It’s O.K. if you missed a few games this weekend. We did too. Thankfully, buy we have box scores, malady recaps, there SportsCenter and web highlights. We’ve taken the liberty to wrap up the biggest story lines and buzz-worthy details from the sports weekend below, just so you never have to miss a beat come Monday.
Australian Adam Scott won the 77th Masters this weekend at Augusta National in another exciting end that resulted in a 2-hole sudden death playoff match against Argentine Angel Cabrera. Scott sunk a 12-foot birdie on the second playoff hole to clinch the win and the coveted green jacket.
The 32-year old Scott is the first Australian to win the Masters, golf’s biggest and first major of the season.
Tiger Woods, who was the early favorite, finished a -5 (five under par) after taking a 2-stroke penalty on Saturday for an improper drop that violated the intricate Masters rules.
It was a lose-lose kind of weekend for our Chicago Bulls who dropped both of their road games. After the crazy overtime win against the Knicks on Thursday we all were working our way back onto the Bulls’ Bandwagon only to be thrown off again after this weekend’s mess.
As expected, the game was extremely physical. Heat players were flopping all over the floor and our Bulls committed 30 fouls – seems a wee bit excessive. Lebron James led all scorers even though he played less minutes than usual with 26 points. Luol Deng led scoring for the Bulls with 19 and Carlos Boozer had 16 points and 20 rebounds.
With the two losses the Bulls (43-37) have dropped from the fifth seed in the East to the sixth seed. This means they blew their chances of getting a home-court advantage to start the playoffs which begin on Saturday. If the post-season started tomorrow the Bulls would face-off with their central division rival Indiana Pacers who have dominated the Bulls this season. Kind of a gloomy playoff outlook – let’s get it together Bulls!
After being swept by the Washington Nationals last week, the (5-7) White Sox continued to struggle on the road, dropping 2 of 3 games in Ohio this weekend against the Cleveland Indians.
On Friday night, the Sox failed to score on all five of their base runners and were shut out 1-0. Former Sox player, Nick Swisher had an excellent series scoring the only run of the game on Friday with a walk-off RBI and then on Saturday’s launched a two-run homer over the left-field wall for the Tribe. Saturday’s game was a a bit more crazy with rain delays and cold temps, which contributed to the Sox loosing 4-9.
The Sox finally snapped their 5 game loosing streak on Sunday with a 3-1 win. The highlight of Sunday’s game was pitcher Jake Peavy striking out 11, allowing only five hits and no walks through seven innings.
The next stop on the White Sox roadtrip is up north to Toranto to face the (5-7) Blue Jays in a four games series before heading home with no days off to face the Minnesota Twins. Hey Ladies – if you’re heading to Canada to see the Sox series, make sure you wear your White Sox and Blackhawks gear – the Toronto Maple Leafs fans will love it!
The (4-8) Cubs also struggled this weekend. After a walk-off home run win from Starlin Castro on Friday afternoon, the Cubs dropped the last two games to the Giants, finishing the 4-game series 1-3.
The Cubs lost to the World Series champs 3-2 on Saturday and 10-7 (in 10 innings) on Sunday. Hopefully the team can find a way to score this week — they left players on base all weekend.
Catcher Steve Clevenger was also placed on the DL, but he’ll be gone for 60 days with a strained oblique. The team struggled this weekend, losing to the Giants 3-2 on Saturday and 10-7 (in 10 innings) on Sunday. Hopefully the team can find a way to score this week — they left players on base all weekend.
This weekend was all about central division match-ups for the Blackhawks. Friday night Ray Emery dazzled once again as the Hawks beat the Redwings in a shoot out 3-2. Patrick Sharp was back in uniform for the Blackhawks and had a solid game. Jonathan Toews evened the score late in the third and breakout baby Blackhawk Brandon Saad netted the game winning goal.
Sunday the Blackhawks took on their other division rival the St. Louis Blues. Corey Crawford got the start in the net and recorded a shut out stopping all 30 Blues shots ( goalie controversy… says who?) as the Hawks blanked the Blues, 2-0. Dave Bolland was back in the lineup after recovering from his leg injury, but Patrick Sharp was missing in uniform with his lagging shoulder injury. Bryan Bickell and Marian Hossa netted the goals for the Hawks, who have no rest as they take on the Stars tonight at the Madhouse on Monday night at 7:00pm