What you may have missed this weekend: 06/13-06/16

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!

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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.

Soccer:

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.

Copa America

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.

Gold Cup:

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.

Golf:

U.S. Open:

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.

MMA:

Bellator 222:

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.

Boxing:

Heavyweight bout:

In a Heavyweight bout between Tyson Fury and Tom Schwarz, Fury made quick work with a second round TKO.

Fury set a quick pace right that the start of the match, firing combinations of jabs that also landed a couple of body shots on Schwarz. Schwarz was uncomfortable right as the match bell rung. Fury now improved to 28-0-1 (20 KOs).

NHL:

Stanley Cup:

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.

NBA:

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.

NBA Finals:

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.

Cricket:

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.

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What you may have missed this weekend: 5/30 – 6/2

It’s already been a week? And it’s already that time of the week to tell you what you might have missed and boy was it a lot to miss. I mean we’ve been talking about it all week long, so I hope you didn’t miss anything from the NHL, NBA, and Champions League.

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Before we get into the news and games that we missed this weekend that we all wish we didn’t miss, let me first talk about some other sports news that might have happened and we didn’t even expect to hear about this weekend. News like a retirement speech from one of UFC’s elite light heavyweights. A surprise early exit out tennis’ French Open. There’s also some MLB news and Aman brings us some more Cricket.

 

UFC:

Alexander Gustafsson confirms his retirement:

It came after a submission loss to Anthony Smith. Smith and Gustafsson are two of the best light heavyweights. After the match ended with 2:38 of the fourth round during the Friday Night main event. It was the biggest win of Smith’s 11-year career. Gustafsson confirmed after the fight that he will retire.

“It feels like I don’t have it in me anymore, to be honest,” Gustafsson said. “It feels like I do mistakes that I shouldn’t, so I just have the feeling it’s the time now. I don’t want to be a journeyman. I don’t want to do this because I’m getting paid. I just want to do this because I love it and I want to be at the top.”

If Gustafsson hadn’t submitted, he might have lost the bout anyways. Smith controlled the majority of the fight. But let’s look at some accomplishments of Gustafsson. He is one of 11 light heavyweights to win 10-plus fights. The only fighter in UFC history to land 100-plus strikes in two title fights and lose both (Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier). He has also recorded nine knockdowns in light heavyweight fights, 4th-most in division history.

Gustafsson finished his career 18-6 (10-6 UFC) and has lost two straight and four of his last six. With this retirement, expect Gustafsson to fix his home after putting his career first.

 

Tennis:

Serena out of French Open:

It’s been a rough year for Serena Williams and her Tennis career and this past weekend at the French Open was no different. Williams was upset by 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin in straight sets (6-2, 7-5) Saturday. Williams is on a quest for her 24th Grand Slam title and this was another failed attempt as this loss was her earliest loss at a major tournament in five years. The last time Williams was eliminated this quickly at a major came in 2014, when she lost in the second round at Roland Garros and in the third round at Wimbledon.

And this year hasn’t helped Williams this year. In the Australian Open, Williams held a 5-1 lead in the third set until losing 7-5 in the deciding set. During the Indian Wells, Williams retired in the second set of the third-round due to a viral illness. She suffered a knee injury before a third-round match of the Miami Open and withdrew. That same injury caused her to withdraw from a second-round match in Rome with her sister Venus.

Williams has 23 Grand Slam titles, one shy from Margaret Court’s mark for the most in tennis history. Williams is now 37 and she will be looking to pass Court before her career ends. But this tennis surprise was the second significant surprise in a matter of hours as we also saw No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka get eliminated 6-4, 6-2 by 42nd-ranked Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic to end Osaka’s 16-match Grand Slam winning streak.

 

NBA:

NBA Finals:

The NBA finals are underway and it has been everything we expected as the Toronto hosted the NBA Finals for the first time ever. Not only did Toronto host the Finals, but they are in the NBA Finals for the first time franchise history. It was the Toronto Raptors hosting the reigning two-time champions, Golden State Warriors.

The Raptors made game one memorable as they handed the Warriors their first game one loss of the NBA finals during their five-year appearance. Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors to the finals, but it was Pascal Siakam with the career night as he scored 32 points in the Raptors 118-109 win.

