The Viral Roundup – Sympathy For The Blue Devils Edition
Howdy! Welcome to the April 7, 2015 go-around of The Viral Roundup. We’re your daily booster pack of sports info that features all of the big stories, scores and distractions headlining the world of jock talk. In today’s edition: Duke captures another NCAA title, Winnipeg scores a valuable W and Major League Baseball gets back into the swing of things.
Did You Hear?
Coach K has done it again. In a thrilling NCAA Championship showdown, Duke’s freshman talents pushed the Blue Devils to a 68-63 win over fellow #1 seed Wisconsin.Tyus Jones put 23 points on the scoreboard andJ ustise Winslow provided 11 points and 9 rebounds to bring Duke their fifth national college hoops crown. Mike Krzyzewski’s squad battled back from a nine point deficit on their path to victory. Will Duke be able to reload after their fantastic freshman leave for the NBA? We’ll have to wait and see on that.
Did You See?
What will it take to get you to pony up $99 to see Mayweather/Pacquiao in high definition? HBO and Showtime are hoping their new ad can nudge you into buying the PPV if you weren’t already. In a very boxing pay-per-view-y 30 second spot, we’re given both world famous pugilists traveling down an empty road to meet one another in Las Vegas. “All roads end here,” proclaims the voiceover guy while politely neglecting to mention that said roads were really really really long and had a number of detours along the way. Oddsmakers currently have “Money” Mayweather as a -210 wager.
Did You Know?
- After a thrilling (if renovation hampered) start on Sunday night, Major League Baseball shifted into full-on Opening Day mode. Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t wrong about seeing a dip in his velocity. The Blue Jays hammered Tanaka (who was mostly a stranger to the mid 90s yesterday) five runs in the third inning and emerged with the 6-1 final score at Yankee Stadium. Drew Hutchison stood tall on the mound for Toronto, giving up only three hits over six innings and walking away with the W. It was an afternoon of mixed feelings for Yankees fans as Alex Rodriguez returned to the lineup after a suspension axed 2014. A-Rod was greeted with cheers and served as one of the bright spots for the Pinstripes. Rodriguez had a single and a walk from the DH position.
- The Twins were no match for the pitching mastery of David Price on Monday afternoon. The Tigers southpaw only gave up five hits and offered zero walks in his start against Minnesota, guiding Detroit to a 4-0 home win. It wasn’t exactly the start new Twins skipper Paul Molitor was hoping for, but it should be noted that Detroit were favoured as a -165 bet going in to yesterday’s action.
- Royals fans should be pleased. After an offseason where Kansas City was picked apart for not looking likely to return to the Fall Classic, the Royals opened their season with a whopper 10-1 clobbering of the White Sox. Alex Rios looked great with a homer among his three hits and Yordano Ventura kicks off his 2015 campaign with a win.
- You have to feel for Max Scherzer. The Nationals starter took a no-hitter into the sixth but wound up exiting the game with the L. Lucas Duda’s two run single helped push the Mets to a 3-1 win over their division rival. Bartolo Colon is still alive and playing ball. He collected the win for New York and ranks as the oldest starter (he’s 41) on Opening Day in nearly a decade.
- The bats of Baltimore were on full display on Monday as the Orioles socked three dingers to beat the Rays 6-2. Joe Maddon’s no long the skipper in Tampa, so this was the debut of Kevin Cash in the manager’s role. Chris Tillman earned the win for Baltimore and gave up a meager four hits over 6+ innings pitched.
- The Dodgers are already the reaping the benefits of their new stars. Jimmy Rollins hit a three run homer in the eighth to push L.A. to a 6-3 win over the new look Padres. Adrian Gonzalez also socked a round-tripper in the Dodgers win.
- FEAR THE ROCKIES! That’s a bit much, but Colorado’s offense was in full bloom on Monday. Wait! Wait! Let us finish! The Rockies racked up runs… ON THE ROAD! That’s right, Colorado absolutely throttled the Brewers 10-0 in Milwaukee. 3B Nolan Arenado had an impressive outing collecting three hits (including a homer and a double), three runs and four RBI. Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse was yanked in the fourth after giving up eight earned runs.
- The Jets left zero points on the table in their Central Division showdown with the Wild. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 32 shots and Blake Wheeler and Drew Stafford provided the goals in a 2-0 triumph over Minnesota. The win lifts Winnipeg to a mere two points back of Minnesota. The Wild have been a nasty slide of late, losing their last three contests. Minnesota will look to turn their fortunes around tonight against the mighty Chicago Blackhawks.
- The Kings couldn’t lock down a much needed win in Vancouver, but they at least escaped with a charity point. The Canucks edged out the defending Stanley Cup champs 2-1 thanks to shootout heroics from Christopher Higgins. Higgins put the puck past Jonathan Quick while Eddie Lack shut the door on Kings forward Marian Gaborik to seal the win. The loss drops L.A. outside of the final playoff spot, looking up at the Jets who hold a one point Wildcard lead. The upside for Los Angeles? They’ll have a chance to collect two points tonight against the lottery bound Edmonton Oilers.
- Even when Buffalo wins, they lose. The Sabres missed out on clinching the worst record in the National Hockey League courtesy of a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Sabres goalie Anders Lindback stood on his head making 49 saves versus the Canes. Upcoming clashes with Columbus and Pittsburgh can still guide Buffalo to ultimate bottomfeeder status.
- Brooklyn and Portland went toe-to-toe in the only game on the NBA slate. The Nets strengthened their grip on the #7 position in the East with a 106-96 home victory over the Trail Blazers. (The Nets were favoured by six and a half going in.) Brook Lopez continues to turn out quality game after quality game. Lopez scored 32 points and 9 rebounds in the Brooklyn win.
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