Happy Tuesday, Team SQ! What did you miss this weekend? The Kobe Bryant farewell tour, aka the NBA All-Star game. See highlights here:
QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK
Like we said in the intro, the NBA All-Star weekend in Toronto was the story of this past weekend. Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors won the 3-point contest, Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic and Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves put on a show in the slam dunk contest, and Kobe Bryant (who is an 18-time Western Conference All-Star) celebrated his last All-Star game in the league.
Oh, and the West beat the East 196-173, and Russell Westbrook of OKC repeated as your All-Star Game MVP.
This week, keep an eye out for trades and such… things could get interesting!
In college basketball land, not too much to report outside of a Grayson Allen game-winner that led Duke 63-62 over Virginia and back into the rankings, and a big Kansas win 76-72 over Oklahoma this past weekend.
There was a lot of EPL action this weekend! Sunday started early with a 7am EST Arsenal v. Leicester City game. After hanging on to a 1-1 game with 10 men for most of the 90 minutes, Leicester tried hard to maintain their 5-point lead at the top of the table. But, #3 Arsenal pulled ahead with a last-minute 2-1 win when Danny Welbeck (who had been out for 10 months recovering from an injury) scored after being on the field for only 12 minutes. Leicester City is still at the top of the table, but they are now only 2 points ahead of second place team, Tottenham Hotspur. 24-year old Christian Eriksen pushed Tottenham to a late 2-1 win as well over #4 Manchester City. And, host squad Aston Villa suffered their worst ever home loss with a 0-6 fall to Liverpool.
Lionel Messi made soccer news with his trick penalty kick with teammate Luis Suarez – instead of shooting, the Barcelona forward passed to Suarez who scored over Celta Vigo. Barca finished with a 6-1 win, although until the last 15 minutes of the game, the score was only 2-1. Top three teams Barca, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid all won this weekend.
In women’s soccer, even though the USWNT had already secured a spot in Friday’s semifinals, they scored a 10-0 win over Puerto Rico in the final round of group play in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying soccer match on Monday. Congrats to Crystal Dunn who scored 5 goals!
JUST FOR FUN
She whipped, nae nae’d, and hit the quan
Sophina DeJesus of the UCLA gymnastics team is throwing us all for a loop with the wild dance moves she included in her routine
STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE
A New Jersey fencer headed for the spotlight
She just qualified for the Rio Olympics, and will be the first American to compete in the Olympics while wearing a hijab