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What Had Happened Was: 7/26/16

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GAME. BLOUSES.

Adrian Beltre may be 37, but boy can the man still swing with the best of them. On Monday night against the Oakland Athletics, Beltre swatted a 96 mph fastball into the night for a two-run, walk-off home run.

With that win, the Rangers hold a 3 1/2-game lead over the Houston Astros in the American League West. They’ll depend on Beltre’s bat during their push toward the postseason, as he leads the team in RBIs. The problem is, when you hit walk-off home runs, teammates start tapping you on the head to celebrate.

And Beltre does NOT like this.

https://t.co/qqPdqre8Ax

No, like, he’s serious.


BLESSINGS!

After a long hiatus, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated by the NFL. While he will miss the first four games due to a suspension, Gordon putting on a helmet has to be amazing news for Browns fans and quarterback Robert Griffin III, who can now do this again.

https://t.co/zEweSz0LLD


SOCIAL STATUS

In Tuesday’s episode of What’s Happening Before the Rio Olympics, we find out that the Olympic Village isn’t safe enough for the Australian team.

In a statement, Australia’s Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller said that some of the problems include … blocked toilets, leaking pipes, exposed wiring and darkened stairwells.

For those of you keeping score at home, The Rio Olympics have endured …

Oh, boy.


FOR THE CULTURE

DJ Khaled and Tony Robbins are on the cover of Complex. Major key.

Revisiting Betty Davis, cult genius.

A Florida rapper named Kodak Black shares his story.

If you missed it Monday night, here’s a full transcript of first lady Michelle Obama’s stirring speech at the Democratic National Convention.


TOP THREE TWEETS

Every morning we’ll hit you here with the best of what we saw on social media the previous night. Why? Why not?

1. A NEW ERA (OR ERROR)

2. WE SEE NO LIES

3. WHAT IS THIS?

https://twitter.com/KofieYeboah/status/757659725349679105


#ICYMI

A number of WNBA players, including five members of the New York Liberty, spoke with The Undefeated about standing up against the league and advocating for Black Lives Matter:

Swin Cash told The Undefeated on Monday morning that the WNBA’s decision to rescind the fines was a good one: “It shows to the women and to other people that when you have the passion for something, really banding together is important. I don’t think we would have had the impact or the resolution that came out of it if it was only one or two players or half the teams and not everyone. This was a united front with all the players and I said this before — our league is so diverse that having players from around the globe being able to stand up for a cause, and some not even knowing the history of how far this issue goes back, it shows our strength in numbers. You have to have strength in numbers and as women, a lot of times people don’t expect us to be at the forefront, but if you look back, even back to the civil rights movement and other powerful movements in the U.S., women have been right there at the beginning, at the front, in strategy, helping and standing up for what they believe in. To me, I thought this was a great step for the union and for the league, hopefully, as a whole. To your point, yeah, you can say, ‘You know what, we shouldn’t have gotten fined in the first place.’ But a lot of times with big organizations, whether it’s sports teams or big companies, they understand that they made a mistake or they should have said something different and they take the approach of standing their ground. For me, I do give a little bit of credit to the WNBA for saying, ‘You know what, we’re going to take another look at this and we’re going to rescind the fines.’ ”


PICTURE PERFECT

Kofie Yeboah asks for Sweet Tea at every restaurant and recites approximately 2.5 Spongebob lines per hour.

Ryan Cortes is a staff writer for The Undefeated. Lemon pepper his wings.