Firstly, I’d like to say Happy Father’s Day to all dads out there. This is your weekend to get spoiled and pampered by all the kids and grand kids.
But what did you do? I hope it was something that involved watching some of the big sporting events that took place this weekend. If you did happen to miss something, don’t worry Aman and I are here to catch you up on everything!
This week is a lot like last week as we are in the middle of several different soccer tournaments that are going on. We have the Women’s World Cup, Copa America, and Men’s U-20 World Cup all taking place this weekend. We will be adding the Gold Cup as well.
We also have Cricket and Golf action this weekend. And then of course, there is the wrapping up of the NBA and NHL Finals that saw two new champions.
Women’s World Cup
Italy moves on after beating Jamaica:
Two teams, two goalscorers, Italy wins 5-0. Cristiana Girelli scored a hat-trick, scoring the first goal from a penalty and the second from a corner. The other two goals came from substitute Aurora Galli, who came on for Valentina Bergamaschi in the second half. Galli’s first goal came from a powerful strike from outside the box and the second came courtesy of a tap-in.
England moves past Correa and co.:
In England’s second Women’s FIFA World Cup game, England managed a 1-0 victory against a strong and fearless Argentina side. Jodie Taylor scored in the 61st minute, but England would have regretted previous scoring opportunities.
Argentina goalkeeper Vanina Correa was the star of the show as she saved, diving to her left, in the 27th minute. And although Argentina’s first shot on target didn’t come until the 75th minute, they tactically did well to restrict England’s flow on the wings, allowing just the one goal of England.
Canada re-routes New Zealand:
Jessie Fleming and Nichelle Prince both scored their first goals of the World Cup in Canada’s 2-0 win over New Zealand.
The first goal took place right after half time, in which Prince set up Fleming for a goal by squaring her up with the ball. The second goal occured the 79th minute after captain Christine Sinclair hit the post. Sinclair herself could’ve gotten a hat-trick as two of her other shots also hit the post. With this win, Canada advances to the knockout stages.
USA in Round of 16 with win over Chile:
Carli Lloyd scored twice as the US beat Chile 3-0 and qualified for the knockout rounds. Despite missing a penalty, Lloyd’s two goal allowed her to set two records: the first to score in six consecutive World Cup matches and the oldest player to score two goals in a World Cup match at age 36. Julie Ertz was the other goal scorer as both the US and Sweden qualified for the next round.
Brazil wins at home vs Bolivia:
In the opening fixture of the Copa America, Brazil faced Bolivia in Sao Paulo and the home side won 3-0. The first half ended scoreless, but in the second half, Barcelona player Phillip Coutinho stepped up as Brazil were without Neymar and scored twice, one from a penalty and the other a header after receiving a cross from former Liverpool team-mate Roberto Firmino. Everton made things worse for Bolivia as Brazil’s third goal came from his shot from outside the box.
Colombia better than Argentina:
The match of the weekend and the shock of the weekend: Colombia beating Argentina 2-0. Despite Argentina having more possession, it was clear that Colombia were dominating throughout, being more dynamic, resulting in a massive win for the Colombians in their first game of this year’s Copa America.
Goals didn’t come until the second half until Roger Martinez shot past Franco Armani from the edge of the box in the 71st minute. Ten minutes later, after seeing a pass from the edge of the box, Duvan Zapata made it 2-0, laying the final nail in the coffin. However, Argentina could’ve at least tied this game as both Lionel Messi and Nicolas Otamendi missed chances from within the box.
Paraguay, Qatar draw 2-2 in first match:
Although it was difficult, Qatar did well in their Copa America debut. Along with more possession and passes, they matched Paraguay in other areas of the field as well. Things originally went off to a bad start as Paraguay were awarded a penalty in the fourth minute, which Cardozo put in the back of the net.
The rest of the half was filled with missed opportunities as Cardozo was denied a goal by VAR and Qatar missed two chances. In the second half, Paraguayan substitute Gonzalez scored from 25 yards out, nearly leaving Qatar out of the competition. However, Qatar’s starman Almoez Ali had tricks of his own as he too scored from outside the box. Qatar found some luck towards the end as Rojas steered a header into his own net, drawing the game for both sides.
Mexico beats Cuba 7-0 in Gold Cup:
Well the Gold Cup is off to a brilliant start as favorites Mexico humiliated Cuba in Pasadena. Of Mexico’s 30 shots, seven went into the net and Uriel Antuna scored a hat-trick for El Tri. By half time, the scoreline read 4-0 and not one of Cuba’s three shots were allowed on target. Wolverhampton man Raúl Jimenez scored twice and Diego Reyes and Alexis Vega each scored one.
Welcome to Pebble Beach, California where we see some of the best Golfers in the world putt it off the tee for their chance to win other Major Title, U.S. Open. This year’s winner was Gary Woodland as he edged Brooks Koepka (-13 to -10). Woodland made the transition from basketball player to Golf player in college and it has finally paid off as he won his first major title.
Rory MacDonald defends his Welterweight title against previously unbeaten Neiman Gracie and picked up the unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) as he looks to advance to the finals of the Welterweight World Grand Prix.
As part of the Bellator card, we also got to see Lyoto Machida defeat Chael Sonnen with second-round TKO punches. Machida relied on a jumping knee to the face that floored Sonnen following up with hammer strikes to force the stoppage.
