There are times when the shocks of the weekend leave us in awe of what occurred, and this weekend was one of those occasions. UFC 196 left fans still trying to figure out what happened as they woke up on Monday, tickets were punched to the Big Dance and MLS saw plenty of excitement on its opening Sunday of action.
10. Tate/Diaz provide chaos in UFC
UFC 196 saw Nate Diaz pick up a short-notice fight with Conor McGregor and both men provided plenty of soundbites for fans as they headed towards what was sure to be a great fight. Although Diaz was bloodied, he was able to use a submission choke hold to beat McGregor in the second round. On the women’s side, Holly Holm and her undefeated record squared off against Miesha Tate for the title. Much like Diaz, Tate ended the fight with a choke hold that put Holm to sleep and granted her a title belt that was always slightly out of reach in her career.
9. Peyton Manning retires
The Sheriff has decided to retire after an 18-year career that saw him hold a ton of NFL all-time records on his way out the door. He will be missed by many, but his character is being called into question surrounding an alleged event that took place when he was in college. Regardless of what happened, his play on the field is something that fans will wish they could see once again.
8. Chase Utley has two-game suspension overturned
The Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman appealed his suspension for a slide that broke New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada‘s leg in Game 2 of the NLDS. The suspension has been overturned but it also set new rules into place for years to come in Major League Baseball.
7. Half court heave in Grizzlies game
Most of the time, shocks of the weekend has to do with what happens in games, but the Memphis Grizzlies aren’t a part of this one for their play. A fan was able to hit a half court shot to win a car, but did so in a very unorthodox way. It doesn’t matter though, because the ball went in the basket and keys went in his pocket to a new Audi A3.
6. West Ham never quits
In Saturday’s game against Everton in the Premier League, West Ham found themselves in a 0-2 hole with a man advantage and only 12-plus minutes left to play. Goals from Sakho, Antonio and Payet (stoppage time) switched the fortunes of both teams and left Everton fans fuming at manager Roberto Martínez.
5. Northern Iowa punches ticket to Big Dance
Northern Iowa was up big in the first half against Evansville in the Missouri Valley Conference Final, but it took a last second buzzer beater for them to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. Wes Washpun pulled up for a mid-range jumper as time was ticking down and the ball hit rim, backboard and rim before going in for the game-winner.
4. Austin Peay stuns Belmont
Another team punched their ticket to the Big Dance as Austin Peay pulled off a stunning upset of Belmont in the OVC Final. Belmont’s Craig Bradshaw thought he had beat the buzzer to give his team the win.
But the officials went to the replay and ruled in favor of the shot taking place after the buzzer had sounded.
3. Bicycle kick beauty
The MLS season kicked off on Sunday and provided more than enough excitement for fans that took part in the festivities. In a rematch of the MLS Cup, the Portland Timbers and Columbus Crew SC faced off, with the Timbers winning 2-1 in the opener. It was a game of pace and the Crew’s Federico Higuaín scored a brilliant bicycle kick goal to even things during the match.
2. Lakers make NBA history against Warriors
The Los Angeles Lakers came into their Sunday game against the Golden State Warriors as an 18-point underdog, but instead made NBA history by winning 112-95. The Lakers became the first team to have the lowest winning percentage and beat a team with the highest winning percentage in the NBA. The difference is tremendous: Lakers (.190) and Warriors (.917). Suddenly the Warriors look vulnerable on their quest to 73 wins.
1. Orlando City SC stoppage time surge
Orlando City provided its home fans with a stunning end to their match against Real Salt Lake in the MLS opener for both teams. As the game headed into stoppage time, Real Salt Lake found itself with what looked like a 2-0 insurmountable lead for the visitors. Orlando City shocked everyone though, with goals from Cyle Larin (90′ +4′) and Adrian Winter (90′ +5′), and the game ended in a result that is sure to upset Real Salt Lake and its fans.