Byron Scott fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers

Posted in Blogroll on April 18th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(USA Today)

Scott is out in Cleveland. (USATSI)

Is Byron Scott to blame for the Cleveland Cavaliers reluctance to rebuild?

The Cleveland Cavaliers have removed head coach Byron Scott of his duties. In three seasons, Scott coached the Cavs to a record of 64-166 (.278).

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Tip-Off for 4/18/13 (featuring Billy Ocean): Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Houston Rockets 99-95 in overtime to earn 7th seed in the Western Conference playoffs

Posted in Blogroll on April 18th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Yahoo)

The Lakers have banded together in Kobe Bryant’s absence to grab the West’s 7th seed.

The Los Angeles Lakers are more deserving of a spot in the NBA playoffs than any team I can think of. Injuries, the firing of Mike Brown, the early struggles under Mike D’Antoni, sniping between Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant, the criticism of Pau Gasol and the passing of beloved owner Jerry Buss were enough excuses for the Lakers to pack it in. The season-ending injury to Kobe Bryant pointed all but confirmed the latter.

Not only have the Lakers made it to the postseason, they’ve earned the seventh seed with a critical 99-95 victory over the Houston Rockets. The Lakers will open the first round against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

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Tip-Off for 4/17/13 (featuring Ralph Abernathy): Los Angeles Clippers inch closer to the West’s fourth seed after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 93-77

Posted in Blogroll on April 17th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE /Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Clippers season has been full of more highs than lows. Defeating the Sacramento Kings in the season finale awards the Clippers home court in the first round of the playoffs. Vinny Del Negro’s group moved closer to their goal with a 93-77 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers for their sixth straight win.

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NFL broadcasting legend Pat Summerall has died at age 82

Posted in Blogroll on April 16th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Atlanta Journal Constitutional)

The Emmy-Award winning voice of Pat Summerall will be missed by fans of all sports.

Pat Summerall, one half of the greatest broadcasting duo in sports history has passed  away at age 82. Summerall was paired with former Oakland Raiders head coach John Madden in 1981. The NFL’s dynamic broadcasting duo worked together for 22 years on two different networks.

Summerall played ten seasons as a placekicker for the Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals and the New York Giants.

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Matt Whitener and Michael Tillery Interview (Part I) Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro League Museum

Posted in Blogroll on April 16th, 2013 by Michael Tillery

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The Negro League Museum began in a one room office in 1990.

As your grandmother heads out to the porch just like any other day, you wonder what runs through her mind as she rocks…quiet and sipping her usual tea through the cultured edges of the proudest of smiles. You, your brother and sister run around the big tree that is mere yards away from the dusty diamond with the rusty backstop. The three of you have gloves, worn baseballs and new bats propped against the oak’s massive trunk. Your sister is the youngest at 7. Her bat is pink and has a lot of pop. She has that good fire in her eyes. You are 12 and your brother is 9. He’s the speedy one. You are the pitcher of promise. An all star on your pop’s team. Dinner was so good and you couldn’t wait to get outside and onto that field. Ever so often each of you glance over to her to see if that last sip is finally gone. She puts down the cup that he gave her, gets that old glove out of the basket beside her chair and walks over to play the lovely game her father also loved. The game the Philadelphia Star pictured all over the household walls gave his soul to and collectively, the baseball spirits of the aforementioned ride instinctively through the three of you. Yes, you the siblings of Negro League legacy. This is what the dream should be and hopefully will be on this day…Jackie Robinson Day.

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Tip-Off for 4/16/13 (featuring D’Angelo): The Utah Jazz defeat Minnesota Timberwolves 96-80 to keep playoff hopes alive

Posted in Blogroll on April 16th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(CBS Sports)

Paul Milsap and the Utah Jazz need a win combined with an LA Lakers loss to get into the NBA postseason.

Tomorrow night, the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers’ respective seasons have come down to one game. The Jazz defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 96-80. The victory sets up a meaningful game Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Lakers face the Houston Rockets. The math here is simple: A Jazz win and Lakers loss and Utah is in. A Lakers victory eliminates the Jazz. Utah holds the first tie-breaker.

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Explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon kills two, injures dozens

Posted in Blogroll on April 15th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

The earliest reports have 23 injured with two fatalities after two explosions at the 117th running of the Boston Marathon.

One of the most historical days in Boston has been marred by tragedy. Two explosions occurred at the north side of Boyleston Street, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

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Tip-Off for 4/15/13 (featuring Public Enemy): Dwight Howard leads the LA Lakers to a 91-86 victory over the San Antonio Spurs

Posted in Blogroll on April 15th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Los Angeles Times)

Without Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard has become the center of attention for the Lakers as well as the opposition.

The Los Angeles Lakers began life without Kobe Bryant against the San Antonio Spurs. The Lakers took out the visiting Spurs 91-86, but the victory did not come without its anxious moments. The Lakers blew and 11-point fourth quarter lead as Tim Duncan led a furious charge at the end. Dwight Howard had one of his more impressive double-doubles of the season with 26 points and 17 rebounds.

