Led by Kevin Durant, the U.S. Men’s Basketball team rolled over France in its Olympic opener, 98-71. Durant was the hot hand on the court, collecting 22 points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes. After a close first quarter the U.S. blew the game open, taking a 27-point lead into the fourth. Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs led a valiant French team, but went 4/11 from the field with just 10 points.Behind Durant the rest of Team USA shared a balanced workload, with most of the team taking the court for at least 10 minutes each. Small ball was the theme of the day, with point guards Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and Russell Westbrook maxing out their playing time behind Durant and Lebron James. Kevin Love and Kobe Bryant contributed 14 and 10 points, respectively.France is not considered a medal contender at this year’s games, but features a handful of NBA players, including Boris Diaw and Ronny Turiaf, as well as Parker. A buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Yannick Bokolo at the end of the first quarter left the score at 22-21, invigorating French fans in the crowd. That was the peak of the game for France however, as they were outscored 56-30 in the next two quarters.Parker was seen wearing goggles during the game, as he plans to do throughout the tournament. He sustained a serious eye-injury as a bystander in a New York club fight between Chris Brown and Drake’s entourages.”It’s so funny, because I just had my best year in the NBA and in one night it can change,” Parker told the AP of the incident. ”It just puts life in perspective and you think, ‘OK, next time I have to be careful,’ but at the same time you can’t stop living because then you don’t even cross the street.”Durant was a large piece of the 2010 U.S. team that took home the FIBA world championship, and looks poised to lead this year’s team to the gold as well. After losing to Olympic teammate James and the Miami Heat in the NBA finals, he most certainly has intensity to spare.
After the shameful images coming from Buenos Aires, Conmebol finally decided to move the Copa Libertadores final for tomorrow.Things have turned incredibly dangerous for all the normal people who came to the Estadio Monumental to witness the Copa Libertadores final, a game that Conmebol decided to cancel because Boca Juniors isn’t psychologically able to play on Saturday.Without them knowing, there was a major battle between the Argentine hooligans and the local police from Buenos Aires that was the ultimate reason for the match to get suspended.Conmebol has announced that the match will take place on Sunday at 5 pm local time, but the incidents from this Saturday could push the federation to properly sanction the horde of fans who still can’t understand that football is not about violence.The biggest confusion came as skipper Pablo Perez was taken to the hospital with a nasty eye injury after the Boca bus was attacked by River fans, but his injuries weren’t able to get confirmed by Conmebol doctors and this is what eventually prolonged the agony as thousands of fans who were already inside the Monumental were waiting for hours.This video is insane. River fans see an opening to get inside the stadium and then my goodness… pic.twitter.com/M5DWSlq7nE— Miriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio) November 24, 2018With the physical condition of the skipper’s eye, as well as another two players from Boca Juniors, the players were adamant on the match getting postponed but FIFA and Conmebol started to make rash decisions and even pushing the game to be played.It was evident that the match needed to be suspended from the very moment in which the bus was attacked, making the whole situation go for longer than expected was the main reason why the fans outside the stadium were also able to create chaos and make things increasingly difficult.But the real complicated moments began right after the announcement was made, as the most difficult moments were about to start due to all the uncivilized fans who were outside the stadium were starting to create even more problems for the people who decided to attend the stadium.There was a moment right after the suspension was made official, in which many fans who didn’t have a ticket forced their entry to the Monumental Stadium and mobbed the police that was guarding that area. This is what unleashed the biggest chaos.Imágenes del escándalo en las intermediaciones del estadio Monumental | Seguinos por AM 910 pic.twitter.com/i5EWPwl1sUMatch Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).— Radio La Red AM 910 (@radiolared) November 24, 2018With those fans inside the stadium, who are nothing more than criminals, the people on the inside got really scared and many refused to leave the premises until the situation got regulated.There were images of River president D’Onofrio talking to the press, when the corridor on the inside got mobbed and the connection was lost.There were many incidents reported during the following hours after the cancellation, a shameful display that reflects the reality of Argentinean football today.And finally, the most concerning incident happened outside of the stadium as River Plate announced that they were going to request for the fans to save their ticket in order to attend the match on Sunday.The criminals outside the stadium, were spotted robbing many fans off their tickets as they left the stadium just a few blocks away. Both presidents from both clubs say that the unruly fans were not that many, but the images on social media say otherwise.It’s a really sad day for football, stay tuned for more information on Sunday.Balas de goma se disparan a las afueras del Monumental pic.twitter.com/oFCQSwSRhQ— Goal Argentina (@GoalArgentina) November 24, 2018What should Conmebol do to act against the River Plate fans who spoiled the Copa Libertadores final this Saturday? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.