This defeat lead to 42-year-old Sonnen laying his gloves down in the center of the cage to signify his retirement after a 22-year career.
In a Heavyweight bout between Tyson Fury and Tom Schwarz, Fury made quick work with a second round TKO.
It was a long road for the St. Louis Blues who have had a lot of success getting into the playoffs and making it as far as the conference finals, but never had they made it to the Stanley Cup finals. They also have never won a title until NOW.
After going down 2-1 in the series after an embarrassing 7-2 loss, the Blues found a way to turn it around and won three of the last four games to win the title. They had a scary moment in game 6 when they lost to the Boston Bruins 5-1 and it looked like the momentum was back in Boston’s favor. The Blues managed to hang on and win game 7 with a convincing 4-1 victory and their first ever Stanley Cup title.
Anthony Davis finally traded:
All season long we’ve been talking about Davis and who will trade for him. The Los Angeles Lakers were always the front runners and Saturday night the two sides finally got a deal done.
It’s a steep price for Davis as the Lakers traded Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart along with three first rounder (2019 No. 4, protected 2021,unprotected 2024). This gives the Lakers the other superstar they needed, but it cost them huge.
Read what other moves they might need to consider on Joel’s piece. Also, stick around for an update mock draft as we head into the draft week.
The NBA Finals resulted in another first time winner and the possible end of a dynasty. On Thursday night, we all witnessed the last NBA game ever in Oracle Arena as the Golden State Warriors lost the straight Final games their to close it out.
The Warriors have won three of the last four NBA Champions prior to this year. They were looking to become the first three peat champions since the 00′-02′ Los Angeles Lakers. Fortunately for the NBA world, the Toronto Raptors and Kawhi Leonard won’t having it as they took a quick 3-1 series led and lost game 5 by one point.
But game 6 in Oracle, the Raptors knew they had to close it out and went the help of the continuously great bench play of Serge Ibaka and Fred Van Vleet, they did just that. Of course, Klay Thompson left the game with an ACL injury and the Warriors fought all the way down to the timeout that wasn’t.
I say timeout that wasn’t because during the final seconds of the game with the Warriors down one, Draymond Green called for a timeout that the team did not have and it resulted in a technical free throw and possession for the Raptors as they closed out the game to win 104-100 and pick up their first NBA championship in their first ever appearance.
West Indies can’t stand up to England:
Despite West Indies playing in fine form in the World Cup, beating Pakistan and nearly beating Australia, this big matchup between the West Indies and England went well in England’s favor.
West Indies were unable to get going, batting first at a big ground in Southampton. West Indies could only score 212–would’ve been less if it wasn’t for Nicholas Pooran’s 63(78)–as Jofra Archer and Mark Wood took three wickets a piece.
However, England’s best was yet to come. Despite losing both opener Jason Roy and captain Eoin Morgan due to injuries, England adapted and won by eight wickets. Joe Root scored yet another century and Chris Woakes helped with his 40(54) at number three.
Finch too much for Sri Lanka:
Australia continued their fine form after their victory against Pakistan by wiping out Sri Lanka at Taunton in Wales. Australia scored 334, 153 of those runs being captain Aaron Finch’s. In the second innings, Sri Lanka was unable to get going despite a resistant 97 from captain Dimuth Karunuratne. Mitchell Starc’s form only got better as he picked up four wickets and Kane Richardson added his three.
Amla, de Kock wins match for South Africa:
Despite a good start, Afghanistan were bowled out for just 125. Rashid Khan was Afghanistan’s highest scorer with his 35(25) and the openers managed a 39-run partnership. But Imran Tahir found success in the form of four wickets on a spinning pitch at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. In the following innings, South Africa saw Hashim Amla return to form as he scored 41 and Quinton de Kock continue to bat well, scoring 68.
Pakistan all over the place against India:
Despite winning the toss and fielding first, India, lead by Rohit Sharma, scored 336 in the first innings. Along with Sharma’s 140, Virat Kohli chipped in with 77 before he walked off, thinking he edged the ball to the wicket keeper when in fact, he didn’t. Mohammad Amir’s three wickets for Pakistan kept India under 350 as Hardik Pandya departed for 25 and MS Dhoni for one.
Pakistan looked like they were going to have a good start to their batting innings, but after Bhuvneshwar Kumar was injured, Vijay Shankar’s first ball swinged in onto the pads of Imam Ul-Haq and he was dismissed for seven, out LBW. Fakhar Zaman played a careful, yet brute knock of 62 as he and Babar Azam managed a century partnership. But after those two were dismissed, it was all over for Pakistan. Zaman miscued a sweep shot and was caught out and Azam was left astonished as Kuldeep Yadav bowled a wonderful delivery, spinning in from outside off-stump, crashing into the stumps.
Mohammad Hafeez hit Pandya for a six on his second ball but then fell victim to him later, being caught in the deep by Shankar. The following ball, Pakistan’s most experienced player, Shoaib Malik, was bowled on his first ball. After a rain delay, Pakistan needed an impractical 130 runs from just five overs, and India went on to win by 89 runs.
Also don’t forget to vote for the MLB All-Stars as voting ends at the end of the month. Make sure your favorite player gets the votes so they can make it into this year’s All-Star game.