A big welcome back from all here at the SMC Express! It's strange times we live in but here at the Express we want to keep things as we always do - promoting a positive mindset, embracing independent thinking, and enabling students here in St. Munchin's to explore journalistic endeavours to the best of their ability. As usual we bring you articles on a range of topics: Media, Sport, Travel, and Current Affairs among others.
Hero In Green
By Cathal Colgan
The Green Jersey is known as the “World championship of sprinting in cycling”. Many would have thought that Slovak Peter Sagan would be the green jersey winner for the 8th time in 9 years, but that wasn’t going to be the way it was going to be with Irish man Sam Bennett ending Sagan’s dominance of the Green Jersey.
Peter Sagan doesn't normally go through a full Tour de France without a challenger this year it was former team mate Sam Bennett. Sagan would wear the Green Jersey from Stages 4-5 and again from Stages 8-10.
Only two other men wore it: Alexander Kristoff (Stages 1-3) & eventual winner Sam Bennett (Stages 6-7 & 11-21).
At the end of Stage 4 Bennett & Sagan were level on points, Sagan only wearing the jersey as he was ahead of Bennett in the Overall Classification.
Stage 5 came and Bennett took maximum points in the Intermediate Sprint, 7 more than Sagan, and two more at the stage finish.
Bennett takes Green!
Stage 7, Bennett was dropped and Sagan could take the green from Bennett of which he did.
Stage 10, Bennett lost a further 2 points to Sagan in the Intermediate Sprint but that didn’t affect what happened next.
Into the last 2km, Sagan, now with a 9-point gap needed to finish ahead of Bennett to keep the Green and strengthen his lead over the Irish man.
Team Sunweb were leading the Peloton trying to get their main man Cees Bol to the front, but he was nowhere to be seen, they handed the ranges to Michel Morkov, a team mate of Bennett's. with 200 metres left Bennett went, followed by Auzzie Caleb Ewan & Sagan. It was neck and neck between Ewan and Bennett, with Bennett edging Ewan out.
“Bennett is back in Green” said Australian Commentator Robbie McEwen. He was correct, Bennett had taken green from Sagan.
22 points was the gap. Over next 10 days that gap grew to a 55-point gap.
Heading into Paris, Sam Bennett needed to beat Sagan in the Intermediate Sprint and it’s won. He did just that He came 5th 11 more points Sagan 16th 0 points.
Bennett is the Green Jersey champion!
Into the final lap of the Champs-Élysées Circuit. Bennett is third in the Peloton behind two of his team mates. With 350 metres left, Bennett and then World Champion Mads Pedersen flies away from the Peloton and begin the sprint. Sagan tries to catch them but it’s too late Bennett has already crossed the line Pedersen Second, Sagan Third.
Sam Bennett had just become the first Irish man to win on the Champs-Élysées, and the second Irish man to win the Green Jersey.
A Rundown of the NBA Playoffs
By Calum Fitzgerald
The NBA Playoffs is a tournament played at the end of every NBA season to determine who will become the NBA champion. It is comprised of 16 teams, 8 from the west and 8 from the east. How you played in the regular season determines where you sit in the tournament. The best team from the east plays against the worst team from the east, the second-best team plays the second worst team and so on. It is played in best of 7 series.
This year the favorites to win were the Las Angeles Lakers, the Las Angeles Clippers and the Milwaukee Bucks
In the first round all but one of the higher seeded teams moved on. The Miami Heat however moved on in an upset victory over the Indiana Pacers.
The second round saw the Milwaukee Bucks led by superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo face surprise contender Miami Heat led by Jimmy Butler. In a shocking upset the Heat took down the Bucks in 5 games.
The LA Lakers had no problem dealing with their opponents. The Clippers however blew a 3-1 lead to the Denver Nuggets who won in 7 games.
The Eastern Conference Finals is a matchup between underdog team, Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics. The Heat took this series in 6 games and advanced to the Finals.
The Western Conference Finals is the LA Lakers vs the Denver Nuggets. The Lakers took over and won the series in 5 games.
The Finals matchup is between the Miami Heat and the LA Lakers. The Lakers took game 1 in convincing fashion. 3 of Miami’s key players in Goran Dragic, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo all went down injured in Game 1 and it is doubtful they will make a return in this series. Because of this I believe the Lakers win this this series in 5 or maybe even 4 games.
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