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Crawford puts on clinic in stopping Spence in ninth
Terence Crawford was dominant in his 9th-round TKO win over Errol Spence Jr. and became the undisputed welterweight champ.
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1. Crawford puts on clinic in stopping Spence in ninth
Terence Crawford was dominant in his 9th-round TKO win over Errol Spence Jr. and became the undisputed welterweight champ, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Steve Carp.
If you were looking for a classic fight, sorry to disappoint you.
But if you were looking for a dominating performance, a masterclass in boxing, be glad you watched Terence Crawford do his thing in the ring Saturday night t T-Mobile Arena.
The 35-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska was simply too much for Errol Spence Jr. Crawford knocked Spence down three times — once in the second round and twice more in the seventh en route to scoring a ninth-round TKO victory with 28 seconds left and now is the undisputed king of the welterweight division, holding all the belts.
It is the second time Crawford has had that distinction. He was the undisputed super lightweight champ. But he has made history as the first male fighter to do so. He is a perfect 9-for-9 as a welterweight, stopping all of his opponents as he is 40-0 with 31 KOs.
2. An overview of the Ducks prospect pool: Defenseman
The Anaheim Ducks' prospect pipeline is deep on the blue line, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Derek Lee.
Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that Mintyukov is just 19 years old with how well he reads the game. While playing for Saginaw in the OHL, his play style was very bombastic, making aggressive pinches and often pulling himself out of position to get back on defense. While the point totals were high, the defensive work wasn’t as strong as Ducks brass wanted it to be.
When Mintyukov was dealt to the Ottawa 67’s midway through last season, an emphasis was placed on playing a strong two-way game. The point total dipped, naturally, but Mintyukov’s overall game improved tenfold. His OHL career was capped off by being named OHL Defenseman of the Year, the first Ducks prospect to win the award in franchise history.
3. Galaxy collapse against Vancouver, 2-1, ends Leagues Cup run early
The LA Galaxy allowed two second half goals during the team’s 2-1 defeat against the Vancouver Whitecaps, ending the Galaxy’s time in the Leagues Cup, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Anthony Bautista.
The Galaxy’s run in the inaugural League’s Cup ended almost as quickly as it started.
Despite being the better team for a majority of the game, the Galaxy collapsed in the second half as they fell to the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-1, marking the end of LA’s time in the tournament.
Vancouver moves on to the round of 32, but head coach Vanni Sartini wasn’t fully convinced about the result.
“The win is a steal. I think the real result should have been a tie and then deciding in penalties who was going to go through,” Sartini said afterwards.
LA dominated possession, nearly doubled their touches inside Vancouver’s box and had more shots, but it still wasn’t enough to hold the early lead the Galaxy built Sunday night at Dignity Health Sports Park.
4. Aces stay unbeaten at home and take down the Wings
After a losing to Dallas in their last matchup, the Aces came out looking for revenge, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Jared Feldman.
The Las Vegas Aces improve to 23-2 on the season after defeating the Dallas Wings, 104-91.
After a losing to the Wings in their last matchup the Aces came out looking for revenge. Kelsey Plum led the Aces with 28 points, Chelsea Gray had 27 points, A’ja Wilson added 22 points and Alysha Clark had 12.
Teaira McCowan led the Wings with 25 points and 15 rebounds, followed by Satou Sabally with 19 points, Arike Ogunbowale added 14 points.
5. Sparks fall short in late comeback against Liberty
The Sparks' two-game win streak is over after a loss to the New York Liberty, 87-79, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Rey Moralde.
This Sunday afternoon game did not go well for the Sparks.
The New York Liberty came out with destruction in mind. They had a 22-point lead in the fourth quarter. But the Sparks made a valiant comeback late in the game. Unfortunately, they fell short and the Liberty held on for the win, 87-79.
The Liberty started out hot. Actually, not just hot; they came out volcanic. And the Sparks were stuck in an icebox. New York began the game with a 21-2 burst.
The Sparks did wake up a bit afterwards. They managed to cut the deficit down to single figs as Jordin Canada made a pull-up J. But back-up guard Marine Johannes couldn’t miss from behind the arc. In fact, she made five threes without missing in the first 20 minutes of play. It helped boost the lead back to 51-35 by the halftime break.
6. McCaskill’s brace leads Angel City past the Thorns
Savannah McCaskill scored two goals in Angel City's victory against the Thorns, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Kamran Nia.
Becki Tweed began undefeated in her first five games as Angel City’s interim head coach. And the heavy desire to win has marked such time. Still, she was “disappointed” that her team did not win all five of those games (two draws).
So after Angel City beat the Portland Thorns, 2-1, on Saturday, Tweed was pleased, but pointed out areas they can improve.
“I still think we have areas of improvement where we did actually create some opportunities for Portland in the last few minutes that we could have avoided,” she said.
But Tweed also mentioned how they were already improving, including their level of bravery as she praised midfielder Savannah McCaskill.
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Here are the “get in” prices for tickets if you’re thinking about going to a game Tuesday.
7:00 p.m. – A’s at Dodgers – $18
7:00 p.m. – Liberty at Sparks – $7
7:00 p.m. – Dream at Aces – $10
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