By Bryan Jeon
NBA Coaches Hired; Third Time’s the Charm?
On Friday, Rick Carlisle, who coached the Indiana Pacers the last four seasons and was fired after missing the playoffs this season with a 35-47 record, agreed to become Avery Johnson‘s successor in Dallas with a 4-year, $17.5 million deal. He spent his first two seasons with the Detroit Pistons.
On Saturday, Mike D’Antoni, who coached the Phoenix Suns the last five seasons, became Isiah Thomas‘s successor for the Knicks with a 4-year, $24 million deal after much speculation with the Chicago Bulls, making him the third-highest paid coach. His first coaching year was with the Denver Nuggets in 1998.
MLB – SC’s Players of the Week
Kevin Youkilis, Bos – 1B: 8 R 5 HR 10 RBI 1 SB .375 AVG (12-32)
Season Totals: 27 R 8 HR 30 RBI 2 SB .322 AVG
Not surprisingly, Youkilis won the MLB American League Player of the Week Award, as he currently has a 9-game hitting streak, scoring at least a run in every game and driving in a run in all but one of the games during that span while raising his average 35 points for the AL’s top team.
James Shields, TB – SP: 9.0 IP, 1-0 8 K 0.00 ERA
Season totals: 51.2 IP, 4-2 39 K 3.14 ERA
Shields’ one start the past week was magnificent enough to nab this week’s pitching honor. His complete-game one-hit shutout over the Angels on Friday wasted Jon Garland‘s 8-inning scoreless effort and would be the first of two straight 2-0 victories over the Angels, moving the Rays (formerly known as the Devil Rays) just a half-game back of first-place Boston, as of Monday.
NHL Playoffs Recap (thru 5/14)
Detroit and Pittsburgh continued their winning ways in the conference finals, both nearing impressive victories in their respective series. The Red Wings are now 11-3 in the playoffs, the Penguins even better at 11-1.
Western Conference Finals
Game 5: (5) Dallas @ (1) Detroit – Sat.
Last game: Dallas beat Detroit 3-1
Eastern Conference Finals
Game 4: (2) Pittsburgh @ (6) Philadelphia – Thurs.
Last game: Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia 4-1
Pittsburgh leads 3-0
Clip of the Week
Danica Patrick‘s car struck another team’s crew member coming into the pits in a practice for the Indianapolis 500 on Friday, and the man suffered a concussion and scalp and facial cuts. Hey, I’m not saying it, but you know all the guys are muttering under their breath, “women drivers.”
A Look Ahead: Preakness and WNBA Tipoff
The 133rd Preakness Stakes is this Saturday at 3:15p PT on NBC with Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown the heavy favorite in the second leg of the Triple Crown races. Big Brown, at an astounding 1-2 odds (no, that’s not 2-1 odds) will begin out of post 7 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.
The 12th WNBA season tips off Saturday at 12:30p PT with number one overall pick Candace Parker, Lisa Leslie and the Los Angeles Sparks against the 2004 first overall pick Diana Tuarasi and the defending champion Phoenix Mercury. Sounds like an exciting match up on paper.