By Richard Bigega
Electrical Engineering Major
In an injury-riddled NBA season, in which we’ve already seen the likes of Chris Bosh, Paul George and Blake Griffin miss substantial time this season, we lost another star to injury for the rest of the season over the weekend.
While he’s only played in 20-some-odd games this season, it’s safe to say that almost everyone believed that Durant would be back at some point before the NBA playoffs for the Oklahoma City Thunder. That…is no longer the case.
Even though the Thunder have, for the most part this season, navigated themselves without Durant to the No. 8 seed in the Western conference playoff picture, it’s uncertain whether they’re going to be able to seek out enough gutsy wins the rest of the year in order to clinch that seed in the West without Durant.
With Serge Ibaka and Kevin Durant out for the foreseeable future, it’s also uncertain whether Russell Westbrook can work enough magic in order to tie down a playoff spot.
The Thunder, yet again, may have been doomed by injuries
EL CLASSICO, Clash of Titans: FC Barcelona prevails
Any match between fierce rivals Real Madrid C.F. and FC Barcelona is known as the biggest soccer game on earth. Its bloody appeal, political involvement and the presence of absolute talents on the pitch have long been the center of this rivalry game. The March 22nd, 2015 El Clásico did not disappoint; although either Ronaldo or Messi weren’t able to steal the show, reckless tackles, fights and abundant yellow cards rose to the expectation. Barcelona’s 80-million-euro summer signing repaid a large chunk of his transfer fee with the goal that won a potentially decisive La Liga Clásico to send his team four points clear in the title race.
Leaders Chelsea are seven points ahead of third-placed Arsenal after grinding out a 3-2 victory against Hull City on Sunday, and still have the bonus of a game in hand on their title rivals. Wales international Ramsey is aware that Arsenal need favors from sides around them but remains optimistic given Arsenal have won nine of their past ten Premier League matches.
“We just have to focus on ourselves and believe other teams around us will be on the end of upsets,” he told reporters. “We just have to try and win every game until the end of the season.”
In this division teams can lose against anyone. We have just got to be switched on and make sure it doesn’t happen to us and maintain this run. “Stranger things have happened.”
Arsenal return from the international break with a match against Liverpool and then host Chelsea at the end of the month.
Derek Stepan scored two goals and claimed an assist to put Rangers level at the top on 99 points alongside Anaheim and the Montreal Canadians. After going a spell of 12 games without a goal, Stepan scored a goal in each of the first two periods. Chris Kreider, Carl Hagelin, JT Miller, Jesper Fast and Derick Brassard also scored for the Rangers, who have played three games fewer than the Ducks and two games fewer than the Canadians. This recent surge is a clear indication of a serious title contention.