The Viral Roundup – Love Done Gone Edition
Hello! Welcome to our Thursday 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: Kevin Love will test free agency, the NHL talks expansion and the Blue Jays edge out the Rays in a low scoring affair.
Did You Hear?
If the Cleveland Cavaliers want Kevin Love back in the lineup this fall, they’ll need to strike up a new deal. The UCLA alum has opted out of the final year of his contract to test out free agency. It’s believed that Cleveland will try to re-sign the all-star who had a mixed go of things in his first year as a Cavalier. (An injury in the playoffs also injected some gloom into the end of his campaign.) As you can probably guess, the Lakers and Celtics are pursuing the newly minted free agent. You can’t but wonder if the Cavs are having some serious trader’s remorse after dealing away future Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins to get Love.
Did You See?
Josh Donaldson has been an absolute joy to watch in 2015. The Toronto Blue Jays third baseman’s highlight reel has gotten even more illustrious thanks to an amazing catch he made in the 8th to help perserve starter Marco Estrada’s (doomed) perfect game versus the Tampa Bay Rays.
Estrada was perfect right up that Donaldson catch but was tagged for a single on the next play by Logan Forstythe. Toronto (a one-and-a-half run road underdog) was knotted at goose eggs with Tampa until the top of the 12th when Chris Colabello launched a solo jack that proved to be the game-winning run in a 1-0 Jays extra innings win. The Rays currently hold a slim one game lead over the Yankees in the AL East with Toronto sitting two games back.
Did You Know?
- What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas. NHL commish Gary Bettman says the league is open for business when it comes to expansion opportunities. There’s no guarantee the league will go ahead with awarding any new teams, but 2017-18 appears to the first season where there could be a new franchise. Las Vegas currently ranks as the most likely expansion hopeful with Seattle and Quebec City further down in the rankings. The NHL has also approved a new regular season OT system that will feature 3-on-3 play instead of 4-on-4 play in the five minute sudden death period. Just like it is now, a tie after the extra frame will result in a shootout and the system does not apply to the playoffs. The coach’s challenge has also been approved for use in 2015-16.
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