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.
First Base - First round of PGA Championship goes today
The second PGA major of the year, the PGA Championship, got underway today. The tournament is in Bethpage Black, a long and tough course, and the par is 70 for the weekend, making it even tougher on the golfers. With 70 of the golfers teeing off so far and playing at least half the course, Brooks Koepka had the lead with -4 through 11 holes. Koepka was the pre-tournament co-favourite along with Tiger Woods, who is +1 through 11 holes.
Second Base - Bruins go for sweep tonight
Things couldn't be going better for the Boston Bruins right now. The team is careening towards the Stanley Cup Final, and has a 3-0 series lead against the Carolina Hurricanes. After sweeping the New York Islanders in round two, the Canes are in danger of getting swept themselves. Game 4 goes tonight at 5 p.m. I'm sure Carolina will put up a fight early in the game, but I expect Boston to put them away. The Bruins have been improving each series, and I don't see that stopping yet.
Third Base - Sharks win on controversial call in overtime
The Western Conference Finals are living up to the hype, as both the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks are playing their best hockey. After tying the series in Game 2, the Blues fell behind 3-1 last night, only to come back and take a 4-3 lead. Still, the Sharks tied it up and sent the game to overtime, where Erik Karlsson scored five minutes in. The only problem is that Timo Meier made a hand pass to Gustav Nyquist, who then passed the puck to Karlsson. The hand pass was blatant and obvious, but none of the four on-ice officials saw it, and so it couldn't be reviewed. The goal stood, and fans and writers are furious that the Sharks got their second huge officiating break of the playoffs.
Home Base - Raptors blow huge opportunity for Game 1 steal
The Toronto Raptors came out firing in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, making three-pointer after three-pointer in the first quarter. The Raptors were hitting everything, while the Milwaukee Bucks wern't, and Toronto had an eight-point lead at the half. Still, the Raptors were never able to really pull it away, so it's no surprise that the game was close down the stretch. What was a surprise is that the Raptors, besides Kyle Lowry, went 0-15 in the fourth quarter, as the Bucks outscored Toronto 32-17 in the fourth and won 108-100. Kyle Lowry played by far his best game of the playoffs, with 30 points, hitting seven of nine threes. However, Brook Lopez had an unlikely game as well, and his 29 points were the difference for the Bucks, and the Lopez game outshined the Lowry game. It's a deflating loss. The Bucks were always going to be hard to beat, but the Raptors had an opportunity to take a game on the road. They won't have many games where they hit seemingly all their shots in the first half while the Bucks struggle, and they still couldn't get it done. However, there's no point in crying over spilled milk. The Raptors will have another chance in Game 2 on Friday night, and if they play how they did today, will have another chance at a win.
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