The Stack said yesterday that posts wouldn't be occuring everday unless some big news happen. Well across the pond, some big news certainly happened. Time to find out more about that story and a couple of other headlines from Monday so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Tuesday, July 2:
Serena goes down
The most unstoppable force in women's tennis finally met her match Monday when Serena Williams lost in three sets to Sabine Lisicki 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. It ends a 34 consecutive match win streak for Williams. She just didn't have her serve in the third set when she needed it most. Everyone has bad days and the streak was bound to end at somepoint. It's just kind of surprising that Williams lost when she did, the way she did.
Wimbledon has been chalk full of upsets, not just straight chalk as we're sometimes accustomed to seeing. Rafael Nadal lost in the opening round of the tournament on the men's side. Roger Federer fell in the second round. Maria Sharapova lost in the second round on the women's side. Victoria Azarenka also bowed out early in the tournament. While this sort of excitement does bring attention to tennis and Wimbledon, it has it's drawbacks too. Who is going to be that excited to watch the women's final here in the U.S. unless 20-year old Sloane Stephens continues her triumphant run? The men's side should at least still have #1 Novak Djokovic or Great Britain's own Andy Murray in it which will be a draw, but just how much of one? These are the questions tennis faces. But so far, Wimbledon has proven to be full of upsets, which may lead to some upset people from the tennis world.
Welcome back Bryce Harper
Washington Nationals phenom outfielder Bryce Harper had missed the last 31 games with an injury. He certainly came back in style Monday night, homering in his first plate appearance as the Nationals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-5. It was his only hit of the game, but it was by far the biggest hit that sent the crowd into a frenzy. The Nationals have not played to expectations this year. They need more from Harper and the rest of the guys to try and catch the Braves or get a wild card spot which looks a little difficult in the NL thanks to the central with the Pirates, Cardinals and Reds. Harper's bomb though perhaps sent a message that he's not clowning around here. And that should make the rest of baseball nervous.
NBA free agency has started up. Dwight Howard is meeting with teams. Other offers are being made. Some have signed deals. Once the headlines hit, we'll let you know. A lot of feeling each other out right now though on the open market as the first day of NBA free agency is in the books for 2013.
Coming up later this week: Top stories and headlines from the sports world