Around The Bases – Your trip around the world in sports for April 15, 2019

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The daily sports news cycle is crazier than ever. Don't have the stamina to keep up to speed? Around The Bases is your daily morning destination to stay in the know on the biggest stories in both local and professional sports. We’ll start at first base with an intriguing story or event, and bring you home with a must-read story in the North Peace sports scene.

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First Base - No NBA upsets yesterday

After a wild day of NBA playoff action on Saturday which included three upsets in four games, Sunday's slate looked more like a typical NBA playoff day. The best team in the league, Milwaukee, destroyed Detroit 121-86, who was playing without Blake Griffin, their best player. Both four seeds won, as the Rockets blew out the Jazz 122-90 and the Celtics stifled the Pacers 84-74. Portland and Oklahoma City put on the only close game, resulting in a 104-99 win for the hometown Trailblazers. There are only two games today: the Warriors against Clippers, and Nets at 76ers. 

Second Base - Lightning and Penguins on the verge of being swept

We all know that in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, anything can happen. But I'm not sure anyone thought this would happen: the Tampa Bay Lightning, the 60-win team, are down 3-0 to the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Penguins are down 3-0 to the upstart New York Islanders. The Penguins, playing their first game at home, didn't even put up a fight and were outshot 36-26. Tampa Bay was outshot 12-3 in the first, and though they played well the rest of the way, nobody on the team is going the extra mile. Meanwhile, Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, in perhaps his final season asa Blue Jacket, is finally playing as good in the playoffs as he does in the regular season. 

Third Base - Leafs, Flames play Game 3 tonight

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be in tough in Game 3 against the Boston Bruins at 4 p.m. tonight. After being embarrassed 4-1 in Game 2, Toronto has to dig deep and find some kind of home-ice advantage, or else the series could get ugly quick. It won't be easy, as it will be without third-line centre Nazem Kadri, who will have a meeting with the NHL in New York just hours before the game to determine if amd how long he'll be suspended for his cross-check to the face of Jake DeBrusk. 

Home Base - Tiger Woods wins fifth Masters jacket, first major in 11 years

The comeback is complete: Tiger Woods won his first major yesterday when he won the Masters for a fifth time. Woods finished with a score of -13, one better than three players, including Brooks Koepka. The final round, which took place in the morning because of inclement weather, saw six different players have a share of the lead down the back nine, and five players were tied for first when the final group was on the 15th hole. It was one of the closest tournaments ever, and Tiger winning it all made it that much more memorable. Predictably, Woods won because he didn't miss a shot after the 13th, while every one of his challengers did. 

Around the Bases runs Monday through Friday. If you have a news tip or story to share, email Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca

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