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Gotham FC Welcomes Chicago Red Stars to Red Bull Arena for First Time

Gotham FC returns home to Red Bull Arena this Sunday, July 25 to take on the Chicago Red Stars. The match will be presented to Gotham FC fans by Hackensack Meridian Health. Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. ET and the match will be streamed on Paramount+ (U.S.) and Twitch (international).
 
Gotham FC enters Sunday’s match on the heels of a thrilling victory down in Leesburg, Va. that saw a total of five goals scored and an early red card against the Washington Spirit that was later appealed and ultimately overturned by a NWSL independent review panel. The match ended in a 3-2 victory for the visitors with goals from Nahomi Kawasumi, team captain McCall Zerboni, and Margaret Purce, and from Trinity Rodman and Ashley Sanchez for the Spirit. With the on-field player advantage, Gotham FC was able to control the match, create opportunities, and close out the game with 61% possession and 24 total shots.
 
Budweiser Player of the Match McCall Zerboni was a vital part of the team’s success and instrumental on both ends of the field. In addition to scoring her first goal of the regular season, her first since the 2018 season, Zerboni led the team in tackles with six, highest number of passes made into the opposition’s half with 50, and put in a full shift with a passing accuracy of 75%.
 
The Chicago Red Stars are coming off a 3-1 win over OL Reign. An early goal from Bethany Balcer opened the scoreline, but two own goals in the second half from OL Reign players Celia Jimenez and Alana Cook gave Chicago the lead. Mallory Pugh scored the third and final goal for Chicago to close out the match. Of Chicago’s six goals in the last three matches, Pugh’s goal was the first scored by a Chicago player with the remaining five coming by way of own goal. 
 
Sunday’s match will be the 20th time these teams have faced off in the regular season. The last time they met was on May 22 at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Ill. where the teams battled to a scoreless draw. It was the first time that the Red Stars have ever been held scoreless by Gotham FC with Chicago scoring in all previous matches. 
 
Gotham FC Head Coach Freya Coombe on the Chicago Red Stars:
 
“We are really happy to welcome the Red Stars to Red Bull Arena for the first time. Our previous meeting away was a stalemate with neither team able to capitalize on their attacking moments. We have been focusing on creating more chances in the final third in both transitional moments and organized possession. They have some speed in the front line and it is important that we don’t give them too much free space to run in.”
 
Following Sunday’s match, Gotham FC will be back on the road and travel to BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. ET to take on the Houston Dash. The team returns home to take on the North Carolina Courage at Red Bull Arena on Saturday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Single and group tickets are on sale and pricing details can be found here.

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Red Bull 3X Philadelphia Local Qualifier

Primetime Development and Casual Work were untouchable in taking first place at the Red Bull 3X Philadelphia local qualifier, winning their final matches against top notch squads from Chicago and Houston, respectively. USA Basketball and Red Bull offer these events to grow 3×3 basketball in the United States and to give elite male and female athletes a chance to be evaluated for further competitions.

Primetime Development dominated the women’s bracket, never losing a game on the day. They played with a physical, tenacious style you’ll find at pick-up games in the city of brotherly love. They suffocated their opponents on defense all day, including in the Finals where they beat team Chicago Force 10 by a score of 10-5.

Former Penn State Lion Dara Taylor captained the winning team, making it the second Red Bull 3X Philadelphia qualifier in a row where a PSU hooper stood atop the podium. Dara’s former teammate Maggie Lucas led her team to a win at Red Bull 3X in 2019.

“I know we have to score points, but our main goal was to go out and defend,” said Taylor. “It’s a short clock, so if we can just defend hard we have a good chance to win.”

The men’s final saw Philly’s Casual Work face off against Houston’s Athletes and Assets, and winning in convincing fashion, 21-9. Legend Lawson is the team’s spark plug and a sharpshooter from beyond the arc. He’s a 3×3 veteran, which he thinks paid dividends in the tournament.

“We played hard, and we stayed composed,” Lawson said. “Most of us are pros overseas, so we know if we get down a couple points, don’t get nervous. Around the halfway point a lot of these teams got tired, and we know if we just kept up the intensity and played hard things would pay off.”

It paid off in a big way for the hometown team. In the semifinals they also knocked out the No. 1 seed, team NY Harlem, a top ranked FIBA squad led by USA Basketball 3×3 Men’s National Team member Dominique “Disco Domo” Jones. The route to any victory at Red Bull 3X will mean defeating extremely skilled competition in each round.

3×3 is played on a half court with a 10-minute game clock and 12-second shot clock, where the winner is the first team to score 21 points or the team in the lead at the end of regulation. The bursts of action and short games leave little room for error, and teams that catch fire become very hard to handle with all the court space 3×3 allows players.

