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The Friday 5: July 16th

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NBA Finals

After falling to 0-2 in the NBA Finals, the Milwaukee Bucks are alive and well, as they’ve won the last two games to even their series with the Phoenix Suns at 2-2. 

Game 4 was all Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo for the Bucks, as the duo were the stars Milwaukee needed. Middleton finished the night with 40 points, six rebounds and four assists, with 10 of those points coming in the game’s final 2:07. With 1:14 to go, Deandre Ayton tried to tie the game, but Antetokounmpo made an epic block and kept the Bucks in the lead. 

For the Suns part, Devin Booker had 38 points, giving him 542 postseason points and the most of any player in his first NBA postseason. That being said, there’s no “I” in team folks and Phoenix still lost behind sloppy play and two costly Chris Paul turnovers.

Game 5 tips off in Phoenix on Saturday, July 17 at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT. 


Tom Brady’s MCL

We should all be eating avocado ice cream and giving up nightshades. 

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback Tom Brady, 43, played all of last season with a torn MCL in his left knee.

As a reminder, Tom Brady and the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl last season. Brady was never on the injury report last season but had surgery to repair his knee during the offseason. G.O.A.T. life, amirite?


Richard Sherman

Earlier this week, free-agent cornerback Richard Sherman was arrested on suspicion of trying to break into the home of his in-laws outside of Seattle, Washington and he is facing five charges stemming from that arrest. According to documents filed by the King County prosecutor’s office on Friday, the charges include criminal trespass in the second degree and malicious mischief in the third degree – both domestic violence counts – resisting arrest, driving under the influence and reckless endangerment of roadway workers. Sherman has pleaded not guilty to all five misdemeanor charges.

According to police reports, Sherman had been heavily under the influence of alcohol and spoke of killing himself. His wife, Ashley, placed a 911 call to try to stop him.

This is such a sad situation for a person who has done so much good in the community, is a good person and has had an incredible career up until this point. It is a reminder that we never know what someone is going through. I hope Sherman gets the help he needs and comes out the other side.


Team USA

Due to a right calf injury that kept him out much of the NBA season, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will not join Team USA for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Love had been in Las Vegas preparing for the Games.

In a statement released by his agent Jeff Schwartz, Love said, “I am incredibly disappointed to not be heading to Tokyo with Team USA, but you need to be at absolute peak performance to compete at the Olympic level and I am just not there yet.”

Per Adrian Wojnarowski, Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee and San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson will be added to the 12-man roster.


Red Sox at Yankees

After Thursday’s game was postponed due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests from players from the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox and the Yankees expect to resume play on Friday, per ESPN.

The Yankees will place Aaron JudgeGio UrshelaKyle HigashiokaJonathan LoaisigaNestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta on the COVID-19 injured list. Judge played in Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

Although the Yankees are at the 85% vaccination rate, this COVID-19 outbreak is the second that the team has suffered this year.

Tracy Sandler

Tracy Sandler

I created Fangirl Sports Network as a place for female sports fans to follow their favorite teams with content and coverage that speaks directly to females. It started with one and then eight and now 32 NFL Fangirls and 15 NBA Fangirls.