Thursday, July 12, 2018

#PlaybyPlay - Croatia Defeats England to Advance to First Ever #WorldCup2018 Final, Williams Reaches 10th #Wimbledon Final, Dan Martin Takes Stage Six of Tour de France #TDF2018, Hartford Gets Pro Soccer Team

#PlaybyPlay - Croatia Defeats England to Advance to First Ever #WorldCup2018 Final, Williams Reaches 10th #Wimbledon Final, Dan Martin Takes Stage Six of Tour de France #TDF2018,  Hartford Gets Pro Soccer Team

Stocks discussed: (NYSE: $MANU) (NasdaqGS: $ZUMZ)

Point Roberts, WA, Delta BC –July 12, 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.

July 12 Play by Play – the latest sports headlines, esports and sports stock news

Croatia Defeats England to Advance to First Ever World Cup Final, Williams Reaches 10th Wimbledon Final, Dan Martin Takes Stage Six of Tour de France and Hartford Gets Pro Soccer Team

Croatia will advance to play in the the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final against France following a victory over England 2-1 after extra time yesterday. England opened the scoring with a free-kick from Kieran Trippier, but lost momentum when Croatia’s Ivan Perisic tied it up. Mario Mandzukic’s extra time goal seal England’s fate and gave Croatia their first-ever spot in the FIFA World Cup Finals. quotes Croatia team reporter Vjekoslav Paun:

Croatia keep dreaming! Vatreni showed themselves and the world what they are capable of. They produced their best performance of the tournament right when they needed it most, showing their deep reserves of strength with another victory from a game that went to 120 minutes. Despite a quick England goal just five minutes from the start, Zlatko Dalic's side turned it around. France, are you ready?

Serena Williams defeated German player Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-4 to advance to her 10th Wimbledon final today. Williams will face another German, Angelique Kerber, who beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 today. ESPN reports that Williams was surprised by the win.

"It's crazy. I don't even know how to feel," Williams said after the match. "I literally didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back in 16 months. I just feel like when I don't have anything to lose, I can just play so free. That's kind of what I'm doing."

The men’s singles semi-finals will be tomorrow, where Spain’s Rafael Nadal will play Serbian Novak Djokovic and American John Isner will face off against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson.

The Telegraph reports that Irish cyclist Dan Martin has won stage six of the Tour de France. This is the second Tour de France stage Martin has won following a stage nine win in 2013.

Hartford, Connecticut is getting a pro soccer team as part of the United Soccer League expansion, according to local outlet the Hartford Courant. The team will be called Hartford Athletic and they will play at Dillon Stadium, which has $10 million worth of state funds to spend on renovation.

Manchester United Announce Partnership with Kohler Co. and Zumiez Release June 2018 Sales Results

Stocks discussed: (NYSE:MANU) (NasdaqGS:ZUMZ)

Manchester United (NYSE:MANU) announced a multi-year global partnership with Kohler Co., a global lifestyle brand headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin. Richard Arnold, Manchester United’s Group Managing Director commented on the partnership:

“It is a pleasure to welcome Kohler to the Manchester United family as a principal partner and our first shirt sleeve sponsor for both the men’s and women’s teams. Our shirt is much more than what we wear, it embodies the passion of our fans and their allegiance to the club.”

Zumiez Inc. (NasdaqGS:ZUMZ) has reported its June 2018 sales results. According to the report, the total net sales for the five-week period ended July 7, 2018 increased 6.0% to $76.5 million, compared to $72.2 million for the five-week period ended July 1, 2017.

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