With the Philadelphia Red Bull 3X qualifier down, the search continues to help identify players who could potentially represent USA Basketball 3×3 Men’s and Women’s National teams in the future.

The winning teams at all of this season’s local qualifiers advance to the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Regionals in the fall, and potentially to the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals, which will help determine the talent pool used to select the USA 3×3 Men’s and Women’s National Teams.

Registration for every event remains open till tipoff for anyone who wants their shot at being 3×3 basketball’s next star. For more information, please visit www.redbull.com/3X.

RED BULL 3X (Philadelphia)
MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
1. Casual Work – Legend Lawson, Pete Brown, Anthony Becton, Carl Wallace
2. Athletes and Assets – Noah Lack, Chris McDonald, Chandler Simon, Quennel Francis

WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
1. Primetime Development – Dara Taylor, Shante Evans, Joy Adams, Tanesha Sutton
2. Chicago Force 10 – Brittany Brown, Natalie Kuchwski, N’dea Jones, Jordan Reynolds

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Record 121 NBA and WNBA to Compete in 2021 Tokyo Olympics

A record 121 NBA and WNBA players are featured on national team rosters for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.  The men’s and women’s 5×5 competitions will feature a record 49 current NBA players and a record 29 current WNBA players, as well as 16 former NBA and 22 former WNBA players.  The inaugural 3×3 basketball tournament features four current and one former WNBA player.

The previous records for current NBA and WNBA players in the Olympics were 46 and 26, respectively, at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Outside of the U.S., Nigeria has the most current NBA players on its roster with eight, followed by Australia with seven and France with six.  Eleven of the 12 teams competing in the men’s tournament have at least one current NBA player, and national team rosters include 13 players who have been NBA All-Stars.

Twenty-seven NBA teams are represented in the men’s 5×5 competition, with the Miami Heat featuring a league-high four players.  The Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz each have three players competing.

In the women’s 5×5 competition, outside the U.S., Australia has the most current WNBA players with five followed by Canada and Spain with three each.  Eight of the 12 teams in the women’s tournament have at least one current WNBA player, and 10 of the 12 WNBA teams are represented on national team rosters.  The Phoenix Mercury and Seattle Storm lead with five players each, followed by the Minnesota Lynx with four players.

The inaugural women’s 3×3 basketball tournament is being held from July 24-28 and features five current and former WNBA players.

In addition, 29 players on Olympic rosters have NBA G League experience, including a league-high six on Nigeria.  France and Japan each feature four players who played in the NBA’s official minor league.

Francisco Cáffaro of the Argentina Men’s National Team and Han Xu of the China Women’s National Team become the first NBA Academy participants to make an Olympic roster.  Cáffaro, who was a member of the University of Virginia’s NCAA championship team in 2019, attended NBA Global Academy in Canberra, Australia.  Han, who attended NBA Academy Shandong in China, became the first NBA Academy participant to be drafted into the WNBA or NBA when she was selected 14th overall in the 2019 WNBA Draft.

In addition, 45 players on Olympic men’s and women’s rosters participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB), including Danilo Gallinari (Atlanta Hawks; Italy; BWB Europe 2003), Han Xu (New York Liberty; China; BWB Global 2018), Marc Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers; Spain; BWB Europe 2003) and Rui Hachimura (Washington Wizards; Japan; BWB Global 2016).  BWB is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program that has seen 79 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents since 2001 and five former campers drafted into the WNBA since 2019.

Below please find a complete list of current NBA players on 2020 Olympic 5×5 rosters*:

*As of July 24, 2021 (all rosters subject to change)

