What you missed this weekend: 3/29-3/31

As the Basketball season wraps up and looks to put an end to all the madness next weekend, things are just starting to swing off in the MLB.

This past Thursday was opening day of the Major League Baseball season and you can see what we at Fourth Quarter Sports thought about the divisions and playoffs here. 

Don’t forget about the NBA playoff picture and where we are entering the few games of the season. So let’s see what we missed?

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NCAA Basketball

Two No. 1’s go down an ugly fashion:

Despite Auburn’s best player Chuma Okeke getting injured, Auburn still defeated North Carolina astoundedly 97-80. Malik Dunbar accumulated 13 points in this game while Bryce Brown and Daniel Purifoy won 12 points each. Jared Harper got nine points, but more importantly, 11 assists. This win is important as Auburn aim for their first Final Four in history.

While Auburn is aiming for Final Four, Texas Tech have made it with their 75-69 win over Gonzaga. Though close, throughout the last minute, it was even tighter. Josh Perkins of Gonzaga’s five points in the next half-minute wasn’t enough as Gonzaga stumbled in the hunt for a win.

Though Perkins is not perfect. In the last minute, when Gonzaga was just trailing by two points, Perkins stepped outside of bounds, allowing Texas Tech the free throws they needed to win.

Perhaps earlier Gonzaga could’ve used a window of opportunity to win. When Texas Tech’s Tariq Owens was caught out of bounds while defending the ball, when Gonzaga should’ve been awarded the ball, they fouled seconds later, allowing Texas Tech to score more. The stars of both teams did show up. For Gonzaga, Rui Hachimura scored 22 points, Brandon Clarke with 18 and Perkins with 16. But what cost Gonzaga were the 16 turnovers.

Along with the excess of free throws, Texas Tech’s Jarret Culver scored 19 points and Matt Mooney surprisingly scored 17 himself.

Virginia finally makes the Final Four:

For the first time since 1984, Virginia has made the Final Four! Tony and Dick Bennet become only the second father-son coaching duo in history to be coaching in the Final Four. In Bennet’s words, he described the sensation as, “I’ve always dreamed of coaching in a Final Four…This seems [easy]’ — I didn’t realize how hard it was.”

Auburn makes first ever Final Four with thrilling OT win (By RahimAli Merchant):

Coming into the tournament as the conference tournament champ, you should be one of the favorites to go far in the tournament. That was necessarily the case for Auburn as they reach their first ever Final Four.

Auburn was on the edge of an upset in the first round as they won by a point against New Mexico State. They used that to fuel them to two huge wins over Kansas and No. 1 North Carolina before finally taking down their conference rival Kentucky in overtime. I knew Auburn was a sleeper team in the tournament, but they proved a lot in the NCAA tournament and I think they could beat Virginia and fight the Spartans for the National Championship next Monday night!

Duke’s 17 turnovers cost them a Final Four berth:

The reason this was an upset was that Duke was the no. 1 seeded team. And Duke lost by one point. Michigan State won 68-67. R.J. Barrett had the chance to win the game for Duke, but only one of his free throws went in. And Michigan State move on to the Final Four.

Players declaring for NBA Draft:

UCLA’s small forward Kris Wilkes
Oregon’s center Bol Bol
San Diego State’s forward Jalen McDaniels

MLB

Bryce Harper’s first homer as a Phillies player:

Expectations on Phillies’ new signing Bryce Harper were high, but his maiden home run for the team shattered all of that. Harper’s home run went for 465 feet and the Phillies went on to beat the Atlanta Braves 8-6.

Yu Darvish’s big return:

For the first time in nearly 11 months, Yu Darvish stepped onto the grass to pitch. Unfortunately, it didn’t go to plan. Darvish’s only two innings saw seven batsmen walk. The two runs which Asdrubal Cabrera was able to score off of Darvish resulted in the Texas Rangers triumphing over the Chicago Cubs 8-6.

