Crimson Tide Roll Call: July 7, 2019

Christopher Walsh

Today is …

National Father Daughter Take a Walk Day

Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener

55 days

Did you notice?

• Former Alabama soccer player Merel van Dongen will play for the Netherlands against the United States in the championship game of the World Cup (10 a.m. CT, Fox).

• Former Crimson Tide tennis player Alexa Guarchi and mixed-doubles partner Andreas Mies got a chance to play on Centre Court at Wimbledon, but took a 6-4, 6-1 loss to the high-profile team of Serena Williams-Andy Murray.

• Softball pitcher Montana Fouts threw a three-hitter as the U-19 Women’s National Team defeated the No. 4-ranked team in the world, Puerto Rico, 3-0, at the USA Softball International Cup. It’s the first time the U.S. U-19 team has earned a spot in a medal-round game in the tournament that used to be called the World Cup of Softball. It’ll play for the bronze, while the Women’s National Team will face Japan for gold. Fouts allowed no runs on three hits and no walks in seven innings. For the tournament she's given up just one earned run in 16.2 innings.

• Guard Kira Lewis Jr. was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and hit all three of his 3-point shots to finish with 11 points, three rebounds and two assists over 15 minutes as Team USA defeated Lithuania in the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2019 semifinals in Greece, 102-67. The Americans will face the tournament surprise Mali, which upset France in the other semifinal, on Sunday (12:30 p.m. CT, ESPN+)

• We’ll have an update on this tomorrow:

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

July 7, 1982: Saying he had a commitment as the defensive backs coach for the Dallas Cowboys, Gene Stallings turned down the head coaching job with the Birmingham Stallions of the new United States Football League. Stallings said that he would have enjoyed being a head coach, but that the timing ''was just not right.''

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

“I'm seldom right, but I'm never in doubt.” — Gene Stallings