Game two was a different as the Warriors battled their way down by 12 points to scored 20 straight points in the third quarter and take control of the game to win 109-104. Unfortunately, the Warriors suffered a lot of injuries with key guys like Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney, and Andre Iguodola. All of these guys are hoping to be ready for game three on Wednesday night.  We also expect the return of Kevin Durant. With the Warriors stealing a home game win from the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard and the North will be looking to get another one.  Who will step up in game three for each team?

 

NHL:

NHL Playoffs:

After winning game two in overtime, the St. Louis Blues were looking to build off the momentum and get game 3 as well. Unfortunately, that was not the case here.

Boston Bruins stars led them to a 7-2 rout of the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Torey Krug (1 goal, 3 assists), Patrice Bergeron (1 goal, 2 assists) Pastrnak and Brad Marchand also added goals as they went a perfect 4 for 4 on four shots during the power play. Bruins goalkeeper Tuukka Rask was also solid with 27 saves.

But Monday night in St Louis is where the Blues look to climb back in it. They just have to control their penalties in this series. The Blues have 17 penalties through the first three games of the finals. They made it this far by being the least-penalized team through the first three rounds. The Blues were also without suspended forward Oskar Sundqvist after his penalty in game two’s win. Sundqvist will be available for the Blues on Monday.

 

MLB:

Braves got 1st home series win vs AL since ’16:

The Atlanta Braves are continuing to get better as a team.  They are one of the youngest teams in the Majors and it’s the young guys doing things they haven’t done in years. In fact, the Braves won their first home series against an American League team for the first time since 2016.

With a tight game, Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson homered and scored three runs. He later scored the tiebreaker on Freddie Freeman’s double in the eighth inning as Atlanta beat the Detroit Tigers 7-4 on Sunday. Swanson has already hit 12 home runs this year (14 last season).

With that win, the Braves took two of three from the Tigers for its first home  series win since 2016 also beating Detroit than.

 

Cricket:

Pakistan falls to fierce West Indian bowling:

True story: I wake up on Friday morning and immediately check the Pakistan score against the West Indies: 74-4. Bad, but not terrible. I get ready for the morning and a few minutes later, Pakistan is 89-9. Yeah, that Shahid Afridi meme about missing Pakistan’s batting innings is somewhat true. It was only thanks to a few boundaries from Wahab Riaz in the end that Pakistan was able to cross 100. The West Indies chased it within 14 overs as Chris Gayle crossed 50, but Mohammad Amir was able to collect three wickets.

Sri Lanka forgets how to bat:

You can’t expect much from Dimuth Karunaratne’s team. In their opening World Cup match against New Zealand, Sri Lanka’s innings were wrapped up for 136, a poor display on Karunuratne’s captaincy debut. Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson both got three wickets and New Zealand chased the target without losing a wicket.

Australia too strong for Afghanistan:

After Afghanistan’s openers fell within the first two overs, Rahmat Shah’s 43(60) and Najibullah Zadran’s 51(49) took Afghanistan to a total of 207. But for Australia, after captain Aaron Finch’s fifty, David Warner came to the show with his 89(114)*, winning the game for the Aussies.

Bangladesh ‘upset’ weak South Africa:

South Africa was given another chance to win at The Oval in London after losing to England, and they messed it up. South Africa had the game in the bag, but a brilliant third-wicket partnership between Shakib Al-Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim took Bangladesh from 75-2 to 217-3. Forty runs from the last few overs exceled Bangladesh to their highest ever One-Day International total of 330-6.

As South Africa lost wickets, their run-rate slowed down and they became helpless in front of Bangladesh’s energetic pace attack. Despite a half-century from captain Faf du Plessis, Mustafizur Rahman’s three wickets were vital as South Africa only managed 309, 21 runs short.

 

Soccer:

Liverpool wins their first trophy since 2005:

And it wasn’t just any trophy. After losing out on the Preimer League title by just one point, Liverpool defeated Tottenham Hotspurs 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League Finals in Madrid on Saturday. In the second minute, Mohamed Salah buried a penalty after the referee deemed Moussa Sissoko handballed. Tottenham was weaker than Liverpool throughout, but finally, in the 87th minute, Divock Origi scored from outside the box to hand Liverpool the Champions League trophy.

Jose Reyes passes away:

Ex-Arsenal player Jose Reyes passed away in a car accident on Saturday. He was a part of ‘The Invincibles’ Arsenal team which won the Premier League in 2004 and made a total of 110 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 23 times. Our thoughts and prayers to all the fans, family and friends from us at Fourth Quarter Sports.

