Monday, May 23, 2016

NBA Playoffs: Raptors Hold Off Cavs, Level East Finals At Two Games Apiece

At Toronto:

Kyle Lowry scored 35 points while DeMar DeRozan added 32 as the Toronto Raptors level the NBA's Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece on Monday following their 105-99 home victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four.

LeBron James topped the Cavaliers with 29 points (to go with his nine rebounds) while Kyrie Irving added 26.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Sharks Knock Off Blues In St. Louis; San Jose One Win Away From First Appearance In Finals

At St. Louis:

Joel Ward (with one on the power play, the other an empty netter) and Joe Pavelski (with one on the power play) each scored twice on Monday as the San Jose Sharks scored four unanswered goals en rout to a 6-3 game-five road win over the St. Louis Blues to take a three-games-to-two lead in the Western Conference Finals.

The Sharks can lock up their first-ever conference championship and a berth in their first-ever Stanley Cup Final with a game-six home victory in San Jose on Wednesday.

Chalk Up Still Another Defeat For The Steel

At Jacksonville, Florida:

On Saturday, the Jacksonville Sharks (3-4) dominated the visiting Portland Steel (0-7) 65-34 in Arena Football League play.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Stanley Cup Playoffs: OT Goal Sends Lighting To One Game Away From Return Trip To Finals

At Pittsburgh:

Nikita Kucherov scored a pair of goals, including the equalizer in the third period, then Tyler Johnson scored the game winner 53 seconds into overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning knocked off the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on the road in Sunday's fifth game of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Lightning can lock up the series, which they now lead three games to two, and a berth in their second straight Stanley Cup Finals, with a game-six home victory in Tampa on Tuesday.

NBA Playoffs: Thunder Blow Out Warriors, Take 2-1 West Finals Lead

At Oklahoma City:

Kevin Durant scored 33 points (to go with his eight rebounds) while Russell Westbrook added 30 (to go with his 12 assists and eight rebounds) as the Oklahoma City Thunder pistolwhipped the visiting Golden State Warriors 133-105 in Sunday's third game of the NBA's Wester Conference finals, which the Thunder now lead two games to one.

Stephen Curry paced the Warriors with 24 points.

Timbers Outlast Caps In Cascadia Cup Clash, End Losing Skid

At Portland, Oregon:

In Sunday Major League Soccer action, Diego Valeri (PK-4), Jack McInerney (29'), Dairon Asprilla (PK-78'), and Darlington Nagbe (82') each scored once as the Portland Timbers doubled up the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps (4-2) in a Cascadia Cup contest as the hosts snapped a three-game losing skid.

The Timbers will next travel to Bridgeview, Illinois for an encounter this coming Saturday (at 5:30 PM Pacific Time over the Timbers' broadcast television network through Portland's KDPX) against the Chicago Fire.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

NBA Playoffs: Raptors Hand Cavaliers First Playoff Defeat, Cut Cleveland's East Finals Advantage To 2-1

At Toronto:

DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points while Bismack Biyombo set a franchise single-game playoff record with 26 rebounds (to go with his seven points) as the Toronto Raptors snapped the Cleveland Cavaliers' ten-game playoff winning streak on Saturday with their 99-84 home win in game three of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals.

Kyle Lowry added 20 points to the Raptors' coffers.

LeBron James scored 24 points and J.R. Smith added 22 to pace the Cavaliers, who still lead the series two games to one.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blues Smother Sharks, Square West Finals At 2-2

At San Jose, California:

As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Saturday, Troy Brouwer (both on the power play) and Kyle Brodziak (once shorthanded) each scored twice as the St. Louis Blues doubled-up the San Jose Sharks 6-3 on the road in game four of the Western Conference finals, now leveled at two games apiece.

141st Preakness Stakes: Exaggerator Storms Back, Hands Nyquist First Defeat

At Baltimore:

Exaggerator, with jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard (and trained by Kent's brother Keith), came from behind on Saturday to overtake Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist and win the 141st edition of the Preakness Stakes, contested at Pimlico Race Track.  Cherry Wine finished second and Nyquist, who suffered his first defeat in nine career starts, finished third.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Timbers 2 Fall At Home To Whitecaps FC II

At Portland, Oregon:

Vancouver Whitecaps FC II defeated Portland Timbers 2 on the road on Friday in United Soccer League action by a score of 3-1.

Kyle Grieg (1'), Fatawu Safiu (19), and Jordan Haynes (74') each scored once for the Vancouver Whitecaps-owned USL affiliate.

Neco Brett scored at 27 minutes for T2.

