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Sport June 21

06:45  22 june  2021
06:45  22 june  2021 Source:   cbssports.com

French leader Macron is slapped during visit to small town

  French leader Macron is slapped during visit to small town PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped Tuesday in the face by a man during a visit to a small town in southeast France. Macron’s office confirmed a video that is widely circulating online. The French president can be seen greeting the public waiting for him behind traffic barriers in the small town of Tain-l’Hermitage after he visited a high school that is training students to work in hotels and restaurants. The video shows aMacron’s office confirmed a video that is widely circulating online.

If you see Ben Simmons walking around Philadelphia today with a distant look in his eyes, please give him a hug for me. The only thing I could think about while watching the Sixers lose to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night was how bad I felt for Simmons. He just looks miserable and lost in his mind.

Things only got worse after the game when his coach Doc Rivers and teammate Joel Embiid seemed too eager to throw him under the bus, and as Sam Quinn went over, it seems like it's only a matter of time before Simmons finds himself with a new team.

Don't get me wrong; Simmons definitely deserves a lot of the blame, but he seems to be wearing the weight of the world on his shoulders. I mean, have you ever seen anything sadder during a basketball game than a player opting not to take a wide-open dunk because they're so lost in their head and lacking confidence in their ability to shoot? Ben Simmons had a dunk, but his first thought was, "oh my god pass the ball or you might have to shoot free throws."

UEFA Euro standings 2021: Updated tables, scores, results from soccer tournament

  UEFA Euro standings 2021: Updated tables, scores, results from soccer tournament The 2021 Euros feature 24 teams vying for the European Championship for national teams. The tournament starts off with a round-robin group stage followed by knockout rounds through the final on July 11. Check out the latest standings and results.All the European powers are in the mix to win the championship. France are the bookmakers’ favorite, Belgium are currently No. 1 in the world and Portugal are the defending champs. Plus, Italy haven’t lost in 27 games (22 wins), England have a great team and a ton of home games and Germany are always a team to be reckoned with.

That's messed up! I almost feel like Simmons should take a gap year or something. He should spend the season backpacking through Europe or on a walkabout in Australia in a quest to find himself. As Marshawn Lynch would say, Ben needs to take care of his mentals.

  • So what are the trade options for Ben Simmons that make the most sense?
  • The Supreme Court handed down a ruling today that could have a major impact on college sports.
  • Calvin Johnson says he retired because the Lions wouldn't trade him.
  • The latest MLB Power Rankings are out and some are saying they're too powerful for human eyes. Are you strong enough to handle them?

It's a limited sports slate tonight, but don't worry, I've found some plays for us.

All times Eastern, and all odds via William Hill Sportsbook

Macron to reduce French military troops in Africa's Sahel

  Macron to reduce French military troops in Africa's Sahel PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday announced the future reduction of France’s military presence fighting Islamic extremism in Africa’s Sahel region. In a news conference, Macron spoke about the “profound transformation" of France’s military operation in Mali and neighboring countries — without giving a timeframe. France's Operation Barkhane will formally end, he said, and will be replaced by another mission focused on fighting Islamic extremists that relies more on regional partners.

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???? The Hot Ticket

Indians at Cubs, 8:05 p.m. | TV: MLB.TV

The Pick: Under 7 (-105)

: I've gone over how Wrigley Field plays differently depending on the time of day and the weather many times, and tonight's forecast usually leads to lower-scoring affairs on the north side of Chicago. A big storm came through Chicago on Sunday night, and it brought much cooler temperatures with it, as the forecast is calling for temps in the mid-60s when tonight's game starts. That, combined with strong winds blowing in from left-center, will make it difficult for hitters to hit the ball out of the park, which means the offense will have to string hits together to score runs.

There's not a lot of stringing hits together in this modern version of baseball.

Also, while he's not a household name, Chicago's Adbert Alzolay returns from the IL tonight (he was dealing with a blister), and he's been one of the Cubs' strongest starters this season. He has a strikeout rate of 26.7%, and his weak spot has been that he's prone to the long ball, but as I just went over, the ball will not be carrying tonight.

