The Viral Roundup – State Control Edition
Happy Monday! We trust your weekend went well. (We can close the blinds if you have a whopper hangover courtesy of said good weekend.) Settle in another for another go-around of The Viral Roundup. We’re your daily one-stop shop for all the big news, big buzz and big developments grabbing headlines in the world of sports. In today’s edition: Overtime rears its head once again in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Wawrinka topples Djokovic in the French Open final and the Jays score a walkoff winner at Rogers Centre.
Did You Hear?
The Playoffs: Where comebacks are thwarted, the officiating is controversial and overtime’s becoming a habit. King James notched a triple-double (39 points/16 rebounds/11 assists) to lead the Irvingless/Loveless Cleveland Cavaliers to a 95-93 OT victory in Oakland over Golden State. The Warriors rallied from a late game deficit, but couldn’t finish the job in the extra frame. Reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry had an off night with poor shooting (see: a 2 for 15 stat line from Three Point Land) that was exacerbated by stifling Cavs D from Matthew Dellavedova & Co. The victory marks the first ever NBA Finals win in Cavaliers history and splits the series at 1-1. Game 3 takes place in Ohio tomorrow night and Golden State won’t be thrilled with this stat: Cleveland have won 26 of their last 28 home games.
Did You See?
The clutch shots in last night’s Warriors/Cavaliers showdown weren’t just kept to the competitors. Golden State’s spectators could boast a way better shooting percentage than their team on Sunday. One Warriors fan nailed a halfcourt shot basket that netted him a BMW. The accuracy is amazing. Give it gander!
Did You Know?
Novak Djokovic will have to wait until 2016 for another crack at completing the career slam. The world’s #1 ranked men’s tennis star was bested by Stanislas Wawrinka. The Swiss star won the French Open courtesy of a 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 bout that featured some spectacular skill. Wawrinka has another major title under his belt thanks to a 2014 Australian Open victory over Rafael Nadal. Did you miss Wawrinka’s moment of triumph? Don’t worry. You can relive the magic below.
- The battle for the Stanley Cup shifts to the Second City tonight as Chicago hosts Tampa Bay. The Blackhawks head into Game 3 as a -160 moneyline favourite to break the 1-1 series tie. Will Ben Bishop be back between the pipes for the Bolts? It’s unclear what prompted Tampa’s starter to leave Game 2 twice on Saturday and coach Jon Cooper’s been mum on the reason why. (Theories range from knee problems to the flu.) Backup Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all five shots in relief.
- Will Glen Sather be back in Manhattan next season? There’s a bit of buzz that Sather, the president/GM of the New York Rangers, is undecided if he’s going to continue on in the role he’s held since 2000. It’s believed that if Sather steps down from his current duties, he’ll still remain with the franchise in some capacity.
- The Toronto Blue Jays are red hot of late and you can add another W to their win streak. Toronto (the one and a half run home favorite) entered the bottom of the 9th down 6-4 and escaped with a 7-6 victory. Chris Colabello knocked in the game-tying and game-winning run with a single off Luke Gregerson to give the Jays their fifth straight win and extend Colabello’s hitting streak to 17 straight games. Houston find themselves going in the opposite direction having lost four straight.
- CC Sabathia was tossed from Sunday’s tilt versus the Angels, but that couldn’t stop the Yanks from scoring a 6-2 tally versus some west coast guests. Sabathia got the heave ho for arguing balls and strikes in New York’s victory over the Angels, a consequence that came after a servicable six innings. Chris Young, Brett Gardner and Jose Pirela all went yard off of Halos starter CJ Wilson who suffered his fifth loss of the season.
- Jay Bruce and Johnny Cuetro were in fine form on Sunday as they powered Cincy to a 4-0 win versus the Padres. San Diego, who came in riding a nifty four game win streak, gave up a pair of homers to Bruce while Cuetro tossed 9 Ks and held the Padres to a meager four runs over seven innings. Next up for the Reds is a set versus the Phillies that starts today. As for San Diego, they’ll be in Atlanta for a four game series with the Braves.
- Gerrit Cole’s magnificant campaign continues on. The Buccos starter pitched seven scoreless innings and improved to 9-2 on the year in Pittsburgh’s 3-0 blanking of Atlanta. (Pittsburgh entered the game as a -144 moneyline favourite.) All the scoring came in the fifth thanks to back-to-back RBI singles from Starling Marte and Jung Ho Kang. The Pirates have been on a monster tear of late, winning 13 of their last 16 contests. Next up for the Pirates? A trip home to face the lowly Milwaukee Brewers.
- Speaking of the Brew Crew, they picked up yet another loss. Minnesota blanked the Brewers 2-0 at Target Field with starter Mike Pelfry contributing eight innings of shutout ball before closer Glen Perkins came in to wrap things up and tally his 21st save of 2015. The Twins currently hold a tenuous one game lead over the Kansas City Royals in the AL Central. KC kept pace yesterday by edging out a tight 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers.
- Sunday marked Day 2 of FIFA Women’s World Cup action and the slate featured a pair of Group B contests. The first game saw Norway absolutely throttle Thailand 4-0 with Isabell Herlovsen scoring a pair in the blowout. Norway offense came across borderline conservative when compared with the second match. Germany decimated Côte d’Ivoire in a 10-0 pummeling. All ten goals in the contest came from a different member of the German national team. Today’s action features a quartet of games, including the United States taking on Australia in Winnipeg and defending champs Japan taking to the pitch against Switzerland.
- Alright, that was fast. The Toronto Argonauts have decided to part ways with former Alabama pivot Blake Sims. The QB threw for 3,487 yards and 28 TDs with the Crimson Tide last season, but was passed over in the draft. Sims had previously tried out with Washington and Green Bay with neither organization electing to sign him. Oddsmakers list the Argos as an 8/1 shot to win the Grey Cup.
- The BC Lions have cut veteran kicker Paul McCallum loose. The 45-year-old CFL staple said he was told by the franchise that he could retire or they would release him. McCallum entered the CFL in 1993 and has played for a handful of clubs (BC, Ottawa, Saskatchewan) with stops in the XFL and the WLAF popping up on his resume too. McCallum was successful on 38 of 42 field goal attempts last season. The Lions are currently saddled with 6/1 odds as a potential CFL champ in 2015.
- The Hamilton Spectator is reporting the Tiger-Cats will be without running C.J. Gable for four weeks thanks to a damaged hand. The USC alum scored four touchdowns in 2014 as both a rushing and receiving threat. The big ol’ Futures board has Hamilton as a 13/2 shot to snag the Grey Cup this season.
- Newly minted Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will not be hanging up the horseshoes this year. The horse’s owner, Ahmed Zayat, told the press that you’ll see American Pharoah race again in 2015. When? That’ll be determined by trainer Bob Baffert.
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