By Jacob G
Looking back, its’ hard to believe that so many sporting events were jam-packed into one day! Throughout this article, you will find out how great this day really was.
5:00 AM. MOUNTAIN TIME-After the #1 men’s player in the world, Novak Djokovic went up 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, or two sets to one, and tied in the fourth set 3-3, the rain suspended the match to the next day at Roland Garrows in Paris, France at the French Open. Djokovic would end up losing the set 5-7, but would win the 5th, 6-1. Novak Djokovic will play eighth-seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the final, and will look to complete the career grand slam.
6:28 A.M. MOUNTAIN TIME-After shooting a first round, +1, and a second round -2, Tiger Woods had an overall score of -1, and just made the cut for the weekend at The Memorial, in Dublin, Ohio. The third round turned out to be a disaster for Woods, as he shot a career worst 85, or +13, that featured Tiger pulling shots way left or right of the fairway. After Tiger’s terrible round, he ended up being 27 strokes back of 54-hole leader Justin Rose, who is at -15. Tiger’s round also earned him a tee-off time all by himself at an early 6:10 mountain time.
7:00 AM. MOUNTAIN TIME-After battling the flu during her semi final against Timea Bascinszky, Serena Williams won her 20th career major and 3rd career French Open title. After taking the first set 6-3, Williams lost the second set 6-7, but won the third set 6-2.
11:07 AM MOUNTAIN TIME-The Toronto Blue Jays took on the Houston Astros, who are the 2nd best team in Major League Baseball, live from Rogers Centre in Toronto. The Blue Jays won their 4th straight, beating the Astros 7-2, as pitcher Drew Hutchinson went 6 1/3 innings, allowing only one run. The offence came alive with five different players getting at least one run batted in, including third baseman Josh Donaldson getting his 40th of the season, which is tied for 2nd in the American League. With the win, the Jays moved into 3rd in the American League East, and are now four games back of the New York Yankees for first. They are also 3 ½ games back of the 2nd wildcard spot in the American League, and have a .474 win percentage.
12:45 P.M. MOUNTAIN TIME-It was F.C. Barcelona, led by Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Luis Suárez who beat Juventus F.C., led by Gianluigi Buffon, Carlos Teves, and Paul Pogba 3-1 in the UEFA 2015 Champions League final, in Berlin Germany. Ivan Rakitić scored in the 4th minute to give Barcelona the early lead. In the 55th minute, Álvaro Morata scored to tie the game, but Barcelona was too much as Suárez would score in the 68th minute, and Neymar put the game away in the 97th minute. This was Barcelona’s 5th Champions League win, and with this win Barcelona completed The Treble, which is when a team wins three trophies in a year, as they won the Liga BBVA, the Copa Del Rea, and the Champions League. Suárez who led the Barclays Premier League with goals last season, and infamously bit someone in last year’s FIFA World Cup, would prove to be a successful transfer (he came from Liverpool F.C.), joining Neymar and Messi. The three of them combined for 81 goals and 39 assists in the 2014/15 season.
4:00 P.M. MOUNTAIN TIME-In the opener of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, Christine Sinclair notched the game-winning goal (her 154th career international goal, 3rd all time) of Canada’s long-awaited home opener vs. China. The game took place in Edmonton, where 53,058 fans packed into Commonwealth Stadium to see more Canadian soccer history. After opportunities were not cashed in, forward Adriana Leon got taken down in the 92nd minute, and there was no doubt that it would be Sinclair taking the penalty kick. With the win, Canada is tied with the Netherlands for first in Group A, (Netherlands beat New Zealand 1-0 later that night), and will be playing New Zealand and Netherlands later this month.
4:53 P.M. MOUNTAIN TIME-After winning the Kentucky Derby, and then the Preakness Stakes, American Pharaoh and jockey Victor Espinoza had a chance to win the Belmont Stakes, in Belmont, New York as well as the famous Triple Crown. They didn’t disappoint, and for the first time in 37 years, a horse and a jockey were able to complete the task. In those 36 years without a Triple Crown winner, 13 times a horse won the first two races, but couldn’t win the third, and 20 times, where a horse won a total of two events, but couldn’t complete the spectacular.
5:00 P.M. MOUNTAIN TIME-In Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Tampa Bay Lightning looked to avenge their Game 1 loss against the Chicago Blackhawks. In the first period, the Lightning struck first, as the home team took a 1-0 lead. In the second period, it looked like déjà vu, as the Blackhawks took a 2-1 lead, but Nikita Kuchervov scored his 10th of the playoffs, and Tyler Johnson scored his playoff-leading 13th goal and 22nd point. In the third period the Hawks tied the game up at three, with defenseman Brett Seabrook’s 5th of the playoffs, but it was Jason Garrison who scored the game-winning goal. After Tampa goalie Ben Bishop left for the second time, Andrei Vasilevskiy saved five shots to secure the game for the Lightning. Coach Jon Cooper didn’t reveal why Bishop left the game: was it an injury or indigestion? The Lightning, led by goal-scoring phenom Steven Stamkos and Johnson, are looking to lead the Lightning to their second Stanley Cup, (their first was in 2004), while the Blackhawks, led by captain Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Kane, known for his dekes and spin-o-ramas are looking to lead the Blackhawks to their third Stanley Cup in the past six seasons, and their sixth all-time.
Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 6-1 and will play Stanislas Wawrinka in the final
Tiger Woods shoots a career-worst 85 in the third round of The Memorial
Serena Williams defeats Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3 and wins her 20th career Grand Slam
Josh Donaldson gets his 40th RBI in the Jays’ 7-2 over Houston
Barcelona wins their 5th Champions League title with the help of their terrific trio
Christine Sinclair helps Canada get three crucial points in Canada’s opening match
American Pharaoh and Victor Espinoza win the Triple Crown for the first time since 1978
Jason Garrison gets the game-winner as the puck flies by Corey Crawford