Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Warriors make easy work of Blazers; Raptors-Bucks series feels almost like NBA Finals itself; plus more

nba.com photo: Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (30) drives the lane against the Portland Trail Blazers defense in Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals last Tuesday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

On the Headline Sports podcast with London:

#1 The Golden State Warriors head into Game 2 Thursday night at Oracle Arena after coming away with a 116-94 win over the Portland Trailblazers. Is the 22-point win an indication of where the Warriors are in this series?

#2 You talk about the best versus the best. The Toronto Raptors with Kawhi Leonard and the Milwaukee Bucks with Giannis Antetokounmpo. It’s a series that very well could go seven games.

#3 The San Jose Sharks and the St. Louis Blues, who were a tough pick on who wins this series, are all tied up. The Sharks, who opened with home ice, set the tone with a three-goal 6-3 win in Game 1, lost Game 2 in a 3-2 squeaker that had the Sharks trying to figure out the Blues all night. Game 3 Wednesday night in St. Louis will prove no different as these teams are expected to provide a close contest and an unpredictable game.

#4 The San Jose Earthquakes host the Chicago Fire at Avaya Stadium this Saturday. The Quakes are coming off a 3-1 loss last Saturday in New England to the Revolution, but were undefeated previous to that in four games with two wins and two ties. The Quakes are ninth in the West with three wins, six loses and two draws. For the Fire, they are eighth in the East with four wins, four loses, and four draws.

#5 In baseball, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias was arrested and put on administrative leave for domestic abuse. Urias was arrested at a Los Angeles parking lot at a shopping mall. Details of what happened were not forthcoming, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said no matter this is not the ideal situation.

London Marq does Headline Sports each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Earthquakes lose to Revolution 3-1

Photo credit: @SJEarthquakes

By: Ana Kieu

The San Jose Earthquakes looked to make it two wins in a row in Gillette Stadium against the New England Revolution on Saturday.

The Quakes’ starting lineup featured Daniel Vega, Nick Lima, Florian Jungwirth, Harold Cummings, Tommy Thompson, Anibal Godoy, Jackson Yueill, Eric Calvillo, Magnus Eriksson, Shea Salinas, and Danny Hoesen.

Shea Salinas made his 250th Quakes appearance. Salinas currently serves as the Quakes captain. Former Quakes captain Chris Wondolowski, one of the Quakes’ highest-paid players, was benched in favor of Salinas.

The Revolution got on the board first. Juan Agudelo scored the game’s first goal in the 18th minute.

The Revolution doubled their lead in the 29th minute. Cristian Penilla struck the game’s second goal from the spot.

Shortly after, the officials called a penalty on Harold Cummings, who allegedly grabbed Teal Bunbury by his upper body, including his head and neck area to hold him. The penalty went to video review and the call stood.

The Quakes trailed 2-0 at the end of the first half. The Quakes were well-aware that they had a lot of work to do in the second half.

The Quakes’ first substitution occurred in the 46th minute. Vako entered the game to replace Eric Calvillo.

The Quakes’ second substitution occurred in the 61st minute. Chris Wondolowski entered the game to replace Harold Cummings. As a result, Wondolowski made his 300th career appearance and opened up the Wondo Watch.

Siad Haji made his first ever Quakes appearance in the 67th minute. However, the Quakes’ decision to put the Somali American midfielder, who was born in Kakuma, Kenya, into the game failed to produce results as the Revolution tripled their lead in the 68th minute. Carles Gil scored the game’s third goal.

The Quakes scored a late goal in the 88th minute. Vako recorded the game’s fourth goal to end a possible shutout by the Revolution. Moreover, Vako put together a classy finish to represent San Jose in a positive manner.

It wasn’t the Quakes’ night in New England. San Jose lost by a final of 3-1.

The Quakes return home to host the Chicago Fire for Quakes Hall of Fame Night on Saturday, May 18 at 12:30 pm.

New England Revolution End Earthquake’s 21 Game Home Unbeaten Steak with Late Minute Goal

Photo Credit: MLS Twitter
Photo Credit: MLS Twitter

By: Joe Lami

Fans at Buck Shaw Stadium are used to seeing late-minute heroics, but this time it comes from the visitors as the New England Revolution score a heart-breaking goal in the 93rd minute to defeat the Earthquakes 2-1. The loss drops the Quake’s record to 0-2-1 for a total of one point on the season, keeping them in the cellar of the Western Conference.

The Revolution dominated the game early, having seven shots through the first 30 minutes of the match.  On many occasions Earthquakes keeper, Jon Busch had to keep his team in the game with many amazing diving saves.  New England got their first goal of the season, however it came off an Earthquakes’ own goal as Victor Bernandez put the ball into his own net in the 35th minute.  The defender was battling for a ball and tried to slide the ball away, but accidentally put it into his own net to give the Revolution the 1-0 lead.

The Earthquakes were unable to answer in the first half, however they did have a great chance when Steven Lenhart headed a free kick off of the foot of Cordell Cato in the 40th minute. The header just missed the far post on the left side.

Earthquakes Head Coach, Mark Watson was not pleased with the first half performance.  “We didn’t play well.  We didn’t have any energy.  We were second best to everything.”

The Earthquakes came out of halftime playing a lot better, as they took it to the Revolution.  One of their best chances was when Chris Wondolowski had a breakaway in the 64th minute.  However, the star striker just hit the outside of the net on the left side.

It would take just minutes later for the Earthquakes to find the equalizer, as Wondolowski would redeem himself, tying the game in the 69th minute.  Wondolowski was able to find the far left post from a near impossible angle as he swung at the ball with his right foot on the right side of the six-yard box.

A scary moment occurred in the 77th minute, when Steven Lenhart went down with an apparent left knee injury. Lenhart is known to have a serious past with knee injuries, which makes the possible injury even scarier. Watson commented on the injury “I think the issue is an MCL, but I don’t know how bad it is.”  Wondolowski later added “We (Wondolowski and Lenhart) feel optimistic about the injury, but will find out more on Monday.”

The Earthquakes were really pushing for the win, however it was on a counter attack where the Revolution made the Quakes pay. Lee Nguyen would find his first goal of the year, and the first goal for New England when he put the right-footed shot into the bottom left corner past Busch for the win.  “We were going all or nothing…it’s kind of the way we play…We had a point locked up tonight, and we went for three and ended up with nothing” commented Earthquakes’ Defender, Clarence Goodson.

The Earthquakes will get sometime to recover from the tough loss, as they don’t play until April 13 due to an international break.  The Quakes will look to regain their home pitch advantage as they take on the Columbus Crew.