The dog days of summer aren’t quite upon us after a whirlwind weekend that saw controversy at the U.S. Open evaded, a key moment in the NBA Finals turnaround for a city that’s waited a long time for a championship and two sporting events that paid tribute to the victims of the Orlando mass shooting.
This week’s Numbers Game is here to break down those digits and crunch on a some more. So let’s get right to it.
Amount of fans that crammed into Tropicana Field to watch the Tampa Bay Rays host the San Francisco Giants on “Pride Night” that raised money for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando the previous weekend. Proceeds from $5 tickets sold and the 50/50 raffle generated $300,000 for the Pulse Victims Fund. A total of 49 were killed, with 53 more injured at the shooting earlier this month.
The first major sporting event hosted in Orlando since the shooting occurred Saturday at Camping World Stadium, formerly known as the Citrus Bowl, for Orlando City’s Major League Soccer match against San Jose. And in the 49th minute of the 2-2 draw, there was a full minute of silence in memory for the victims. Play stopped for that minute in a tribute to the Pulse club victims.
Goals per match at the club level for Chile’s Eduardo Vargas since 2011. When he puts on the national shirt, it’s a different story. Vargas peppered Mexico for four goals, raising his tally to 30 in 46 matches for Chile during the weekend’s semifinals of the Copa América. The defending champions crushed Mexico 7-0. The last time El Tri conceded seven goals in an official match was a 7-1 setback to Spain in 1928.
Chile meets Colombia in a semifinal on Wednesday, while the United States plays Argentina in Tuesday’s other semifinal. The U.S. are 2-6-2 all-time against Argentina.
Much has been said already about Cleveland’s 52-year drought for a professional sports championship ending with the Cavaliers’ historic victory over Golden State in Sunday’s Game 7 of the NBA Finals. The key, though, was LeBron James’ third block in the game in the dying minutes that kept the game tied 89-89. The Cavs won 93-89 as James became the third player in NBA Finals history to record a triple-double in Game 7. He also was the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player for a third time, becoming the fifth player — and second with multiple teams — in NBA history.
Amount of shots Ireland’s Shane Lowry was ahead by at the start of the United States Open final round on Sunday. Lowry became the third player in U.S. Open history to blow a lead of at least four after holding the 54-hole lead. The other two were Mike Brady in 1919, who lost in a playoff to Walter Hagen after leading the Open by five shots through 54 holes, and Payne Stewart, who fell to Lee Janzen by one after a four-shot lead through 54 holes in 1998. Stewart rebounded to win the Open at Pinehurst in 1999, before tragically passing away in a plane crash months after winning that Open.