It was a rough weekend for boxing fans around the world, as we all lost the greatest boxer of all time on Friday evening, but Muhammad Ali will live long in sports lore. What else made the shocks of the weekend this week?
10. Float like a butterfly
Muhammad Ali succumbed to over 30 years of a fight with Parkinson’s disease, but his legend will continue to live on. He possibly is the greatest athlete of all-time in any sport, but should also be remembered for the fighting he was involved in outside of the ring.
9. Warriors continue to dominate Cavs
What was dubbed as one of “the best Finals match-ups in NBA history” by some has proven to be more along the lines of one of the most disappointing. The Golden State Warriors find themselves with a 2-0 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers and Game 2 was a 33-point blowout win for the home team. It appears that Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are not as big of help as Lebron James had hoped for, either.
8. Messi out for Copa America opener
Lionel Messi will not start in Argentina‘s Copa America Centenario opener against Chile, and might not play at all because of a back injury that he sustained on May 27 against Honduras. If he is unable to play for much of the group stage, there is a chance that Argentina struggles to advance to the knockout stage.
7. Kevin Love concussed
Team doctors appear to routinely forget what the stages and symptoms of concussions are in a big game, and Love’s latest knock took place in the NBA Finals against the Warriors in Game 2. How can teams and leagues continue to say that player health and safety is important when players are continually allowed to go right back into the game after a “concussion test?”
6. Richmond Kickers secure draw late in match
The Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer League (USL) used a late equalizer to stun FC Cincinnati. The goal was scored in second-half stoppage time by Hugh Roberts and caught Cincinnati by surprise.
Huge point on the road! It’s never over until the final whistle. Love the fight with this team. On to the next! https://t.co/ouSrSrV6PW
— Hugh Roberts (@hughrob13) June 5, 2016
5. Madison Bumgarner wants in
The Home Run Derby is synonymous with the MLB All-Star game, but is also just as familiar with the biggest hitters in baseball. But what if San Francisco Giants‘ pitcher Madison Bumgarner were allowed to take part in the event this season? It could possibly be one of the most exciting derby’s in history. Let the man do it! Sorry folks, it probably won’t happen.
4. Djokovic wins career Grand Slam
Novak Djokovic has finally won an elusive French Open title and capped a career Grand Slam with the win at Roland Garros. The win was his first in four French Open finals appearances and 12th appearance overall at the event.
“It’s really a very special moment,” Djokovic said, “perhaps the greatest moment of my career.”
“I felt that kind of support and love from the people around that allowed me to be sitting here with the trophy. That’s for sure,” Djokovic said. “That kind of support was very well present at the stadium today,” via ESPN.
3. Jamie Vardy to Arsenal?
In what might be one of the biggest shocks in recent Premier League history, Leicester City‘s new champion, Jamie Vardy, has been linked to a shock move to Arsenal. The move would come a few weeks after hoisting the championship trophy, and Vardy isn’t the only Foxes player to be linked to a move, as Riyad Mahrez is as well.
2. Aqib Talib shot in Dallas
Talib was shot in the leg at a Dallas nightclub over the weekend but was able to escape a significant injury somehow. The Denver Broncos cornerback only had to get stitches in his leg and isn’t expected to miss much time–if any. It isn’t the first time that Talib has been involved in off-the-field issues, but perhaps the first time that he might escape a suspension.
1. UFC 199 shockers
UFC 199 provided plenty of shocking results, and two of the biggest knockouts of the year. Dan Henderson and his 45-year-old body knocked out Hector Lombard in Henderson’s final fight on his UFC contract, and Michael Bisping shocked Luke Rockhold with a first-round knockout of his own. The entire card on UFC 199 provided fans with great fights, but Bisping and Henderson were the big winners.
— UFC (@UFCStuff) June 5, 2016