Another day, another blowout win for the Cavaliers, who beat the Raptors 108–89 in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. The Cavaliers are now 10–0 in these playoffs and seem destined for a rematch with Golden State in the Finals. Enjoy yet another crazy LeBron James dunk:
Thornton's great pass
The San Jose Sharks took a 2–1 series lead last night, thanks in part to the sweet passing of veteran center "Jumbo Joe" Thornton. Watch him thread the needle behind the net to spring Tomas Hertl:
Katy Perry performed at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, and her candy-colored "Teenage Dream" and "California Girls" set featured some very enthusiastic sharks. These oddly endearing felt monsters stole the show, but it was the left finned dancer who truly soared. With a dedicated ambivalence to the set choreographed, this dancer slapped and wriggled his way into the hearts of football fans everywhere.
Sharks rain down on a crowd of New York Mets fans waiting to watch a game at Citi Field in the 2014 satirical disaster film sequel, with fictional Mets legend Harland "The Blaster" McGuinness hitting a shark home run (inset). Even Michael Strahan takes out a shark that infiltrated the studio of "LIVE! with Kelly and Michael" with the finishing blow coming from co-host Kelly Ripa.
Since the San Jose Sharks made their National Hockey League debut in the 1991-92 season, their cutting-edge logo depicting a shark chomping a hockey stick in half has become one of the most recognized marks in professional sports. Goalie Brian Hayward was in net for the Sharks when they won their first NHL regular season game on Oct. 8, 1991. However, he is better known for his mask, looking as though he is peering out from the jaws of a great white.
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According to the professional golfer: ''It started in 1981 when I was leading The Masters. The media didn't know who I was or anything about my background and started asking questions about the unknown blond-haired Aussie with an aggressive style of play who used to swim and dive with the sharks. ''Great White Shark To Win The Masters'' headlines suddenly started appearing in the press.''
Pittsburgh's relievers were a large part of the Pirates success in 2013, so, in the tradition of great Pittsburgh sports units of the past, such as the Steel Curtain and the Lumber Company, the bullpen acquired a nickname: The Shark Tank. Mark Melancon, who went shark-cage diving off New Zealand two years earlier and had a great white named after him, came up with the nickname. And as closer Jason Grilli said, ''we've got a lot of sharks out in that bullpen. When we smell blood, we attack.''
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The NFL prudently declined to lend its name and logos to Oliver Stone's 1999 film ''Any Given Sunday,'' so the movie created a fictional football league, the Associated Football Franchises of America (AFFA), with the Miami Sharks as its focal point. The Sharks owner and GM, Christina Pagniacci (Cameron Diaz) repeatedly butts heads with head coach Tony D'Amato (Al Pacino) as he leads a roster that includes quarterbacks ''Steamin'' Willie Beamen (Jamie Foxx) and Jack ''Cap'' Rooney (Dennis Quaid), running back Julian ''J-Man'' Washington (LL Cool J), linebacker Luther ''Shark'' Lavay (Lawrence Taylor), defensive coordinator Montezuma Monroe (Jim Brown), and wide receiver Terrell Owens as himself.
According to the pitcher: ''It all started my freshman year [at Notre Dame]. I was new on the baseball team. I showed up, didn't know anyone. I was talking to (former Irish pitcher Chris) Niesel, and out of nowhere they called me 'Shark' because they said I looked like the shark on 'Finding Nemo.' It started during a game while I was pitching and they yelled at me from the dugout. Then Coach (Paul) Mainieri picked it up and it just snowballed from there. I guess I look like a shark.''
Jaworski became known as ''Jaws'' in the early '80s. According to his official website, the name was hung on him by his next-door neighbor at the time, Doug Collins, who was a star guard for the Philadelphia 76ers, and would later be an NBA coach and television analyst. ''He didn't come up with 'Jaws' because of that shark movie, though.'' Jaworski says, ''Dougie said it was because my mouth was always open, talking.''
Legendary basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian was known for his colorful behavior and affectionately referred to as "Tark the Shark." He led three schools — Long Beach State, UNLV, and Fresno State — to the NCAA Tournament, and made four Final Four appearances, winning the NCAA championship with the Runnin' Rebels in 1990.
The East Fremantle Football Club is an Australian rules football club playing in the West Australian Football League.
Sharks in Sports
Twice last night an infielder fooled an opponent with by pretending to have the ball. First, Daniel Murphy used his patented fake-catch-and-throw move to cause Yoenis Cepsedes to run back to first for a second: