Good morning! Here are the plays everybody will be talking about on Monday:
Roger Federer wins the Australian Open despite challenge. The Australian Open got its dream finals this weekend. First Serena Williams won the women’s final, beating Venus in straight sets. But the drama came Sunday in Melbourne when Federer battled his nemesis, Rafael Nadal, in five sets. After falling behind 3-1 in the final set, Federer won the final five games, twice breaking Nadal, to win his 18th career Grand Slam. There were three challenges on the final three points. The final one confirmed that Federer was the champion.
Andy Reid calls his shot in the NFL Pro Bowl. The Pro Bowl was a surprising low-scoring affair as the AFC beat the NFC 20-13. The first quarter ended scoreless. However, at the start of the second quarter, Reid, coaching the AFC, did an in-game interview. When asked about the scoreless game, Reid nonchalantly said, “It is [a bit of a surprise], but that’s OK. We’re going to get one right here.” Sure enough, the AFC scored a touchdown seconds later to take the lead.
Conor McDavid with the nifty breakaway goal in the NHL All-Star Game. The Metropolitan Division won the NHL All-Star tournament, but it was McDavid who had the goal of the final for the Pacific Division. Ryan Kessler set up McDavid beautifully with for the breakaway and McDavid made the most of it.
The Kirk Cousins-what-are-you-doing bonus. With the NFC trailing 20-13 in the final minutes of the Pro Bowl, Cousins threw a pass that was tipped and intercepted. After the ball was lateraled to Aqib Talib, he was off to the races. But Cousins chased Talib down from behind and stripped the ball. It was a nice play, but a risky move for a free agent facing a potential $25 million salary in 2017. The AFC was said to have recovered the football and was able to run out the clock for the win.
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