The PHOENIX presents: Summer Sports Update

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If you’ve been missing in action from the sports scene this summer, it’s your lucky day.  The Phoenix has compiled a timeline of the most important sports stories you may have missed.

May 9: Ramblers repeat

No. 3 Loyola defeated in-state rival No. 1 Lewis in the NCAA men’s volleyball title game in Palo Alto, California. The high-stakes match went into a deciding fifth set that turned out to be a thriller. The Ramblers won their second consecutive national championship title and second title in program history. Freshman Jeff Jendryk was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and joined his teammates Thomas Jaeschke and Cody Caldwell on the all-tournament team.

June 13: Szykowny completes track career at national meet

Senior Alison Szykowny was the first thrower to represent the Ramblers at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She finished her collegiate career with a 46.96-meter throw that earned her 24th place in discus in Eugene, Oregon. Szykowny leaves Loyola owning five school records.

June 15: Blackhawks capture third Cup in six years

The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals at the United Center, making Chicago the Stanley Cup’s home for the third time in six years. Duncan Keith, the 2015 Conn Smythe Trophy recipient, scored the game-winning goal in the second period before Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane added an insurance goal in the final period.

June 16: Warriors overpower LeBron, Cavs for NBA title

The Golden State Warriors took home their first NBA championship in 40 years by taking care of business against the injury-hit Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite Cavs forward LeBron James’ historic finals performance, the Warriors defeated the Cavs in six games.

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July 5: World Cup trophy travels stateside

The U.S. women’s national soccer team dominated Japan in the FIFA World Cup final for the country’s first World Cup victory in 16 years. Carli Lloyd stole the show with a hat trick in the first 16 minutes of the game to seal the deal early in the first half. Lloyd became the second player in history to record a hat trick in a World Cup final, with the other being Englishman Geoff Hurst in the 1966 men’s final.

July 7: Player of the Year forgoes senior season

Loyola’s men’s volleyball star Thomas Jaeschke announced he will forgo his senior season with the team to play volleyball at the professional level for Asseco Resovia in Rzeszow, Poland. The Wheaton, Illinois native spent his summer playing for the United States national team and notched a third-place finish in the World League, a tournament hosted by the International Federation of Volleyball.

July 23 and 30: MVC inks huge television deals

The Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) announced multi-year television agreements with ESPN and CBS Sports. ESPN retained the MVC’s media rights through the 2023-24 academic year, as the network will continue to televise a variety of the conference’s events on various ESPN platforms. Meanwhile, the deal with CBS will run through the 2019-20 academic year, and the network will televise regular season and conference tournament men’s basketball games.

Aug 1: Rousey continues dominance

In the main event of UFC 190, undefeated champion Ronda Rousey dismantled Bethe Correia in only 34 seconds, continuing her trend of taking out opponents in seconds. Rousey’s last three fights combined have lasted a total of 64 seconds, and her previous four fights combined have lasted a grand total of 130 seconds. To put that in perspective, Usain Bolt could run 13 100-meter races in the time it took Rousey to knock out her last four opponents.

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