The Tessa Jackson Sports Update [7/15]

By Tessa Jackson

Steven Stamkos, captain of back-to-back NHL Stanley Cup Champions Tampa Bay Lightning.

There is so much to talk about this week I’m just going to do a quick rundown of everything going on, starting with the Tampa Bay Lightning being crowned champions of the NHL last week for the second year in a row. Nikita Kucherov was the star of the playoffs for the Lightning, and he is certainly celebrating. It seems that the whole city of Tampa is celebrating a little too hard; they managed to dent the Stanley Cup during one of their many boat parades.

The Milwaukee Bucks will have been looking to tie up the NBA Finals series on Wednesday, so you will know by the time you read this whether they were successful. While the Bucks killed the Suns in Game 3, I thought that Game 4 would be closer, and I was right, with the Bucks squeezing out a crucial six point win. I still think The Phoenix Suns will win the Championship, the question is, in how many games? My prediction is Suns in six games, they are just too good at home. Game 5 is on Saturday, July 17, and Game 6 (if necessary) is on Tuesday, July 20, and Game 7 (if necessary) is scheduled for Thursday, July 22. (Editor’s note: Game 5 has since taken place, in which the Bucks defeated the Suns 123-119)

Fun fact: Whenever tennis star Novak Djokovic is at Wimbledon, he eats grass. He says it tastes like sweat.

I was right about Roger Federer having a hard time beating Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon quarter-final; he
lost that match and the men’s singles final match ended up being between Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Italy’s Matteo Berrettini. Djokovic won his 20th Grand Slam title, tying Federer and Rafael Nadal for most men’s titles. Australian, Asheligh Barty, claimed the women’s singles title and looks like she is going to be a force to be reckoned with.

Everyone’s favorite MLB team (note the sarcasm) the Houston Astros, have really been heating up. They have taken the top spot in the American League West, a division they share with the Oakland A’s. The A’s are still in the wild card position; I just hate seeing the Astros at the top. But the man that everyone has been talking about is on a team that barely has a winning record, also in the American League West, Los Angeles Angel’s Shohei Ohtani. People have been comparing him to Babe Ruth because he is a pitcher who can also hit. To be honest, I don’t really know that much about Babe Ruth, but from what I’ve read, Ohtani is better, much better.

People are calling him a “once in a century player” so do yourself a favor and check him out. The Los Angeles Angels can still hardly win a game, but at least they have a winning record so far this season, unlike the last five years. Maybe when All Star, Mike Trout, a man who has been loyal the Angels despite being one of the best players in the league on a mediocre team that almost never makes the playoffs, comes back from injury
they will have a chance.

Well, the Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor fight didn’t last very long. Poirier beat McGregor by Total Knockout when McGregor broke his leg in the first round. It looked like he stepped on his foot wrong, and his leg just snapped, but it turns out he actually kicked Poirier’s elbow, which caused the fracture before he stepped down. With an ending like that, I’m sure we’ll have to see these two fight again.

Coming up in just one week will be the Summer Olympics opening ceremony, so we will talk more about that next week.

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