A paixão brasileira por esportes abre nesta semana uma fase especial como nunca. Fanático por futebol e por modalidades que geram títulos de ocasião como a Fórmula 1, o tênis, a ginástica e o MMA, o Brasil passa a ser, a partir desta sexta-feira (5), um dos únicos quatro países em todos os tempos a sediar a Olimpíada e a Copa do Mundo na sequência.
Antes do Brasil, apenas México (1968 e 1970), Alemanha (1972 e 1974) e Estados Unidos (1994 e 1996) demonstraram adesão e capacidade para organizar eventos tão imensos e de impactos tão profundos no mundo todo.
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As much as Dana White wants to say Conor McGregor is cutting down to 145 and defending his featherweight title next, ‘The Notorious One’ does whatever he wants. And what he wants is to fight Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title. So, at UFC 205 – the UFC's first event at Madison Square Garden – McGregor will look to become the first-ever fighter to hold two belts simultaneously when he challenges Alvarez on November 12.
It’s been nothing but positive vibes for the Utah Jazz this offseason – other than the hand injury to Gordon Hayward – and this team is finally in good position to make the playoffs after missing out on the postseason by just a game in 2015-16. My best comparison of this team is to the Boston Celtics. They are a well-rounded team that doesn’t have any major superstars but are one of the best up-and-coming – and defensive – teams in the Western Conference.
Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics have made a meteoric rise in the Eastern Conference. They are now considered one of the best teams in the league after finishing fifth in the East last year and will be serious horses in the race for conference dominance in 2016-17.
For the first time in two decades, the San Antonio Spurs will take to the court without Tim Duncan. The retirement of a surefire Hall of Famer may be reason to panic for most teams, but this is the Spurs we’re talking about. The team signed Pau Gasol to fill the void that Duncan left and – in all honesty – it is likely a step in the right direction.
There are few teams in the NBA that boast a stronger core of players than the Los Angeles Clippers, as Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan form the nucleus of a potentially dominant team. Despite consistently entering every NBA season as a threat to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy, the Clippers have never made an appearance in the Finals in franchise history.
We all know the story — LeBron and the Cavs did the impossible last season when they became the first team in NBA history to erase a three games to one deficit in the NBA Finals when they came back to upset the Golden State Warriors. As a result, they enter this season with a completely different narrative as LeBron fulfilled his promise of delivering a championship to Cleveland, but a new challenge presents itself after the Warriors retooled by adding Kevin Durant to their record-setting lineup.
Let’s recap here: The 2015-16 Golden State Warriors won their first 24 games of the season (15-7-2 ATS) and set the record for most regular season wins with 73. They were on the brink of elimination in the Western Conference final against the Oklahoma City Thunder before battling back from a 3-1 deficit to advance to the NBA Finals. While everyone thought they were a sure thing to repeat as NBA champs, LeBron James and Co. had other plans.
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