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The Friday 5: June 28th

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French Fried

The USWNT continued its world domination, literally, as it defeated France in the FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinals, 2-1. It’s not super hospitable to beat the host country, but all is fair in love and soccer. The two teams have been considered the frontrunners to win it all, but that dream has been dashed for France.Next up for our American women is England, who they will face on July 2 in the semifinals.


Hey Now, You’re an All-Star

The votes are in and the starting lineups are set for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game. The Houston Astros lead all teams with three starters.

The ASG takes place on July 9 and will be hosted by the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

Here are your starting lineups, as voted on by fans in the new “Starters Election”:

American League:

Manager: Alex Cora, Red Sox

  • C: Gary Sanchez – Yankees
  • 1B: Carlos Santana- Indians
  • 2B: DJ LeMahieu – Yankees
  • SS: Jorge Polanco- Twins
  • 3B: Alex Bregman – Astros
  • OF: Mike Trout- Angels
  • OF: George Springer – Astros
  • OF: Michael Brantley – Astros
  • DH: Hunter Pence – Rangers

National League:

Manager: Dave Roberts, Dodgers

  • C: Willson Contreras – Cubs
  • 1B: Freddie Freeman – Braves
  • 2B: Ketel Marte – Diamondbacks
  • SS: Javier Baez – Cubs
  • 3B: Nolan Arenado – Rockies
  • OF: Christian Yelich – Brewers
  • OF: Ronald Acuna Jr.- Braves
  • OF: Cody Bellinger (FGSN favorite) – Dodgers


College World Series

It was a true Cinderella story as the unranked Michigan Wolverines made it to the finals of the College World Series to take on Vanderbilt. However, the clock ran out on Cinderella and the #2 ranked Vanderbilt Commodores won the series, 2-1, making them the 2019 College World Series Champions.

The Wolverines won game one, but the Commodores evened the series at one apiece in game two, before closing it out Wednesday night. Pitcher Mason Hickman held Michigan to four hits and struck out 10 batters in the win. This is Vandy’s second World Series title. Congrats to the Commodores and our CEO would like you to know, it’s still great to be a Michigan Wolverine. (Blue and Yellow heart emojis)


Show Me the Money

NBA Free Agency hasn’t even started and it’s already looking very interesting.

Kevin Durant declined his $31.5 million player option to stay with the Golden State Warriors, so he will become an unrestricted free agent.

Those previously dysfunctional Los Angeles Lakers have put themselves in a position to rule the NBA. Anthony Davis waived his $4 million trade bonus; the Lakers traded Moe Wagner, Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones to the Washington Wizards; and just like that, the Lakers have enough cap space to sign another superstar. Calling Kawhi Leonard. Paging Kyrie Irving.

Watch for those stories, as well as where Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson and Jimmy Butler (to name a few) end up when teams and players can start negotiating on Sunday.


Beckham and the Browns

Ahead of his first game in a Cleveland Browns uniform, Odell Beckham, Jr. is making his excitement about his new team known. He likes the culture in Cleveland, he’s excited to reunite with college teammate Jarvis Landry and he’s got a hot, young QB to catch passes from. Beckham has also said that he didn’t think he could reach his full potential with the Giants.

It’s a lot of talk but can he deliver? Let’s revisit in September…and then again in January.

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.