AP PHOTOS: Biden wraps up 1st overseas trip of presidency

  AP PHOTOS: Biden wraps up 1st overseas trip of presidency Joe Biden wrapped up the first overseas trip of his presidency Wednesday after rallying allies and facing off with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The eight-day, three-country swing included meetings with leaders of the Group of Seven wealthiest democracies in scenic Cornwall, England, and a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle. In Brussels, Biden huddled with nearly a dozen NATO allies and met with the leadership of the European Union. The stop was meant to convey a united front among alliance members in standing up to Russian aggression and human rights violations. © Provided by Associated Press People watch Air Force One, carrying U.S.

Key Trend: The under has gone 23-11-3 in the Cubs last 37 games as a home favorite.

Here's what SportsLine is saying about the game: The Advanced Computer Model has a play on the total at Wrigley tonight too, but does it agree with me?

???? The Picks

⚾ MLB

Dodgers at Padres, 10:10 p.m. | TV: ESPN

The Pick: Over 7 (-120) --

I'm going to start by saying that there's more gut feel to this play than anything, so if you don't want to follow me, I understand. I try to limit the ol' gut when it comes to this newsletter, but with such a limited slate of action tonight, I have to squeeze one in.


Video: C.J. Cron Puts the Rockies Up Early with Grand Slam (Stadium)

Essentially, I've been wondering what the impact of MLB's crackdown on foreign substances will do on scoring. My inclination is that many previously untouchable pitchers could become more touchable. So when you see the pitching matchup in this game between Yu Darvish and Julio Urias, it's natural to think low-scoring, which is why this total is where it's at.

But I have a sneaking suspicion we'll see more runs than you expect! Also, it doesn't hurt that Yu Darvish has been somewhat shaky as of late already. Darvish had an ERA of 1.75 over 61.2 innings in his first 10 starts of the season, but he's posted an ERA of 4.84 in 22.1 innings over his last four starts. Urias has hit a few rough spots himself lately, posting an ERA of 4.98 over his last four starts.

MLB updates COVID protocols for vaccinated players, staff

  MLB updates COVID protocols for vaccinated players, staff Most notably, fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be tested for COVID-19 unless they have symptoms or have been exposed to the virus. © Omar Ornelas via Imagn Content Services, LLC The handling of fully vaccinated individuals drew some attention last month after Nationals starter Erick Fedde tested positive for the coronavirus. Fedde, who had been fully vaccinated and was asymptomatic, was forced to go on the injured list. (Between his initial isolation period and subsequent rehab, he ultimately missed just more than three weeks of action.

Key Trend: The over is 5-2 in San Diego's last seven home games.

???? NBA

The Pick: Suns to win the NBA Finals (+150) -- Now that the NBA is down to a final four of teams few people expected, it makes sense that we take out another future. I mean, we just lost our Sixers futures on Sunday night. We must replace them.

So let's replace them with the best of the four teams remaining, yet the team with the second-best odds to win it all. I don't know what Kawhi Leonard's injury situation is, but if he is available at some point in the Western Conference Finals, he won't be 100%, and the Clippers without Kawhi aren't a great team. The Suns can survive against them without Chris Paul because they have Devin Booker.

Meanwhile, in the East, neither one of those teams strikes me as being better than a fully-healthy Suns squad in a seven-game series, and Chris Paul should be back long before the Finals were to begin. So, we're getting a ton of value on the Suns to win it all here in my estimations.

???? SportsLine Pick of the Day: The Advanced Computer Model and three of our SportsLine experts are all on the same side of the money line in tonight's game between the Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles.

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???? The DFS Rundown

Top Three Starters

  • Julio Urias, Dodgers
  • Yu Darvish, Padres
  • Adbert Alzolay, Cubs

Value Starter

  • Jake Odorizzi, Astros

Today's Top Stack

  • Jose Altuve, Astros
  • Chas McCormick, Astros
  • Michael Brantley, Astros

Value Hitter

  • Avisail Garcia, Brewers
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⚾ MLB Parlay

Tonight's money line parlay pays +233.

  • Astros (-160)
  • Twins (+105)

Ron Johnson visited Milwaukee's Juneteenth Day celebration. It didn't go well. .
Last year, the Wisconsin Republican blocked legislation to make Juneteenth a national holiday. On Tuesday, he relented, saying, "While it still seems strange that having taxpayers provide federal employees paid time off is now required to celebrate the end of slavery, it is clear that there is no appetite in Congress to further discuss the matter." © Ebony Cox / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel A large crowd begins to form and some start to boo Sen. Ron Johnson as he makes a speech during the Juneteenth Day celebration on Saturday, June 19, 2021, in Milwaukee.

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