You The Real MVPs

May 10, 2021

Welcome Back 

What a weekend. High scores, milestones and trophies in bunches. The Kentucky Derby controversy may not be over (we’ll have more on that in tomorrow’s edition), and Russell Westbrook goes for the triple-double record tonight.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms on the team. You the real MVPs.

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NBA

The Scoring Title Shootout

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Steph Curry (49 Points) & Bradley Beal (50 Points) Are Neck-and-Neck for the 2020-21 NBA Scoring Title

 

Who would’ve guessed the NBA scoring title would come down to the stars of two teams seeded 8th and 9th in the NBA playoff race? That’s where we at, and we’re not complaining. Steph Curry and Bradley Beal put on a show this weekend. Beal dropped a 50-ball against the Pacers in a thriller (133-132, OT). Curry clapped back with 49 points (11 3-pointers) in another lights-out performance on Saturday in a Warriors’ win over the Thunder (136-97). The two are in a dead heat for the NBA’s scoring title — an award that’s rarely this competitive late in the season. A dozen games to go…

 

NBA Scoring Race

Steph Curry (60 Games): 1,912 Points | 31.9 PPG

Bradley Beal (59 Games): 1,853 Points | 31.4 PPG

 

Other NBA Highlights

 

Westbrook Ties Triple-Double Record: One more to go. Russell Westbrook tied Oscar Robertson’s triple-double record (181) with 33-19-15 on Saturday against the Pacers (133-132, OT). He can break the record tonight in Atlanta (7:30 pm ET, NBATV).

 

AD’s 42 Propels Lakers: The Lakers fell into the 7-seed with a loss to the Blazers on Friday, but Anthony Davis resurrected L.A. on Sunday night with 42 points and a huge win over the Suns (123-110).

 

Heat Put Celtics on the Brink: Boston has been pushed into the play-in tournament (for now) after losing Sunday night to Miami (130-124). The Celtics are two games back of the Heat for the 6th spot in the East.

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PGA

Rory Returns to the Top

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After 18-Month Drought, Rory McIlroy (-10) Wins Wells Fargo Championship by 1 Stroke

 

It had been 1 year, 6 months and 6 days since Rory McIlroy last won a PGA Tour event, but the wait is finally over. Once touted as golf’s next great star, McIlroy was the second-youngest player (22) to reach the World No. 1 ranking (Tiger Woods, 1997). Sunday’s win at the Wells Fargo Championship could change his fortune just in time for summer. McIlroy (-10) survived a scare on the 18th hole, but he saved bogey — his only one on Sunday — for a one-stroke win over Abraham Ancer (-9). It was McIlroy’s third career victory at Quail Hollow.

 

Final Leaderboard

R. McIlroy (-10)

A. Ancer (-9)

V. Hovland (-8)

K. Mitchell (-8)

G. Woodland (-7)

 

Other Notable Scorecards: P. Reed (-5), B. DeChambeau (-4), T. Fleetwood (-2), X. Schauffele (-2), J. Thomas (E), P. Mickelson (+7)

 

Watch: Rory McIlroy Ends 18-Month Drought With Win at Quail Hollow

 

Additional Storylines

Golf.com: ‘It’s Never Easy!’ Despite 18th-Hole Drama, McIlroy Wins Wells Fargo Championship

USA Today: Phil Mickelson Goes From 7-Under to 7-Over in Three Days At Wells Fargo Championship

SI: Bryson DeChambeau Flies Home After Thinking He Missed Weekend Cut at Quail Hollow

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SOCCER

Pitch Notes From Around the Globe

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NWSL Challenge Cup, El Trafico & Manchester City’s Title Waiting Game

 

A busy weekend in soccer action saw a trophy earned, a rivalry renewed, and another trophy presentation spoiled in England. Here’s a quick recap of some pitch notes from around the globe.

 

NWSL: Portland Thorns Win Challenge Cup

The first hardware of the 2021 NWSL season belongs to the Portland Thorns, but the Challenge Cup wasn’t won without drama. Portland took a 1-0 lead on Christine Sinclair’s early 20-yard rocket (8’), but Gotham FC’s Carli Lloyd found the equalizing header in the second half (61’). All square at the end of the regulation, the two clubs went to a penalty shootout before Morgan Weaver netted the winner.

