2.29.16: From 32 Feet…

Good Morning, Team SQ! Let’s talk about Steph and his 32-foot OT game-winner on Saturday night. No, really… Watch:

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NBA

Like we said in the intro, Saturday night arguably featured the game of the season as the Golden State Warriors topped the Oklahoma City Thunder in OT 121-118 on the road. Oh, and Steph Curry tied the NBA record with 12 threes in a game. He now holds the top three spots on the single season 3-pointer list. Yep, just another day.

In Eastern conference news, the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Washington Wizards on Sunday 113-99… and JR Smith is concerned. Seeing how LeBron James didn’t play… we think they’ll be just fine.

Oh, and in terms of what to watch this week?? It’s gotta be the Thunder/Warriors rematch on Thursday at 10:30 pm EST in Oakland. Steph, Westbrook, KD, Draymond, Klay…oh my! We can’t wait.

College Basketball

We’re coming upon the last week of the regular season and teams are starting to feel the pressure. Ohio State upset Iowa State 68-64 on Saturday, North Carolina fell to Virginia 74-79 on Saturday night, and Duke lost to Pittsburgh 62-76 on Sunday afternoon.

In all things impressive, Kansas locked up their 12th straight regular season Big 12 title with a win over Texas Tech.

This week, tune in for:

  • UNC at Duke – Saturday, March 5th at 6:30pm on ESPN

Soccer

During the past week, Arsenal lost 0-2 against Barcelona in the Champions League, Juventus drew 2-2 against Bayern Munich, Manchester City beat Dynamo Kiev 3-1, and PSV Eindhoven drew 0-0 against Atletico Madrid. On Saturday, Leicester City took home a late 1-0 win against Norwich City to stay at the top of the table and Chelsea scored a 2-1 win over Southampton. On Sunday in EPL, Manchester United won 3-2 over Arsenal (which brought them within striking distance of Man City’s 4th place spot in the table) and Tottenham Hotspur scored 2-1 over Swansea City. And, in Sunday’s Capital One Cup, Manchester City beat Liverpool to win on penalties. Their goalkeeper, Willy Caballero, was the star of the show as they won the shootout 3-1 after the match finished 1-1.

And in global football news, FIFA has a new president. Gianni Infantino was elected to replace Sepp Blatter.

Other

One day before the NHL trade deadline, the New York Rangers acquired a new player – Carolina Hurricanes’ center Eric Staal. In exchange for Staal, the Rangers gave the Hurricanes a second-round pick in 2016 and 2017, as well as Aleksi Saarela. The deadline is 3pm EST on Monday, so pay attention ’til then!

JUST FOR FUN

The Frisco RoughRiders
In case you thought your home team’s field was cool, the Texas Rangers’ Double A affiliate is building a lazy river in their outfield

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Rooney Rule
The NFL is making an effort to bring more diversity to the table
When there’s a job opening at the executive level, they’ll now be required to interview women as well as men

Memorable Moments
Did you see LeBron in Trainwreck?
We thought he was pretty great! Even though a bunch of athletes were featured in films this year, they didn’t get any Oscar credits

2.22.16: Hoops for all

Good Morning! What’s the story of the morning you ask? It’s all about Anthony Davis. The New Orleans Pelicans’ star had a 59-point 29 rebound kinda game… um yeah, highlights here:

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NBA

All Star break has come and gone, and now it’s time to get back to hoops. This weekend, the Golden State Warriors overcame a surprising 30+ point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday to top the LA Clippers on Saturday night 115-112, while the Cleveland Cavs won on the road 115-92 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, even though they lost Kyrie Irving early in the game.

Notable trades/acquisitions coming out of the break include the Cleveland Cavs picking up Channing Frye and the Detroit Pistons getting Tobias Harris.

