THE NFL off-season continues to bore, MLB is in full swing, the most recognisable soccer leagues have finished their season and the NBA Finals are nearly upon us. That’s last week in a nutshell, but here’s a deeper look in what made headlines last week.
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CHRIS Paul leaving the Clippers is gathering some steam. Their have been strong rumours linking him to the San Antonio Spurs and with the Spurs lacking a star point guard (sorry Tony) this could be a match made in heaven.
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IT’S not every season that 11 All-Star players (with a combined 45 selections) square off in the Finals, but that’s what we are presented with in 2017. With articles/stories already published on Steph, KD, Kevin Love and the story behind each team’s bench stay tuned for the complete in depth preview and the ultimate look at how this series shapes LeBron’s legacy.
REGARDLESS of whether LeBron can finish the job off against the Dubs he has already achieved something no NBA player before him has. With a three late in Game 5 he passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring leader. He needs just five points to become the first player with 6,000 career playoff points.
MICHAEL Vick spent some of the best years of his career as a Falcon. So it makes sense for the former QB to want to retire as an Atlanta Falcon now that he has decided to hang up his cleats. Vick is trying to sign a one day contract with Atlanta so he can make his dream come true. The Falcons are yet to comment.
I was disappointed to see Victor Cruz leave the Giants in the off-season, but I understood why it had to be done. The wide out won’t thinks he has ‘plenty left in the tank’ after signing a contract to catch passes from Mike Glennon and join the Chicago Bears. Or will it be Mitchell Trubisky slinging him TD grabs?
THE mound was the right place to be last week with stud starters Stephen Strasburg throwing 15 strikes against the Padres, Max Scherzer tossing 13 K’s also against the Padres (I’m seeing a trend here) and Masahiro Tanaka joining the 13 strike club against the Oakland Athletics.
MVP favourites from both leagues made headlines yesterday for all the wrong reasons. Mike Trout from the LA Angels is out for 6-8 weeks with a torn ligament in his thumb. It’s the first time that Trout has been placed on the DL in his career. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is going to miss the next few games too, but for a very different reason. After being struck by a Hunter Strickland pitch on Monday, Harper stormed the mound with both players exchanging blows as benches emptied. The result was a four game suspension for Harper while Strickland copped six games.
LOOKING at team success, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers continue to chalk up W’s along with Toronto who are back at their run scoring best, while the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers have won just one game each in the past week.
ARSENAL are the new FA Cup champs after they defeated Chelsea over the weekend. An Aaron Ramsey goal in the 79th minute was the difference as Arsenal extended their record with a 13th victory.
AFTER 25 years of playing for A.S. Roma, Francesco Totti has hung up his boots. 619 appearances and 250 goals later the legendary Italian retires from the Serie A with a slew of records to his name and will go down as one of the all-time greats.
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EVEN though they failed in the Premier League this season Manchester United were able to gain Champions League qualification by winning the Europa League final against Ajax. Their finish 5th on the table was the lowest finish since 2013-14.
APPARENTLY Ronaldo dodged a jail sentence by paying $7 million of outstanding tax payments. Allegations surfaced earlier in the week that the Real Madrid star had evaded paying $15 million euros ($23 million) between 2011 and 2014.
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ANGELIQUE Kerber’s French Open collapses continue as the world #1 dropped out of the 2nd major of the season in the first round. I had predicted she was due for an early exit, but to go out in straight sets of round one was still a shock.
AT UFC Fight Night in Stokholm Glover Teixeira and Alexander Gustafsson squared off with the winner claiming the right to face either Jon Jones or Dan Cormier after their fight at UFC 214. Not only did Gustafsson claim the honour, he dropped the knee proposing to his girlfriend in the middle of the octagon.
GAME 1 of the Stanley Cup is in the books with the Pittsburgh Penguins taking the 1st match, inching a step closer to defending their title. The 2016 champs will try to go up 2-0 on Wednesday night.