Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and the New Yorker’s Louisa Thomas talk about Daniil Medvedev’s upset over Novak Djokovic and Emma Raducanu’s shocking U.S. Open title. They also discuss Jameis Winston, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Cam Newton’s interview with his dad. Finally, they assess the U.S. men’s national soccer team’s rocky opening to World Cup qualifying.
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• Matthew Futterman’s New York Times piece on Daniil Medvedev’s U.S. Open victory over Novak Djokovic.
• Louisa’s New Yorker piece on the women’s final between Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez.
• Louisa on how Raducanu, Fernandez, and Carlos Alcaraz represent “spontaneous possibility and hope.”
• Naomi Osaka says she’s not sure when she’s going to play her next tennis match.
• Peter King on Jameis Winston’s strong opening start for the New Orleans Saints.
• Jason La Canfora’s report on “tumult and discord” within Urban Meyer’s Jacksonville Jaguars.
• Kalyn Kahler in Defector on Cam Newton’s interview with his father.
• Eric Betts’ Slate piece on the U.S. men’s national team’s win over Honduras.
• Weston McKennie got sent home for violating COVID protocols.
• An ESPN roundtable on the state of the team.
• Christen Press is stepping away from soccer to focus on her mental health.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Diede de Groot and Dylan Alcott:
Stefan’s Diede de Groot and Dylan Alcott: Sheriff Tiraspol, the first Moldovan soccer team to qualify for the Champions League, was was founded by a former KGB agent and plays in the unrecognized breakaway state of Transnistria.
On this week’s bonus segment, Stefan, Josh, and Louisa talk about the (possibly) sewage-related and podcast-related misadventures of the Washington Football Team.
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