The Lakers had no answer for Carlos Boozer (27 points, 20 rebounds) in Game 3 as the Jazz made the series 2 Games to 1.  The Knicks landed Mike D’Antoni.  Dallas opted for Rick Carlisle. Detroit won without Chauncey Billups (hamstring) to take a 3-1 series lead.  Rip’s 32 points led the way.  Cleveland beat Boston in Game 3.  The C’s still have a 2-1 lead.  Deron Williams had 29 points and 14 assists as Utah evened the series at 2 vs. the Lakers.  Tim Duncan had 22 points and 15 boards as San Antonio evened up with the Hornets.  KG, Kobe, Bruce Bowen, Marcus Camby, and Tim Duncan were named First Team NBA All-Defensive Team.  Cleveland took Game 4 to even the series with Boston.  The C’s just can’t win on the road.  Jameer Nelson looked stupid when the Pistons beat Orlando without Chauncey Billups to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.  Robert Horry set the record for most playoff games.  Kevin Durant, Al Horford, Luis Scola, Al Thornton, and Jeff Green were named to the All-NBA Rookie Team.  New Orleans blasted the Spurs behind David West’s 38 points and 14 rebounds.  Danny Ainge was named Executive of the Year.  I’m shocked Kevin McHale didn’t win.  KG & Pierce combined for 55 points as the Celtics dumped the Cavs (at home of course) despite a good shooting game from LeBron finally.  The Lakers did their thing at home to take a 3-2 series lead.  The Spurs drilled the Hornets in Game 6 to even their series.

Joel Quenneville  won’t be returning as the Avs Coach next year.  Evgeni Malkin had tow goals and an assist as Pittsburgh took Game 1 vs. Philadelphia 4-2.  Johan Franzen didn’t play, but Detroit won anyway for a 2-0 series lead.  Make it 2-0 for the Penguins as well as they took out the Flyers 4-2.  The NHL decided to let Chris Osgood and Mike Ribeiro off with a fine rather than suspensions for their altercation.  San Jose fired Ron Wilson.  Pavel Datsyuk netted a hat trick as Detroit took a commanding 3-0 series lead vs. Dallas.  Boston re-signed F Chuck Kobasew.  Marian Hossa netted a couple of goals as Pittsburgh took a 3-0 series lead over Philly in the Keystone State Showdown.  Dallas avoided a sweep by beat Detroit in Game 4.  The Flyers also avoided a sweep by taking out the Penguins.

Friday:  Richie Sexson was suspended six games for charging the mound.  Jimmy Rollins returned from the DL.  San Diego cut Jim Edmonds.  James Shields threw a one-hitter.  Saturday:  Hanley Ramirez signed a six-year, $70 million deal.  Vernon Wells will be out six to eight weeks with a broken wrist.  Ben Sheets became Milwaukee’s career strikeout leader.  Grady Sizemore went yard twice.  Dan Uggla hit a Grand Slam.  Jeff Keppinger collected five hits.  Greg Maddux finally earned win #350.  Sunday:  Eric Gagne is out as a closer.  His stuff isn’t as nasty without the “stuff”.  Dan Uggla, Ryan Braun, and Craig Monroe each hit a pair of HRs.  Monday:  Asdrubal Cabrera turned an unassisted triple-play.  Fausto Carmona fired a Complete Game Shutout.  Cliff Lee pitched 9 scoreless Innings to lower his ERA to 0.67.  Tuesday:  Jeff Keppinger broke his knee cap.  Eric Gagne earned a Save.  Randy Johnson earned Win #287.  Wednesday:  Clay Buchholz and Ryan Doumit landed on the DL.  Tampa locked up Scott Kazmir for three years at $28.5 million.  Let’s see, Carlos Silva got $48 for four years.  Well done Rays.  Well done.  Jim Edmonds signed with the Cubs.  Jay Payton, Carlos Quentin and Matt Stairs hit Grand Slams.  C.C. Sabathia threw a Complete Game Shutout.  Manny Ramirez caught a fly, high-fived a fan, and then doubled off the runner at first.  Thursday:  Cole Hamels threw a Complete Game Shutout.  Milwaukee signed Ryan Braun to a eight-year, $45 million deal.  Nice value.  Nick Johnson landed on the DL.  Brandon Webb improved to 9-0.  The Indians finally gave up a run.

Baltimore TE Quinn Sypniewski wil miss the year with a knee injury.  The Packers cut Koren Robinson.  Robbie Gould signed a five-year, $15.5 million deal with Chicago.  Seattle’s Lofa Tatupu got popped for DUI.  The Brown cut Kenny Wright.  There was plenty of Spygate talk.  I’m tired of it, but at the same time ashamed of my Patriots.

UCF CB Johnell Neal was shot in New Orleans.  Florida DL Matt Patchan was shot in the shoulder in Tampa. The ACC decided 8 conference games were enough.  Former LSU QB Ryan Perrilloux chose Jacksonville State.

There is speculation O.J. Mayo received gifts.  Shocker.  Duquesne G Kojo Mensah is testing the NBA waters.

Sergio Garcia won The Players Championship.

Tony Stewart won the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Darlington.  Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Darlington. 

Annika Sorenstam will retire after the season.  Justine Henin will do the same, only immediately.