CountryFirst NameLast NameNBA Team
ArgentinaFacundoCampazzo*Denver Nuggets
ArgentinaGabrielDeck*Oklahoma City Thunder
ArgentinaLucaVildoza*New York Knicks
AustraliaAronBaynesToronto Raptors
AustraliaMatthewDellavedovaCleveland Cavaliers**
AustraliaDanteExumHouston Rockets
AustraliaJoshGreen*Dallas Mavericks
AustraliaJoeInglesUtah Jazz
AustraliaPattyMillsSan Antonio Spurs
AustraliaMatisseThybullePhiladelphia 76ers
Czech RepublicTomasSatoransky*Chicago Bulls
FranceNicolasBatum*Free Agent
FranceEvanFournierBoston Celtics
FranceRudyGobertUtah Jazz
FranceTimothéLuwawu-CabarrotBrooklyn Nets
FranceFrankNtilikina*New York Knicks
FranceVincentPoirierPhiladelphia 76ers**
GermanyIsaacBonga*Washington Wizards
GermanyMoritzWagnerOrlando Magic
ItalyDaniloGallinari*Atlanta Hawks
ItalyNicoMannionGolden State Warriors
ItalyNicolòMelliDallas Mavericks**
JapanRuiHachimura*Washington Wizards
JapanYutaWatanabeToronto Raptors
NigeriaPreciousAchiuwaMiami Heat
NigeriaChimezieMetuSacramento Kings
NigeriaJordanNworaMilwaukee Bucks
NigeriaJahlilOkaforDetroit Pistons
NigeriaJoshOkogieMinnesota Timberwolves
NigeriaKZOkpalaMiami Heat
NigeriaMiyeOniUtah Jazz
NigeriaNnamdiVincentMiami Heat
SloveniaVlatkoČančarDenver Nuggets
SloveniaLukaDončićDallas Mavericks
SpainMarcGasol*Los Angeles Lakers
SpainWillyHernangómez*New Orleans Pelicans
SpainRickyRubioMinnesota Timberwolves
United StatesBamAdebayoMiami Heat
United StatesDevinBookerPhoenix Suns
United StatesKevinDurantBrooklyn Nets
United StatesJeramiGrantDetroit Pistons
United StatesDraymondGreenGolden State Warriors
United StatesJrueHolidayMilwaukee Bucks
United StatesKeldonJohnsonSan Antonio Spurs
United StatesZachLaVineChicago Bulls
United StatesDamianLillardPortland Trail Blazers
United StatesJaValeMcGeeDenver Nuggets
United StatesKhrisMiddletonMilwaukee Bucks
United StatesJaysonTatumBoston Celtics

*Participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB)

**Appeared on an NBA roster during 2020-21 season

Below please find a complete list of former NBA players on 2020 Olympic 5×5 rosters*:

*As of July 24, 2021 (all rosters subject to change)

CountryFirst NameLast Name
ArgentinaNicolásBrussino
ArgentinaPatricioGarino*
ArgentinaNicolásLaprovittola
ArgentinaLuisScola
Czech RepublicJanVesely
FranceNando
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New York Mets Acquire Pitcher Rich Hill

The New York Mets announced recently the team has acquired left-handed pitcher Rich Hill from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-handed pitcher Tommy Hunter and minor league catcher Matt Dyer.

Hill, 41, has made 19 starts for the Rays this year and is 6-4 with a 3.87 ERA (41 earned runs/95.1 innings) with 36 walks and 91 strikeouts. He has held left-handed hitters to a .176 (13-74) batting average. Hill relies heavily on his curveball, using it 38.3% of the time. Hill is tied for the 10th-most strikeouts via that pitch this season with 34.

He was named the AL Pitcher of the Month for May after going 3-1 with a 0.78 ERA (three earned runs/34.2 innings) with 12 walks and 36 strikeouts. It was the third time in his career he won the award, also doing so in July of 2017 with the Dodgers and in May of 2016 with the Athletics.

The Boston, MA native owns a lifetime 73-48 record with a 3.80 ERA (452 earned runs/1,071.1 innings) with 426 walks and 1,126 strikeouts across 17 major league seasons. He made his major league debut with the Cubs in 2005 after he was selected by the organization in the fourth round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Michigan.

Since 2016, he ranks among major league leaders in ERA (3.15, eighth), WHIP (1.10, 10th) and opponents average against (.210, third). He owns a 3.06 ERA (18 earned runs/53.0 innings) over 13 career postseason appearances, including 12 starts.

Hunter, 35, appeared in four games (one start) with the Mets this year. He tossed 8.0 scoreless innings allowing only four hits, three walks and struck out six. He was placed on the 10-Day IL on May 21 and transferred to the 60-Day IL on June 11 with lower back pain.

Dyer, 23, was selected by the Mets in the fourth round of the 2020 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Arizona. He has appeared in 36 games for the St. Lucie Mets this season and is hitting .194/.329/.452 with 20 runs, seven doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 20 RBI and six steals.

In corresponding move, right-handed pitcher Robert Stock has been transferred to the 60-Day IL.

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U.S. Olympic 3×3 Women’s Team Goes 2-0 in Debut of New Olympic Sport

The U.S. Olympic 3×3 Women’s Basketball Team (2-0) topped the world No. 1 ranked women’s federation, France (1-1), 17-10 and followed that up with a 21-9 rout of Mongolia (0-2) on the inaugural day of 3×3 basketball in Olympic history at Aomi Urban Sports Park on Saturday in Tokyo.

