Today’s wake-up post goes out to one of the greatest actors to ever live, Tom Hanks. Hanks turns 61 today. Hanks has won two Best Actor in Forrest Gump and Philadelphia. The California native has starred in multiple classic movies like Cast Away, The DaVinci Code, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story and Drew Franklin’s personal favorite Forrest Gump. Happy Birthday to Tom Hanks. Now onto the news you need to know to start the day.
1.Team USA falls to Canada
The John Calipari led U19 Team USA fell to Canada 99-87. The team could not find a way to stop RJ Barrett who scored 38 points while also pulling down 13 rebounds. PJ Washington led the way for Team USA scoring 17 points and having 11 rebounds. This is obviously a very disappointing outcome for the team. Calipari took the fall for the performance saying, “R.J. (Barrett) had it going. I told the team after the game, I needed to try some different things — go zone, trap pick and roll, trap him. I kind of rode it because I thought we would figure out something, and that is my mistake. That’s not these kids’ mistake.”
Team USA will play the Bronze Medal match today at noon against Spain.
2. Isaac Humphries released by Wizards
Yesterday, Isaac Humphries was released by the Washington Wizards. Sadly, Humphries was never given the opportunity to play Summer League basketball. While he has the chance to be picked up by another team, it is expected that he will head back to Australia to begin his professional career there.
3. NBA Summer League Results from yesterday
Here are the results from NBA Summer League games from yesterday.
|Mychal Mulder||Raptors||DNP- Coaches Decision|
4. NBA Summer League continues today
Hawks at Pelicans- 4pm
Suns at Mavs- 4:30pm
Bucks at Nets- 6pm
Timberwolves at Nuggets- 6:30pm
Jazz at Clippers- 8pm
Trail Blazers at Celtics- 8:30pm
Grizzlies at Kings- 10pm
76ers at Spurs- 10:30pm
5. Martin Truex Jr. wins Quaker State 400
Martin Truex Jr. won yesterday’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway in dominating fashion. The #78 Chevrolet led 152 of 274 laps to win the pinnacle event in Sparta. I wasn’t able to attend this year’s race, but it seemed like while the weather was hot, it turned into a nice evening for the race.
6. Something might be brewing in Bowling Green
If you haven’t been following what has been going down with the WKU Basketball team, here is a quick recap. Earlier this week, it was announced that Sophomore guard Damari Parris would transfer. This leaves the Tops with zero returning scholarship players. It was later discovered the Parris’ transfer was because his scholarship was not renewed. Soon after the transfer was reporting, it was announced that assistant coach Shammond Williams would resign immediately. Following all of this came a report yesterday that another assistant coach, Chris Cheeks would be resigning as well. While this report has not been confirmed, it would not play well for Rick Stansbury in his second year in Bowling Green.
When Hilltopper fans thought the worst had passed, our good friend Jeff Goodman reported that Mitchell Robinson, a top-10 player in the class of 2017, was looking to get out of his letter of intent. Luckily, Goodman pulled back on his report after Robinson’s mother discounted it. Overall, this situation is interesting.
7. James Harden signs massive extension
NBA MVP finalist James Harden signed a massive contract extension yesterday. The deal will guarantee him $228 million through the 2022-23 season. Harden is without a doubt one of the best players in the NBA, but some critics are wondering whether any player should be worth THAT much money.
8. KSR Guest Hosts continue tomorrow
While Matt is still on vacation, the guest hosts continue with:
Monday, July 10: Cameron Mills and Lee K. Howard
Tuesday, July 11: Avery Williamson
Wednesday, July 12: Mark Titus and Tate Frazier
Thursday, July 13: The Sklar Brothers
Friday, July 14: Laura Rutledge
9. Holiday’s of the Day
If you have read my wake-up posts before, you know I like to mention the “holidays of the day.” Like I always say, I do not make these up, but do find them rather comical.
- National Don’t Put all your Eggs in One Omelet
- National Sugar Cookie Day
- National Barn Day
10. Other Birthdays
Other than Tom Hanks, the following people are also celebrating birthdays today.
Starting with Kentucky Wildcats
- Mark Stoops- 50
- Carlos Toomer- 45
- Scotty Baesler- 76
- Leo Brewer- would be 128
- OJ Simpson- 70
- Mitchell Musso- 26
- Jack White- 42
- Kevin O’Leary- 63
There is your news for the day! Please follow me on Twitter @GormleyKSR.