*** This just in ….. former Bear’s linebacker Brian Urlacher has announced his retirement. More on that on tomorrow’s report.
Spurs down Grizz in OT for 2-0 lead
San Antonio led by 18 points in regulation and by 13 in the fourth quarter but were taken to overtime by the Grizzlies before finally winning 93-89. Tony Parker had 15 points and a playoff career high 18 assists but it was Ton Duncan six points in the extra five minutes that secured the win. Mike Conley had 18 points and Zach Randolph had 18 boards for Memphis that goes home down 0-2 in the series.
Pacers/Heat open Eastern Finals series tonight
With two games in the books in the Western Conference finals, Indiana and Miami open the Eastern Conference final tonight at 8:05 PM EST at American Airline Arena in South Beach. Miami is an eight-point favorite and the total is holding steady at 183. David West and Dwayne Wade are both listed as probable. The Heat haven’t played in seven days since eliminating Chicago back on the 15th.
Cavs win draft lottery for second time in three years
For the second time in three years, the Cleveland Cavaliers have drawn the winning ping pong ball in the NBA draft lottery and will pick first. Two years ago, after the defection of Lebron James to Miami, the Cavs were able to take PG Kyrie Irving with the top pick. This year, the Cavs are thought to be taking Kentucky shot-blocking power forward Nerls Noel or trading for an All-Star caliber front court player.
Vinnie Del Negro out with the Clippers
What have you done for me lately ??? After a franchise record 56 wins, a franchise best 17-game win streak and their first ever division title, the Clippers have decided not to retain head coach Vinnie Del Negro. With the Clippers pressed to re-sign Chris Paul, Del Negro was expendable. Paul is said to not be a fan of Del Negro and the Clippers nw becomes the most attractive job opening in the NBA. Del Negro had a 128-102 record in three years with the Clippers and a 210-184 record overall.
Bruins and Kings win on frozen pond
Daniel Paille scored on a wrist shot with 3:31 left in the game to lead the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers and a 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup. Tuukka Rask made 23 saves for Boston which handed the Broadway Blues their first home loss in the playoffs.
Logan Couture scored his fifth power-play goal of the playoffs to give the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 win over the L.A. Kings and level that series at two games apiece. The home team has won all four games in the series and San Jose has won the last six meetings in the Shark Tank.
Trout is youngest to hit for the cycle
The Angels Mike Trout hit for the cycle and drove in five runs last night in the Halos 12-0 win over Seattle. Trout became the youngest AL player ever to hit for the cycle and the third youngest (21 years, 289 days) in the MLB since 1930. Josh Hamilton chipped in with a homer an triple on his 32nd birthday.
Sergio Garcia reels from Tiger “fried chicken” remark
Sergio Garcia held a press conference this morning to apologize for his “fried chicken” Tiger Woods reference at an awards dinner last night. You can read the full story and listen to Sergio’s sound bites by clicking here.
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