Spurs move on, Knicks hang on, NHL recap, MLB News and Notes, Beckham to retire + Thursday Recap: Friday, May 17, 2013

Spurs eliminate Golden State 94-82, Knicks force Game Six with Hill out

All five San Antonio starters scored in double-figures and the Spur defense wore down Golden State is last night’s 94-82 win at Alamo City. San Antonio advances to the Western Conference finals vs Memphis which starts on Sunday. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 19 points, Kawhi Leonard chipped in with 16 points and 10 boards. Steph Curry had 22 points for Golden State.

The New York Knicks staved off playoff elimination with an 85-75 win over Indiana at MSG. The Knick bench outscored the Pacers bench 35-10 but the real story was the game time news that Indiana’s George Hill would sit with a concussion. Hill scored 26 points in Game Four but was hurt in a collision with NYK center Tyson Chandler and could not pass the NBA head injury protocol. Hill is day-to-day for the rest of the series. Carmelo had 18 points for the Knicks while Paul George had 23 in a losing effort for Indiana.

For just the second time since the start if the playoffs, there are no games tonight. The playoffs resume Saturday with the Pacers/Knicks Game Six.

Bruins OT Rangers, Kings POWER by Sharks

Brad Marchand got the game winner in overtime as the Boston Bruins beat the Rangers 3-2 in Game I of their Eastern Conference semi-final series. The Bruins peppered Ranger goalie Henrik Lundqvist with 48 shots. New York is 4-4 in the playoffs to this point with three of the losses coming in overtime.

The defending Stanley Cup champion L.A. Kings found themselves down 3-2 with two minutes left in their Game II with the San Jose Sharks but ….. got two power play goals in a 22 second span to come away with a 4-3 win and a 2-0 lead in that series. Trevor Lewis got the winner at the 18:39 mark.

MLB News and Notes

Detroit’s Justin Verlander was roughed up for seven earned runs in lasting just eight outs in the Tigers 10-4 loss at Texas. Yu Darvish threw a career high 130 pitches to improve to 7-1 in the battle of aces.

Stephen Strasburg returned to his home town of San Diego and pitched a career high eight innings in the Nats 6-2 win over the Padres. It was also Strasburg’s first career win at Petco. Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche went yard for Washington.

Here is a kinda cool feel good moment from last night’s Boston/Tampa Bay game

Video: Rays reunite military family

David Beckham announces retirement

David Beckham will retire from competitive soccer at the end of the season with his current club Paris St-Germain. Beckham debuted with Manchester United at the age of 17 and went on to win titles in four different countries, helped popularize soccer in the US when he came to the MSL in 2007 and became a cultural icon as an underwear model and pitchman. Check out a pretty good recap of his career by clicking here.

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