Most Dramatic Moments of the Week
Sports fans were treated to an exciting week, as the past seven days saw both the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Final begin.
But as is customary with this time of year, other exciting happenings around the world of sports grabbed our attention as well and are part of what makes late spring/early summer such a great period for sports.
Let's take a look back at the most dramatic moments in sports from the past week.
Singleton Signs Historic Deal and Homers in Debut
Jon Singleton has generated a lot of discussion around baseball in the past week after he signed a historic contract that guaranteed him $10 million before he ever stepped on an MLB field.
The deal also could get bumped up to as much as $30 million over eight years, and some current MLB players seemed to be against the fact that the 22-year-old got a big raise before he paid some dues.
Singleton, however, answered those critics in the best way possible: by teeing up a fastball and hammering it into the right field bleachers in his professional debut on Tuesday night for his first career hit.
For better or worse, you can bet we'll be hearing his name a lot more often in the future.
Spurs Advance to Finals in Dramatic Fashion
The San Antonio Spurs are headed back to the NBA Finals but only after doing it the hard way against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The game was truly a roller coaster, with a ridiculous amount of lead changes throughout each quarter and overtime.
The Spurs were down seven at the half, and Tony Parker was out for the rest of the game with a sprained ankle. But San Antonio bit down and pulled back into the game, with a number of players stepping up in Parker's absence.
Boris Diaw chipped in a team-high 26 points. Kawhi Leonard had a monster steal/block with less than a minute left on a Russell Westbrook layup that would have given the Thunder a one-point lead. And Duncan scored 19 points and added 15 boards while playing 39 total minutes and putting the team on his back in overtime.
The Spurs outscored the Thunder 11-6 in the overtime frame, with Westbrook and Kevin Durant missing a couple of long shots.
Tribe Win Wacky 12-Inning Game on Walk-off
The Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox had to wait more than two hours at the beginning of their game on Wednesday because of rain.
When the game finally recommenced, the two teams ended nine innings tied at 4-4 after seven total runs were scored in the sixth and seventh innings alone.
The two teams couldn't get a man across the plate in the 10th or 11th inning, and the Indians finally got something going in the 12th when they had two men on base and Asdrubal Cabrera stepped up to the plate.
Cleveland, obviously, only needed to knock in the runner on third base for the win, but he left no doubt by tagging a screamer to right field that cleared the fence and gave his team the victory for a series sweep.
Federer Fails to Advance to Quarterfinals
For nine straight years, Roger Federer had played in the quarterfinals of the French Open. But dreams of a 10 straight trip were shattered on Sunday.
He was taken down in five sets by Ernests Gulbis, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. It may be a sign that Federer, at 32 years of age, is beginning to slow down and is not the dominant superstar he once was.
Gulbis, who hails from Latvia, lost the first set but regained his composure and played a powerful game that kept Federer on his heels. While it was a good match, Federer's loss could be a sign that the balance of power is shifting in the tennis world.
Western Conference Final Game 7 OT Thriller
The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings had played six unbelievable games but needed one more to decide which team would advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
There's not much debate after this series that these two teams are the best the NHL has to offer. Each squad was spectacular during the entire series.
In Game 7, both teams had big contributions from their stars, with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Jeff Carter and Justin Williams tallying goals. Jonathan Quick had an impressive 37 saves on 41 shots for the Kings. A frenzied first period saw Chicago jump out to a 3-2 lead.
The Blackhawks then had a 4-3 lead more than halfway through the third period, but Marian Gaborik put in a rebound with about seven minutes remaining in the game to tie it up.
Finally, at 5:47 of overtime, a seemingly innocuous wrist shot from Alec Martinez deflected off a Blackhawk and found the back of the net, silencing the Chicago crowd and getting Los Angeles back to its second Cup Final in three years.
TCU Wins 22-Inning Thriller
It's not often you see a baseball game reach extra innings, and when it does, it only lasts for a few more innings at most.
This was not the case on Saturday, as TCU and Sam Houston State needed a ridiculous 22 innings to declare a winner in their NCAA tournament regional contest. The game lasted an absurd six hours and 54 minutes.
In the bottom of the 21st inning, it appeared as if Sam Houston State had won the game after Luke Plucheck broke up a double play and caused a bad throw to first, which allowed the runner from third to score. Players celebrated but only briefly.
Plucheck was called for interference, and that gave TCU its third out of the inning. The Horned Frogs would go on to score in the top half of the 22nd and hold Sam Houston State scoreless, ending the marathon game.
Sterling Agrees to Sell Clippers
After weeks and weeks of discussion, Donald Sterling has finally (somewhat surprisingly) agreed to sell the Los Angeles Clippers without pursuing legal action related to the transaction, according to ESPN.com.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer bid $2 million for the team and will almost assuredly be voted in by the owners with the required three-fourths majority.
There's no telling what the future has in store now for Sterling, with lawsuits and more twists and turns in the story sure to pile on. But at least he will now be completely removed from the NBA.
Stanley Cup Final Opener Goes to OT
The Stanley Cup Final started out in the most fitting way possible: by going into overtime. The New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings could not be separated after three periods of play.
After a sloppy start, the Kings found themselves down 2-0 in the first period before Kyle Clifford tied it up toward the end of the period.
The Kings mostly dominated from that point on and especially in the third period, when they badly outshot New York. But Henrik Lundqvist kept his squad in the game and got the Rangers into overtime.
The extra period was very tight, and tension built throughout the Staples Center with each passing minute before "Mr. Game 7" Justin Williams put a wrister over Lundqvist's shoulder to give LA the huge win.
LeBron Can't Take the Heat, Spurs Take Game 1
In a game that will go down as one of the stranger yet more memorable contests in NBA Finals history, the San Antonio Spurs took down the Miami Heat in Game 1.
The two sides were evenly matched throughout the first half, with some good back-and-forth play developing between the teams. But as the second half rolled around, viewers got wind of some strange news: the A/C had broken in the AT&T Center.
While this was noteworthy on its own, the story became a whole lot more interesting when LeBron James was noticeably hurting in the fourth quarter and had to be permanently taken out due to cramps.
The Spurs, meanwhile, outscored the Heat 36-17 in the fourth quarter to roar back and win Game 1, 110-95, in emphatic fashion.
Mets and Phillies Need 14 Innings Twice
The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies had quite the improbable and dramatic series last weekend, with two consecutive games going to the 14th inning.
On Friday the two sides had their bats working early, with each team scoring five runs by the end of the fifth inning. But neither side would score again until the 14th, when Philadelphia's Reid Brignac hit a single to left field that gave the team the win.
The very next day, the two teams again could not be separated in regulation time. The Phillies found themselves down 4-0 in the bottom of the seventh before Ryan Howard blasted a three-run homer to pull them within one. Domonic Brown would hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings.
Once again, the 14th inning proved to be the decider in the game, but this time the Mets came out on top after David Wright knocked an RBI single to left field.
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