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Shocks of the Weekend: Fight Night Edition

This is the time of year when professional sports are at its peak. There were plenty of shocking moments throughout the weekend including a big fight that wasn’t in the UFC.

10. WILDER-POTEVKIN FIGHT CALLED OFF

WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder was slated to fight Alexander Potevkin in a mandatory title fight on May 21. Unfortunately fight fans were robbed of the fight because Potevkin tested positive for a banned substance called meldonium. Fights like these that have so much importance are rarely ruined by a bad drug test. This was certainly a shock in the boxing world.

9. MAX VERSTAPPEN BECOMES YOUNGEST F1 DRIVER TO WIN RACE

Max Verstappen is set to be the next big star of Formula 1 racing. At 18 years old, the Dutchman has become the youngest driver to win a F1 race. Verstappen broke the record for youngest driver set by his predecessor at Red Bull, Sebastian Vettel.

The youngster held off Kimi Raikkonen for the last 30 laps to win the race in Spain. F1 made the minimum entry age 18 years old last year and Verstappen has taken full advantage.

8. ANDY MURRAY BEATS NOVAK DJOKOVIC ON HIS BIRTHDAY

Andy Murray gave himself the best birthday he could ask for when he defeated World number one Novak Djokovic in Rome yesterday. Murray defeated the Serb 6-3, 6-3 to win his first trophy since becoming a father in February.

This came as a shock because Djokovic was 24-10 against Murray and he had just defeated the Scotsman in Madrid last week. Murray gets his 11th win against Novak and he now has some momentum going into the French Open.

7. RELEGATED NEWCASTLE DEFEAT TOTTENHAM 5-1

Tottenham Hotspur were in a great position to finish in second place ahead of their arch rivals, Arsenal. Instead, they put together their worst performance of the season against relegated Newcastle United.

Spurs managed to bring the game back to 2-1 and were up a man after a Newcastle red card. Tottenham then showed no spine at all and allowed Newcastle to score three goals with 10 men. It’s safe to say that Spurs did not deserve to finish second in the league.

 

6. TIM HOWARD’S FAREWELL GAME

After playing with Everton for 10 years and making 414 appearances with the club, Tim Howard played his last game for the Toffees against Norwich City on Sunday. There was a point in time where it looked like Howard would never leave and he would finish his career at Everton.

However, he recently agreed to a deal that would send him back to the MLS to play for the Colorado Rapids. Tim Howard let everyone know how he felt about his time with the club through a Facebook post. Take a look at some of his best moments from this season.

5. THEO WALCOTT, KARIM BENZEMA LEFT OFF EURO 2016 ROSTERS

As teams across Europe begin to release their provisional 26-man rosters for Euro 2016, there are always bound to be surprises. England manager Roy Hodgson left Theo Walcott off England’s squad because of less time on the pitch. However, Hodgson ended up selecting Jack Wilshere who also didn’t play much first team soccer this season.

France’s manager Didier Deschamps also shocked people by not selected Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. Benzema has recently gotten back to full strength which makes his exclusion a big surprise for the hosts.

4. OLD TRAFFORD BOMB SCARE

Normally on Championship Sunday in the Premier League, all 20 teams play at the same time on the same day. However, that never happened because of a suspicious package found at Old Trafford. At first it seemed like a very good thing that this package was found at the right time.

However, news broke out that the package was actually a fake that was used a training exercise for security and it had never been claimed. This is just bad for Old Trafford’s security staff, the game didn’t even have to be postponed. Now Manchester United and Bournemouth are playing the last game of the season on Tuesday.

3. RAPTORS BLOW OUT HEAT IN GAME 7

The Toronto Raptors are finally heading to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in the franchise’s history. The Raptors took full advantage of homecourt by pulling away in the 4th quarter and winning 116-89. What’s shocking about this game is the margin of victory for the Raptors.

Almost every single game in the series had been tightly contested and the Miami Heat had won four straight Game 7s going back to 2009. The Raptors take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday night.

2. MIOCIC STUNS WERDUM FOR UFC HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE

Fabricio Werdum was expected to defend his title in his home country of Brazil against underdog Stipe Miocic. However, Miocic pulled off the one of the biggest upsets in UFC history by knocking out Werdum with a right hand while backing up.

Miocic is from Ohio and his win coincided with the 30 for 30 film “Believeland” that was released this weekend. His timing could not have been more perfect, at least one significant title is going back to Cleveland.

1. ODOR SUCKER PUNCHES BAUTISTA

Everyone remembers Jose Bautista’s epic bat flip against the Texas Rangers in the playoffs last year. The Rangers definitely haven’t forgotten about it about all, especially Rougned Odor. Jose Bautista gets hit by a pitch and on the next play, he goes in hard at second base to break up the double play.

Rougned Odor lost his cool really quickly and threw a big right hand after pushing Bautista. The benches cleared and a brawl almost ensued but thankfully both teams didn’t let things get out of hand. Odor should be suspended at least 10 games for his actions, even if it was a nice punch.

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