▪ Breathe easy, Sharks fans. Your beloved Los Tiburones live to fight another day. They’ll be coming home, no less, for a final game at The Tank thanks to their 4-2 road victory Thursday night over the Pittsburgh Penquins. The win was due in no small part to goalkeeper Martin Jones, who literally saved the season with a jaw-dropping 44 saves, leading one columnist to proclaim him deserved of a showering of “rose petals.” Game 6 is set for Sunday. And here are the highlights from what was a thrilling Game 5:
▪ Steph Curry has been the subject of debate after a lackluster performance in the Golden State Warriors’ loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the NBA Finals earlier this week, underscoring what has been fairly mediocre performances, by Curry’s standards, in these Finals. He says he’ll play better leading up to Friday night’s Game 6, and who’s to doubt that? Oh, he’s also getting roasted for his new Under Armour shoes. If this is as rough as it gets for the mega-star, let’s just say he’s got it pretty good.
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▪ The Major League Baseball draft started Thursday night, and the Philadelphia Phillies took California high schooler Mickey Moniak with the first-overall pick. The La Costa Canyon High School star became the first prep outfielder chosen No.1 overall since Delmon Young in 2003.
The 6-foot-2, left-handed hitting Moniak wasn’t a lock at No. 1, but that’s partially because there was no consensus star in this draft.
For the complete top-10 results, click here.
▪ Sticking with baseball, it was a bad day for 34-year-old former San Francisco Giants and most recently Iowa Cubs pitcher Jean Machi. He was arrested on Thursday morning for public intoxication and urinating in public. The Iowa Cubs, the AAA team for the Chicago Cubs, released Machi prior to his arrest.
Machi won a World Series with the Giants in 2014.
In other Giants news, they’ll get to face Dodgers teenage phenom Julio Urias, who is reportedly going to move up in the rotation and start on Sunday against San Francisco in a game that will be televised on ESPN.
▪ In the area of silly-rule-making, the NFL decided that a simple coin toss isn’t fair — a coin now must turn over in the air before landing. The new rule is likely in response to the the incident in overtime of the Green Bay Packers-Arizona Cardinals playoff game.
▪ It’s been a rough go for the U.S. soccer national team lately, with head coach Jurgen Klinsmann coming under fire and — finally — receiving some criticism from U.S. Soccer boss Sunil Gulati. Question remains, did their rout of Costa Rica Wednesday mean their struggles are over? It seems that question will be answered Saturday in their final Copa America Centenario group match against Paraguay. Gulati also shared his opinions of Donald Trump because why not?