The USA next will play Romania (0-2) at 4:30 a.m. (all times listed are EDT) and Russian Olympic Committee (2-0) at 8:25 a.m. on July 25. Streaming and broadcast information is available at USA Basketball’s Olympic schedule page.

Against France, with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden in attendance, the USA led 5-4 and then went on a 4-1 run before France scored three points to pull to within one point, 9-8. From there, a 5-0 spurt that was capped by a 2-pointer from Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces/Washington/Poway, Calif.) gave the USA a 14-8 lead, and the Americans finished off the game for the 17-10 win.

“It was more on the defense side – we were focused on limiting them in transition, because that’s what kind of hurt us the last time we played them (at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament),” said Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings/South Carolina/Sandersville, Ga.). “So, we just had to key in on our game plan.”

Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky/Connecticut/Port Jervis, N.Y.), who shot 7-of-8 from the field and collected six rebounds, led the USA with seven points, Plum added six points, Gray added three points and five rebounds and Jackie Young (Las Vegas Aces/Notre Dame/Princeton, Ind.) scored one point and grabbed four boards.

French president Emmanuel Macron also was in the stands for the USA versus France.

“What an honor and what an opportunity to play in front of the First Lady,” Plum said. “We are excited to get the win for her. We asked her to come back, so hopefully she has time for us. I loved it. As soon as we walked out, we saw her in the stands. She waved and she brought all the energy, so we are grateful for that.”

In its second game against Mongolia the USA was in control from start to finish and led 11-1 when Plum sank a 2-pointer at 6:20. Mongolia made two 2-pointers before the USA ended it with a score from Dolson with 3:00 minutes left on the game clock. Gray was 4-of-5 from 2-point on her way to nine points, while Plum scored six points, Dolson added five points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots and Young had one point and four rebounds.

“I think just getting more comfortable with each other really,” Dolson said of the improvements the Americans made against Mongolia. “They’re a tough team to play against defensively, because they set a million screens. We’re not used to switching. I’m not used to being screened. So, I don’t think we were great defensively. But offensively, we’re just going to continue to work on spacing. These are the first few games that we’ve played with Jackie, so we’re just kind of finding that chemistry.”

After its two games tomorrow, the USA on July 26 will take on Italy (1-1) at 4:55 a.m. (all times listed are EDT) and China (1-1) at 8 a.m. And on July 27, the USA will wrap up preliminary round play against host Japan (1-1) at 12:30 a.m.

Following the preliminary round, in which all eight teams play each other once, the first and second placed teams earn an automatic berth into the semifinals on July 28, and the third through sixth placed teams will meet in semifinal play-in games on July 27 at 7:30 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. The seventh and eighth place teams after the preliminary round conclude their Olympic play.

On July 28, the semifinals are set for 4 a.m. and 5:10 a.m., the bronze medal game will be played at 7:45 a.m. and the gold medal game tips off at 8:55 a.m.

The USA 3×3 coach is Kara Lawson (Duke University). In FIBA 3×3 play coaching is not allowed during games.

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Thrilling Joyce-Takam Fight stopped prematurely

In what was a spectacular 5 rounds, CARLOS TAKAM traveled to the UK, the home of opponent and undefeated heavyweight JOE JOYCE, as a 7-1 underdog and took the fight right to the man known as “The Juggernaut” for the WBO International, WBC Silver and Commonwealth Heavyweight Championships.


Takam immediately found a home for his overhand right, setting up the power punch with stiff jabs to the body. In the first two rounds, Takam was agile on his feet while throwing two and three punch combinations to the head and body of Joyce. A back and forth third round, saw Takam continue his assault with the same overhand right that seemed to land every time it was thrown, while Joyce finally began to establish his jab, and dug to the body. Takam’s right hand began causing swelling under Joyce’s eye.


The thrilling action continued in the fourth and fifth round, with Takam maintaining he lead.
In the sixth round, Joyce came out of his corner quickly and hurt Takam.  Joyce rocked Takam and sensing an opportunity, put together sequence of punches as Takam parried, slipped and blocked in an attempt to avoid the onslaught. 

 Although Takam seemed alert and able to defend himself, he didn’t return punches and referee Steve Gray stopped the fight.  The stoppage was premature in the eyes of an outraged Takam, who immediately protested the stoppage. As the fight was waved off, the shocked and disappointed Takam was shouting ‘why, why, why’ to the referee.  It was an exceptionally entertaining heavyweight fight that Carlos Takam and the fans that filled the SSE Arena wanted to see continue.    At the time of the stoppage Takam was up on all three judges’ scorecards. 


