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Shocks of the Weekend: Domination Edition

This really is the best time of year for sports fans. Basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey are all either underway or near the end of the playoffs. We’ve witnessed some really dramatic moments over the last couple months and there was plenty to remember this weekend.

10. ARIZONA WALKS-OFF TO SUPER REGIONALS

The Arizona softball program has been dominant for a long time now. However, this past weekend was not an easy one for them at all. They managed to knockoff another former national champion in Tennessee on Sunday with a walk-off hit.

Arizona will be taking on the Auburn Tigers in the Super Regionals.

9. TRAGEDY AT THE PREAKNESS

Two separate horses that were racing in the undercard to the Preakness unfortunately passed away this weekend. Homeboykris was a former winner of the Kentucky Derby who suffered a heart attack after her victory earlier in the day.

A couple of races later, Pramedya, broke down after suffering a very serious injury. The horse had to be euthanized on the track. In terms of racing at the Preakness, there was also a shock when the favorite, Nyquist finished in third and lost to Exaggerator.

8. RORY MCILROY’S COMEBACK WIN IN IRELAND

The world’s number three golfer pulled off a stunning comeback at the Duty Free Irish Open on Sunday. Rory McIlroy had a three shot lead vanish in the last round before he had to overcome a one shot deficit with three holes to go.

McIlroy birdied on the 16th and settled for par on the 17th hole before hitting a miraculous shot on the 18th hole.

He would sink the Eagle putt to secure the win in dramatic fashion.

7. JACKIE BRADLEY JR. EXTENDS HITTING STREAK

Jackie Bradley Jr. has now extended his hitting streak to 27 games. Joe DiMaggio’s streak has always seemed untouchable with 55 hits but at least the Red Sox outfielder is about halfway there.

6. DODGERS BEAT PADRES AFTER 17 INNINGS

The LA Dodgers offense has been in a real slump lately. The team was on a four game losing streaking heading into their game versus the Padres on Sunday. After 17 long innings, it would be Yasiel Puig would break the deadlock with a 2-run RBI single.

The Dodgers need that win badly and Puig came through in the clutch.

5. MIX DISKERUD LEFT OFF USMNT COPA AMERICA SQUAD

Jurgen Klinsmann released the final squad for Copa America over the weekend and it’s safe to say there were one or two surprises. Both Mix Diskerud and Omar Gonzalez did not make the final cut this summer.

Diskerud and Gonzalez both play for good MLS teams but either Klinsmann felt they were not in good form or they did not fit in with what he wants to do tactically. The USMNT still has a good squad and they’ll look to shock the world at Copa America in June.

4. MANCHESTER UNITED TO SIGN JOSE MOURINHO

Just hours after Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United captured their 12th FA Cup, Jose Mourinho‘s agent, Jorge Mendes said the club was going to sign him. There had been plenty of rumors leading up to this moment but the fact that this move was made so soon after the cup win was a bit of a shock.

It’s clear that Louis Van Gaal rubbed a bunch of players the wrong way, and the fact that the club did not finish in the top 4 just made things worse.

3. NEW YORK RED BULLS DEMOLISH NYCFC 7-0

There was a lot of hype entering the Hudson River Derby on Saturday but the Red Bulls proved that NYCFC still have a long way to go. The turning point in the game was when the Red Bulls were up 2-0 and NYCFC dropped their guard with less than a minute left in the first half.

That’s when Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a ridiculous bicycle kick to give them a 3-0 lead and NYCFC could not recover. If you’re an NYCFC fan you might want to skip over this one.

2. RAPTORS TAKE OUT CAVALIERS IN GAME 3

This is one of the bigger shocks of the weekend because based on the way the series was going, few thought the Toronto Raptors would even win a game. However, Raptors head coach Dwayne Casey has always said their calling card is defense and that’s how they won this game. Corey Joesph absolutely smothered Kyrie Irving and Bismack Biyombo was a force inside with four blocks and 26 REBOUNDS. The Raptors won by 15 and they now have some momentum going into Game 4 tonight.

1. THUNDER DOMINATE WARRIORS IN GAME 3

The Oklahoma City Thunder find themselves in a great position after destroying the defending champions 133-105 in Game 3. At one point in this game, the Warriors were actually down 41 points.

The Thunder look as motivated as ever to get back to the NBA finals and their overall play on both ends of the floor has been impressive. If Draymond Green gets suspended for Game 4 they have a great chance to go up 3-1. As long as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook continue to play lights out, the Thunder might just send the Warriors home.

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