LAst Night's Action: Kansas are National Champions
Kansas Jayhawks over Memphis Tigers 75-68 (OT). The Jayhawks were down nine with 2:12 left to go in regulation to tie it on a Mario Chalmers three-pointer with 2.1 seconds left to go. Kansas shut down Memphis in overtime to win their third National Championship, their first since 1988.
Arizona Diamondbacks defeat LA Dodgers 9-3. Dodger starting pitcher Esteban Loaiza got torched by the D-Back hitters spotting them four runs in the first inning. Although the Dodgers would cut the lead to 4-3 in the sixth inning, the D-Backs scored one run off of Chan Ho Park in the bottom of the sixth and four off of Scott Proctor in the seventh and eighth innings. The only bright spots for the Dodgers offensively were Rafael Furcal (batting .407 so far), Andre Ethier and James Loney who has hit safely in every game this season.
LA Angels defeat Cleveland Indians 6-4. It looked like the game was lost when Frankie Rodriguez blew the 2-1 lead giving up three runs after starting pitcher Joe Saunders gave the Angels eight strong innings. However with the bases loaded, the newest Angel Torii Hunter hit a walk off grand slam off of Indians closer Joe Borowski. In a tight pitching duel, it was the offense that won the game.
Yet again the LA Kings lose. The Tampa Bay Lightning won the NHL draft lottery getting the overall #1 pick. The Kings will end up picking second.
North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough won the Naismith Player of the Year award. Hansbrough averaged 22.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game and joins Michael Jordan and Antawn Jamison as the only Tarheels to win the award. It is unknown yet whether Hansbrough will opt for the NBA draft this after his junior season.
Period face Scott Spiezio pleaded guilty Monday morning to misdemeanor drunk driving and hit-and-run charges for crashing his car into a fence. He will get three years probation, and order to a three-month alcohol program, two Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and 80 hours of community service.
LA Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers hope to get something going offensively against pitcher Doug Davis who is scheduled to undergo surgery on Thursday to remove his cancerous thyroid gland. The Dodgers send out Chad Billingsley for his first start of the season. He was scheduled to pitch last Wednesday against the Giants when Mother Nature intervened. 6:30 pm FSN Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.
LA Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers. The Lakers continue to make their push for the #1 seed as the Trail Blazers look forward to next season. Forward Vladamir Radmanovic is coming off his best game this season scoring 21 points and notching a career-high 14 rebounds. However the Lakers always have had a hard time at the Rose Garden, so look for a very good game. 7:00 pm KCAL 9, AM 570 KLAC.
Cleveland Indians at LA Angels. I'm still stunned by the ending of Monday night's game. Wow. Jake Westbrook goes for the Tribe against Ervin Santana. 7:05 pm KCOP 13, AM 830 KLAA.
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