Monday, June 25, 2018

#PlaybyPlay; Russia Defeated by Uruguay, England Rocks Panama, Hamilton Wins First French #GrandPrix in 10 Years and Truex Wins #NASCAR Sonoma

#PlaybyPlay; Russia Defeated by Uruguay, England Rocks Panama, Hamilton Wins First French #GrandPrix in 10 Years and Truex Wins #NASCAR Sonoma

Stocks discussed: (NasdaqGS:$DAKT) (NasdaqGS: $ZBRA)

Point Roberts, WA, Delta BC –June 25, 2018 -, a leader in investor news and research issues today’s edition of Play by Play covering what’s new in sports headlines and recent news from publicly traded companies in the sector.

June 25 Play by Play – the latest sports headlines, esports and sports stock news

Russia Defeated by Uruguay, England Rocks Panama, Hamilton Wins First French Grand Prix in 10 Years and Truex Wins NASCAR Sonoma

World Cup host Russia lost 3-0 to Uruguay today after winning their first two against Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Russian team reporter Igor Borunov explained the loss as having to do with Russia facing a tougher team than previously. quotes Borunov:

“Russia had to face a different level of opponent this time; an opponent with skill and experience at major tournaments. Everything went wrong for the host team. Uruguay punished their very first mistake but there was more. Luck was also not on Russia’s side when a deflection off Cheryshev’s leg led to another goal. Smolnikov's sending off in the first half ultimately made their mission almost impossible. Russia fought bravely to the final whistle and got the experience of a tough game that could possibly help them to prepare for the round of 16.”

England is keeping their World Cup hopes alive after thrashing Panama 6-1 on Sunday. England’s Harry Kane scored three goals in the match, adding to the pair he scored in England’s 2-1 win over Tunisia a week ago.

In the first French Grand Prix in 10 years, British racer Lewis Hamilton won handily, after dominating the race from beginning to end with the exception of one lap. With the victory, Hamilton regained his position at the top of the Formula One championship over rival Sebastian Vettel, who finished fifth overall in the race. CNN quotes Hamilton on the win:

"My guys [Mercedes], I've been with them for six years and they are just continuously pushing the boundaries and never giving up, so I'm just forever grateful for all their work, here at the track and back at the factory.
"But there's a long way to go and we'll keep approaching the rest of the season like we approached today.''
Martin Truex Jr. won the NASCAR Cup Series race in Sonoma, CA, scoring his 18th career victory. Truex finished a comfortable 10.51 seconds ahead of racer Kevin Harvick, due in part to his crew’s pit strategy, as USA Today reports:

Truex's crew chief Cole Pearn pretended to call Truex to the pits with a little less than 40 laps to go in the final stage, prompting Harvick, who was leading at the time, to hit pit road. But Pearn then quickly told Truex to stay out, a move that resulted in Truex being able to use fresher tires later in the stage to blow past the leaders and open a huge lead.

Daktronics Acquires AJT Systems and Zebra Technologies Corp Ranked as One of the Fastest-Growing Companies

Stocks discussed: (NasdaqGS:DAKT) (NasdaqGS:ZBRA)

Daktronics (NasdaqGS:DAKT) announced the acquisition of AJT Systems, Inc.’s services and technology today. Daktronics President and CEO Reece Kurtenbach commented on the acquisition:

“The acquisition of AJT Systems allows us to expand our offerings for sport and interactive applications,” he said. “Over time, we will incorporate the technologies they have developed into Daktronics control systems. Our goal is to create a powerful platform for event producers to create a compelling ‘show’ for their fans. We are excited to see our customers take advantage of these new capabilities in future product releases as we continue to make our industry-leading offerings even stronger.”

Zebra Technologies Corporation (NasdaqGS:ZBRA) was ranked 45 on Crain’s Chicago Business® Fast 50 list, which annually features the fastest-growing companies in the Chicago area. The company received accolades and was ranked in other lists featured in a press release from Business Wire today.

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