Buy or Sell: Champions League, NBA Finals, and NHL Finals

We are back for our weekly “Buy or Sell,” and this week is championship week for three major sports around the world. Those sports are basketball, hockey, and football.

No, I’m not talking about the National Football League, but instead we’re talking about European football and this Saturday we are set to watch the Championships league final between Tottenham and Liverpool.

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That is not all though, we get to watch the NBA and NHL tip off the finals as we have an NBA first. Thursday night was the first time ever that the NBA finals were played outside the United States. The NBA finals feature the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors as the Raptors were the home team.

The NHL is already two games into the Stanley Cup finals. But it’s an interesting tie after the two games. It also raises several questions for this week “Buy or Sell” as Joel, Aman, and I talk about these three sports.

Aman: Harry Kane will lead Tottenham to a maiden Champions League title?

Rahim: I’ll be selling this one! I mean that fact that it’s been six years and there will be a team from England winning the Champions League is just amazing in its own right! The last six years have been won by either Barcelona, Real Madrid (4), or Bayern Munich. Liverpool was last year’s runner up after losing to Real Madrid 3-1 and I believe that they want it more this year than last year.

Although, it would be nice to see Harry Kane, England native, to win the Champions League title for one of the best English Premier League teams. This would be the absolute best moment of both Kane and Tottenham as it will be the first ever Champions League title for Tottenham.

But like I said earlier, it’s going to be I’m selling Kane because I think that despite their loss last year to Real Madrid, Liverpool will do it.

I think Mohammed Salah will be the deciding factor as he plans to score a goal in the Champions League as it’s been a dream come true.

“I hope it becomes a reality and I score in the final, then win the African Cup of Nations too,” Salah said.

He also hopes that he could actually play the full game this time as he went down with an injury in last year’s title game. I think this will be a close match with both clubs fighting for possession and shots, but Salah’s play and not Kane’s will led his team to victory.

You can read more about Salah in Aman’s article about him here.

Joel: “If the final was tomorrow, I would be fit to play. I feel good. I’m back [training] with the team and there have been no problems so far. I’ve been in full training, doing everything. I’m at a place now where I’m ready to go for any game. The manager will assess it and decide. But so far I feel good and ready.”

Those are the words of Harry Kane. I think there is a lot of concern about his health right now, but from Kane’s perspective, he’s ready to go. I believe Kane will be ready to go and will come out playing great. I’ll buy his great play leading his team to the top.

Joel: DeMarcus Cousins will hurt the Warriors more than help them in the NBA Finals.

Aman: I sell DeMarcus Cousins hurting Golden State Warriors because even though he’s fit, don’t expect him to play a major role in this Finals series.

He’s worked hard to recover and will make the most of what he’s given, contributing to the team. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is aware that Cousins should play, but also knows since he’s just recently rehabilitated from a second injury, he can’t play too many minutes, nor should he. Therefore, even if Cousins plays, he won’t have a large enough impact to change games for Golden State.

Rahim: I will buy this! I am a strong believer in what the Toronto Raptors have done this season and if it wasn’t Giannis Antetokounmpo to be the one to beat the Golden State Warriors, then it’s got to be Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard.

I think Warriors big, DeMarcus Cousins will also help the cause. For a guy as talented as Cousins, he can’t stay healthy and it might cause him a lot of money next season when it’s time to resign. He took a one-year, $5 million deal with the Warriors to win a title, but he’s only played in a third of the team’s games.

Game one of the NBA Finals was his first game back since game three of the first round series against the Los Angeles Clippers. In his return, he played eight minutes with three points and two assists. He even made some costly fouls down the stretch of the game that may have helped Toronto.

Now I think if Cousins was comfortable on the court in Thursday’s game one, we might have seen a different result or maybe not as great of a game as we saw from Marc Gasol and Pascal Siakam. But the one thing we know about the Warriors it that’s even played seasons without Cousins and if they don’t figure it out with him, he could really hurt them in the NBA Finals even if Kevin Durant were to come back.

Rahim: The St. Louis Blues game 2 win without two key players (Robert Thomas and Vince Dunn) will propel them to win the Stanley Cup this year?

Joel: I’m going to sell the Blues being propelled by a win without two key players. It was a nice win for the Blues, but they did have to go into OT to get it done. Winning without key players is always a confidence builder, but how many times can they win if those key players remain out? It’s always that much tougher to win without some of your best guys.

Don’t get me wrong here. I think the Blues have a good chance at winning the series, but I don’t think that specific win will be what gets them there. Everything is different from game to game. One game they could play great without two key guys, and the next game they could play horribly with those guys back.

