Things could get even worse for Pac 12, plus Sharks make history by hiring Mike Greer

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Let’s get down to it.


Good morning everyone, but especially to…

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MIKE GREER

yesterday, San Jose Sharks hired Mike Greer to be the general manager of the team. He will be the first black general manager in NHL history.

  • Greer, 47, played 14 seasons as a right winger in the NHL, most recently in 2010-11. He is eligible for Oilers, Capitals, Sabres and Sharks and played over 1,000 career games, accumulating 162 goals and 221 assists.
  • After his playing days, Greer served as a scout for the Blackhawks from 2014-18 He was rangers hockey operations advisor last season.
  • Greer’s older brother is Dolphins GM Chris Greerand their father, Bobby, has worked as an NFL coach and executive and is currently a consultant for the Dolphins.

Mike Greer joins San Jose at a time of great change. Doug Wilson stepped down in November after nearly two decades with the franchise, and Greer will replace the interim GM Joe Will. The sharks fired head coach Bob Boughner on Friday and have missed the playoffs in three straight seasons, the longest drought in franchise history.

Oh, and free agency starts a week from today.

Honorable mentions

  • Chet HolmgrenNBA Summer League debut: 23 points (on nine shots!), seven rebounds, six blocks, four assists. This will do.
  • Max Scherzer crossed out 11 on his return from IL.
  • Robert Griffin III says it is ready to return to the NFL.

And it’s not such a good morning for…

PAC-12

The conference realignment offseason took another huge turn: The Big 12 is in “deep discussions” to add several Pac-12 teamsas first reported by CBS Sports college football insider Dennis Dodd.

Although the Big 12 already is adding BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF in 2023given the last two points, The Big 12 “cannot afford to … stand,” a source told CBS Sports. And it doesn’t look like it will. That’s why:

  • Add: Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah carry an annual average value (AAV) that at least matches the 12 members of the Big 12 will remain in the league after Texas and Oklahoma leave in 2025 … The Pac-12’s projected AAV dropped significantly from $500 million per year (roughly $42 million per school) to $300 million ($30 million) for the remaining 10 teams after the league lost USC and UCLA…”

That’s obvious, another huge blow to the Pac-12, which yesterday began negotiations for its next media rights deal. While Colorado has pledged his commitment to the Pac-12, top programs have already decided to leave and more could be coming soon.

The Pac-12 said it will begin exploring expansion options last week, but the conference is in a state of total chaos. As of last night, the Pac-12 and ACC were discussion of “free partnership” which could include a championship in Las Vegas. You can follow our reset tracker in the coming days to keep up with all this madness (friendly hint: you’ll probably need it).

Not so honorable mentions

Who are the NFL’s top remaining free agents? 🏈

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NFL training camps are only a few weeks away from opening, but they’re still here many potential contributors on the free agent market. At this time last year, big names like Melvin Ingram, Morgan Moses, Justin Houston and Jason Peters were still looking for their new home.

So, what are the best names still available right now? NFL pundit Tyler Sullivan played matchmaker on eight free agents likely to make the Opening Day roster, and the best should come together:

  • Sullivan: Julio Jones: Colts — That’s obvious, isn’t it? The best years of Julio Jones’ career are included Matt Ryan throwing him the football. Now that the quarterback is in Indianapolis as the Colts’ new signal-caller, it would be a real matchup for these two Falcons legends. Jones will immediately be the most experienced pass rusher on the roster, and he already has a relationship built with the quarterback that can’t be slept on.”

Meanwhile, Tyler sends another star who has dealt with injuries to a team in need of similar numbers.

  • Sullivan: Odell Beckham Jr.: Packers – Green Bay insisted on signing Beckham after he was released by the Browns last season, but ultimately decided to sign a deal with the Rams. … Beckham ACL tear in the midst of the Super Bowl has derailed his free agency somewhat, but the Packers may be a team that’s only fine getting Beckham for the second half of the year given their lack of depth at receiver.”

You can view the entire list here.

Wimbledon updates: Djokovic into semis; Nadal is hoping to book his trip today 🎾

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Novak Djokovic entered yesterday as lost only two sets during his participation at Wimbledon. He then lost the first two sets of his quarterfinal match Yannick Sinner before going back for an impressive five-set win5-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

  • It’s Djokovic’s 34th career five-set win at a major, most in men’s tennis history.
  • Djokovic has won 26 consecutive matches at Wimbledon.
  • Djokovic will stand up Cameron Norrie in the semi-finals. Norrie also won his quarterfinal match in five sets, winning David Goffen.

In the lower half of the circulation, Rafael Nadal persons american Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinals. Nadal has already won the Australian Open and the French Open this season. The winner of this match will face the winner of the Christian Garin-Nick Kyrgios. It was revealed yesterday Kyrgios is due in court on August 2 after an assault charge stemming from an incident with an ex-girlfriend.

On the women’s side, Ons Jaber will stand up Tatyana Maria in one semi-final. The other will face the winner of Simona Halep-Amanda Anisimova against the winner of Ayla Tomlyanovich-Elena Rybakina.

You can follow along with All England Club score updates here.

What are we watching on Wednesday πŸ“Ί

⚾ Cardinals at Braves7pm on ESPN
πŸ€ Mystics in Dream8:00 PM on CBS Sports Network
πŸ€ Freedom at ace10pm on CBS Sports Network

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