Athletes everywhere continue to get creative as they deal with their respective leagues being on hiatus. Some are better at it than others. Every Sunday throughout May, we'll look back on the week that was before crowning a quarantine king or queen. Here are the top isolation moments from the sports world over the last seven days.
Premier League clubs returned to socially distanced training sessions in small groups this week as England's top flight continues to work toward a June return. It gave players their first opportunity in roughly two months to display their skills in a familiar setting, and Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk took full advantage by showing everyone at the club that he should probably be on free-kick duty when the season resumes.
Going without certain items we're accustomed to having is an all-too-common predicament during these times, and Thatcher Demko can certainly relate. The Vancouver Canucks goaltender shared photo and video evidence of his quarantine equipment shortage, and the moral of the story here applies to life as a whole: Make the best of what you have.
Eli Manning finally joined Twitter on Saturday and was promptly welcomed to the social media platform by Tom Brady, who poked fun at himself by referencing the two Super Bowls he lost to the retired New York Giants quarterback. Manning topped Brady in Super Bowl XLII and XLVI, tossing late touchdown passes to sink the New England Patriots on both occasions.
Any soccer clubs looking for a no-nonsense defender might want to give this exuberant pup a call. The tackling form needs a bit of work - that's a clear yellow card, at the very least - but you can't question the effort. Swiping the cone for good measure was a power move, too.
In a wacky Madden NFL 20 experiment, the Los Angeles Chargers used Pro Bowl defensive end Melvin Ingram at the unlikeliest of positions - all of them. The results were astonishing, with the 77-yard touchdown pass likely the best part.
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen has been killing time in weird ways. Taking the cake thus far is a two-minute video of him challenging his alter ego, Uncle Larry, to a Home Run Derby that showcases some suspect swings.
Boston Celtics big Enes Kanter made everybody on Twitter incredibly uncomfortable when he posted a video of him feeding ... whatever these things are. Apparently, they are baby Gouldian finches, which look much more aesthetically pleasing once they've grown. However, that doesn't really do much to quell the unsettling feeling, especially when paired with that music.
San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray said on Instagram that it took these kids a couple of months to work up the courage to ask him to play a game before they finally did so on Tuesday. Evidently, Murray was itching to hoop again during the NBA's hiatus, and he hilariously pulled out all the stops on them, including a windmill jam. They might never ask him to play again.
Call him Meownuel Neuer, Marc-Andre purr Stegen, Tim Meoward, or any other cat-inspired parody of a real goalkeeper's name that you like. We'll simply refer to this fleet-footed feline as the best shot-stopper on the internet. Multiple soccer teams worldwide would be better off with this cat between the sticks than their actual netminder right now.