Saturday, April 20, 2019

T2 To Entertain Switchbacks on Saturday

At Portland, Oregon:

Portland Timbers 2 vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks, USL Championship soccer, Saturday @ 7:00 PM Pacific Time (streamed live on ESPN+)

Timbers To Visit Crew On Saturday

At Columbus, Ohio:

Columbus Crew SC vs. Portland Timbers, Major League Soccer, Saturday @ 4:30 PM Pacific Time (Portland Timbers TV Network via KPDX-TV, Portland-Vancouver; streamed live on ESPN+)

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Stars Knock Off Predators In Music City For 3-2 Series Lead

Three games were contested on Saturday as the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue.

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Nashville:

Alexander Radulov and Jason Dickinson each scored twice as the Dallas Stars upended the Nashville Predators 5-3 on the road in game five of their conference quarterfinal series.

The Stars can close out the series, which they now lead three games to two, with a home victory back in Big D on Monday.

At St. Louis:

Winnipeg @ St. Louis, game six (Blues lead series 3-2; can advance with victory), 4:00 PM PDT (NBCSN)



EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Washington:

Carolina @ Washington, game five (series tied at 2-2), 5:00 PM PDT (NBC)

NBA Playoffs: 76ers Hold Off Nets In Brooklyn For 3-1 Series Lead

The NBA Playoffs continued on Saturday with four games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Brooklyn:

Joel Embiid scored 31 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 112-108 in game four of their conference quarterfinal series.

Tobias Harris added 24 points and eight rebounds to the Sixers' coffers.

Caris LeVert scored 25 points while D'Angelo Russell and Jarrett Allen each added 21 to pace the Nets.

The 76ers can close out the series, which they now lead three games to one, with a game-five victory back home in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

At Detroit:

Milwaukee @ Detroit, game three (Bucks lead series 2-0), 5:00 PM PDT (ESPN)



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At San Antonio:

Denver @ San Antonio, game four (Spurs lead series 2-1), 2:30 PM PDT (TNT)

At Salt Lake City, Utah:

Houston @ Utah, game three (Rockets lead series 2-0), 7:30 PM PDT (ESPN)

Friday, April 19, 2019

NBA Playoffs: Celtics On Cusp Of Ousting Pacers; Raptors Take 2-1 Series Lead Over Magic; Thunder Outlast Blazers To Cut Portland Series Advantage To 2-1

The NBA Playoffs continued on Friday with three games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Orlando, Florida:

Pascal Siakam scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors held off the visiting Orlando Magic 98-93 in game three of their conference quarterfinal series to take a two-games-to-one series advantage.

Terrence Ross came off the bench to top the Magic with 24 points while Nikola Vucevic added 22 to go with his 14 rebounds.

At Indianapolis:

Jaylen Brown scored 23 points as the Boston Celtics, with five players scoring in double figures, defeated the Indiana Pacers 104-96 on the road in game three of their opening-round series, despite the fact that the hosts had seven players (led by Tyreke Evans' 19 points) scoring in double figures.

The Celtics, who lead the series three games to none, can finish off the Pacers with a game-four victory in Indianapolis on Sunday.


WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Oklahoma City:

Russell Westbrook scored 33 points (while dishing out eleven assists) while Paul George added 22 as the Oklahoma City Thunder proved too much for the visiting Portland Trail Blazers by taking game three of their conference quarterfinal series 120-108.

Damian Lillard scored 32 points while C.J. McCollum added 21 to pace the Blazers, who still lead the series two games to one.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Avalanche Finish Dousing Of Flames To Advance; Maple Leafs One Win Away From Ousting Bruins

The Stanley Cup Playoffs resumed on Friday with two games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Boston:

Third-period goals from Auston Matthews and Kasperi Kapanen as well as a 28-save performance from Frederik Andersen carried the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 2-1 game-five road victory over the Boston Bruins.

The Maple Leafs, who lead the conference quarterfinal series three games to two, can advance out of the first round for the first time since 2004 by finishing of the Bruins back home in Toronto in game six on Sunday.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Calgary, Alberta:

Mikko Rantanen and Colin Wilson scored twice (once each on the power play) as the Colorado Avalanche doused the Calgary Flames 5-1 on the road in game five and won their conference quarterfinal series four games to one.

The Avalanche will take on the Vegas-San Jose series winner in the conference semifinals (the Golden Knights currently lead their series three games to two).

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The AAF

Here's more of what went wrong.

The New XFL

They're out to prove that they're not the now-defunct Alliance.

Here's More........

