This past weekend didn’t have much to offer fans but there were still some big shocks of the weekend, including — you guessed it — a record knockout. Some teams and players received a knockout of their own this weekend as well, so here we go.
10. Manchester United lose to Bournemouth
Something is going on with Louis Van Gaal’s team, and they need to figure it out sooner than later. After being knocked out of Champions League play, they suffered a 2-1 loss to Bournemouth who are currently in 14th in the Premier League. In all fairness, Van Gaal’s side has dealt with some injuries, and they still sit in fourth place on the table.
9. Russell Westbrook baseline magic
Westbrook is a human highlight reel on most nights, but he made a tremendous play on Sunday against the Utah Jazz. Westbrook was inbounding the ball, threw it off the back of a Jazz defender, and gathered the ball up for a shot at the halftime buzzer. Shocking enough, even from Westbrook, but the Thunder are enjoying some amazing plays under new coach, Billy Donovan.
8. Derrick Henry wins Heisman
Any of the three players who were in New York on Saturday night could have won the Heisman Trophy, but it was Alabama’s Henry who took home the award. Henry had 339 carries for 1,986 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns this season and is more than deserving of this award. The biggest shock surrounding the Heisman presentation was the player that wasn’t there — Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds. If you missed the presentation, here is Henry’s Heisman acceptance speech.
7. Andy Dalton breaks thumb
The Bengals have had an amazing season and a big reason is quarterback Andy Dalton. Cincinnati now has to rely on backup quarterback AJ McCarron, but they should be in good hands. Dalton broke his thumb in yesterday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and will likely miss the rest of the season. His name has now been added to the long list of star players who have been injured and will miss the rest of the season.
6. North Carolina loses at Texas
The Tar Heels came into the game as the third-ranked team in college basketball but they didn’t make it out of this game with a win. The Longhorns played a gritty game against UNC and hit a shot at the buzzer to pull off the upset win. Javan Felix led Texas with 25 points, three rebounds and one assist, and he hit the uncontested game-winning shot at the buzzer.
5. Jaguars drop 51 on Colts
Heading into the game on Sunday, fans knew that the Jaguars’ offense offered some fireworks with their explosive athletes on the outside, but the Colts figured to pull out the win. Boy were they wrong! Jacksonville put up 51 points after opening the game in a first half hole. They then exploded for a 42-3 advantage in the second half and handed the Colts their first AFC South loss since Dec. 16, 2012.
4. Raiders upset Broncos
Denver led most of the game but the Raiders ended up with the 15-12 victory. A big reason: Khalil Mack’s FIVE sacks of Brock Osweiler, including one for a safety. The Raiders had minus-12 yards at halftime and were down 12-0, but had a better second half that led to Oakland’s first victory over the Broncos since Sept. 11, 2011.
3. Ole Miss’ Nkemdiche falls 15 feet
Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche fell one-story from a hotel window in Atlanta, but he appears to be okay after suffering the fall. The incident is still under investigation by police, and Nkemdiche was found conscious and breathing before being transported to Grady Memorial Hospital.
2. Milwaukee Bucks end Warriors’ streak
After the Golden State Warriors opened the 2015-16 season with a 24-game winning streak, that streak came to an end due to an impressive performance by the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks were led by Greg Monroe’s 28 points in the 108-95 victory over the road-weary Warriors. Can Golden State surpass the Chicago Bulls’ NBA regular season record for wins? Sitting at 24-1 isn’t a bad start for them.
1. McGregor silences Aldo
Jose Aldo said that Conor McGregor talked too much. McGregor said Aldo was scared of him. And the rest is UFC history; a 13-second McGregor knockout of Aldo which is a UFC-record knockout time in a title fight. There will be a rematch of the title fight but when and where have yet to be answered.