Sunday, 13 May 2012

Soccer - Premier League: Manchester City seal title at the last as Sergio Agüero sinks QPR

"The only word to describe it is bedlam. Manchester City are the champions, but that tells only part of the story of a day when it was difficult to know if there were enough superlatives in existence to describe what happened in the final, dramatic moments of the title race.
There can be only one other moment to compete with this and it was Michael Thomas's winner for Arsenal at Anfield in 1989. Roberto Mancini's team had been 2-1 down going into stoppage time, on the verge of a defeat that would have gone straight in at No1 in their portfolio of harrowing City stories. There were supporters leaving the ground in tears, scarcely believing the team could have been so reckless.
But then Edin Dzeko equalised and, suddenly, there was one last assault of the opposition goal. Four of the five minutes of extra-time had elapsed when the ball fell to Sergio Agüero. His finish was clinical and this was the moment football blurred with pandemonium.
City had played with their supporters' nerves to the point of brutality.
Pablo Zabaleta's 39th-minute goal really ought to have made this a far easier assignment but the entire complexion of the game changed two minutes into the second half when Joleon Lescott's mistimed header allowed Djibril Cissé to run clear and drive in the equaliser.
Joey Barton was then sent off for tangling with Carlos Tevez and, in the most remarkable scenes, quickly made it apparent he was not going to go quietly, felling Agüero with a knee to the back of his legs and trying to prolong the argument with any City player in his proximity.
What followed was extraordinary even before the game reached its conclusion. A man down, QPR went into a 66th-minute lead when Jamie Mackie headed in the substitute Arman Traoré's cross and, after that, there were periods when City seemed totally devoid of ideas. The title was heading Manchester United's way until the final, dramatic flourish and a celebration that will never be forgotten." @

Manchester City 3-2 Queens Park Rangers por fasthighlights-2012

NHL - Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 3

We already know the brackets for the round 3 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the biggest surprise on this playoffs are the LA Kings because they already defeated the #1 and #2 seed of their Conference.

#8 LA Kings vs  PHX Coyotes #3
Series Tied 0-0

#6 NJ Devils vs NY Rangers #1
Series Tied 0-0

Friday, 4 May 2012

Soccer - Real Madrid win BBVA League

Real stars savour Liga triumph

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo savoured his team's La Liga success on Thursday evening, claiming the title was fully deserved for their performances this season.

The capital club clinched their first La Liga crown since 2008 last night with a 3-0 victory at Athletic Bilbao. Coach Jose Mourinho and his players celebrated in customary fashion this evening by the Cibeles fountain, where thousands of Real Madrid fans were waiting to greet them after their open-top bus ride from the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo said: "I feel incredibly happy. This is my first Spanish league title and I'm delighted about it. We've had a spectacular season and the fans deserve this. The team also deserves the title because we've played phenomenally well. I am very happy.

"I wish to thank everyone here. We're having a lot of fun and we want to win again next year to return. There are two games left in the championship and we've achieved our objective of winning the league. I'm not too worried about not winning the Pichichi (top scorer in La Liga) this year. We'll see what happens in the end."

Real Madrid's success ended a run of three straight titles for bitter rivals Barça, and striker Karim Benzema now wants Mourinho's men to embark on a streak of their own. "This is a dream come true for me and we will keep up the good work to win many more titles," the French international said. "We thank the fans for this."

Full-back Marcelo added: "I am very happy. This is an incredible team. Our fans are also extraordinary and we want to enjoy this with them. The atmosphere in the squad is marvellous. We all help each other and that helps us grow constantly."

More success for Mourinho
The title was a seventh domestic crown for Mourinho, and the Portuguese earlier insisted it was the toughest of his career. Mourinho has now won titles in four different countries following previous successes with Porto in his native Portugal, Chelsea in England and Inter Milan in Italy. But the 49-year-old believes holding off the threat of Barcelona lends extra weight to the achievement.

He told RealMadridTV: "I won the league title in Portugal, Italy and England, but this one has been the toughest. I've won seven league titles overall and I know what it feels like. Barcelona won all their games, as befits the great team that they are. They've been winning to the very last day. They are a club with great tradition that knows we deserved to win this title."

Real visit Granada this weekend before completing their league programme at home to Real Mallorca. Mourinho added: "We have to celebrate this championship (but then) we have to continue working after tomorrow because next season will also be tough and we have games to play still in this campaign. This team deserves even more emotion and affection, and I expect the Bernabeu to give it to them in our match against Mallorca."

Midfielder Xabi Alonso was another who felt edging out Barça was a significant achievement. The Spanish international said: "We finally managed to win La Liga. It's been a long season and there's a lot of merit in winning the title with two games left in the championship. We have to enjoy it now.