Yelich making history:

Christian Yelich is already such a good player, being the reigning MVP, but this season might just be even more fun to watch. In all of MLB history, Yelich is now the sixth player to be an MVP who opens the following season with a home run in each of his first four matches. The last one was truly special as in the ninth innings, Yelich won the game for the Milwaukee Brewers against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Yankees SS Troy Tulowitzki homers for the first time since ’17:

It’s been a two-year wait for Tulowitzki, but he finally was able to score. After suffering through ankle and heel injuries, Tulowitzki was able to hit a homer in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles. However, the Yankees still went on to lose 5-3.

Goldschmidt hits 3 HRs in 2nd game with Cards:

It’s hard enough to score one home run, but Paul Goldschmidt hit three home runs in his second ever match for the Cardinals against the Brewers. His first came after facing nine pitches from Freddy Peralta before his tenth one was hit far enough. By the end of the game, Goldschmidt had accumulated three homers and five RBIs as the Cardinals won 9-5.

NBA:

Despite their poor effort in make the playoffs, Lakers Vets want to return next season: (By RahimAli Merchant)

With the arrival of LeBron James in LA, the Lakers expectations were huge! It was a playoff or bust type of season and as we can see from their 35-42 record. The Lakers will miss the playoffs for the sixth straight season, but they are hopeful for a better run next season. With a lot of cap space and roster spots available, the Lakers front office has to decide what they want to do.

Two of the teams veteran players, Rajon Rondo and Javale McGee, have made it clear that they want to be back. McGee has an a career season offensively and Rondo has been the Rondo Lakers fans once hated when he was a member of the Boston Celtics. They have both managed to play a lot of minutes due to injuries to guys like Lonzo Ball and Tyson Chandler and when given the chance, they made the best of it.

As of now, the Lakers have been officially checked out as most then half the roster is injured and will sit the rest of the season. Can Rondo and Mcgee be apart of the 2019-20 Lakers and help lead them to a playoff?

Spurs retire the jersey of one of Argentina’s greatest athletes:

The Spurs’ most beloved player, Emanuel Ginobili was rewarded with the retirement of his no. 20 jersey. The ceremony was held at the AT&T Center after the Spurs beat the Cavaliers 116-110. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich reflected on Ginobili’s career afterward. He noted that with him in the team, were Spurs able to win the championships they won. Ginobili was also accomplished with an Olympic gold which he won for Argentina in basketball in 2004. En la termina, gracias Manu. 

Wade-Dirk final battle:

Dwayne Wade and Dirk Nowitzki played their final game against each other when Miami Heat took on the Dallas Mavericks. Wade found success in the last chapter with his eleven points pushing Heat to a 105-99 win over their opponents. Though the rivalry between the two people at times did heat up, a public jersey swap earlier made things much more positive. In the loss, Nowitzki scored two more points than Wade, but the Heat’s win allowed them an eighth-place spot in their conference.

Thunder striking:

Oklahoma City Thunder’s 107-99 win over the Indiana Pacers including an amazing 24-0 run in favor of the Thunder. In total, Paul George scored 31 points that night. Steven Adams pitched in with 25 points and 12 rebounds while Russell Westbrook made his name in 17 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists, being his 29th triple-double of the season.

What you may have missed this weekend: 3/1 – 3/3

It was another weekend of interesting sports events. I hope you didn’t miss any of it, but in case you did, you know this is the place where you can get all caught up.

This weekend there was a lot of different things going on from all aspects of the sports world. For College Basketball and NBA, it’s about wrapping up the season as they prepare themselves for the playoffs or tournament. But we have headlines in other sports including Soccer and Cricket. Let’s find out what we missed.

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NBA

Bulls beat Hawks in 4OT:

If I told you that two of the leagues worst teams battled in an epic game for the ages, would you believe me? I wouldn’t either, but it happened, and it was one of the best games in history. It was the 3rd highest scoring game in NBA history (168-161). It was also only the 15th four overtime game in NBA history. These two teams tied an NBA record with 43 three-pointers made.

That wasn’t all though, it was the first of two games between the two teams over the weekend. In this game, we saw Chicago Bulls players like Lauri Markkanen (31 pts), Zach Lavine (47 pts), and Otto Porter (31 pts) come up big. For Atlanta, it was rookie point guard Trae Young who shined to became the 1st rookie with 45 points and 10 Assists since the G.O.A.T., Michael Jordan.

