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2019 World Artistic Gymnastic Championships

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2019 World Artistic Gymnastic Championships

Championship winner Nagornyy wins gold for Russia in all-around at 22 years-old.

Championship winner Nagornyy wins gold for Russia in all-around at 22 years-old.

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Championship winner Nagornyy wins gold for Russia in all-around at 22 years-old.

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Floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars, horizontal bars. These are the six events male gymnasts compete in when they face off to win the gold.

This year, the World Artistic Gymnastic Championships were held October 4th through the 13th. The championship was held in Stuttgart, Germany at the Hanns Martin Schleyer- Halle. This is the third time the championship was held there. 288 men from 92 different federations competed

In the team events, Russia took the gold medal with a score of 261.726 points followed by China taking the silver medal with 260.729. Japan took the bronze medal with 258.159 points. This is the first time Russia has won the gold medal at this championship scone the collapse of the Soviet Union. Also, this is the first time Taiwan (a territory of China)  to make it to the top final three teams.

In the individual all-around events, Nikita Nagornyy, from Russia, took the gold medal with 88.722. His fellow team mate, Arthur Palaloyan, earning the silver medal with a score of 87.165. Coming in third place, Oleg Verniaiev, from Ukraine, scoring 86.973, earning the bronze medal. 

On the floor exercise, the overall winner was Carlos Yulo, from the Philippines. He came in with a very dynamic and highly difficult routine on the floor scoring 15.300. On the pommel horse, Max Whitlock, from Great Britain, took the gold medal with a score of 15.500. His legs never touched the apparatus while performing a nearly flawless routine.

On the still rings, Ibrahim Çolak, from Turkey, was the overall winner taking a gold medal with a score of 14.933. On the vault, Nikita Nagornyy, from Russia, took the gold medal with a score of 14.966. 

On the parallel bars, Joe Fraser, from Great Britain, won with a score of 15.000. He was the only one out of all of the men to score 15 or higher. On the horizontal bars, Arthur Mariano, from Brazil, took the gold medal with a score of 14.900. Many people watch the females compete, but the males are able to compete just as well as the females. Making their routines look just as clean as the females.

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Jayleen Nunez is a junior at Durant High School and is a Staff Writer for the PawPrint. When she isn't writing for the PawPrint, she participates in Mindfulness...

Competition season approaching soon for Cheerleading

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One of the elite teams invited to the 2018 MAJORS competitions.

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As competition season rolls around for cheerleading, many cheerleaders are preparing for MAJORS with their team. MAJORS is the most selective competition that only the “best of the best” get invited to attend. This competition is for senior level six teams to showcase the highest level of skills in front of the teams they will be competing against soon once again.

The 2019 MAJORS will be held in Indianapolis on January 17th, with over 5,000 spectator and thousands more watching online at home. The cheerleading world stops to watch these elite teams perform and compete for the title of MAJOR champion. They will display their elite level of talent, skills, and sportsmanship while they are on stage and during the readying processes beforehand. 

As of now the invites have been sent out to each team to get them excited and ready for MAJORS. They have been selected based on previous Worlds and MAJORS placements and their popularity in the cheer world. This year fans will see many familiar teams performing along with some new ones that have joined in all the excitement.

Before the competition even gets started these teams are in the gym practicing perfecting their skills along with filming. Each competing team will create a video showcasing some of their tumbling and stunting, as well with some of their athletes and coaches speaking on what hard work goes into this competition and why MAJORS is so special to them.

The various teams competing in MAJORS love taking part in this experience as it not only celebrates these athletes on stage but off the stage as well. Traditionally the MAJORS staff holds a reception the night before for the teams. The teams dress up and celebrate qualifying for MAJORS and spend quality time with one another from their team and the many others.

Friday the teams will line up to compete. While competing, the competitors are giving everything they’ve got to make their routine perfect on stage. Each stunt and tumbling pass they do must be executed perfectly in order to receive their highest scores possible. Once these athletes are on stage this is their chance to bring the title of MAJORS champion back to their home gym.

