WAMC's Daily Sports Wrap

May 17, 2012

Well the Devils have evened the Eastern Conference finals at a game apiece…

On the ice last night in New York, David Clarkson's tip-in at 2:31 of the final period proved to be the game-winner, as the Devils grabbed home-ice advantage from the Rangers, beating the Blueshirts 3-2.  Sound courtesy of NBC.  Game 3 is Saturday afternoon in New Jersey.

To the NBA postseason, Game 3 last night in Philadelphia, Kevin Garnett poured in 27 points, Paul Pierce chipped in 24, and Rajon Rondo added 23, as the Celtics blew out the 76ers 107-91.  Boston leads the series two-games-to-one.  Game 4 is tomorrow night in Philly.        

Game 2 last night in Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant capped his 22-point performance by draining the go-ahead basket with 18 seconds remaining, as the Thunder scored the game’s final nine points to stun the Lakers 77-75, taking a two-games-to-none series lead.  The Lakers, who failed to score on their last six possessions, will host Game 3 Friday. 

To baseball, in the American League, Edwin Encarnacion ripped a three-run bomb, J.P. Arencibia added a two-run shot, as Toronto blasted the Yankees 8-1, Cleveland blitzed Seattle 9-3, Minnesota outlasted Detroit 11-7, the Angels dumped the White Sox 7-2, Texas topped Oakland 4-1, Baltimore bounced Kansas City 4-3 in 15, and Jeremy Hellickson allowed one run over six innings, to pitch Tampa Bay to a 2-1 win over the Red Sox.   

Over to the NL, Todd Frazier homered twice, and Jay Bruce drove in the tie-breaking run during a four-run eighth, as Cincinnati beat the Mets 6-3, St. Louis downed San Francisco 4-1, Miami doubled up Atlanta 8-4, Washington got by Pittsburgh 7-4, San Diego beat the Dodgers 4-2, Colorado dropped Arizona 6-1, Philadelphia routed the Cubs 9-2, and Houston hammered Milwaukee 8-3.

In college football news, Jerry Sandusky again is asking a judge to throw out the child sexual abuse charges against him. The former Penn State assistant football coach argues that some counts are too vague to defend, and others involve alleged victims whose identities have not been determined.

Sandusky's trial is scheduled to get under way in less than three weeks, although the judge has yet to rule on a separate motion from Sandusky asking for a delay.

I’m Tristan O’Neill, WAMC News.