Before I get into the thrilling Mavs-Warriors series and everything else, here's a fascinating report that might be on the minds of NBA fans today:
(Yikes. And this isn't some yammering columnist, typically avoiding real evidence. This is the result of a legitimate academic study.)
Now, on to the stories...
Mavs survive Game 5, edge Warriors: It's strange.
I think it'll happen in
It's about competitive spark:
I cannot wait for Thursday night's Game 6, because I think the Warriors are going to close it out. Wait, let me clarify:
Close out the greatest upset in the history of the NBA.
More NBA: Is the Raptors' "global" style a success? See Calderon's career-high 25 and Bargnani's 18 leading the Raps to a home win over the Nets, taking the series back to
MLB Stud: Phil Hughes, who took a no-hitter into the 7th inning.
MLB Dud: Phil Hughes, who had to leave the game with a hamstring injury that will keep him out for at least a month.
(I loathe to use "hard-luck" and "Yankees" in the same sentence, but their pitching injury issues this season have been insane.)
More MLB Duds: Jason Schmidt, who might not pitch again this season. Is he the West Coast's Carl Pavano? (h/t Ben Maller via Fanhouse)
More MLB Duds: The April stats are complete, and the results aren't pretty – the lowest total of home runs and runs since 1993.
(That could mean the weather was particularly harsh or that pitching has improved, but it could also finally be the residual effect of the get-tough PED policy. Enjoy.)
Panthers cut Keyshawn Johnson: Hardly a biting loss, particularly after drafting Dwayne Jarrett. Keyshawn will make a mint in his new career as a full-time TV analyst.
Dolphins cut Marcus Vick: I always felt like Vick making the NFL after going undrafted (and, um, the off-field stuff) was one of the most intriguing rookie stories of the year. He'll stick somewhere. That "QB-slash-WR-slash-Special Teams" position is a new reality in the NFL.
NCAA approves rule to eliminate "diploma mills": No more "post-grad" year of high school (or "reclassifying," which is just spinning "post-grad" as "repeating a grade.").
I think this will absolutely shake up the high school hoops industry, given the number of players who have taken advantage of this system. In some cases, they had sincere need; in others, they were simply working a system with too many holes (and being taken advantage of by profiteering adults).
There's got to be more going on today, doesn't there?