11.9.15: Lots of Soccer

There was a lot of great soccer this weekend, but this Neymar goal against Villarreal certainly takes the cake. We’ll be watching this goal of the year candidate on replay! Check it out:

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

On Sunday night, NFC East rivals the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys went head to head in Texas, and the Eagles left with the OT win, 33-27.

This weekend of football was quite fun. The Carolina Panthers remain undefeated after beating the Green Bay Packers 37-29, as did the New England Patriots after getting the win 27-10 over the Washington Redskins, and the Cincinnati Bengals over the Cleveland Browns 31-10. In other news starring the Manning brothers, the Denver Broncos suffered their first loss to the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 and the New York Giants beat the Tampa Bay Bucs 32-18.

Monday Night Football features the Chicago Bears v. the San Diego Chargers at 8:30pm EST on ESPN.

College Football

Let’s talk about Week 10. #1 Clemson beat #19 Florida State 23-13 in an ACC match-up, #3 Alabama upset #9 LSU 30-16 (they were ranked #2 at the time), #2 Ohio State defeated Minnesota and #6 Notre Dame got the victory over Pittsburgh 42-30. Oh and in a surprise win, Nebraska topped previously #7 Michigan State 39-38 while #5 Oklahoma State (then #14) pulled off an upset against #13 TCU (then #8), 49-29.

The new top 5 rankings  was shaken up a little with Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama, Baylor and Oklahoma State closing out the top.

Games to watch this week include:

  • #3 Alabama vs. #20 Mississippi State – Saturday at 3:30pm EST on CBS
  • #12 Oklahoma vs. #4 Baylor – Saturday at 8:00pm EST on ABC

NBA

This weekend, the LA Lakers featured a classic showdown against the New York Knicks, and lost 95-99 in the Garden. Kobe Bryant is back from injury but we’re already debating whether or not this season will be his last.

In other news, the Brooklyn Nets are relieved to learn that starting center Brook Lopez didn’t suffer a serious injury in his foot and will likely be back on the court this week.

Oh, and the Golden State Warriors remain undefeated  after beating the  Sacramento Kings 103-94 in a game that featured Steph Curry versus his little brother Seth Curry.

Soccer

Group stage matchday 4 for the UEFA Champions League was Tuesday/Wednesday of this past week. On Tuesday, Atlético Madrid and Astana finished with a goalless tieManchester City won 3-1 against Sevilla, Paris lost 0-1 to Real Madrid, and Manchester United won 1-0 against CSKA Moskva. On Wednesday, Arsenal lost hope of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages after losing 1-5 to Bayern Munich. Chelsea beat Dynamo Kiev 2-1 (a step in the right direction for Chelsea!), and Barcelona took home a 3-0 win over BATE. Check out the other scores here. Matchday 5 will be Tuesday, November 24th and Wednesday, November 25th.
On Saturday in the Premier League, Man U won 2-0 against West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City won 2-1 against Watford. On Sunday, Aston Villa (with new manager Remi Garde) broke their seven-game losing streak after tying Man City 0-0, Arsenal finished with a 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur, and Crystal Palace handed Jurgen Klopp his first Liverpool loss, 2-1.
There were some exciting games in La Liga this Sunday. Athletic Bilbao scored a 2-1 win over Espanyol with the help of 21-year-old Iñaki Williams, who scored a goal of the year candidate. Luis Suarez and Neymar were in fine form (as you can tell by our intro!) and Barcelona beat Villarreal to top the league. In the afternoon, Real Madrid lost to Sevilla 2-3.
The second round of the MLS Eastern and Western Conference Semifinals was this Sunday. The New York Red Bulls beat D.C. United 1-0, Columbus Crew won 3-1 against the Montreal ImpactFC Dallas won 2-1 against the Seattle Sounders, and the Vancouver Whitecaps lost 0-2 to the Portland Timbers. The winners (NYRB, Columbus, FCD and Portland) will move on to the first leg of the Conference Championships on Sunday, November 22nd – get ready!

Other

The World Gymnastics Championship wrapped up on Sunday. Japan, the U.S., Great Britain, and Cuba went home with impressive wins, and we’ll be keeping our eyes on them during the 2016 Rio Olympics!

 

JUST FOR FUN

I just can’t take it anymore
LeBron tears the sleeves off his jersey (because… should basketball jerseys really have sleeves? No.)

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Junior League
Rangers’ Marty St. Louis is still on the ice
He retired after 16 seasons in the NHL, but now, he’s teaching kids to play hockey and be great teammates

On Strike
Mizzou football players are boycotting university president Tim Wolfe
They won’t take part in football activities until Wolfe, who has come under fire for his management of racial controversies at the school, is removed

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