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Spurs dominate Grizzlies in Western Conference Final

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

The San Antonio Spurs were the dominant team on Sunday in the Western Conference Finals.

Five Spurs scored in double digits in a convincing 105-83 win over the Memphis Grizzlies in game one of the series.

French point guard Tony Parker led the Spurs with 20 points. The game was basically over after the first quarter when the Spurs outscored the Grizzlies 31-14. The Spurs were equally as dominant in the fourth quarter offensively when they scored 32 points.

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Sweden wins 2013 World Hockey Championship

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

For the first time since 1986 the home nation has won the International Ice Hockey Federation World Men’s Championship.

On Sunday in Stockholm, Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks led the Swedish offensive attack with two goals and one assist in a 5-1 win over Switzerland in the gold medal game. Sedin’s first goal was on the power play in the first period and was the game winning goal in the contest. Then in the third period, the Vancouver Canuck captain score shorthanded.
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Couture leads Sharks to playoff win over Kings

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

The San Jose Sharks are now back in their series with the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference semi-final.

Saturday evening in northern California, the Sharks got an overtime winner from Logan Couture in a 2-1 win over the Kings, but the Kings still lead the series 2-1.

The Sharks got their goal on the power play in overtime after Trevor Lewis was called on goaltender interference late in the third period. The call upset Kings’ goaltender Jonathan Quick, who slammed his stick across his goal post after the game.

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MacKinnon has defining night for Mooseheads

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

 

Memorial Cup (Wikimedia Commons)

Over the last few months there hasn’t been a lot to separate the top three prospects in the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The consensus has been that defenceman Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks would be drafted number one, followed by Halifax Mooseheads forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin.

Last night in Saskatoon during the Memorial Cup, was actually a scout’s dream, as the top three prospects were on the ice together at once.

And the player that shoned the most was MacKinnon. The native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia (ironically the same as NHL superstar Sidney Crosby) registered three goals and an assist in a convincing 7-4 Halifax win over Portland in the first game of the Memorial Cup for both teams.

It was the second straight night that a WHL team lost as the Saskatoon Blades lost 3-2 to the London Knights in the opening game of the tournment on Friday.

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Pacers advance to the Eastern Conference Final

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

The Indiana Pacers got production from an unlikely source Saturday night against the New York Knicks.

It was simply shooting guard Lance Stephenson’s night to shine. Stephenson, who had the weakest resume of all of the Pacers’ starting five heading into the game, had a career night. The product out of the University of Cincinnati who grew up in Brooklyn, had a career high (regular season or playoffs) 25 points in a 106-99 Indiana win in game six of the Eastern Conference semi-final.

With the win, the Pacers eliminated the New York Knicks 4-2, and will now have the extremely difficult challenge of trying to beat the Miami Heat in the Eastern Final. That series will start Wednesday evening on TSN.

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No triple crown winner in 2013

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

 

Preakness Stakes (Wikimedia Commons)

Once again we will have to wait another year to see if a horse will win the Triple Crown.

On Saturday at the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland,  Oxbow upset the heavy favourite and Kentucky Derby winner Orb.

Affirmed will remain the last horse to win the Triple Crown, as it accomplished the feat in 1978.

Orb meanwhile finished in third place at the Preakness Stakes. Like the Kentucky Derby, Orb got off to a slow start, but at the Preakness today got boxed in and could not find the open space required to make a move.

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Switzerland advances to World Hockey Championship Final Sunday

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

It has been quite the tournament for Switzerland at the World Hockey Championships in Stockholm, Sweden.

On Saturday, Switzerland eliminated the United States from gold medal contention with a 3-0 shutout victory. Switzerland will now play Sweden in the gold medal game on Sunday afternoon.

Former Edmonton Oiler goaltender Martin Gerber, who is now playing for Elitserien of the Swedish Elite League, made 26 saves in recording the shutout, while Nino Niederreiter who played this past year with Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the New York Islanders’ American Hockey League affiliate, notched a multi-point game with a goal and an assist.

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Victoria Day Weekend Sports Preview–May 18-20–NHL, NBA, MLB, Horse Racing _ World Hockey Championships

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Sidney Crosby (Michael Miller, Wikimedia Commons)

Wayne Gretzky is the greatest hockey player of all-time. Heck, he is also the greatest athlete of all-time. But I think it is safe to say that right now Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins is the best hockey player in the world right now.

On Friday night, Crosby showed just why he is so great. In a dominating performance, Crosby had a hat trick by the early portion of the second period in a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators in game two of the Eastern Conference semi-final that put the Penguins up 2-0 in the best-out-of-seven series.

Crosby will now have the opportunity to showcase his skills north of the border this weekend as Pittsburgh travels to Ottawa for game three of the Eastern Conference semi-final (Sunday, CBC, 5:30 p.m.). I know the Penguins are loaded with talent that includes Evgeni Malkin and Jarome Iginla, but the bottom line is when healthy Pittsburgh is Crosby’s team.