Game two on Sunday came down to the wire as well, but no overtime, as the Hawks held on to beat the Bulls after Kris Dunn missed the game-tying three. Markkanen and Lavine combined for 31 points, and Porter didn’t even play. Trae Young got ejected with 9:20 left in the third quarter after he received a double technical earlier in the game. Young finished with just 18 points.

Milwaukee Bucks first team to clinch playoffs:

The Bucks have been the league’s best team all season long, and they have one of the best players in the game to lead them. Bucks forward, Giannis Antetokounmpo, is one of the top candidates for Most Valuable Player this season. He and the Bucks became the first team to clinch a playoff spot with their win over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.

These Bucks are playing the best basketball of their careers, as guard Khris Middleton became a first-time All-Star. Guard Eric Bledsoe has finally come into his own with this Bucks team. He has been a huge part of their success this season. Bledsoe also earned himself a much-deserved contract extension with the Bucks. The deal was four years for $70 million.

Celtics, Thunder break their 4-game skid:

The Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder are arguably two of the best teams in the league, but they both went on runs that were not favorable. They both lost four straight games until this weekend.

The Thunder lost to teams who are all in the playoff picture, like the Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs. Since Westbrook’s triple-double streak ended, the Thunder have been struggling to win games. The good thing is that he and Paul George have continued to play well together, so they will still be one of the best in the West.

The Celtics lost to the Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers. The Celtics were having a tough time winning any game. Let’s be honest, we probably thought they were going to be the top team in the East, seeing how they went all the way to the Conference Finals without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. However, that hasn’t been the case this season.

Soccer:

Tottenham, Arsenal fail to cross the finish line:

Though it was hard to decide which of the two teams played better, one thing is certain: Arsenal let it slip.

Arsenal played the first half to their taste, scoring the opening goal through Aaron Ramsey, coming from a counter-attack after a Tottenham corner. In the second half, a foul in the box saw Harry Kane scoring in his ninth fixture against Arsenal, the penalty being the equalizer.

Towards the end of the match, Arsenal had a golden opportunity to take the game home, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw his penalty saved by Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. In the last moments of the game, Arsenal substitute Lucas Torriera was shown a red card. The match ended 1-1, Arsenal in fourth, four points behind Tottenham in third.

Atlanta United’s mistakes cost them versus DC United:

Despite Atlanta United beating Herediano 4-0 before coming into the MLS opener against DC United, DC United was too good for Atlanta to handle. From early on, it seemed DC had most of the control of the ball and Atlanta struggled to find the opponent’s box. Then, finally, in the last minute of the first half, DC found a breakthrough through Paul Arriolia. Atlanta were unable to improve in the second half, as Luciano Acosta brought over his form from last season and scored from outside the box.

Cricket:

Liam Dawson heroics help Peshawar Zalmi cross the line against Islamabad United:

Oh, Peshawar Zalmi badly needed revenge against Islamabad United. They lost to United in last year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL) final and once again earlier this season by 12 runs, kudos to a Mohammad Sami hat-trick. But this time around, Peshawar didn’t give up hope, not even till the last ball. In the first innings, it seemed Cameron Delport had won the match for Islamabad with his 71(55). But in the second innings, Liam Dawson and captain Darren Sammy responded well, putting up an 89-run partnership, until Sammy was dismissed for 40. Off of the last ball, Peshawar needed a boundary to win, and Dawson drove Sami straight down the ground towards long-on for just that.

Ahmed Shehzad, Rilee Rossouw helps Quetta Gladiators climb above Multan Sultans:

Though it took them 19 overs, the Quetta Gladiators managed to successfully register another win against the Multan Sultans. Multan was only able to put up 121, 46 of those runs being Johson Charles. Darren Bravo and Sohail Tanvir each took three wickets with Mohammad Nawaz grabbing two and Mohammad Hasnain having one to his name. Quetta’s batting got off to a good start, with the Shane Watson-Ahsan Ali partnership lasting 49 runs, until birthday-boy Shahid Afridi removed Watson for 33. Ahmed Shehzad scored a sturdy 28(35)* and Rilee Rossouw’s 35(33) was sufficient enough as Quetta won by six wickets.

