The Daily Outkick: Wednesday, July 3, 2019

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Angels Return To The Field, Bearing Grief For Tyler Skaggs ‘Like A Punch To The Heart’ (New York Times) The Los Angeles Angels chose to get back on the diamond to play the Texas Rangers, and to cope, a day after Skaggs was found dead in the team hotel.

Nike Defends Pulling ‘Betsy Ross’ Shoe And Sparks A National Debate (Wall Street Journal) “Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision,” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey wrote in a string of messages on Twitter. “I am embarrassed for Nike.”

The U.S. Women’s National Team Is Fearless. (Washington Post) It Showed Again In A Win Against England.

Trump Wants ‘Successful Conclusion’ To Census Citizenship Question Case (New York Post) President Trump revealed that he’s instructed the Justice Department and Commerce Department to do “whatever is necessary” to get a citizenship question on the 2020 census

The Knicks’ Rebuilding Process Continues To Eat Its Own Tail (The Ringer) The best way for most franchises to reconstruct is to sign a megastar or two, but New York isn’t most franchises.

Lee Iacocca, Father Of The Mustang And The Minivan, Has Died (Axios) The hard-charging Iacocca was the United States’ most famous CEO and corporate pitchman in the 1980s.

Rays’ Outrageous Montreal Plan Only Exists To Get New Stadiums Built—Again (SI) The latest ploy by the Rays and Major League Baseball to get a new stadium built might be their clunkiest effort yet.

Kaepernick-Nike Shoe Saga Proof NFL Kneeling Not About Police Brutality — ‘He Opposes Honoring The Flag’ (Breitbart) Rush Limbaugh argued that Kaepernick’s opposition to Nike’s Betsy Ross footwear was proof Kaepernick’s kneeling was not about alleged police brutality but animosity toward the American flag.

Why Hasn’t Kawhi Leonard Made His Decision Yet? Here Are 5 Theories (For The Win) Kawhi Leonard is still a free agent, which has NBA fans biting their nails as they wait to see if he will choose to stay with the Toronto Raptors or sign with the Los Angeles Lakers or Clippers.

Summer Box Office Meltdown: Why The Movie Business Is Running Scared (Variety) Only Disney has reaped big profits while its rivals falter. The studio has fielded the four biggest movies of the year so far and controls nearly 40% of the Stateside market share.

Four Biggest MLB All-Star Snubs (The Big Lead) During a time of celebration and outrage towards the players who did and did not qualify, let’s take a look at four of the biggest All-Star Game snubs.