Two-Minute Drill: Mayfield Traded To Panthers, Nadal Doubt For Semis

Jonathan Grant | July 7th, 2022

1st Down: Baker Mayfield has a new team to play for. That team is none other than the Carolina Panthers as was confirmed on Wednesday as the Cleveland Browns shipped the quarterback in exchange for the lowly sum of either a fourth or fifth round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. It’s being reported that the Panthers will pick up roughly 1/3 of the tab for the former Brown, with the NFC South hopefuls having to cough up just shy of $5 million. The Browns, who made a move to bring in Deshaun Watson earlier this calendar year, will pay the remainder, said to amount to $10.5 million.

2nd Down: Rafael Nadal has made the semi-finals at Wimbledon, but the Spanish legend might not be able to make it due to injury. Nick Kyrgios awaits him, but the 22-time grand slam champ is unsure if he’ll be able to answer the bell and participate in the last-four showdown. Nadal overcame Taylor Fritz in the quarters (3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10-4)) but said he was at times considering withdrawing with injury. That leaves him with a whole lot of work to do if he wants to take down the Australian who will be making his Grand Slam semis bow.

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3rd Down: The NHL season only just ended, but the new one is right around the corner. Wednesday saw us learn what the league’s opening contest will be, with the reveal being that the Tampa Bay Lightning will be welcoming the New York Rangers to town on October 11th in a rematch of the Eastern Conference semis. Tradition typically dictates that the Stanley Cup winners, this year being Colorado, should host the opener, but their stadium had a prior booking, meaning they will open up at home on October 12th against the Chicago Blackhawks instead. Meanwhile, the Winter Classic outdoor game will take place at Fenway Park on January 2nd when Boston takes on Pittsburgh.

4th Down: Sabrina Ionescu is already making WNBA history. On Wednesday night, she led the New York Liberty to a 116-107 victory over the Chicago Sky thanks to a triple-double, her third of the season thus far. She put up 31 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and dished out 10 assists, and she is now tied for the most triple-doubles in WNBA history. She’s a rookie, as a reminder, so there should be plenty more to come from the superstar. The combined 223 points scored, by the way, was also a record in the WNBA.

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