The passing of the late, great Tony Gwynn sent shockwaves of sorrow through the world of baseball Monday, with a ripple effect spreading far beyond the sport and the city of San Diego. While throngs of local fans fashioned an impromptu memorial around his statue outside Petco Park, many players around the league recalled memories of Mr. Padre across social media. Legendary announcer Vin Scully strived to inject a smile amid the lingering sadness by honoring the rare smile so often on Gwynn's face. Scully delivered his touching tribute to No. 19 before the Rockies-Dodgers game.
A thriller in Natal
The U.S. men's national soccer team got off to a magnificent start against Ghana Monday. After Clint Dempsey's historic goal in the opening minute of play, the U.S. spent the better part of the game fighting injuries and a relentless pressure from Ghana. With eight minutes left to play, Ghana's Andre Ayew netted the equalizer. All hope of an outright victory seemed to be lost with time waning, but reserve defender and emerging hero John Brooks had other plans — and scored on a header in the 86th minute to give the U.S. a 2-1 win.
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