Here’s what’s happening in the sports world today including an explosive performance by an MLB team, a history making performance by an MLB rookie, and the first ever female NFL player?
Becca Longo can kick a football far…really far. She’s 18 years old and she has a scholarship. In April, Longo became the first female to earn a football scholarship to a Division I or Division II school, signing with DII Adams State in Alamosa, Colorado.
Kent State Football player Tyler Heintz died Tuesday morning after participating in conditioning drills, the school confirmed. Heintz was an incoming freshman offensive lineman who planned to major in marketing and entrepreneurship at Kent State’s college of business administration. The cause of death has yet to be determined.
Minnesota’s 28-hit performance Tuesday night tied the second most amount of hits in MLB this century, only one hit shy of 29 set by the Texas Rangers in a game against Baltimore in 2007. Eddie Rosario led the offense for Minnesota with a trio of home runs, the first multi-home run game in his career, and the first Twin to hit three home runs in a game since Brian Dozier last September.
Los Angeles Dodgers’ Rookie Outfielder Cody Bellinger helped guide his Dodgers to a 7-5 victory against the Indians in Cleveland Tuesday night. Bellinger had a multi-homer effort, going yard off of Cleveland relievers Andrew Miller and Boone Logan. With the multi-home run game, Bellinger became the fastest player in MLB history to add four multi-home runs efforts to his resume, taking only 45 career games to do so.
Conn Smythe Trophy-Winner Sidney Crosby threw out the first pitch before Tuesday night’s Pittsburgh Pirates’ game against the Colorado Rockies. Crosby, along with the rest of his Stanley Cup Champion teammates, were honored by the Pirates before Tuesday’s contest. The Penguins will parade the Stanley Cup through the streets of Pittsburgh today for the second consecutive year.
Nashville Predators’ captain Mike Fisher, an unrestricted free agent to be on July 1, can either resign with Nashville, sign with another team, or retire. Fisher, 37, has 17 NHL seasons under his belt, 11 with Ottawa before being dealt to Nashville on February 10th, 2011. Fisher just finished his first year of captaincy with Nashville, falling in the Stanley Cup Final to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games and marking the second time he’s lost in the final round (2007 with Ottawa against Anaheim). He says not having won a Stanley Cup Championship will not be a factor in his decision.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has no desire to break up the Golden State Warriors or other super teams. The Warriors captured their second NBA Championship in three years after completing a 16-1 postseason run. The title comes one season after Golden State’s record-setting regular season record of 73-9 and an offseason that brought Kevin Durant to the Bay Area, leading many people to believe the team isn’t fair to the rest of the NBA. However, according to Silver, the issue isn’t with the Warriors’ greatness, but the need for more teams to be on a great level.
Dustin Wallace Jr. became the first African-American driver to compete in the NASCAR Cup Series since Bill Lester in 2006. However, the day was anything but ordinary for Wallace. After assessing three pit-road speeding penalties, losing a lap and finishing 26th, he climbed out of his car at race’s end, became lightheaded and fainted while talking to reporters. He was then taken to the infield care center, treated and then released.
NASCAR driver Danica Patrick was booed by fans following Friday’s qualifying for the Pocono 400 as her security turned fans away for autographs. While walking back to the garage from pit-road Patrick turned around and decided to confront the boos herself. The event was captured on a Facebook Live video as Patrick pleaded with the fans to understand.
A petition seeking to convince the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins to pass on a visit to the White House, if an invitation is extended, has reached over 5,000 supporters today. President Trump’s decision to remove the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement was looked at as the reason for the petition hosted by Care2, an organization dedicated to advancing social and environmental causes. However, Penguins’ President and CEO David Morehouse said Tuesday the team would attend the customary White House celebration if invited.