The Viral Roundup – Absent Aldo Edition
Hello! Welcome to a thrilling Canada Day 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 new day in the world of sports. In today’s edition: UFC 189 sees a major change to the main event, the Kings will not be plucking a college coach and it’s time for this summer’s free agency shopping spree to begin.
Did You Hear?
One of 2015′s most anticipated fights is not going to happen. Featherweight champion Jose Aldo will not be in the main event of UFC 189 and he’ll be replaced with Chad Mendes. The change isn’t too much of a surprise seeing that Aldo’s rib injury during training was the talk of the MMA world. This change pits Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes against each other in what’s now an interim title fight. July 11′s UFC card also boasts a welterweight championship showdown between titleholder Robbie Lawler (a +145 underdog) and Rory Macdonald.
Did You See?
In honour of Canada Day, we thought we’d pluck something out of the archives for your viewing pleasure. What could be more Canadian than hockey players struggling through an air band rendition of a corny motivational song? Behold the majesty of the 1986-87 Calgary Flames in the music video masterpiece “Red Hot.”
Did You Know?
- Ladies and gentlemen, the free agent supermarket is open for business. The NHL begins its orgy of spending and signing today with GMs trying to do their best with a weak market for big name talent. Mike Green, Paul Martin and Mike Riberio are the biggest names amongst an underwhelming crop. The real excitment might come from franchises that still have the draft weekend itch to make some trades. Yesterday featured Brandon Saad getting dealt by the Blackhawks (along with Alex Broadhurst and Michael Paliotta) to Columbus in exchange for Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp and a fourth-round pick in 2016.
- The NBA also opens up shop for free agency and the marquee names are must more impressive than its hockey league cousin. LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol and Kevin Love are your headline athletes, although LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are also technically available. Both James and Wade are considered super likely to re-sign with their respective clubs, but how wild would it be if Wade came to Cleveland? Some oddsmakers consider the Cavs an 11/4 wager to capture 2016′s NBA crown.
- Here’s your daily “things are a mess in Sacramento” update. Kentucky coach John Calipari has shot down rumours that he could be leaving the Wildcats to guide the hapless Kings. There’s been rumblings that Sacramento owner Vivek Ranadive is thinking of axing coach George Karl over their disagreement on if DeMarcus Cousins should be traded. (Cousins played in Kentucky, for what it’s worth.) The Kings are currently listed as a herculean 150/1 shot to win next year’s NBA title.
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