Sports

Kershaw Earns First Postseason Shutout

October 16, 2016

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It was a rough night for the Chicago Cubs’ offense facing off against arguably the best pitcher in baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw, as he prevented them from scoring a single run. The Dodgers evened up the National League Championship with an intense defensive battle that ended with a score of 1-0 in their favor. The National League Championship Series is tied at one game a piece with it now going to Los Angeles to complete the next three contests. With Kershaw making his third appearance in just six days, fatigue wasn’t a factor at all in the three-time Cy Young award winner’s dominance over the Cubbies.

Through the first four innings, the lefty had thrown just 40 pitches and looked as commanding as ever on the mount. After having completed two outs in the fifth inning, Kershaw allowed his first baserunner when Javier Baez hit a line drive single to center field. In the seven innings that he inhabited the pitcher’s mound, he was as efficient as ever, striking out six and walking one in a mere 84 pitches.  The lone run for the Dodgers came from a home run that cleared the fence in left-center by Adrian Gonzalez on a pitch from National League ERA (Earned Runs Average) champion Kyle Hendricks.

The series continues on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, where reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta will take the mound for Chicago. His last appearance at Dodger Stadium concluded in a no-hitter for the pitcher, who struck out twelve and walked just one in the impressive outing.

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Nevada Legislature Approves Building NFL Stadium in Las Vegas

October 14, 2016

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Nevada has taken a tremendous leap in coming closer to bringing an NFL team to their state. Where would a team of the National Football League be likely to compete in the state of Nevada if not Carson City? You guessed it, the casino city, Las Vegas. On Friday, Nevada state lawmakers signed off on a plan that would utilize $750 million of the public’s money by increasing a hotel tax. This project is also to be partly funded by billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, and the money will be going toward the development of a brand new NFL stadium.

Lobbyists for the project worked diligently to sway enough votes in the Nevada legislature to vote to approve the massive construction project, and ultimately scraped by in victory, narrowly earning the two-thirds vote required. Republican Governor Brian Sandoval, a supporter of the program, is projected to sign the deal officially on Monday in the city of Las Vegas. The Oakland Raiders’ owner, Mark Davis, was beaming with excitement when questioned by the press about the passing of the bill. “I would like to thank Governor Sandoval, the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, and the members of the Nevada Legislature on this historic day. All parties have worked extremely hard to develop and approve this tremendous stadium project that will serve as a proud new home for the entire Raider Nation.

Although things seem to be moving in the right direction for the Raiders’ departure from Oakland, several things still have to be settled before it’s a done deal. The Raiders would surely be welcomed by the city of Las Vegas and the state of Nevada as a whole, but the city and citizens of Oakland will hold out hope and do everything in their power to keep their beloved Raiders from leaving a second time. Also, in the case of an NFL team relocating, it has to be voted on by all of the teams’ owners and will only go through if three-fourths give their blessing to do so. In the past, many NFL owners have been totally against any teams moving to Vegas due to its legalized betting on sports.

Next week, the fall owners’ meetings will take place, and the matter will be addressed then, although a vote regarding the matter will not yet take place. We will have to wait and see what the future holds. Perhaps in a few years the Las Vegas Raiders will be taking the field on a Sunday afternoon, but the people of Oakland thought that a move to Los Angeles was too far, so Nevada may be out of the question.

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Auston Matthews Scores 4 Goals in NHL Debut

October 13, 2016

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When the Toronto Maple Leafs walked out of the tunnel and skated onto the ice Wednesday evening to face the Ottawa Senators, nobody expected the spectacle that would unfold before them within the next couple of hours. Auston Matthews, the newest center on Toronto’s squad and also the No.1 overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft, would do nothing but exceed expectations. Although the game would end with a 5-4 loss for the Maple Leafs, fans and teammates would be sure to recognize that the rookie could handle professional competition.

For any hockey player, a hat trick (scoring three goals) is an impressive feat, but on his debut, Matthews would one-up even that grand accomplishment. Just 8:21 into the first period, slipped the puck in on his very first shot on a pass from Zach Hyman during a frenzy around the Ottawa net. Just minutes later, he stole the puck from the Senators’ Erik Karlsson and beat goalie Craig Anderson with a swift forehand. It was proving to be a great debut for the rookie already, just one-third of the way into the contest.

After less than two minutes into the second period, Matthews slapped a one-timer into the goal from inside the opposition’s right circle, giving Toronto a 3-2 lead. Needless to say, the fans began showering the ice with hats, as is tradition when a player scores three goals in a game, if you aren’t very familiar with the sport. This marked Matthews as the fifth player in the history of the National Hockey League to complete the hat trick in their debut. But he wasn’t quite done yet. With just three seconds left in the second period, Matthews lifted the puck past the Ottawa goalie following blowing by a defender.

In the third period, Ottawa regained the lead and maintained it until the end of regulation, handing Toronto a 5-4 loss, all of whose goals came from the rookie Auston Matthews. The 19 year-old has surely proven himself to the entire hockey world, and will be at the forefront of attention for awhile, especially if he continues to put up impressive numbers. Although it’s doubtful he’ll have many, if any games with as many goals as in his debut, will he keep playing very well now that the spotlight is on him more so than ever?

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Ronda Rousey to Return at UFC 207

October 12, 2016

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UFC President Dana White announced Wenesday that Ronda Rousey, arguably the most widely recognized name in MMA, as well as the most popular female athlete in the world, will be returning to octagon on December 30th, 2016 where she will face Amanda Nunes for the main event of UFC 207. Rousey, who’s record as of now is 12-1, dominated the world of mixed martial arts by holding the 135-pound belt from November 2012 until she was defeated by Holly Holm in November 2015. During that span, she set the record for the longest reigning champion in the history of women’s MMA. She also evolved from a submission expert to a full-on knockout specialist in this time, only allowing one opponent, Miesha Tate, to make it out of the first round against her.

At UFC 184, “Rowdy” Ronda’s exponentially increasing fame and reputation as the most dominant female fighter in the world, made a bold statement by defeating Cat Zingano in a UFC-record 14 seconds by armbar. At that point, it seemed to many as though Rousey was all but unbeatable and would hold onto the title for several more years. However, it wouldn’t be long before an adversary would strip her of her title. At UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, Rousey lost her title to Holly Holm, and “Rowdy” Ronda decided to take a break from fighting for a short while.

But now she’s back. Rowdy Ronda Rousey will be back in action at UFC 207 against Amanda Nunes to attempt to strip her of the bantamweight title. Many believe that Nunes, a ferocious Brazilian fighter who has racked up a 6-1 record as of now, has a finishing game (submission or knockout) that may rival Rousey’s. When they square off the day prior to New Years Eve, they will both be looking to seal their legacies into the world of mixed martial arts more so than they already have. The bout will air live on Pay-Per-View from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Don’t miss it.