Aaron Ramsdale was doing his best to keep the NBA’s latest heroics out of Barcelona.
After the Blazers and Blazers Blue traded baskets at the start of the second quarter, Cristiano Splitter and Wesley Matthews hit back-to-back threes to give the Blazers an 11-point lead. But before the half was out, Portland held an 11-point advantage – and plenty of confidence.
Aaron Ramsdale was in his own world.
Arguably the best athlete, and perhaps player of all time, in the USA, Landon Donovan, had been recognized for his recent brilliance.
#USWNT midfielder, Landon Donovan scores his 500th career goal. #USAvSWE pic.twitter.com/QqH8DGcyLX — Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) July 22, 2017
Tegure Ibrahimovic leads the headlines for a good reason. At 3:47 p.m. in Sweden, following a 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic, he completed a hat trick to put Sweden 2-0 up in their World Cup qualifier at The Friends Arena.
Tegure Ibrahimovic’s second hat trick in 2 months puts Sweden 2-0 up after 20 minutes against the Czech Republic. #SVEN pic.twitter.com/sIdCJ7z5tg — ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 22, 2017
On Saturday, young, White, Blue, or Green, in France defeated Inalaska, Montana 4-1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored two of those goals.
The Class of 2017 is on fire.
@PierreAubameyang89 scores two goals (including the 100th of his career) to lead the French national team past Inalaska 4-1. pic.twitter.com/4KU5y0fqTL — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 22, 2017
The young power hitters in the National Leagues appear to be living up to their potential. Tayshaun Prince’s three home runs and Brandon Crawford’s three home runs (pairs of homers, not games) were the story of the Sacramento Kings’ season-opening win over the Detroit Pistons. And former major leaguer Phil Nevin took an ordinary inning into a new level of excellence for the L.A. Clippers – getting three runs out of a walk and then a single.
The Milwaukee Brewers got a pounding for 19 hits, but Shohei Ohtani (three hits, four RBIs) and the Angels’ Mike Trout (three hits) put up enough of a fight to drag their team into a 9-8 victory at Angel Stadium.
Since debuting at the MLB All-Star Game last week, Ohtani has split his 13 plate appearances with a pair of doubles, a homer, and two RBIs, including a game-tying two-run shot in the sixth inning of the American League’s 4-2 victory. In the rematch at Nationals Park, Ohtani got four hits and drove in three runs in the Angels’ 13-5 win.
Having made 14 plate appearances, Trout’s drawn four walks in his first two games.
But we really have to give it up for Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia for his soft slap shot from the far foul line that produced the sweetest pump fake in the annals of NBA Instagram posts.