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In case you forgot about sports this past weekend, or can’t remember much of it due to the excess celebrating, here is your Monday recap: (in order of relevance…)
First off, Spain defeated Italy in the UEFA finals. You should already know this, unless you live in some random Eastern European country like Ukraine or Poland – oh, wait a second…Moving on… Spain’s dominance over Italy showed once again why the best are the best. A clear cut 4-0 score that broke records sounds boring,
just like the Spanish team, yet somehow the final was still fun to watch, even after the quick two goal jump in the first half. As this was going on, Tiger Woods quietly shot a conservative two under par without any bogeys to land his 74th career victory. — Sidenote: The soccer game was on ESPN, yet no updates for golf? Where’s the love? — This win for Tiger allowed him to pass Jack Nicklaus for career wins; not a bad milestone for a struggling athlete, huh? Next up was Wimbledon, which is still in early enough rounds to seem unimportant. What’s that? Half of the known tennis athletes have been eliminated already? Sharapova was ousted this morning? But it is still tennis…so we continue. X-Games 17 came and passed in the night, with the biggest news consisting of a rally cross crash that resulted in a broken ankle. Lastly, and because there is so much more time to cover this, NBA and NHL free agency truly began. Fortunately for you, I won’t waste your time because, hey, the season isn’t for another couple of months so we would probably forget any trades going on now.
**Reminder: Baseball still exists, the All-Star Game is this weekend**
With the media obsessing over the NBA Finals, it feels like basketball was the only sport in season ever since the playoffs began. Almost surprisingly, other sports did not stop to watch Lebron win his first ring. If you were one of the many fans caught off guard by this, here’s a quick catch-up on what you’ve missed: I’ll Have Another (yes, a horse) won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, only to miss Belmont and a chance for a Triple Crown; No-hitters became habitual in the MLB (Thanks to the Seattle Mariners, Matt Cain, Johan Santana, Philip Humber, and Jered Weaver); Rafael Nadal is officially unstoppable on clay after a dominating performance at the French Open; Tiger Woods won the Nicklaus invitational, only to fall so short in the US Open that a 17 year old made more noise on the course; The LA Kings won their first Stanley Cup in 6 games. (Yes, that’s it for the NHL) Oh and Europe is going crazy at the EUFA Cup – a tournament so ‘important’ that flares must be thrown onto the pitch. And boxing? Between the two biggest stars (Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao) one is sitting in a jail cell while the other was just stripped of a prime-time victory. OK, let’s catch our breath. Maybe this wasn’t so quick. Either way it is time to wake up from our NBA dream. The NBA season is all but over and it is
unfortunately now time to wait eagerly for the Olympics and re-teach ourselves how to be entertained by the MLB and Soccer. Best of Luck!
Terrell Owens is back from knee surgery and wants everyone to know he is ready to play some football. The free agent held a workout Tuesday in Calabasas, California, to show potential prospects that he is in good form and in great condition to play ball. Unfortunately, no teams showed up, however, T.O. was smart to televise his workout and spread the news on ESPN and the NFL Network. As of today, Owens’ agent said no NFL team has yet to show interest, but nevertheless, he and Owens are confident a team will come forward. Despite NFL, an Arena League has shown interest in the wide receiver. “I definitely feel there are some teams out there that are interested,” said Owens to ESPN. Last season with the Bengals, T.O. caught 72 passes for 983 yards. It’s not his greatest season, but it’s not bad either.
33-year-old English race car driver, Dan Wheldon, died Sunday from a fatal crash on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the IZOD IndyCar World Championship. The oval-shaped, 1.5-mile track has been widely criticized for driver-safety concerns. Because of its short length, drivers are turning in quick succession at high speeds. Sunday’s tragedy involved a 15-car pileup in the 11th lap. The husband and father of two sons was airlifted to the nearby University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead due to blunt force trauma to the head. IndyCar drivers Pippa Mann, J.R. Hildebrand, and Will Power also suffered injuries from the crash, but were released from the hospital and expected to make full recovery. On Monday, drivers took to the Las Vegas speedway to honor the two-time Indy 500 champ with a 5-lap memorial. Tony Kanaan won the pole by default. He was leading the race prior to the accident with a speed of 222.078 miles per hour.