Lahore PSL matches relocated to Karachi:

This year, eight PSL matches were to be held in Pakistan, three in Lahore, five in Karachi. However, due to flight scheduling issues, all the matches will be held in the southern city of Karachi. The first game in Karachi begins on March 7, with the hosts Karachi Kings taking on Peshawar Zalmi. The playoffs and final will also be held in Karachi.

College Basketball:

Losses by top 25 teams:

4 Kentucky to 7 Tennessee (71-52)

6 Michigan State to Indiana (63-62)

8 Houston to Central Florida (69-64)

22 Iowa to Rutgers (86-72)

12 Nevada to Utah State (81-76)

10 Marquette to Creighton (66-60)

17 Maryland to 9 Michigan (69-62)

What you missed this weekend in sports: 2/8-2/10

Okay, so we missed last weekend of giving you the updates of what you missed, but there wasn’t really much we missed anyway. Well, besides the last game of the NFL season, which happened to be the biggest one of the year. That was the Super Bowl played between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots in Atlanta, Georgia.

By now, you all know the results. It was one of the most boring Super Bowls I’ve ever watched. Don’t believe me? Read Joel’s point of view on it here. I was so bored with what I was watching I forgot about writing altogether.

This week, however, is different! I’m finally over the results of Super Bowl LIII that saw the New England Patriots win their sixth Super Bowl title in the last 17 years. Their first and sixth were against the Rams in both Super Bowl XXXVI and this past one. Want to relive moments of that Super Bowl? Read here!

There weren’t any NFL games this weekend, but there was other important news. For example, the question of whether or not some key players will remain with their current team. We have already seen some news, like the Atlanta Falcons parting ways with veteran kicker Matt Bryant and cornerback Robert Alford. But there was much more than that. Let’s get you all caught up on what you may have missed!

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NBA

Harden, Westbrook chasing NBA legend

It was a Saturday night to remember in the NBA, as we all got to see two of the NBA’s greatest players battle it out. Not only was it a game between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder, but a game of two All-Stars chasing history.

Rockets’ James Harden is currently on a 29-game streak of 30+ points or more, which is the third most in NBA history. Wilt Chamberlain holds the NBA record with 65 straight games and also 31 straight. Harden may not be able to catch the 65 mark this season, but he could pass Chamberlain for second on the list.

Another NBA record Chamberlain holds is the most consecutive games with a triple-double, which is nine. On Saturday, Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook tied that record late in the game and will look to pass it in their next game Monday night against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Celtics, Rockets blow 25 + point lead at home

Speaking of the Rockets and Thunder, the game went back and forth, as both teams had a chance to win it at the end. But that chance was the Rockets’ to lose after blowing a 26-point lead in the first half. They watched Westbrook, Paul George and the Thunder come back and win 117-112 on the road. The Rockets and Thunder are two of the top five teams in the West. There’s been a lot of talks about how these two could be a tough challenge for the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

Another team who we expect to have been a real challenge for the Warriors is the Boston Celtics. That’s because of a healthy Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward back in the mix. Or so we hope it’s a healthy Irving, as he left the Celtics game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Irving’s injury was a right knee sprain that held him out for the rest of the game and helped the Clippers mount a huge 28-point comeback victory in TD Garden with a 123-112 win. That was the Celtics second straight home loss to an L.A. team, as the fans went from chanting “Beat LA,” to booing their home team. Irving is listed as day-to-day, but no word yet on whether he’ll play Tuesday.

LeBron James went to College

After the Lakers and James used a Rajon Rondo buzzer-beater on Thursday night to beat the Boston Celtics, they decided to take their talents to the Cavaliers and Virginia. Both James and Rondo were spotted in the crowd during the Duke and Virginia game on Saturday. Let’s be honest, they should have been in the gym with their teammates to prepare for their game against the Philadelphia 76ers, which did not go as well as they hoped.

Ellington, Matthews found new homes

In case, you missed all the crazy moves and trades made before the deadline on Thursday, Joel Deering and Jon Geib will give you the winners and losers from the deadline here. But some of those trades resulted in players finding new teams after being released by the team who traded for them. That is the case for both Wayne Ellington and Wesley Matthews, who were both traded from their original teams and then cut by their new team.