This week tune in for the following games:

  • Golden State Warriors v. Miami Heat – Wednesday, February 24th at 7:30pm EST
  • San Antonio Spurs v. Houston Rockets – Saturday, Feburary 27th at 8:00pm EST
  • Golden State Warriors v. Oklahoma City Thunder – Saturday, February 27th at 8:30pm EST

College Basketball

College hoops remain quite all over the place this season. To recap:

This week, continue to enjoy all the crazy and get ready for the last two weeks of regular season play before the conference tournaments begin!

Soccer

On Saturday’s fifth round of the FA Cup, in a repeat of last year’s final, Arsenal drew 0-0 against Hull City. They will play again on Tuesday, March 8th to determine which team will move forward to the quarter-finals. On Sunday, Tottenham Hotspur lost 0-1 to Crystal Palace and Manchester City fell 1-5 to Chelsea. Quarter-finals will take place on Saturday, March 12th.

We’re down to the final 16 for the UEFA Champions League – in the first half of leg 1, Benfica won 1-0 over Zenit St Petersburg, Paris Saint-Germain scored a 2-1 win over Chelsea, KAA Gent lost 2-3 to VfL Wolfsburg and Real Madrid beat AS Roma 2-0. The rest of leg 1 begins this Tuesday the 23rd with Arsenal taking on Barcelona, Juventus taking on Bayern Munich, and the other two games take place on Wednesday the 24th with Dynamo Kiev playing Manchester City and PSV Eindhoven playing Atletico Madrid.

Other

In Sunday’s Daytona 500, Denny Hamlin beat Martin Truex Jr. by hustling into first place at the last second. This was the closest finish in history.

JUST FOR FUN

Bringing ’em back
At the NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game, old players from both the Minnesota North Stars/Minnesota Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks came out to play

 

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The Kingsbridge Project
A monumental new ice hockey venture in New York
Mark Messier (the former New York Rangers team captain) is heading up the construction of the proposed nine-rink Kingsbridge National Ice Center in the Bronx. The structure will provide space for college and high school hockey, as well as adult leagues like the N.W.H.L.

 

2.16.16: An All-Star Presidents Weekend

Happy Tuesday, Team SQ! What did you miss this weekend? The Kobe Bryant farewell tour, aka the NBA All-Star game. See highlights here: 

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NBA

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!

College Basketball

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.

Soccer

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

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Ibtihaj Muhammad
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

2.8.16: Your Super Bowl 50 Recap

The Monday after the Super Bowl is far from the most productive Monday. In fact, “according to a 2008 report, over 1.5 million workers will call in sick the day after the Super Bowl, and millions more will be late.” So, this morning we’ll give you some fast news about last night’s game, in the hopes that it’ll jump-start your day! Let’s start with some video highlights:

THE SUPER BOWL

Super Bowl 50: Denver Broncos v. Carolina Panthers

The game we waited so long for, Super Bowl 50, came to a close on Sunday night at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in front of approximately 70,000 people, but how did it happen?

  • Peyton Manning (Broncos QB):  He’s the oldest starting quarterback in Super Bowl history at age 39. This was Peyton’s second Super Bowl win (his first was with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006), and it is not confirmed yet whether or not he will end his 18-year career with this win.
  • Von Miller (Broncos linebacker): Your Super Bowl 50 MVP! Tonight, Von Miller had 2 1/2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 6 total tackles. He helped the Broncos score their first touchdown in the first quarter of the game with his strip-sack of Panthers’ Cam Newton, and he set up the second TD. He’s the 10th defensive Super Bowl MVP – only two other linebackers in history have received this honor.
  • Cam Newton (Panthers QB): Cam Newton was expected to make waves tonight, as the Panthers had the best offense going into the game. The Panthers had only lost one previous game this season (until last night), and were riding high. Prior to last night, he was responsible for approximately 80% of the Panthers’ offensive scores.

Even if Peyton Manning wasn’t playing at the tip-top of his game, he was playing on a good football team. And, even though Carolina had the league’s top offense this year, the Broncos’ top defense won out.

