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Shocks of the Weekend: Hand of God Edition

This weekend was filled with sports action around the world but some of the biggest moments weren’t from the players, they were from the referees. In case you missed it, here’s our recap of a crazy weekend of sports.

10. ANDY MURRAY BRING BACK IVAN LENDL

In a shocking turn of events, Andy Murray is looking to turn back the clock by bringing back his former coach Ivan Lendl. Lendl was a tennis superstar who could never win Wimbledon. For the longest time, the same was true with Andy Murray.

However, Murray finally ended that run in 2013 when he won Wimbledon with Lendl as his coach. Both sides are looking to re-create that magic to try and slow down Novak Djokovic.

9. GARETH BALE CALLS OUT ENGLAND

Gareth Bale did not mince any words and added some fuel to the fire before Wales next EURO 2016 match against England on Thursday. The Welshman said England, “big themselves up before they’ve done anything.” He also said England don’t have as much pride or passion as Wales do. England manager Roy Hodgson hit back saying,

“I don’t ever comment on other people. I’ve been in the game sufficiently long to know every opponent has got an opinion, the other day it was [Russia goalkeeper Igor] Akinfeev saying we were the worst seeded team and now it’s Gareth Bale.

“They can have those opinions but I don’t have any doubts personally about our patriotism or desire and that’s the important thing.”

The stakes just got even higher ahead of their clash on Thursday, expect things to get chippy between the two teams.

8. RYAN HOWARD BENCHED BY PHILLIES

Any baseball fan will tell you that Ryan Howard’s contract is quite possibly the worst in baseball. Howard is receiving $125 million from the Phillies but his batting average is at .150 this season.

As a result of his poor play, Howard has been benched by the Philles with Tommy Joseph taking his place.

Howard has been at first base for Phillies since 2005. It seems unthinkable that a former three-time All-Star and NL MVP is getting benched because of his play. It might be time for Howard to step away from the game soon.

7. TERRY COLLINS HOSPITALIZED

New York Mets manager Terry Collins was hospitalized  after feeling ill during their game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. Collins is reportedly okay for now but he will still be in the hospital for a couple of extra tests. Collins is the oldest manager in the majors at 67 years old.

6. ENGLAND ALLOW RUSSIA TO SCORE LATE GOAL

England were absolutely dominant in their match against Russia but only scored one goal to show for it. Near the end of the game, the Three Lions defense switched off for a brief moment and allowed Russia to score a game-tying goal with less than a minute to play.

England just can’t seem to get it right at a major tournament despite how well they played in this game. Their matchup against Wales on Thursday will be a very important one.

5. MAX KEPLER’S FIRST CAREER HOME RUN BEATS BOSTON

Minnesota Twins rookie Max Kepler had yet to hit a home run in his major league career. That all changed on Sunday when Kepler hit a walk-off home run against the Boston Red Sox in the 10th inning.

The Twins haven’t had a lot to cheer about this season but Max Kepler’s home run will give the fans something to be happy about.

4. DRAYMOND GREEN SUSPENDED FOR GAME 5

The Golden State Warriors will be without Draymond Green for Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night. This might be the least shocking of all the events from this weekend because Green’s antics have been well documented.

Green’s kick to the groin on Steven Adams did not result in a suspension but when he touched LeBron in that area, it resulted in a Flagrant 1.

It’s clear that Green went for a tap in the groin when you see it in slow motion but when you see it in real time, it seems like a harsh call. Green committed four flagrant fouls over the course of the playoffs which results in a one game suspension.

He’s the first player to be suspended during the NBA Finals since Jerry Stackhouse in 2006.

3. DRAMATIC FINISH IN PGA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP

World number one Lydia Ko was on pace to win another major event going into the final seven holes of the PGA Women’s Championship. Ko ended up sinking her last birdie on the 11th hole which opened up the door for teenager Brooke Henderson.

Henderson hit this tremendous Eagle shot on the 11th hole.

Henderson came up even more clutch on the 17th hole with this birdie putt.

Henderson’s comeback sent the tournament to a playoff where she beat out Ko on the first hole.

2. PENGUINS WIN STANLEY CUP ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins were crowned champions as they captured their 4th Stanley Cup title on Sunday night. What’s more surprising is that the Penguins have never secured the title in front of their home fans.

All four of their titles (1991, 1992, 2009, 2016) have been clinched on the road. The fans in Pittsburgh won’t complain too much but you’d have to think at some point that they’d like to witness it live for themselves.

1. HAND OF GOD 2.0 LEADS TO ELIMINATION OF BRAZIL

Brazil did not bring their best players to this year’s Copa America but that still does not excuse them for failing to qualify for the quarterfinals. All they needed was a win or draw against Peru to advance but they failed to break them down over the first 75 minutes.

That’s when one of the biggest moments in Peru’s history took place. Raul Ruidiaz did his best Diego Maradona impression after he used his hand to score and get away with it.

It was a blatant handball but the ref must have seen Ruidiaz move his right leg towards the ball as well which may have given him the impression that the goal was legal.

Peru won’t complain one bit as they ended up winning Group B. After this shocking result, Peru will take on Colombia in the quarterfinals.

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