For Ellington, it was a trade between the Miami Heat (original) and Phoenix Suns (traded) for Ryan Anderson. Ellington and Tyler Johnson were both traded to the Suns. Ellington was later cut and cleared the waivers. Ellington’s new team will now be the Detriot Pistons.

Matthews was traded as part of the Kristap Porzingis deal the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks made that ultimately led him to get waived and signed by the Indiana Pacers. Matthews signing with the Pacers will help them fill the void left with All-Star guard Victor Oladipo out of the season.  

 

Soccer

Chelsea embarrasses themselves in Manchester

Manchester City and Argentina forward Sergio Aguero is now tied for the Premier League top goalscorer with 17 goals and the most EPL hat-tricks with 11. Six of those 17 goals have come in the last two games, three vs. Arsenal, three now vs. Chelsea. But the scoreline between Man City and Chelsea was even crazier. 6-0! Two goals by Raheem Sterling and a goal from Ilkay Gundogan, along with Aguero’s hat-trick took Man City back to the top of the table, tied on points with Liverpool, but boasting a goal difference ten goals higher than the Reds.

Manchester United continue to accelerate

Eleven matches now it’s been since Manchester United fired Jose Mourinho. 11 matches now it’s been since Man United have lost. Despite Fulham being at home, it seemed the 19th-place side faced no chance against the Red Devils. Two goals from midfielder Paul Pogba and a brilliant solo-effort from Antony Martial gave United a 0-3 win and put them at fifth in the Premier League table, above Arsenal.

Arsenal shine against Huddersfield

It doesn’t seem that Huddersfield’s situation will improve anytime soon. After losing to Chelsea 0-5, they lost again to Arsenal 1-2, still lingering at the bottom of the table. Arsenal played a weaker squad, benching Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette still did the job with their first-half goals. After some Huddersfield resistance, they were rewarded with a late Saed Kolasinac own-goal in the 92nd minute.

A perfect day out for Cardiff City

Southampton were favorites to win at home against Cardiff City, but the day was meant for City. After losing Emiliano Sala to a plane crash, City honored him with a win in spectacular fashion. Going nil-one up in the 69th minute, they held that lead for another 22 minutes until Jack Stephens scored for Southampton. Then, magically, two minutes later, Kenneth Zohore sealed the winner away for City.

Emiliano Sala’s death confirmed

Despasco en Paz, rest in peace. After transferring from FC Nantes to Cardiff City, Emiliano Sala’s plane went missing. It was later confirmed by police that a found dead body was his and the search for the pilot is ongoing. As a tribute, Nantes has announced the retirement of the number nine on the players’ jerseys.

 

Cricket

England finds success in the Caribbean

In the final test of the three-match series between the West Indies and England (which the Windies are winning 2-0), England ended Day Two with a lead of 142 runs. In the first innings, twin half-centuries by Ben Stokes and Jos Butler lead England to 277. But the star of the day has to be Mark Wood, who collected a miraculous fiver in just 8.2 overs. At one point in the day, West Indies had lost six wickets for just 22 runs, but managed to get to 154.

Brisbane Heat chase 157 in just ten overs

No, it wasn’t a T10 match. It was most definitely a T20 match, but Brisbane Heat chased Melbourne Stars’ 156-8 in just ten overs, winning by ten wickets. The openers Max Bryant and Ben Cutting scored 71(30)* and 81(30)* each, which say ten fours and 13 sixes in the innings.

 

College Basketball

Losses by top 25 teams

11 Virginia Tech to Clemson (59-51)
19 Wisconsin to 7 Michigan (61-52)
17 Iowa State to TCU (92-83)
14 Villanova to 10 Marquette (66-65)
16 Louisville to 22 Florida State (80-75)
3 Virginia to 2 Duke (81-71)
25 Cincinnati to 12 Houston (65-58)

What you may have missed this weekend in sports: 1/11-1/13

We’re back again for another edition of what you missed this weekend, and boy was it a good one! I hope you didn’t miss it, but in case you did, we’ve got you covered.
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NFL Playoffs

Chiefs end Colts’ Luck (31-13) 

If I had told you the Chiefs won their first home playoff game since the 1993 Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, would you have believe me? Well, there is a first time for everything! This is also the first Conference Championship game the Chiefs will play in since 1993, but this is the first Conference Championship game they will host as the home team.

