Lynx Win, Summer Wolves Lose, Germany Wins World Cup

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A decent Sunday of sports is highlighted by Germany's World Cup victory over Argentina.

The Minnesota Lynx beat the Seattle Storm 77-60 at Target Center on Sunday afternoon to move to 16-6 on the season, still in 2nd place in the Western Conference. Seimone Augustus continues to be out with an injury, as is Rebekkah Brunson.

Maya Moore led the way with 26 points and 12 rebounds, then rolled over to Target Field where she participated in the celebrity softball game as All-Star week gets underway in Minneapolis.  Cause that's what she does.

The Summer Wolves lost to the Summer Wizards.  Since I have a firm policy against watching summer league, I can't tell you anything about it, but here is a link to the box score.

In free agency, the Rockets decided not to match the Mavericks' offer sheet to Chandler Parsons, meaning he will join Dallas.The Rockets completed a trade to acquire free agent Trevor Ariza as part of the Omer Asik to New Orleans deal. It's been a tough off-season for the Rox, who have lost Parsons, Asik, and Jeremy Lin (in a cap clearing move for Chris Bosh that didn't work out), and brought in only Ariza.

The Heat signed Luol Deng to take over at small forward and re-signed Mario Chalmers. Pau Gasol is joining the Bulls, meaning they probably no longer have any interest in Kevin Love, if they ever really did.

On the Love front, I am beginning to come around to the idea that he will be a Wolf this season,which is fine with me. Perhaps the Cavs will blink, but there is no evidence of it. Perhaps the Warriors will agree to include Klay Thompson, though I sincerely hope they do not.

There was some talk yesterday that Phoenix might be interested, but it's hard to see how that happens.

Of course the big story yesterday was Germany's extra-time win at the World Cup over Argentina. For a 0-0 game after 90 minutes, it was quite compelling, with Germany patiently trying to build up the attack while Argentina looked to hit on the counter, especially through Messi against the slow German defense. Argentina created a few decent chances, but were unable to convert. The Germans hit the post on a wide open header at the end of the first half that should have been converted.

Neither team could break through until Mario Gotze's brilliant extra-time goal in the 112th minute. Taking a cross from Andre Schurrle, he settled the ball with his chest, then volleyed with his left foot to the far post where the ball ripped the side netting. It was a beautifully taken goal from a great ball by Schurrle, and the Germans were hoisting the Cup minutes later.

Today in History

1223: Louis XIII becomes king of France
1789: Fall of the Bastille. Beginning of French Revolution. To the Barricades! Vive la France! 
1822: U.S. Sedition Act
1853: World's Fair opens in New York
1941: 6,000 Lithuanian Jews killed in concentration camp
1948: Israel bombs Cairo, Egypt
1976: Jimmy Carter nominated for President

Today's musical birthday is Woody Guthrie, born in 1912 (d. 1967)


It's Monday. Don't overdo.

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