Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Stanley Cup Playoffs

The quarterfinal round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will open on Wednesday with two games, both in the Western Conference and televised over the NBC Sports Network.

At St. Louis:

Nashville @ St. Louis, game one, 5:00 PM PDT

At Anaheim, California:

Edmonton @ Anaheim, game one, 7:30 PM PDT

NBA Playoffs

Two games, both in the Eastern Conference, are set to be played on Wednesday as the opening round of the NBA Playoff continues, with both contests telecast over TNT.

At Washington:

Atlanta @ Washington, game five (series tied at 2-2), 3:00 PM PDT

At Boston:

Chicago @ Boston, game five (series tied at 2-2), 5:30 PM PDT

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

NBA Playoffs: Rockets Close Out Thunder, Advance To Second Round; Spurs, Jazz 3-2 Respective Series Leads

The NBA Playoffs are set to continue with three games on Tuesday, all in the Western Conference.

At Houston:

James Harden scored 34 points while Lou Williams added 22 as the Houston Rockets held off the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder 105-99 in game five and won their conference quarterfinal series four games to one, despite 47 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists from the guests' Russell Westbrook.

The Rockets will next face the winner of the San Antonio-Memphis series (which the Spurs now lead three games to two).

At San Antonio:

Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points while Patty Mills came off the bench to add 20 as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the visiting Memphis Grizzlies 116-103 in game five of their opening-round series.

Mike Conley paced the Grizzlies with 26 points.

The Spurs can close out the series, which they now lead three games to two, with a game-six victory in Memphis on Thursday night.

At Los Angeles:

Gordon Hayward scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Utah Jazz defeated the visiting Los Angeles Clippers 96-92 in game five of their conference semifinal series, which they now lead three games to two.

Chris Paul scored 28 points (while dishing out nine assists) while J.J. Redick added 26 to lead the Clippers.

The Jazz can lock up the series with a game-six victory back home in Salt Lake City on Friday.

Monday, April 24, 2017

NBA Playoffs: Hawks Level Series With Wizards At 2-2; Raptors Manhandle Bucks To Take 3-2 Series Advantage; Warriors Stomp On Blazers To Complete Series Sweep

Three games were contested in the NBA Playoffs on Monday.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Toronto:

Norm Powell scored 25 points as the Toronto Raptors, with six players scoring in double-digits, mauled the visiting Milwaukee Bucks 118-93 in game five of their conference quarterfinal series.

Giannis Antekokounmpo topped the Bucks with 30 points while grabbing nine rebounds.

The Raptors, who now lead three games to two, can close out the series with a game-six victory in Milwaukee on Thursday.

At Atlanta:

Paul Millsap scored 19 points (and grabbed nine rebounds) as a balanced attack with seven players scoring in double figures lifted the Atlanta Hawks to a 111-101 game four of their conference quarterfinal series, now all squared at two games apiece.

Bradley Beal scored 32 points while John Wall added 22 (to go with his ten assists) to pace the Wizards.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Portland, Oregon:

In a dominating performance that lasted all game long, the Golden State Warriors, with Stephen Curry scoring 37 points and Draymond Green adding 21, completed their four-game conference quarterfinal series sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers by delivering a frontier-styled 128-103 game-four fist-beating on the road in a contest that was never that close.

Damien Lillard topped the Blazers with 34 points while Al-Farouq Aminu added 14.

Next for the Warriors, a conference semifinal series against the winner of the Utah Jazz-Los Angeles series, currently deadlocked at two games apiece.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

T2 Blank Republic In SacTown For First Win Of Season

At Sacramento, California:

Villyan Bijev (PK-40') and Victor Arboleda (68') each produced a goal on Saturday night as Portland Timbers 2 blanked Sacramento Republic FC 2-0 on the road for their first United Soccer League victory of the season.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Senators, Caps Close Out Opening Round With Game-Six OT Wins

The opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Sunday with two games, both in the Eastern Conference.

At Boston:

Clarke MacArthur scored the game-and-series-winning power-play goal at 13:30 of overtime as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in game six of their conference quarterfinal series, which they won four games to two.

The Senators will host the first two games of their upcoming conference semifinal series with the New York Rangers.

At Toronto:

Marcus Johansson scored a pair of goals, including the game winner at 6:31 of overtime as the Washington Capitals lowered the curtain on the opening round of the playoffs by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on the road in game six and winning their conference quarterfinal series four games to two, setting up a conference semifinal showdown with the Pittsburgh Penguins, with the first two games to be contested in the nation's capital.

NBA Playoffs: LeBrons Helps Cavs Complete Series Sweep Of Pacers; Rockets One Game Away From Ousting Thunder; Celtics, Jazz Square Respective Series At 2-2

The NBA Playoffs are set to continue on Sunday with four games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Indianapolis:

LeBron James scored 33 points and grabbed ten rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a four-game sweep of their conference quarterfinal series with the Indiana Pacers with their 106-102 road win in game four.

Kyrie Irving added 28 points to the Cavaliers' coffers.

Lance Stephenson came off the bench to lead the Pacers with 22 points while Myles Turner added 20 points while grabbing nine rebounds. 

The Cavaliers will next face the winner of the Toronto-Milwaukee series (currently deadlocked at two games apiece). 

At Chicago:

Isaiah Thomas scored 33 points as the Boston Celtics leveled their opening-round series with the Chicago Bulls at two games apiece following their 104-95 game-four road victory.  The road team has won every game thus far in this series.

Jimmy Butler topped the Bulls with 33 points. 


WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Oklahoma City:

Nene scored 28 points (converting all 12 shots from the field) and grabbed ten rebounds as the Houston Rockets took a three-games-to-one conference quarterfinal series lead after their 113-109 game five road win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Russell Westbrook topped the Thunder with 35 points while grabbing 14 rebounds and dishing out 14 assists.

The Rockets can close out the series with a game-five win back home in Houston on Tuesday.

At Salt Lake City, Utah:

Joe Johnson came off the bench to score 28 points as the Utah Jazz came from behind to upend the visiting Los Angeles Clippers 105-98 in game four of their opening round series, now leveled at two games apiece.  

Chris Paul scored 27 points, dished out 12 assists, and grabbed nine rebounds for the Clippers while Jamal Crawford added 25 points to Los Angeles' coffers. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

No More Shortcake

Erin Moran, the former child actress best remembered for her portrayal as Joanie "Shortcake" Cunningham on the ABC Network sitcom Happy Days (1974-84) and its' short-lived spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi (1982-83), passed away on Saturday at age 56 at Harrison County, Indiana.

"Shortcake" was a nickname given to Richie Cunningham's kid sister by Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzerelli.

Darren Mattocks Haunts Former Team As Timbers Hold Off Caps In Cascadia Cup Clash

At Portland, Oregon:

Darlington Nagbe (18') and Darren Mattocks (40') each scored once on Saturday as the Portland Timbers held off the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 in Major League Soccer (and Cascadia Cup) action.

The top spot in the Western Conference, which the Timbers currently occupy, is up for grabs as Portland pays a visit on FC Dallas, next Saturday night at Frisco, Texas (5:00 PM Pacific Time, ROOT Sports Northwest).

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blues, Rangers, Oilers Advance To Second Round

The Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Saturday with three games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At New York:

Mats Zuccarello scored twice (once on the power play) in the second periods as the New York Rangers eliminated the visiting Montreal Canadiens by winning their conference quarterfinal series four games to two after their 3-1 game-six victory.

The Rangers will next face the winner of the Boston-Ottawa series (which the Senators lead three games to two).



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At St. Paul, Minnesota:

Magnus Paajarvi scored the game (and series)-winning goal at 9:42 of overtime as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in game five of their conference quarterfinal series and closed out the hosts four games to one.

The Blues will hosts the first two games of their upcoming conference semifinal series against the Nashville Predators.

At San Jose, California:

Leon Draisaitl and Anton Slepyshev each scored a second-period goal as the Edmonton Oilers finished off the San Jose Sharks 3-1 on the road and won their opening-round series four games to two.

The Oilers will next take on the Anaheim Ducks in a conference semifinal series with the first two contests taking place in Anaheim, California.

NBA Playoffs: Raptors, Grizzlies Square Respective Series At 2-2; Hawks Cut Wizards' Advantage To 2-1; Big Comeback By Warriors Put Blazers On Brink Of Elimination

Four games are scheduled to be contested on Saturday as the NBA Playoffs continue.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Milwaukee:

DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points and grabbed nine reoubnds as the Toronto Raptors leveled their conference quarterfinal series with the Milwaukee Bucks at two games apiece following their 87-76 game-four road win.

At Atlanta:

Paul Millsap scored 29 points (while grabbing 14 rebounds) while Dennis Schroder added 27 as the Atlanta Hawks overpowered the visiting Washington Wizards 116-98 in game three of their opening-round series.

John Wall scored 29 points to lead the Wizards, who still lead the series two games to one.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Memphis, Tennessee:

Marc Gasol, who scored 16 points, hit the game-winning bucket with 0.7 seconds remaining in overtime to carry the Memphis Grizzlies to a 110-108 game-four home victory over the San Antonio Spurs, squaring their opening-round series at two games apiece.

Mike Conley scored a Grizzlies' franchise-postseason record 35 points, while grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out eight assists.

Kawhi Leonard scored 44 points to pace the Spurs while Tony Parker added 22 to the San Antonio coffers.

At Portland, Oregon:

Stephen Curry scored 34 points while Klay Thompson added 24 as the Golden State Warriors came back from down 17 points to upend the Portland Trail Blazers 119-113 on the road in the third game of their conference quarterfinal series, which they now lead three games to none.

C.J. McCollum topped the Blazers with 32 points while Damien Lillard added 31.

The Warriors can finish off the Blazers with a game-four victory in Portland on Monday night.

No team has ever come back from a three-games-to-none deficit to win a best-of-seven NBA playoff series.