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Rays rebound sends Series back to Houston

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The Rays were on the plane back to St.Petersburg, down 2-0 in the ALDS against the heavily favored Houston Astros. They had run into the buzz saw of Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, the top 2 pitchers in A.L. Cy Young voting, in Games 1 and 2. The Rays’ chances were bleak coming into the series but now they were at an all-time low. Most sports channels such as FS1 and MLB Network already had written off the Rays, and with New York up 2-0 in their series, they were preparing for an Astros v Yankees ALCS. However, baseball is rarely that simple, just ask the 2011 Red Sox who were up 10 games in September with 28 games remaining and managed to miss the playoffs, ironically to these same Rays. 

“We got nothing to lose,” Willy Adames said after Game 2 loss by the score of 3-1, where Gerrit Cole struck out 15 in 7.2 innings. Heading into Game 3, that mantra showed as the Rays looked to be playing much looser than the first 2 games. They played better defense, committing only 1 error between Games 3 and 4, didn’t chase as many bad pitches and most importantly, hit with runners in scoring position which led to a 10 run outburst and a 10-3 win in Game 3, cutting the series lead to 2-1. 

The Houston starter Zack Greinke struggled, not making it out of the 4th while giving up 6 runs including a 3 run blast by Kevin Kiermaier, and the bullpen didn’t do much better. Hector Rondon and Wade Miley gave up 4 runs over 2.2 innings to give the Rays a commanding 10-3 lead they would not relinquish.

The Rays, who were not a power hitting team in the regular season, finishing in the bottom 3rd for homeruns in Major League Baseball, rode the gopher ball to victory as Kiermaier, Adames, Choi, and Brandon Lowe all went deep, making sure to send the raucous 32,000 plus at Tropicana Field home happy. 

Now the series was cut to 2-1 but with Verlander looming in Game 4, the celebration from Game 3 turned into determination to win Game 4. Verlander, for the 1st time in his career, was pitching on the three days rest and he did not look sharp early, giving up a solo homerun to Tommy Pham, igniting the crowd who was ear-deafening loud, and remained that way for the remainder of the game.

After the homerun, Travis d’Arnaud snuck a ground ball through the hole to score Choi, followed by a RBI double from Joey Wendle to put up three in the 1st against a future Hall of Famer in Justin Verlander, who had shut them down just four days earlier. Suddenly the Rays were in the driver’s seat to send the series back to Houston, and since it was a bullpen day, the Rays needed the bullpen to hold the Astros, who had been dominant in the 2nd half led by power arms like Emilio Pagan, Diego Castillo, and trade deadline pick-up Nick Anderson, who pitched to the tune of a 2.11 ERA with the Rays. 

After the offense added another run on a Willy Adames solo blast and the bullpen put up 8 dominant innings it was looking like game was a lock with Tampa Bay up 4-1 after 8. However, Emilio Pagan struggled, giving up back to back singles after getting the 1st out. Kevin Cash then proceeded to make an out of the box move.

Needing two more outs to push the series to Game 5 he put in reigning Cy Young award winner Blake Snell to get the save. With runners on 1st and 3rd with one out, everyone on their feet, Snell broke out a nasty curve to finish off Yordan Alvarez on 3 pitches. Next was Yuli Gurriel, who on the 1st pitch hit a rocket up the middle. Luckily, because of the shift, Joey Wendle was right there, made the play, and the Rays had done what most experts and fans thought was impossible, they had forced a Game 5.

Suddenly, after being up 2-0, Houston was now facing elimination. With one more win, Tampa Bay could “shock some people” as Kevin Cash put it and turn October on its head. Kevin Kiermaier put it best: “We ain’t done yet, we ain’t yet.”

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Revelations about the death of Tyler Skaggs

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Revelations about the death of Tyler Skaggs

Pitcher Tyler Skaggs of the Los Angeles Angels, tragically passed in July, yet more details are being revealed about the circumstances now.

Pitcher Tyler Skaggs of the Los Angeles Angels, tragically passed in July, yet more details are being revealed about the circumstances now.

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Pitcher Tyler Skaggs of the Los Angeles Angels, tragically passed in July, yet more details are being revealed about the circumstances now.

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The tragic loss of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs has affected baseball players and fans across Major League Baseball since his premature death in July.  Recently, however, new information regarding his death has surfaced.

