Friday, April 20, 2012

NHL Playoffs & NBA scores, Dwight Howard, Derek Fisher & Jarrod Uthoff: 4/20, Vol. 125, 1st Edition

You’ve gone through the fire and you’ve been through the flood, you’ve been broken into pieces, seen lightning flashing from above, but through it all, you remember that He loves you and He cares, and He'll never put more on you than you can bear! Good morning and welcome back to your Spiritual Sports Segment on Rhema Gospel Radio better than when you heard it yesterday, I’m C.E.E.J.A.Y!  Let’s Get It Started!

There were four playoff games last night on the ice in the National Hockey League, two in the east and two in the west as the Florida Panthers were properly SHUT OUT and dominated by the New Jersey Devils 4-0 as Martin Brodeur set a record with his 24th playoff shutout to even the series 2 all, the defending champions Boston Bruins lost by one goal to the Washington Capitals 2-1 as Braden Holtby with had 44 saves to also even the series 2 all, the Phoenix Coyotes needed overtime to skate past the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 as the Coyotes take a commanding 3-1 series lead and the St. Louis Blues got past the San Jose Sharks 2-1 as David Perron and Patrik Berglund each had 2 assists to take a controlling 3-1 series lead.

There were only five games on the hard court last in the National Basketball Association, but they were some good ones starting with the first nationally televised game and what many think could the precursor to the Eastern Conference Final as the Chicago Bulls, who was without Derrick Rose battled the Miami Heat and they fought a good, hard battle but came up on the losing end 83-72 as Lebron James had a double-double with 27 points and 11 rebounds, the Milwaukee Bucks was defeated by the Indiana Pacers 118-109 as Danny Granger had a game high of 29 points as the Pacers lock up home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, the Minnesota Timberwolves outplayed the Detroit Pistons 91-80 as Nikola Pekovic had a game high of 23 points, while the Houston Rockets not only lost to the New Orleans Hornets 105-99 in overtime, but they also most likely lost hope of making the playoffs as Eric Gordon netted 27 points and in the second nationally televised game, the Lob City Clippers went down to the wire against the Phoenix Suns but lost 93-90 as the Suns needed the win to maintain a tie for the 8th seed in the playoff as Jared Dudley scored 18 points .  And on a playoff berthing note, the New York Knicks and the defending champion Dallas Mavericks both have clinched playoff berths.

In breaking news last night, after receiving a second opinion in Los Angeles and being diagnosed with a herniated disk, Orlando Magic star center Dwight Howard will have surgery and not only miss the remaining regular season and the playoffs, but also will not participate in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.  After receiving an epidural with the plan of resting for 10-14 days and then being re-evaluated to determine if he could play, it was determined surgery was necessary and the timetable for recovery is from 4-6 months.

After being an instrumental figure during the NBA lockout last year, current Oklahoma City Thunder and former LA Lakers guard Derek Fisher, is refusing to resign from his position as Union President at the urging of the NBA’s Players’ Association executive committee.  In fact, according to sources, Fisher has been gathering support from players to challenge the business and financial practices of the executive director of the NBAPA Billy Hunter.  Both Fisher and Hunter have two years and three years respectfully left on their contracts.

After meeting with Wisconsin athletic officials on Thursday, Jarrod Uthoff, basketball player for coach Bo Ryan’s Badgers, had restrictions lifted concerning his transfer, with the exception for Big Ten schools, which is common practice. 

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MLB scores, UCONN Men's B-Ball Program & UFC 145: 4/20, Vol. 125, 2nd Edition

Praise is what I do, when I want to be close to you, I lift my hands in praise! Welcome back to your Spiritual Sports Segment on Rhema Gospel, I’m C.E.E.J.A.Y!

Major League Baseball had twelve games in action at the ball parks as the Baltimore Orioles defeat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 with 10 strikeouts from Jason Hameel, the Chicago Cubs lost to the Miami Marlins 5-3 s they swept the Cubbies, the Texas Rangers pounded the Detroit Tigers 10-3 as Yu Darvish notched his second win of the season, the LA Dodgers eked out a one run win against the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 as Matt Kemp continued his hot hitting streak with a homerun, the Minnesota Twins lost by one run to the New York Yankees 7-6 as Curtis “The Grandy Man Can” Granderson belted not one, not two, but three homeruns, the Cincinnati Reds out swung the defending champions St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 as Bronson Arroyo got his first start and his first win by going eight strong innings, while the Tampa Bay Rays blasted the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4 with a homerun from Evan Longoria, the Houston Astros crushed Washington Nationals 11-4 with triples in the 1st inning, the Atlanta Braves demolished the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-2 as Freddie Freeman launched a homerun and drove in 5 runs, the Oakland A’s knocked off the LA Angels 4-2, the Cleveland Indians edged out the Seattle Mariners 2-1 as the Indians rallied in the 9th inning to seal the deal and the Philadelphia Phillies SHUT OUT the San Diego Padres 2-0 as Vance Worley struck out 11 in 7 innings of work.

