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 - Ricky Ray expected to retire today
Ricky Ray isn't the first person you'd see us talking about today, was he? However, the 39-year-old winner of four Grey Cups is deserving of mention. He's expected to retire today. Ray will go down as one of the best CFL quarterbacks of all time, up there with names like Anthony Calvillo, Henry Burris and Damon Allen. As a long-time Eskimos fan, I cheered for Ray for almost a decade. When he got traded in 2012, it seemed he was done, and none of us fans were to upset about it. Instead, Ray went on to win two more Grey Cups with the Toronto Argonauts. He was never the most exciting quarterback, though his scrambles were underrated, and he'll certainly be missed.
Second Base - High School Rodeo results
The B.C. High School Rodeo Association's North Region competed in its third rodeo of the spring last weekend, with a combined rodeo with the South Region in Williams Lake. Here are the top three finishers of each event for both junior and senior riders. We're entering finals season, and next up is the B.C. Junior Provincials, in Barriere, May 18 to 20.
Third Base - Blues win Game 7 in 2OT
The miracle season continues. The St. Louis Blues beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 in the second overtime period of Game 7 last night on home ice to advance to the Western Conference Finals. The Blues were the better team all night long, but had a heck of a time trying to beat Ben Bishop. The Blues outshot the Stars 54 to 30, but it looked at times that the Stars were going to steal the game, and send the St. Louis fans home devastated. But, the Blues found a way, with Pat Maroon becoming the hero for his hometown team. The Blues continue to grind out wins without seeming like the most impressive bunch. They are the most well-rounded team left, and will be a tough out for either the Colorado Avalanche or San Jose Sharks. Game 7 of that series goes tonight.
Home Base - Raptors destroy 76ers to take 3-2 series lead
The Toronto Raptors are one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals, after last night's total beatdown of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Raptors won 125-89, the most lopsided playoff win in the team's history. The tale of the first three games of the series was that Kawhi Leonard was superhuman, yet his team wouldn't win if the other players didn't step up. Well, Leonard had just 21 points in Game 5, but his team almost won by 40. This was the best possible outcome for the Raptors, who showed how good they could really be if everyone is at the top of their game together. On the flip side, the 76ers played terribly, Joel Embiid once again was limited due to illness, and Ben Simmons was nowhere to be found. The series is far from over — Game 6 is in Philadelphia on Thursday and it's hard to imagine this team just rolling over — but things are looking really good for teh Raptors advancing, and that was not the case just four days ago.
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