Düsseldorf While most Europeans are asleep, the professional leagues in North America are bustling. What happened that night in American football, basketball, and ice hockey.
Hockey: Storm team misses early decision in National Hockey League quarter-finals
The Colorado Avalanche lost their early entry into the NHL Western Conference Finals. At home, German pro Nico Sturm’s side lost 4:5 after overtime to St. Louis Blues on Wednesday (local time). In the series, however, Colorado still had a 3-2 win lead and still needed just one win to reach the NHL semifinals.
After a strong start from the hosts with a 3-0 lead, the Blues initially tied 3-3 in the final third. After Colorado, who still had to spare by storm, took the lead again, Robert Thomas tied with 56 seconds left and sent the match into overtime. There he let Tyler Bosak blues cheer.
Avalanche has their next chance to win the series in St. Louis on Friday.
Basketball: National Player Thies with Boston Celtics semi-finals
National Basketball Association player Daniel Theiss came close to making the North American Professional League final with the Boston Celtics. The record champions won Game Five in the Miami Heat thanks to a strong second half, 93-80 and advanced 3-2 in a best of seven streak.
And in the return leg on Friday, the Celtics earned their first game point in the final from the Eastern Conference, and a decisive seventh game will be played again in Miami on Sunday.
Theis was on the bench all season and was without time to play for the first time in the series. The winner of the Boston match was top star Jason Tatum with 22 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, and Jalen Brown collected 25 points as the best thrower. “We shouldn’t think it’s over,” Tatum said. “It’s not over yet.”
This would be the Celtics’ first final since 2010, winning their 17th and last championship title so far in 2008. In this series against Miami they turned into a 1:2 lag, before eliminating the defending champions Milwaukee Bucks. “It’s a great opportunity,” Brown said. “We have a chance to create something special.” The best player in the heat was Pam Adebayo with 18 points.
And determine the Dallas Mavericks with German player Maximilian Kleiber and Golden State Warriors, the second qualifiers to the final in the West. The Warriors had the next match point of the series thanks to a 3-1 lead Thursday night.
Football: NFL pro Kaepernick maybe before the return
Professional soccer player Colin Kaepernick may face a return to the NFL League. The quarterback, who was last on the field in 2017, has been invited to a trial by the Las Vegas Raiders, according to consistent media reports. The 34-year-old will become a teammate of German pro Jacob Johnson, who joined the team in the spring.
Kaepernick recently demonstrated his current level of performance during a training session with NFL scouts. Teams did not offer a new contract to the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback after kneeling for the national anthem. Only the Seattle Seahawks invited him to trial in 2017, but no agreement was reached.
Kaepernick’s peaceful protest against racism and police violence caused an uproar. Meanwhile, there was an out-of-court settlement with the NFL over his complaint that he was later discriminated against. Kaepernick, once considered one of the best playmakers in the league, led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl Final at the end of the 2012 season.