The Viral Roundup – Royal Pain Edition
Did You Hear?
The Kansas City Royals live to fight another day. The defending AL champs, a +125 moneyline underdog on Monday, valiantly fought back from a 6-2 deficit in the 8th to defeat Houston 9-6 and tie their series at 2-2. The Royals exploded for five runs in the 8th frame and closer Wade Davis turned in a magnificent two inning performance to lock down the win. The series now shifts back to Kaufman Stadium where KC will host Houston in a Game 5 showdown where the winner advances to the ALCS.
Did You See?
Craving the return of the NBA? Don’t worry, we all are. It’s an absolutely jampacked sports landsape at the moment (MLB playoffs, football’s in full swing, hockey’s back), but there’s always room for the best basketball league in the world. The NBA, which will tip-off its regular season on October 27, has crafted some heartstring-tugging videos to get you hyped for another campaign. Check out one of the clips below. By the way, oddssmakers list Cleveland as the most likely 2016 NBA champs at 11/4 odds.
Did You Know?
- The Toronto Blue Jays have battled back from two games down to knot up their series with the Texas Rangers. David Price gave up three earned runs over three innings in a relief appearance but exited with the win as Toronto doubled up Texas 8-4. Toronto teed off on Texas starter Derek Holland for six runs and chased him off the mound early in the third frame. The final game in the series goes down tomorrow night in Toronto with the line showing the Jays as -170 home favourites.
- The Cubs made the most of their first home game since 2008. Chicago, a -215 moneyline home favourite, thumped St. Louis 8-6 at Wrigley Field. Jake Arrieta notched his second win of the postseason for the Cubbies and the club enjoyed a barrage of homers from Kyle Schwarber, Starlin Castro, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Jorge Soler and Dexter Fowler in the victory. The Cubs can clinch the series this afternoon in today’s Game 4 tilt.
- The New York Mets are one win away from reaching the NLCS. The first post Chase Utley incident showdown between the Mets and Dodgers ended with a 13-7 final score. Yoenis Cespedes had a spectacular night going 3-5 at the plate with a homer among those hits. Can the Mets wrap up the series at 3-1? Citi Field will see New York host Los Angeles tonight.
- Le’Veon Bell stretched out to score the winning touchdown with no time returning to give Pittsburgh a 24-20 Thursday Night Football victory over San Diego. The Steelers rushing superstar ran 111 yards in the win which saw Mike Vick still at the helm as Pittsburgh’s QB. It looked like San Diego might have had the game sealed with under three minutes remaining thanks to a Josh Lambo 54-yard field goal, but Steeltown battled back with a late drive that had Pittsburgh earning the W.
- Steve Sarkisian has been fired from his position as head coach of USC after initally being put on leave to deal with personal issues. The original order for a leave of absence was made by the school after Sarkisian showed up intoxicated to team facilities this weekend. Offensive coordinator Clay Helton will take over head coaching duties for the 3-2 Trojans on an interim basis. Helton’s first test will come on Saturday versus Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are favoured by a field goal in that contest.
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