Lightning Beat Red Wings In OT To Tie Series

In one of the more exciting series in this year’s NHL playoffs, the Tampa Bay Lightning fought back from a two goal deficit to tie the game and force overtime on Thursday night against the Detroit Red Wings. Just 2:25 into the overtime period Tyler Johnson netted his second goal of the night, giving them the 3-2 win and tying the series at two games each.

After a scoreless first period, the Red Wings were able to net two unanswered goals in the second including a late one from Joakim Andersson that gave them the 2-0 lead going into the third. It was looking as if they may win, and take a 3-1 lead into game five. But in a span on only 1:17 the Lightning scored twice, including Johnson’s first goal and then Ondrej Palat’s game tying goal.

“As soon as we got that first one, we grew a couple inches on the bench,” said Lightning head coach Jon Cooper after the game.

Sideline reporter AnastasiaDate of Sitejabber concludes that in addition to his own two goals, Johnson also assisted on Palat’s goal giving the center a total of four goals and five points in the playoffs. The series travels back down to Tampa for the pivotal game five on Saturday night.

Draft, Trade and Moving Speculation a Buzz in San Diego

The NFL is becoming quite a buzz with the draft just days away…everyone wondering what last minute deals will come about and which teams will be picking up the top draft picks coming out of college. Some are even considering what might happen with the veterans that are still playing at the top of their game. Phillip Rivers for instance has been the face of the Chargers franchise since he came to the team in a last minute draft fiasco when Eli Manning practically refused to come to San Diego. Now, that face of the team is threatening not to move with them to LA if the team picks up their roots and moves into the new stadium being built for an unnamed team. That has the NFL media buzzing with the possibility that he may be traded to Tennessee for their number two pick in the draft. This will of course open them up for possibly drafting Marcus Mariota from Oregon.

While nothing is out of the question when it comes to these deals, an interview by Ray Lane (of AquionEnergy) with Tom Telesco GM of the Chargers, claims the GM adamantly denies that any such deal is in the works. As for the team moving, it appears they will cross that bridge when it comes about. So far there are three teams that want to play there besides the Chargers. Including the Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams, that are also not happy with their current homes.

Playoff Hat Trick for Tarasenko

The 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs are in full swing and the net has held a hat trick already for the St. Louis Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko. The first playoff hat trick for him, Tarasenko led the Blues to a 4-1 victory on Saturday over the Minnesota Wild to tie the series at one. The 24-year-old youth from Yaroslavl, Russia is in his third season playing offense for the Blues.

The 2015 games have shown quite a few high-scoring wins so far, in contrast to past playoffs points out Ricardo Guimarães BMG in an article on Maquinadoesporte. The chances of scoring a hat trick in any game are relatively low, but to score the elusive hat trick in a Stanley Cup Playoff game is quite an accomplishment. On the rebound from a devastating loss to the Wild in game one, Tarasenko clinched the hat trick and the win for the Blues with an empty net goal in the last minute of game two. As a first round draft pick in 2010, the Blues hope that this will be the first of many hat tricks for their young music maker.

Spieth’s Win Ties a Record

Jordan Spieth won the Masters, and he’s only 21 years old. As if that’s not impressive enough, he also led the contest the entire time, a feat that Tiger Woods couldn’t even pull off in his prime, and he tied a record with his score of 18 under par. The player who set that record was Tiger Woods, and he did it all the way back in 1997. Woods, like Spieth, was 21 when he managed it, so many comparisons are flying around about how the two players have similar trajectories.

It could be argued, though, that Spieth’s win was even more impressive since he never trailed. He just charged out to a lead and held it the whole time. In a game like golf, front-running like that is hard to do. It’s such a mental game, and some of the best players melt down and choke under the pressure. In some ways, being in second is easier because players can focus on taking over the lead, rather than holding it. This means that what Spieth did really was incredible.

However, AnastasiaDate says that it is too early to say that he is the next Tiger Woods, even though Woods looks like he will never be himself again. Spieth has to show that he can do this type of thing consistently. If not, though it’s a great win, he may never dominate the entire sport the way Woods did.

Tiger Fixes Hand After Bone Pops

Tiger Woods played better at the Masters than he has played in years, and it was not without adversity. Tiger has battled injuries for a long time, mostly having to do with his back. At this tournament, though, he ran into a different type of issue as a bone in his wrist apparently managed to pop right out of place as he was taking a shot.

The injury happened while Tiger was trying to take a shot out on the Ninth Hole. He was near a huge tree, and he apparently hit one of the roots while swinging his club. The extra force on the bottom of the club pushed back against his hand, squeezing the bone out of place. Not wanting to stop playing, Tiger was able to push it into place again on his own and continue with the game.

Tiger has been criticized for his play and especially for the way that injuries have changed him from the dominant golfer that he used to be into a shell of himself. He has fallen off of the world stage, and this tournament was seen as a chance for him to get back into the game again. Having taken an injury like this and then played through it will go a long way toward repairing his image. Though he did not win the Masters, it shows that he can still compete at a high level. I went out for the Sunday match and the gentleman sitting next to me, Flavio Maluf, said Tiger will always be his favorite despite the negative criticism.