With that being known, the Chiefs will look to do something they have never done before, which is winning a Conference Championship as the home team. They will look to get revenge over the New England Patriots as well. During their game against the Colts, the defense showed up. Yes, that’s right! It was the Chiefs’ defense who came up big in their win. That same defense will need to show up again on Sunday if they want to knock off the defending AFC champions.

Colts QB Andrew Luck has bounced back from injuries to lead his team to a playoff win, as they went 9-1 in the last 10 games, but their luck runs out and Andrew Luck couldn’t do anything. Also, don’t forget the Chiefs have the best offensive pieces and a great coach in Andy Reid. That could come in handy against the Patriots.

Rams run over Cowboys (30-22)

The Rams stayed true to their name, as they rammed and dodged their way through the LA Live night to pick up their first playoff win under Sean McVay. It’s also the Rams’ first playoff win since 2005. The Cowboys gave up 273 rushing yards to Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson on the ground with three touchdowns. Gurley ran for 115 yards and one touchdown, while Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns. QB Jared Goff and the receiving core of Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Josh Reynolds combined for the remaining 35 yards. Goff added another 186 yards passing yards.

But the real question, is how do the Rams expect to do that same thing against the New Orleans Saints who have swallowed up big running backs this season? That’s including Todd Gurley earlier this season when the Saints became the first team to beat the Rams.

Patriots overcharge the Bolts (41-28)

The Patriots have a magical number when it comes to this game. It is the eighth time QB Tom Brady has faced Chargers QB Phillip Rivers. He is now 8-0 against him. It is also the eighth straight year the Patriots have been in the Conference Championship game, but this game feels different. It is Brady and the Patriots looking to make their third straight Super Bowl, but this is a Patriots team who has relied a lot on the running backs, as they did on Sunday. RB Sony Michel rushed 24 times for 129 yards and three touchdowns, while Rex Burkhead got four touches for 12 yards and a touchdown. RB James White has continuously been one of Brady’s favorite targets, as he tied the NFL record for most receptions in a postseason game (15). White used his 15 catches and 97 yards to help Brady get to his 323 yards passing and one touchdown.

This win means that Brady and the Patriots will also continue the streak of Conference Championships with Brady, Peyton Manning or Ben Roethlisberger being involved in the game that dates back all the way back to the 2003-04 season. They have gone 10-4 in Conference Championship games, and look for their third straight win to once again make it to the Super Bowl. Can Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and his explosive offense knock off the Patriots?

Who Dat said they gonna beat the Saints? (20-14)

No, seriously! Who said they were going to beat the Saints? It wasn’t the Eagles, as the reigning Super Bowl champions have been eliminated. The Eagles started off hot and looked like they were ready to run away with a big win. As the Eagles jumped out 14-0, we slowly watch as the Saints chipped away at their lead. QB Drew Brees and WR Michael Thomas look like the best duo on the field. Thomas caught 12 catches for 171 yards and a touchdown. Brees finished with 301 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and a possibly trip to the Super Bowl. Can the Saints continue their winning ways against the hungry Rams, or will the Rams figure out a way to slow Brees and the Saints?

 

College Basketball

Losses by top 25 teams

22 Indiana to Maryland (78-75 – Friday)

12 North Carolina to Louisville (83-62)

20 Iowa State to Kansas State (58-57)

14 Mississippi State to Mississippi (81-77)

25 TCU to 23 Oklahoma (76-74)

13 Florida State to 1 Duke ( 80-78)

16 Ohio State to Iowa (72-62)

24 St. John’s to DePaul (79-71)

 

Soccer

Arsenal, a top five team? Really?

Arsenal very rarely falls into the hands of London-rivals West Ham, but this weekend is one to forget for the Gunners. Despite Arsenal playing with intent, they failed to get many good shots into the goal. Eventually, yet another mistake from midfielder Granit Xhaka led to a Declan Rice goal, and Arsenal lost 1-0. Despite the loss, Arsenal still sits fifth in the Premier League table, while West Ham has improved to ninth.

