There’s never a dull moment in the world of sports. There is so much to report between Kobe’s retirement, Warriors historic win, UConn women setting records and in the world of real life experiences, bullying.
Showing bullies who’s boss, today in 1947 Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball when he became the first African–American Major League Baseball player.
Now that’s record breaking,
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MLB (Major League Baseball)
- Making a statement. Bryce Harper hit his 100th home run at the ripe old age of 23. He is the eighth youngest player in history to reach this career milestone. As if that wasn’t enough, he actually broke the scoreboard with his 100th home run.
NBA (National Basketball Association)
- Fitting farewell. Kobe showed fans what they’ll be missing when he retires. In front of a crowd full of celebrities and Kobe fanatics, his final game was filled with tributes that also saw Kobe score 60 points (that’s a lot, especially for a guy who’s retiring). The Lakers only won 17 games this season (season consists of 82 games), therefore they will not be going to the playoffs.
- Winning Warriors. On Wednesday Golden State Warriors beat Memphis Grizzlies to become the first team ever to reach 73 wins in an NBA season. Kudos Warriors. Now let’s see if Steph Curry and his team can win in the playoffs.
- Playoff excitement. NBA playoffs start this weekend. Don’t get too excited as it’s a long playoff system – the NBA Finals don’t start until June. Yep June.
- The playoff system is long because teams play a series of games and there are a lot of teams involved. The first round is a best-of-seven games series. More than half of the NBA teams make it to the playoffs with 16 of the 30 teams making it into the first round. For complete playoff coverage, including a schedule for this weekend's games, click here.
NFL (National Football League)
Football frenzy. The 2016 regular season schedule was released this morning. Find it here.
WNBA (Women's National Basketball Association)
- Still breaking records. The WNBA draft took place yesterday and it continued to be a record setting year for the women's national champions, UConn. The UConn women set yet another record for being the first team ever to have three of their players selected to start the WNBA draft.
According to his former trainer, Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval has an eating problem and some are saying he’s too heavy to be bringing home $19 million a year. Sandoval lost his job at third base to Travis Shaw and has since been placed on the DL (disabled list) for a shoulder injury. Cue Ben Stiller in Heavyweights.
The Lakers sold a record breaking amount of merchandise on Wednesday for Kobe’s last game. Fans spent a record $1.2 million on jerseys, foam fingers and other memorabilia at the Staples Center. According to ESPN, that’s an average of $63 spent per fan in attendance. The previous single event merchandise record was set by Led Zeppelin who sold $1 million in goods during their reunion tour stop at the O2 arena in London in 2007.
- Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh spend the evening with the rap group Migos. Looks like he enjoyed himself.