Boston Marathon Bombings, OKC locks up West, Monday Recap: Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tragedy in Boston, 3 dead and 140 hurt in bombings

Terrorism has reared it’s ugly head again, this time with a cowardly bombing near the finish line of yesterday’s Boston Marathon. At this writing, there are three dead and at least 140 wounded in the attack, many in grave condition. SP3’s thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.

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Thunder clinch the West and likely date with Lakers

The Oklahoma City Thunder clinched the Western Conference and a probable first round date with the Kobe-less Lakers with a routine 104-95 win over Sacramento Monday night. OKC led by 16 after three quarters and was never headed. Kevin Durant had 29-7-8 for the winners who will have home court throughout the Western Conference playoffs.

The Denver Nuggets locked up a first-round home court with a 112-111 win at Milwaukee.

Doug Collins has announced that he will not return to coach the 76ers next season after a nightmare year in Philadelphia. The 76ers fell to 33-48 this year after making the playoffs the previous two years. The team never was able to overcome the loss of Andre Iguadala in the Andrew Bynum deal. Bynum didn’t play a minute this year for Philadelphia and is still recovering from chronic knee problems.

Griner goes No.1 to Phoenix in WNBA draft

If there was ever a such thing as a lock, it was Brittney Griner being taken first overall in the WNBA draft. The Phoenix Mercury took Griner with the first pick where she will join Diana Taurasi among others. The 6-foot-8 phenom finished as the second all-time scorer in women’s NCAA history, with 3,283 points. She is the top shot-blocker ever, shattering both the men’s and women’s college marks with 748. She also had a record 18 dunks, 11 of which came this year. There were no surprises at the top of the draft as Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne went No.2 to Chicago and former Notre Dame PG Skylar Diggins went to Tulsa with the third pick.

Otto Porter and Alex Len latest to declare for NBA

Georgetown guard Otto Porter Jr. and Maryland center Alex Len will both make themselves eligible for the NBA draft. Porter averaged 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while leading Georgetown to a share of the Big East regular-season title. He also shot 42 percent from beyond the arc. Len, a 7-foot-1 big man from the Ukraine, averaged 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks for NIT semifinalist Maryland. With this year’s draft considered the weakest in years and next you considered to be loaded, everyone with a pulse is coming out.

Sid the Kid is back at practice

Pittsburg Penguin star Sidney Crosby practiced for the first time since breaking his jaw in a March 30th game vs the New York Islanders. Crosby will wear a cage and a jaw guard for the immediate future. Crosby still leads the league in scoring with 56 points despite missing the last 2 1/2 weeks with the injury.

MLB News and Notes

Lost in the tragic events in Boston was baseball’s fifth annual celebration of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier. Monday marked the 66th anniversary of the event which has been more in the news of late with the release of the movie “42”.

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