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NEW YORK -- Walking out of Madison Square Garden onto the chilly New York streets Saturday morning, the only way I could express the spectacle of the League of Legends World Championships semifinal between defending champion SK Telecom T1 and reigning South Korean champion ROX Tigers was with a simple smile.SKT T1 and its prodigy ringleader, Lee Faker Sang-hyeok, had just overcome an unprecedented Miss Fortune curveball ROX threw at them, advancing to next weeks finals in five games by the skin of their teeth.Later that same day, exiting the Garden following Samsung Galaxys thrashing of H2k in the second semifinal (which went half as long as the first), my thoughts were still swimming of the series I had witnessed less than 24 hours earlier.Out of the two semis in New York this weekend, one delivered while the other was a lopsided snoozefest in which the MSG crowd partook in the wave and endless chanting of T-S-M! -- a team, mind you, that didnt even make it out of the group stages -- to appease its boredom from the expected South Korean dominance.Regardless of how trite the semifinals as a whole might have ended, it didnt matter: SKT T1, the Tigers, and Friday night made it all worth it -- and then some.At that point it was clear: we witnessed the best match well see at the World Championships; not only at the 2016 edition, but in the entire legacy of the tournament. ROX and SKT T1 played a best-of-five series that was worthy of being a final in any league in the world.And it was obvious SKT T1 knew that, too. Usually when SK Telecom wins -- even if its a major championship -- you rarely see much reaction on the players faces. To the contrast of the ROX Tigers fun loving, boisterous personalities, SKT T1 is seen as the cold, business-like surgeons that personify the methodical South Korean League of Legends style. However, this time, after SKT T1 completed their comeback from a 2-1 deficit to finally eliminate their greatest rival from the tournament, even Faker broke into a smile, the team converging into a sequence of hugs and laughter as they realized their defense of the Summoners Cup would move onto the final stage in Los Angeles this Saturday.No disrespect to the two teams that took the stage Saturday night -- South Korean club Samsung Galaxy dispatching Europes fiery H2k, 3-0 -- but the real Summoners Cup Final might have been played the night before.After two years without a playoff series at Worlds going the distance, the fans on Friday night received the best possible match to end the drought.In the first game, SKT T1 and Faker flexed their muscles to put the Tigers, the current domestic champion of South Korea, in their place with a lopsided victory.The next two games, though, it would be the Tigers getting the jump on SKT T1 with a never-before-seen Champion pick that shook SKT T1 to its core. In a move that no one -- and if you say you did, please tell me some lottery numbers pronto -- saw coming, the Tigers chose an unprecedented ultra-aggressive composition with two marksmen in the bottom lane at once, in place of using a traditional support. Kang GorillA Beom-hyeon played the AD carry Miss Fortune in the support role while Kim PraY Jong-in settled on his signature Ashe.Imagine the Houston Texans playing J.J. Watt at tight end or a right-handed pitcher suddenly throwing lefty, or the San Antonio Spurs playing five seven-footers. Faker said after the match he had not seen Miss Fortune used in that fashion in any professional match in his career.The risky decision worked like a charm and ROX easily won both early games in commanding fashion, and SKT T1 were not able to adjust to the double-marksmen bot lane for Games 2 and 3.PraY on Ashe would slice the air with the perfect arrow to freeze a target in place, then GorillA would let loose with Miss Fortunes barrage of bullets from her ultimate. The Tigers didnt miss a beat with this strategy, and they accomplished what they had to do to make it work: never stop moving forward. If the paper-thin composition had stopped rolling at any time during the game, SKT T1 could have caught their bearings, defended a bit, and then held on until the late game where SKT T1 would have won in spades. Instead, the Tigers would jab, move to another part of the map, take another large swing at SKT T1, and then follow that up with another brash play. For every one stop SKT T1 made on the map, the Tigers would make five plays to top the failed attempt.Predictably, SKT T1 banned Miss Fortune from play in Games 4 and 5, opening the door for a comeback. SKT T1s rookie jungler Kang Blank Sun-gu lost both games he played in the middle of the series, and he was rotated out for the actual starter of the night, Bae Bengi Seong-woong, the two-time world champion veteran that started the match with a victory before being subbed out.Faker was his usual godly self, which is great for SKT T1. Generally, when Faker plays at that level, SKT T1 wins. Except, against ROX, a team that is just as good as SKT T1 and even better in some aspects, Faker winning his lane every game wasnt enough to bring them victory. It took Bengi, the maligned, often cast-aside jungler, to come in to be the hero that not only SKT T1 needed on the night, but the one they deserved. Bengi returned from his two-game benching in Game 4 with his teams back firmly against the wall. He picked Nidalee, a strong champion to be fair, but one he had never played in his long history as a jungler.Ice in his veins. Bengi played like a man possessed in the final two games, and the Tigers couldnt contain both Faker and Bengi at their best. At the end of the deciding Game 5, when ROX was on its deathbed, SKT T1 didnt let up. Faker and Bengi, the two coldest gunslingers in the wild west, put down one of their greatest rivals, and they embraced as the packed Madison Square Garden crowd appreciated their greatness.Not Fakers greatness -- their greatness.To the Tigers, who never stopped, be it attacking or singing, this is their end. While it remains