Sports Shop: Deals, Sales & Returns


By: Jeff Yoder

Happy Friday 

The August grind is finally over and the weekend watch-list is packed again. From the Little League World Series finals to more PGA Playoffs and the unofficial start of the college football season, sports are back.

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Transfer Window Mega-Deals 

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Real Madrid Closing in on Kylian Mbappe; Manchester City Nearing Deal With Cristiano Ronaldo


Europe’s soccer transfer window is drawing to a close (Aug. 31), and a few superstars could are on the move. Lionel Messi’s exit from Barcelona in favor of PSG started the chaos. Now, PSG is about to send their 22-year-old winger, Kylian Mbappe, to La Liga. Real Madrid had been after Mbappe for the last few weeks, increasing offers until finally piquing PSG’s interest. Hours later, Manchester City reportedly have a deal with Cristiano Ronaldo, although the contract is not finalized Here’s the latest with four days left in the transfer window.


Transfer Rumors


Kylian Mbappe  Real Madrid

Real Madrid upped their bid for Kylian Mbappe to €180 million ($212 million) and appear to have finally gained interest from PSG. It’s been reported that PSG are seeking a figure closer to $260 million, but a deal is finally nearing a consensus.


Cristiano Ronaldo  Manchester City

Manchester City are close to reaching a deal with Cristiano Ronaldo after CR7 spent his three seasons with Juventus. Ronaldo hasn’t played in the Premier League since 2009 (Manchester United), but the defending Premier League champs are about to reload.


Harry Kane  Tottenham

The Ronaldo storyline (above) picked up traction after Manchester City failed to secure Tottenham striker Harry Kane with a $137 million bid. Kane has since told Spurs he plans to stay with the club this season.


The transfer window closes next Tuesday (Aug. 21).


Additional Storylines

The Athletic: Real Madrid Make 2nd Bid for Kylian Mbappe as PSG Negotiations Ongoing

ESPN: Man. City Nearing Deal for Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo in Stunning EPL Return



Flash Sale: The Immaculate Inning

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Red Sox Ace Chris Sale Ties MLB Record With 3rd Career Immaculate Inning


Have a night, Chris Sale! The Red Sox 32-year-old lefty was dealing on Thursday night in Fenway as Boston blew out the Twins (12-2) in the series finale. Sale tossed 5.1 innings with eight strikeouts, two hits and two earned runs, but the real magic came in the third inning. Sale struck out all three batters on nine pitches — all strikes — for his third career immaculate inning. That’s noteworthy because only one other pitcher in MLB history has ever tallied three immaculate innings (Sandy Koufax).


Watch: Chris Sale Ks 3 in 9 Pitches of Immaculate Inning


MLB Quick-Hitters


Yankees Streak Hits A DozenMake it 12 in a row for the Yankees! After surrendering a 6-0 lead to the A’s on Thursday, New York tallied the go-ahead run on an RBI single from Aaron Judge in the 9th to keep the streak alive.


Scherzer Ks 10Max Scherzer shouldered the load for the Dodgers in Thursday’s win against the Padres (4-0), striking out 10 with just two hits in 7.2 innings. L.A. swept San Diego in the three-game series.


Giants Sweep MetsThe best team in baseball boosted their win streak to five games on Thursday with their third straight win against the Mets in a sweep at Citi Bank Field. The Giants got a home run from Kris Bryant and a go-ahead RBI from Darin Ruf in the 8th inning for a 3-2 win. San Fran sits atop the league with 83 wins.



Rory Returns to Form at BMW

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McIlroy, Rahm & Burns (-8) on Top After Round 1 of BMW Championship


The opening round of the BMW Championship saw a number of low scores on Thursday, but one familiar name made headlines with a resurgent run to the top of the leaderboard. Rory McIlroy (-8) is back in contention after an unsteady 2021 season that yielded just one victory for the former World No. 1 golfer. He’s joined by Jon Rahm and Sam Burns at 8-under. Numerous players carved up Caves Valley Golf Club, though, leaving just seven of the 70 players in the field above even par after Round 1. McIlroy’s top-notch performance certainly adds intrigue heading into the weekend.


BMW Championship Leaderboard

R. McIlroy (-8)

J. Rahm (-8)

S. Burns (-8)

S. Garcia (-7)

P. Cantlay (-6)

A. Ancer (-6)


Notable Scorecards: W. Simpson (-5), H. Varner III (-5), D. Johnson (-5), X. Schauffele (-5), T. Finau (-5), H. Matsuyama (-5), S. Im (-5), P. Mickelson (-4), B. DeChambeau (-4), J. Thomas (-4), B. Koepka (-2), J. Spieth (-1), C. Morikawa (E)


Watch: BMW Championship Round 1 Highlights


Additional Storylines

Golf Digest: Why the BMW Championship Boasts the High Stakes That a Hefty Purse Can’t Buy

GolfWeek: After Launching 3-Wood Toward New Jersey Turnpike, A Refreshed Rory McIlroy Used 3 New Clubs in Round 1 of BMW Championship



⚽️  2021-22 UEFA Champions League Draw

The UEFA Champions League groups have been drawn for the group stage starting next month, and we were treated with some of the most intriguing matchups imaginable. Here are all eight groups ranked from worst to best. (CBS Sports)


⚾  5 Facts About the Wildest MLB Game of the Year

The Los Angeles Dodgers outlasted the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night at Petco Park, winning 5-3 in 16 innings against their NL West rivals. The game was 1-1 after nine innings and nobody scored until the 15th… Here are some of the wildest facts from Wednesday game. (USA Today)


🏈  Predicting the Biggest Fantasy Draft-Day Steals

With the start of the regular season only two weeks away, managers should keep an eye on several players who could fall past the fourth round but provide top-notch fantasy value. Most of these players have established resumes, though early drafters have slightly underestimated them. (Bleacher Report)




The Must-Watch List

PGA Tour (FedEx Cup Playoffs)

BMW Championship Rounds 2-4


Little League World Series

South Dakota vs. Ohio (Sat. 12:30 pm)

Hawaii vs. Michigan (Sat. 3:30 pm)

Little League HR Derby (Sun. 1:00 pm)

LLWS Final — TBD (Sun. 3:00 pm)


College Football (Saturday)

Nebraska at Illinois (1:00 pm)

Hawaii at UCLA (3:30 pm)


NFL Preseason (Week 3)

Vikings at Chiefs (Fri. 8:00 pm)

Packers at Bills (Sat. 1:00 pm)

Bears at Titans (Sat. 7:00 pm)

Chargers at Seahawks (Sat. 10:00 pm)

Patriots at Giants (Sun. 6:00 pm)

Browns at Falcons (Sun. 8:00 pm)

Full Preseason Week 3 Schedule


MLB (Regular Season)

Cubs-White Sox Series

Braves-Giants Series


Full MLB Weekend Schedule



EPL: Man. City vs. Arsenal (Sat. 7:30 am)

EPL: Liverpool vs. Chelsea (Sat. 12:30 pm)

MLS: LAFC vs. LA Galaxy (Sat. 7:00 pm)

MLS: Sounders vs. Timbers (Sun. 10:30 pm)



Sparks at Sun (Sat. 7:00 pm)

Sky at Storm (Sun. 6:00 pm)

Full WNBA Schedule


NASCAR Cup Series

Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona (Sat. 7:00 pm)


*All Times Eastern



Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: Which NFL quarterback on a new team do you think will have the best season in 2021?


The Sportsletter team has spoken! It’s Rams QB Matthew Stafford by a landslide…



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