Here are the other events I’ll be watching:

Saturday–MLB–New York Mets @ Chicago Cubs–WPIX–11:00 a.m.–Two teams in fourth place in their divisions play today at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are 17-24 in the National League Central, while the Mets are 16-23 in the National League East. First baseman Anthony Rizzo, who represented Italy at the World Baseball Classic, with nine home runs, 29 runs batted in and a .522 slugging percentage. While so far this season, the Mets have been led by third baseman David Wright, who leads the team with a .312 batting average, .418 on base percentage and a .536 slugging percentage.

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Hesjedal withdraws from Giro d’Italia

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Ryder Hesjedal (Luca Volpi, Wikimedia Commons)

Ryder Hesjedal of Victoria will not repeat as the Giro d’Italia champion.

On Friday, Hesjedal made the decision to pull out of the race after falling to 37th place. Hesjedal was 183rd in Thursday’s stage.

It seems that Hesjedal is simply not feeling well. He cited “a deteriorating physical decision”, according to the Canadian Press, as the major reason why he decided to pull out of this marathon cycling race.

Hesjedal actually dropped 34 places in only one week as he was third last week.

Another top cyclist who has pulled out is Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain because of a chest infection. Wiggins is the 2012 Olympic Gold medallist in the time trial and is the 2010 Tour de France champion. Wiggins also has great success in track cycling as he won a Gold medal in the team pursuit at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and won the Gold medal in the individual pursuit at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

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Spurs advance to Western Conference Finals

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Tony Parker (Keith Allison, Wikimedia Commons)

The San Antonio Spurs will play the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs.

On Thursday, the Spurs defeated the Golden State Warriors 94-82 to win the Western Conference Semi-Final series 4-2.

The game was extremely close with about 3:46 left and the Spurs only leading the Warriors 77-75. Then the Spurs showed their experience by outscoring the Warriors 17-7 down the stretch, headlined by 10 points from Tony Parker, including two baskets from beyond the arc.

The Spurs also went with a smaller lineup down the stretch in the game interestingly enough. Head coach Greg Popovich elected to put Tiago Splitter in the game rather than his star Tim Duncan. The move paid off.

In other action, the New York Knicks have forced a game six Saturday night in their Eastern Conference semi-final against the Indiana Pacers. Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points as the Knicks defeated the Pacers 85-75. Indiana still leads the series 3-2.

 

 

 

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Bruins continue to win tight games in Stanley Cup Playoffs

Friday, May 17th, 2013

The Boston Bruins have taken a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semi-final with a very close win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Brad Marchand scored with 4:20 left in the first overtime as the Bruins defeated the Rangers 4-3.

It was a very impressive win for the Bruins mostly because of the amount of injuries on the Boston blueline. On defense the Bruins had rookies Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton and Matt Bartkowski to replace the injured Dennis Seidenberg, Wade Redden and Andrew Ference.

Krug in fact scored his first NHL career goal to send the game into overtime.

The win was the Bruins third overtime win in a row. Another Bruin that deserves praise is defenceman Zdeno Chara, who played 38:02 in game one. He also had a goal and an assist, was a +2 and had nine shots on goal.

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Torres suspended again in Stanley Cup Playoffs

Friday, May 17th, 2013

This is sounding like a broken record, but once again Raffi Torres of the San Jose Sharks has been suspended.

This time it is for the remainder of the Western Conference semi-finals for his hit to the head of Los Angeles’ Kings forward Jarret Stoll.

Torres received a two minute minor for the infraction in game one of the series, a series in which the Sharks currently find themselves down 2-0.

A major reason that Torres was suspended for a maximum of six games is because he is a repeat offender. Torres has been suspended three times in the past for 27 games.

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Canada eliminated from World Hockey Championships Thursday

Friday, May 17th, 2013

It was a disappointing day for Team Canada on Thursday at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden.

Team Canada was unable to hold on to a 1-0 third period lead and lost 3-2 to Sweden in a shootout.

Modo right winger Nicklas Danielsson scored two very similar goals from the blueline on the power play in the third period to put Sweden up 2-1 before Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers tied the game up for team Canada.

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Grizzlies and Heat advance to the conference finals

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

We now know half the teams who have qualified for the National Basketball Association’s conference finals.

On Wednesday night, the Miami Heat advanced to the Eastern Conference Final with a 94-91 win over the Chicago Bulls to win the Eastern Conference semi-final series 4-1, while the Memphis Grizzlies advanced to the Western Conference Final with a 88-84 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder to win the Western Conference semi-final series 4-1 as well.

The Heat win over the Bulls I think I can safely say was expected. However the fact the Grizzlies beat the Thunder is significant. It just proves how much the Thunder were missing their point guard Russell Westbrook, who needed knee surgery after suffering an injury against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference quarterfinal.

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