"We competed all season with a great opponent like Barcelona, and that's why there's so much merit in winning the title before the campaign ends. We've had a great run. We've been regular and consistent. I dedicate this to my family, friends and all Madridistas." @

NBA - Playoffs: Round 1 [Updated]

SA Spurs vs UTA Jazz
SA Spurs wins Series 4-0
UTA 91 - 106 SAS
UTA 83 - 114 SAS
SAS 102 - 90 UTA
SAS 87 - 81 UTA

OKC Thunder vs DAL Mavericks
OKC wins Series 4-0
DAL 98 - 99 OKC
DAL 99 - 102 OKC
OKC 95 - DAL 79
OKC 103 - DAL 97

LA Lakers vs DEN Nuggets
LA wins series 4-3
DEN 88 - LAL 103
DEN 100 - LAL 104
LAL 84 - 99 DEN
LAL 92 - 88 DEN
DEN 102 - LAL 99

LAL 96 - 113 DEN
DEN 87 - LAL 96

LA Clippers vs MEM Grizzlies
Series Tied 3-3
LAC 99 - 98 MEM
LAC 98 - 105 MEM
MEM 86 - 97 LAC
MEM 97 - 101 LAC

LAC 80 - 92 MEM
MEM 90 - 88 LAC

CHI Bulls vs PHI 76ers
PHI wins Series 4-2
PHI 91 - 103 CHI
PHI 109 - 92 CHI
CHI 74 - 79 PHI
CHI 82 - 89 PHI

PHI 69 - 77 CHI

CHI 78 - 79 PHI

MIA Heat vs NY Knicks
MIA wins Series 4-1
NYK 67 - 100 MIA
NYK 94 - 104 MIA
MIA 87 - 70 NYK
MIA 87 - 89 NYK

NYK 94 - 106 MIA

IND Pacers vs ORL Magic
IND wins Series 4-1
ORL 81 - 77 IND
ORL 78 - 93 IND
IND 97 - 74 ORL
IND 101 - 99 ORL

ORL 87 - 105 IND

ATL Hawks vs BOS Celtics
BOS wins Series 4-2
BOS 74 - 83 ATL
BOS 87 - 80 ATL
ATL 84 - 90 BOS
ATL 79 - 101 BOS

BOS 86 - 87 ATL
ATL 80 - 83 BOS

NHL - Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 2 [Update]

With 3 games played in each series, almost all of them are very hard-fought. The LA Kings are again the most surprising team, because they are already winning the series by 3-0 and, after defeating the #1 seed, they are 1 victory away to defeat the #2 seed.

The LA Kings already clinched the series with a 4-0 result. The Kings already defeated the #1 and #2 seed of their conference.

The PHX Coyotes won the series too (4-1).

#8 LA Kings vs ST Louis Blues #2
LA Kings wins Series: 4-0
Game 1 at STL:
Kings 3 - 1 Blues

Game 2 at STL:
Kings 5 - 2 Blues

Game 3 at LA:
Blues 2 - 4 Kings

Game 3 at LA:
Blues 1 - 3 Kings

#4 Nashville Predators vs PHX Coyotes #3
PHX Coyotes wins Series: 4-1
Game 1 at PHX:
Predators 3 - 4 Coyotes

Game 2 at PHX:
Predators 3 - 5 Coyotes

Game 3 at Nashville:
Coyotes 0 - 2 Predators

Game 4 at Nashville:
Coyotes 1 - 0 Predators

Game 5 at PHX:
Predators 1 - 2 Coyotes

#6 NJ Devils vs PHI Flyers #5
NJ Devils leads Series: 3-1
Game 1 at PHI:
Devils 3 - 4 Flyers

Game 2 at PHI:
Devils 4 - 1 Flyers

Game 3 at NJ:
Flyers 3 - 4 Devils

Game 3 at NJ:
Flyers 2 - 4 Devils

#7 WSH Capitals vs NY Rangers #1
NY Rangers leads Series: 3-2
Game 1 at NY:
Capitals 1 - 3 Rangers

Game 1 at NY:
Capitals 3 - 2 Rangers

Game 3 at WSH:
Rangers 2 - 1 Capitals

Game 4 at WSH:
Rangers 2 - 3 Capitals

Game 5 at NY:
Capitals 2 - 3 Rangers

Saturday, 28 April 2012

NHL - Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 2

The Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs started yesterday with victory of Phoenix against Nashvilee (4-3).

Here's the Playoffs bracket for the Round 2:

LA Kings vs ST Louis Blues
Nashville Predators vs Phoenix Coyotes

Washington Capitals vs NY Rangers
NJ Devils vs PHI Flyers

Friday, 27 April 2012

NBA - Playoff Bracket

With the "mini" regular season over, it's time to the playoffs. The regular season was very difficult because the players average only 1 day of rest between games. We saw a lots of injuries because of the intensity and the huge amount of games played with so little days. Every game was important, a 4th seed team could lose the playoff spot with just one loss. I'm a Lakers fan but it will be difficult to win the championship. I think that the semi-finalist will be the SA Spurs, OKC Thunder, CHI Bulls and MIA Heat. I would love to see the Thunder win the championship (if LA is already eliminated) because they have such a young an great team built with the draft and I think that Kevin Durant deserves a championship.

Here's the Playoff Bracket: