Today is Monday, April 18 – the 120th Boston Marathon! Gatorade put together this inspiring video to get everyone excited, and it’s definitely working for us… so check it out:
QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK
The first games of Round 1 of the NBA playoffs began this week. On Saturday, the Indiana Pacers scored a 100-90 win over the Toronto Raptors, the Houston Rockets lost 78-104 to the Golden State Warriors, the Boston Celtics lost 101-102 to the Atlanta Hawks, and the OKC Thunder won 108-70 over the Dallas Mavericks. On Sunday, the San Antonio Spurs won 106-74 over the Memphis Grizzlies, the Charlotte Hornets lost 91-123 to the Miami Heat, the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Detroit Pistons 106-101, and the Portland Trail Blazers lost 95-115 to the LA Clippers.
The first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs has not disappointed! On Saturday, the New York Rangers tied up their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-1 with a 4-2 win, the Washington Capitals pulled ahead to 2-0 with a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, the Dallas Stars scored a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild to lead 2-0 and the San Jose Sharks won 2-1 over the Los Angeles Kings to lead 2-0. Last night, we watched the St. Louis Blues score a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks to lead the series 2-1. The Tampa Bay Lightning lost 0-2 to the Detroit Red Wings, but they’re still leading that series 2-1. The Florida Panthers lost in overtime to the New York Islanders 3-4 (the Islanders lead that series 2-1) and the Nashville Predators beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 to lead that series 2-0.
In Champions League football, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick to seal the deal on Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg, Manchester City won 1-0 over Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid beat Barcelona 1-0 and Benfica drew 2-2 against Bayern Munich and lost 2-3 on aggregate. This means that, moving forward into the semifinals, Manchester City will take their first trip to the final four to play ten-time European Cup winning Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid will take on Bayern Munich.
The Europa League semifinals are also all set after games on Thursday came to an end. Liverpool scored 3 times in the last 25 minutes of play to knock out Borussia Dortmund, and now we’ll see them play Villareal and Sevilla play Shakhtar Donetsk in the semifinals.
On Saturday, #5 team Manchester United beat Aston Villa 1-0 and #3 team Manchester City won 3-0 over Chelsea after a hat trick from striker Sergio Aguero. Aguero is now tied for 2nd place with Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy with 21 goals this Premier League season. On Sunday, #1 Leicester City drew 2-2 against West Ham United and Crystal Palace drew 1-1 against #4 Arsenal to prevent them from moving back into the 3rd place position in the league. Today, top scorer Harry Kane and his #2 Tottenham Hotspur team travels to Stoke City for the chance to move 5 points behind Leicester.
JUST FOR FUN
Well, that was awkward
Not sure how the Philadelphia Flyers goalie let this one in… Whoops!
STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE
When Roberta Gibb broke the gender barrier at the Boston Marathon
In 1966, she was told she wasn’t allowed to run because she was a woman. She snuck in and ran anyways, and finished ahead of 2/3 of the male runners with a time of 3 hours, 21 minutes and 40 seconds. Today, she is the grand marshal of this year’s race.
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