Jered Weaver will appeal his 6 game suspension handed down by MLB senior vice president for trying to throw at Alex Avila’s head on Sunday. Leading up to the ejection, Weaver barked at Magglio Ordonez who took his sweet time rounding the bases. Carlos Guillen soon followed with his 2nd homerun and eyeballed Waver as he was trotting around the bases. Jeff Weaver then threw at Avila’s head to send a message immediately being ejected. Hitting a batter after that display isn’t uncommon in baseball. “The problem with the sport’s unwritten rules is that…they’re unwritten.” Justin Verlander said while laughing. Later in the game Erick Aybar put down a bunt attempt to lead off the 8th inning while Verlander was trying to complete his second no hitter this season. Verlander went on to state that most pitchers would call Aybar’s tactic “bush league.” The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim skipper, Mike Scioscia was also suspended for one game.
The Bulls are going to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2008. This will mark the first time the Bulls have played in the finals since Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Phil Jackson were together. The Hawks suffered a 93-73 loss in Thursday night’s Game 6 against the strong defense of the Chicago Bulls. Chicago shot 53.2% from the floor with 34 assists and the Hawks with less than 20. Critics, by far, are calling last night’s game the Bull’s best game of the playoffs. The Bulls will now play the Miami Heat on Sunday, going up against the star studded trio as the underdogs, even though the Bulls won the most games during regular season. Not only did the Bulls win more games than any other team, but they defeated Miami each game they played this season. It’ll be an exciting Heat/Bulls series with MVP Derrick Rose sharing the court with Lebron James, whom many thought should of won the MVP. James calls himself “King” while Rose is known as humble.
The Heat defeated the Boston Celtics 97-87 in Game 5 on Wednesday night, eliminating the Celtics from the 2011 NBA playoffs. The Heat move on to the Eastern Conference Finals to play the winner of the Chicago/Atlanta series. In an exciting game that looked as though the Celtics might take it home, the force of Wade and James became unstoppable. Wade scored 34 points, Bosh 14 points and James added another 33 points to the overall score. Between Miami’s Big 3, they scored 75 points, which is no wonder they’re known as the triple threat. In the remaining 4 minutes 28 seconds of last night’s game, the Heat had racked up a 16-0 jump start and rallied to the occasion. The Heat won the best of seven series, 4-1. It’s a big victory for the Heat and a wake up call to the Celtics, who have dominated the Eastern Conference for the last 4 years.
Phillies are down 2-1 after Tuesday night’s game against the Florida Marlins. The pitcher’s duel continues as both Halladay and Johnson threw a game that could have went the other direction. Halladay walked the Cy Young Award winner, Josh Johnson, in the third inning which gave way to a Marlins rally-the first time Halladay walked a pitcher in his major league career. Halladay impressively threw eight innings and only gave up five hits while Johnson pitched seven innings, allowed one home run, walked 3 batters, and striked out seven. Johnson came close, many times, to defeat with bases loaded in the third inning, but magically grounded out Pete Orr.
The Heat and Celtics tied 4th quarter with 86 points for Game 4 and went into overtime Monday night. Heat walked off the court with a slamming 98-90 win over the Boston Celtics giving the Heat a 3-1 lead in the series. If the Heat win Wednesday night’s game, the Celtics are out of the playoffs and the Heat move on to possibly repeat the 2006 Championship with the Mavs. Monday night’s Game 4 for the Thunder and Grizzlies went into a triple overtime, making it one of six longest playoff games in NBA history. Thunder take home the win with 133-123. The 2-2 series moves back to Thunder territory Wednesday night and becomes a best-of-three game.