2.1.16: We’re almost at Super Bowl Sunday!

If you’re already looking forward to the upcoming weekend, rest assured you’re not alone… because it’s Super Bowl 50 time! What do you need to know? The Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers will be kicking off at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California at 6:30 EST. If you won’t be there, you can catch it on CBS. GET READY FOR SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!

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NBA

LeBron James scored 29 points on Saturday night to secure the Cleveland Cavaliers’ win 117-103 over the San Antonio Spurs, who played without their star center Tim Duncan. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love also scored 21 points apiece during the game, to hand San Antonio their second loss in 16 games.

The Golden State Warriors will be visiting the White House to celebrate their championship win after their game against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

In other news, the NBA investigation into LA Clippers player Blake Griffin is ongoing. Griffin was involved in an altercation with assistant equipment manager Matias Testi, during which Griffin broke his hand punching Testi.

College Basketball

On Saturday, #1 Oklahoma took home a close 77-75 comeback win over LSU on Saturday to remain in the top position in the AP Top 25. #2 UNC remained in that position as well after their 12th straight win, 89-62 over Boston College. #4 Kansas scored a 90-84 overtime win over #20 Kentucky, and the Jayhawks’ Wayne Selden Jr. finished the game with a career-high 33 points (seven of which were score in OT). On Sunday, #8 Maryland beat Ohio State 66-61.

Let’s hope that a weekend off did #24 Duke some good, as they lost 69-80 against #15 Miami last Monday. This week, we’ll watch the Blue Devils take on Georgia Tech on Tuesday at 9pm on ESPNU. We’re also looking forward to watching #2 UNC take on #16 Louisville tonight at 7pm on ESPN, #25 Notre Dame play #15 Miami on Wednesday at 7pm on ESPN2, and #12 Michigan State v. Michigan on Saturday at 2pm on CBS.

Tennis

What an outstanding Australian Open! On Saturday in the Women’s Singles final, six-time Australian Open winner Serena Williams lost to German Angelique Kerber. This was Kerber’s first major title win, and with it she joined Steffi Graf as the only German women to win the Australian Open. This win propels Kerber to no. 2 in the rankings, behind Williams. And, on Sunday, we watched a great game of tennis as #1 Novak Djokovic claimed his sixth Australian Open title with his Men’s Singles final win over #2 Andy Murray. With the win, Djokovic tied Roy Emerson for the most men’s titles. He is now looking towards completing his career Slam in May at the French Open.

Soccer

The fourth round of the FA Cup was this weekend, and defending champions Arsenal scored a 2-1 win against Burnley FC to propel themselves into the fifth round. Other teams that moved on to the fifth round this weekend are: Everton, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Leeds United AFC, Reading FC, Manchester City, Shrewsbury Town FC, Watford, Crystal Palace, Blackburn Rovers FC, AFC Bournemouth, Hull City, and Manchester United. There are two more games left in the fourth round — replays between Peterborough United v. West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United v. Liverpool on Tuesday February 9th — before we progress to the fifth round on Saturday, February 20.

In MLS, LA Galaxy fans will be happy to hear that the team signed English defender Ashley Cole, who won four Premier League titles, seven FA Cups, and a UEFA Champions League title during his time with both Arsenal and Chelsea.

Other

The 2016 Pro Bowl ended with Team Irvin scoring a 49-27 win over Team Rice, and Russell Wilson won the Pro Bowl Offensive MVP award.

The Pacific beat the Atlantic 1-0 in the NHL All-Star championship to take home the $1 million prize, and John Scott, captain of the Pacific Division, was crowned MVP.

JUST FOR FUN

What do you think?
Betting on the game itself is boring compared to some of these Super Bowl bets

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Ch-ch-ch-changes
The I.O.C. recently adopted some new guidelines
The policy now reflects that “…transgender athletes should be allowed to compete in the Olympics and other international events without undergoing sex reassignment surgery”