With the GHSA “Dead Week” out of the way the Charlton County Indian and Maiden athletes are back to work for the final grind until their respective seasons begin. 

The Indians begin conditioning practice on July 25, and go out in full pads beginning August 1, in preparation for their season opener at home, against Frederica Academy, August 23. 

The Maidens will play multiple summer league games leading up to the July 29 official first day of practice. The Maidens won’t have much practice time before they open up the season on August 3 at Brunswick. 

The Bethune Braves football team is also gearing up as they began their workouts this week preparing for the Tyrone Jones Classic in Camden County on August 10. 

While struggling a bit at the plate to open up his pro-baseball career, L.J. Talley did come through with a bases-clearing double in a game last week to provide the difference of a 6-3 win for the Lansing Lugnuts. 

The Connecticut Sun had a week off to regroup after dropping three games in a row. But the Minnesota Lynx extended that streak to four games on Saturday. Courtney Williams scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the loss. 

Jack Gowen has picked up one win and a save in four appearances for the Savannah Bananas of the Coastal Plain League, a summer league for collegiate players. 

The final big name of the NBA’s free agent pool announced their decision last week. Kawhi Leonard, who led the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA title, will be heading west to play for the Los Angeles Clippers. He will be joined by Paul George who was traded to the Clippers by the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

The Atlanta Braves head into the All Star break with a six-game lead in the National League East. Their 54-37 record is the second-best overall in the National League, only trailing behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

The Jacksonville Sharks continued to roll as they claimed their 10th-straight win Friday night when they defeated the Orlando Predators, 76-30. The Sharks defense intercepted a league, tying six passes during the game. Jacksonville will stay on the road once more as they travel to play the Massachusetts Pirates Saturday. 

At the inaugural 3M Open in Minnesota, 20-year-old Matthew Wolff eagled the 18th hole to claim a one-shot win over Bryson DeChambeau and Collin Morikawa. DeChambeau had eagled the same hole just prior to take a short-lived lead. 

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona was postponed one day due to rain but on Sunday in just his third NASCAR race, 20-year-old Justin Haley was victorious when rain and lightning cut the race short with thirty three laps remaining. 

The United States women’s soccer national team defeated England in the semifinals of the World Cup, and then on Sunday, knocked off The Netherlands, 2-0, in the finals to win for the second-straight time. 

The big story out of the first week at Wimbledon was the play of 15-year-old Coco Gauff. She knocked off Venus Williams in the opening round and also won her second-round matchup to reach the round of 16.