NBA Eastern Conference Finals
Wow! Cleveland sure responded with authority in returning back home following two straight defeats in Toronto, Canada.
The Cavaliers took over early and simply never let up, dismantling the Raptors and continually building on an embarrassingly big lead. The game really was never close, and was over well before the half.
Now, the series shifts once again to Toronto, where the Raptors hope to find a little bit more magic to keep this series alive. They are a scrappy team, and have played very well at home this postseason, earning a 7-2 home mark thus far.
However, there is little doubt that Cleveland will look to close out the series in Game 6, and avoid a potentially scary and dangerous Game 7, even if it is from the comfortable confines of Cleveland, where the Cavaliers have not only amassed an undefeated record thus far in the postseason at 7-0, but have played with considerable dominance in the process.
Many projected the Toronto Raptors to be overwhelmed in this series, and indeed, it has looked this was in the games played at Cleveland.
This next game, though, will be played in Toronto, which the Raptors have tended to play well in this season, as well as in this series. That itself should make Game 6 intriguing.
Roland Garros/French Open
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There appeared to be one potentially shocking upset in the making, as Andy Murray dropped the first two sets against 37-year old Radek Stepenek. However, he fought back by racking up nine straight wins, enough to win the third set in straight games, and taking a 3-0 lead in the fourth set, which he eventually won, 6-3 after a rain delay. In the final set, Murray beat out Stepenek 7-5, to take the match and save himself from what would have been a crushing early exit.
Nine-time French Open champion Rafa Nadal had no such problems during his first round match, sweeping past Australian Sam Groth 6-1, 6-1.6-1. Once again, the 14-time Grand Slam champion and former number one is looking strong, and wasted minimal time and energy in moving onto the next round.
Djokovic also won, and then showed off his French language skills. He will be in action again later today, assuming there are no more massive rain delays at the tournament, which has seen a lot of them thus far.