4.25.16: Get Well, Steph

Good Morning Team SQ! Even though the Golden State Warriors lost Steph Curry, they still scored 41 points in the third quarter of Game 4 of Round 1 against the Houston Rockets yesterday. Check it out:

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NBA

The first games of Round 1 of the NBA playoffs continued with tons of basketball this past week/end. Out West, the big news of the weekend is Steph Curry.

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets 121-94 to go up 3-1 but lost Steph Curry to a knee injury in his first game back from an ankle injury. Here’s to hoping he’s okay.

In other NBA West news, the San Antonio Spurs eliminated the Memphis Grizzlies to win the series 4-0 while the Oklahoma City Thunder will continue their series against the Dallas Mavericks (they are up 3-1) and the LA Clippers (up 2-1) will try to win Game 4 on Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers.

In the East, the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Detroit Pistons 100-98 on Sunday to make their series 4-0, while the Atlanta Hawks lost to the Boston Celtics 95-104 in OT in a series-tying game. On Monday, the Miami Heat will try to take Game four in a series they’re leading 2-1 against the Charlotte Hornets, while the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors will face off Tuesday in another 2-2 tied series.

Hockey

We’re almost at Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs! The teams that have already progressed to the second round are as follows: the Dallas StarsSan Jose SharksPittsburgh PenguinsWashington CapitalsTampa Bay Lightning, and New York Islanders.

Pay attention to Monday’s Anaheim Ducks v. Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks v. St. Louis Blues games – the Ducks are currently leading the Predators 3-2 and this game might just seal the deal. The Blackhawks and Blues are tied 3-3, so this game will show us which team has the might to move on to the second round.

Soccer

On Saturday, #3 Manchester City scored a 4-0 win over Stoke CityChelsea won 4-1 over AFC Bournemouth, and Liverpool and Newcastle United drew 2-2 after a second-half Newcastle comeback. Liverpool is now sitting at #7 in the table, and Newcastle is sitting at #19, still in the danger zone of being relegated. On Sunday, Arsenal drew 0-0 against Sunderland and dropped to #4 in the table, and #1 Leicester City beat Swansea City 4-0 to even further cement their top position.

Congrats to Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez for winning the PFA Player of the Year award. He scored 17 goals and made 11 assists to help Leicester ascend to the very top this season.

On Tuesday the 26th, Manchester City will play Real Madrid and on Wednesday the 27th, Atletico Madrid will play Bayern Munich. Both of these UEFA Champions League games are at 2:45pm EST.

JUST FOR FUN

Will you go to prom with me?
Yasiel Puig didn’t need a prom-posal, he went on his own!

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Bryce Harper > Mike Trout
Last season, Harper overtook Trout as the “best young player in baseball”
But, is that title here to stay? Or, is Trout the best young player in history?

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4.18.16: Happy Marathon Monday!

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:

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NBA

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.

Hockey

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.

Soccer

In Champions League football, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick to seal the deal on Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over VfL WolfsburgManchester City won 1-0 over Paris Saint-GermainAtletico 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!

 

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Leading Lady
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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4.11.16: Chasing History

In the essence of Hamilton… Every day they ball like they’re running out of time. The Dubs are non-stop. BUT in the spirit of history, let’s throw it back and check out the Bulls and their historical run in 1996:

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NBA

As we alluded to in the introduction, the Golden State Warriors are chasing and making history. With a win over  the San Antonio Spurs (the only visitor win on the Spurs home court this season), the Warriors have tied the Chicago Bulls‘ record at 70-9. With one more win on Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies, the record will belong to them.

What to watch this week: Kobe Bryant’s last game with the LA Lakers. Tune in on ESPN2 when they take on the Utah Jazz at 10:30pm… and as you know, anything can happen at the Lakeshow.

What else, what else… oh we know, it’s the last week of the regular season and the playoffs start soon! Get ready.

Golf

Congratulations to Danny Willett, who won the 2016 Masters after Jordan Spieth stumbled down the stretch. Don’t worry too much about Spieth, though, he’s a star and only 22 and will bounce back.

Soccer

Leicester City had a huge weekend – the club qualified for next season’s Champions League football (a major accomplishment for the Cinderella team), and also further cemented their #1 position in the EPL with a 2-0 win over Sunderland. #3 Arsenal drew 3-3 against #6 West Ham United, #4 Manchester City took home a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion, and #2 Tottenham Hotspur scored a 3-0 win over #5 Manchester United.

Keep an eye out for Tuesday and Wednesday’s Champions League matches to see which teams advance to the semi-finals:

Hockey

After this weekend, the first round match-ups are set for NHL playoffs! You’ll see the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Detroit Red Wings, and the Philadelphia Flyers play for the Eastern Conference, and the Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Nashville Predators, and the Minnesota Wild play for the Western Conference. Check out the full bracket here.

Games start on Wednesday – make sure to take a look at the full schedule here.

Other

Congrats to the ladies of the UConn Huskies women’s basketball team for their fourth straight NCAA tournament championship title!

Have you heard of Trevor Story? He’s the Colorado Rockies’ rookie that’s taking Major League Baseball by storm. In his first six games, he hit seven home runs – that’s a new record. Keep an eye out for this one!

JUST FOR FUN

Father Time
Have you seen this new Apple TV ad featuring Kobe and Michael B. Jordan?

 

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Game Changer
Twitter and the NFL
People already use Twitter during games – but this creates a new way to view, as well as unique opportunities for advertisers

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4.5.16: Ball is life

Did that just happen? Talk about that one shining moment… Congrats to this year’s men’s college basketball national champions — the Villanova Wildcats!

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College Basketball

Congrats to Villanova and to Kris Jenkins on his game-winning 3 pointer, but props to UNC and especially Marcus Paige for this incredible shot. What a game!

Don’t miss UConn taking on Syracuse tonight at 8:30pm. The Huskies are looking for their fourth consecutive women’s championship title, so this is sure to get interesting!

NBA

Congratulations to Shaq, Allen Iverson and Yao Ming on being elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Oh, and in all things Dubwatch: Will the Golden State Warriors break the record? Game tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves gets us one step closer to finding out.

Soccer

EPL kicked back up again this past weekend! Leicester City is sitting atop the table in a seven point lead at this point, after Sunday’s win over Southampton (Leicester’s fifth 1-0 win in six games). #2 Tottenham Hotspur, drew 0-0 against Liverpool this Saturday, #3 Arsenal scored a 4-0  win over Watford, #4 Manchester City also scored a 4-0 win over AFC Bournemouth, and on Sunday, #5 Manchester United beat Everton 1-0.

El Clasico was also this past weekend — Real Madrid took on Barcelona and won 2-1 to end Barca’s 39-game winning streak. Cristiano Ronaldo scored that final goal, which was his 16th El Clasico goal.

By the way… don’t miss out on the upcoming UEFA Champions League matches: Barca v. Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich v. Benfica at 2:45 pm EST today, and VfL Wolfsburg v. Real Madrid and Paris St. Germain v. Manchester City at 2:45 pm EST tomorrow (Wednesday, April 6).

Other

April 9th is the end of the regular NHL season, and playoffs are set to begin soon after. Wondering who’s making it to the playoffs? Well, there are no Canadian teams making it this year… but you can check out the teams that are making it here.

JUST FOR FUN

What’s cookin’?
Ayesha Curry (Steph Curry’s wife) is going to get her own TV show on Food Network. We can’t wait!

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Wage Discrimination
Members of the USWNT have filed an action with the EEOC
The women (players from the World Cup-winning team) claim that their team is paid almost 4 times less than the U.S. Men’s National Team regardless of their revenue generation for U.S. Soccer

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