The 10 is Kaimin Sports' weekly rundown of any of the stories and headlines you may have missed in the last week in sports and pop culture.
10. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training
Well, it’s finally getting nice down south and you know what that means: baseball season. Pitchers and catchers reported to training camp on Feb. 14 and 15 and other players will be reporting sometime next week. Buckle up, this is just the beginning of an eight-month season for some teams.
9. U.S. ranks fifth in the Winter Olympics medal count
As of Friday morning, the U.S. was ranked fifth in the medal count, behind Norway, Germany, Canada and the Netherlands. The U.S has five gold medals, a couple of which will be highlighted below. Along with the gold, U.S bagged one silver and two bronze medals.
We chatted about this in the Kaimin Sports' “Heard UM Say” podcast. American winter Olympians just don’t have as much talent as summer athletes. In the Summer Olympics, there seems to always be someone competing for a medal, but in winter, the U.S. isn’t quite as dominant.
8. Incredibles 2 trailer released
If this doesn’t give you nostalgia then I don’t know what will. The original Incredibles came out in 2004. If you’re in college now, you were probably younger than eight years old when this movie came out. It took 14 long years to finally get the sequel, which is set for a summer release of June 18.
It seems that Mrs. Incredible will re-emerge as Elastigirl as the hero who saves the day. Mr. Incredible, meanwhile, will be at home playing Mr. Mom. It appears to take place right after Incredibles ended, with characters still looking the same age.
7. U. S. takes silver in luge men’s single event
The luge men’s single competition began in the Winter Olympics in 1964. No American has ever won a medal in this event, but that changed this week. Chris Mazdzer took home silver for the U.S. in the event.
He was in fourth heading into his final run and was able to pull himself into second while he generated a track record in the process.
6. NBA All-Star Weekend has arrived
The best players, shooters, dunkers and young stars in the NBA will all gather in Los Angeles this weekend for All-Star Weekend. It starts tonight with the Celebrity All-Star game, featuring Quavo and Justin Bieber, among others. After that, the Rising Stars game will take center stage with the best rookie and sophomore players in the league competing for Team USA and Team World.
Saturday night is the big one. The Taco Bell Skills Challenge will be followed by the JBL Three-Point Contest. Rounding out the night is the Verizon Slam Dunk contest, featuring a couple of exciting rookies in Donovan Mitchell and Dennis Smith Jr.
The All-Star Game itself takes place Sunday between Team LeBron and Team Steph.
5. First black man to play on the U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team
Jordan Greenway, the Boston University product and Minnesota Wild draft pick, made his Olympic debut Wednesday morning against Slovenia. He scored a goal in his debut, one that appeared to be a game-winner until Slovenia’s captain scored the tying goal late in the third.
Greenway, 20 years old, became the first black man to represent U.S. hockey at the Olympic games.
4. Cavs right back on track
It seems as though the moves the Cavaliers made last week at the trade deadline were exactly what needed to happen to help make, not break, Cleveland’s season. The Cavs beat Boston and Oklahoma City in the only games since the deadline and sit in third place in the Eastern Conference, 6 1/2 games back from first place Toronto.
Although the chemistry may be a little better even with six players being traded away, it will be interesting to see if the Cavs are able to make a run at their fourth straight finals.
3. Shaun White wins gold
In dramatic fashion, the three-time Olympian took home gold once again in the men’s snowboard halfpipe. He was in second place heading into his second run. Unfortunately, he fell trying to do a cab double-cork 1440. (Don’t ask me what that is.) After the fall, he had just one final run to take over the top spot.
In his final run, to be as simple as possible and not throw around snowboard lingo, he shredded that half pipe. The emotion-filled White deserved gold after that run.
2. Jocelyne Lamoureux sets Olympic record
The U.S. women’s hockey team faced the Olympic Athletes from Russia, on Tuesday morning, beating them 5-0. Lamoureaux scored a pair of those goals, both in a span of six seconds. That was a new Olympic record for both men and women for back-to-back goals. The previous record was eight seconds for the men and 16 for women.
Her second goal came off of the face-off at center ice after her first goal. OAR won the draw and dumped it back to a defenseman. Lamoureaux snatched the puck from the defender, which left her on a fast break to the goal. She faked her shot and once the goalie fell, she went left, her backhand side and lifted the puck top-shelf over the goalie’s leg pad.
1. Two 17-year-olds win gold in snowboarding events
Teenage phenoms Red Gerard and Chloe Kim became national sensations this past week as they both took home gold in their respective events.
Gerrard won his medal first in the snowboard men’s slopestyle event. He was able to mix some creativity into his run that set himself aside from the other riders. Gerard was the first American to win a gold medal at Pyeongchang. He also slept in late that morning because he watched Netflix all night and dropped the F-bomb on live TV.
Kim won her gold medal in the women’s halfpipe. After already having the gold locked up going into her final run, she bested her own score to receive a 98.25 in her final run. Kim became the youngest women rider to win a gold medal in a snowboard event, and also tweeted in the middle of the competition. Teenagers these days.