The month of February brought along plenty of memorable moments. The NBA Trade Deadline resulted in plenty of transactions, while spring football made its revival for all to admire. Which moment was your favorite?
5. NBA Trade Deadline
Another February meant another NBA Trade Deadline period, which didn’t disappoint. The New York Knicks were among the most active teams, as they sent Marcus Morris to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Moe Harkless and a 2020 first-round pick.
Other major moves included the Golden State Warriors sending D’Angelo Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Detroit Pistons shipping Andre Drummond to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Memphis Grizzlies forfeiting Andre Iguodala to the Miami Heat.
4. Mookie Betts Traded to Los Angeles Dodgers
After a temporary delay in trade talks, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels completed a three-team trade that sent Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers.
The Dodgers, who were the presumed favorites in the National League prior to the trade, became even more talented through the offseason. The team added Yu Darvish in 2017, and signed Manny Machado the following year.
3. Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder II
In a highly-anticipated boxing rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, it was Fury who came away with a seventh-round TKO. As a result, the ‘Gypsy King’ managed to secure the WBC World Title.
Fury was the more efficient fighter throughout the match, out throwing Wilder 267 to 141 and out landing him 82 to 34. Both men have verbally agreed upon a trilogy, but there is no proclaimed date at this time.
2. Beginning of the XFL
For the first time since 2001, we witnessed the emergence of the XFL. With it, the league has provided multiple conversations around its unique rules; particular with the three-point conversion and kickoff.
While the play may have been dry at times, plenty of stars have begun to stand out. Houston Roughnecks QB PJ Walker has been the runaway MVP candidate so far, while other familiar names include Lance Dunbar, Eli Rogers and Cardale Jones.
1. Rob Manfred Addresses Houston Astros
After a prolonged investigation, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred finally made a formal statement regarding the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal. However, it didn’t go as most expected.
While the Astros did depart from General Manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch, the players involved in sign-stealing were not further punished. As a team, Houston’s World Series title will not be taken away.
As a result, other players around the league have taken turns speaking out on their own terms. In Spring Training alone, the Astros have been hit by pitches on seven occasions; the most in the league.