The Viral Roundup – Houston Rock It Edition
Howdy! Welcome to the latest go-around of The Viral Roundup, the internet’s friendly one-stop shop for all the big news, big buzz and big developments headlining a new day in the world of sports. In today’s edition: The Astros come out on top versus the Royals, Bo Ryan plans to retire after next season and the Stars see a future for Niemi between the pipes.
Did You Hear?
The Astros and Royals went cleat-to-cleat on Monday night in a battle of AL powerhouses. Houston (a -123 moneyline home favourite) thumped Kansas City 6-1 and snapped their guest’s four game winning streak. Chris Carter and Jose Altuve both went yard for the AL West leading Astros and starter Lance McCullers wowed with a strong seven inning performance. McCullers exits June with the lowest ERA for a Houston rookie since Darryl Kile in the early 90s. This three game set rolls on with matchup #2 tonight at Minute Maid Park.
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Did You Know?
- The Dallas Stars have inked their new goaltender to a three-year pact. Recently traded ex-Shark Antti Niemi will be paid around $4.5 million a season and will guard the goal with fellow Finn Kari Lehtonen. Niemi went 31-23-7 last season with a 2.59 GAA. The Stars are currently listed as a 60/1 wager to win the Stanley Cup next summer.
- Is Miami losing another superstar? Dwyane Wade has elected to become a free agent this summer and has opted out of the final year of his deal with the Heat. Wade was key in all three of Miami’s NBA championships and there’s always the possibility he’ll return to the team after looking at what the market offers him. The franchise was hoping to have Wade stick around as part of a run at 2016′s bumper crop of free agents.
- The Bo Ryan era at Wisconsin will (likely) come to an end this spring. The 67-year-old coach announced that he’ll retire after this upcoming season and declared that he’s like assistant Greg Gard to take over the role once that time comes. Ryan’s had a stellar run as the university’s men’s basketball coach with a pair of back-to-back Final Four appearances to his name in the last two years. Wisconsin is currently listed as a 50/1 shot to win the national title in 2016.
- After a leave of absence to deal with unexplained “personal matters,” defensive end Michael Sam has returned to the Montreal Alouettes. It’s unclear when or even if Sam will join the lineup as a regular starter.
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