It took a couple of days to finally complete it, but when it was all said and done, it was well worth the wait at Talladega Superspeedway. Picking up at Stage 2, the race certainly did not disappoint, as drivers jockeyed for position all over the 2.66 mile track.
There were so many wrecks that each and every one of the 12 playoff contenders got caught up in at least some damage. In the end, it was one of them that survived a spin getting onto pit road who ended up winning. Ryan Blaney, who likely needed a win to advance, fended off Ryan Newman at the line to win by just .0070 seconds in a photo finish. The final race of the round comes next week at Kansas, where four of the 12 drivers will be eliminated from contention.
Kipchoge Runs First Marathon Ever In Under Two Hours
The old saying goes “it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” Eliud Kipchoge proved that it can be both on Saturday when he became the first person in the world to run a marathon in under two hours, doing so at an event that was specifically set up for this sort of thing, called the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria.
The Kenyan Olympic champion was aided by various running partners throughout that helped him maintain a certain pace as well as by a car that indicated to him where the fastest path on the road would be. For those reasons, the IAAF will not recognize his time of 1 hour, 59 minutes, and 40.2 seconds. Even without the official record, it’s a turning point for all humans, hearkening back to when Roger Bannister ran the first mile in under four minutes. On average, Kipchoge was able to run a mile every four minutes and 33 seconds. That’s over 26.2 miles, which is just jaw-dropping.
Reigning Stanley Cup Winners Blues Beaten By Capitals On Opening Night
It was a very special night in St. Louis on Wednesday night as the NHL regular season began in earnest with the defending champions raising their banner against the Washington Capitals, the team that had won it prior to them.
Despite the banner raising and the good time had by all, however, it was the visiting Capitals that came to town and ruined the party to take a 3-2 win away from the opener. And it had come after the Blues had started oh so well. Two goals came for them inside the first eight minutes, one from Sammy Blais and the other from Alex Pietrangelo. But Alex Ovechkin got the Caps back in it later in the first period before they tied it up in the second through Dmitry Orlov on a power play. The score would remain locked at 2-2 until the overtime period, where Jakub Vrana scored to hand the Blues a 3-2 loss to begin their defense of their crown.
Liverpool came into Wednesday night’s home match against RB Salzburg as big favorites. They were the reigning winners of the Champions League and they hadn’t lost a home match in a very, very long time. Plus, their opponents were upstarts and quite a young team, there for mostly experience, right?
That’s how it looked for most of the first half as the Euro champions went 3-0. But that didn’t hold as the Austrians fought back and got a goal before halftime and two more after the interval to make it 3-3 in incredible, unbelievable fashion. The Reds, though, recomposed themselves and got a winning goal from Mo Salah and then defended as they had prior to that onslaught to win 4-3 in what will go down as one of the crazier nights in Anfield history.
Tottenham are in real trouble at the moment, and that really showed itself on Tuesday night when they welcomed Bayern Munich to London. ‘Spurs,’ as they are known by many have not been playing well since making last year’s Champions League Final, and losing it, and that continued in this group stage match.
Despite scoring first to go up 1-0, they couldn’t hold their lead for long. Then, the absurd happened in the second half. Having gone to the break down 1-2, they ended up losing 2-7. That’s right seven goals. Serge Gnabry was the breakout star of the evening, scoring four upon his return to a city that did him no favors years ago. The question now is: are Bayern back or are Tottenham just done for?
FIFA’s The Best Awards took place on Monday afternoon, helping to recognize the achievement of the top players in the world of soccer. But the biggest prizes on offer were The Player of the Year titles that were bestowed to Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe.
The latter, for once, was not really a controversial one, as she was the driving force behind the USA’s World Cup victory this past summer. The former, however, took home his sixth POY title, yet many feel he might not have deserved as much due to the recent play of Virgil van Dijk, a defender. Many feel Messi was selected because of his status as a forward being more glamorous. No matter why he was chosen, he now has more POY awards than any other player in the history of the game, and came off a season where he had a total of 51 goals and 22 assists. Hard to argue with those numbers.
2018 was notable in the world of sports for a bevy of reasons, but one of them was the fact that Justify won the Triple Crown by taking home the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes. However, according to the rules that were once set up, he could well have been disqualified.
According to reports, the horse failed drug tests prior to the running of the Derby. It’s reportedly scopolamine- a performance booster- that is said to have been in the system. Despite having a second sample, which also came up positive, the board decided not to do anything. They concluded that his food could have been contaminated, thereby allowing it to pass over without anymore fuss. Whether he was technically cheating or not might remain a mystery for some time now, and that is a shame.
It was a nail biter in the end, but somehow, some way, Rafa Nadal held on to defeat up-and-coming Russian superstar Daniil Medvedev to clinch his 19th Grand Slam title on Sunday. Nadal won the first two sets before he ended up losing the next two, forcing him into a fifth set that was essentially a large ‘tiebreaker.’
He looked to be cruising in it as well as he broke Medvedev to go up five games to two, giving him two chances to serve for the win. But Medvedev didn’t make it easy, drawing his way all the to 6-4 in the final set before Nadal clinched it on the third championship point he had. The match ended up taking four hours and 50 minutes, with each man forced to show incredible resilience and cardiovascular endurance. Medvedev was the villain, while Nadal was the true fan favorite, much like a 1980s wrestling match. With the win, Nadal is now one behind chief rival Roger Federer.
Serena Williams’ quest to win Grand Slam #24 will go on another year after she lost in the US Open Final on Saturday against 19 year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu 6-3, 7-5.
It was the underdog’s very first appearance in the tournament as well, demonstrating the guts and resolve it took to deny a pure champion of the highest degree. Williams had been down 5-1 in the second set and was even at match point but kept fighting. She eventually acquiesced, though, and she was forced to be runner-up for the second year in a row.
The 2019 US Open Men’s Final will see two men with completely different outlooks facing off after Friday night confirmed it will be Rafa Nadal taking on Daniil Medvedev.
Nadal, who was down four points in the first-set tiebreaker with Matteo Berrettini, somehow pulled himself out of the fire and won in straight sets (7-6, 6-4, 6-1) to book a spot in the Final against the Russian. Meanwhile, the Russian fought off extremely unfancied Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 to keep up his villainous run. There will be a clear fan favorite in this one: Nadal. That much is for sure.