 

MLS: Chicharito Leads Galaxy in El Trafico

The first MLS El Trafico of the 2021 season went the way of L.A. Galaxy on Saturday (2-1). Chicharito scored the opening goal (11’) before Diego Rossi responded (62’). It was Jonathan dos Santos who fired the winner (79’) to give Galaxy a 5-3 all-time advantage in the L.A. rivalry.

 

EPL: Chelsea Win Keeps City’s Title Waiting

The celebration will have to wait another week. Chelsea defeated Manchester City (2-1) on Saturday to keep the champions at bay for a few more days. Manchester United scored three unanswered goals to notch a 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday and delayed the celebration even further. City will have to wait until Friday against Newcastle to secure the trophy.

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NHL

2 Teams Clinch, 2 Coaches Gone

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Blues & Predators Clinch; Eliminated Teams Send Coaches Packing

 

The NHL regular season is coming to a close this week, and the playoffs are set with all but one spot still up for grabs. Two teams clinched over the weekend, but two teams on the outside of the playoff picture opted to fire their head coaches. Here’s the latest from the NHL:

 

Blues Clinch Despite Two-Loss Weekend

St. Louis lost back-to-back games to the Golden Knights on Friday and Saturday, but the Coyotes concluded their season three points shy of the 4-seed. The Blues took the final spot in the West Division.

 

Predators Clinch, Eliminate Stars

Nashville added its name to the playoff field with a 3-1 win on Saturday against the Hurricanes. By claiming the final spot in the Central Division, they eliminated the 2020 Stanley Cup runner-ups (Dallas) from the postseason.

 

NHL Coach Firings

John Tortorella (Blue Jackets)

Rick Tocchet (Coyotes)

 

Additional Storylines

NHL: Stars Eliminated From Playoffs Season After Reaching Cup Final

SportsNet: Canadiens Spoil Chance to Solidify Playoff Spot With Embarrassing Effort

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🎥 THE HIGHLIGHTS

⚾️ MLB: Miley Tosses 4th No-Hitter of the Season

Number four! Cincinnati Reds’ ace Wade Miley tallied the fourth no-hitter of the MLB season. The Reds beat the Indians an all-Ohio battle (3-0) behind Miley’s eight Ks and one walk. He’s the first Reds pitcher to toss a no-no since Homer Bailey (2013).

 

🏒 NHL: McDavid Notches 100th Point in 53 Games

Oilers forward Connor McDavid made NHL history in Saturday’s 4-3 win over the Canucks. McDavid tallied a goal and three assists to hit the 100-point milestone in just 53 games. He’s just the ninth player in league history to register 100 points in 53 games or less.

 

🥊 BOXING: Canelo Alvarez Wins Unification Fight

Canelo Alvarez won the super middleweight unification fight against Billy Joe Saunders Saturday night in front of 70,000-plus at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Mexican champ battered Saunders until his corner threw in the towel after the eighth round.

 

🏎 NASCAR: Truex Jr. Dominates Darlington

Another weekend, another win for Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 19 Toyota. He led 248 laps of the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway to capture his third victory in 2021 (12 races).

 

🎾 TENNIS: Zverev & Sabalenka Win Madrid Open

The 5-seeds Alexander Zverev and Aryna Sabalenka both won three-set finales at the Madrid Open over the weekend. (5) Zverev knocked off (8) Matteo Berrettini (6-7, 6-4, 6-3) while (5) Sabalenka took down World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty (6-0, 6-3, 6-4).

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THE STORYLINES 

💐 The Sports World Mother’s Day Tributes

The sports world reacted to Mother’s Day on Sunday with a number of teams and individual players sharing well wishes to all of the moms out there. How many athletes would be where they are today without the love and support of their mothers along the way? (Bleacher Report)

 

🏇 KY Derby Winner Fails Post-Race Drug Test

Medina Spirit, the 12-1 shot who went wire-to-wire in last Saturday’s Derby, returned a positive post-race test over the allowed limit for betamethasone. If the test is confirmed, Medina Spirit will be stripped of the win, leaving trainer Bob Baffert facing horse racing’s greatest shame. (USA Today)

 

🏈 The Aaron Rodgers Offseason Tracker

Is the reigning NFL MVP about to be traded? Could he become the next full-time host of ‘Jeopardy!’? And what’s next in his relationship with Shailene Woodley? Let’s run through all of the developments in the quarterback’s offseason for the ages. (The Ringer)

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