There were plenty of late-inning heroics in Major League Baseball this past weekend, and there was also the return of one of the UFC‘s greatest fighters, Jon “Bones” Jones. What else has made the list in this week’s edition of shocks of the weekend? Possibly a no-hitter that took place on Thursday night (close enough to the weekend)?
10. Johnny Manziel indicted
The former Cleveland Browns quarterback is back in a boiling pot of water, and he is being indicted by a Dallas County grand jury on a charge of misdemeanor assault with bodily injury, according to Reuters. Manziel could face up to a year in jail if found guilty, and a return to the NFL is unlikely at this time.
9. Byron Scott fired
The Los Angeles Lakers are moving on from Kobe Bryant (retired) and are also moving on from their head coach Byron Scott. He has led the team to the two worst seasons in franchise history and it comes as no surprise that they are moving on, hoping for a return to relevancy.
8. Jon Jones returns to UFC
Jones hadn’t fought since January 2015, but he returned to the UFC on Saturday night. While Jones looked rusty in his bout with Ovince Saint Preux, it was nice to see him back in the sport after dealing with several personal issues over the past year-plus. Jones was supposed to fight Daniel Cormier but D.C. pulled out of the fight because of an apparent leg injury, which should be a relief for Jones at this point.
7. New York Islanders advance
The Islanders used a double-overtime game-winning goal from captain John Tavares, which helped the team advance to the next round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. The win gave the Islanders a round-clinching win in front of their home fans for the first time since 1993, and no one is as happy as Salute‘s own Brian Delpozo.
6. Steph Curry injured
Curry has scared the Golden State Warriors‘ franchise and its fans for the second time in as many games, and he will have an MRI on Monday to see the extent of a knee injury he suffered in Game 4 of their series against the Houston Rockets. Curry slipped on the court while trying to defend a James Harden shot, and he did not return to the game.
5. Dodgers-Rockies play wild game
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies played in a wild game on Sunday; one that saw a Dodgers’ 7-1 lead and Rockies’ 10-7 lead heading into the ninth inning. The Dodgers went on to score five runs in the top of the ninth inning to earn the win, and closer Kenley Jansen picked up his ninth save for Los Angeles.
4. Bryce Harper late-inning heroics
Harper came on as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the ninth inning and subsequently hit a game-tying home run. The Nationals and Twins saw the game go into the 16th inning before Chris Heisey‘s walk-off home run for the Nationals.
3. Yair Rodriguez’s knockout of the year
Rodriguez and Andre Fili provided UFC 197 with a knockout of the year candidate, by way of the legs of Rodriguez. In a fight that was easily one of the best ones of Saturday night, Rodriguez used a jumping left kick to the head of Fili, earning him a great KO in the process.
2. Jake Arrieta no-no in big Cubs’ win
Arrieta has become the newest edition of baseball’s dominant pitchers, and he earned his second no-hitter since August 2015 on Thursday night during the Cubs‘ dominant 16-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Just how good has Arrieta been in the past two seasons? Here is Exhibit A:
Jake Arrieta last 24 regular season starts:
20-1, 0.86 ERA, 178.0 IP, 91 Hits, 173/33 K/BB, 0.697 WHIP.
These are REAL numbers. #Cubs
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) April 22, 2016
1. Chicago White Sox turn triple play
Triple plays seem to happen more often, but there will likely never be one as good as the 9-3-2-6-2-5 that the White Sox turned on Friday night. The play came with the bases loaded and the White Sox leading the Rangers 5-0, and helped Chicago pitcher Jose Quintana escape what could have been a nightmare scenario.