The biggest question in the sports world these days centers around Kevin Durant’s calf injury and when he’ll be able to return to action. His teammate Klay Thompson is questionable for Wednesday’s Game 3 of the NBA Finals with a hamstring strain. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara took a puck to the face and broke his jaw in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen tore his ACL and is out for the season.
Add it all up, and you’ve got a common headline theme across the sports world on Wednesday: star injuries and big question marks.
Let me stop there for a second. Are you a sports fan who is always on the go like me but wants to stay up to speed with everything that’s going on from basketball to hockey to golf and all things in between? Are you rushing out of the house in the morning on the way to work or to drop the kids off at school and don’t have time to catch the viral play that everyone will be talking about around the water cooler?
Well, I’ve got you covered with a daily sports roundup that will be your one-stop shop to jump-start your day with the top moments and plays, viral videos, and featured headlines from the previous night, as well as a look ahead to what’s on the docket for the upcoming day. So come along for the ride – it’s great to have you on board!
TOP STORY: Durant Ruled out for Game 3, Thompson Questionable
The two-time defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors will once again be without Kevin Durant when they take the court in front of their home crowd tonight in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP has been nursing a strained right calf that he suffered back on May 8th in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals.
The prognosis for guard Klay Thompson appears to be a bit better heading into tonight’s pivotal Game 3. Thompson was able to get in a practice on Tuesday, just two days removed from suffering a mild strain to his left hamstring that knocked him out of Game 2 on Sunday. He is officially listed as questionable for tonight’s game which kicks off at 9pm ET on ABC.
MUST-WATCH PLAY OF THE DAY: UCLA Walks Off For Thrilling Women’s CWS Title
It doesn’t get much more dramatic than a championship-winning walk-off hit. Kinsley Washington was the hero for UCLA on Tuesday night, as her two-out single drove in the run that would clinch the Women’s College World Series title. The No. 2 Bruins defeated the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners 5-4 in Game 2 of the CWS to win their 13th national championship.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t hand out an honorable mention to Oklahoma’s Shay Knighton, who hit an out of this world game-tying home run when the Sooners were down to their last out.
VIRAL MOMENT EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT: Former College Basketball Star Starts Brawl Overseas
Former Kentucky college basketball standout and first-round NBA pick Terrence Jones was involved in a good old-fashioned melee in a Philippine Basketball Association Game. Jones, who plays for the Talk ‘N Test Tropang Texters (you can’t make this up) hit a member of the opposing Phoenix Fuel Masters, Calvin Abueva, with a low blow. Abueva retaliated later in the game with a vicious clothesline to Jones. Watch how it played out above.
SOCIAL RUNDOWN: Think You Can Beat Thomas Wu at the #floatingballchallenge? Think Again!
In an Instagram video that was recently picked up by SportsCenter, Thomas Wu, a man who posts his workout routines to Instagram and YouTube, does the #floatingballchallenge with a 20lbs medicine ball. All without breaking a sweat. This would probably not end well for me.
DON’T MISS THESE STORIES: Rounding Up Tuesday’s Headlines
- LeBron James could demand a trade if the Lakers flop in free agency.
- Andrew McCutchen will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.
- Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will meet in a semifinal showdown at the French Open.
- MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says there won’t likely be changes this season to protective netting in ballparks.
- Odds Odds are out for the upcoming Belmont Stakes.
WHAT’S ON TAP: Best Of Wednesday
NBA Finals: Game 3
Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors
Time: 9pm ET