Soccer: European club soccer returned this weekend after the international break ended. Starting with the English Premier League, there were victories for Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham, Newcastle United, and Everton. Manchester City could only gain 1pt in a draw against Stoke City. Extremely disappointing considering how much money the Manchester City owners have put into this team. Results are not required, but expected. The biggest disappointment in England this weekend was Chelsea, who lost 1-0 away to Everton. Chelsea looked flat and uninventive in front of goal. Prolific striker, Samuel Eto’o who has been brought in for the season, could not provide a goal in his first match with Chelsea. The biggest winners of the EPL weekend were Liverpool, who are still top of the table and they don’t play until tomorrow when they travel to Swansea. Moving onto Spain, FC Barcelona somehow came away with the 3pts in a 3-2 victory at home against Sevilla. After going up 2-0 thanks to goals from Dani Alves and Lionel Messi, Sevilla stroke twice in quick succession and it took until the last seconds of the game for Alexis Sanchez to score the decider. Barcelona will feel very fortunate with this outcome as Sevilla were worth of at least a draw. The other Spanish giant, Real Madrid did not perform and had a very embarrassing draw. This was the debut of Gareth Bale, the world’s most expensive soccer player. Although, Gareth Bale did score, Real Madrid came away only with a draw 2-2 away at Villareal. FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid lead the Spanish league currently with 12pts each after 4 rounds of matches. Other notable European soccer results- Italy: Juventus 1-1 Inter Milan (Biggest derby match in Italy), AC Milan 2-2, Germany: Bayern Munich 2-0, Borussia Dortmund 6-2. France: PSG 2-0, Marseille 1-0.
This midweek, the UEFA Champions League group stages begins! Match-day 1 will kick off on Tuesday.
Alabama 49-42 Texas A&M
The game everyone was waiting for lived up to the hype and was an offensive classic that will not soon be forgotten. Texas A&M opened the game with an offensive blitz scoring the first 14 points. Once the beast was woken up, Alabama scored 35 unanswered points to go ahead 35-14 and would then respond every time Texas A&M made a run with their own TD and Alabama got there revenge at College Station. Johnny Manziel was 28/39 for 464YDS with 5TD and 2INT. Johnny Football was electric as ever and although he made some costly mistakes he made some super human plays as well. A.J. McCarron was effective as usual going 20/29 for 334 YDS and 4 TD. As I said, this was a great game for the neutral fan to watch as it was highly entertaining. Alabama proved that they can win with their offense, and now look primed for another title run.
In other college football news this weekend, Michigan barley avoided embarrassment at home with a goal line stand to end the game against the Akron Zips. More misery was put on Mack Brown and his Texas Longhorns as they lost 44-23 to Ole Miss at home and were shutout in the 2nd half! Finally, Florida State beat up on Nevada 62-7. Not a big deal, but FSU’s QB Jameis Winston is a big deal. The freshman QB through two games has thrown for 570 YDS with 6TD and 1 INT. Pretty remarkable start and he is definitely on the early Heisman watch. Only week 3 though.
Side Note: Due to the heavy amount of rain we have experienced this past week, the Colorado vs. Fresno St game has been postponed until a later date.
New AP Top 25 Poll (Courtesy of ESPN): http://espn.go.com/college-football/rankings/_/poll/1
Golf: The final round of the BMW Championship was postponed today because of weather and the fourth round will take place Monday morning. Currently Jim Furyk who shot the 6th 59 on PGA Tour on Friday is at -14, one shot ahead of Steve Stricker. Tiger Woods is lurking, only four shots off the lead. Make sure to read Josh Sisco’s article tomorrow recapping the event.
Boxing: Floyd Mayweather looked to be in top form on Saturday night as he won a majority decision over Canelo Alvarez. Canelo had no answer for Floyd all night and was left chasing the pound-for-pound champ all over the ring. The bout went the full 12 rounds and most judges and boxing pundits had Mayweather winning all 12 rounds. C.J. Ross was the only panel judge of the three fight judges who saw the match as a 114-114 draw. What fight was she watching? Was a question asked by many after the fight. Regardless, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather looked incredible and improved his undefeated record to 45-0. Can he be beat? Many people who believed he could will be reassessing that answer now.
Baseball: The first thing that comes to mind when it’s the Colorado Rockies is without a doubt Todd Helton. Well, Todd Helton has finally decided to retire. Helton spent his entire 17 year career with the Rockies. Helton was there through all the highs and lows and he was always the consummate professional. He will be missed on the field and in the clubhouse. The ‘ToddFathers’ last home game will be against the Boston Red Sox on September 25th. This will be your last time to see the legend that is Todd Helton.