The Viral Roundup – Duck & Cover Edition
Hello! Welcome to another TGIF go-around of The Viral Roundup. (You better believe we’re always hangin’ with Mr. Cooper on Fridays.) This is your one-stop shop for all the big news, big buzz and big developments headlining in a new day in the world of sports. In today’s edition: Frederik Andersen stands tall, it’s Curry vs. Harden again in Oakland and the Cards can’t solve Jacob deGrom.
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A triple OT loss couldn’t break the spirit of the Ducks. Bruce Boudreau’s squad bounced back in Game 3 to edge out a 2-1 road win in Chicago. Anaheim netminder Frederik Andersen was solid between the pipes with 27 saves and Ryan Getzlaf notched a pair of helpers on the path to victory. The Blackhawks could not convert on any of their five power play chances, but the Ducks made good on their only man advantage opportunity of the night. Chicago will look to even the series at 2-2 on Saturday night. By the way, last night’s result was the first time the Hawks have dropped a postseason home game this year.
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- Thursday night featured another thrilling Warriors/Rockets playoff clash. Golden State stepped up and escaped with a 99-98 Game 2 win. Rockets star James Harden nearly changed the outcome before the final buzzer sounded, but was stymied by the Warriors D. Speaking of Harden, both he and banged up big man Dwight Howard provided a combined 57 points and 27 rebounds for Houston in a losing cause. Reigning league MVP Steph Curry came up big for Golden State with 33 points. Golden State holds a 2-0 series lead over the Rockets as the series shifts to the Lone Star State for Game 3 tomorrow.
- Here’s some goodish news for Hawks fans that are freaking out over DeMarre Carroll’s knee injury: There’s no structural damage. The official diagnosis is that Carroll’s left knee is sprained The Atlanta forward left Wednesday’s Game 1 loss early due to the injury and is still listed as questionable for tonight’s matchup.
- The Cardinals are now the property of Jacob deGrom. The Mets starter was in complete control on Thursday afternoon holding St. Louis to only one hit over eight innings in a 5-0 clubbing at Citi Field. Lucas Duda did his part by going yard twice in the victory and racked up 4 RBI in the process. The Mets now move on to Pittsburgh to start a series with the Pirates and the Cardinals will spend their Memorial Day weekend doing battle with the Royals.
- Consider the Marlins swept. Arizona pulled out a tight 7-6 win over Miami yesterday and completed a four game sweep in the process. Cliff Pennington scored the winning run for the Diamondbacks in the top of the 8th. The result sticks new Marlins skipper Dan Jennings with another loss and his first career win as a manager will have to wait for another day. Miami will host Baltimore tonight and Arizona travels home to start a set with the Cubs.
- Madison Bumgarner walked away victorious in yesterday’s marquee pitching showdown. The 2014 World Series MVP outdueled Clayton Kershaw to help provide a 4-0 Giants shutout triumph over the Dodgers. (San Francisco came in as a +127 home underdog.) Bumgarner pitched 6+ innings of L.A. blanking baseball, but he also went yard off of Kershaw. The Giants successfully swept their NL West rival this week and move on to Colorado to battle the Rockies. The Dodgers will try to get back to their winning ways tonight as they host the Padres.
- James McCann is Detroit’s latest walkoff hero. The Tigers catcher went yard in the 11th to hand the Astros 6-5 matinee defeat. Houston clawed their way into an extra innings position after trailing 5-0 heading into the 7th, but the final score will only reflect that Detroit earned the W. Both teams will square off again tonight in Motown.
- Baltimore squeaked by Seattle on Thursday afternoon. J.J. Hardy knocked in the winning run in the 8th to push the Orioles to a 5-4 home victory. Steve Pearce socked a grand slam in the opening frame for the O’s to help establish some run support. Baltimore take on the Marlins this weekend and the Mariners host a set versus the Toronto Blue Jays.
- Former Rangers manager Ron Washington is returning to Oakland. The A’s have hired Washington to work as an instructor with the club. Oakland needs all the help they can get seeing as they currently hold the worst record in the Majors.
- The New York Jets say Geno Smith will be their starting QB heading into this season. This proclamation from offensive coordinator Chan Gailey quiets talk that Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick might battle in camp for the position. The 24-year-old pivot has tossed 25 TDs and 34 interceptions in his two years in the NFL and ranks 30th in the league in completion percentage during that timespan.
- The Buffalo Bills will be without sack machine Marcell Dareus for Week 1 action. The Pro Bowl defensive tackle will be serving a single game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The discipline comes following a 2014 arrest where Dareus was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. (The charges were later dropped after the Bill entered a pre-trial program.) Dareus racked up 10 sacks over 15 games last season and led DTs in that category.
- Wondering how oddsmakers see Saturday’s UFC 187 main events? Wonder no longer! At the moment, UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman is listed as a strong -500 favourite to remain undefeated in his bout versus Vitor Belfort. (“The Phenom” is saddled with +350 underdog status according to Vegas.) In the night’s other major fight, UFC Light Heavyweight title contenders Anthony Johnson and Daniel Cormier have far less of a betting gulf between them. Johnson comes in as an Even pick and Cormier is seen as a -130 wager. The belt is currently vacated due to the situation surrounding Jon Jones. The winner of Cormier/Johnson will become the new champ.
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