to be seen what the future holds in the offseason, Friday night, like all the others, they will leave wondering what they need to do rid themselves of the demon that is SK Telecom T1.The only thing left to be said is from ROXs Song Smeb Kyung-ho, who talked about his teammates -- what his friends meant to him before the tournament began:I dont know how to describe the members of the Tigers, said Smeb. Family, friends, I could describe my teammates that way. The things I dont show my family, the things I dont show my friends -- there are those things -- but I can show those things to them. Its hard to describe, but I dont think Ill ever have a team like this again. The people who let me comfortably show the best that I can play. Im so lucky to have come to where I am. I think Im so lucky to have met these teammates. While they are players with tremendous skill, even without their abilities, they are really good people with whom I am fortunate enough to have shared and pursued a dream.No, Smeb. We were lucky. We were lucky to watch you to fight for that dream. Hydro Flask 32 Oz Wide Mouth Straw Lid . If ever they start actually putting pictures beside words in the dictionary, the Blue Jays left-handers mug will appear beside “Consistency. Hydro Flask Wine Tumbler Sale . Andreas Johnson had a goal and two assists while Jacob de la Rose also scored for Sweden (2-0-0). Esa Lindell and Rasmus Ristolainen replied for Finland (1-1-0) Lindell opened the scoring for Finland just 41 seconds into the game, but the hosts quickly regained their composure and tied the score less than four minutes later on Wennbergs first of the game. http://www.hydroflaskcoffeesale.com/ . General manager Jarmo Kekalainen told Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch on Friday that he wants to see Gaboriks contributions go beyond the scoresheet before considering a long-term deal for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent. 24 Oz Standard Mouth Hydro Flask .1 million pounds ($61.2 million) on Saturday, giving the beleaguered English Premier League champions a major lift. Hydro Flask Coffee 16 Oz . Ouellette, from Montreal, already has three Olympic gold medals since joining the team in 1999. BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox limped into a tough West Coast trip after their worst series this season.Miguel Cabrera hit a tiebreaking home run in the ninth inning that bounced off the top of the wall and into Bostons bullpen, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday for a three-game sweep.The Red Sox were the last major league team to be swept in a series of any length this season. They lost five of their final six on a nine-game homestand, going 4-5 during the stay.They open an 11-game trip, starting Thursday night with the first of four against the Los Angeles Angels.Our ability to go out and put up a complete game is important to head out on the road where we know things are going to be more difficult, just being away from Fenway Park, manager John Farrell said before the game.They rallied to tie it in the eighth on Mookie Betts RBI triple. Cabrera hit his 21st homer, connecting off Brad Ziegler (0-1).Unfortunately were one swing of the bat difference, Farrell said.Ziegler was surprised the ball carried out.I just kind of watched it in the air, it looked like it just kept getting further and further away, he said. I was, `What in the world? I didnt think he hit it that good.After the Angels, Boston has four games in Seattle and three versus the Dodgers in Los Angeles.Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia hit solo homers for the Red Sox.Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez allowed three runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.I thought he threw the ball well against a quality right-handed hitting lineup, Farrell said.James McCann also hit a solo homer, and Victor Martinez had four singles, a walk and drove in two runs for Detroit, which has won five of seven.Tigers rookie starter Michael Fulmer had another solid start, giving up three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts aand no walks in 7 2/3 innings.ddddddddddddBruce Rondon (4-2) got one out for the win. Justin Wilson got the final three for his first major league save because closer Francisco Rodriguez was unavailable after working the past two days.Manager Brad Ausmus said after the game that Rodriguez was away from the club tending to a personal issue. He expects him back Friday.In the seventh, Fulmer gave up a solo homer to Bogaerts leading off and took a high-hop grounder from Jackie Bradley Jr. off the top of the right shoulder, but the 23-year-old right-hander stayed in the game.The Red Sox chased him in the eighth, tying it on Betts triple when center fielder Tyler Collins took a bad route before missing a diving attempt.McCann made it 3-1 in the sixth, hitting a drive that caromed off a billboard above the Green Monster seats.TRAINERS ROOMRed Sox: Closer Craig Kimbrel had a bullpen session. Farrell said hell have a rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Pawtucket. After that, its uncertain if hell be activated right away. It could be as few as one, Farrell said. Itll be dependent physically on how Craig feels. ... C Ryan Hanigan was still only available on an emergency basis after being scratched Tuesday with flu-like symptoms. .... 1B Hanley Ramirez had the day off.THATS A STRIKECollins did have a nice throw, nailing Sandy Leon attempting to score on a fly ball from medium-deep center to end the third.UP NEXTTigers: Off Thursday before opening a three-game home series versus Houston. LHP Matt Boyd (1-2, 4.63 ERA) is set to start against Astros RHP Collin McHugh (7-6, 4.18).Red Sox: Boston LHP David Price (9-7, 4.51) hopes to rebound from two straight mediocre starts on Thursday. Jerseys Wholesale Cheap NFL Gear White NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Stitched Jerseys Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys ' ' '

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