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The It’s Coming Home to Italy Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Euro 2020, the NBA Finals, and Shohei Ohtani.

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Episode Notes

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by Nicky Bandini of the Guardian to talk about Italy’s victory over England in the Euro 2020 final and the racist invective against three Black players on the England national team. Next, they talk about Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns, and the first three games of the NBA Finals. Finally, is pitcher/slugger Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels having the greatest season in big-league history?

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• Bandini wrote in the Guardian that Italy’s penalty-shootout win over England in the men’s Euro 2020 final ended “one of the darkest chapters in their football history” and capped off manager Roberto Mancini’s quest to “win and spread joy.”

• In Slate, Eric Betts wrote that “Italy’s title counts as a victory for attacking, exciting soccer.”

• After the game, three Black players who missed penalty kicks for England were targeted with online racist abuse.

• Ticketless English fans stormed past security at Wembley Stadium and fought inside and outside of the stadium.

• Let by Giannis Antetokounmpo’s second straight 40-plus-point game, the Bucks beat the Suns in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

• Their games are different, but Giannis’s dominance is reminiscent of that of Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal.

• In the Ringer, Bryan Curtis wrote about 36-year-old Suns guard Chris Paul as “a time-honored sportswriting tale: the savvy veteran outdueling Father Time.”

• In an Olympic tune-up on Sunday, the United States men’s basketball team lost to Nigeria, 90-87.

• Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci wrote that Shohei Ohtani is better than Babe Ruth.

• In the Athletic, Ken Rosenthal said that Ohtani “offers a fresh, vivid, almost daily reminder that sports should be about pushing boundaries, imagining all that can be.”

• Major League Baseball is marketing Ohtani as the face of the sport. The player has been reluctant to capitalize on his potential as a pitchman.

• Read the Athletic’s wildly entertaining oral history of another Japanese star, Ichiro Suzuki.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Bullet Rogan:

Josh’s Bullet Rogan: Novak Djokovic, who won his 20th major tournament on Sunday at Wimbledon, is the stepfather of men’s tennis.

On this week’s bonus segment, Josh, Joel, and Stefan discuss Louisiana teenager Zaila Avant-garde’s historic Scripps National Spelling Bee title and her record-setting basketball wizardry.

Podcast production and edit by Alyssa Edes.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.

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