Fun Fact of the Day: This past weekend N.Y. Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon hit his very first home run at 42 years old. He is the oldest player to hit his first career homer, proving you can teach an old dog new tricks.
While you were busy brunching with Mom, you missed quite the eventful weekend in sports. Here’s your rundown!
A horse is a horse, of course, of course. This weekend Nyquist continued his 8-0 undefeated streak by winning the Kentucky Derby. Next up on his quest for the Triple Crown is the Preakness Stakes on May 21. Hopefully you didn’t get too creative with your bets, because Nyquist is the 4th consecutive favorite to win the Derby. The 2nd favorite Exaggerator finished as the runner-up, and—you guessed it—the 3rd and 4th favorites also finished in their respective spots…
Another clean sweep. The Cleveland Cavaliers are advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals for their 2nd straight year. They’re making the postseason look easy as pie after sweeping the Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons in the first 2 rounds. Meanwhile, the other teams are still scratching and clawing. This past weekend Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry finally snapped out of his funk and helped lead his team to victory over the Miami Heat. The Raptors now lead the series 2-1. Lowry got his groove back just in the nick of time because the Raptors’ key playoffs contributor Jonas Valanciunas sprained his ankle during the game. The Heat’s Hassan Whiteside also sprained his MCL and is taking it day-by-day. Western shootout. In other big playoff news, the Golden State Warriors lost to Portland Trail Blazers this weekend. Don’t panic yet because the Warriors still lead the series 2-1, despite missing superstar Steph Curry who is out recovering from a sprained MCL. The other two big Western titans, the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs are tied at 2 wins apiece.
Another great coach comes to a Grizzly end. The Memphis Grizzlies fired their head coach Dave Joerger after 3 seasons with the team. He had the highest winning percentage of any coach in Grizzlies history and took them to the playoffs every season. That includes this past year, when the Grizzlies played a NBA record-high 28 players, because no one on the team could stay healthy. Despite his great coaching record, there was trouble brewing off the court. Let’s just say that Joerger and management were not BFFs, and the Grizz let him go because they said that the job is more than “just coaching a 48-minute game.” Burn.
A Lightning strike. This weekend the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the NY Islanders to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals! The Lightning won 4 straight, after losing the 1st game. They will take on the winner of the Washington Capitals-Pittsburgh Penguins series. The Caps avoided elimination by defeating the Penguins this weekend, but the Penguins still lead the series 3-2. Meanwhile on the Western front. The St. Louis Blues beat the Dallas Stars to lead the series 3-2. They have a chance to win it all at home next game. The San Jose Sharks rebounded nicely after their exhausting triple overtime defeat by beating the Nashville Predators to take a 3-2 lead in the series.
It’s a coaching love-match! A week after he was fired by the Anaheim Ducks, Bruce Boudreau has been hired to coach the Minnesota Wild. Boudreau had his pick of suitors to choose from, because his teams have had fantastic regular season success winning 8 division titles in total, 4 each in Anaheim and Washington. Unfortunately, he was fired from both teams because of early postseason exits. Who else is toasting his new contract? The Ottawa Senators hired Guy Boucher as their head coach. He most recently coached hockey in Switzerland and previously coached the Tampa Bay Lightning.
I don’t want to jinx them, but… The Chicago Cubs are off to a blazing hot start! That’s right! The Cubs are looking damn fine. They now have the best record in the majors at 24-6. The Cubs have won 7 games in a row, including a 4-game sweep of the Washington Nationals, who started off the series with the best record in the NL East. They were even able to squeak out a win in the 13th inning of last night’s game, despite walking Nats star Bryce Harper a record-tying 6 times.
Fosters is Australian for beer, but what’s Australian for diva? This weekend Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in the Madrid Open to win a record-high 29 career Masters titles (psst—the Masters titles are the most prestigious matches after the 4 Grand Slam events). But all eyes were on #22-ranked tennis player Bernard Tomic, who lost his 1st round match and threw a hissy fit about it. To prove he was sooo over it, he gave up the final match point with his racket handle facing forward. Later he told an Australian newspaper: "I don't care about that match point -- would you care if you were 23 and worth over $10 million?" Now his motherland Australia is hinting that he probably should care, because they are considering pulling him from competing in the Olympics for his bad ‘tude.
A new ringleader. This weekend middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez defended his title by defeating Amir Khan, brutally knocking him out in the 6th round. Get to know the name Alvarez. He is considered to be the next face of boxing after the high-profile retirements of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
Round 2 of the NBA playoffs continue!
- Toronto Raptors @ Miami Heat—the Raptors lead the series 2-1. 8pm ET on TNT
- Golden State Warriors @ Portland Trail Blazers—the Warriors lead the series 2-1. 10:30pm ET on TNT
Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue!
- Dallas Stars @ St. Louis Blues—the Blues lead the series 3-2. 8pm ET on NBCSN
- San Jose Sharks @ Nashville Predators—the Sharks lead 3-2. 9pm ET on CNBC