Sunday Sports Shorts

Team Venezuela beat Team Dominican Republic for the first time in the World Baseball Classic tournament, 5-1. 

Fourteen years ago today, Syracuse and UConn went to six overtimes in the Big East Tournament Quarterfinals.

Marquette wins the Big East Championship. The Golden Eagles defeat Xavier to capture their first Big East title. Congratulations to Marquette! Well deserved! 

Duke wins the ACC Championship. The Blue Devils defeated Virginia on Saturday night. It’s their first ACC title since 2019. Duke has now won 9 in a row—one of the hottest teams entering the NCAA tournament. 

Howard University defeated Norfolk State Spartans 65-64. The win gives Howard its first NCAA men’s basketball tournament birth since 1992, the last time before this season that the Bison won the MEAC Tournament and regular season title. 

Edmonton Oilers took on the Toronto Maple Leafs in arguably the most anticipated Saturday night game. Connor McDavid scored No. 55. Oilers had a 3-1 lead, but then the Maple Leafs rallied. They scored five unanswered goals, and they never allowed Edmonton to gain confidence. The Maple Leafs won 7-4. Maple Leafs are a tough team to beat when all their key players contribute. 

Sunday Sports Shorts

Duke was in command against Virginia Tech in this ACC matchup. Duke went on multiple runs throughout the second half. It’s an impressive victory for the Blue Devils as they had former alumni and hall of Famer Grant Hill watching them from the stands. The Blue Devils won 81-65. 

Jason Tatum silenced and stunned Philadelphia with a late game-winning three points to lead the Celtics to victory over the Sixers, 110-107. Joel Embiid finished with a game-high 41 points for the Sixers. Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 26 points. 

The Columbus Blue Jackets gave a lot of problems to the Edmonton Oilers’ goalies. Edmonton came back to tie the game 4-4 after trailing 4-0, but the Blue Jackets attacked two more goals in the third period to win the game, 6-4. Connor McDavid finished with 4 points (2 goals and two assists). 

Baseball is back. Spring Training is here. The Mets and Yankees lost their games on the road against the Astros and Phillies. Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 10-5. The Toronto Blue Jays played a great game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Vlad Jr, Santiago Espinal, and Addison Barger all homered on Saturday. Pitcher Yusei Kikuchi played a good game with five strikeouts and no earned runs allowed through two innings. Blue Jays won 9-7. 

Saturday Hockey News with Miguel

Toronto Maple Leafs acquire Ryan O’Reilly and Noel Acciari in a 3-team trade with St Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild.

Connor McDavid made history in the garden on Friday night. He surpassed 100 points by recording two assists. The Edmonton Oilers squandered a 4-1 lead to the New York Rangers and lost in a 6-round shootout. The Rangers have won seven consecutive games. They are one of the hottest teams in the second half so far. 

Another New York team that rallied in a comeback fashion is the New York Islanders. The Islanders won 5-4 over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ilya Sorokin saved 40 of 44 shots. Brock Nelson and Anders Lee each recorded 3 points. 

The Carolina Hurricanes will host their first outdoor Stadium Series game against the Washington Capitals at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday night. 

Saturday Hockey News with Miguel

New Jersey Devils took on the Anaheim Ducks. Almost 20 years ago, they faced off in the Stanley Cup Finals. As for this game, Jack Hughes scored two goals for the Devils. He has 21 goals in 22 games. The Devils jumped and scored three goals in the first period. Anaheim had no answer for New Jersey. The Devils won 6-2—an outstanding road performance by the best road team in hockey. 

Winnipeg Jets traveled to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins. The Jets started the goal with a power-play goal. Two coaches’ challenges were in the first period, and both goals were waived. However, the Jets answered those challenges by scoring back-to-back goals late in the second period to go up 3-1. The Jets would win this game 4-1. It’s their seventh win in the last eight games. Mark Scheifele scored two goals for the Jets. 

On Friday night, it was Connor McDavid’s birthday. The captain turned 26. Did he have a good birthday performance on the ice? He certainly did. McDavid finished the game with three points – 2 goals and one assist. The Oilers dominated the Sharks from start to finish. Oilers trounce the Sharks 7-1. 

Saturday Hockey News with Miguel

Merry Christmas Eve to you and your family! May god bless you all on this beautiful day! Stay warm because it’s very cold outside. In today’s Saturday Hockey News with Miguel, we witnessed history being made on Friday night.

The Great Eight Has Done it! Alex Ovechkin scored his 802nd career goal to pass Gordon Howe for second on the all-time scoring list. Ovechkin scored on an empty net. The fantastic thing about that play is that Ovechkin didn’t look like he wanted to score on an empty net. He passed the puck. It spoke volumes about the kind of leader Ovechkin is to this Capitals team. 

Vancouver Canucks came to Edmonton To take on the Oilers. Ryan scored the game’s first goal on a breakaway to put the Oilers on the board. Conor McDavid scored his 30th goal on the season on the second goal of the game for the Oilers. After going up 2-0, Canucks responded by scoring five unanswered goals. Bo Horvat scored two goals and two assists to lead the Canucks to a victory on the road, 5-2. It’s a tough loss for Edmonton, who played so well to start the game. 

