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Meet Little League Phenom Mo’Ne Davis

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At just 13-years-old, Mo’Ne Davis has 70 mph fastball and has just made the cover of Sports Illustrated. Her team, the Taney Dragons of Philadelphia were unfortunately knocked out of the Little League World Series in a 6 to 5 loss against Jackie Robinson West of Chicago, another team I was rooting for, in Thursday night’s game. Even with the upset, Davis still left her mark on the game.

In the 68 years of LLWS, Mo’Ne is only the 18th girl to play, and the first female pitcher to win a game, ever! Though she is obviously a talented pitcher, she tells SI that basketball is real passion, saying,

To be honest, I never thought I’d be famous for baseball.” She’s also been trying to deal with her new fame, including interviews and signing autographs. “People were like, ‘Oh, there are going to be people running up to you taking pictures’ and I thought it was going to be a bunch of little kids. But it’s grown-ups! And that’s, like, creepy,” she said

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Now that the hype has died down a bit, and the Taney Dragons were eliminated from the series, she can go back to being a normal pre-teen girl. I don’t think, as one national newspaper suggested, that because she is no longer playing that this is pushing women’s sports out of the spotlight. If anything, it made people–young girls especially–interested in a male dominated sport like never before, even if it was only for about 2 weeks. Hopefully all the girls inspired by her will want to pick up a bat or ball and join the boys next season.

You can read more of Mo’Ne’s story when the issue hits newsstands on August 25.

Derek Jeter Takes A Bow During His Final MLB All-Star Game

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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter appeared in his last All-Star game on Tuesday night, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd. He played his first All-Star game back in 1998 when he was only 24, from there he became one of the most revered, and highest paid, athletes in sports. He will end his professional baseball career this year with 20 seasons under his belt, and though he hasn’t played his last game as a Yankee yet, the tributes are already pouring in. Continue Reading

The Miami Heat Win The NBA Finals In Game 7

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The Miami Heat did it again! In a tense game between the San Antonio Spurs, the Heat won in the 4th quarter with 95 points to their 88. The team takes home their second consecutive NBA title, and of course LeBron James received the MVP trophy. James congratulated the Spurs, but also recognized his own accomplishments, “I’m Lebron James from Akron, Ohio. I’m not even supposed to be here.” He finished with, “I ain’t got no worries.” Indeed you don’t, Bron Bron.

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I’m sure everyone in Miami will be donning headbands in celebration! I also look forward to more crazy locker room gifs of Chris BoshDwyane Wade and crew. I mean, how can you not like these guys?!

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