Every win is great, but it’ll take more than one key win to propel them to a title.

Aman: I could buy seeing St. Louis Blues winning the Stanley Cup Finals. It would be quite a shame for Boston Bruins, who have had a very strong run in the playoffs.

Although the Blues lost the first game and barely won the second, their next two games will be at home, giving them an advantage. Even those first two games, the Blues challenged the Bruins really well. In the first game, St. Louis lost 2-4.

Hockey isn’t like soccer. Hockey is a more high-scoring game and conceding four is acceptable. The problem was only putting two past Boston after an hour of play. If playing at home can fire up the St. Louis team and rally them to play their offensive battle on a front foot, they will appear much more threatening to Boston in these next two games.

There’s definitely a fair chance Blues could go 3-1 up in the series, but no, you can’t write off Boston just yet.

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And there you have it! Now, what do you think?

  • Can Harry Kane lead the Tottenham Spurs to a Champions League title?
  • Will DeMarcus Cousins hurt Warriors more than help in the NBA Finals?
  • Can the St. Louis Blues game two win propel them to win the Stanley Cup this year?
  • Let us know your thoughts in the comment!

    What you may have missed this weekend: 5/23-5/26

    I hope you enjoyed an entire article by Aman last week! I know it was a great read as he had it packed with several different topics. This week, the both of us will work together to bring you up to date on everything that you might have missed this weekend.

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    But before we get you caught up on that, let’s revisit last weekend and the results of one of the major Golf tournaments, 2019 PGA Championship. This year’s winner was Brooks Koepka who scored 8-under par to take the championship for the second year in a row. In 2018, he shot a 16-under and won it too. Unfortunately, Tiger Woods didn’t make the cut. This weekend we don’t have any golf, but we do have one of NASCAR’s major races to keep an eye on. Can Kyle Busch repeat as champion?

    Don’t forget about our weekend recap of the NHL and NBA playoffs as the Finals are finally here and the MLB is continuing to headline certain spots this weekend.

    Aman will once again give you the update on all Soccer and Cricket news as we head into some critical matches this upcoming weekend. Stay tuned for more articles from Aman and I throughout the week as we prepare for another big week in sports.

    So, what did you miss this week? Let’s start with the more difficult news that will be the NBA and the two teams that will face each other in the Finals.

    But before we get started, we have some tragic news to announce that may touch the hearts of many Alabama and Auburn natives. It was confirmed Sunday morning that Rod Bramblett, the radio voice of the Auburn Tigers, and his wife, Paula, died from injuries suffered in a car crash Saturday night in Alabama. This sudden passing will be hard to grief. Auburn’s president Steven Leath said “Our hearts are full of grief. Janet and I offer our sympathy and support to the family of Rod and Paula Bramblett. The Auburn family loves you!”

    Bramblett served as the lead announcer for Auburn football, men’s basketball and baseball since 1993. He was honored as the National Broadcaster of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 2013, in part for his call on Chris Davis’ game-winning 109-yard return of a missed field goal as time expired to beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl. May the Bramblett’s rest in eternal peace.
    There is also more tragic news for Wisconsin’s sports fans. No, I’m not talking about the Milwaukee Bucks losing. I’m talking about the late great Bart Starr and his passing. Starr was a two-time Super Bowl winning champion QB with the Green Bay Packers. Starr was the first quarterback in history to win five National Football League championships. Unfortunately, he passed away Sunday at the age of 85 after being in bad health since suffering a serious stroke in 2014.

    NBA:

    As the NBA Finals appearance and set to tip off on Thursday, May 30, the defending champions were still waiting on their next opponent. That opponent will be the Toronto Raptors after climbing back from a 2-0 deficit in their series with the Milwaukee Bucks.

    With the series tied at two games a piece, game 5 was a pivotal game changer and that we saw in the 3rd quarter. Midway through the 3rd, the Bucks had pulled out to a 14 point lead as Raptors star Kawhi Leonard was on the bench. The moment he checked back in, the Raptors quickly cut into the lead with the help of guard Fred Van Vleet making three consecutive 3’s and give the Raptors the momentum. The Bucks looked lost and their star, Giannis Antetokounmpo, couldn’t find a way to keep his teammates and himself involved as they were missing several shots down the stretch to loss 105-99 at home.

