Spain captured its first World Cup trophy on Sunday, and as SI.com’s Grant Wahl writes, the prize now rests in the hands of the tournament’s top team.
Andrés Iniesta‘s title-winning goal with four minutes left in overtime gave Spain its fourth straight 1-0 victory in the Cup and made it the third team ever to simultaneously be world and European champion. Of course, the latest win certainly wasn’t pretty. The teams combined for 14 yellow cards and one red card to make it the dirtiest Cup final by far (the previous record was six yellow cards in the Argentina-West Germany final in 1986).
Next stop for the Cup: Brazil. And, writes Wahl, perhaps the teams of 2014 will follow Spain’s lead to bring out the best in the sport.
In the meantime, here’s what you can look forward to today:
MLB Home Run Derby (8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
The field is set for this year’s slugfest, and five newcomers have made their way into the lineup: American Leaguers Vernon Young, Nick Swisher and Hanley Ramirez and National Leaguers Chris Young and Corey Hart. They face stiff competition in Derby veteran David “Big Papi” Ortiz, 2006 contender Miguel Cabera and 2007 participant Matt Holliday. But let’s be honest: The only reason we watch this thing is in hopes of witnessing a repeat of 2008, when the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton pelted a record 28 homers in the first round before succumbing to the Twins’ Justin Morneau in the final round.
Tour de France, Stage 9 (7 a.m ET, Versus)
Today's 204-kilometer leg of the Tour de France is considered the toughest stage in the Alps. 204 km. It has four mountain passes, including the Col de la Madeleine, and is expected to separate the strongest riders from the rest of the pack.
Lance Armstrong's bid for an eighth win in the Tour de France came to a sorry end Sunday on a dramatic eighth stage won by Andy Schleck of Luxembourg. Australia's Cadel Evans took over the race leader's yellow jersey, leading Schleck by just 20 seconds, with defending champion Alberto Contador in third place, one minute and one second down.
NBA Summer Leagues (ESPN 3, NBA TV)
The games are under way, and this year’s draft picks, as well as a handful of veterans, are going head-to-head, hoping to make their names known before the 2010-11 season kicks off. No 1. pick John Wall made his debut Sunday night against the Warriors, and he’ll return to the court today at 10:30 p.m. ET to face Eric Bledsoe and the Clippers.
So far, Devin Ebanks, who was picked 43rd overall by the Lakers, has scaled the Rookie Ladder after dropping 21 and 24 points in two straight games. L.A. faces the Knicks today at 4 p.m.
Among the other top draftees putting their talents on display are No. 5 Demarcus Cousins, whose Kings face the Pistons at 6 p.m. ET, and No. 4 Wesley Johnson, whose Timberwolves take on the Spurs at 6:30 p.m.
BY THE NUMBERS
Age of Bob Sheppard, the legendary Yankees announcer, who died Sunday. Sheppard, who was nicknamed “The Voice of God,” started with the Yankees in April 1951 and announced his last game in September 2007. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter still uses a recording of Sheppard’s voice for his introduction.
The World Cup record of Paul the octopus, who accurately predicted the victors in each of Germany’s seven matchups in the Cup, as well as the Spain-Netherlands final.
Lance Armstrong’s finish in Stage 8 of the Tour de France. The seven-time champion got caught up in three crashes along the way to finish 12 minutes back. His shot at another victory in his 13th and final Tour is gone.