WAMC's Daily Sports Wrap
Well the Thunder has put an emphatic end to the Spurs 20-game winning streak…
TNT had the coverage of Game 3 last night in Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant’s flush – two of his 22 points, helped lead the Thunder to a 102-82 dismantling of the Spurs. Russell Westbrook added ten points, nine assists and seven boards, and Thabo Sefolosha chipped in career playoff highs of 19 points and six steals for the Thunder, who still trails in the Western Conference finals two-games-to-one. Game 4 is tomorrow in Oklahoma City.
To baseball, in the lone American League contest, the Tigers tagged Josh Beckett for four runs on ten hits over seven innings in their 7-3 win over the Red Sox.
Over to the NL, Carlos Gonzalez homered in his first plate appearance – tying a major league record with four straight home runs after he went deep in the final three at-bats Wednesday – as Colorado crushed Houston 11-5, and Zach Greinke allowed just one run over six innings, as Milwaukee beat the Dodgers 6-2.
In other baseball news, Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, and Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp have all landed on the DL. Markakis has a fractured wrist; Tulowitzki a pulled groin; and Kemp re-injured his hamstring.
At the French Open, John Isner has been bounced from the tournament, dropping a marathon match to Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16.
Also on Day 5 in Paris, Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer advanced to the third round in straight sets. Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga needed four sets to advance.
On the women’s side, defending champ Li Na, Petra Kvitova, and Caroline Wozniacki strait-setted their way into the third round.
Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenke highlight today’s action.
In NHL news, Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom is hanging up his skates after spending his entire 20-year career in Detroit. The 42-year-old Swede set an NHL record by playing 1,564 games with one team. Lidstrom is a four-time Stanley Cup champion, a seven-time Norris Trophy winner, and a four-time Olympian who scored the gold-medal winning goal for Sweden over Finland in 2006.
And in college football news, former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky has asked an appeals court to delay his trial on charges he molested 10 boys. Sandusky's attorney filed a petition for review and application for a stay on Thursday, five days before jury selection is scheduled to begin.
I’m Tristan O’Neill, WAMC News.