What should’ve been a summer full of exciting sporting events from Euro 2020 to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics has suddenly become a barren wasteland of sport where Johnsonville’s American Cornhole League seems to be the most exciting live sporting event in the U.S. That being said, there were still some noteworthy stories in the sports world this week, and B.T.B is here to recap everything you missed. Here are 5 of the biggest stories you might’ve missed.
1. Jorge Masvidal and Kamaru Usman agree to fight at UFC 251 this Saturday
After Gilbert Burns withdrew from his bout with Usman this past Friday due to illness, Jorge Masvidal stepped in to give fans an even better fight, as he’ll look to dethrone the current welterweight champion. Masvidal is known to fight anyone, anywhere, perhaps most famously in a Kimbo Slice backyard brawl. The record holder for fastest UFC knockout in history will certainly face his toughest test yet in Usman, AKA “the Nigerian Nightmare” and fans will be hoping for an entertaining match between the two.
2. Beefy Bryson DeChambeau wins Rocket Mortgage Classic
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After adding 40 pounds to his frame throughout quarantine, Bryson DeChambeau put together a complete four rounds to win the Rocket Mortgage Classic this week, shooting a final round, -7 to finish -23. Bryson added the extra weight to put some more oomph behind his drive, and after six straight top-10 finishes, I’d say the extra weight is paying off .
3. Washington Redskins Look into Changing Name
After receiving pushback for years for the culturally appropriating nickname, D.C’s NFL franchise is finally looking seriously at changing the team’s name. I’m not saying it has anything to do with the name, but the team’s front office might be feeling cursed after not winning a playoff game in 15 years. Some of the most popular choices for new team name include the Presidents, Redtails, Generals, and Lincolns.
4. Lionel Messi Nets his 700th Professional Goal
Amid rumors that Messi’s time at Camp Nou might be coming to an end sooner than expected, the Barcelona talisman netted his 700th career goal for club and country against Atlético Madrid. The cheeky chip penalty goal was emblematic of Messi’s smooth and effortless style throughout his career. It seems the only thing missing from his resume is an elusive World Cup championship which he’ll hope to win in 2022.
5. Masahiro Tanaka gets Drilled by Giancarlo Stanton Line Drive
Any excitement surrounding the Pinstripes return to practice at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx was quickly replaced with fear after starting pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head on a comebacker from Giancarlo Stanton this week. This dude Stanton had the two fastest hit balls in the MLB last season while only playing in 18 games, so the fact that Tanaka was responsive and seemed to have no serious injuries is no small miracle.