The Viral Roundup – The Mighty Bishop Edition
Happy Monday! Welcome to another handcrafted go-around of The Viral Roundup. We’re your daily one-stop shop for all the big news, big buzz and big developments headlining a brand new day in sports. In today’s edition: The Rangers can’t put a puck by Ben Bishop, King James has a monster outing against the Hawks and Juan Pablo Montoya tastes victory (and milk) in the Hoosier State.
Did You Hear?
Ben Bishop had a marvellous night in Manhattan. The Tampa netminder stopped all 26 shots that came his way to lead the Bolts to a 2-0 Game 5 victory at Madison Square Garden. Steven Stamkos contributed a goal and an assist over the sixty minutes and the club is one win away from an invitation to its first Stanley Cup Finals since 2004. A stronger power play showing from New York could have helped their cause. The Blueshirts simply could not convert on any of their man advantage opportunities on Sunday night and they’ll need the PP stepped up for tomorrow night’s crucial showdown in the Sunshine State.
Did You See?
Russell Westbrook has no problem partying like it’s 1989. The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar channeled the magic of Taylor Swift in a brief Instagram video where soaks in some “Bad Blood.” It’s a shame he didn’t pop up in the video. It’s not like there was a cap on celeb appearances in that thing. Anyway, here’s Russell “you know it used to be mad love” Westbrook going all Swiftie with zero shame.
Did You Know?
- All hail King James. Cleveland (a -500 home moneyline favourite) topped Atlanta 114-111 in overtime thanks to a monster performance from LeBron James. LBJ scored 37 points, collected 18 rebounds and provided 13 assists in the Game 3 victory, a matchup that featured Cavs star Kyrie Irving out of action with a knee injury. Speaking of out of action, Hawks big man Al Holford was tossed in the 1st half after a flagrant foul. Cleveland now has a 3-0 stranglehold on the Hawks and can sweep ATL tomorrow night. The last time the Cavaliers made the NBA Finals? You’ll have to go back to the first LeBron era and Cleveland’s 2007 showdown against the Spurs.
- The Cards emerged victorious in their I-70 showdown on Sunday. St. Louis, a 1.5 run home underdog, clubbed Kansas City 6-1 with starter Michael Wacha improving to a dazzling 7-0 record in the process. Matt Carpenter socked his eighth 2015 round-tripper in the win that broke up KC’s opportunity to sweep this interleague series. The Cardinals host Arizona today and the Royals can be spotted in the Big Apple starting a three game set versus the Yanks.
- Francisco Liriano had Mets batters looking goofy all Sunday long. The Pirates hurler collected 12 strikeouts in just six innings as the Pirates pummelled New York 9-1. Pittsburgh superstar Andrew McCutchen went 2-3 with a homer and two runs, while Starling Marte also went deep in this trouncing. The Mets haven’t looked great against NL Central opponents and that’s sent them hurtling back to earth. The club has gone a troubling 4-10 in their recent 14 game run against teams from the Central.
- Brian Dozer went yard twice to give the Twins (a +133 moneyline underdog) a decisive 8-1 win over their AL Central rivals from the Second City. Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson notched 8 Ks versus Chicago’s bats and the club currently sits three games back of the Royals for divisional dominance. White Sox star Jose Abreu hit a solo jack in defeat.
- Edwin Encarnacion added to his power-packed May with a monster shot versus Seattle. The Blue Jays first baseman knocked his eighth homer of the month in Toronto’s 8-2 home thumping of the Mariners. Shoulder trouble kept Jose Bautista out of the lineup for the Jays, a problem that’s been ailing the slugger since the middle of April. Elsewhere in injury talk, Seattle are looking to get outfielder Austin Jackson back from rehab play and into the lineup farily soon.
- Oakland walloped Tampa Bay 7-2 in their matinee bout, but an injury scare took a bit of shine off the victory parade. A’s pitcher Sonny Gray exited the game due to ankle trouble that was caused by a grounder that struck him in the fourth frame. Gray tossed five scoreless innings before getting the hook and Billy Burns socked a tater on a day where he went 3-5 at the office. Oakland moves on to a series hosting Detroit and the Rays will try to stay at the top of the AL East in their home set versus Seattle.
- Ohio is a state with two MLB clubs going in very different directions. Cleveland bounced Cincinnati 5-2 in interleague play and improved to six consecutive wins in the process. Meanwhile, the defeat hands the Reds their eight straight loss. Cincy’s three errors certainly did the unlucky club zero favours. Indians starter Trevor Bauer was marvelous on the mound again, holding the Reds to five hits over 7+ innings. Cleveland will try to keep their streak rolling today against Texas and Cincinnati will try to break their miserable slide versus the Rockies.
- Josh Hamilton’s Texas Rangers reunion becomes a reality today. The returning slugger can be spotted in left field for the club’s matinee showdown versus Cleveland. It’s his first game back with Texas since the Angels traded him back to the Lone Star State.
- Milk does a body good and an IndyCar racer’s résumé even better. Juan Pablo Montoya captured the Indianapolis 500 crown on Memorial Day Weekend with an excellent comeback performance that handed Penske Racing its 16th title at the prestigious event. It was the second time Montoya’s tasted victory at the Indianapolis 500. He previously checked that box back in 2000.
- Premier League action is done and dusted in England. Chelsea, who clinched the title weeks back, gave Dider Drogba a hearty farewell when he exited their game against Sunderland in the 1st half. The Blues won the contest 3-1 and got to formally enjoy the spoils to topping the table. Elsewhere, Newcastle escaped the clutches of potential relegation with a 2-0 win over West Ham. Aston Villa lost 1-0 to Burnley but still enjoyed narrow passage out of relegation danger. Hull wasn’t so lucky. They’re in the drop zone courtesy of a 0-0 deadlock with Manchester United.
- What was the lead story in Sunday’s French Open action? A troubling situation where a selfie-minded fan made his way onto the court for a picture with Roger Federer with zero intervention. The alarmingly lax security approach had Federer incredibly upset. “I’m not happy about it, obviously not one second I’m happy about it,” ESPN reports the tennis star as saying. No one was harmed in the impolite photo-op, but it certainly brings to mind the Monica Seles stabbing incident from 1993. Federer won his first round showdown with Alejandro Falla 3-6, 3-6, 4-6.
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