The NBA and NHL Playoffs
Here are the teams that made it to the playoffs in the NBA and the NHL and the first round match ups and when the games start for each sport. Hope all you sport fanatics enjoy the NBA and NHL playoffs. Good luck to all the 16 teams from both sports.
NBA: For the Eastern Conference side No.1 Miami Heat will play No.8 Milwaukee Bucks, No.2 New York Knicks will play No.7 Boston Celtics, No.3 Indiana Pacers will play No.6 Atlanta Hawks, and No. 4 Brooklyn Nets will play No. 5 Chicago Bulls. For the Western Conference side No. 1 Oklahoma City Thunder will play No. 8 Los Angeles Lakers, No.2 San Antonio Spurs will play No.7 Houston Rockets, No.3 Denver Nuggets will play No. 6 Golden State Warriors, and No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers will play No. 5 Memphis Grizzlies. So that is how the first round of the NBA playoffs looks like. For the East Miami beat Milwaukee in four games to go to the next round. Chicago leads Brooklyn 3 games to 2 games. Indiana and Atlanta are tied at 2 games apiece. New York leads Boston 3 games to 1 game. For the West San Antonio beat the LA Lakers in four games to go to the next round. Oklahoma City leads Houston 3 games to 1 game. The LA Clippers and Memphis are tied at 2 games apiece. Golden State leads Denver 3 games to 1 game.
NHL: For the Eastern Conference side No.1 Pittsburgh Penguins will play No. 8 New York Islanders, No. 2 Montreal Canadians will play No. 7 Ottawa Senators; No. 3 Washington Capitals will play No. 6 New York Rangers, and No. 4 Boston Bruins will play No. 5 Toronto Maple Leafs. For the Western Conference side No.1 Chicago Blackhawks will play the No.8 Minnesota Wild, No.2 Anaheim Ducks will play No.7 Detroit Red Wings; No.3 Vancouver Canucks will play No. 6 San Jose Sharks, and No.4 St. Louis Blues will play No. 5 Los Angeles Kings. The NHL Playoffs started on April 30.
The 2013 Baseball Season Started
The MLB season started on March 31 with the Texas Rangers playing the Houston Astros. The Astros beat the Rangers 8-2 in the first game of the season. This should be a very exciting season because most of all the teams are pretty even on skill and performance. Well good luck to all the teams this year; may the best team win. Here are the standings up to April 29.
American League: In the East Division: No.1 the Boston Red Soxs, No. 2 New York Yankees, No. 3 Baltimore Oriels, No. 4 Tampa Bay Rays, and No. 5 Toronto Blue Jays. In the Central Division: No. 1 Kansas City Royals, No. 2 Detroit Tigers, No. 3 Minnesota Twins, No. 4 Chicago White Soxs, and No. 5 Cleveland Indians. In the West Division: No. 1 Texas Rangers, No. 2 Oakland A’s, No. 3 Seattle Mariners, No. 4 Los Angeles Angels, and No. 5 Houston Astros.
National League: In the East Division: No. 1 Atlanta Braves, No. 2 Washington Nationals, No. 3 Philadelphia Phillies, No. 4 New York Mets, and No. 5 Miami Marlins. In the Central Division: No. 1 Pittsburgh Pirates, No. 2 St. Louis Cardinals, No. 3 Cincinnati Reds, No. 4 Milwaukee Brewers, and No. 5 Chicago Cubs. In the West Division: No. 1 Arizona Diamondbacks, No. 2 Colorado Rockies, No. 3 San Francisco Giants, No. 4 Los Angeles Dodgers, and No. 5 San Diego Padres.
The Final Four of March Madness
The Final Four games were on April 6 between Louisville and Wichita State, and Michigan and Syracuse. The first game was between Louisville and Wichita State. In the first half Wichita State scored 26 points and Louisville scored 25 points. So at half time the score was 26-25 Wichita State in the lead. In the second half Wichita State scored 42 points and Louisville scored 47 points to win the game 72-68. The second game was between Michigan and Syracuse. In the first half Syracuse scored 25 points and Michigan scored 36 points to end the first half 36-25 Michigan in the lead. In the second half Syracuse scored 31 points and Michigan scored 25 points to win the game by 5 points 61-56. So the Championship Game was between Louisville and Michigan.
The championship game was on April 8. In the first half Michigan scored 38 points and Louisville scored 37 points to end the first half 38-37 Michigan in the lead. In the second half Michigan scored 38 points and Louisville scored 45 points to win the game and the championship game 82-76; so the NCAA Champion is Louisville. Congrats on your win and good luck with school, next season, and if you are going into the NBA best of luck.