On the AAF's bankruptcy.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Hurricanes Top Caps To Square Series At 2-2; Blues Score Late To Take 3-2 Series Lead Over Jets; Sharks Stay Alive By Topping Knights

Three games were contested in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Thursday.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Raleigh, North Carolina:

Teuvo Teravainen scored the winning goal with 28 seconds remaining as the Carolina Hurricanes leveled their conference quarterfinal series with the Washington Capitals at two games apiece after their 2-1 game-four home victory.


WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Winnipeg, Manitoba:

Ryan O'Reilly (power play), Brayden Schenn, and Jaden Schwartz (with 15 seconds remaining) each scored a third-period goal as the St. Louis Blues erased a two-goal deficit to upend the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on the road in the fifth game of their opening-round series.

The Blues, who lead the series three games to two, can finish off the Jets with a game-six win at home on Saturday.

The road team has won every game in this series thus far.

At San Jose, California:

Thomas Hertl scored twice (once on the power play) as the San Jose Sharks avoided elimination by dominating the visiting Vegas Golden Knights 5-2 in game two of their first-round series.

The Golden Knights, who still lead three games to two, can still close out the series with a game-six home victory in Las Vegas on Sunday.

NBA Playoffs: 76ers, Spurs, Warriors Take 2-1 Series Leads

Three games were contested in the NBA Playoffs on Thursday.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Brooklyn:

Ben Simmons scored 31 points (while dishing out nine assists) while Tobias Harris added 29 (to go with his 16 rebounds) and J.J. Redick 26 as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 131-115 on the road in game three of their conference quarterfinal series, which the Sixers now lead two games to one.

Dangelo Russell and Caris LeVert each scored 26 points to pace the Nets.


WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At San Antonio, Texas:

Derrick White scored a career-high 36 points while Demar DeRozan added 25 as the San Antonio Spurs outgunned the visiting Denver Nuggets 118-108 in game three of their opening-round series.

The Spurs now lead the series two games to one.

Nikola Jokic scored 22 points (while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out seven assists) to top the Nuggets.

At Los Angeles:

Kevin Durant scored 38 points while Stephen Curry added 21 as the Golden State Warriors manhandled the Los Angeles Clippers 132-105 in game three of their conference quarterfinal series, in which the Warriors now lead two games to one.

49ers 2019 Schedule

Here's the San Francisco 49ers' 2019 regular-season schedule, released on Wednesday with all scheduled kickoff times Pacific.

Sunday, September 8th:

@ Tampa Bay, 1:25 PM, FOX

Sunday, September 15:

@ Cincinnati, 10:00 AM, FOX

Sunday, September 22:

vs. Pittsburgh, 1:25 PM, CBS

September 26-30:

Bye

Monday, October 7:

vs. Cleveland, 5:15 PM, ESPN

Sunday, October 13:

@ Los Angeles Rams, 1:05 PM, FOX

Sunday, October 20:

@ Washington, 10:00 AM, FOX

Sunday, October 27:

vs. Carolina, 1:05 PM, FOX

Thursday, October 31:

@ Arizona, 5:20 PM, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime

Monday, November 11:

vs. Seattle, 5:15 PM, ESPN

Sunday, November 17:

vs. Arizona, 1:05 PM, FOX

Sunday, November 24:

vs. Green Bay, 1:25 PM, FOX

Sunday, December 1:

@ Baltimore, 10:00 AM, FOX

Sunday, December 8:

@ New Orleans, 10:00 AM, FOX

Sunday, December 15:

vs. Atlanta, 1:25 PM FOX

December 21 or 22:

vs. Los Angeles Rams, time and network to be determined

Sunday, December 29:

@ Seattle, 1:25 PM, FOX

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

NOW.........

It's official.

The Alliance of American Football filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy (liquidation) on Wednesday.

The Alliance is now out of business.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Bruins, Stars Square Respective Series At 2-2; OT Goal Sends Avalanche On Verge Of Dousing Flames

The Stanley Cup Playoffs continued with three games on Wednesday.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Toronto:

David Pasternak scored twice in the second period---once on the power play----as the Boston Bruins outlasted the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4 on the road in game four of their conference quarterfinal series, now deadlocked at two games apiece.


WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Dallas:

Roope Hintz scored twice (once on the power play) as the Dallas Stars took advantage of a four-goal opening period to smother the visiting Nashville Predators 5-1 in game four of their opening-round series, now leveled at two games apiece.

Ben Bishop helped the Stars' cause by stopping 34 of 35 Nashville shots.

