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Gather around all sports fans! We here at Ovasabi are about to bring you the latest news in the different sports that you love. This is one of our favourites to write because we know that you love watching these games.

On this page, you can read about the most significant events in major leagues such as the NBA, UFC, NFL and more in the past week or so to help you catch up. From trades to game recaps, you’ll find everything here! If this sounds like something that you’re interested in, here’s everything you need to know:

NBA

NBA fans were treated to some exciting news this past week. Here are some of the most significant events in the major basketball league:

Brooklyn and Philadelphia’s blockbuster trade

On Thursday, February 10, Philadelphia and Brooklyn broke the internet when they agreed to a blockbuster trade that involved several key players from each team. The trade involved James Harden and Paul Millsap heading to the Sixers while the Nets will exchange Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round draft picks.

The announcement was made hours before the trade deadline and it shook the NBA community to its core, especially because of Harden and Simmons. Both of these players have been longing for a trade for the longest time, especially Simmons who couldn’t even sit on the bench of Philadelphia’s home games because of the fan’s boos.

Moreover, Simmons has been trying to get traded ever since the last playoffs in 2021 where the Sixers lost to the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the Eastern Conference. Since then, he has not played a single game of basketball in the league.

As of today, neither Harden nor Simmons have played a game in their new teams but both are expected to do so over the next couple of weeks. Harden is set to debut with the Sixers on February 25 while Brooklyn is aiming for a March 10 game with Ben Simmons against his former team, the Sixers. 

A fun All-Star draft

Moving over to one of the most anticipated events each year, the All-Star weekend is set to commence this weekend, February 19-20, 2022. Several exhibitions will be done during this action-packed weekend but the most anticipated event is undoubtedly the All-Star game.

Last Friday, February 11, 2022, the two captains, Kevin Durant and LeBron James, picked the players they wanted on their team in a televised All-Star draft. The selection was covered by NBA on TNT and it had a lot of funny moments. 

The chemistry between the captains and the hosts of the show which included Shaq, Kenny Smith, Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley was fun to watch. However, what made this moment an instant classic is a glaring elephant in the room that involved Kevin Durant and now former teammate, James Harden.

As the draft was coming to an end, Durant had to make the last draft to his team and his choice was between Rudy Gobert and James Harden. This sparked laughter between everyone in the show and surely enough, Durant went for Gobert instead of his former teammate.

LeBron even joked about Harden asking if he’s healthy to play which pertains to the fact that he missed a couple of games over the past weeks despite not being injured. Chuck was quick to reply to this question by saying that he’s healthy now because he’s been traded. 

All in all, both captains built a solid lineup for the All-Star game from their starters down to their reserves. Here’s the lineup for both Team LeBron and Team Durant this All-Star game:

Team LeBron

  • LeBron James © – Los Angeles Lakers
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks
  • Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors
  • DeMar DeRozan – Chicago Bulls
  • Nikola Jokic – Denver Nuggets
  • Luka Doncic – Dallas Mavericks
  • Darius Garland – Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Chris Paul – Phoenix Suns
  • Jimmy Butler – Miami Heat
  • Donovan Mitchell – Utah Jazz
  • Fred VanVleet – Toronto Raptors
  • Jarrett Allen – Cleveland Cavaliers.

Team Durant

  • Joel Embiid – Philadelphia 76ers
  • Ja Morant – Memphis Grizzlies
  • Jayson Tatum – Boston Celtics
  • Trae Young – Atlanta Hawks
  • Andrew Wiggins – Golden State Warriors
  • Devin Booker – Phoenix Suns
  • Karl-Anthony Towns – Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Zach LaVine – Chicago Bulls
  • Dejounte Murray* – San Antonio Spurs
  • Khris Middleton – Milwaukee Bucks
  • LaMelo Ball* – Charlotte Hornets
  • Rudy Gobert – Utah Jazz.

The All-Star game will commence on Sunday, February 20 and will be held on Cleveland’s home turf, the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

UFC

The fans of combat sports got to witness some great fights in the leading MMA promotion this past week. Here’s a recap of the important things that happened in the UFC over the past 7 days:

Whittaker vs Adesanya II – UFC 271

One of the most anticipated rematches in UFC history between the Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker was held last Saturday, February 12. The championship bout between the two of the best in 185 went the distance and the Last Stylebender retained his belt via unanimous decision.

Throughout the 5 gruelling rounds, the two middleweights went back and forth against each other with some arguing that Whittaker won rounds 3 to 5. However, at the end of the day, Adesanya stood his ground and retained his championship position through one of the toughest fights in his entire career.

Even though Adesanya retained the belt, Whittaker gained the respect of UFC fans around the world because of the toughness that he brought to the table. Fans of the sport will know that the first time these two athletes fought each other ended in a one-sided victory where Adesanya beat Whittaker via TKO  in just the second round.

However, after witnessing how the challenger survived and gave a hard time to the champ in this second fight, fans quickly grew respect over Whittaker.

Both fighters had their moments throughout the fight with each one throwing numerous significant strikes. Whittaker tried to take down Adesanya throughout the fight but to no avail. There was however one attempt that took the champ to the ground which he immediately got back up from.

One of the most significant things that Adesanya threw were the nasty leg kicks during the 4th round. This helped slow Whittaker down which played a huge role in the champ’s victory.

The overwhelming pressure that Whittaker put on Adesanya was not enough for him to reclaim the crown and the fight ended with 10-9 and 50-45 on the judge’s scorecards.

Tai Tuvasa vs Derek Lewis – UFC 271

One of the most exciting divisions to watch in the UFC right now is the heavyweights because of their fighters. 

In the same card at UFC 271, the middleweight championship match was co-headlined by an exciting matchup in the heavyweight division. The bout was between the rising heavyweight superstar Tai Tuvasa and veteran of the league, Derrick ‘The Black Beast’ Lewis where the former won via TKO during the second round.

Before the fight even started, fans in the stadium and those watching at home already knew that they were in for a treat and all expectations were exceeded when they witnessed the finish. Derrick Lewis was always seen as a knockout artist where one punch could instantly change the course of the game. However, with the rising superstar in the form of Tuvasa, it was a different story.

Tuvasa bombarded Lewis with heavy punches during the second round which ended up with the latter being knocked unconscious. After the fight, the victor celebrated by doing one of his signature moves in the UFC called, the ‘shoey’ which involves him drinking beer out of a shoe.

After this impressive performance, experts predict that Tuvasa will climb up to the number 3 rankings in the heavyweight division and he might even score a title opportunity soon.

Grudge Match Teaser

During the amazing card of UFC 271, the promotion also previewed a new video that teased the blockbuster card happening this March in UFC 272. In this pay per view, two of the biggest stars of the promotion are going to battle it out in the octagon for 5 whole rounds.

However, what makes this match more exciting is that it’s one of the biggest grudge matches in the sport’s history. The welterweight bout is between former teammates, Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington who were best friends for the longest time when they were just starting in the UFC.

As time went by, the two began to develop bad blood for each other and they’ve never been seen together ever since. 

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These are some of the most significant events in sports that have happened in the past year or so. This week has been exciting for sports fans, to say the least. In just 7 days, we witnessed a blockbuster trade in the NBA, the Superbowl, an exciting 5-round matchup between 2 of the best fighters in UFC and more.

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