Giannis Antetokounmpo’s injury changes everything | MLB must let Ohtani hit and pitch in All-Star Game


Gooooooood Morninggggg sports fans. Shanna here on this beautiful wednesday, i look forward to speaking to my newsletter readers again. I hope everyone stayed cool during this crazy heatwave.

Today we’re going to be discussing last night’s NBA playoff game, and there’s a parcel to unpack. Giannis Antetokounmpo was injured, Trae Young was out and the Hawks tied the series. We’ll also take a look at how college athletes prepare for NIL laws, why MLB should change their All-Star Game rules, and Serena Williams’ early exit from Wimbledon.

Let’s go.


What you need to know

1. The Hawks tied the injury streaks against the Bucks 🏀

The Milwaukee Bucks entered Game 3 against the Atlanta Hawks with a 2-1 lead in the series. But by the end of the night, the perspective of the show had changed completely.

An important story before the game was that the Hawks were without their star Trae Young, which has been fantastic these playoffs. The major story during the game was Former MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is injured during the third quarter and be absent for the remainder of the match. He is expected to have additional imaging on his left knee today.

On the ground, it was All Hawks, with Atlanta winning the contest, 110-88.

Here is some to remember from the game, courtesy of our NBA scribe Jack Maloney:

  • Giannis goes down: The Bucks officially announced that he dated a hypertensive knee in loss, but the full extent is not yet known. Antetokounmpo was able to walk to the tunnel himself, but he appeared to be in pain
  • Lou Will comes forward: Williams started his first playoff game in place of Trae Young. He recorded 21 points, five rebounds and eight assists and shot 7 for 9 from the field, standing out and looking confident in victory
  • Does Bucks have an answer if Giannis is away? : Giannis is not yet ruled out for the series, but from the appearance of the injury it is a definite possibility. Even though Young is out, the Hawks have a strong squad, as we saw last night, so Milwaukee will have to come up with an answer if their star is out.

Game 5 is scheduled for Thursday, July 1 at 8:30 p.m. in Milwaukee.

2. How University Athletes Prepare for New NIL Laws

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On July 1, many college athletes will be able to start benefiting from their name and their endorsements, benefiting from NIL rights comes into force. This is a long overdue major change for college sports, but with a big change comes the need to prepare.

Our own Dennis Dodd talked with Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz about how players prepare for changes. Mertz has a business plan, and it revolves around his family: The quarterback’s sister will take care of his social media account, while his father, Ron (a former Minnesota offensive lineman), will take care of his social media account. will take care of business.

What does that leave Mertz to do? Like he told Dodd, he’ll just be the yes / no type on the deals. That’s it. Dodd also noted that Mertz’s plan is a “A conversation has taken place in one form or another across the country this week.”

Dodd’s story is full of beautiful quotes that put into perspective how monumental the NIL laws are for gamers:

  • Member of the NCAA hierarchy: “There are going to be kids with car deals, absolutely.”
  • Mertz: “It will change college sport forever.”
  • Oliver Luck, a former NCAA executive who now owns a nonprofit NIL company: “What’s fascinating is that two or three years ago the end goal was to give NIL to the athletes, right? Now the end goal is unionization, health care to life. The goalposts have changed a bit, in part because I think the NCAA lost The Narrator. “
  • Blake Lawrence, CEO of Opendorse: “They won’t all be four-digit, but the amount of opportunity this week will be enough to make everyone think how big this market is going to be.”

3. MLB must change All-Star Game rules for Shohei Ohtani âš¾

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If you haven’t been paying attention to baseball lately, let me point you to a name you absolutely must know: Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani. The star received the most Phase 1 votes for the American League Designated Hitter at the 2021 All-Star Game, but with his skill level, it should be allowed to throw too.

OK, yeah, the rules say he can’t do both, but MLB should change those rules so we can see him on the mound as well. This season he has a 2.58 ERA with a write-off rate of 33.1% (12.4 K / 9) and also leads the league with 26 homers and a 1.031 OPS. His handset 5.6 WAR is also a complete win better than anyone right now. So safe to say he’s doing pretty well.

Mike Axisa of CBS Sports gave an argument for why the league should change the rules for Ohtani’s single season.

  • Axis: “MLB should just remove this rule for the All-Star Game. It’s a meaningless exposition – it’s been years since the All-Star Game last determined home advantage in the World Series – so it doesn’t matter if we change the rules? … make it as easy as possible to showcase this guy’s talent. “

The current rules state that the AL would lose the DH if Ohtani starts as a pitcher and hits for himself. Axisa added that the league should change its minimum three hitter rule, saying if the star only has the capacity for one hitter, then rather than risk injury.

This proposed idea might not even be something that Ohtani is interested in as he also competes in the Home Run Derby and may be too exhausted to do so and then hit and throw in the match. But if he feels fit to do it all, why not let him show off and give fans something amazing to see as well?

4. Serena Williams at Wimbledon 🎾

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Serena Williams was forced to forfeit first round at Wimbledon Tuesday due to ankle injury that she suffered in the sixth game of the first set against Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Williams was aiming for his eighth Wimbledon title.

  • The injury occurred when Serena slipped on the grass
  • She immediately left court and requested treatment
  • After 10 minutes she tried to get back into the match, but was visibly in pain. She could not serve and, with tears in her eyes, withdrew from the match

This is only the second time Williams has had to withdraw from a Grand Slam tournament due to injury. The first at Wimbledon in 1998, when she stretched her calf.

The GOAT of women’s tennis will remain only one Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court’s record. Williams currently has 23, his last coming in 2016 at Wimbledon.


Dimensions and ends

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What to watch tonight

âš¾ Cubs vs Brewers, 2:10 pm | Television: MLB.TV

🏒 Canadiens vs. Lightning, 8 p.m. | CT -215 | Television: NBCSN

🏀 Suns vs. Clippers, 9 p.m. | CHOOSE | Television: ESPN


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