    With the Raptors then leading the series 3-2, the series shifts back to Toronto for game 6 where Drake and the North look to celebrate a conference finals victory after years of difficult times getting by LeBron James. This is a new Raptors team that’s led by Leonard as he scored 27 points with 17 rebounds and seven assists as the Raptors eliminated the Bucks in six games with a 100-94 win. Up next for the Raptors is the Golden State Warriors and we’ll talk about about that in our NBA Finals Prediction piece that’ll be set to come out Tuesday.

    NHL:

    There wasn’t much Hockey news this week after the St. Louis Blues wrapped up their conference finals in six games against the San Jose Sharks this past Tuesday. The Blues have set themselves up for an epic Stanley Cup Finals with Boston Bruins. The Bruins made light work of the Carolina Hurricanes as they swept them off the ice a week and a half ago.

    But this Cup Finals should be interesting as both teams split their two games they have played each. In each of the last four seasons, they have played eight games against each other and each one four a piece. If the Finals are anything like the last eight meetings we will be in for a good Stanley Cup Finals as they face off on Monday night.

    Aside from the Stanley Cup Finals, there is another big game that took place on Sunday. This game is the World Hockey Championship game between Canada and Finland. After two weeks of battling several other Nations, these two have made it to the finals.

    Canada beat the Czech Republic 5-1 on Saturday when Mark Stone scored his tournament-leading eighth goal and Matt Murray made 39 saves. Finland got a 1-0 victory over Russia as Marko Anttila scored midway through the third period. Since Canada’s 3-1 loss to Finland in the opener, they have won eight straight games. Canada won 2-1 in 2016 which was the last time these two teams met in the finals. Canada looked to be the favorite with their recent success, but Finland was lead to a 3-1 victory by Anttila and his two goals.

    MLB:

    White Sox’ got Triple-Play and Grand Slam in same game

    Although this wasn’t a weekend game, it is still something that needs to be recognized. On Wednesday, the Chicago White Sox became the first team in more than four decades to turn a triple play and hit a grand slam in the same game.

    The triple play came in the third inning against the Houston Astros’ as Astros’ outfielder Jake Marisnick hit a line drive to Sox’ 3rd baseman Yoan Moncada with runners on first and second and no outs. The Grand Slam came in the sixth-inning as Charlie Tilson hit a grand slam for his first big league home run. With that performance, the White Sox become the fourth team in the 40 years to have hit a grand slam and turned a triple play in the same game (Tigers-2017, Mets-2002, Blue Jays-1979).

    Jays rookie Biggio gets first hit, homer in majors:

    Here’s a question for all the Baseball fans, do you remember the last time a Biggio played in the major leagues? It was 12 years ago in 2007 when Hall of Fame second baseman, Craig Biggio, walked away from the game. But this past weekend we witnessed a return of Biggio in Toronto. That Biggio was Toronto Blue Jays rookie second baseman Cavan Biggio, Craig’s son.

    Cavan recorded his three first major league hits on Sunday, including a home run. Cavan Biggio was 0-for-6 in the Majors with three strikeouts before he singled to right field in the bottom of the second inning. He homered to right field for his first major league home run in the 4th and singled again in fifth for his third hit of the day and second RBI if the night. Biggio finished 3-for-4 in the Blue Jays’ 10-1 victory. If Cavan is anything like his father, we could have another 3,000 hit guy to add to the list as Craig finished with 3,060 hits in his career.

    NASCAR:

    There is no better way to prepare yourself for Memorial Day weekend without a handful of sports news. But you also have the historic 60th annual Coca-Cola 600 that was held Sunday evening. The Coca-Cola 600 is the longest race in NASCAR and Martin Truex Jr. made it look easy as he took the checkered flag and won his third race of the season.

    Soccer:

    FC Barcelona end season on low note:

    After suffering through the trauma of losing to Liverpool 4-0, Barcelona couldn’t find any consolation as they lost to Valencia in the Copa Del Rey Finals 1-2. Their season was finished within the first half of that game to be honest as Valencia went into the half 2-0, thanks to goals from Kevin Gamiero and Rodrigo. Messi was able to get one back for Barcelona in the 73rd minute, but Barcelona’s 78% possession and 26 shots wasn’t deemed enough compared to just Valencia’s eight.

