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In this edition of EndScore Report, we speak on Minnesota Twins' Jim Thome joining an elite club by hitting his 600th home run of his career. There are only seven other players that have achieved the feat - Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey, Jr., Alex Rodriguez, and Sammy Sosa. Who else will be able to reach this great MLB milestone? After the St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols, we don't see anyone else joining the group for a long time. LISTEN UP!
In this edition of EndScore Report, DV and Chris rain praises upon the NBA Finals, which have been vastly entertaining due to the closeness of all the games, in particular, Games Two to Four. LeBron James has disappeared of late, but Dwyane Wade has come up big. However, is there anyone more important to his team than Dirk Nowitzki who helped the Dallas Mavericks win Game Four despite the burden of being sick with over 100 degrees fever. The series is tied between the Mavs and the Miami Heat with Game Five possibly foreshadowing the eventual NBA title champion. LISTEN UP!
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In this episode of EndScore Report, DV and Chris sweep across the MLB divisions for a quick recap of what's going down. It looks like the Tampa Bay Rays are gearing up to surprise the world again, despite losing some key players this past offseason. However, Evan Longoria is still there and healthy. It's no surprise that World Series favorites, the Philadelphia Phillies are doing well, but it is surprising that the Florida Marlins aren't letting them run away with the NL East division. The biggest surprise has to be the Cleveland Indians leading the AL Central by a significant amount of games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have also been relatively surprising. However, it's still early and the cream always seem to rise to the top. Give a LISTEN to hear our thoughts on the Majors!
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DV and Chris speak on the New York Knicks and the team's ability to finish the NBA season with an above-.500 regular season record. The Knicks are on track to make it happen with a 40-38 record currently and only four games left. Two winnable games against the New Jersey Nets and Indiana Pacers will seal the deal and it won't matter what the outcome would be versus the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics to close out the season. The dream can happen!
However, while Carmelo Anthony was a significant acquisition for the Knicks, it's hard to ignore the Denver Nuggets who have basically been on a tear since Melo was traded. The Nuggets are currently 48-30 and have a chance to win 50 games, if not more. The above-.500 dream has at least become a reality for one team. Fulfill our dreams and give our thoughts on the Knicks and Nuggets a listen!
DV and Chris take a look at the MLB season thus far. Yes, barely one week in, they overreact to what's gone down thus far. The Kansas City Royals are on top of the AL Central, the Baltimore Orioles pitching staff looks unstoppable, and the New York Mets are tied with the Philadelphia Phillies for first place in the NL Central! Someone check to see if hell has frozen over! And, can you say, Alex Gordon for AL MVP? Listen here!
In this edition of the EndScore Report, DV and Chris make their selections for the division winners of the National League East, Central, West, and Wild Card, as well as the MVP and Cy Young winners. Will the preseason favorite Philadelphia Phillies take the east? How will the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants do? Will a contract season help propel Albert Pujols to the MVP? Roy Halladay won the Cy Young last year with the Phillies, so will another Philly pitcher take the prize? Cliff Lee? Roy Oswalt? Cole Hamels? Find out here!
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Jimmer Fredette of BYU led the way in voting for the AP All-America team with 64 votes of a possible 65 from the national media members that also vote for the Top 25 college basketball teams each week during the season. Joining Fredette were two other seniors in Duke point guard Nolan Smith who received 61 votes and Purdue big man JaJuan Johnson who received 44 votes. Junior point guard Kemba Walker from UConn also made the team with 51 votes and freshman phenom Jared Sullinger from Ohio State joined the upper classmen with 58 votes. The voting took place before the NCAA Tournament and rewards regular season excellence.
The Duke Blue Devils once again regained the top spot in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll after the previous week's top four - Kansas, Ohio State, San Diego State, and Texas - all lost enabling the then fifth-ranked Blue Devils to jump to the top. However, the news of Duke being amongst college basketball's elite isn't news, but the St. John's Red Storm being ranked in the top 25 is news! The last time St. John's was ranked in the coaches poll was in 2000, but even more important, the last time they were in the NCAA Tournament was in 2002. Considering their record (17-9; 9-5 in the Big East), the Red Storm have a really good shot to make the party known as March Madness this year. Head coach Steve Lavin is in his first season as St. John's man on the sideline and has given the Red Storm faithful something to cheer about again. New York basketball isn't the same unless St. John's is doing well and considering the recent trade for Carmelo Anthony by the New York Knicks, it's safe to say that New York hoops is back in a big way.
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Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers took a pass from teammate Baron Davis and dunked the ball. Normally that wouldn't be anything special since it happens a lot, but this time it was during the slam dunk contest during NBA All-Star weekend. Oh, and it was over a car. This dunk proved to be the exclamation point to help Griffin defeat the Washington Wizards' JaVale McGee in the slam dunk finals. Other participants included the Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Serge Ibaka.
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John Wall of the Washington Wizards was the first overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft and it's only fitting that he was the best rookie and overall player on the court during the NBA All-Star weekend's Rookie Challenge, winning both the game and MVP. While Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers was the hometown favorite, he didn't play long enough to make as much of an impact of Wall who finished with 12 points and a record 22 assists. The previous record in the game was held by Chris Paul who had 17 assists in 2007. Wall provided many alley-oop passes to his fellow rookies, including Griffin who finished with 14 points, as well as former Wall teammate at Kentucky, DeMarcus Cousins, now with the Sacramento Kings accumulated an impressive 33 points and 14 rebounds.
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