Yesterday morning San Antonio Spurs legend, Tim Duncan, announced he will be retiring from the NBA after 19 seasons. Duncan steps away following one of the most decorated careers in league history that includes five NBA titles, two finals MVP awards, two league MVP awards, 15 All-Star selections, 15 All-NBA selection, 15 All-Defense selections as well as being widely regarded as the greatest power forward to ever play the game. Following the announcement of his retirement, Golden State Warriors head coach, Steve Kerr, called Duncan a top 5 player in basketball history.
The MLB All-Star festivities began last night with the annual Home Run Derby contest. Giancarlo Stanton defeated defending champion Todd Frazier after hitting 61 home runs on the evening, shattering the old derby record of 41 hit by Bobby Abreu in 2005. Stanton became only the 3rd player in derby history to hit 20 or more home runs in a single round, and he did it twice. With over 27,000 feet worth of big flies, Stanton’s homers averaged a distance of 440+ feet, while smashing five at a distance of over 490 feet. Tonight the mid-summer classic continues with the MLB All-Star game. First pitch is at 7pm.
Stage 10 of The Tour De France is underway. Leading the pack since the start of the race on July 2nd is Great Britain’s Christopher Froome. Today’s ride will be 197 kilometers through Escaldes-Engordany. A town along the border of France and Spain with approximately half the population of Paris, Texas. Tomorrow’s stage 11 ride will go through Carcassonne and Montpellier.
And with linebacker Rolando McClain on the shelf for the first 10 games due to his 2nd substance abuse violation, the Dallas Cowboys have shown interest in bringing back former Cowboy linebacker, Justin Durant. Last year Durant recorded 82 tackles for the Atlanta Falcons, after spending the 2013 and 2014 seasons with Dallas.