Lots of action in the world of sports this past weekend. Here are three big highlights from three big events.
Back-to-back OT for Bruins and Blackhawks
The Bruins and Blackhawks met for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday, and once again the two teams needed extra time to decide on a winner. The teams needed only one OT (Game 1 went 3 overtime periods), but this time the Bruins found the net first. Boston heads up with the series tied 1-1.
Big-league baseball isn’t even halfway through its season yet, but college players are about to end theirs.
The 2013 NCAA Men’s College World Series kicks off this weekend in Omaha, Neb., with the top eight college teams in America vying for the Division 1 national baseball champions.
The first games will be played on Saturday. Mississippi State takes on Oregon State, followed by Indiana facing Louisville. The other four teams play Sunday, as the University of North Carolina meets North Carolina State and UCLA squares off against LSU.
Last season’s champs, the Arizona Wildcats, didn’t make the tournament’s initial field of 64 teams.
The 1992 US Olympic basketball team, the “Dream Team,” is considered by most to be the greatest team ever assembled. But there is at least one sign that the current U-16 crop may be close to as dominant.
The U.S. men's U16 national team has downed one of the Dream Team’s most impressive records with a 130-31 opening round victory over Mexico at the FIBA Americas Championship on Tuesday.
The young Americans 99-point victory is the largest ever for any American national basketball team, besting the Dream Team’s 76 point drubbing of Cuba in 1992. The team also tied national records for most points in a game, and set new marks in field goals made (56) and rebounds (69).
When Roy Hibbert isn’t dominating the basketball court he’s usually glued to his video games. So it’s no surprise the 7’2” NBA center and gamer, who led the Indiana Pacers on an impressive post season run this year, was attached to his controller while serving as Activision Publishing’s ambassador at the Electronic Entertainment Expo this week.
As busy as Hibbert was helping to spread the word about Activision’s latest entertainment installments, including Skylanders: SWAP Force, the big man put the games on pause and chatted with Sports Illustrated Kids about gaming, his NBA Finals predictions and LeBron James’s monstrous block in Game 2. More »
Ten days ago, Jason Kidd announced he was retiring. Today, the Brooklyn Nets introduced him as its new head coach.
Kidd's career spanned 19 years and four teams — the Mavericks, Nets, Suns, and Knicks. He is second on the all-time assists list, and third all-time in 3-point field goals. He made 10 All-Star games and won a championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. as a member of the Nets, when they were based in New Jersey, he led the team to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003.
The Nets haven’t made it back to an NBA Finals since Kidd got them there. He could be the right man for the job, just like he was a decade ago. Brooklyn is a young and talented team, and the players could use Kidd’s knowledge of the game.
Kidd isn't the first former player to become a head coach. But all-time greats have a dodgy history moving from the court to the bench.
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was played last night, and the Bruins and Blackhawks needed three overtimes to determine a winner. The teams played 112 minutes and 8 seconds worth of hockey, which was good for the fifth longest NHL Finals game of all time.
So how does a team win such a long game? There's really only one way. Ugly.