Sunday Sports Shorts

The Washington Wizards took on the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. The nets didn’t have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the building. The Wizards didn’t have Bradley Beal on the court. Wizards gave up a 20-point lead. The Nets fought and rallied in the second half. Both teams exchanged baskets in the 4th quarter, but the Nets came out victorious, 125-123. Cam Thomas led the Nets with 41 points. Kristaps Porzingis finished with 38 points. Kyle Kuzma left the game with an injury. The nets had one of the most impressive comeback victories of the season. 

The Clippers had a 17-point lead entering the fourth quarter on the road against the Knicks. The almighty Knicks rallied back to take the lead in the fourth quarter. They almost stole this game from the Clippers, but Nicolas Batik’s three-pointer tied the game at the end of regulation to force it to overtime. That’s where the Clippers took advantage of the momentum. The Clippers won 134-128. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George combined for 65 points. Norman Powell added 24 points. It’s a crushing loss for the Knicks. 

Michigan State Spartans took on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in a fascinating Saturday afternoon game. Rutgers played outstanding against the Spartans, thanks to Paul Mulcahy. Paul led Rutgers to victory, 61-56, after scoring all 17 points in the second half. The Scarlet Knights improve to 16-7. 

Atlantic Division drafts Central Division to win the 2023 NHL All-Star Game in Florida. Florida Panthers forward Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist. He was named the MVP of the All-Star Game. 

College Basketball Tuesday Summary – Reaction

Indiana (15-6) took on Maryland (14-7) on Tuesday night. It was a close, exciting, and competitive game, especially in the first half. However, in the game’s last five minutes, Maryland began to pull away by getting second-chance points, scoring down in the paint, and making key stops on defense. Maryland is the only team in the Big Ten unbeaten. The terrapins won 66-55. It’s their 9th straight Big Ten home win. 

Wake Forest and Duke battled in an intriguing ACC matchup. Duke played outstandingly throughout this game. At the start of the second half, Duke stormed by going on a run. Wake Forest did not show any signs of quitting. They rallied to make the game close in the last two minutes, but Duke’s perimeter shooting but the dagger in this game. Duke would go on to win 75-70. Duke improves to 16-6 in the season. Wake Forest drops to 14-9. 

Bobby Hull: Outstanding Scorer, Bo Horvat to Islanders

Bobby Hull is one of the greatest hockey players of all time and arguably the greatest player ever wearing a Chicago Blackhawks jersey. He accomplished so much in hockey. Hull was a player that other players feared when he was on the ice because of his scoring ability. Sadly, Bobby Hull passed away on Monday at the age of 84. 

Hull played in the NHL for 23 seasons for Chicago Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets, and Hartford Whalers. He was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. Hull won the Stanley Cup in 1961 and is a two-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner (1965, 1966), NHL All-Star game MVP (1970, 1971), the only player to win consecutive All-Star game MVP awards, WHA First All-Star Team (1973, 1974, and 1975), WHA Second All-Star Team (1976 and 1978), and WHA Most Valuable Player (1973 and 1975). 

Canucks are cleaning house. First, it was Bruce Boudreau, and now it is Bo Horvat. Bo Horvat is heading to Long Island. The Vancouver Canucks traded their captain to the New York Islanders. It’s a massive upgrade for the Islanders as their offense got better. Horvat led all Canucks forwards in 5-on-5 ice time and short-handed minutes, and he was second in power-play minutes.

The 27-year-old is in the final season of a six-year contract extension. Horvat has 31 goals, tied for eighth in the league, while his 54 points are tied for 21st. 

Will Tom Cruise Ever Win An Oscar?

Tom Cruise is one of the best stars to set foot in Hollywood. His risk-taking in films, performance, and versatility drew fans toward him. He’s been a fan favorite since Risky Business. Cruise has a lot of successful films under his belt. He’s won three Golden Globes (Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire, Magnolia), but he hasn’t won an Oscar yet. Will Tom Cruise ever win an Oscar?

Tom Cruise is one of the highest-grossing box office stars of all time. He has delivered so many impressive performances. Cruise is known for many films like Top Gun, Born on the Fourth of July, Rain Man, A Few Good Men, Interview with the Vampire, Jerry McGuire, Collateral, Minority Report, etc. He’s been consistent and dominant for years. 

Tom Cruise should’ve won an Oscar for his performance in Magnolia. He won a Golden Globe but not an Oscar. No disrespect to Michael Caine. He’s one of the greatest actors of all time. He did a great job in The Cider House Rules, but Best Supporting Actor should’ve gone to Cruise. 1999 is one of the best years in Cinema: Magnolia, Fight Club, The Matrix, The Mummy; the list goes on and on. If you saw Tom Cruise in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, you saw how special he was in that pictures. There’s one scene where he took his performance through the stratosphere. The scene with him and his dying father solidified the movie. When you think about one memorable scene in Magnolia, you think about Tom Cruise visiting his father, whom he didn’t have the most significant relationship with. 

Cruise should’ve been nominated for his performance in Rain Man. It’s ridiculous that he didn’t get nominated. Cruise and Dustin Hoffmann were two-person shows in that film. Hoffman won Best Actor for his role. Cruise should’ve been nominated for Supporting Actor.

We hope that before Tom Cruise leaves this earth, he can win an Oscar. He deserves it. It doesn’t matter what you think about him and Scientology, but his track record speaks for itself. 

Saturday Hockey News with Miguel

The New York Rangers played smart and intellectual hockey against the Vegas Golden Knights at the garden on Friday night. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak made 33 saves for the Rangers. Vincent Trocheck scored a goal and an assist to Filip Chytil, who made a sweet goal in the third period. The Rangers won this game 4-1. 

New Jersey Devils, the best road team in the NHL, traveled to Dallas to take on the Dallas Stars. Jack Hughes scored two goals in this game, and one came in overtime to give the Devils a 3-2 over the Dallas Stars. Vitek Vanecek deserves more recognition for his goal-tending performance. He saved 33 shots for the Devils. Also, the Devils blocked 24 of the Stars’ shots. 

It was a thrilling finish between the San Jose Sharks and Carolina Hurricanes. Trailing 4-3 with less than a minute to go, Martin Necas ties the game 4-4 with 11.5 seconds left in the third period. Necas forced the game to go to overtime and struck once again by scoring the game-winning goal to send everyone home. The Hurricanes won 5-4. 

Vancouver Canucks played with a lot of intensity and high energy against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Bo Horvat added four assists. Elias Pettersson scored two goals. CanuCks defeated the Blue Jackets 5-2. Canucks wore the old-school jerseys from the 1990s. 

Longtime Broadcaster Billy Packer Dies at 82

It’s a sad day for college basketball. He was outstanding and a true professional at his craft. Longtime college basketball analyst and Final Four broadcaster Billy Packer died on Thursday. He was 82.

Packer attended Wake Forest, where he was named All-ACC in 1961 and 1962. He helped lead the Demon Deacons to three ACC regular-season titles and their first Final Four appearance in 1962. After his playing career, Parker went into broadcasting. He began broadcasting games in 1972. Packer spent more than three decades calling college basketball and worked on 34 Final Four broadcast teams throughout his career at both NBC and CBS. 

His first Final Four came in 1975 when UCLA and coach John Wooden won the title. His last was Kansas’ win over Memphis in 2008. He received a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio, and Sports Analyst in 1993.