Around The Bases – Your trip around the world in sports for May 17, 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 - Koepka sets course record at PGA Championship

After Brooks Koepka narrowly lost to Tiger Woods at the Masters, the two entered the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black as co-favourites. Koepka lived up to the hype, shooting a 63 and breaking the course record, while Woods finished +2. Only 16 players finished under par. The second round is underway, though Koepka has yet to tee off. Though Koepka could roll to a win, Bethpage is a very hard course and the chances are he'll come back to the crowd rather than pull away. 

Second Base - Blues host Game 4 tonight against Sharks

Tonight's Game 4 in St. Louis between the Blues and Sharks at 5 p.m. has the feeling of a potential classic. Game 3 was extremely entertaining, and with the way Game 3 ended — a Sharks goal assisted by a hand pass that went unnoticed — the Blues will be fired up and angry. Still, the Sharks haven't shied away from the pressure once this playoffs and won't let the Blues tie the series without a fight. I hope the Blues win, and that this series goes seven, but you never know if the Sharks will benefit from a third missed call in these playoffs. 

Third Base - Bruins sweep Hurricanes

Well, that was easy. The Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 last night to sweep the Canes and advance to their first Stanley Cup Final since they won it all in 2011. It was the second blowout of the series for Boston. The Bruins are playing their best hockey right now, while the Hurricanes were never able to play the way they were against Washington and New York. The Bruins will have up to a week off, and you have to wonder if that will end up hurting them. The Islanders swept the Penguins, only to get swept by the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes swept the Islanders, but were swept by Boston. I'm not saying Boston will be swept in the final, but it's a very interesting trend and one worth paying attention to. 

Home Base - Raptors to try again in Game 2 

The Toronto Raptors had the Kyle Lowry game they were hoping for, but still lost. Still, the team has no time to feel sorry for itself. Game 2 goes tonight in Milwaukee at 5:30 p.m., and the Raptors have to do all they can to split the two-game Milwaukee homestand. It won't be easy — even if the Raptors can contain Giannis again, the Bucks are likely to shoot better in the first half — but Kawhi Leonard should be good for a bounce back, and a better game from Marc Gasol won't hurt either. 

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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