OKC Tornado, Wings down Hawks, MLB News and Notes, Grizz/Spurs II, Gronk update + Monday Recap: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

51 dead including 20 children as tornado rips OKC

Sportsbetting3’s thoughts and prayers go out to Oklahoma City, it’s people, the victims, their friends and family and certainly the amazing first responders.

Red Wings down Blackhawks 3-1 to take series lead

Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller scored 31 seconds apart midway through the second period to lead the seventh-seeded Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win over the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks to take a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series. Pavel Datsyuk added an insurance goal in the third and Jimmy Howard made 39 saves between the pipes. The series resumes Thursday with Game Four.

Patrick Roy will be the next coach of the Avalanche

According to reports from the Denver Post, Patrick Roy will be named the new coach of the Colorado Avalanche. The story was confirmed by Roy’s brother on twitter. A Hall-of-Famer with 551 career wins, Roy won two of his four Stanly Cups with the Avs in the 90s. Roy has coached the Quebec Remparts since 2005 and has over 300 wins and won the Memorial Cup championship in 2006.

Grizz/Spurs II tonight

The Memphis Grizzlies look to rebound from a Game I blowout loss in tonight’s Game II in San Antonio. The Spurs are five-point favorites with the total down a half tick to 182 1/2. The Spurs played an almost perfect game in Game I. Over the last 20 years, teams that won the first game of a conference final have gone on to win the series 77% of the time.

Bobcats to announce name change backs to Hornet

The Charlotte Bobcats will reportedly file the paperwork with the league to change their name to the Charlotte Hornets. The name became available when the New Orleans Hornets, the original Charlotte Hornets, decided to change their name to the Pelicans for 2013-2014. The Bobcats have had little success with branding since coming into the league in 2004. The name change could be a much needed shot in the arm to a franchise that has struggled since its inception. The transition is expected to take 18 months.

MLB News and Notes

Two MLB pitchers broke their hands on Monday, one hit by a pitch and the other punching a locker. Giant pitcher Ryan Vogelsong was having a strong start until he was hit by a pitch. His broken pinkie will require surgery and he will be out at least six weeks.

Gronk surgery successful and no infection found

Patriot TE Rob Gronkowski had a fourth surgery on his left forearm on Monday and there was good news all around. Doctors changed the plate on the fracture and found no new infection, a complication that had set Gronk back in the past. Gronkowski will now see a surgeon about a chronic back problem that has bothered him. If more surgery is necessary, it is hoped that the recovery time win run concurrent with the rehab on his arm and thatGronk will be rady at the start of the Patriot season.

Super Bowls 50 and 51 to be awarded today

NFL owners meet today in Boston and on the agenda will be the awarding of sites for Super Bowls 50 and 51. Miami and San Francisco are thought to be the front-runners for Super Bowl 50 while Houston is pretty much considered a lock to be awarded Super Bowl 51. The new stadium in San Francisco is set for completion in 2014.

Free Play

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