Fun Fact of the Day: Golden State Warriors’ Anderson Varejao will probably get a championship ring no matter what happens during this year’s NBA Finals. How? Varejao is the 1st NBA player to play for both teams in the Finals, in the same season. He was traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Warriors, in February. Even though teams don’t have to give rings to former players, the Cavs would likely make an exception for Varejao, who played with them for nearly a dozen years.
Sid the Kid calls it! Last night the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks 2-1 in overtime to lead the series 2-0. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby called the overtime play that led to the overtime victory. But the Penguins’ rookies have been the star of the postseason, with Conor Sheary scoring last night’s game winner, and Bryan Rust scoring 2 goals in the Eastern Conference finals Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. This is the Sharks first ever appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals, and so far not so good. Hopefully, they’ll be able to dig out of their 2-0 hole when the series heads to San Jose this Saturday.
It’s time to place your Mookie Betts bets. Last night, Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts continued making history, following up yesterday’s 3 home run performance with another 2 home runs! He is now the first player in MLB history to hit 2 home runs in the first 2 innings of 2 consecutive games. No question about it, this 23-year-old has a bright future! Unfortunately, the Red Sox went on to lose the game to the Baltimore Orioles 13-9.
Not the way you want to go out. Cleveland Indians outfielder Marlon Byrd has been suspended for 162 games after testing positive for PEDs. He blamed the positive test on tainted supplements. Unfortunately, at age 38, this suspension is also probably Byrd’s retirement party. This was Byrd’s 2nd strike (pun intended), after he was suspended 50 games for PED use in 2012. A really late bloomer? Some folks have been skeptical of Byrd’s recently blossoming performance. In each of the past 3 seasons, Byrd hit 23 or more homers, while he hit 10 home runs or fewer in each of his first 7 seasons in the league (through the age of 30).
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The captain goes down with the ship. Yesterday, Baylor’s former-President Kenneth Starr resigned from his position as chancellor. He will remain on the faculty as a professor at the law school. Starr was already demoted from President last week, after it was revealed that football personnel failed to take disciplinary action or report many acts of violence and sexual assaults committed by football players. Starr said that he wasn’t aware of what was happening, but he’s willing to accept the blame. More collateral damage. In the wake of the scandal, football coach Art Briles was terminated and athletic director Ian McCaw resigned. With Baylor’s football program in turmoil, 7 high school football recruits are now requesting to be released from their national letters of intent.
Trump no le gusta. The PGA Tour is moving one of its World Golf Championships from Donald Trump’s National Doral property in Florida to Mexico City. Ironic, I know. The WGC-Cadillac Championship was played at Trump’s property for the past 5 years, but this year Cadillac’s contract expired, so the PGA is trying to find a new sponsor. Many are speculating that the PGA is moving the event to distance itself from some of Trump’s more controversial remarks. For his part, Trump doubled down saying that the PGA’s move to Mexico City is taking away American jobs and “I hope they have kidnapping insurance.” At least for the time being, golfers like Rory McIlroy won’t have to jump a wall to get to the tournament.
NBA Finals Game 1—Cleveland Cavaliers @ Golden State Warriors. Tune in to see a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals. This time around LeBron James will have the benefit of a completely healthy Cavs supporting cast. 9pm ET on ABC