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It brings me great pleasure to report the trash-talking, can’t back it up Wizards got bounced by the Cavs on their home court.  The “Overrated” One had a triple-double to seal their fate.  Papa John’s apologized for printing LeBron “crybaby” shirts by offering 23 cent pizzas.  The Hawks avoided elimination to even the series at 3 against Boston.  Utah kept T-Mac’s (40 points, 10 rebounds) streak alive as they elimated Houston.  He still hasn’t gotten out of the first round of the playoffs.  Kobe Bryant won the MVP.  Detroit pounded Orlando to take Game 1.  New Orleans drilled San Antonio to win their series opener.  The Celtics weren’t good enough to beat the Hawks on the road, but they were good enough to win Game 7 and the series.  Kobe Bryant dropped 38 to make sure the Lakers took Game 1 against the Jazz.  Detroit made it a 2-0 advantage as they topped Orlando again.  Chauncey Billups led the way with 28 points to celebrate his winning of the Walter J. Kennedy Sportsmanship Award .  New Orleans pounded San Anontio again to take a 2-0 series lead.  In a shocking development Chris Paul (30 points, 12 assists) led the way.  Well, KG showed he can produce when it matters as Boston took Game 1 vs. Cleveland.  Atlanta GM Billy Knight is calling it quits.  Orlando drilled Detroit in Game 3 behind Rashard Lewis’ 33 points.  Detroit still leads the series 2-1.  Kobe’s 34 points led the way as the Lakers took a 2-0 series lead.  Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, and Dwight Howard were named First Team All-NBA.  The Celtics stayed hot at home shutting down LeBron James again and taking a 2-0 series lead.  The Spurs avoided a major hole by taking care of New Orleans in Game 3 behind 62 combined points by Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.
 

San Jose escaped with an overtime win over Dallas in Game 5.  They still trail 3 games to 2. Joe Pavelski netted the game-winner.  Philly remained hot by taking out Montreal to win their series 4 games to 1.  Pittsburgh turned the lights out on the Rangers to win Game 5 and the series.  Florida signed C Kamil Kreps and W Wade Belak to two-year deals.  Chicago signed Goalie Antti Niemi from the Finnish Elite League.  Toronto fired Coach Paul Maurice.  The Flyers could be without Kimmo Timonen in their series vs. Pittsburgh because of  a blood clot in his ankle.  Detroit jumped out to a 1-0 series lead vs. Dallas.  Johan Franzen scored his 12th playoff goal.


Milwaukee P Yovani Gallardo tore is ACL.  They also kicked Derrick Turnbow to the curb.  Friday:  Dan Uggla, Hunter Pence, and Jose Batista each hit a pair of HRs.  Saturday:  Cristian Guzman, Augie Ojeda, and James Loney all drove in 6 Runs.  Suncay:  Scott Kazmir made his season debut.  Greg Maddux fanned on win #350…again.  Mike Cameron hit a pair of HRs.  Monday:  The Diceman Walketh…Dice-K changed his name to Dice-BB as he walked 8 batters.  He still won though.  Tuesday: Nate McLouth had a pair of HRs.  Lance Berkman had five hits.  Gavin Floyd had a no-hitter broken up with two outs remaining.  Randy Johnson won game #286.  Wednesday:  Joey Votto crushed 3 HRs.  Edison Volquez struck out 10 as he improved to 5-1 with a 1.06 ERA.  Kevin Youkilis and Ryan Zimmerman each hit a pair of HRs.  Placido Polanco collected 5 hits.  Barry Zito allowed 2 runs in 5 Innings, but fell to 0-7.  Carlos Gomez hit for the Cycle.  Thursday:  Mike Mussina picked up win #255.  Brandon Webb improved to 8-0 on the year.  Ryan Ludwick hit a pair of HRs.  Dioner Navarro hit a Grand Slam.


The Vikings placed Kenechi Udeze reserve-non-football-illness list so he can focus on his bout with leukemia.  The Browns extended the contract of GM Phil Savage for three years.  Bust RB Cedric Benson was arrested (and pepper sprayed) for boozin’ and cruisin’ on a boat and resisting arrest.  I wonder if he pulled out the “don’t you know who I am line”?  Six bullet casings recovered after a shooting came from Marvin Harrison’s gun.  Rashard Mendenhall was robbed at gunpoint.  I hope Marvin wasn’t involved in this one too.  Seattle G Rob Sims had knee surgery.  Antwaan Randle El had his knee scoped. Matt Walsh turned over 8 Patriot videotapes to the league.  Dominic Rhodes is returning to Indianapolis.  Who says you can’t go home?


LSU kicked QB Ryan Perrilloux to the curb.  Another Ryan, QB Mallett who transferred from Michigan to Arkansas, will have to sit out a year after the NCAA-holes denied his request for immediate eligiblity.  Florida State T Daron Rose has been ruled academically ineligible.
 

Tennesse booted F Duke Crews and G Ramar Smith off the team because of failed drug tests.  Bob Huggins signed an eleven-year extension with West Virginia.  Later he tripped from “texting while walking” and hit his head.  I would have paid to see that.  Indiana’s Eli Holman will transfer to Detroit Mercy. George Washington kicked Cheyenne Moore and Miles Beatty off the team.  Georgetown’s Jeremiah Rivers is transferring.  Florida International got slapped with four years of probation.  Duquesne’s Shawn James is turning pro.
 
Anthony Kim won the Wachovia Championship.  It his first PGA Tour victory.  Sergio Garcia leads the Players Championship by two strokes.
 
Clint Bowyer won the Sprint Cup race at the Richmond International Raceway.  Denny Hamlin won Friday’s Nationwide Series race on the same track.
 
Big Brown won the 134th Kentucky Derby.  If he can take the Preakness, he’ll win the Triple Crown.  Eight Belles broke both of her front ankles and had to be put down.
 
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