PLAYER OF THE DAY
Damian Lillard (NBA) is a four-time NBA All-Star and a guard for the Portland Trail Blazers. Lillard used to be short (for a basketball player), a 5-foot-11, two-star athlete. He had NO scholarship offers after high school, but after growing four inches, he ended up getting an opportunity to play at Weber State University. After 4 years at Weber State and dominating in his senior season, he was drafted as the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Blazers. In 2013, he won rookie of the year and has since become the face of the Blazers franchise. Talk about a come-up… Lillard scored 29 points last night for the Blazers in their second game of the playoffs, putting them up 2-0 in the series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. ‘Dame’ (as it he known as) isn’t just a super-star on the court though, Dame D.O.L.L.A has a pretty decent rap album out, featuring 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne and others.Takes a well-rounded dude to go from two-star athlete to professional basketball player to rap star in 10 years…
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The storm that ran out of rain
You can try again next year, Lightning…
(NHL) As we have mentioned before, the Tampa Bay Lightning entered the playoffs as the heavy favorite to win the Stanley Cup. They clinched their spot in early March and tied the NHL record for most wins in regular season history. Their first-round opponent in this year’s playoffs was the Columbus Blue Jackets, a team that didn’t clinch until their last regular season game.
The Lightning struggled throughout the series, suffering through injuries and suspensions and a little bit of cockiness. The Blue Jackets, on the other hand, came out hot. Sergei Bobrovsky, the Blue Jackets goalie, was stellar too. He saved 93.7% of shots, while the Lightning goalie (Andrei Vasilevskiy) saved 85.6%. The Blue Jackets won by one goal in the first game, but the hangover the Lightning felt led to them to lose by 4 goals in the final two games. The Blue Jackets swept the Lightning, winning all four games. This is historic; it is the first time in NHL historythat a team with the most points (and wins) in the regular season failed to win even one playoff game. They were swept, and now they’re left to sweep up what remains of their dignity…
Columbus is hype and is the new team to watch. They will play the winner of the Boston vs. Toronto series next.
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(MLB) Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays is the reigning American League Cy Young award winner, the award given to the best pitcher in the American League each year. Last night, Snell stepped out of his shower and picked up what he thought was a large granite stand. Turns out it was three separate pieces, and it came crushing down on his toe. He has been placed on the 10-day injured list, but is expected to miss only one start. Turns out even the pros are clumsy.
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Another Storm is brewing…
(WNBA) Reigning MVP of the WNBA, Breanna Stewart, tore her achilles on Tuesday while playing for her off-season team in Russia. This injury is likely to take her out of contention to play next season for the Seattle Storm, her WNBA team and her main source of income. Freak accidents happen all the time in sports. However, it’s especially hard for WNBA players, who instead of resting up and recovering during the off-season, are forced to play overseas to earn additional income to boost their middle-class WNBA contracts. Players in the NBA and WNBA both play around 82 games each season (when factoring in WNBA players’ off-season), but NBA players have some off-time. Breanna has been a fun addition to watch after she started playing for UConn in 2012, and she will be missed by her team and the entire league next season.
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ON THIS DAY
In 1997, former New Jersey Devils (NHL) goalie Martin Brodeur became the second NHL goalie to score a goal in the playoffs. He surprised the opposing team, especially the goalie, and when he hit the puck down the ice, it went in. Over the course of his career, Brodeur was known for his puck-handling abilities, so it doesn’t come as a shock that he leads all goalies in goal-scoring, with three goals. Only once was this a shot on goal, which happened to be the one on April 17th.
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