BETWEEN COURTS AND STRINGS – Excelsior California

This is the NBA

With a spectacular 39-14 run in the third quarter, the Miami Heat, led by a fantastic Jimmy Butler, woke up on time this Tuesday to beat the Boston Celtics in the first game of the Eastern Conference final (118-107). ). Butler, one of the most outstanding players of these playoffs, led Miami’s victory in a masterful way with 41 points (12 of 19 shooting, 17 of 18 free throws), 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 plugs. From more to less, the Celtics suffered from the wear and tear of their semifinal against the Milwaukee Bucks and had Jayson Tatum as their top scorer (29 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals). The two teams showed up to the first match with significant casualties. The Celtics were without Al Horford (coronavirus protocol) and Marcus Smart (sprained right foot) while Kyle Lowry is still out with the Heat (hamstring discomfort).

Miami (United States), 17/05/2022.- Boston Celtics forward Robert Williams (R), defends Miami Heat guard Gabe Vincent (L), during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals series between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics at FTX Arena in Miami, Florida, USA, 17 May 2022. (Baloncesto, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/RHONA WISE SHUTTERSTOCK OUT

Real Madrid with real optimism

Pedja Mijatovic, a former Real Madrid player from Montenegrin, declared on Wednesday that the Whites are on “a positive streak and are favorites to win” the Champions League final on May 28. Mijatovic played for Real Madrid between 1996 and 1999 and, among the titles he won, was a Champions League against Juventus, which was resolved with his goal. “I’m glad that Real Madrid is in the final after the comebacks, after several heart attacks we’ve had. That shows that he is prepared, he has a competitive team, and he is a favourite, if you can say that there is a favourite”, said Mijatovic, who attended the ceremony for the presentation of the Marca Leyenda award to Luka Modric. “Real Madrid is in a winning streak and has many chances to win. Liverpool is a serious team, you have to respect it, and Real Madrid don’t have to think about previous comebacks. It will not be easy, but I am confident that he will play well and win the title”, he concluded.

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MADRID, 05/12/2022.- Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema (l) celebrates with Lucas Vázquez after scoring the second goal against Levante, during the First Division League match played on Thursday at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, in Madrid.  EFE/Juanjo Martin
MADRID, 05/12/2022.- Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema (l) celebrates with Lucas Vázquez after scoring the second goal against Levante, during the First Division League match played on Thursday at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, in Madrid. EFE/Juanjo Martin

MLS and Chicharrin

Peruvian goalkeeper Pedro Gallese’s Orlando City, who kept a clean sheet, stormed the lead in the MLS Eastern Conference this Saturday, tied with Montreal, in a negative day for Mexicans Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández, Carlos Vela and Jairo Torres, defeated with their respective teams, Los Angeles Galaxy, LAFC and Chicago Fire. With his sixth game without conceding goals out of ten played, Gallese contributed in a momentous 1-0 win at the Toronto FC ground of the tournament’s top scorer, the Spanish Jesús Jiménez. Colombian coach Óscar Pareja’s Orlando sealed their victory thanks to a goal in the 92nd minute from the American Kyle Smith, a pass from the Brazilian Alexandre Pato, and took advantage of the Philadelphia Union’s defeat to take the lead alongside Montreal, who beat 2-0 home against the Charlotte of the Spanish coach Miguel Ángel Ramírez.

AME7995. AUSTIN (UNITED STATES), 05/08/2022.- LA Galaxy forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernández signs autographs for fans before an MLS soccer match against Austin FC, today in Austin (USA). EFE/DARREN ABATE

angelenos fall

A penalty goal from Chile’s Diego Rubio sealed the Colorado Rapids’ 2-0 win over Carlos Vela’s Los Angeles FC, which suffered its second MLS loss of the season. Rubio now has six goals in ten games with Colorado and knocked out a LAFC that is still in the lead, but now just one point ahead of Dallas. The Texan team itself sealed a great 3-1 victory at the ‘Chicharito’ Galaxy, with a double by Colombian-American Jesús Ferreira and a goal by American Paul Arriola. The Galaxy, who reduced with the 1-3 of the Brazilian Douglas Costa, dropped to fourth position, surpassed by Dallas, second, and behind Austin.

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