Embed Code Video Excerpt: How Big Is A-Rod’s Asterisk? Hot Takedown Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (June 23, 2015), we discuss the knockout stages of the women’s World Cup, preview the NBA draft and discuss Alex Rodriguez’s monster season. What do the stats say about his place in history, and how big is the asterisk? Plus, our Significant Digit of the week: Ronda Rousey’s speedy victories.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on this week’s show:Allison McCann on the winners and losers of the WWC group stage.This World Cup may be proving that there’s more parity in women’s soccer than we thought.Kate Fagan’s dispatch from Edmonton, Alberta, after the U.S. women defeated Colombia.FiveThirtyEight ranks the top 50 players in the NBA draft.Nylon Calculus wonders if there’s a simpler way to evaluate rising basketball talent.FanGraphs evaluates A-Rod’s career and what to make of his recent resurgence.Significant Digit: The 1:42 differential between Ronda Rousey’s fastest win and her next opponent’s. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Senate may attempt to pass a short-term continuing resolution (CR) by the weekend and start its recess three weeks early to allow Republicans running for re-election more time to campaign. The early recess would require Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to reach a quick agreement on several issues, including a dispute over funding for Planned Parenthood that has stopped legislation to combat Zika and the fiscal 2017 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill from advancing. Earlier last week McConnell said he was aiming to pass a stopgap that runs through Dec. 9. Senate procedure, though, could make it difficult for the chamber to finish work on a CR by the end of the week, reported CQ Roll Call. If the Senate succeeds in clearing a stopgap and leaves town, the House would be pressured to pass the measure to avoid a government shutdown. Congress needs to pass a CR to keep the government running when the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1.Meanwhile, House Republicans are considering advancing one or more “minibuses,” packages that would include two or three spending bills rather than an omnibus incorporating all 12 titles. At a Friday meeting of the Republican Conference, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) described a strategy of passing national security-related measures by the end of December, while relying on a full-year CR for the remaining appropriations bills.Multiple GOP appropriators disagreed with the idea, however, reported CQ.No decisions were made by the conference as to how to proceed. There appeared to be support, however, to fund the government at the start of FY 2017 through a short-term CR.“The bottom line is to pass a CR into December to give us a chance to pass minibuses,” said House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.). The option of using minibuses to wrap up FY 2017 appropriations is designed to offer lawmakers an alternative to relying on an omnibus, which many rank-and-file lawmakers oppose, Rogers said.“There’s a realization within the conference that an omnibus is likely out of the question,” he said, adding minibuses offer “bite-sized appropriations that we can digest.”