    Cricket:

    Hashmatullah Shahidi half-century results in Afghanistan win over Pakistan:

    Well it’s only a warm-up match, but you can’t ignore this upset. Sure, Pakistan’s been in poor form, failing to win in their last ten One-Day Internationals (ODIs), but the return of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz to the Pakistan side wasn’t enough firepower to take down in-form and confident Afghanistan. In the first innings, Pakistan elected to bat, but despite Babar Azam’s 112(108), Pakistan could only manage a total of 262. Afghanistan responded strong, playing sensible cricket, putting stress on the Pakistani bowlers. Despite three wickets from Riaz, Hashmatullah Shahidi’s 74(102)* was enough to hand Afghanistan a win by three wickets.

    Steve Smith century silences England:

    When Steve Smith came out to bat when Australia were 82-2, he was greeted by plenty of boos from a relatively small English crowd. By the time Smith left the crease, Australia were at 296-8 with Smith scoring 116(102). However, Australia looked even more impressive with the ball as England were bowled out for 285, 12 runs short. James Vince and captain/wicket-keeper Jos Buttler got fifties for England, but England’s lower order failed in allowing England to cross over the line.

    Trent Boult too hot for India:

    India arrived at The Oval in London and in their warm-up match against New Zealand, elected to bat first on a green, bowler-friendly pitch. This was to test India’s batting in the most difficult of conditions, but turns out it was too difficult for the Indians. India were bowled out for 179, but that could’ve been worse if it wasn’t for Ravindra Jadeja’s 54(50). New Zealand won with ease, by six wickets. Captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor picked up half-centuries and it was Henry Nicholls with the winning runs.

    What you may have missed this weekend: 5/9-5/12

    While you were out celebrating Mother’s Day with all the important mothers in your lives, you may have missed several things this weekend. Not only are we focusing on Sunday and the wild set of Game 7’s in the NBA, but we will look at some NFL news from Thursday and beyond.

    There will also be a full recap on the NHL playoffs as they head into the Conference Finals, and then we have the return of our Soccer and Cricket selection by Aman Huda.

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    Things like the UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals 2nd leg that was worth watching. Now I know that’s not something that happened over the weekend, but it’s still something that should be talked about.

    In the second leg, Liverpool needed four goals to advance to the Finals. Those goals don’t come easy against a team like Barcelona who had a 3-0 aggregate led after the 1st leg. But that didn’t stop Georginio Wijnaldum and Divock Origi as they both scored two goals each to take a 4-0 led in the second leg and 4-3 aggregate. Liverpool held on to win and will advance to the Champions League Finals against Tottenham Spurs.

    But how the Spurs got there was even more remarkable. After being down 1-0 after the 1st leg against Ajax, Tottenham was looking to bounce back. Ajax came out strong scoring two first halftime goals to go up 3-0 on aggregate. It looked like Ajax was going to go to the Finals until Lucas Moura went crazy. Lucas got a hat trick to help bring Tottenham back in the game and tie the aggregate 3-3. The third goal came with seconds to go in the extra time. The Champions League Final will be played on Saturday, June 1 at 3:00 PM EST, so stay tuned to what happens three weeks from now.

    Until then, we will continue to focus on the NBA and NHL playoffs.

    NBA:

    Bucks destroy the Celtics and Kyrie’s hopes:

    Milwaukee Bucks took their game one blow out and the comments of former Boston Celtics player, Paul Pierce, to heart. After a bad loss in Milwaukee by the Bucks, they turned around and won four straight games and proved why they are the No. 1 team in the league. Bucks’ MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 28.4 points as the Bucks went 4-1 in their series against the Boston Celtics. What does that mean for Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, who now entering the free agency list.

    The Bucks will look even strong with G Malcolm Brogdon likely to return. They will be without Center Pau Gasol for the rest of playoffs due to foot surgery, but continue to see Brook Lopez, Ersan Ilyasova, and Nikola Mirotic minutes increase as they look to make it back to the finals for the first time since 1973-1974. They are also hoping to win it for the second time ever (1970-1971).

    Warriors are a problem for Houston:

    Golden State Warriors battled through Kevin Durant’s injury and Draymond Green fouling out to hold off the Houston Rockets in game 5 behind the tough shots of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. They continued those tough shots Friday night as the Warriors weren’t let the Rockets comeback after blowing the lead. The Rockets had the led all night in a close game, at one point it was a seven point lead for James Harden and the Rockets. Like the champs they are the Warriors battled back with Durant and took the series in six games with a 118-113 win. The Warriors are now four more wins away from making it to their 5th straight NBA Finals winning three of four.

    Leonard, Raptors beat the Sixers at the buzzer.