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Saturday Morning Suicides: Kobe Bryant may have suffered a torn Achilles in LA Lakers 118-116 victory over the Golden State Warriors

Posted in Blogroll on April 13th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(NBA/SI.com)

Kobe Bryant’s superhuman effort to lead the Lakers into the playoffs has come to a disappointing end.

When Kobe Bryant crumpled to the floor of the Staples Center with 3:10 remaining in regulation against the Golden State Warriors, he knew it wasn’t good. The Los Angeles Lakers leading scorer and unquestioned leader may have suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the Lakers 118-116 win over the Warriors.

Bryant led all scorers with 34 points in 45 minutes of action. Time for Kobe’s mates to throw on their big boy pants.

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Tip-Off for 4/12/13 (featuring Tupac & Scarface): Chicago Hope: The Chicago Bulls halt the NY Knicks win streak at 13 in a 118-111 victory

Posted in Blogroll on April 12th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Bulls Blog)

Chicago’s Nate Robinson has strapped on the scoring responsibility in the absence of Derrick Rose

This season, the Chicago Bulls have endured a hell-fire capable of consuming weaker less focused teams. In the wake of losing Derrick Rose, the Bulls have kept their shoulder to the wheel and trudged forward. Players like Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler have become welcome additions to the roster. For the second time this season, the Bulls have ended a winning streak of 10+ games. Chicago ended the New York Knicks 13-game winning streak in a 118-111 victory in overtime.

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Tip-Off for 4/11/13 (featuring J-Dilla): Kobe Bryant explodes for 47 points in LA Lakers win over Portland Trail Blazers 113-106; Miami Heat clinch the NBA’s best record

Posted in Blogroll on April 11th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(LA Times)

The Lakers are following Kobe Bryant’s lead into the NBA postseason.

Driving the Los Angeles Lakers into the NBA post season has become a personal quest for Kobe Bryant. The Lakers have been through a tumultuous season with the final week being no different. Bryant continued his torrid shooting with a 47-point outburst against the Portland Trail Blazers in a 113-106 Lakers victory. Bryant has scored 70 points in his last five quarters of play.

The Miami Heat have clinched the NBA’s best record and will enjoy home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Ray Allen tied a season-high with 23 points in the Heat’s 103-98 victory over the Washington Wizards.

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Tip-Off for 4/10/13 (featuring Jackie Robinson): All hands on deck as the LA Lakers defeat the New Orleans Hornets 104-96

Posted in Blogroll on April 10th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Fox News)

With four games remaining, the Lakers can ill-afford to lose their grasp on the West’s final playoff spot.

Metta World Peace returned to the Los Angeles Lakers lineup just 12 days removed from knee surgery. Time is short for the Lakers as they attempt to hold off the Utah Jazz for the 8th playoff spot. Last night, Kobe Bryant’s big 4th quarter pushed the Lakers past the New Orleans Hornets 104-96 and ahead of the Jazz in the standings by half a game.

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Tip-Off for 4/9/13 featuring (Paul Robeson): Louisville Cardinals top Michigan Wolverines 82-76 to win National Championship

Posted in Blogroll on April 9th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(KSHB.com)

One week after a horrific injury, Kevin Ware is standing tall.

Louisville rallied from a double-digit first half deficit to defeat Michigan 82-76 to win the school’s second National Championship. Newly minted Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino became the first coach to win a championship with two different schools. Luke Hancock led the Cardinals with 22 points, becoming the first non-starter to be named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

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2013 NCAA Championship: Michigan Wolverines vs. Louisville Cardinals: Team Inspiration meets The New Power Generation

Posted in Blogroll on April 8th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Washington Post)

Michigan coach John Beilein is looking for his first title. Rick Pitino is looking for his second with as many teams.

The Louisville Cardinals have reached the National Championship Game with grit and a suffocating defense — which has choked the life out of opposing back courts. The pressure of guards Peyton Siva and Russ Smith has set the tone for The ‘Ville’s run to the championship game. The added incentive to go all out for injured teammate Kevin Ware has raised the stakes for Rick Pitino’s crew.

The Michigan Wolverines finished fourth in the Big Ten Conference this season. An unlikely replacement for heavily favored conference foe Indiana. The Maize and Blue’s unexpected five-game winning streak has landed them in the title game for the first time in twenty years.

Who has their “One Shining Moment” tonight?

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Tip-Off for 4/8/13 (featuring Hammerin’ Hank Aaron): The New York Knicks outduel Oklahoma City Thunder 125-120 behind the hot shooting of Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith

Posted in Blogroll on April 8th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(NY Times)

In the end, Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks rose above the Thunder.

The New York Knicks went shot for scintillating shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder — who refused to go away easy. The Thunder shot 58 percent from the field and the Knicks shot 50 percent. The late game heroics of J.R. Smith pushed New York to a 125-120 victory.

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