The Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth Stanley Cup on Sunday night. They defeated the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Penguins have clinched each of their four Stanley Cups on the road. Sidney Crosby earned the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoff MVP. He had 19 points in 24 playoff games.
After three straight mediocre performances by the back to back MVP, Steph Curry led the Warriors to a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Cavaliers. Curry notched 38 points on the back of seven three-pointers. He added six assists and five rebounds to his scoreline in Golden State’s 11 point victory.
After a disappointing opening game in the Copa America tournament, the United States soccer team rallied back for two straight wins to surprisingly win Group A. They earned that top spot after a 1-0 victory over Paraguay, and Colombia losing 3-2 against Costa Rica. Clint Dempsey was the lone goal scorer in the contest.
The best soccer player in the world solidified his position after scoring a hat trick in just 26 minutes after coming off the bench in the 61st minute in Argentina’s second Copa America contest. Messi leads the favorited Argentina side in the tournament as they head towards the knockout stage.
Maybe a playoff series too late, but Draymond Green has been assessed with a flagrant foul after his hit towards the man region of LeBron James. That was his fourth flagrant foul of the postseason which comes with a one game suspension. The Warriors will have to try and close out the series without a key player.
In a funny moment that isn’t surprising coming from David Ortiz, the veteran got on first base and proceeded to “reward” the first baseman with a back massage before the next pitch. The game of baseball will miss Big Papi when he retires.
Up 3-0 in the bottom of the 9th is usually a recipe for success. Not for Louisville. UC Santa Barbara hit a walkoff Grand Slam to punch their ticket to the College World Series. Jubilation for the winning side, heartbreak for the other.
IMPORTANT DATES THIS WEEK
1998 - Jazz fans will argue to their death that it was an offensive foul. With 10 seconds remaining in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals and the Bulls down 85-86, there was no doubt where the ball was going. The biggest surprise was that the Jazz allowed Bryon Russell to defend Jordan one-on-one.
Jordan got the ball near the top of the key, drove to his right before pulling back to his left (possibly using his left hand to push Russell off) then rose up and drained the jumper while leaving his hand up in the air. It capped his sixth championship in eight years and and it was his last shot with the Chicago Bulls.
1994 - The Chicago Bulls beat the Seattle Sonics to win their 4th title in six years. In 1999 of this date, Phil Jackson was named the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
1982 - Reggie Jackson recorded his 2,000 hit on this date in 1982. On the same team 23 years later, Derek Jeter hit his first career Grand Slam.