In sporting news, the NCAA is standing by their decision of banning the UCONN’s men’s basketball program from next year’s postseason play, due to several years of low scores on the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate commonly referred to as APR.  Their decision has ignited concern from members of Congress since UCONN argued the penalties applied affects the current student-athletes as the penalties were applied retroactively.  A letter was sent by six members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation expressing their, but Bob Williams, an NCAA spokesman stated colleges have known about the standard and the penalties thereof since 2006 and stated “every other team at the University of Connecticut and every other team in the entire Northeast met the standard, so obviously the standard was well known and others met the standard.”

In the words of T. O…..get your popcorn ready!  Mixed Martial Arts will have one the most anticipated fights this year in UFC 145 as Jon “Bones” Jones, who is 24 and the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion will battle  his former training partner, former friend and former champion Rashad Evans, who is 32 this Saturday night at Philips Arena in Hot Lanta!  Jones has all the physical advantages in height, reach and age, but the younger Jones is not the favorite against his elder Evans to take the retain his belt, so as I said before, get your popcorn ready!

For some quick news and notes in the second segment, Penn State has agreed to provide more the $5.5 million dollars in payments and benefits to Joe Paterno's estate and family members under the late football coach's employment contract, although a family lawyer says the Paternos did not sign away their right to sue, coaching great Pat Summitt step down yesterday as coach of Lady Vols and stated “ it's been a "great ride", it has been a privilege," and finally, St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, suspended indefinitely by the NFL for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program, has already begun the process of working toward being reinstated.  And congratulations to Minister Benard Russett and Rhema Gospel Radio on celebrating their fifth anniversary!  May God continue to work through you to be a Blessing to others.

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MMA New York, Britney Griner, Andrew Luck & Erving Walker news: 4/20, Vol. 125, 3rd Edition

How great is our God, sing with me how great is our God and all will see how great, how great is our God!  For your Spiritual Sports Segment on Rhema Gospel Radio, I’m C.E.E.J.A.Y.

For your quick new and notes, The New York State Senate voted 43-14 Wednesday to again approve legislation to make New York the 46th state to legalize and regulate the MMA, though opposition remains in the Assembly, former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik will continue his comeback on June 8 in the main event of ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and he will face off against Virginia's Scott Sigmon in a scheduled 10-round super middleweight bout, New York Red Bulls midfielder Rafa Marquez was suspended for three games and San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Marvin Chavez for one game for separate actions during their match Saturday, Major League Soccer would implement goal-line technology quickly if it is approved in July by the sport's rules-making body, Brittney Griner of the national champions Baylor University will not play for the U.S. women's basketball team at the London Olympics this summer citing an unspecified family illness and her summer school schedule, in addition, Griner won the Honda Sports Award as the nation's top women's basketball player, The White House said former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, former WNBA standout and gold medalist, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke is the new women's basketball coach at Texas Southern, after several days of wrangling, SMU announced Thursday that Hall of Famer Larry Brown will become the Mustangs' next men's basketball coach, Toledo men's basketball team will be banned from next year's postseason because of past academic problems after the NCAA denied the school's appeal, The Idaho State Board of Education has signed off on a new five-year, $11.7 million deal for Boise State football coach Chris Petersen, organizers say the Armed Forces Bowl will be played Dec. 29 in Fort Worth, Texas, after two years in nearby Dallas, authorities are continuing the process of trying to arrest Michigan wide receiver Jerald Robinson to face one misdemeanor count of malicious destruction of personal property, ten football players at Southeast Missouri State University may face discipline from the university for allegedly hazing teammates, but they will not face criminal charges,  the Boston Red Sox did not invite former general manager Theo Epstein, architect of the team's World Series championships in 2004 and 2007, to take part in the Fenway Park 100th anniversary ceremonies Friday, according to a report on, the Indianapolis Colts have told Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck that they will take him with the #1overall pick in the NFL draft, according to a league source, no surprise there, Minnesota Viking’s latest stadium snag has the NFL publicly questioning the state's interest in keeping the Vikings and league commissioner Roger Goodell is concerned enough that he's going for another visit, the Portland Trail Blazers have strong interest in interviewing Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak for their GM vacancy, according to sources familiar with Portland's thinking, after the NBA’s 66 game shortened season is coming to a close, the league has no plans to scrap the 82 game season, Charlotte Bobcats veteran forward Eduardo Najera is recovering nicely from facial surgery and even joked they didn’t touch his hair, the Boston Celtics have signed free-agent center Sean Williams and will waive injured Jermaine O'Neal, according to sources and finally, former Florida basketball player Erving Walker, who stole a $3 taco ended up costing him $301, which was punishment after he pleaded no contest Thursday morning to misdemeanor petit theft….dude, just go to the dollar menu next time!

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Tune in next time for more updates in next your Spiritual Sports Segment, where we Sprinkle a little Spirituality in your Sports...I’m C.E.E.J.A.Y., Be Blessed, have a positive productive blessed day and I leave you with Namaste’ as the divine in me salutes and honors the divine in you and in closing, as justice is beginning to take shape, I Am still Trayvon Martin.