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48-strikeout game, playoffs' update and more sports

By J.A. HaglMay 9, 2017

Gene Bouchard & maria Sharapova
Gene Bouchard & maria Sharapova Clive Rose/Getty Images


Forty-eight strikeouts, 18 innings, 500 pitches, nine combined runs and six hours later, the New York Yankees beat Chicago Cubs in the longest game of the season.  Yankees have no Monday morning regrets with their 5-4 win and series sweep. The game would have wrapped up in the normal nine innings but the Cubs extended the game with three runs at the bottom of the ninth. The 48 strikeouts broke a record set in 1971 by the Angels and A’s. That game was 20 innings long with 43 strikeouts.


Round 3 series are getting closer. Round 3 first-timers Nashville Predators clinched their spot with a 4-2 series win against the St. Louis Blues all while making franchise history. Leon Draisaitl’s hat trick kept Edmonton Oilers in the series against the Anaheim Ducks. Those two teams will break their series tie May 10. Ottawa Senators lead the New York Rangers by one game. That series ends May 11. Pittsburgh Penguins lead the Washington Capitals 3-2 with the series ending May 10.


The West and Eastern Conference Semifinals mirror each other. Cleveland has already clinched its spot in the conference series after two sweeps. Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards are tied 2-2. Golden State swept the Trail Blazers and the Jazz. Except for one game, the Warriors have won their series games with at least a 10 point spread. And you guess it. The two Texas teams, Spurs and Rockets, are tied 2-2. The question is: Will the 2017 Championship be round three of a Golden State and Cavalier’s match up?


Canadian tennis star Gene Bouchard has been one of colleague’s Maria Sharapova’s loudest critics. Bouchard called Sharapova a “cheater” and the league allowing the Russian tennis player to compete again after a doping scandal a bad example for young tennis players. All that animosity probably fueled Bouchard’s win against Sharapova. She won two of three sets: 7-5, 2-6. 6-4.


The FIFA Beach World Cup might as well stay in Brazil. The Brazilian soccer team won its fifth Beach World Cup title. It was a comfortable win, too. The team won 6-0 against Tahiti in the Bahamas. The country has won a combine 10 World Cups and Beach World Cups. Win a World Cup, and spend the weekend in the Bahamas? That is one happy soccer team.