    As expected, the Raptors and Sixers battled through a seven game series that saw the Raptors come up big in the win. It was a back and forth series that saw Kyle Lowry be no help to Kawhi Leonard with ZERO points in game one. Leonard helped himself in this series. We also continue to see Joel Embiid get flagrant foul after flagrant as he looks to return to form to force a game seven with a big lift from Jimmy Butler. But when I say Leonard helped himself, I mean he dropped 41 points in game 7 including the game-winner with a tied game to win 92-90 and advance to the conference finals against the Bucks.

    McCollum and lack of 3’s hurt the Nuggets

    These are two teams I didn’t think would be playing for a chance to play in the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors. It has been a back and forth series as well. And it has been one for the ages as each team has taken turns winning games. And the Blazers had to defend their home court to force a 7th game with a 119-108 win.

    In Game 7, the Blazers came back from 17 down in the first half to take a 100-96 win and the Nuggets didn’t help themselves as they missed 17 straight three point shoots. We can also thank C.J. McCollum for his 37 point effort that brought the Blazers back in the game. In fact, this whole series was McCollum’s series to shine as Damian Lillard struggled in several games this series, but do C.J. and Dame have what it takes to knock out the champs after making it to the conference finals for the first time since 2000.

    Lakers search continue:

    So last week, we thought a deal with Tyrone Lue was working to be finalized and the Lakers would now focus on the draft. However, Lue and the Lakers will not be together. The Lakers have now agreed in terms with Frank Vogel and will bring Jason Kidd on as an assistant coach.

    Vogel had success coaching in Indiana when he took the Pacers to two back to back conference finals and led them to 50 + wins in four of the five seasons he coached there. Hopefully he could help the Lakers make the playoffs, but I still think there’s better options.

    All these issues have upset the fans and led to fans protesting, and I absolutely agree. The Lakers fans feel like “Nepotism shouldn’t be involved,” and it is what’s wrong with the Lakers right now. I’m still waiting for Jeanie Buss and Rob Pelinka to bring in Marc Jackson or Stan Van Gundy has the head coach like I spoke about in my previous piece.

    NHL:

    NHL Playoffs:

    St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks both had to battle in game seven series to advance to the Western conference finals against each other. These two teams have built a great rivalry with each other over the years and if this series is anything like game one that saw the Sharks win 6-3, we could be in for an epic conference finals. Let’s see how the Blues bounce back in game two Monday night.

    The Carolina Hurricanes went from barely making the playoffs, to beating the defending champions, Washington Capitals, in the first round and sweeping the New York Islanders in second round. But the Boston Bruins aren’t looking to give up that easily. They came into the 3rd period of game one and scored four goals as the Bruins beat the Hurricanes 5-2. Game two was no different as the Bruins won 6-2 and took a commanding 2-0 series lead. Can the Hurricanes bring themselves back into the series with at least one win on Tuesday or Thursday? Let’s wait and see if they have anything left in the tank!

    NFL:

    Now that’s not really much news to talk about in the NFL besides the deals that have been made. One of those deals is the one that the 2019 No. 1 overall pick will get. The Arizona Cardinals and No. 1 pick QB Kyler Murray agree to a 4-years, $35M deal.

    Another move that we might have seen coming was the Seattle Seahawks moves, especially after the way they drafted. The Seahawks cut long-time WR Doug Baldwin and Safety Kam Chancellor. They also signed ex-Lions DE Ziggy Ansah. Baldwin also announced late Sunday that he will retire!

    But how about the New England Patriots’ replacement for Robert Gronkowski after he announced his retirement. The Patriots signed TE Benjamin Watson to a one-year deal. And I honestly thought they would’ve tried to trade or draft one.

    More Soccer: (Aman)

    Manchester City crushes Brighton, crushes Liverpool’s heart:

    Half-way through the Premier League season, Liverpool actually looked like favorites to win their maiden PL title. But, eventual draws and a close 2-1 loss to Manchester City (in which a Mohamed Salah goal was disallowed by 11 millimeters) resulted in City going ahead in the PL table by one point.

    Coming into the final game week, week 38, Liverpool needed to defeat Wolverhampton and Brighton needed to beat City in order for Liverpool to put their hands on the title and 27 minutes after 3 PM GMT, Glenn Murray’s goal vs City made that look like a reality. Twenty-eight minutes after 3 PM GMT, Sergio Aguero’s 21st PL goal this season gave the trophy back to City.

