Monday In Sports: Washington Winners

The weekend in Washington sports was a winning one. 

The Washington Wizards defeated the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs Sunday.   The two teams traded leads throughout the game, staying close in scoring before the Wizards got an eleven point lead over the Bulls in the third quarter.   The Bulls would rally in the fourth, but the game was a 102-93 Game-1-and-done for the Wizards.

Wizards' Bradley Beal goes after ball in Game 1 of Wiz v Bulls playoff game.
Leading scorers for Washington: Nene scored 24 points on his return to action but missed two straight pivotal free throws.  The consistent scoring of Morcin Gortat (is he poised to be the new face of the franchise?) garnered 15 points, while John Wall and Bradley Beal added 16 and 13 points, and 13 assists for their efforts. 

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Leading scorers for Chicago: D.J. Augustin and Kirk Hinrich both added 16 points.

The Wizards have beat the Bulls 2-1 in regular season play this year.   Game 2 of the series is scheduled for Tuesday at 9:30pm in Chicago.  They meet again on Friday for Game 3.


Wizards lead series 2-0.  Nene ejected in Game 2.  Wizards at 1pm Sunday for Game 3.


(DC UrbanSports) - The results are in.  Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) won his comeback bout over Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KOs) via split decision to become the Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion.

Hopkins (age 49) described his fighting style to that of Joe Frazier.  "We get knocked down but we get back up", he said. 

DC's Bernard Hopkins takes on Beibut Shumenov in a Split Decision win at the DC Armory.

Although Hopkins may have been referring to himself, it was Shumenov who would have to "get back up" after Hopkins handed him a short right hand in the 11th round that sent him to the canvas for the first time in his career.

"I tried hard", said Shumenov. "Bernard, but he was the better man tonight.  I chose the wrong strategy and used the wrong style.  I am angry that I couldn't get the victory.  I am a true warrior and I want to fight only the best.  Tonight, obviously it wasn't my fight."

Tale of fighting styles

A press release described the two boxer's fight styles on the evening.

Hopkins was described as "calm and confident throughout the fight, enforcing ring generalship against Shumenov who was never able to figure out a game plan to score."

Shumenov, who is self-trained, threw very few combinations, and did not press the pace.  Hopkins, on the other hand, dazzled with his timing, counterpunching and, at times, showmanship.

With Saturday's win under his belt, Hopkins is aiming to become the undisputed light-heavyweight champion of the world, and has a timeframe in mind.   "January, 2015".

The champ will turn 50 in that month.  If he succeeds at that goal, he says he wants none other than Floyd "Money" Mayweather.

That's a fight we'd like to see happen, too, Mr. Hopkins. But it won't happen in the Nation's Capital, because as Mayweather himself told us during his Shane Mosley "Who Are You Picking" fight tour several years ago, "I can't make any money in DC", referencing there not being a big enough venue to hold all of the Mayweather fight fans to help him make the kind of purse winnings to which he's grown accustomed.

The Hopkins v Shumenov bout, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and viewed on SHOWTIME Boxing, took place at the DC Armory, a venue too small for the Money Man. 

Guess he doesn't know about the V Center.  (Mike Tyson does).

Co-feature results.

In the co-feature bouts, Shawn "Showtime" Porter (24-0-1, 14 KOs) overwhelmed Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs) to remain undefeated and retain his IBF Welterweight World Championship with an impressive fourth-round TKO over the veteran fighter. Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) retained his WBO Middleweight World Championship with a unanimous decision win over Lukas Konecny (50-5, 23 KOs) in a fight controlled by "Kid Chocolate." 

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