The Viral Roundup – Miracles Of The Bishop Edition
Greetings! Welcome to the Tuesday go-around of The Viral Roundup. We’re your daily one-stop shop for all the big news, big buzz and big developments headlining the world of sports. If it’s worth tweetings/texting/talking about, we’ve got it tucked down below. In today’s edition: Ben Bishop shuts the door on the Blackhawks, PK Subban pops up for some road hockey and prized prospects get snapped up in the MLB Draft.
Did You Hear?
Not only was Ben Bishop back between the pipes for Tampa Bay, but he backstopped the Bolts to a valuable Game 3 victory. Bishop made 36 saves in Tampa’s 3-2 edging of Chicago, although there was no explanation for what’s been ailing the keeper. The clubs traded goals at the United Center until Cedric Paquette in the game-winner with a little over three minutes remaining. Lightning blueliner Victor Hedman put in a stellar performance that included two assists and had coach Jon Cooper singing his praises to the press. The Bolts now hold a 2-1 series lead and improve to 8-3 on the road during this playoff campaign. The Hawks will look for sniper Patrick Kane to step up his Stanley Cup Finals play. #88 has been held to zero points and a -2 plus/minus rating in the series. Game 4 goes down tomorrow night in Chicago.
Did You See?
Even the staunchiest of Hab haters have to admit deep down that PK Subban’s a ridiculously likable guy. Recently the Canadiens blueliner hung out with some kids to sneak in a bit of street hockey in suburban Montreal. It’s the stuff grade school legends are made of.
Did You Know?
- Game 3 of the NBA Finals goes down tonight in Ohio. Cleveland and Golden State are knotted at 1 in the title series with the Warriors entering the contest as a slim one point road favourite. Cleveland’s sporting a handsome 6-1 record at home in the postseason, but Golden State’s 5-2 road total has its merits too. Who knows? Maybe we’ll get a third state overtime showdown? To get you psyched up, here’s a Cleveland weatherman losing his mind over the officiating in Game 2.
- It’s not exactly as thrilling or glamourous as its NBA, NFL or NHL cousins, so you can be forgiven for overlooking last night’s MLB Draft. With the first overall pick, Arizona selected Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson. Houston also used their top pick to snap up a shortstop in the form of LSU’s Alex Bregman and snapped up high school outfielder Kyle Tucker at the #5 spot. Back to the shortstop role call: Colorado may have scored #1 value in selecting Florida high school SS Brendan Rodgers. The Texas Rangers nabbed the draft’s first pitcher by picking up UCSB right hander Eric Longenhagen with the fourth overall pick.
- The Blue Jays are in the proud possession of a six game win streak. Toronto (a one and a half run home favourite) picked up their latest W courtesy of an 11-3 trampling of the visiting Marlins. The Jays got off to a hot start with six runs scored in the first and Miami starter Brad Hand was yanked from the mound before the frame was through. Josh Donaldson went 2-5 with 3 RBI and Kevin Pillar was 2-3 at the plate with 2 RBI and a stolen base to boot. The two clubs play again tonight.
- Target Field played host to a clash of the AL Central titans last night. The Royals squeaked out a 3-1 victory over the Twins with Jason Vargas holding Minnesota to five hits and zero runs over six innings. The win places both Midwestern clubs in a tie for first at the top of Central standings. Game 2 of the set goes down tonight with Chris Young starting for Kansas City while Minnesota counters with Trevor May on the mound.
- Cincy finally slayed a demon that’s been haunting their dreams for years. Heading into Monday’s game, Phillies starter Cole Hamels boasted a 10-0 record with a sexy 1.45 ERA in 14 games against the Reds, but he left with an L following a 6-4 result for Cincinnati’s favour. Ivan De Jesus and Zack Cozart both socked homers in the win and hurler Mike Leake improves to a 3-4 record on the season.
- The FIFA Women’s World Cup provided a four game slate of action. Monday’s marquee matchup featured the United States and Australia going head-to-head in Winnipeg. America pulled away in the second half with two goals and exited with a 3-1 win. Elsewhere in Group D, Sweden and Nigeria battled to a 3-3 tie. Francisca Ordega’s heroics with 87 minutes left allowed Nigeria to knot things up. Things were far from tight in Cameroon and Ecuador’s Group C tilt. Cameroon scored three times on penalties in a 6-0 pummeling of their South American opponent. In Monday’s lowest scoring affair, defending champs Japan pushed past Switzerland 1-0 thanks to a converted penalty off the boot of Aya Miyama.
- It looks like an investigation into the possible connection between Brandon Spikes’ car and a hit-and-run accident has led to the Pats cutting the veteran linebacker loose. Spikes’ Maybach was found damaged and abandoned arly Sunday morning. The driver of the vehicle told OnStar that they hit a deer, but no deer was found in the area. An incident was also reported in that area of a vehicle being rear-ended in a hit-and-run accident. The Patriots released Spikes early Monday morning with less than a month separated from his surprise signing in May. New England is currently listed as a 17/2 shot to repeat as Super Bowl champs this year.
- Hamilton came out on top in CFL preseason action last night. The Tiger-Cats throttled the Redblacks 37-10 at Tim Hortons Field. Rookie QB Jeff Mathews looked strong with a pair of TDs and 188 passing yards in the 1st half as the Ti-Cats dominated Ottawa throughout the contest.
- The Edmonton Eskimos began their week with some absolutely miserable news. The club’s starting running back John White will miss all of this season courtesy of a ruptured achilles tendon. The 24-year-old Utah alum rushed for 852 yards and collected 182 receiving yards in 2014 while totalling a combined 3 TDs. Rookie Shakir Bell now looks like the team’s new starter for 2015. Edmonton are considered an 11/2 bet to hoist this year’s Grey Cup.
- Iowa State has settled on a replacement for Fred Hoiberg. The new coach of the Cyclones will be Murray State’s Steve Prohm. The new Iowa State hire held a 104-29 record in four seasons guiding the Ohio Valley Conference school and comes to a team that won the Big 12 last year but was bounced early by UAB in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. (Oddsmakers list the school as a 20/1 shot to win the title in 2016.) Hoiberg exited Iowa State this year to nab the Chicago Bulls coaching gig.
- Good news for all the potential Olympians in the crowd. The IOC has added four new events to the upcoming Winter Olympic slate. Coming to Pyeongchang in 2018: Mixed doubles curling, an alpine team skiing event, mass start speedskating and big air snowboarding. (Sorry. No ice boxing this year.) The adoption of big air is accompanied by the IOC electing to drop the snowboard parallel slalom event.
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