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Raheem Sterling in disbelief. Photo: Alex Livesey/Danehouse/Getty Images
The first half-hour of Manchester City and Tottenham's second-leg quarterfinal match contained enough excitement to render it an instant classic — and then it got bonkers.
Second half: The goal scoring would continue. In the 59th minute, Sergio Agüero scored City's fourth goal — the one that would have sent them through.
And then it got bonkers: As the clocked ticked down in stoppage time, Agüero found Sterling in the penalty box, and he scored what appeared to be a legendary goal. The crowd went absolutely nuts. City was moving on.
The bottom line: Thanks to soccer's unique two-legged format and VAR — which, to make things even more controversial, is making its Champions League debut this year — the greatest night in Tottenham Hotspurs history was a 4-3 loss. Sports, man.
What's next: The semifinals will take place on April 30. Tottenham vs. Ajax and Barcelona vs. Liverpool, which beat FC Porto 4-1 yesterday to win 6-1 on aggregate.
Photo: Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
The Alliance of American Football, which suspended operations earlier this month, filed a petition for bankruptcy yesterday.
Why it matters: Based on the filing, the league had roughly $11.4 million in assets and $48.4 million in liabilities. Those liabilities include roughly $9.6 million in money owed to creditors.
What they're saying: League co-founder Charlie Ebersol who, according to the filing, paid himself over $300,000 since May 15, 2018 (way too much!), broke his silence late last night in an interview with Sports Business Journal's John Ourand.
"I know everyone has conspiracy theories. But, unfortunately, this may have just died because the main investor and the founders had different visions of what the company was supposed to be. …. Our long-term vision for building something slowly and getting enterprise value was not aligned with [Tom Dundon's] vision of how he saw the league."— AAF co-founder Charlie Ebersol
The bottom line: This story is far from over and will continue to evolve as more information comes out, but one thing is already abundantly clear: The AAF launched too soon. They rushed it.
Boston University professor Mark T. Williams and his team of graduate students recently completed a study that examined the accuracy of MLB umpires on ball/strike calls from 2008 through 2018.
What they found: The results showed that younger umpires have performed far better than their older counterparts. Pretty alarming when you consider that more than half of the 76 full-time umps this season are 55 or older.
By the numbers:
What's happening: One explanation is that younger umpires simply haven't worked enough games to make as many errors as their older peers, but I have a different theory.
MONTE CARLO, Monaco: Every photo from the Monte-Carlo Masters is gorgeous. The clay. The waterfront. The overall "am I living in a real life James Bond movie?" vibe you get from Monte Carlo in general. V into it. More photos.
VICTORIA, Australia: Surfers warm up at sunrise on Day 2 of the World Surf League Rip Curl Pro event at Bells Beach. Highlights, standings and more.
PALAWAN, Philippines: Rhiannan Iffland of Australia dives backwards off a cliff at the Small Lagoon on Miniloc Island during the first stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.
Photo: Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
Celtics 99, Pacers 91: Kyrie Irving (37 pts) and Jayson Tatum (26 pts) helped Boston storm back. … After scoring just eight points in the third quarter of Game 1, the Pacers scored just 12 in the fourth and made zero shots inside the arc. Boston leads 2-0.
Bucks 120, Pistons 99: Giannis Antetokounmpo (26 pts), Khris Middleton (24 pts) and Eric Bledsoe (27 pts) combined for 77 points on 27 of 45 shooting (60%) to lead Milwaukee to another rout. ... Detroit needs Blake Griffin (knee) back so badly, man. Milwaukee leads 2-0.
Rockets 118, Jazz 98: James Harden notched a triple-double (32-13-10) as the Rockets improved to 8-0 at home in the first round under Mike D'Antoni. ... Rough game for Donovan Mitchell (11 pts, 5-19 FG). Houston leads 2-0.
📺 Tonight: Sixers vs. Nets (8 pm ET, TNT); Nuggets vs. Spurs (9, NBATV); Warriors vs. Clippers (10:30, TNT). All series tied 1-1.
Best save: Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer made an incredible pad save in overtime to help Colorado beat Calgary 3-2 and take a 3-1 series lead. ... Fun fact: The top two regular season teams (Flames and Lightning) are now 1-7 in the playoffs.
Best new "Drake Curse" evidence: Drake showed up in a Maple Leafs jersey last night, and they promptly lost 6-4 to the Bruins to bring the series back to even. This keeps happening. When Drake roots for someone, they lose. Hide your kids, hide your wife, hide your favorite team.
Best mid-season trade: Since coming over from the Rangers at the trade deadline, Mats Zuccarello's aura has taken on "somewhat of a mythical form" in Dallas. He scored his third goal of the series in the Stars' 5-1 win over the Predators last night. Series tied 2-2.
📺 Tonight: Capitals vs. Hurricanes (7 pm ET, NBCSN); Blues vs. Jets (8:30, CNBC); Golden Knights vs. Sharks (10, NBCSN).
Sorry I had to cut your face off there, Ray. Photo: Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
11 years ago today, NBA owners voted 28-2 to move the Seattle SuperSonics to Oklahoma City despite controversy swelling around the vote.
Details: The fight to keep the team in Seattle turned ugly with the public unwilling to pay for a new arena. The lease was terminated months later and the Sonics left.
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From Mike Sykes: What do you get when you take the rules from 400 different sports, plug them into an AI and ask it to create a new sport? Speedgate, apparently.
How it works: Speedgate is played with six players on each team — three forwards and three defenders. It's an unusual mix of soccer and rugby with a bit of a Quidditch vibe, as well.
What's next: Design agency AKQA created the sport as an exercise for Design Week, but is now in talks with the Oregon Sports Authority about a potential Speedgate intramural league.
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1. Who will win the Blues vs. Jets game?
2. Will Nuggets vs. Spurs go over or under 210.5 points?
3. Which NBA player will score the most points tonight?
🎰 Play now: Make your picks (cutoff time: 8 pm ET)
Yesterday's results: 80.3% correctly predicted that the Rockets (-6.5) would cover the spread … 54.6% correctly predicted that Bruins vs. Maple Leafs would go over 5.5 goals … 1.8% correctly predicted that either the Pacers or Celtics would score fewer than 15 points in a quarter.
Kendall "Currently on repeat" Baker
Trivia answer: Purdue (Len Dawson, Bob Griese, Drew Brees) and Alabama (Bart Starr, Joe Namath, Ken Stabler)