The Stack is here on this Monday and there wasn't a ton going on over the weekend unless you're a fan of the X-Games. Yes X-Games XII I believe went on in Los Angeles over the weekend. There were a few records set and plenty of action. Here's a link to all of the stories and results. And that's it for our X-Games recap. As for the rest of the weekend's big sports stories, let's take a look at them and see what made "the stack" for today, Monday, July 2:
1. Spain wins Euro Cup
It was almost over before it even began. Spain scored two goals by halftime, one in the 14th minute and one in the 41st minute to take a 2-0 lead at half. They ended up trouncing Italy 4-0. In doing so, Spain won their third straight international tournament (two Euro Cups and a World Cup). They are the first European team ever to achieve this feat. Spain has always been good at soccer. But this good? Even Spanish fans have to be in awe at just how good the program has been. Give credit to Italy. They had a very good run to the finals, but they were no match for Spain's athleticism and overall depth. Will Spain win it all in the Olympics? At this point, it wouldn't be surprising, but man would it be extraordinary.
2. Tiger wins at Congressional
Mother nature could not stop Tiger Woods over the weekend at the AT&T National in Bethesda, Maryland. Bad storms rolled through the area Friday meaning no one could make it out Saturday, but the gallery was back in full force Sunday and was treated a great duel between Woods and Bo Van Pelt. Woods shot on the eighteenth effectively ended it as he shot a two under (-2) 69 in the final round and finished the tournament eight under (-8). It is the third tournament Woods has won this year. The win at Congressional gives Woods 74 for his career, surpassing Jack Nicklaus for second all-time in wins. He is now just eight wins behind Sam Snead's record of 82 wins. Once again, we have to ask, is Tiger back? It's starting to look that way. Yes he fell apart over the weekend at the U.S. Open after having a share of the lead, but for Tiger to win at the Memorial and now at Congressional, two course he knows well but are very challenging, it says a lot about where his game is at. It appears that phsyically and mentally, Tiger is close to being a consistent threat every tournament he enters. Of course we'd like to see him win some majors. I want to see him pass Nicklaus for most majors all-time and he needs to win one of those soon. But this is good for golf. Woods appears to be back and that can only mean good things for golf and television ratings, though there was some trouble over the weekend with CBS' coverage I believe due to the storm. Not quite sure on that, we'll have to do some more digging. Now, Woods just needs to carry this momentum into the British Open in a few weeks where anything can happen.
3. NBA News
Some interesting headlines came out of the NBA over the weekend. First...
Dwight Howard again requested that the Orlando Magic trade him to the now Brooklyn Nets. He met with the new GM in Orlando, Rob Hennigan, Friday and nothing Hennigan could say would help Howard reconsider. He wants to go to Brooklyn. That's great news for the Nets because...
Deron Williams is meeting today with the Nets and the Dallas Mavericks to decide where he will play next year. The Nets gave up a ton for Williams and are trying everything they can do to convince him to stay. They even put up a happy birthday sign in his yard. Williams is meeting with the Mavericks first, but they'd have to give him a pretty big offer to have him not even listen to the Nets. In addition, the Nets are talking a trade with the Atlanta Hawks for Joe Johnson. Whether or not they can pull it off remains to be seen. There are still a few hurdles, but if the Nets could somehow get Johnson and Howard, I'm pretty sure it would make Williams decision much easier.
Kevin Garnett has decided to re-sign with the Boston Celtics on a three-year deal. Rather than retire, Garnett feels he still has some juice left in the tank and wants to finish out his career with the Celtics. Hopefully he won't play old. With Rajon Rondo, the Celtics need to have a team that will be able to compete with teams like the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls.
Finally, the Toronto Raptors, yes the Toronto Raptors have offered Steve Nash a three-year deal worth $36 million. Nash is a Canadian citizen and the Raptors are desperate to try to get a winning team back on the floor and to make it to the playoffs. Will Nash alone be able to deliver that? Probably not, but the Raptors are trying to do everything they can. Nash says he's "open to anything." We'll see very soon if he's open to playing in Toronto or not.
4. MLB All-Stars announced
All-stars were announced for the summer classic on Sunday and the Texas Rangers led the way with seven vote-getters, including Josh Hamilton who had over eleven million votes alone. The New York Yankees are sending four players. Those two teams make up a large part of the AL team.
For the NL, the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals each are sending four players to the All-Star game in Kansas City. All of the Giants, it appears, will be starters for the NL squad. A notable name on the NL roster is Washington Nationals pitchter Stephen Strasburg, who is making his first all-star game appearance.
With plenty going on at Wimbledon and a couple of big name free agents in hockey, we'll be back to talk about it whenever they sign and whenever big news breaks, we'll be here to talk about it. If nothing happens by Wednesday, then have a great 4th of July and Independence Day. Have fun with family and friends and stay cool, because for most of the country it will be a scorcher.
Coming up later this week: Reaction to top stories in sports.
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