Waves of the Week: This Past Week in the Sports World

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By: Mike Cortez | @CortezEra


There were no shortages of sporting events this Father’s Day weekend with three champions being crowned and the World Cup getting under way. These were the waves of the week:

Winner’s Circle

There were three champions crowned over the weekend, the Los Angeles Kings captured their second Stanley Cup in three years, Martin Kaymer became first German golfer to win U.S. Open and the San Antonio Spurs got revenge on the Miami Heat to win their fifth NBA Championship.

On Friday the Los Angeles Kings were the first to be crowned, beating the New York Rangers 3-2 in a double overtime thriller and instant NHL Classic. New York Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was sensational, stopping 48 shots, but his defense couldn’t keep Anže Kopitar and the Kings out of their zone with Kings Defenseman Alec Martinez finally breaking through for the series winner in the second overtime period to give LA its second Cup in three years.

 

LA Kings celebrating second Stanley Cup in three years.

Martin Kaymer was the next champ crowned. After a performance similar to Tiger Woods’ in 2008, the 29-year-old Kaymer dominated the competition, with second place finishing eight strokes behind him (equivalent to a 50-point blowout in basketball or 7-0 lead in soccer for the non-golf people). Kaymer seems poised to be around for a while so you will get to know him.

Martin Kaymer after brilliant US Open.

The final to be crowned this weekend were the San Antonio Spurs. After being a Ray Allen miracle shot away from a title last year, the Spurs got their revenge on LeBron James and the Miami Heat in impressive fashion. Led by silent assassin and Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs blew the Heat off the floor in the final three games of the Finals after splitting the first two. Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich captured their fifth title together and will now be looked at in the same light as Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant who also won five together.

Spurs after winning fifth title under Popovich.

James and the Heat will go back to the drawing board or possibly in James’ case, boarding an airplane back to Cleveland or to New York. The Big 3 of James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh can all opt out of their contracts and become free agents this offseason. With veterans Ray Allen and Shane Battier probably retiring it remains to be seen if that was the last game of the “Heatles”.


Global Affair

In the middle of all these championship games was the start of the World Cup in Brazil. It has not disappointed one bit thus far. The host country started off the tournament on Thursday beating Croatia 3-1 on the foot of rising superstar, 22-year-old Neymar who scored Brazil’s first two goals. On Friday the Netherlands destroyed defending champs Spain 5-1 in an offensive onslaught.

Neymar after scoring his first goal of the 2014 World Cup.

The weekend featured great games such as Italy beating England 2-1 and Switzerland escaped Ecuador in a 2-1 with a last second goal in an absolute thriller. The best part? There’s three weeks left with U.S.A’s opening match happening today against Ghana at 6pm.