Carlos Takam had this to say on the premature stoppage, “Joe Joyce was punching at me yes, but I see that he was getting really tired, so I tried to keep my hands up, that was my strategy, to come back after he was tired and put him out. He stopped the fight and I ask [the ref] why? Why? I used my experience, I know what I am doing, but he stopped the fight.” Takam felt that Joyce was punching himself out in the sixth round barrage and was planning a counterattack.

CEO of Star Boxing JOE DEGUARDIA was disappointed in the outcome, “[Takam] was alert. You could see in his eyes he was aware of what was going on, and was defending himself.  While certainly a factor, it’s not just about whether a fighter is throwing punches back.  When you have an experienced veteran fighter like Carlos, who is clearly winning an important heavyweight fight, it’s important to get it right.  The referee must also know who is in that ring, his acumen, experience, basically his ring generalship.  These are things that must be taken into consideration in order to make the right call.  Unfortunately for Carlo’s tonight, we believe the wrong decision was made and that he was alert and defending himself while waiting to launch his counter-attack at the right precise moment.  We think a rematch is warranted.”

As for what’s next for Carlos Takam, that remains to be seen. He once again established that he can go toe to toe with the top heavyweights in the world. 

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Washington Mystics Star Shatori Walker-Kimbrough to Grant D.C. Families Back-To-School Shopping Spree Tanger Outlets National Harbor

Washington Mystics guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough is teaming up with Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, Delivering Good and Martha’s Table “Get Ready 4 School Giveaway,” by providing a local family with a back-to-school shopping spree at Washington, D.C. Metro Area’s upscale Tanger Outlets National Harbor.

On Monday, July 26, Walker-Kimbrough will be joined by Ra’Chelle Dennis and her three-year old son, Noah, to shop for back-to-school clothes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dennis, a hairstylist, and her family faced fiscal hardships and were challenged to find normality in their day-to-day routines. 

When asked during the height of the pandemic how she was coping, Dennis said: “I am not able to work during this time, nor is my youngest son able to attend Martha’s Table where he was just starting to get the Speech Therapy and extra classroom support he needs to be a successful Pre-K toddler. Trying to navigate the busy stuff, while homeschooling Noah. I don’t know how the teachers do it.”

To celebrate the return of in-person learning for students, Walker-Kimbrough’s $500 back-to-school shopping spree, courtesy of Tanger Outlets National Harbor, is one part of the “Get Ready 4 School Giveaway.” This safe, socially distanced back-to-school event aims to provide 5,000 D.C. families with all-new, all-free back-to-school clothing, supplies and health and wellness services.

On Saturday, July 31, 2021, from 11:00am – 5:00pm, families can come to the Pavilion at Gateway DC, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE, and pick up school supplies, snacks, and clothing for the whole family – and be surrounded by family-friendly fun. This event is being organized by Martha’s Table, Delivering Good and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation.

While there will be on-site registration, families are strongly encouraged to pre-register to avoid extended wait times. Interested families can sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ready-4-school-tickets-156964949389.

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About Tanger Outlets National Harbor

Tanger Outlets National Harbor is the Washington, D.C. Metro Area’s upscale, open-air outlet shopping destination, featuring a coveted collection of top brands and local shops. The 341,000 square-foot center features more than 80 premier outlet stores offering real style and real savings every day. Shopper favorite brands at Tanger Outlets National Harbor include American Eagle | Aerie, HUGO BOSS, Movado, Theory and Under Armour. For a full store listing and map, as well as directions, events and scoop on the latest sales, visit tangeroutlets.com/nationalharbor, download the Tanger Outlets App or connect on Facebook and Instagram. Shoppers can also access the ultimate shopping experience with exclusive offers and rewards by joining TangerClub, Tanger’s exclusive loyalty program.

About Martha’s Table
Martha’s Table is a local nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., with a mission to support strong children, strong families, and strong communities. Martha’s Table exists because every child, regardless of zip code, should have the opportunity to thrive. For 41 years, the organization has been working to increase access to quality education, health and wellness resources, and family supports. For more information and to get involved, please visit: https://marthastable.org/.

About Delivering Good 

Delivering Good is a national nonprofit organization that strives to help create a more equitable world where people facing economic, medical, social and environmental challenges can have useful items needed to overcome adversity and achieve their full potential. For more information, please visit Delivering-Good.org and follow @DeliveringGood on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

About Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation

MSE Foundation is committed to making the region a better place for all by supporting game-changing solutions for our community. We fundraise, provide grants to nonprofits and rally Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s teams and fans to support and amplify the impact of community change agents. Together, we’re raising the game in the DMV. Learn more at: https://www.monumentalfoundation.org/

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