Manchester United find form at Wembley

Marcus Rashford’s goal to find Manchester United the 0-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspurs was finesse, but the real hero, Goalkeeper David de Gea, was class. His eleven saves made it impossible for Tottenham to score, despite having 21 shots. Both teams’ position in the table hasn’t changed, with Tottenham still in third and United behind at sixth.

 

Cricket

Indian openers hand Australia victory

With a weak, depleted Australian squad, up against the second-best in the world, it would’ve been easy to predict India as the winner. In fact, after Australia only managed 288-5, India set their eyes upon victory. India lost their opening three wickets for just four runs, and an unreliable middle order failed to cross the line. There were bright spots for India, though. After the crash of the openers, opener Rohit Sharma and Wicket-Keeper MS Dhoni put up a 138-run partnership, and Sharma himself scored 133(129). Pacer Jhye Richardson got Man of the Match for his 4-46 in 10 overs.

Pakistan challenge as South Africa look for white-wash

When the cricketers wear white, Pakistan hasn’t been good as of late. The batting in test cricket has been annoyingly terrible, and the bowlers can only do so much. Despite bowling out South Africa for a low total of 262, Pakistan crumbled to 185, only for Wicket-Keeper Quinton de Kock’s ton took South Africa to 303. But with well ever two days to bat, Pakistan faced a tough target of 384, and the openers had intent. Shan Masood and Imam Ul-Haq put up a 67-run partnership, followed by Asad Shafiq on 48(47)* at stumps.

What you missed this weekend in sports: 12/29/18 – 12/30/18

It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these articles and we’d like to apologize to those who have been keeping up with the sports while we’ve been missing. We will try to keep this going all throughout the NFL playoffs.

Speaking of NFL, find out all the interesting news that happened this weekend along with news from college football, NBA,  Premier League and Cricket. So let’s find out what we’ve missed this week!

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NFL

Arizona Cardinals are on the clock:

The Cardinals have finished with the worst record in the NFL (3-13), which has landed them the first overall pick in the 2019 Draft in April. It will be interesting to see what they do with that pick, as they already have a QB, WR and RB for the future.

Saquon Barkley wraps up historical rookie year:

Barkley breaks the record for most catches by a rookie RB with his 89th reception of the year, previously owned by Reggie Bush! Barkley also becomes the third rookie to gain 2000 yards from scrimmage, joining Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James. This has likely set him up to win the Rookie of the year.

Philly Special in Atlanta and Miami:

If I told you we would see two Philly specials on the same day, would you believe me? Well, you should because in the regular season finale for the Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins, their quarterbacks caught a TD pass. That’s what a Philly special is, the QB catching the ball in the end zone. It was made famous by Eagles’ QB Nick Foles.

Falcons’ Matt Ryan and Dolphins’ Ryan Tannenhill are the next two QBs to do it successfully.

Mahomes’ 50th TD pass and 5000 yards passing:

Mahomes surprised several of us with the numbers he has put up this season. In only his second year in the NFL, he has broken several records and joined elite company. With his 50 touchdowns, he joins the likes of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. He also might have just made himself the clear cut front runner for the league MVP.

Baker Mayfield sets Rookie record:

Like Mahomes, Mayfield has had himself a nice season too. But was it enough to give him the rookie of the year honors? He has taken the Cleveland Browns to a successful season, finishing 7-8-1. That’s the most wins they have had over the past four seasons. They’ve only had three wins over the three seasons before that. He has also set the rookie record for passing touchdowns in a season with 27. That’s one more than Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson, who shared the record. Will Mayfield win the ROY?

NFL Playoffs:

The playoff picture has been set. It will be an exciting one, as this week could tell a lot about a team. We’ve seen both the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers miss out on the playoffs after being one of the top teams last year. So let’s take a look at the playoffs as we head into the New Year.

AFC:

1. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)

2. New England Patriots (11-5)

3. Houston Texans (11-5) vs 6. Indianapolis Colts (10-6)

4. Baltimore Ravens (10-6) vs 5. Los Angeles Chargers (12-4)

NFC:

1. New Orleans Saints (13-3)

2. Los Angeles Rams (12-4)

3. Chicago Bears (11-5) vs 6. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)

4. Dallas Cowboys (10-6) vs 5. Seattle Seahawks (10-6)

Coaches Fired: 

Now that the season is over, the search for new head coaches is on. We’ve already seen the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns fire their head coaches, but let’s see who is going to join them.

