The Seawanhaka Sports Run Down is a weekly roundup of five stories that examine developments in sports news at the local, state, national, and international levels.
By: OSCAR FOCK / NEWS EDITOR
Tom Brady Wins First NFL Game in Germany
In the first-ever NFL game played in Germany, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Seattle Seahawks, 16-21. The win brought Brady to 4-0 in international games, the best record of any quarterback in NFL history in such games. The Buccaneers offense, which has looked sluggish for much of the season, finally found their groove on the ground with rookie Rachaad White running for 105 yards. The win also brings Tampa Bay to the top of the NFC South. On the Seattle side, Geno Smith battled to keep the ‘Hawks in the game, making multiple impressive throws under pressure, but it wasn’t enough.
Börje Salming Honored in Toronto
On both Friday and Saturday — first ahead of the annual Hall of Fame game on Friday and then prior to the matchup against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday — the Toronto Maple Leafs honored legendary defender Börje Salming with pregame ceremonies. Swedish-born Salming, who played 16 of his 17 NHL seasons with the Maple Leafs, was the first Swedish player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Since June, Salming has been battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), but despite rapidly declining health, he made his way to Toronto for Hall of Fame weekend. On Saturday, he walked out onto the ice together with his family to the tunes of a standing ovation — an emotional welcome home.
Dua Lipa strikes down rumors of Qatar World Cup performance
Pop star Dua Lipa will not perform at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar later this year. Rumors have been swirling around lately that the singer would be at the opening ceremony, but that was struck down by Lipa on Sunday. “There is a lot of speculation that I will be performing at the opening ceremony of the world cup in Qatar. I will not be performing and nor have I ever been involved in any negotiation to perform,” she wrote on her Instagram story. Ever since Qatar bribed their way to the hostship, stars both inside and outside the world of soccer have come under fire for attaching themselves to a nation with an extremely spotty human rights record.
Women’s Basketball Wins Again on the Road
After beating Ohio University on the road in the season opener, the LIU women’s basketball team got another win away from home on Saturday, taking down Hartford, 70-54. "We focused on us and how we can be better together. I feel we did that today,” said head coach Rene Haynes after the win. The top scorer for the Sharks was junior guard Ashley Austin, who knocked down 14 points. The team has started the season with three games on the road, and will extend that streak next week when they visit Syracuse.
Men’s Water Polo Ends Inaugural Season With a Win
In a first season of LIU men’s water polo that had thus far only netted one one win in eighteen games, the season ended on a high note, as the team beat the Connecticut College Camels, 10-7 in the final game of the year. After grabbing a 2-1 lead with 44 seconds left in the first period, LIU stayed in front for the remainder of the game. Angelos Koutsogeorgas and Gavin Garrett, both freshmen, led the charge offensively for the Sharks, both scoring three goals. In the back end, goalkeeper Ethan Zirh showed out, making multiple saves, including six in the first.