his old team. Now with the Marlins, the all-time hit king is just four knocks away from 3,000 in the big leagues.