Some names already announced:

New York Jets’ Todd Bowles

Denver Broncos’ Vance Joseph

Arizona Cardinals’ Steve Wilkes

Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Dirk Koetter

Expect for there to be more firings throughout the week.

 

College Football

National Championship set:

The committee might have had it wrong letting Notre Dame stay in the playoffs over Ohio State and Georgia. Clearly the Fighting Irish were no challenge for the Clemson Tigers. We will now have to suffer through another round of Clemson-Alabama in the National Championship. Can Alabama be the first team to repeat in the playoff era? Or will Clemson win their second title in three years? Nonetheless, the winner of this game will be the first team in FBS history to finish with a record of 15-0. Who you got?

 

Premier League (By Aman Huda)

Wolves stun Tottenham:

Although Wolves have been impressive this Premier League season, including their 2-1 win over Chelsea, it was still hard to predict them beating Tottenham at Wembley. And till the 70th minute, Tottenham was on top 1-0, but not comfortably. Willy Boly equalized in the 72nd minute to give Wolves hope, but no one saw Wolves winning 1-3 by the end of the 90 minutes! That’s exactly what happened, thanks to goals from Mexican star Raúl Jiménez and Portuguese winger Hélder Costa.

Fulham finds last minute crucial victory:

New Fulham Manager Claudio Ranieri found success this weekend at home versus Huddersfield, not just in winning, but more importantly, in keeping a clean sheet. Nineteenth-placed Fulham won 1-0 in the craziest of fashions: by a 91st-minute goal by hero Aleksandar Mitrović! Now, Fulham is still 19th with 14 points, while Huddersfield sits bottom last with just ten points. Fulham will have to deal with Arsenal next, while Huddersfield will have an encounter against winners Burnley.

Liverpool extends lead to nine points at the top:

Many saw Liverpool winning against title-challengers Arsenal on Saturday. Few could have seen the Reds winning 5-1. Even fewer would have seen four of the five goals coming in the first half. Unai Emery’s Arsenal was left speechless by Liverpool’s front three, as Roberto Firmino won a hat-trick, Sadio Mané scored off of Mohammad Salah’s assist, and after Salah scored a penalty, his thirteenth goal of the season. Arsenal did get one from youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles, but now Arsenal continues to roe in fifth, 16 points behind Liverpool.

Manchester City gets back to winning ways:

After losing to Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leicester City, it would have been quite optimistic to predict Manchester City to beat Southampton, especially after Southampton had successfully beaten Arsenal. But City finished the job within the first half, getting three goals, thanks to David Silva in the opening ten minutes, Sergio Aguero’s strike at the end of the half and an own goal from James Ward-Prowse. Southampton did manage to get one in the 37th minute from Pierre-Emile Højbjerg to make it 1-1, but Manchester City managed to retain their second-place position, while Southampton is in trouble in 17th.

 

Cricket (By Aman Huda)

India beat Australia on Day 5 in the Boxing Day Test:

Boxing Day may be a special occasion for Australians, but losing, not so much. After debutant Mayank Agarwal’s 76(161) and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 106(319) lead India to a massive 443-7d, it seemed India would have wrapped this test up quickly, but heroics from Pat Cummins on Day 4 allowed a Day 5 to be contested, with India needing two wickets to win. After Cummins fell for 63(114), Nathan Lyon fell soon after for 7(50) as India won on a rain-hit Day 5 by 137 runs.

Cameron Bancroft makes a return to cricket:

After being caught cheating through ball-tampering in a test versus South Africa for Australia, opening batsmen Cameron Bancroft faced a nine-month ban from cricket. That ban ended yesterday, as Bancroft made his return in the Big Bash League for Perth Scorchers against the Hobart Hurricanes. Unfortunately, Bancroft only scored two off three at number five in Perth’s collapse of 107-8, which Hobart chased in 17 and a half overs with six wickets remaining.