Skaggs was found unresponsive, just three days after his last outing, in his Texas hotel on July 1st early in the day.  The LA Coroner’s toxicology report showed the Angel’s pitcher had overdosed on a lethal combination of oxycodone, fentanyl, and alcohol.  MLB teams paid tribute to the ace pitcher with #45 patches and field decorations through the All-Star Break.

Skaggs’ family hired Attorney Rustin Hardin to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.  The investigation brought shocking information to the forefront of baseball news. Eric Kay, a PR manager for the Angels, had reportedly been supplying Skaggs with oxycodone, a pain killer, for years.  Kay claimed that Skaggs had been using and abusing the drug during his pitching career despite MLB’s ban on such drugs. He further explained that Skaggs would purchase the drugs for the two of them to use and produced text messages to corroborate his story.  

Kay alleged that the Angels’ Vice President of Communication, Tim Mead, knew of Skaggs’ drug use, although Mead has denied those allegations.  Kay’s admission to supplying Skaggs with illegal narcotics will likely lead to him facing criminal charges.  

Skaggs’ team could potentially face charges as well.  Since his death occurred during a work trip, which he would not otherwise be on if not for his job as a pitcher, the Angels are implicated in his death.  

The Angels released a statement saying that “[They] maintain a strict, zero tolerance policy regarding the illicit use of drugs for both players and staff.”  They explained to reporters and those concerned with Skaggs’ death that they could not have monitored Skaggs or his relationships with employees.  

MLB does conduct random drug tests, but it is impossible to test every major league player.  They are also not able to test players for drugs unless they have reasonable cause. Since no one on the team had reason to believe Skaggs was using drugs, he was not tested.  However, in light of his death, Tony Clark, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association said, “It is appropriate and important to reexamine all of our drug protocols relating to education, treatment and prevention.” 

Despite the emotional distress of the loss of Tyler Skaggs to his family, to the Angels, and to the sports world, perhaps his death will lead to a renewed effort to rid baseball and all professional sports of the scourge that is drug abuse.

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Rising UFC fighter Kron Gracie debuts

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Holding a record of 4-0, weighing in at 146lbs, standing at five foot nine inches, Kron Gracie made his octagon debut on Feb.18th 2019, in a featherweight fight against Alex Caceres. Despite this being his first ever UFC fight, Gracie is far from inexperienced. Growing up he trained in jiujitsu with his family making Gracie well versed in the art, as well as participating in fights In Japan in the Real Fight Championship.

From the age of nine Gracie has been competing and upholding his family name. His father Rickson Gracie was a master grappler, and his uncle Royce Gracie was a UFC champion.

Gracie submitted Caceres in the first round, two minutes in, living up to his fan’s expectations. Caceres was submitted via rear naked choke which forced a tap out on ESPN one in Phoenix, Arizona.

The fight began with a calm looking Gracie trading strikes with Caceres in the opening minute of the round. Caceres using the strikes and long wingspan to avoid a takedown by Gracie. Gracie’s first takedown attempt was successful, finding the small opening he needed to take the back and latch on. Gracie pushes Caceres to the fence and begins to set up the takedown. Caceres attempts to control Gracie’s wrists but is unsuccessful. Gracie reaffirms his grip and takes Caceres to the ground. Caceres is working to move Gracie’s hands and control his wrists with no avail, Gracie removes Caceres’ hand and moves in for the choke. Gracie moves for a body triangle but doesn’t complete it, there’s no need. Gracie’s deep choke hold left Caceres tapping at two minutes six seconds in the opening round.

In his post-fight interview with ESPN MMA, Gracie expressed his thoughts on the pressure he felt leading up to the fight.

“Everyone expects me to do so good because of my dad, my dad never lost, so I’ve always felt that. But I’ve always been able to deal with it, of course God gave me a gift to be able to deal with it and handle those kinds of things.”

This win was the first since 1994 for the Gracie family, when Royce Gracie defeated Keith Hackney, breaking the 25 year streak without a win. Gracie expressed great admiration for his family, as well as his eagerness to get back in the ring and continue building on his UFC career.

