Thrilling U.S. Open was exactly what golf needed, plus Avalanche look unbeatable in Stanley Cup Final

Happy Monday everyone. I hope you enjoyed a great weekend.

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Good morning to everyone, but especially to…

MATT FITZPATRICK…

All Matt Fitzpatrick To win his first major, he had to outperform the world’s No. 1 player and the guy who just finished second in the PGA Championship. No pressure right?

Right. Fitzpatrick used excellent ball hitting and some clutch hits to bat Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris from a stroke at the US Open at the country club.

  • Not only is it Fitzpatrick’s first major, but his first professional victory in the United States. The Englishman has seven career wins on the DP World Tour.
  • Fitzpatrick also won the US Amateur at Country Club in 2013. He joins Jack Nicklaus as the only other man to win the US Amateur and the US Open on the same course.

Fitzpatrick’s final round will be remembered for two shots in particular: First, a nearly 50-foot birdie putt on hole 13 after bogeying 10 and 11. Then, after driving the ball into the treacherous left fairway bunker at 18, he hit an incredible shot to 19 feet and an easy two-put for par.

He was tough as nails all day, hitting 17 of 18 greens on average and five birdies versus three bogeys. Featuring some of the world’s best – Scheffler, Zatoris, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa — At the top of the rankings, Fitzpatrick never flinched, writes our golf expert Patrick McDonald.

  • MacDonald: “Fitzpatrick had his fair share of errors on Sunday but he took the hits like a champ. In doing so, he shed the moniker he had saddled for so long, silenced his doubters, and reigned at the pinnacle of the sport with the national championship trophy. ‘No words,’ Fitzpatrick said after lifting the trophy. ‘It’s what you grow up to be, what you dream of’.

It was also a great golf week in general. With the PGA LIV drama dominating leading up, we were able to bounce back from that for four days, with lots of great golf, a great course, big names on the hunt and a tournament that was decided only by the second-last shot. It was just what golf neededwrites golf guru Kyle Porter.

… AND ALSO A GOOD MORNING COLORADO AVALANCHE

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It’s hard to stop avalanche. In game 2, the lightning found that out the hard way. Colorado dominated Saturday night from start to finish in a 7-0 win that put them 2-0 up in the Stanley Cup Finals.

  • Valery Nikhushkin and Kal Makar both had two goals Josh Manson, Andre Burakovsky and Darren Helm everyone had one.
  • The seven goals are Tampa Bay’s goalies Andrei Vasilevsky ever allowed in a game.
  • It is the second largest shutout win in Stanley Cup Finals history.

The path to a potential comeback begins with Tampa Bay’s offense gaining a foothold — something they have yet to do in the Finals, notes our NHL analyst Austin Nivison.

  • Vision: “In the first two games of this Stanley Cup Final, the Lightning could only muster 40 shots on goal and 1.71 goals expected. The most shocking thing about all of this is how ineffective Tampa’s best offensive players have been. In game 2 , Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Pointand Ondrej Palat combined for 0.0 expected goals.”

The Lightning trailed the Rangers 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals and won back. A similar path back must begin tonight in Game 3 in Tampa Bay.

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NBA Draft Week: Knicks Among Most Fascinating Teams 🏀

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The NBA season ended Thursday night, but the league never sleeps: The NBA Draft is only three days awayand the rumor mill is spinning fast.

Although there is no guaranteed number 1, there is a consensus on the top 3 Chet Holmgren, Jabari Smith and Paolo Banchero in any order. Then comes Jaden Ivey, and many teams seem to want to trade for him. Among these teams are the curtsyNBA expert Colin Ward-Henninger is one of his The most fascinating teams go into the draft.

  • Ward Henninger: “Obviously the Knicks would have to include their No. 11 in the deal, but they would also likely have to give up some of their young talent Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin, Quentin Grimes or cams reddish. … The Knicks realized last season that their current roster is unlikely to be enough to compete in the East and trading in a player like Ivey would allow them to potentially get better now while also working on the future.

The Knicks are not at the top Colin’s list, although. That “honor” belongs to another team coming off a disappointing season: The Trailblazerwho own the seventh choice and have to steal talent from the star Damien Lillard. It’s supposed to be a super fun week, and it’s only just getting started. Be sure to read all of our draft coverage here.

Will Tar Heels become No. 1 with latest transfer growth? 🏀

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Over the weekend, North Carolina Men’s Basketball probably took the best transfer still available in the former northwest tall man Peter Nance. As someone who’s watched an unhealthy amount of Northwestern basketball over the past few years, I can tell you that Nance is a super capable offensive player with 3-point range (over 45 percent last year) and solid midrange play.

Is that all enough for North Carolina to jump? gonzaga in College Basketball Reporter Gary Parrish’s latest top 25 and 1? Not quite…

  • Community: “Put simply, I like Gonzaga’s roster a little bit better than North Carolina’s roster. The cadres are close to me. Very close. But I give the Zags a slight edge thanks to the fact that they’re returning six of the top eight scorers from a team that ranked No. 1 overall in the 2022 NCAA tournament — including the two-time All-American Drew Timme and double digit goals Julian Strohther and shave Bolton. Gonzaga has also been strengthened this off-season with the arrival of transfers Malachi Smith and Efton Reid.”

It’s hard to bet against a team that just narrowly lost the national championship, giving back four starters and just getting a replacement for fifth place. But it’s also hard to bet against Gonzaga given what Gary explained. Anyway, here are the top 5 of Gary’s latest rankings:

  • 1. Gonzaga
  • 2. North Carolina
  • 3. Houston
  • 4. Kentucky
  • 5th Duke

What we watch Monday 📺

🏒 Stanley Cup Finals Game 3: Avalanche at Lightning8 p.m. on ABC
Cardinals at Brewers8:10 p.m. on FS1

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