STILL SCREAMING — Let’s celebrate achievement for a moment.
From a thrilling game-winner by a former local college basketball star, to a stunning MMA fight, to Major League Baseball’s newest champion of life, there was a lot to celebrate in sports this week.
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Jaycee Carroll is still getting buckets.
The 36-year-old former Utah State star has been a big-time scoring threat for Real Madrid. But the biggest bucket of the season may have been the one he scored last week in Game 2 of the Spanish finals against Barcelona.
With 1.9 seconds remaining, Carroll nailed a 3-pointer to lift Madrid to an 81-80 win. The shot capped an incredible comeback from seven points down in less than a minute, and sent hysterical fans into a frenzy, along with several broadcasters who were calling the game in Spanish, English, and a half-dozen other languages.
Carroll’s won five Liga ACB titles, five Copa del Rey championships and four Spanish Super Cup titles with Real Madrid — in addition to two European Cups, the top honor in basketball in Europe.
The Madrilenos went on to win their 35th league title in club history in four games.
Nine seconds in the Octagon
Did you catch the weekend’s main card at UFC Greenville, Renato Moicano vs “The Korean Zombie”? What about the undercards, like Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Allen Crowder?
OK, if you missed that last one, you probably didn’t miss much; you can just catch it on Twitter.
Here’s the full match.
Yes, nine seconds. That’s short enough that we have to spell out the number, per Associated Press style, because the duration of the fight didn’t last into double-figures.
Sources say Crowder is already trying to schedule a rematch. His goal? Fifteen seconds.
Pujols for MVP of Life
Albert Pujols is a surefire Hall of Famer, who currently ranks sixth all-time in home runs in MLB history (and he is climbing rapidly).
But he’s also a class act, and should be remembered for more than sports.
Take what the Angels star did after last week’s 3-1 win over Toronto. Pujols found a young fan with special needs on the front row of the Rogers Center, and walked over to sign an autograph.
But he did more than that: Pujols took off his jersey, signed it, posed for photos with the young fan, and left him with a memory the youngster will never forget.
Those who have Down syndrome are special for Pujols. The Pujols Family Foundation, which was founded in 2005, helps serve individuals with Down syndrome, preparing them to live a normal life. To date, he’s offered help with more than 100 programs and events.