Sports Update

Author: Austin Gatlin

Posted September 25th, 2020

With the start of NFL and NCAA football seasons underway, sports are officially back. The NHL and NBA are both in the later parts of their playoffs, while the MLB heads into their final stretch of the regular season.

 

NBA:

9/19

While the NBA is underway with their conference finals games, the league awards were given out last week. 

  • MVP/ Defensive Player of the year- Giannis Antetokounmpo 

  • Coach of the Year- Nick Nurse

  • Sixth Man Award- Montrezel Harrell 

  •  Rookie of the Year- Ja Morant

  • Most Improved Player- Brandon Ingram

9/20

East Finals Game 3

Celtics- 117

Heat- 106

Series 2-1 Heat

    The celtics record their first win of the series outsourcing the heat in all four quarters. Game leaders for the Celtics included Jaylen Brown- 26 points, Jayson Tatum- 14 rebounds 8 assists. Game leaders for the Heat were Bam Adebayo- 27 points 16 rebounds, Goran Dragic 5 assists.

 

9/21

West Finals Game 2

Nuggets- 103

Lakers- 105

Series 2-0 Lakers

    The back and forth game ended with Anthoney Davis hitting a 3-point buzzer beater to extend the Lakers series lead 2-0. Game Leaders for the Nuggets were Nikola Jokic- 30 points 9 assists, Paul Millsap 8 rebounds. Game leaders for the Lakers were Anthoney Davis- 31 points, LeBron James- 11 rebounds, Rajon Rondo- 9 assists.



 

 

 

NHL:

9/20

Game 1

Dallas Stars- 4

Tampa Bay Lightning- 1

Dallas stars lead series 1-0

The Dallas Stars opened the series with a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Dallas lit up the score board early with a goal scored by Joel Hanley, assisted by Roope Hintz. The Lightning bounced back with a goal from Yanni Gourde assisted by Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow. The Stars then scored two goals in the second period. The first goal came from Jamie Oleksiak, assisted by Alexander Radulov and Miro Heiskanen. Dallas would build off that one last time before heading to the locker room, when Joel Kiviranta netted a goal late in the period, assisted by Jon Klinberg and Esa Lindel. The Dallas Stars went on to win 4-1 scoring the fourth goal on an empty net late in the third period.


 

 

9/22

Game 2

Dallas Stars- 2

Tampa Bay Lightning- 3

Series tied 1-1

    The Tampa Bay Lightning evened up the series with a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars. The Lightning scored three goals in the first period. The first goal came on the Lightning power play by Brayden Point, assisted by Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov. Tampa Bay scored once again on the power play when Ondrej Palat scored from the top of the circle, assisted by Nitita Kucherov Victor Hedman. The Lightning scored their third goal slightly after, as  Kevin Shattenkirk  lit the lamp, assisted by Anthony Cirelli and Blake Coleman. About three quarters into the second period, Dallas found the net on the power play when Joe Pavelski tipped in a puck shot by Jon Klinbrg, who received the pass from Alexander Radulov. Later in the second period, Alexander Radulov passed the puck to Jon Klingberg, who passed it to Mattias Janmark for a tip-in goal. The third period was well fought, but neither team was able to score. The Lightning tied up the series and look to keep their momentum going for a game three win, while Dallas hopes for revenge and to regain the series lead.

 

NHL Awards:

  • Hart Trophy | MYP & Ted Lindsay Award | Most outstanding player during the regular season: Leon Draisaitl

  • James Norris Memorial Trophy | Best Defenseman: Roman Josi

  • Vezina Trophy | Best Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck

  • Calder Memorial Trophy | Rookie of the Year: Cale Makar

  • King Clancy Memorial Trophy | Leadership on and off the ice: Matt Dumba

  • Masterton Trophy | Dedication to Hockey: Bobby Ryan

  • Selke Trophy | Best defensive forward: Sean Couturier

  • Lady Byng Trophy | Most gentlemanly player/ sportsmanship: Nathan Mickinon

  • Jack Adams award | Coach of the year: Bruce Cassidy

  • Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award: Mark Giordano

  • Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award: Dampy Brar



MLB:

9/22

    The 60 game MLB season has flown by as we are in the final week of play. The regular season wraps up Sunday, September 27, and the postseason will begin Tuesday, September 29 with the new sixteen team playoff format.

 

    Major news:

  • Albert Pujols is now 5th all time for major league home runs as he passed the great Willie Mays with a 412ft bomb Friday night over the Texas Rangers.

  • Reigning AL Cy Young award winner and Houston Astros Ace Justin Verlander made a big announcement via social media that he does need Tommy John Surgery.

 

    AL East- The Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees have both clinched a playoff spot. The Yankees will need to get lucky if they want the top spot as they are 4.5 games behind the Rays as of Tuesday morning. The Toronto Blue Jays are in the running for a wild card spot as well.

 

    AL Central- The battle continues as the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins battle for first place in the AL Central during the final stretch. Both have clinched a playoff spot, but first place has yet to be determined. The Twins are only a game and a half behind as of Tuesday morning. The Clevland Indians are another team looking to grab one of two wild card spots.

 

    AL West- The Oakland A’s have clinched the top spot in the AL West for the first time since 2013. They have a solid 6.5 game lead over the second place Houston Astros. Oakland and Houston are the only teams from the AL West expected to make the playoffs.

 

    NL East- The Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, and Philadelphia Phillies are all in a race for the playoffs. None have clinched a playoff spot. Atlanta is first. Miami is second at 4 games behind Atlanta. Philadelphia is third at 5.5 games behind Atlanta, 1.5 games behind Miami for that second place spot.

 

    NL Central-. Four out of the five teams all have a chance to make the playoffs. The Chicago Cubs are first. The St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds are tied for second at 4.5 games behind Chicago. The Milwaukee Brewers are fourth 5.5 games behind first, 1 game behind second.

 

    NL West- Once again the Los Angeles Dodgers are on top of the NL West. Both the Dodgers and the San Diego Padres have clinched playoff spots and are likely the only teams to hold a playoff spot from the NL West. The Padres are 4 games behind the Dodgers.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NFL

9/22

    The NFl had a wild weekend full of injuries. I don’t know about y’all, but my fantasy team isn’t looking the best right now.

  • Saquon Barkley, Nick Bosa, Courtland Sutton, Solomon Thomas and others all tore their ACL this week.

  • George Kittle also suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee, but is expected to play next week, although if more serious he could be out a few more weeks. 

  • NFL fans got their first look at first round pick Justin Herbert due to Chargers starter Tyrod Taylor suffering a minor chest injury. Herbert went 22-33, throwing for 311 yards and one touchdown with one interception. Tyrod Taylor will still be the starter when healthy the Chargers say.

  • Broncos QB Drew Lock suffered a severe rotator cuff strain and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. 

  • Panthers running back Christian McCaffery is dealing with a high ankle sprain and is said to be out 4-6 weeks, but he plans to be ready to go sooner. 

  • 49ers running back Telvin Coleman will miss multiple weeks with a knee injury. 

 

    Since Sunday, five head coaches and their teams have received fines for not wearing a mask on the sideline at all times. Each team has been fined $250,000 and each coach has been fined $100,000. Denver and their head coach, Vic Fangio, Seattle and their head coach Pete Caroll, San Francisco and head coach Kyle Shanahan, New Orleans and head coach Sean Payton, and Las vegas and head coach Jon Gruden have all been fined. 

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