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Tampa Bay Lightning looks to make statements this upcoming season

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The Tampa Bay Lightning is looking to win its second Stanley Cup in the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. The last time the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup was in the 2003-04 NHL season. The Lightning look to dominate and make a statement this upcoming season. 

With new additions for the Lightning for the 2019-20 season, the Tampa Bay Lightning look to add more physical players to the roster. The Tampa Bay Lightning added Stanley Cup Champion, Patrick Maroon, 31, for this season. Last season, Maroon played and won the Stanley Cup with the St. Louis Blues and is a hard working player who can score and can add depth to the Lightning. Maroon will not back down from a fight and had sixty-four penalty minutes during the regular season. This shows that Maroon will stick up for his teammates and will provide depth for the team.

 The Lightning also added Luke Witkowski, 29, a free agent who the Lightning inked for 2 years from the Detroit Red Wings can provide the team with his ability to hit and fight. Witkowski is not a big goal scorer, but can support his team with body checks and hits. 

The Lightning had to trade some of their stars this offseason and make some tough choices and decisions. Ryan Callahan, 34, who was traded to the Ottawa Senators, spent five seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning and will likely retire from playing hockey due to his severe back injury that doctors recommended he should stop playing hockey. In exchange for Callahan, the Lightning got goalie Mike Condon and a draft pick.

The Lightning also traded forward, J.T. Miller, 26, to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for two first round draft picks. The Lightning also gave up forward, Adam Erne, 24, to the Detroit Red Wings, in exchange for a 2020 fourth round draft pick. 

The biggest news is that the Lightning haven’t made a deal to extend one of their top stars, Brayden Point. Point, 23, is a restricted free agent who scored a total of 92 points in the 2018-19 NHL season. Point said in an interview “I would like to stay in Tampa,” but the season is very close to starting and he has yet to sign a contract with any team. This has made Lightning fans worry about a fan favorite player, not resigning with the Lightning. 

This year, Tampa Bay Lightning Captain, Steven Stamkos, 29, will play in his twelfth NHL season looking to win his first career Stanley Cup. Stamkos has led the team since 2014 since the departure of Martin St. Louis, who is now in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Stamkos also led the Lightning to a Stanley Cup Final in 2015, when the Lightning took on the Chicago Blackhawks. The Lightning lost the series, 4-2. After their historical season in the 2018-19 NHL season ending with the best record in the league, they lost in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, 4-0, to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Stamkos said “it was a fluke.” The Lightning plan to come out aggressive, strong, and end that way, but this time with a Stanley Cup. 

The Lightning have many star players such as Nikita Kucherov, 26, Victor Hedman, 28, Tyler Johnson, 29, Andrei Vasilevskiy, 25, and many more, as they have a stacked lineup filled with top scorers. Kucherov, is coming off a historical season ending with 128 points winning the Hart 

Memorial Trophy as NHL Most Valuable Player, Arts Ross Trophy for most points in the NHL, and Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player for the season. Kucherov set the NHL record for most points in a single season by a Russian-born player. Hedman, came off a season of injuries, but is ready to go for this upcoming season and is feels like he is healthier than ever. Johnson tied his own record for most goals in his career during a single season with 29. Vasilevskiy won the Vezina Trophy for the best NHL goaltender. 

This shows that the Lightning can be one of the greatest teams with their style of playing and having great coaches and players. The Lightning plan to win the Stanley Cup and they plan to be one of the greatest teams for a long time.

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Child hockey player mic’d up during team practice; makes hilarious commentary

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The mind of a four-year old is difficult to process, and every parent wants to know what is happening inside their mind whenever they do the ridiculous activities that kids are known for. Young children contain an amount of energy that knows no bounds.

To waste a child’s almost-limitless amount of energy, many parents decide to include their child in sports activities that includes a lot physical exercise. Children who play sports tend to have a certain lack of focus, compared to an older adolescence.

As a result of children giving little-to-zero dedication toward their sport, coaches and parents often wonder what is contributing to the mindset of their child’s actions.

While some parents question the actions of their unattentive children, other parents are in the works to figure out what is happening in their young brains.  Well, to give a humorous answer to this scenario, coach Jeremy Rupke from Ontario, Canada attached a mic to his four-year-old son, Mason, during a practice for the Timbits minor hockey team in order to hear exactly what is happening in his son’s mind during practice.

