The Viral Roundup – Wounding The King Edition
Greetings! Welcome to a special TGIF go-around (shout-out to Sabrina Spellman) of The Viral Roundup. We’re your friendly one-stop shop for all the big news, big buzz and big developments headlining a brand new day in world of sports. In today’s edition: The Warriors even up the NBA Finals, Scott Kazmir leads Oakland to victory and the world says farewell to The American Dream.
Did You Hear?
Golden State has picked up this impressive habit of not dropping three games in a row this year. It’s a feat the Warriors have managed to pull off all regular season and playoffs long and they kept that trend going last night. Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala both scored 22 points apiece to lead Golden State to a 103-83 Game 4 pummeling of the Cavs. Iguodala was superb guarding LeBron James who had a rough night (by King James standards) that included a nasty cut sustained in the 1st half. It’s a big deal that the Warriors squared up the series 2-2. No team that’s gone down 3-1 in the NBA Finals has come out the other side with a title. Oakland will play host to Game 5 on Sunday night.
Did You See?
Are you eating right now? If you are, please finish up what you’re doing and return once you’re done. You won’t want to be gorging on breakfast burritos when you see this clip of retired rugby star Ben Ross breaking his arm on national television. Ross was engaged in an arm wrestling match against fellow rugby dude Wendell Sailor when the gross moment aired live on Australian TV. It’s the audio that really sells the nastiness. Let the cringing begin!
Did You Know?
- Will Ben Bishop be back between the pipes on Saturday for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals? The Bolts aren’t saying, but Lightning coach Jon Cooper has shared that you’ll see their starting goalie again before the series is through. The public continues to starved for details on what’s ailing Bishop and his absence from the net in Game 4 only raised more eyebrows. Tampa Bay and Chicago are tied at 2-2 going into this weekend’s tilt in the Sunshine State. Here’s diehard Hawks fan CM Punk cutting a promo on Lightning supporter Hulk Hogan in a clip that will get you psyched up even more for Saturday.
- TSN is reporting that the city of Glendale is already looking to book dates for the Gila River Arena later this year. The city voted to cancel their contract with the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday, a move that prompted the Coyotes to threaten legal action. The messy situation raises tons of questions about what will become of the Coyotes in 2015-16 with speculation about relocation attached to the pondering.
- The Reds were saddled with some miserable injury news yesterday. Shortstop Zack Cozart is done for the season after tearing ligaments and the biceps tendon in his right knee on Wednesday. It’s projected he’ll be out of commission for 9 months with surgery taking place on Monday. The infielder sported a .258 average in 2015 with 9 homers and 28 ribbies.
- Atlanta (a -120 moneyline home favourite) could not keep the Padres down yesterday. San Diego battled back from a three run deficit in the 8th to push their NL tilt to extra innings and eventually secure a 6-4 win. Yangervis Solarte provided a based loaded RBI single in the 11th to bring home a pair of runs and give the Padres the W. The two clubs split the four game series and will no their separate ways. The Braves head to the Big Apple for a set against the Mets while San Diego hosts a trio of contests against their NL West rivals from Los Angeles.
- The Mariners bats were pretty much just for show on Thursday. Seattle was held to a meager two hits in a 6-0 matinee thumping courtesy of the Cleveland Indians. Starter Shaun Marcum was on the mound for the bulk of that blanking getting 5 Ks over seven innings. The contest also featured Giovanny Urshela cranking his first home run in the majors. Speaking of round-trippers, Seattle team leader in that category, Nelson Cruz, was out of the lineup once again due to back spasms.
- The Rangers looked to gain some ground on the freefalling Astros, but Scott Kazmir was in no mood to play nice. The A’s southpaw pitched eight innings of one-hit ball in a 7-0 thrashing of Texas. The Athletics busted out big in the 8th to turn a 1-0 lead into a robust 7-0 total powered in part by taters from Mark Canha and Josh Reddick. (The win also snapped Oakland’s four game losing skid.) A road series versus the Angels is next up for Oakland and the Rangers will look to bounce back in their home set against the Twins.
- FIFA Women’s World Cup action was back on the pitch after a day of rest. Thursday’s four game slate kicked off with a competitive Group B showdown that featured Germany and Norway battling to a 1-1 draw in Ottawa. (The highlight of the match? A marvelous free kick goal from Norway’s Maren Mjelde in the 2nd half.) Speaking of draws, Commonwealth foes Canada and New Zealand played to a scoreless tie in Edmonton with Canada looking a bit more shaky in this tourney than advertised. The extra time heroics of Wang Lisi provided China with a valuable 1-0 triumph over the Netherlands. Finally, Cote d’Ivoire improved on their weekend’s 10-0 loss to Germany with a much tighter 3-2 loss at the hands of Thailand.
- You won’t see Adrian Peterson rush against an opposing team until Week 1 of the regular season. The Vikings have indicated that their returning running back will not be participating in preseason games. This decision is actually business as usual for AP and Minnesota. Peterson hasn’t played a preseason snap since 2011. Oddsmakers peg the Vikes as a 33/1 shot to win the Super Bowl this season.
- Evan Mathis is done in Philly. The Pro Bowl guard had been embroiled in a contract dispute with the Eagles that included skipping OTAs. The franchise has now released the man that’s been a fixture on the left side of the offensive line since 2011. The 33-year-old may see his share of suitors, although coach Chip Kelly has previously told the press that the club recieved no interest when Mathis was on the trading block.
- It’s been teased/threatened and now the first preview of Rob Gronkowski’s appearance on Celebrity Family Feud has bubbled up online. In the fifteen second clip, there’s little in the way of Gronk spiking, but there is a category asking for examples of things that can be inflated or deflated. (There’s also a glimpse of something that’s either Gronk trying to twerk or he’s having a seizure.) The series begins later this month.
- Elsewhere in Pats tight end news, the club has elected to waive Tim Wright. The Rutgers alum caught 26 passes and scored 6 TDs for New England in 2014 and was considered a candidate to located behind Gronkowski and Scott Chandler on the TE depth chart. The Patriots are currently saddled with 17/2 odds to repeat as Super Bowl champs. The current frontrunner on the Futures board? The Seahawks at 6/1, trailed by the Packers at 7/1.
- Mexico City plays host to Saturday’s UFC 188 card. The marquee matchup? That’d be the title fight that pits heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez against #1 contender Fabricio Werdum. Oddsmakers have Velasquez as a -525 favourite. Saturday’s action also includes a lightweight bout with Gilbert Melendez (a -175 favourite) battling Eddie Alvarez.
- Pro wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes has passed away at age 69. The three-time NWA champion ranks as one of the most charismatic performers to ever enter the squared circle and his mark on the wrestling business was unmistakable. Instead of blabbing on endlessly about his accomplishments, we’ll just focus the spotlight on The American Dream’s amazing “Hard Times” promo from 1985.
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