Today in the Ticker: A bit of “What might have been” MLB news, the latest men’s World Cup news, and more.
- A historical nugget that we may have covered before, but just in case: The A’s were close to moving to Denver in 1978, and the Giants were set to play half of their home games in Oakland. The Giants confirmed they would wear caps without the interlocking “SF” logo for those Oakland games. Of course, none of this happened — though we’re still talking about the A’s moving. (From @jaynow71)
- New alternates for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League.
- France men’s F Kylian Mbappe has been shown hiding the Budweiser logo on the World Cup’s Man of the Match trophy because Mbappe doesn’t endorse alcohol, junk food, or sports betting companies.
- All of Spain’s players except their goalkeeper had centered crests at their men’s World Cup match yesterday. (From Josh Kail)
- At the end of the Spain/Morocco men’s World Cup round of 16 match, the TV feed showed the scorebug for the Croatia/Brazil match. Croatia and Brazil don’t play each other until Friday. (From @BurnerGSmith)
- Maserati’s new Formula E team revealed its first livery. (From our own Jamie Rathjen)
- The Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League will retire F Kevin Finneran’s No. 11 in January. The team will wear jerseys that night that take elements from the last two incarnations of the Wings. (From @MichaelMPH)
- Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York receives a red cap from teams every time he attends a sporting event. The red, of course, references the color all cardinals wear. (From Jorge Cruz)
- Tennessee athletics is selling a bunch of team gear at an on-campus inventory sale next week.
- Some streetlights in cities across the world are turning purple. Reader Josh Sandin surmises that “they’re just messing with Uni Watch.”
- With Charles III replacing Queen Elizabeth as the UK’s monarch, the Queen’s Plate — North America’s longest continuously run horse stakes race — is changing its name to the King’s Plate. (From Andreas Papadopoulos)