Welcome to the roundup of must-see sports news from Tuesday, highlighted by a look at the top 50 most valuable sports franchises in the world.
We also will span the top sports headlines including the tragic death of a 28-year-old boxer who passed away Tuesday from injuries he sustained from a bout last week.
All this and more as we get you up to speed with the sports world on this Wednesday.
HOW ‘BOUT THEM COWBOYS: Dallas Tops Forbes Magazine’s Annual List of Most Valuable Sports Teams
The Dallas Cowboys reign as the most valuable sports franchise in the world continues, as Forbes Magazine’s annual list ranked them No. 1 for a fourth consecutive year.
According to the magazine, the defending NFC East champions are worth $5 billion, when you take into account earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.
The New York Yankees are up three spots to No. 2 this year, with a value of $4.6 billion. The Bronx Bombers’ attendance rose 10% last year to 3.5 million, which was the highest mark for the Yankees since 2012, according to the Forbes article.
Rounding out the top five are soccer teams Real Madrid at No. 3 ($4.2 billion) and Barcelona at No. 4 ($4.02 billion), and the New York Knicks at No. 5 ($4 billion).
In 2012, Manchester United was the only team worth more than $2 billion, but that number has grown to a remarkable 52 teams across sports that are currently worth $2 billion.
The NFL reigns supreme on the list with 26 of their 32 teams in the top 50. Forbes reports that NFL media-rights deals paid more than $260 million per team last season.
See the full list of teams here.
Boxer Maxim Dadashev Dies From Injuries Suffered From Friday’s Fight
Junior welterweight boxer Maxim Dadashev passed away at the age of 28 on Tuesday due to brain injuries he suffered from a grueling 11-round fight with Subriel Matias this past Friday at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
The previously unbeaten Dadashev faced Matias in a 140-pound world title elimination fight, where the winner would be awarded as the mandatory challenger for the belt. Matias dominated the bout, forcing Dadashev’s trainer Buddy McGirt to stop the fight after the 11th round. With Dadashev sitting on a stool in his corner following the 11th round, McGirt pleaded with him to stop the fight but Dadashev shook his head to disapprove. Seeing the condition his fighter was in, McGirt took action and stopped it anyway.
“I saw him fading, and when he came back to the corner, my mind was already made up,” McGirt said. “I was just asking him out of respect, but my mind was made up. I wasn’t going to let him go out there.”
Dadashev, who began boxing at the age of 10, collapsed before making it back to the dressing room and was transported to the hospital where he had a two-hour emergency surgery for a subdural hematoma (bleeding on the brain). He was placed in a medically induced coma to allow time for the brain swelling to go down.
Dadashev’s widow, Elizaveta Apushkina, issued a statement via a hospital spokeswoman:
“It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of my husband, Maxim Dadashev,” she said. “He was a very kind person who fought until the very end. Our son will continue be raised to be a great man like his father. Lastly, I would like to thank everyone that cared for Maxim during his final days. I ask that everyone please respect our privacy during this very difficult time.”
Dadashev’s manager, Egis Klimas, paid tribute to the boxer on his Instagram page:
MUST-WATCH PLAY: Aaron Hicks Saves the Day for the Yankees With Incredible Game-Ending Catch
The top teams in the American League East and Central divisions engaged in one of the wildest regular-season games in recent memory on Tuesday night, and it ended in epic fashion.
Trailing 11-10 and down to their last out, the New York Yankees were rescued by outfielder Aaron Hick’s two-run home run to take the lead back. However, in the bottom of the ninth, the Minnesota Twins rallied, tying the game at 12 off of closer Aroldis Chapman.
The Yankees would take a 14-12 lead into the bottom of the tenth inning where the Twins loaded the bases with two outs. The Twins’ Max Kepler then launched one into the left-centerfield gap, which looked like it could be an extra-base game-winning hit, but Hicks came sprinting into the gap and made an amazing, diving catch to end the game.
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WHAT’S ON TAP IN THE SPORTS WORLD
MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
The Red Sox have caught the Rays in the Wild Card standings and will look to surpass them with a sweep on Wednesday afternoon. Both Boston and Tampa Bay sit two games back of the second wild card position, currently occupied by the Oakland Athletics.
When: Today, 12:10 p.m. ET
CYCLING: Tour de France
Riders will take on the 17th of 21 stages on Wednesday, with the top six separated by a little over two minutes.
When: Today, 6 a.m. ET
GOLF: World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
TPC Southwind in Memphis will host this week’s World Golf Championship event, which was previously held at Akron’s Firestone Country Club. Forty-six of the world’s top 50 players have committed to play in this week’s no-cut event, including Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and defending champion Justin Thomas.
When: Thursday, 2 p.m. ET
TV: Golf Channel
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