    Despite Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Wolves, they finish second on a record 97 points, one point behind City, who’s 4-1 victory over Brighton won them their second consecutive league on 98 points. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané, along with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tied for the PL highest scorer award with 22 goals each.

    Arsenal find victory at Turf Moor:

    After nearly a month without a win in the PL, Arsenal brought their Europa League form over to Burnley in their 1-3 victory. After a scoreless first half, Aubameyang ensured Arsenal were to take three points after he scored his 21st & 22nd PL goals. Ashley Moore kept Burnley alive with his header-goal following a Berndt Leno save, but 18-year-old substitute Eddie Nketiah scored Arsenal’a third in the season’s ending minutes.

    Cricket: (Aman)

    Pakistan lose again, but by slim margins:

    After the first One-Day International in London was abandoned due to rain, the second ODI promised an exciting match. Poor bowling from Pakistan resulted in three English batsmen getting a half-century: Jason Roy 87(98), Johny Bairstow 51(45) and captain Eoin Morgan’s 71(48)*. What took England to a total of 373-3 was Jos Buttler’s record second-fastest century off 55 deliveries.

    However, in the second innings, not everything went to England’s plan as Pakistani opener, Fakhar Zaman took advantage of the batting conditions, scoring 138(106). Number one ranked T20I batsmen Babar Azam and Asif Ali both scored 51 runs and wicket-keeper/captain Sarfaraz Ahmed contributed with 41(32)*.

    Unfortunately, Pakistan’s efforts were short as Pakistan could only manage a score of 361-7, losing by 12 runs. England leads the five-match series 1-0, with the third ODI being on Tuesday, May 14, at Bristol.

    Pakistan-Women ties match, series vs South Africa:

    After demolishing the South African women in the first of a 3-match ODI series by chasing down’s South Africa’s 63 by eight wickets, South Africa returned the revenge by picking up five of Pakistan’s wickets for just one run in the following ODI. In the final over of the final ODI, Pakistan’s tail enders Sidra Nawaz and Nashra Sandhu scored 11 off the last over, including a six from Sandhu to tie the match and the series, with both teams scoring 265. As a result of this series, the trophy is shared and Pakistan ex-captain Sana Mir becomes the most successful female spinner in ODI cricket.

    Thanks for 1,000 Followers!

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    By Joel Deering

    Earlier today, Fourth Quarter Sports hit 1,000 followers on WordPress, and I wanted to say thank you to all those who have helped us get to where we are today. We couldn’t have done it without you guys. I also wanted to give a little background on how we got to where we are.

    During my last semester at BYU-Idaho, I was required to do a Senior Project in order to graduate. As a Communication major with an emphasis in advertising, I was required to do something related to my field of study. I wasn’t quite sure what to do, but my adviser told me to do something I loved. That made it easy. I had always loved sports, and something I’d always wanted to do was be a sports writer. On May 1st of 2017, Fourth Quarter Sports was born.

    The very first post I ever wrote on the site was “Winners and Losers of the 2017 NFL Draft.” Looking back on it now, I can’t believe that was 290 posts ago. Things didn’t go as well as I had hoped right from the start. After all this was my first ever blog and I had to work out the kinks. At this point I wasn’t even sure if I would keep my blog going after the semester. Well now it’s been over a year and we’ve had about 8,400 visitors and 22,000 views on our content.

    For the first six months, I was the only writer on the site, but then I decided to accept additional writers. Several writers have come and gone. Some have written only a few posts while others have been with us for several months, but no matter how big or small the contributions, your help is greatly appreciated. Seriously guys, thank you for your hard work.

    I also want to thank those who haven’t written on the site, but have contributed in other ways. Some of those ways include following us, frequent comments and likes, reblogging or linking to our posts, and giving us advice on what we can do better. We’re always looking to improve and your advice is appreciated.

    While we have grown a lot over the last year, we’re still looking to grow. This blog doesn’t stop with 1,000 followers. Our goal is grow a little bit more every day. We’re not the perfect bloggers, but I can assure you that we have a love of the sports we blog about. That will never change.

    Again, we couldn’t have done this without you guys. You guys are awesome! Thanks for all you’ve done and all you’ll do. We look forward to our future. We’re excited to see how far we can take this blog.

    One final piece of advice. For any bloggers out there who may be discouraged about their blog because it’s not going as planned, don’t give up. If you really love writing about sports or whatever your passion is, please don’t give up. Keep working until you reach your goal, and then set new goals to achieve. Thanks everyone for your support!

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