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Top 10 Shocks of the Weekend: Vol. 8

The past couple of weekends have shown that the sports world will always provide shocks of the weekend every week. The NBA is now underway and we’ve already seen a player drop 50-plus points in a game — not even a full week into the season. The NFL seems to be struggling with injuries on a weekly basis and Chelsea is being Chelsea.

10. Chelsea lose yet again

At some point, the Blues might be thinking of sacking current manager Jose Mourinho. There has to be a man out there that can urge Chelsea players to play hard all of the time, right? With a 3-1 loss to Liverpool this weekend and only 11 points through the first 11 Premier League games, Chelsea needs to make some tough decisions in an attempt to get back to their winning ways.

9. More NFL injuries

Just when the NFL thought that the game was safe for all players, the injuries are once again mounting at an alarming rate. Last week it was Texans running back Arian Foster, this week it was Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. and Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake. The Achilles’ injuries are becoming quite the problem, but how do you prevent them? Add to that Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell going down with a knee injury and Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette also suffered a gruesome neck injury yesterday and will need neck surgery to repair some ligaments. The NFL has a new problem and it has nothing to do with players getting arrested, but could be just as bad for their image.

8. Steph Curry first player to drop 50-plus points in 2015-16

Most NBA fans know how good Warriors guard Stephen Curry is and he showed how special he is on Saturday night against the New Orleans Pelicans. Not only did he score 53 points, but he also added 28 of those in the third quarter alone. Curry is averaging a whopping 39.3 points per game this season (three games) and he looks as if he can’t be stopped. The shock of this isn’t that Curry did it, but rather that it came so quickly at the start of the NBA season.

7. Oklahoma State with another comeback win

The Cowboys have won several games with second-half comebacks, and it happened in Lubbock, TX on Saturday. After falling behind Texas Tech 24-14 at the end of the first quarter and trailing 38-28 at the end of the first half, Oklahoma State outscored the Red Raiders 42-15 in the second half. They ended up winning to the tune of 70-53 and both offenses combined for 1,304 yards of offense on the day.

6. Patrick Kane might have rape charges dropped

Kane has become an integral part of the Chicago Blackhawks and his pending rape charges might be dropped. While there is still a possibility that a civil suit could be filed by the accuser, this has to be great news for the Blackhawks star. It rightfully belongs on our shocks of the weekend as well, seeing as the last three months have been hell for Kane and Chicago.

5. Everton explodes for six goals in victory

The Toffees enjoyed their match against Sunderland on Saturday, and they walked away with a 6-2 victory at Goodison Park in Liverpool. It was the most goals that Everton has scored in a Premier League game since a 7-1 win against Sunderland in Nov. 2007. Another shock was that Arouna Kone scored a hat trick in a brilliant performance for Everton. Perhaps the best goal coming off of a cross from Romelu Lukaku.

4. Denver Broncos remain undefeated

Going into the game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football, many thought that the Broncos‘ offense would struggle. The doubters were shown that the Broncos still have plenty can still play and they remain undefeated with a 29-10 thrashing of the Packers. The biggest shock with this game was that the Broncos’ defense held Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to only 77 passing yards.

3. Eli Manning and Drew Brees light up the scoreboard

In a thrilling 52-49 Saints victory, it appeared that Manning and Brees could not be stopped on Sunday. Manning’s stat line for the game was 30/41 for 350 yards and six touchdown passes. It was a game for the ages! Brees could not be outdone though, and he was 40/50 for 511 yards and an NFL record-tying SEVEN touchdown passes. If you didn’t catch the game, just watch these highlights courtesy of the NFL YouTube channel.

2. Kansas City Royals win World Series for first time since 1985

The biggest surprise from the Royals‘ World Series win was how they did it this postseason. What they accomplished was nothing short of MLB history, and Game 5 of the Series was no different. The Royals set an MLB record for most postseason wins after trailing by two-plus runs in a game with seven victories of conquering that feat. Last night, Mets pitcher Matt Harvey was dominant and forced his way into the ninth inning with a 2-0 lead. And the rest is history, as they say.

1. Miami Hurricanes game-winning kickoff return

Sports fans would think that the Hurricanes‘ kickoff return for a game-winning touchdown against Duke was the biggest shock, but I’m going in a different direction with it. Yes, the return was amazing, but there were multiple penalties committed on the return and it shouldn’t have counted, even though the officials reviewed the play for nine minutes. The biggest shock is that the ACC realized that the refs made multiple mistakes — in the review as well — and they have suspended the officiating crew and replay officials from the game for the next two games. Nonetheless, here is the return in all of its penalty-filled greatness.

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