Borussia Dortmund have stunningly beaten Real Madrid 4-1 in the Champions League semifinal first leg, with Roberto Lewandowski’s four goals probably sending Dortmund to the finals. Dortmund started the match very dominant and brightly, with Jurgen Klopp’s side almost taking the lead in the seventh minute when Sven Bender dispossessed Sami Khedira. Marco Reus took hold of the loose ball inside his own half, and took the ball all the way into Real’s box, beating two Real defenders, before shooting a low shot through the legs of Pepe, which Real goalkeeper Diego Lopez amazingly just managed to tip wide. Seconds later Dortmund took the lead, when Mario Götze received to ball down the left flank, before curling a cross to the far post. Robert Lewandowski got in between Pepe and Fabio Coentrao, and tapped the ball past Lopez into the back of the net.
With the NBA regular season coming to end last week and playoff action underway, the season accolades are starting to roll in.
The Knicks guard with one of the greenest lights in the NBA, J.R. Smith was named the NBA’s 6th Man of the Year and the Memphis Grizzlues Marc Gasol was named Defensive Player of the Year. More awards will coming down the pipe, so there’s no better time than now to present Thuuz’s All Excitement Team.
These are the players that our mounds of Thuuz real-time game data has deemed to be most exciting. There are hundreds of variables that go into these ratings, but at their core they are a potent cocktail of Clutch and Excitement: The players that hit the big shot in crunchtime as well as making us tweet up a storm with ridiculous dunks, long range three’s and other exciting plays.
Each Day we will give you the top games to look out for – the games that will be most exciting each day. Since we’re in the down period between the NBA regular season and the NBA playoffs we’re going to focus on some of the great MLB games on today’s docket.
Cardinals vs. Phillies 4:05pm PST – 77 Thuuz Rating
A battle between two of the National League’s most storied franchises. This game kicks off a 4 game series that will go through the weekend. Today’s pitching dual is the best between the Cardinals’ go-to Adam Wainwright and Phillies lefty Cole Hamels.
Diamondbacks vs. Yankees 4:05pm PST – 76 Thuuz Rating
In game 3 of a 3 game series, the Yankees are looking to sweep the Diamondbacks. In the first 2 games the Yankees have had to come behind for the wins in the first two games with heroics from Robinson Cano and Travis Hafner. Tonight, Arizona is calling Patrick Corbin to the mound. Corbin has been their best pitcher early in the season (2-0, 1.50 ERA)
Red Sox vs. Indians 4:05pm PST – 74 Thuuz Rating
With all that has happened in Boston this week, the Red Sox are putting together their longest winning streak in a long time. According to Red Sox manager John Farrell – those events have bonded them as a team. They are also working on the sweep of the Indians, managed by their former manager Terry Francona. The Sox are now (10-4)
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Each day we will give you the top games to look out for – the games that will be most exciting each day.
Sabres vs. Bruins 4:30pm PST – 93 Rating
In light of the tragic events in Boston on Monday, the city will try and get back to business, as best as it possibly can, with The Bruins returning to TD Garden for a matchup against the Buffalo Sabres. Whether or not you are a hockey fan this is one of those games that is way bigger than an athletic contest and a small step in Bostonians trying to get back to normal.
Rockets vs. Lakers 7:30pm PST – 92 Rating
On the last day of the NBA regular season, the playoff picture for the Lakers is pretty simple. If then win tonight against the Rockets, they’re in with the #7 seed. If they lose and Utah wins – they’re out. If both teams lose, the Lakers are in with the #8 seed. Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol would love to make good on Kobe’s playoff promises.
Jazz vs. Grizzlies 5:00pm PST – 91 Rating
Again, this is playoff basketball for the Jazz. This game is obviously directly connected to the one above. The Jazz are in that weird position where they play first – so if they handle their business tonight against Memphis they’ll still have to wait around and watch the Lakers/Rockets game to see if their season will continue next week.
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Everton vs Arsenal 11:45am PST – 76 Thuuz rating
The third-place Gunners look to continue their hot streak when sixth-place Everton visits the Emirates Stadium for a big game Tuesday. Everton wants to qualify for one of next season’s European competitions, but they need a win to revive their fading dreams.
Trailblazers vs. Clippers 7:30pm PST – 72 Thuuz rating
Lob City is still chasing home court advantage for the playoffs as they are a half game behind Memphis. The Clippers need a win on Tuesday against the Trailblazers and then a win against Sacramento on Tuesday to seal the deal. If they lose they are no longer in control of their own destiny as they would need the Grizzlies to lose to Utah in their final regular season game. Also, with Portland sitting lots of their front court, it could turn into a late season slam dunk contest for Blake and DeAndre.
Raptors vs. Hawks 5:00pm PST – 69 Thuuz rating
The Raptors are playing for exercise at this point but the Hawks are looking to up their seeding for the playoffs. They are fighting with the Bulls for control of the 5th seed. The 5th seed plays Brooklyn in the playoffs, while the 6th seed would go against the Pacers.