The 2013 Masters
This year’s Masters was from April 11 to April 14. This year’s winner was Adam Scott. Here is some background on Adam Scott. Adam Derek Scott is his full name and his nickname is “Scotty”. He was born in Adelaide, South Australia, on July 16, 1980. He is 32 years old, 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds. Adam has 21 professional wins, 9 wins on the PGA Tour, 7 wins on the European Tour, 4 wins on the Asian Tour, and 1 on the Sunshine Tour. He actually has 9 wins on the European Tour but the 2011 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the 2013 Masters counts for both the PGA and European Tour. This is Adam’s first major, he is also the only Australian to win the Master; his idol Greg Norman failed on many occasions to capture the Green Jacket. This major means a lot to both Adam and the country of Australia. For Adam this major means a lot because in the 2012 British Open he was leading going into the final four holes. Unfortunately he bogeyed to last four holes to lose by one shot to Ernie Els. So this major is Adam’s redemption after the 2012 British Open. For this tournament we will follow former champ Bubba Watson, four time Masters Winner Tiger Woods, 2013 Masters runner-up Angel Cabrera, and 2013 Masters champ Adam Scott.
First Round: In the first round Bubba Watson shot a 75- 3 over par. Tiger Woods shot a 70- 2 under par. Angel Cabrera shot a 71- 1 under par. Adam Scott shot a 69- 3 under par. That is where our four guys ended day one of the 2013 Masters.
Second Round: In the second round Bubba Watson shot a 73- 1 over par for a total of 4 over par to just barely make the cut. Tiger Woods shot a 73- 1 over par for a total of 1 under par. Angel Cabrera shot a 69- 3 under par for a total of 4 under par. Adam Scott shot a 72- even par to stay a 3 under par. That was where they stood at the end of day two.
Third Round: In the third round Bubba Watson shot a 70- 2 under par for a total of 2 over par for the tournament. Tiger Woods shot 70- 2 under par for a total of 3 under par for the tournament. Angel Cabrera shot a 69-3 under par for a total of 7 under par for the tournament. Adam Scott shot 69-3 under par for a total of 6 under par for the tournament. This is how day three ended.
Fourth Round: In the fourth round Bubba Watson shot a 77- 5 over par for a complete total of 7 over par to finish the Masters in a tie for 50. Tiger Woods shot a 70- 2 under par for a complete total of 5 under par to finish the Masters in a tie for 4. Angel Cabrera shot a 70- 2 under par for a complete total of 9 under par to finish the Masters tied for first going into a playoff. Adam Scott shot a 69- 3 under par for a complete total of 9 under par to finish the Masters tied for first going into a playoff with Angel Cabrera. That is how the fourth round ended.
Playoff: The first playoff hole was the par 4- 18. Both Angel Cabrera and Adam Scott pared the 18th hole sending it to a second playoff hole. The second playoff hole was the par 4- 10. Angel Cabrera pared the 10th hole however; Adam Scott birdied the 10th hole to win the 2013 Masters. Congratulations Adam Scott good and well deserved win. Good luck in the rest of the majors in 2013 and good luck defending your title at the 2014 Masters.
Sport Events in May 2013
MLB: There will be 420 baseball games in the month of May.
PGA Golf Tour: The Wells Fargo Championship is from May 2-5, the Players Championship is from May 9-12, the HP Byron Nelson Championship is from May 16-19, the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial is from May 23-26, and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance is from May 30- June 2.
European Golf Tour: The Volvo China Open is from May 2-5, the Volvo World Match Play Championship and the Madeira Islands Open are from May 16-19, the BMW PGA Championship is from May 23-26, and the Nordea Masters is from May 30- June 2.
LPGA Golf Tour: The Kingsmill Championship is from May 2-5, the Mobile Bay LPGA Championship is from May 16-19, the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic is from May 23-26, and the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer is from May 31– June 2.
Men’s Tennis: The ATP BMW Open, the ATP Estoril Open and the ATP Serbia Open are from April 29-May 5, the ATP Mutua Madrilean Madrid Open is from May 5-12, the ATP Internazionali BNL d’Italia is from May 12-19, the ATP Open de Nice Cote d’ Azur is from May 19-25, and the French Open is from May 26-June 9.
Women’s Tennis: The WTA Estoril Open is from April 29-May 4, the WTA Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open is from May 4-12, the WTA Internazionali BNL d’Italia is from May 13-19, the WTA Internaionaux de Starabourg and the WTA Brussels Open presented by BNP Paribas Fortis are from May 20-25, and the French Open is from May 26-June 9.
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