At Denver:

Mikko Rantanen scored a pair of goals, one on the power play in the third period, the other being the game winner at 10:23 of overtime as the Colorado Avalanche overcame a two-goal third-period deficit to upend the visiting Calgary Flames 3-2 in the fourth game of their conference quarterfinal series.

The Avalanche, who lead the series three games to one,  can close out the Flames with a game-five victory on Calgary ice on Friday.

NBA Playoffs: Celtics, Bucks, Rockets Stretch Respective Series Leads To 2-0

Three games were on the docket as the NBA Playoffs are set to continue on Wednesday.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Boston:

Kyrie Irving scored 37 points while Jayson Tatum added 26 as the Boston Celtics downed the visiting Indiana Pacers 99-91 in game two of their conference quarterfinal series, which the Celtics now lead two games to none.

Bojan Bogdanovic paced Indiana with 23 points while grabbing eight rebounds.

At Milwaukee:

Eric Bledsoe scored 27 points while Giannis Antetokounmpo added 26 (to go with his 12 rebounds) and Khris Middleton 24 (to go with his eight assists) as the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a one-point halftime deficit to overpower the visiting Detroit Pistons 120-99 in the second contest of their first-round series.

The Bucks now lead two games to none.


WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Houston:

James Harden delivered a triple-double (32 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists) as the Houston Rockets stretched their conference quarterfinal series advantage over the Utah Jazz to two games to none following their 118-98 game-two home triumph.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

NBA Playoffs: Raptors, Nuggets Square Respective Series; Blazers Head Into OKC With 2-0 Series Advantage

The NBA Playoffs continued on Tuesday with three games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Toronto:

Kawhi Leonard scored 37 points while Kyle Lowry added 22 and Pascal Siakam 19 (to go with his ten rebounds) as the Toronto Raptors smothered the visiting Orlando Magic 111-82 in game two to square their conference quarterfinal series at one game apiece.

Aaron Gordon paced the Magic with 20 points.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Denver:

Jamal Murray 24 points while Gary Harris added 23, Nikola Jokic 23 (to go with his 13 rebounds), and Paul Millsap 20 as the Denver Nuggets overcame a 19-point deficit and upended the visiting San Antonio Spurs 114-105 in game two and leveled their opening-round series at one game apiece.

At Portland, Oregon:

C.J. McCollum scored 33 points (and grabbed eight rebounds) while Damian Lillard added 29 as the Portland Trail Blazers stretched their conference quarterfinal series lead to two games to none after their 114-94 game-two home victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Paul George topped the Thunder with 27 points while grabbing eight rebounds.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Islanders, Blue Jackets Complete Series Sweeps; Jets Level Series With Blues At 2-2; Golden Knights Up 3-1 On Sharks

Four games were contested in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Columbus, Ohio:

Alexandre Texler scored twice (once on the power play) as the Columbus Blue Jackets outslugged the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 to complete a four-game sweep of their conference quarterfinal series and advanced to the second round for the first time in their history.

The Lightning became the first team to win the President's Trophy (for having the league's best overall record) then be swept in the opening round of the playoffs; in fact, this is the first time this has happened since the start of the expansion era (1967-68).

At Pittsburgh:

Jordan Eberle, Brock Nelson, and Josh Bailey (empty net) each scored once while Robin Lehner stopped 32 of 33 shots as the New York Islanders defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 to complete their first four-game playoff series sweep since 1983, when they swept the Edmonton Oilers to win their fourth straight Stanley Cup championship.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At St. Louis:

Kyle Connor scored the game winner at 6:02 of overtime as the Winnipeg Jets knocked off the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on the road in game four of their conference quarterfinal series, now level at two games apiece.

At Las Vegas:  

Max Pacioretty scored twice (once on the power play) while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 28 shots for his 15th career playoff shutout as the Vegas Golden Knights filet the visiting San Jose Sharks 5-0 in game four of their opening-round series that the Knights now lead three games to one.

Vegas can close out the series with a Thursday night game-five victory in San Jose.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Maple Leafs, Predators, Avalanche Take 2-1 Series Leads; Hurricanes Blow Out Caps For First Win In Their Series

The Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Monday with four games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Boston:

Auston Matthews and Andreas Johnsson each scored a power-play goal as the Toronto Maple Leafs knocked off the Boston Bruins 3-2 on the road in game three of their conference quarterfinal series to take a two-games-to-one series lead.

At Raleigh, North Carolina:

Warren Foegele scored twice while Dougie Hamilton added a pair of power-play tallies as the Carolina Hurricanes, in their first home playoff game in ten years, demolished the visiting Washington Capitals 5-0 in game three of their opening-round series, which the Caps still lead two games to one.

