In 1986, Argentina's Diego Maradona scored a goal for the ages against England that would eventually be voted the 'FIFA World Cup Goal of the Century' by fans polled around the 2002 World Cup. While the goal is hard to forget, especially for those who recall Victor Hugo Morales' vivid commentary on the play, it's technically a new century. So it's perhaps only fitting that one of the best goals to hit YouTube in the 21st century appears to be an homage to Maradona. Whether or not El Salvadorian forward José Otoniel Salinas was channeling the Argentine great when he dribbled through nearly six defenders en route to a beautiful goal for Atlético Marte earlier this week, it's hard not to compare the two clips. And while Maradona's strike clearly had more riding on it, Salinas' goal is not to be overlooked.
We were reminded of the age-old adage that defense wins championships on Monday night when the Seattle Seahawks squared off against the St. Louis Rams. Not because the Week 8 game was any sort of championship. Far from it, it was an ugly matchup at best. But the win that Seattle held onto in the final few seconds may very well mean the difference in NFC West standings when it comes time to determine playoff seeding. With 27 seconds left in the game, the Rams had two chances to score from the 1-yard line to win the game and pull off one of the bigger upsets of the season. But the Seahawks defense held. Twice.
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Unlike the previous two games between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals, Game 5 of the World Series didn't come down to bizarre base-running. Instead, pitchers Adam Wainwright and Jon Lester dueled masterfully for most of the night. After nearly breaking the record in the first few innings for consecutive strikeouts, Wainwright gave up two pivotal runs in the 7th. Three runs would be all that Boston needed as Jon Lester put forth a pitching gem arguably better than his outing in Game 1. The Sox won the game 3-1 to take a 3-2 series lead.