Pacers/Spurs EZ, Pens and Kings win, MLB News and Notes, Wiggins to Kansas, RIP Chuck Muncie + Tuesday Recap: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Pacers take Knicks to the brink, Spurs spank Warriors

Both home teams were easy double-digit winners last night in their respective Game Fives. Indiana jumped out to a 23-17 and 48-34 fir half leads and never looked back in a 93-82 win over the Knicks. Paul George led the Pacers with an 18/14/7 game line and stifling defense on Carmelo Anthony, New York’s only real scoring option. San Antonio hit on all cylinders in punking Golden State 109-91. Tony Parker scored 25 points and dropped 10 dimes in the win that was actually not as close as the final score. Both series resume on Thursday.

Chicago/Miami and Grizz/Thunder eliminators tonight

The Chicago Bulls and the Oklahoma City Thunder face elimination down 3-1 in their respective playoff series tonight. The Miami Heat are -14.5 in South Beach over the Bulls. The total is 182. Dwayne Wade has been upgraded to probable but will likely not play. OKC is -4.5 at home over Memphis with the high/low 185. The Grizz have won seven of eight since going down 0-2 to the Clippers to open the playoffs.

NHL Playoffs open Round Two

The second round of the NHL playoffs opened last night with Pittsburg drilling Ottawa 4-1 an tH Kings shutting out San Jose 1-0. At the Igloo, Thomas Vokoun won his third straight game since replacing Marc-Andre Fleury as four different Penguins hit the back of the net. At the Staples Center, Jamie Quick stopped 35 shots in the King’s whitewashing of the Sharks.

The other two semis drop the puck for the first time tonight with the Boston Bruins -135 home ice favorites over the New York Rangers. In the Western Conference, the Chicago Blackhawks are prohibitive -235 favorites over the Detroit Red Wings.

MLB News and Notes

Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols all hit solo homers in the Angels 6-2 win over the Kansas City Royals. It was the first time all three have homered in a game since Hamilton came over in free agency. The Halos beat the Royal’s Jeremy Guthrie ho lost for the first time in 18 starts.

Andrew McCutchen’s lead off walk-off home run in the bottonm of the 12th gave the Pittsburg Pirates a rare win over Milwaukee. It was just the Bucs second win over the Brewers in 12 meetings.

Zack Greinke will start for the Dodgers on Wednesday, three weeks ahead of schedule after sustaining a broken collarbone in a brawl with the Padres back on April 11th. Greinke, a right hander, was able to keep his pitching arm strong while rehabbing the injury to the other side.

Top CBB prospect signs with Kansas

The top college basketball prospect in the country, Andrew Wiggins, has committed to Kansas. The next “next” Lebron James chose the Jayhawks over Kentucky and his parents alma mata ….. Florida State. Wiggins grew up in Canada and played his High School ball at Huntington Prep in West Virginia. It is generally thought that if Wiggins were eligible for the upcoming NBA draft that he would be the overall No.1 pick.

It was not a good day for former All-Pro NFL players

Chuck Muncie dead at 60

Former All-Pro RB Chuck Muncie is dead of an apparent heart attack. He was 60. Muncie was the third overall pick in the 1976 NFL Draft out of California by the New Orleans Saints, and he was later traded to the San Diego Chargers.
In nine seasons, Muncie finished with 6,702 rushing yards and 74 total touchdowns while appearing in three Pro Bowls. Muncie later did 18 months in prison on a drug charge. More recently, Muncie has been involved with his foundation which is dedicated to helping troubled youths.

Former Jag All-Pro WR sentenced to six years

Former Jacksonville Jaguar All-Pro WR Jimmy Smith has begun a six-year jail sentence for drug and gun charges. After playing his college ball at Jackson State, Smith was unable to make the Cowboys in 1993 or the Eagles in 1884. In 1995, Smith found a home in Jacksonville where he played 11 years topping 1000 yards nine times. He ended his career with 862 catches for 12,287 yards and 67 touchdowns.

Lingerie Football back as Legends Football League

The Lingerie football league has been reincarnated as Legends Football and will be holding open tryouts at the Beginning of June. Check out this clip and see if you have what it takes.

Free Play

(MLB) Pittsburg (W Rodriguez) -125 over Milwaukee (Gallardo) (Wednesday, May 15, 7:05 PM PM EST)