The Oklahoma City Thunder closed out the San Antonio Spurs 113-99, surviving a late surge to advance to the conference finals, where they will face the Golden State Warriors. The Thunder won in convincing fashion against the team that held the league’s second-best record. The game was quite possibly the last for Tim Duncan, who would retire a 15-time All-Star and five-time champion, and one of the great power forwards of all-time.
On a lighter note, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was very, well, Pop-like in his postgame interview.
LSU running back Leonard Fournette has taken out two 10 million insurance policies on his legs. The Heisman frontrunner and likely first round pick will forgo sitting out his junior year (the best insurance policy of all) and play. Fournette is betting against his future earnings at $8,000 per 1 million in coverage — only two players have ever collected on insurance policies in the last 20 odd years.
The Savannah Bananas — an amateur baseball team in Georgia — may have found a new mascot, as if they need one with a name like the Bananas. The team found an abandoned puppy in its parking lot and promptly adopted her, naming her the “Ball Dog” of the team.
Baseball is serious business in Texas, or at least it makes people do dumb things. A high school umpire tried to sabotage a game by kicking dirt over the plate after a home run so the runner couldn’t find it. The player ultimately found the plate (it’s not like it went anywhere) and scored.
Speaking of baseball, the young and mercurial Paso Robles team is gearing up for the CIF playoffs. Story by Travis Gibson.
The Cal Poly men’s baseball team had three of its starting pitchers suspended for the three-game series against UC Irvine this weekend, per Tribune reporter Lucas Clark. It’s the last thing a team that lost eight of its last nine and scratching for a playoff spot needs.
Former San Francisco Giants star and two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum could be close to a return and is reportedly eying the Giants, White Sox and Angels as possible landing places. The 32-year-old veteran is reportedly snubbing the Padres and the Mariners, but would like to stay on the West Coast.