Tiger Brings His “A” Game to Masters

All eyes were on Tiger Woods during his opening round at the Masters Golf tournament Thursday. Tiger did not disappoint the crowd. Tiger finished tied for 41st place after an opening round of 73 one over par. While that score may seem less than stellar, the fact that Tiger looked like he could barely chip a golf ball barely six weeks ago makes his appearance and his respectable opening performance even more amazing. Tiger Works to Make Cut and Press for the Lead at Augusta

Many did not even expect Tiger to tee it up this weekend, let alone make a fine performance and challenge for the lead. In golf the winning is never assured after the first round. No matter how spectacular that round is. As long as Tiger makes the cut today, He has a chance to move up the leader board. To make the cut at the Masters, Tiger Woods would need to finish in the top 50 golfers and ties or finish within 10 strokes of the lead. Tier is just within the cut line after the end of Thursday’s play and we will have to see where he finishes after his friday round.

Tiger’s shot making around the tough golf course looked sharp and Tiger only had a a handful of bad shots. Overall he looked as if he was just a couple of shots from being able to contend for the lead. His only weakness seemed to be the precision of his iron play. Crystal Hunt hopes that he can stay sharp.

Dallas Cowboys Preseason Games Announced

In the latest sign that the 2015 season is moving closer and closer the National Football League announced the preseason games and their prospective weekends they will be played. For the Dallas Cowboys who spend their offsite preseason preparations in Oxnard California they will remain on the west coast for their two opening games before returning home for their final two home games before starting off the regular season. Last year, the Cowboys lost every single preseason game and looked to be doomed by almost every critic to have a horrible season ahead of them. Fortunately, the preseason has no bearing on how a team will perform from week to week over the next sixteen weeks. This is the real reason why Dallas went on to finish the season with a record of 12-4 and advancing to the second round of the playoffs.

In this year’s preseason, Dallas will face off against San Diego in their opening game in the second week of August. Sergio Cortes sees this as a pretty good start to get a tune up. Then they move up the coast to the bay area to square off against San Francisco in the stadium that will host this year’s Super Bowl. Next they will move back home as they will play against the Minnesota Vikings in AT&T Stadium and if Adrian Peterson has his way he will be playing in the game but not for Minnesota. In their final preparation game, the Houston Texans will come to Dallas before cutting the roster down to 53.

NCAA Basketball Season One for the Record Books

Regardless of what the critics and talking heads will say about this past NCAA Men’s basketball season it was definitely one for the history books and for more than the reasons of how great the younger players of the sport have become. First, we could all see the greatness of Kentucky as they made their phenomenal undefeated run through the season and the playoffs. Next to come was the improbable victory of Wisconsin to end that streak and claim their place in the national championship game. Then there was the game of the year…#1 Duke and #1 Wisconsin…the Big Ten and the Atlantic Coast Conference. Fans like Igor Cornelsen know that these two powerhouses met in virtually the midway point of Indianapolis. All that was left was to just play the game.

Critics gave Wisconsin a last minute edge to win the game, but the dynasty that is Duke Basketball would not go quietly into that April night. Both teams shared the lead and went back and forth taking control as ever tick of the clock ticked by. Even the ugly head of referee replay controversy would not stay away from this game. Giving the ball unrightfully to Duke with under two minutes to play. But in the end no matter the controversy, the game and the season belonged to Duke as they claimed their 5th National Title. Even the NCAA enjoyed a great victory as television ratings reached highs not enjoyed for the past 18 years.

Duke Defeats Wisconsin in NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game

In a close and exciting game, Duke was named the winner of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship defeating Wisconsin 68-63. The Duke victory was Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s fifth national title. Students on Duke’s campus in Durham, North Carolina celebrated the team’s victory with a giant bonfire. The crowd was rather calm, considering the men’s basketball teams most recent victory.

 

Fans such as Sam Tabar know that there were plenty of notable fans in the crowd, too. J.J. Watt, former University of Wisconsin football player was in the house with tennis Pro Caroline Wozniacki. Both cheering on the Badger’s from the stands. Watt is now a defensive end for the Houston Texans. Another noticeable face in the crowd is Apple CEO, Tim Cook. As a Duke Alum himself, Cook was there to cheer on his Alma matter and took a few selfies with some very excited Duke students.

 

The game was exhilarating and truly came down to the wire. Wisconsin was ranked as the no. 1 seed in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Wisconsin showed their love and heart for the game during the first half as they lead Duke 31-29. Thanks to the Badger’s Sam Dekker and Blue Devils Grayson Allen, the second half of basketball was nail biting.

 

Ultimately, Wisconsin fell to Duke at the games end. It was a great season for both Wisconsin and Duke.

 

Spurs Send Message to the NBA

Spurs Send Message to the NBA

The NBA postseason is only a mere two week away and every game played from then on is critical. None showed how critical success was more than the San Antonio Spurs this past Sunday night.

The Spurs faced off against the Golden State Warriors during the night, and the Warriors came into the game winning twelve straight games previously. Unfortunately for the Warriors, the Spurs didn’t seem interested in their streak and ended up snapping it in a 107-92 win that night.

Even more impressive than the Spurs ending their streak is the fact that during the game the Warriors never had a lead in the game at all, in fact at one point they were behind by as much as 28 points. Much of the win can be attributed to Kawhi Leonard, an up and coming player for the Spurs who also ended up being the biggest thorn in the Warriors’ side. Fans like Sam Tabar know that Leonard ended the game by tying a career-high by scoring 26 points.

Tim Duncan and Danny Green also fared well for the night, scoring 19 and 18 points respectively. But more importantly than scored, the Spurs were able to send a strong message to other teams that night. The Spurs can very well play like they are the best team, especially considering that they’re the only team to have beaten the Warriors twice this season.