PLAYER OF THE DAY
Patrice Bergeron (NHL) is a center for the Boston Bruins. Last night, Bergeron scored two goals and had an assist in their Game 4 win against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Bruins held a 3-0 series lead, and the opportunity to sweep the Canes on their own ice. This 4-0 victory, led by Bergeron and his line-mates, completed the Bruins’ sweep of the Canes and sent them on their way to the Stanley Cup Finals. Bergeron is paired with David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand and they have been putting on clinics this series. Keep an eye out for these guys — they’re only four games away from bringing the Cup back to Boston, because the city is really lacking championships... The Bruins will face the winner of the Western Conference Finals – either the Sharks or the Blues.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The Warriors Get Game 2, Too
(NBA) The Golden State Warriors were down by 15 at halftime and trailed most of the game. They scored the first 13 points of the second half, though, and went on a 14-3 run to cut the Blazers’ first half lead early in the third quarter. They were able to hold off Portland in the final seconds, to claim a 114-111 victory. The Trail Blazers’ strategy worked for the most part, as the Warriors made just nine out of 29 3-point attempts, but they gave up their advantage on the boards and in the paint. The Warriors outscored Portland 54-32 in the paint, and out-rebounded them 50-37. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr claimed that “they stole the game” and that Portland outplayed them.
There was a little sibling drama with the Curry brothers during the game. Seth tried to ‘distract’ his brother on the free-throw line, and Steph called him a “pest.” Seth played well, but Steph won so according to Steph, “it worked out perfectly” (for him…).
The last thing we will say about the Warriors, is that KD might be out for longer than we had thought. He was re-evaluated yesterday, and still hasn’t been cleared for on-court work. He has made some progress, but it doesn’t look like he will be available to play for the next three games at least.
Koepka with a historic score
Who? What score?
(Golf) The PGA Championship continues at Bethpage Black this weekend with Brooks Koepka in the lead. In the first round, Koepka shot a course-record 63. He did not make a bogey, and sunk seven birdies to tie the tournament record for lowest score. He shot a 63 on his way to victory at the PGA Championship last summer, too. Deja vu? He is feeling pretty confident after winning three major championships in the past two years and coming just one shot short against Tiger Woods in the Masters. Let’s see if he can close it out this weekend.
Engelbert named WNBA Commissioner
(WNBA) Cathy Engelbert was named commissioner of the WNBA. This comes at a pivotal time for the league, as they are in the midst of labor negotiations with their current deal expiring later this year. The league is also trying to rebrand itself in order to increase revenue and expand its audience in the new season. There have been numerous WNBA presidents, who held the highest title in the WNBA. But the hiring of Engelbert, as Commissioner, gives her the new highest title of the league. Engelbert boasts an impressive resume; she spent 33 years at Deloitte, and was the first woman to lead one of the country’s “Big Four” professional service firms. Talk about a BOSS.
ON THIS DAY
In 1959, Sam Snead set the PGA record for 36 holes at 122. Snead set tons of additional records in his PGA career. He was the oldest player to make the cut in a Major tournament at the age of 67 years old. That year, he became the youngest player to shoot his age on a PGA Tour — he posted a 67 in the second round of the Quad Cities Open. Two days later, he shot a 66. He was the oldest player with a top 10 finish at 63 years old, and has the most career top 10 finishes with 358. They say you get wiser with age… Snead may have gotten better at golf too.
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