Saturday Hockey News with Miguel

New York Rangers won in a shootout contest against the defending champions Colorado Avalanche, who were short-handed in this game. Artemi Panarin scored the winning goal. Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin stopped 41 of the 42 shots. Braden Schneider scored a goal in the second period, his fourth in the last ten games. Avalanche didn’t have Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, Evan Rodrigues, Bowen Byram, and Artturi Lehkonen in their lineup. 

Edmonton Oilers took care of business against the Minnesota Wild on Friday night. The Oilers jumped early in the first period with two goals by Conor McDavid and Derek Ryan. Minnesota would respond with two goals on their own by Joel Ericksson and Mats Zuccarello to tie the game at 2-2. It looked like momentum shifted towards Minnesota way. Edmonton said not tonight. Oilers would end the game with three unanswered goals by Kailer Yamamoto, a power play goal by Leon Draisaitl, and an empty net goal by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Goaltender Stuart Skinner finished the game with 42 saves for Edmonton. 

Calgary Flames tried to make a comeback, but it was too little too late. Columbus Blue Jackets won 3-1. Patrik Laine is one of the stars of last night’s victory for the Blue Jackets as he scored the first goal of the game, which set the tone for Columbus. 

New York Islanders stopped the red-hot New Jersey Devils as they came to the Prudential Center and defeated the Devils, 6-4. The devils made a late push by scoring two goals after trailing 6-2, but the Islanders had enough defense, speech, and physicality to hold on to the lead. 

Sunday Sports Shorts

The Houston Astros are extending one of the best sluggers in baseball on a long-term deal. Designated hitter Yordan Alvarez reportedly agreed to a six-year, $115 million extension 

Al Horford was one of the NBA Finals Game 1 heroes, scoring a team-high 26 points and shooting 6-of-8 from beyond the arc to lead the Celtics to a 120-108 victory on Thursday. Horford has improved so much from the perimeter, and Golden State has gotten his attention. Celtics and Warriors will face off in Game 2 tonight.

The Birmingham Stallions (8-0) remained undefeated by defeating the New Orleans Breakers (5-3), 10-9. The defense was a significant part of this game. New Orleans quarterback Kyle Sloter became the first USFL quarterback to surpass 1,500 passing yards.

Edmonton Oilers needed to win Game 3, and unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Colorado Avalanche scored the critical goal of the third period by J.T. Compher when he hopped out of the penalty box and skated on a loose puck cleared out of the Colorado zone. Edmonton nearly took back the advantage while pressing on the power play, hitting the post with a point shot from Evan Bouchard only seconds earlier. Avalanche takes a 3-0 commanding lead in the series and is looking to sweep to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 2001. 

Sunday Sports Shorts

After nearly two decades of almost complete domination, heartbreak and humiliation, the University of Michigan finally found a way to beat its archrival Ohio State. The win sends the Wolverines (11-1) to the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis for the first time ever and keeps the school’s bid for a first-ever College Football playoff berth alive. It was also coach Jim Harbaugh’s first victory over Ohio State since returning to his alma mater in 2015.

The New York Yankees should consider changing the “shave your beard” policy. The “Yankee Way” just feels so outdated. Players are more outspoken than ever. And that’s not always a bad thing. Recently, there’s a picture with Aaron Judge with a beard and it looks great on him. Yankees need to give some freedom and change these rules.

It’s early in the season, but Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls are the best team in the East so far. Also, they are very exciting to watch. Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan, perhaps the NBA’s most potent fourth-quarter duo. Kyle Lowry, one of the craftiest point guards still making life miserable for you and your coaching staff. Heat defeated the Bulls 107-104 on Saturday night.

Edmonton Oilers defeated the Las Vegas Knights, 3-2. Oilers got goals from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Zach Hyman, and Jesse Puljujarvi — all on rapid counter attack plays — to open a 3-0 lead. Mikko Koskinen took care of the rest with a top notch display of goaltending. With the road win coupled with Calgary’s home loss to Winnipeg, the Oilers moved back into first place in the Pacific with 30 points in 20 games.

Red Wings Shut Down Oilers

The Detroit Red Wings took on the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night. The Red Wings performance in the first half had many of us surprised.

Red Wings jumped early in the game and had a 3-0 lead over an outstanding team like Edmonton. Red Wings left wing Vladislav Namestnikov scored the first two goals of the game. Red Wings defenseman Maritz Seider scored a goal on an empty net to give the Red Wings a 4-2 lead, which turned out to be the final score. Seider should be a contender to win the Calder trophy and could be a future Norris Trophy winner.

Edmonton had a chance to win the game if they didn’t play so lousy in the first half.

Red Wings are looking pretty impressive so far this season. They have a 3-game winning streak, improving to 7-5.

Oilers’ Power Play Offense

The Edmonton Oilers are No. 1 in power play this season. There’s a reason why the Edmonton Oilers are off to a 9-1. The oilers’ offense is legit.

In that order, the top-three power-play scorers in the league as of Sunday are Oilers forwards McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Draisaitl. McDavid and Draisaitl have been on the ice for 13 of the Oilers’ 15 power-play goals. The Oilers lead the league by a mile in the expected-goals rate at 14.5 per 60 minutes.

Edmonton will fly to Detroit for a matchup against the Red Wings on Tuesday night.