Afternoon Headlines for April 4th
In NBA news the 2011 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class was announced today at the Final Four, and the most polarizing name on the list is two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman. The other members of the class were former Dream Team member Chris Mullin, Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, Tex Winter, Philadelphia Unviersty’s Herb Magee, longtime NBA and ABA star Artis Gilmore, former Portland Trail Blazers center Aryydas Sabonis, Olympic gold medalist Teresa Edwards, Harlem Globetrotter Reece “Goose” Tatum, and former Celtic Tom “Satch” Sanders.
In other NBA action the San Antonio Spurs will return to the hardwood tonight after snapping their six game losing skid yesterday by routing the Phoenix Suns 114 to 97. Tip-off between the Spurs and the Atlanta Hawks is scheduled for 6 o’clock from the Phillips Arena.
The Houston Rockets will have a chance to climb closer to that 8th and final play-off spot in the Western Conference tonight as the Sacramento Kings are in town. Both teams enter tonight’s contest having won three of their last five games, but Kings sit at 22 and 54 overall while the Rockets are 41 and 36. Tip-off between the Kings and Rockets is scheduled for 7:30
In major league baseball action the Texas Rangers will look to build upon their three game season opening sweep of the Boston Red Sox, when they return to diamond tonight against the Seattle Mariners. Erik Bedard is scheduled to take a major league mound for Seattle for the first time in 18 months, after under going three arm surgeries since his last big league start in 2009. The Rangers left-hander Derek Holland will take the mound opposite of Bedard when first pitch gets underway at 7:05 from the Ball Park in Arlington.
Other games out of the major leagues already played today saw the Atlanta Braves rally in the 8th inning to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2 to 1. The Chicago Cubs took down the Diamondbacks 4 to 1, and the Orioles stayed unbeaten on the season by defeating the Detroit Tigers 5 to 1. Games still waiting to be played will feature the Twins at the Yankees with a 6:05 first pitch time, and the Cardinals hosting the Pirates with a 7:15 start time.
In PGA news, fresh off his weekend win at the Shell Houston Open Phil Mickelson has another chance to reach number 1 in the world for the first time. The rankings are so crowded at the top that six of the top seven players have a chance to reach the top of the world rankings by winning the Masters this week. Martin Kaymer is currently ranked No. 1 in the world, followed by Lee Westwood, Mickelson, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Paul Casey and Tiger Woods. Casey is the only player among the top seven who could not reach No. 1 even by winning at Augusta because he has played in more tournaments than Woods.
In baseball news a juror called in sick at the Barry Bonds perjury trial today, forcing testimony to be postponed, while the government tried to get new evidence admitted that could abruptly turn the case in its favor. Federal prosecutors told U.S. District Judge Susan Illston that a secretly recorded conversation between Bonds’ orthopedic surgeon Dr. Arthur Ting and the slugger’s former business manager Steve Hoskins had been located this weekend. Prosecutors informed Bonds’ legal team Sunday night that Hoskins had discovered the recording.