The Viral Roundup – California Dreamin’ Edition
Happy Monday! We trust you’re alert and only midly hungover to start a fresh new week. Welcome to the latest go-around of The Viral Roundup. We’re your friendly one-stop shop for getting caught up on all the big news, big buzz and big developments headlining a new day in the world of sports. If it’s worthing talking, texting or tweeting about, we’ve got it tucked in here. In today’s edition: The Warriors win big in Oakland, Toronto are in eleventh heaven and Chicago preps for a potential Cup-clinching victory tonight at the United Center.
Did You Hear?
You know how everyone was clamouring for Steph Curry to have a monster game in the NBA Finals? That showing has arrived. The reigning NBA MVP put 37 points on the board to lead Golden State to a strong 104-91 win at home and plunk the Warriors into a commanding 3-2 series lead. Even with that remarkable Curry outing, King James managed an even more remarkable night even if it was in a losing cause. LeBron scored 40 points, nabbed 14 rebounds and 11 assists to rack up a triple-double, the sort of total that happens when the rest of the club only scores 51 points in support. Golden State are now only one win away from the franchise’s first NBA title since 1975. Here are two stats that should amp up the hopes of Warriors fans even more: 1) Freshly crowned MVPs (see: Curry) hold a 13-0 record when leading 3-2 in the Finals 2) The Warriors have won the series in nine of the ten times they’ve held a 3-2 lead. The Cavaliers will look to stay alive and push for things to go to a Game 7 tomorrow night in Cleveland.
Did You See?
The puck drops on Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight in Chicago. The Blackhawks hold a 3-2 series lead and are hungry to snap up their third title of the ’10s, while Tampa Bay will look to hang on to push things to a Game 7 back home in the Sunshine State. There’s no word yet on the status of Bolts forward Nikita Kucherov who wound up leaving Game 5 after a collision with Hawks keeper Corey Crawford. If you in a betting mood, you should know that oddsmakers have Chicago as a -170 moneyline home favourite to score Lord Stanley’s Mug tonight. (Lower level tickets at the United Center for can be yours for a tidy $10K on the resale market.) If that’s not enough to get you psyched-up, here’s an awesome playoff hype video the NHL put together for the Finals.
Did You Know?
- Can anyone stop the Blue Jays. Major League Baseball’s lone Canadian squad has tied a franchise record by notching their eleventh consecutive victory. Toronto crushed the Red Sox 13-5 in a contest that saw Ryan Goins go 2-5 with a homer and 5 RBI as part of the bashing in Boston. The Red Sox are currently on a slide of their own: A miserable six game losing streak. The Jays will look to keep their winning ways alive today in an interleague battle versus the Mets. Meanwhile, Boston will play host to the Braves in an evening tilt.
- The Astros had no problem showing why they’re a force to be reckoned with in the AL West. Houston obliterated divison rival Seattle 13-0 in matinee play. Luis Valbuena and Marwin Gonzalez both teed off for homers off the arms of the M’s and Astros rookie starter Lance McCullers pitched five innings of no-hit ball before the bullpen was put in to take things over. Houston exit their three game series with Seattle with two blowout victories to their name, something that appears to signal a turnaround from the club’s recent string of Ls.
- The Twins squeaked out a tight 4-3 win yesterday aftenoon in Arlington. Prized prospect Byron Buxton scored the game-winning run in the 9th when Eddie Rosario brought him home with a clutch double. Outside of scoring the R, Buxton went 0-4 at the plate. Minnesota are working to claw their way back to the top of the AL Central. The Twins are currently sitting one and a half games back of the Royals for that peak position.
- Max Scherzer was pitching a perfect game for the bulk of Sunday’s Nationals/Brewers bout, but a Carlos Gomez single in the 7th ruined those plans. Still, Scherzer racked up 16 Ks and gave up only one hit in Washington’s 4-0 thumping of Milwaukee. That eyepopping strikeout total is the highest the franchise has seen since Bill Gullickson punched out 18 batters back in the Expos era. The Nationals sit a half game back of the Mets (who beat Atlanta 10-8 yesterday) in the chase of the NL East pennant.
- Quick! Name the Colorado Rockies hurler that holds the franchise’s all-time win record. Would you believe us if we told you that Jorge De La Rosa holds that unique distinction? It’s true! The 34-year-old Mexican pitcher racked up his 73rd W for the Rockies yesterday in a 4-1 win over the Marlins and busted out of a stat category tie with Aaron Cook. De La Rosa held Miami to four hits and one win over seven innings and busted up a potential four game sweep by Miami. By the way, the Rockies went into the contest as a +125 moneyline road underdog.
- The Pirates began their three game interleague set against the Phillies with a 1-0 extra innings win, so why not repeat the feat to complete the sweep. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia were locked in a scoreless draw until Bucs infielder Josh Harrison smacked a runner home in the bottom of the 11th to score a walkoff victory. The hit came at the expense of Phillies reliever Jonathan Papelbon who has had his name pop up in a lot of recent trade talk. Pittsburgh’s been playing strong of late, but remain a steady six games back of the NL Central leading Cardinals.
- The Canadian Football League is prepping for the season to officially kick off later this month, which means cuts galore on the path to Week 1. One of the most notable releases to emerge this weekend? Calgary parted ways with veteran reciever Jabari Arthur. The Akron alum has snared in 95 catches for 1145 yards and 6 TDs in a handful of seasons with the Stamps. Calgary are currently listed as a the mostly likely team to win the Grey Cup with a league-best 10/3 odds facing them on the Futures board.
- In “let’s laugh to keep ourselves from crying” news, Sepp Blatter is reportedly mulling over whether or not he will follow through with his resignation plans. A Swiss newspaper says the FIFA prez might not step down after all following the massive corruption scandal that’s plagued his international soccer federation and he could elect to stick around to complete his fifth term.
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