Petr Mrazek stopped all 18 shots for the shutout.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Dallas:

Mikael Granlund scored the winning goal in the third period as the Nashville Predators reclaimed home-ice advantage in their conference quarterfinal series, which they now lead two games to one after their 3-2 game-three road win at the Dallas Stars' expense.

At Denver:

Nathan MacKinnon scored a pair of power-play goals in the first period as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the visiting Calgary Flames 6-2 in the third game of their opening-round series to take a two-games-to-one series lead.

NBA Playoffs: 76ers, Clippers Square Respective Series At 1-1

Two NBA Playoff games were on the docket for Monday.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Philadelphia:

Joel Embiid scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Tobias Harris scored an additional 19 points and Ben Simmons produced a triple-double (18 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds) as the Philadelphia 76ers, with six players scoring in double figures, level their conference quarterfinal series with the Brooklyn Nets at one game apiece following their 145-123 game-two home triumph.

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Oakland, California:

Lou Williams came off the bench to score 31 points (while dishing out eleven assists) while Montrezl Harrell added 25 (to go with his 10 rebounds), also off the bench and starter Danilo Gallinari contributed an additional 24 points as the Los Angeles Clippers pulled off the biggest comeback in NBA Playoff history by erasing a 31-point deficit and shocked the home-standing Golden State Warriors 135-131 in game two of their conference quarterfinal series.

The series is now level at one game apiece.

Stephen Curry scored 29 points while Kevin Durant added 21 to pace the Warriors.


Sunday, April 14, 2019

Maybe Some Thought This Would Never Happen

Congratulations, Tiger, on your fifth Masters championship (and Green Jacket).

NBA Playoffs: Celtics, Bucks, Blazers, Rockets Take Series Openers At Home,

Four games were contested on Sunday as the NBA Playoffs continued.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Boston:

Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris each scored 20 points as the Boston Celtics defeated the visiting Indiana Pacers 84-74 in the opening contest of their conference quarterfinal series.

At Detroit:

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks, with seven players scoring in double figures, demolished the visiting Detroit Pistons 121-86 in the opening game of their conference quarterfinal series.

Luke Kennard paced the Pistons by scoring 21 points coming off the bench.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Portland, Oregon:

Damien Lillard scored 30 points while C.J. McCollum added 24 and Enes Kanter 20 (to go with his 18 rebounds) as the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a ten-game playoff losing streak by holding off the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder 104-99 in game one of their conference quarterfinal series.

Paul George scored 26 points (while grabbing ten rebounds) and Russell Westbrook added 24 (to go with his ten rebounds and ten assists) paced the Thunder.

At Houston:

James Harden scored 29 points while dishing out ten assists and grabbing eight rebounds as the Houston Rockets, with seven players scoring in double figures,  manhandled the visiting Utah Jazz 122-90 in game one of their opening-round series.

Rudy Gobert topped the Jazz with 22 points.

Stanley Cup: Islanders, Jackets One Victory Away From Completing Series Sweeps; Jets Get On Winning Track In St. Louis; Knights Top Sharks For 2-1 Series Advantage

The Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Sunday with four games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Pittsburgh:

Jordan Eberle, Brock Nelson, Leo Komarov, and Anders Lee (empty net) each scored once while Robin Lehner stopped 25 of 26 shots as the New York Islanders defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on the road in the third game of their conference quarterfinal series.

The Islanders, who lead the series three games to none, can complete their first playoff-series sweep since 1983 (when the took out the Edmonton Oilers for their fourth straight Stanley Cup championship) with a game four victory at Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

At Columbus, Ohio:

Matt Duchene, Oliver Bjorkstrand (power play), and Cam Atkinson (empty net) each scored once while Sergei Bobrovsky saved 30 of 31 shots as the Columbus Blue Jackets downed the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 in game three of their series.

The Blue Jackets, who hold a three-games-to-none advantage, can complete a sweep of the series (and win a playoff series for the first time in their history) by finishing off the President's Trophy winners at home on Tuesday night.


WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At St. Louis:

Kyle Conner scored twice (once on the power play) as the Winnipeg Jets doubled up the St. Louis Blues 6-3 on the road in the third match of their conference quarterfinal series, cutting the Blues' series lead to two games to one.



At Las Vegas:

Mark Stone produced a hat trick while assisting on two other goals as the Vegas Golden Knights doubled up the visiting San Jose Sharks 6-3 on the road in game three to take a two-games-to-one series lead.