There were plenty of long shot plays this weekend in multiple sports, but there was also some history made at different levels of the sports world in this edition of shocks of the weekend. A couple of veteran NFL players went riding off into the sunset (one literally) and an NHL player has risen up the scoring charts and passed another legend.
10. Baseball is back
Spring training has commenced and full squads will be joining their pitcher/catcher teammates in Arizona and Florida in the next couple of days. It is a time that baseball fans have waited months for and the boys of summer are finally taking the field. In a couple of weeks, spring training games will begin and Opening Day will be here before we know it.
9. Joseph Randle arrested again
For the fifth time in the last 17 months, former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle was arrested. This time he was arrested for reportedly trying to hit three people with his car (battery), one count of drug possession and one count of criminal damage. Randle will likely not be back in the NFL anytime soon, but for now he should focus on staying out of handcuffs.
8. USA hockey youth team wins gold
The U.S. youth hockey team did something that doesn’t happen often enough; beating Canada in the Gold Medal game by a score of 5-2. It was a big win for the Youth Olympic team, especially with a 4-2 loss to Canada earlier in the tournament.
“It was an outstanding win for USA Hockey and our team,” said Scott Paluch, head coach of the U.S. Youth Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, who also serves as a USA Hockey American Development Model Regional Manager. “To win the gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games is a tremendous achievement, and one that these young men will remember for a long time,” via USA Hockey.
7. DE Jared Allen, TE Heath Miller retire
The NFL had two veterans call it a career in the past few days and Allen literally rode off into the sunset. The Carolina Panthers defensive end knew it was time to walk away and he will be missed.
Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller also decided to retire this past weekend after 11 seasons in Pittsburgh. With his decision, the Steelers will have to figure out who will be their weekly starter at tight end for the first time in over a decade.
6. Anthony Davis channels Shaq
Davis was in full destruction mode on Sunday for the New Orleans Pelicans, and he became the youngest player in NBA history to score 59 points or more in a game. The Pelicans were able to beat the Pistons 111-106 because of Davis, and he also added 20 rebounds in the game as well. This is the type of player the Pelicans hoped Davis would be and he did not disappoint as he reminded the NBA what has been missing since Shaq retired.
5. Nevada-UNLV play towards OT
With the score knotted up at 77 and time winding down, Nevada‘s Marqueze Coleman drilled a 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left. But UNLV‘s Patrick McCaw answered with a deep shot of his own at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. UNLV went on to win the game in overtime 102-91.
You will NOT believe how regulation ended between Nevada and UNLV. pic.twitter.com/K2bJzBzf4C
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) February 21, 2016
On the women’s side, Nevada overcame an 11-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter behind a 34-17 scoring edge in the final quarter of their game.
4. Jaromir Jagr passes Brett Hull
Jags scored two goals on Saturday to pass NHL legend Brett Hull for third on the NHL’s all-time goals scored list. He now has 742 goals scored and sits in sole possession of the No. 3 spot on the all-time list.
3. Vince Carter doesn’t just dunk
Vince Carter has long been known for his serious hops and dunking ability, but he hit a 3/4-court shot on Friday night that has to be seen. The Memphis Grizzlies went on to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-104, and Carter’s shot was icing on the cake.
2. Buffalo Sabres baffling goal
When the Sabres and Blue Jackets squared off on Friday night some sorcery occurred as the Sabres’ David Legwand scored a 150-foot goal on a shorthanded clear out of the puck. The only person that was more surprised than everyone else in the building was Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo, who has become accustomed to allowing long-range goals.
1. Bearden High School wrestling first
In some obscure yet amazing news from the world of high school sports, comes a story of a state championship won in wrestling for the first time in Bearden High history. If you are unfamiliar with Bearden, the school is located in Knoxville, Tenn. and was founded in 1939. Krista Legagneur (130 lbs.) won the TSSAA state championship to hand Bearden its first-ever wrestling state champion and she should be very proud, as was her school.
— Nathan Lynn (@nathanlynn_) February 21, 2016
Salute to a high school wrestling state champion that made school history!