Friday, April 21, 2017

NBA Playoffs: Celtics, Thunder Clip Respective Series Deficits To Two Games To One; Clippers Hold Off Jazz For 2-1 Series Advantage

The NBA Playoffs continued on Friday with three games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Chicago:

Al Horford scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Boston Celtics cut their conference quarterfinal series to two games to one after their 104-87 game-three road win over the Chicago Bulls.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Oklahoma City:

Mr. Triple Double himself, Russell Westbrook, did it again as he scored 32 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and dished out 11 assists while Taj Gibson added another 20 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder took game three from the Houston Rockets (who still the conference quarterfinal series two games to one) 115-113 at home despite 44 points from the guests' James Harden, whose game-winning three-point attempt as time expired failed.

At Salt Lake City, Utah:

Chris Paul scored 34 points and dished out 10 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Utah Jazz 111-106 on the road in game three of their conference quarterfinal series, overcoming a toe injury to Blake Griffin and a career-high 40 points from Utah's Gordon Hayward---as well as 26 from George Hill.

The Clippers now lead the series two games to one.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Bruins Win 2 OT Thriller With Senators To Force Game 6 Back In Boston; Caps Top Leafs In OT To Take 3-2 Series Lead

The Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Friday with two games, both in the Eastern Conference.

At Washington:

Justin Williams scored the winning goal 64 seconds into overtime as the Washington Capitals defeated the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 in game five of their conference quarterfinal series.

The Caps can finish off the Leafs with a game-six victory in Toronto on Sunday.

At Ottawa:

Sean Kuraly's second goal of the game was the winning tally at 10:19 of the second overtime period as the Boston Bruins came back from two goals down to upend the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on the road in game six of their opening-round series.

The Senators, who still lead the series three games to two, can finish off the Bruins on Sunday afternoon with a game-six victory on Boston ice.







Thursday, April 20, 2017

Niners 2017 Schedule

The San Francisco 49ers' 2017 regular-season schedule was released on Thursday with all kickoff times Pacific.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10:

vs. Carolina, 1:25 PM 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17:

@ Seattle, 1:25 PM

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21:

vs. Los Angeles Rams, 5:25 PM (NFL Network; set to be the Niners' lone 2017 primetime appearance, barring flex scheduling)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1:

@ Arizona, 1:05 PM

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8:

@ Indianapolis, 10:00 AM

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15:

@ Washington, 10:00 AM

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22:

vs. Dallas, 1:05 PM

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29:

@ Philadelphia, 10:00 AM

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5:

vs. Arizona, 1:05 PM

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12:

vs. New York Giants, 1:25 PM

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19:

Bye Week

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26:

vs. Seattle, 1:05 PM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3:

@ Chicago, 10:00 AM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10:

@ Houston, 10:00 AM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17:

vs. Tennessee, 1:25 PM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24:

vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 PM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31:

@ Los Angeles Rams, 1:25 PM

NBA Playoffs: Cavs Overcome 26-Point Deficit, Put Pacers On Brink Of Elimination; Bucks Smother Raptors To Take 2-1 Series Lead; Grizzlies Get One Back Against Spurs

Three games in the NBA Playoffs wereMik contested on Thursday.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Indianapolis:

LeBron James scored 41 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and dished out 12 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers erased a 26-point deficit and upended the Indiana Pacers 119-114 in game three of their conference quarterfinal series.  

Paul George paced Indiana with 36 points.

The Cavaliers, who lead the series three games to none, will go for the four-game sweep on Sunday.

At Milwaukee:

Khris Middleton scored 20 points as the Milwaukee Bucks demolished the visiting Toronto Raptors 104-77 in game three of their opening-round series to take a two-games-to-one advantage.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Memphis, Tennessee:

Mike Conley scored 24 points while Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph each added 21 as the Memphis Grizzlies held off the visiting San Antonio Spurs 105-94 in game three of their conference quarterfinal series, which the Spurs still lead two games to one.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Penguins, Predators Advance To Second Round; Rangers, Oilers Take 3-2 Series Leads

Four games were played on Thursday as the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Montreal:

Mika Zibanejad scored the winning goal at 14:22 of overtime to lift the New York Rangers to a three-games-to-two conference quarterfinal series lead over the Montreal Canadiens after their 3-2 game-five road win.

The Rangers can close out the Habs with a game-six road win at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.



At Pittsburgh:

Bryan Rust scored twice while Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby each added a power-play goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 in game five of their opening-round series on the road and closed out the series four games to one.  Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury saved 49 of 51 Blue Jackets shots.

The Penguins will next face the Toronto-Washington series winner (that series is deadlocked at two games apiece).


WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Nashville, Tennessee:

Roman Josi scored twice while Pekka Rinne stopped 30 of 31 shots as the Nashville Predators completed the first four-game playoff-series sweep in their history by defeating the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 in game four of their conference quarterfinal series.

The Predators will next face the St. Louis-Minnesota winner (the Blues lead their series three games to one).

At Edmonton, Alberta:

David Deshamais scored the winning goal 18:15 into overtime as the Edmonton Oilers knocked off the visiting San Jose Sharks 4-3 in game five of their first-round series.

The Oilers, who now lead three games to two, can advance to the second round for the first time since 2006 (when they reached the Stanley Cup Finals but lost to Carolina) by beating the Sharks in San Jose on Saturday.