The mic would pick up and record any commentary that Mason would speak.

After Mason was recorded during the practice, Rupke decided to post his experience online with the rest of the world. Following the recent sharing of the recording from many big-name Twitter accounts, such as JJ Watt; player for Houston Texans and ESPN, the video containing Rupke’s recordings of his son soon became viral across social media. What went on out on the ice was a fun way to observe how young children think in correlation to how they perform on and off their field of play.

View the video below for the full commentary from Mason, as recorded by his father.

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Super Bowl 53 Recap

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This 2019 Super Bowl ended with the New England Patriots defeating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in a very close game. In the first quarter, it was not a very exciting game as the football was just being kicked back and forth. Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, 41, first throwing pass was intercepted by the Rams which was very shocking and was a very rare mistake that Brady would make. The Patriots scored a field goal in the second period making it 3-0 in a very close game from the first until the end of the game.

The halftime show then came on after the first and second quarter. Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi performed the halftime show and the halftime show was really weak according to sports websites and news stations such as Fox News and Fox Sports. This was the lowest halftime viewership since the 2009 Super Bowl.

The third quarter started and ended with the Rams tying the game 3-3 with a field goal. This was the first time in Super Bowl history that both teams had not scored a touchdown through three quarters. The game was basically a kicking game as the ball was just being kicked around and no one being able to score.

In the fourth quarter, the Patriots won the Super Bowl with a final score of 13-3. This was the lowest scored Super Bowl game in Super Bowl history. After the game, Julian Edelman was named Super Bowl MVP. Edelman, 32, then celebrated the win at the Boston Bruins hockey game by dropping the puck in a face-off before the Bruins game started and spiked the puck down just like a football.

The Patriots have now won six Super Bowl’s. They won in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017, and now in 2019. The Patriots continue their dominance led by star quarterback, Tom Brady, who possibly will go down as one of the best quarterbacks of all time.

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Super Bowl 53 is this Sunday

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Super Bowl 53 will take place on Sunday Feb. 2, 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. with the defending champions, the New England Patriots, taking on the Los Angeles Rams. Patriots legendary quarterback, Tom Brady, 41, will go for his fifth Super Bowl championship ring. Brady has been named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player four times over his career. Brady will look to defeat Rams quarterback, Jared Goff, 24, who is playing in the Super Bowl for the first time in his young career. The Patriots punched their ticket to the Super Bowl this year by defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2019 AFC championship game with a final score of 37-31 in overtime.

The Rams defeated the New Orleans Saints in a very controversial game towards the ending, with a final score of 26-23. The controversy surrounding the game was that the call was pass interference when he clearly pushed him out of bounds when he was just about to catch the ball. This led to several stars such as LeBron James, Tony Dungy, and Kurt Warner, commentating about the call and that there was no penalty. The outcome of the game was the same result, however, as the Rams still got their ticket to the Super Bowl.

As a journalist, I must focus on the statistics and who has the advantage of winning the Super Bowl. In my opinion, I believe that the New England Patriots will win the Super Bowl, but it will be a very close game, with the score being tight. The advantage right now goes towards the Patriots and that’s why I think they will win the fifty-third Super Bowl and continue to be on top of the NFL for years to come.

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The future of pro-wrestling comes to Florida

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Tampa Bay, Fla.–Pro-wrestlers, Cody Rhodes, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson, have established their own wrestling promotion based out of Jacksonville, Fla. named All Elite Wrestling. They named it after their own wrestling faction, “The Elite,” along with their friends who are also star wrestlers.

The Elite is led by Kenny Omega and consists of: Cody Rhodes, the son of “The American Dream;” Dusty Rhodes, Matt and Nick Jackson, who go under the tag team name of “The Young Bucks”; Adam Page; and, British wrestler Marty Scurll. On January 1, 2019, The Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes, and Adam Page announced on their YouTube channel, “Being the Elite,” they would start All Elite Wrestling. They would base the headquarters out of Jacksonville, Fla. after Jacksonville Jaguars owner, Shahid Khan, agreed to a deal to buy the promotion and make happen.

