News came out on Saturday that the Los Angeles Lakers had apparently hired their next Head Coach in the form of Frank Vogel. The former Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers man, the latter of which was his best stint by far, will take over after Ty Lue reportedly turned down the offer to replace the departed Luke Walton. According to sources, this is seen as a move that has been OK’ed by Jeannie Buss due to the influence of Kurt Rambiss. If true, it just goes to show how much of a political struggle is going on right now. Vogel led the Pacers to two Eastern Conference Finals in a row in 2013 and 2014. He will be joined on the bench by Jason Kidd, who is seen as the heir apparent to the throne. Kidd will be tasked with helping guards, especially Lonzo Ball, reach their potential before a possible promotion is given.
The NHL Playoffs have hit the Conference Finals stage, and the Western Conference saw Game 1 begin with the San Jose Sharks winning 6-3 on Saturday over the St. Louis Blues to kick off the series. It was the second period that ended up opening it wide open for the Sharks as they produced a monstrous bite in large part through Timo Meier’s two goals. He had an assist as well in the victory, which sees them get off to a good start in what has been a completely unpredictable run toward the Stanley Cup.
The Chicago Cubs were largely left out of the big occasions last season after they were beaten twice in a row in one-game playoffs. One of them was at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers. While it might not carry the same exact weight as a postseason encounter, their win on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley will have gone a long way toward healing hearts and minds. Oft-criticized pitcher Tyler Chatwood pitched four nearly flawless innings in relief from the bullpen and catcher Wilson Contreras finally won them the game with a walk-off homer in the 15th inning to hand them a 2-1 marathon victory. That homer puts them one game ahead of the Brew Crew in a tight NL Central race in which the Cardinals and Pirates aren’t too far behind, either.
NASCAR has had its fair share of criticism levied at it this season, and in seasons past in general, but they had perhaps one of their best races in recent memory last night at Kansas Speedway as Brad Keselowski came up trumps to grab the checkered flag. Keselowski, who had struggled and not been a factor for much of the day, capitalized late in the race when others got distracted racing one another. Once the #2 car got out in front, he set sail and never looked back despite not running away with it. Alex Bowman, one of them men that was looking to have the best shot at it pre-Keselowski, made dubious history by becoming the first driver to finish second three races in a row without having won a Cup Series event.