Olympics: Caeleb Dressel won his first individual gold medal — and second of the Games — in the 100-meter freestyle, setting the Olympic record in the process. Also: Bobby Finke won gold in the 800-meter free; Daniil Medvedev was upset by Pablo Carreno Busta in the tennis quarterfinals, while Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, and Karen Khachanov also reached the semis; and Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova made it to the women’s final.
Updated Medal Count:
- USA 🇺🇸: 38 (14 gold, 14 silver, 10 bronze)
- China 🇨🇳: 31 (15 gold, 7 silver, 9 bronze)
- ROC: 28 (8 gold, 11 silver, 9 bronze)
- Japan 🇯🇵: 25 (15 gold, 4 silver, 6 bronze)
NHL: The Devils handed defenseman Dougie Hamilton a seven-year, $63 million contract on the first day of free agency, the largest deal for any player who changed teams. Today, the Blues signed Brandon Saad — one of the top remaining free agents — to a five-year, $22.5 million deal.
Today’s Guest Writer Jimmy Greenfield is a former Chicago Tribune sportswriter who is the author of “100 Things Cubs Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.” His favorite: Winning another World Series before 2124.
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