Edition 5.19.14

Let’s start Monday off right with a little bit of a celebration of goodness in sports. See this wonderful act of sportsmanship that occurred when Eckerd sophomore Kara Oberer was injured in a softball game against Florida Southern College…

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NBA

We’ve reached the conference championships round of the playoffs. In the East, we have a match-up between the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat. The Pacers closed out their series against the Washington Wizards to take on the Heat who were coming off a victorious series against the Brooklyn Nets. In Game 1 on Sunday, the Pacers took advantage of their home court advantage and defeated the Heat. Many, if not all, are expecting the Heat to rebound from this loss and to defeat the Pacers in this series to move onto the NBA Finals.

In the Western Conference, we have an intriguing match-up between the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Intriguing — partly because these are two of the best teams out west, and also because of a rise of injuries that could significantly alter the series. In their series-winning game against the LA Clippers, the Thunder’s third best player Serge Ibaka left the game with a calf injury. It will keep him out for the rest of the playoffs. As for the Spurs, they beat the Portland Trail Blazers quickly and easily but not without trouble for their star point guard Tony Parker,who is playing with a hamstring injury. This series kicks off Monday night, and the intrigue will only grow.

In all things NBA coaching, there have been quite a few big name moves. Steve Kerr stunned Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks and took a head coaching job with the Golden State Warriors, while Stan Van Gundy signed a deal with the Detroit Pistons to become the President of Basketball Operations and head coach. What does this mean for the Knicks? We shall see…

The NBA Playoffs continue this week — get ready for more exciting games to watch!

MLB

Prince Fielder’s longest active games played streak ended at 547. Fielder is suffering from a herniated disc, and sat out from Saturday’s game after receiving a nerve-root injection to help alleviate the pain. Add this to the list of injury setbacks for the Texas Rangers.

Sometimes a win in May can mean something in baseball, as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the New York Yankees in the second game of their doubleheader on Sunday 5-3. So, why is this significant? Well, it’s the first time since the 1960 World Series that the Pirates have won in Yankee Stadium.

The rise of Tommy John surgery is increasing among pitchers. The latest is Jose Fernandez, a young pitcher for the Miami Marlins. He is the 34th player in professional baseball to undergo Tommy John surgery which involves a elbow ligament replacement procedure. There has been much discussion about why more and more baseball players have needed the procedure.

NHL

The quest for the Stanley Cup trophy continues. In the Eastern Conference Championships, the New York Rangers are facing off against the Montreal Canadians. The Rangers currently lead the series 1-0, and Game 2 will kick off on Monday night.

Out West, the LA Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks are playing for the right to represent the Western Conference in the NHL Finals. The Blackhawks defeated the Kings in Game 1 of the series on Sunday, and will play Game 2 on Tuesday night.

Outside of the playoffs, Washington Capitals’ star Alex Ovechkin suffered a severe knee injury in the World Championships. Ovechkin was playing for Team Russia because his NHL team is currently out of the playoffs. Ovechkin is one of the best and most popular stars in the league — here’s to hoping his injury was not as bad as it looked.

The NHL playoffs continue this week with a number of games in the second round series. Check out the schedule here.

Other

California Chrome continued his winning streak with the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. Led by trainer Art Sherman and jockey Victor Espinoza, California Chrome is poised to take a shot at winning the Triple Crown with the upcoming Belmont Stakes race on June 7th. That is, if California Chrome even races at all. On Sunday, Sherman suggested that California Chrome might not race if the New York officials do not allow him to wear a nasal strip during the competition. Expect a formal request and decision to be made soon.

Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal to win the Italian Open on Sunday afternoon. Djokovic dedicated his victory to his native country of Serbia. On the women’s side, Serena Williams beat Sara Errani to win the Italian Open championship.

Atletico Madrid is officially the champion of La Liga. After their 1-1 draw against Barcelona, Atletico gained the points they needed to win the title for the first time since 1996.

 

JUST FOR FUN

How important are your pets?
Rice University recruits high school quarterback with a letter to his cat

The most disliked people in sports
Who do you like the least? Glad we aren’t on this list!

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

A $14,000 Mistake
Did Churchill Downs overpay Wes Welker by accident?
Even if he was overpaid, Kentucky administrative regulations hold the track responsible for any calculation errors

Blurred Lines
Roger Goodell’s 2007 personal conduct policy
There may be some double standards in regards to “tarnishing the image of The Shield”

Have you heard of Dante Exum?
The Australian will be a big part of the NBA Draft next month
Check him out here

Great Expectations
Sometimes you only get one shot at a championship
What will determine the legacy of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the years to come?

Michael Sam’s Journey
OWN delays Michael Sam documentary series

After discussions with the the Rams, the Oprah Winfrey channel will postpone the project

The Comeback?
The road to recovery can be long
Baseball star Grady Sizemore has battled back from injury for a second chance at bat

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