On January 8, 2019, President of All Elite Wrestling, Tony Khan, held a rally for their first pay-per-view as a company entitled “Double or Nothing.” This was the second pay-per-view made by The Elite. Back in September of 2018, they held a pay-per-view called All In in Chicago, IL. Once tickets went on sale, they sold out in less than a minute and sold 10,000 tickets. This is what led to Cody and The Young Bucks starting their own promotion. Their tagline is “To change the wrestling world.”

Double or Nothing will take place on May 25, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Adam Page, Cody Rhodes, and The Young Bucks are the only superstars in The Elite faction to have a current contract with All Elite Wrestling, while Omega and Scurll do not. Former WWE star, Chris Jericho, said at the rally in Jacksonville, Fla, “we’re not here to just change the world, we’re here to change the universe.”

The future of pro wrestling could become a big thing in Florida from this new company called All Elite Wrestling.

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Lightning remain top team in NHL

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Tampa Bay, Fla.–The Tampa Bay Lightning remain the top team in the National Hockey League with a record of 36 wins, nine losses, and two overtime or shootout losses in 47 games throughout the season. According to ESPN.com, the Lightning are the favorite from the Eastern Conference to go to the Stanley Cup Finals. If the Lightning go to the Stanley Cup Finals, they will face off either the Nashville Predators or the Winnipeg Jets who represent the Western Conference.

The Lightning are led by the NHL point leader Nikita Kucherov, 25, who has twenty-two goals and fifty-three assists putting him in the player lead with 75 points as of Jan. 16, 2019. With the Lightning losing star goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy, 24, the team was led by their back-up goalie, Louis Domingue, 26, who played from Nov. 13 to Dec. 10 and won eleven games out of the fourteen he played. Vasilevskiy made his return on Dec. 13, 2018, in which he won against the Toronto Maple Leafs and only allowed one goal.

On Jan. 2, 2019, the NHL announced the 2019 All-Star game rosters. Lightning Captain, Steven Stamkos, and Lightning player, Nikita Kucherov, were been selected to represent the Lightning. On Jan. 5, 2019, the coaches for the All-Star game were announced. Lightning coach, Jon Cooper, was selected to coach the Atlantic Division. On Jan. 8, 2019, Lightning goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy, was named to the roster as a replacement for Montreal Canadians goalie, Carey Price. Unfortunately, the Lightning’s top goal scorer, Brayden Point, was not selected after being a candidate for the NHL All-Star game “Last men in” vote. Point, 22, has twenty-nine goals through the season so far with thirty-two assists totaling 61 points.

The Lightning are doing very well as a team with some of the top scorers in the league. Despite some injuries, the Lightning have bounced back and are on top of the NHL.

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Red Sox Win World Series

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Red Sox Win World Series

Christian Vazquez #7 jumps into the arms of Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox to celebrate their 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five to win the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Christian Vazquez #7 jumps into the arms of Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox to celebrate their 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five to win the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

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Christian Vazquez #7 jumps into the arms of Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox to celebrate their 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five to win the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Jeff Gross/Getty Images

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Christian Vazquez #7 jumps into the arms of Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox to celebrate their 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five to win the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

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The Boston Red Sox have defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series, winning five out of seven games. The Red Sox won the series 4-1.

In game one, Clayton Kershaw was pitching for the Dodgers and the Red Sox had Chris Sale on the mound. The Red Sox went on to win game two 4-2 against the Dodgers. The Dodgers have won three World Series in their history behind in the series 2-0. In game three, the Dodgers would eventually pull one off in a historic game three winning 3-2 in eighteen innings. Eighteen innings is a new MLB record for most innings in a single postseason game.

In game four, the Red Sox took a demanding lead winning game four 9-6 taking a 3-1 series lead with a huge home run from first baseman Steve Pearce. Pearce previously played for the Pirates, Orioles, Astros, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, and for the Red Sox. He will become a free agent at the end of the season.

In game five, the Red Sox won their ninth World Series title in their franchise history. After the game, Pearce was named World Series MVP and was very proud of the team and his accomplishment.

The Red Sox will look to win the World Series once again as they have high hopes going into the 2019 MLB season. They will be led by stars like J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, David Price, and Chris Sale.

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