5.9.16: Onwards and Upwards

Even a case of the Mondays couldn’t stop us from getting excited about this morning’s video. On Saturday, Cinderella squad Leicester City (Premier League champions) scored a win over Everton and with it, brought home the trophy. The team started this season ripe for potential relegation, and finished the season with the first title in their over-100 year history. If that’s not a Cinderella story, we don’t know what is! Congratulations, Leicester!

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NBA

Talk about the wild, wild West — oh wait, let’s actually do that. On Sunday, Kevin Durant dropped 41 to help his  Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the San Antonio Spurs 111-97 and tie the series 2-2. The other side of the West remains on Steph Curry watch as the Golden State Warriors await their MVP’s return to the line-up. It’s unclear, but he is not expected to play in Monday night’s game in Portland as the Trail Blazers look to tie the series and the Dubs look to go up 3-1.

On the East side, the Cleveland Cavaliers took care of business and closed out the Atlanta Hawks 4-0 after a 100-99 win on Sunday afternoon. They’ll play the winner of the Toronto Raptors/Miami Heat series that the Raptors currently lead 2-1.

Hockey

The playoffs are getting fierce! The St. Louis Blues won Game 5 on Saturday against the Dallas Stars, 4-1, to lead that series 3-2. They’ll play again today at 8pm EST, and St. Louis will have the opportunity to clinch the series and move forward. The San Jose Sharks scored a 5-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday, and lead their series 3-2. They’ll also play again tonight at 9pm EST, and if they win, they’ll move ahead to the conference finals. The Pittsburgh Penguins lost their Game 5 on Saturday against the Washington Capitals, 1-3, but are still leading the series 3-2. They’ll play again on Tuesday at 8pm EST. And, last night the New York Islanders lost 0-4 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. With that win, Tampa Bay became the first team to make it to the next round.

Soccer

Although Leicester’s big news was the biggest EPL news of the week, we have some more scores for you to round out the top 5 in the table with only one more week of matches left to go. On Saturday, Manchester United (currently sitting in 5th) scored a 1-0 win over Norwich City (sitting in 19th place and in danger of relegation). And, on Sunday, #2 Tottenham Hotspur lost 1-2 to Southampton and #3 Arsenal drew 2-2 against #4 Manchester City.

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, we watched leg 2 of the Champions League semifinal. Bayern Munich scored a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid, but Atletico will proceed after winning on Away goals. Real Madrid beat Manchester City 1-0, so Real Madrid will play Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday, May 28th.

Other

Saturday was the Kentucky Derby, and it did not disappoint! This year’s winner was the favorite — Nyquist — ridden by Mario Gutierez (winner of the 2012 Kentucky Derby). The Preakness is the next gem in the Triple Crown, coming up on May 21st — we’ll see what happens!

JUST FOR FUN

Get to know Nyquist
Now that he’s won the Kentucky Derby, and might just give us a Triple Crown victory, you should probably learn a bit more about him

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Under contract
Washington Nationals’ legend Bryce Harper signs on for another ten years with Under Armour
It’s the largest endorsement deal in the history of Major League Baseball

Scary
MLB won’t be headed to Puerto Rico this month
The Marlins/Pirates series was moved to Miami instead, due to player concerns over the Zika virus

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