Next Thursday, T2 will host their Seattle Sounders USL counterparts at 7:00 PM Pacific Time.

Gladiators Top Steel In OT

At Cleveland:

Quarterback Arvill Nelson threw a touchdown pass in overtime to Collin Taylor from ten yards out, then Marvin Ross intercepted a pass in the end zone on Friday to preserve the Cleveland Gladiators' (3-4) 55-48 Arena Football League triumph (despite blowing a 20-point lead) over the visiting Portland Steel (0-6).

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Lightning Hold Off Penguins, Square East Finals At 2-2

At Tampa, Florida:

Ryan Callahan, Andrej Sustr, Jonathan Drouin (power play), and Tyler Johnson each scored a goal in the course of the first two periods on Friday as the Tampa Bay Lightning raced to a 4-0 lead, then held on for a 4-3 home victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in game four of the Eastern Conference Finals, now squared at two games apiece as the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued.

Mr. Ed And Wilbur Post: Together Again

Alan Young, the British-born comedian best remembered for his portrayal of Wilbur Post, the hapless owner of the titled talking horse in the 1960s TV sitcom Mister Ed, passed away on Thursday at age 96.

He passed away at the Motion Picture & Television Home in Woodland Hills, California.

A native of England who moved to Canada when he was about six years old, and whom by the 1940s was already a veteran performer on radio in that country, Mr. Young headlined a network radio show here in the States that was originally set to be a summer replacement for Eddie Cantor, but instead became so popular that it ran for five years (1944-49).

In 1950, Alan starred in a CBS television program from Los Angeles entitled The Alan Young Show, for which both he and the program won Emmy Awards in 1951 (the program for best variety show and he for best actor).

In 1960, Alan was cast as the affable owner of a talking horse on a TV series entitled Mister Ed, which began its' life in syndication before it went network over CBS in 1961 (where it remained until 1966).

This was the story of a taking horse named Mister Ed, who would speak only to Wilbur Post, who was his owner.

The voice of Mister Ed was provided by veteran grade-B Western movie star Allen "Rocky" Lane (who passed away in 1973).

Thursday, May 19, 2016

NBA Playoffs: LeBron's Triple Double Helps Cavs Smother Raptors For 2-0 East Finals Series Lead

At Cleveland:

LeBron James delivered a triple double (23 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists) while Kyrie Irving contributed 26 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the visiting Toronto Raptors 108-89 in game two of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals, which the Cavaliers now lead two games to none.

DeMar DeRozan paced the Raptors with 22 points.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Sharks Dominate Blues, Take 2-1 West Finals Series Lead

At San Jose, California:

As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Thursday, Thomas Hertl scored twice while Martin Jones collected his second straight shutout by saving all 22 shots as the San Jose Sharks grabbed a two-games-to-one Western Conference Finals lead after their 3-0 home game-three domination of the St. Louis Blues.

'55 Imperial

Here's a magazine ad for the 1955 Imperial, which had just recently become a separate make.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

NBA Playoffs: Steph And The Warriors Show Thunder Who's Boss As West Final Is Deadlocked At 1-1

At Oakland, California:

Stephen Curry scored 28 points on Wednesday as the Golden State Warriors, with seven players scoring in double figures, squared the NBA's Western Conference Finals at one game apiece following their 118-91 game-two home frontier-styled fist-beating of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Kevin Durant paced OKC with 26 points.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Penguins Double Up Lightning In Tampa, Take 2-1 East Final Series Lead

At Tampa, Florida:

Carl Hagelin, Phil Kessel, Sidney Crosby (power play), and Chris Kunitz each tallied once as the Pittsburgh Penguins reclaimed home-advantage in their Eastern Conference Finals after their 4-2 road victory on Wednesday over the Tampa Bay Lightning in game three.

The Penguins now lead the series two games to one.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

NBA Playoffs: LeBron And Kylie Help Cavs Demolish Raptors In East Finals Opener

At Cleveland:

Kylie Irving scored 27 points while LeBron James added 24 (in just three quarter) on Tuesday night as the Cleveland Cavaliers opened the NBA's Eastern Conference finals by thrashing the visiting Toronto Raptors (making their conference finals debut) 115-84.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Sharks Devour Blues, Square West Finals At 1-1

At St. Louis:

Brent Burns scored two power-play goals while Martin Jones stopped all 26 shots as the San Jose Sharks demolished the St. Louis Blues 4-0 on the road in Tuesday's second game of the Western Conference Finals as that series is now level at one game apiece.

The Forward Look

Here's a two-page magazine ad for the 1956 cars from Chrysler Corporation.