On Sunday, the Los Angeles Kings juggernaut rolled through Arizona, the Blue Jays faltered in Minnesota, the Clippers added to the excitement in L.A., the EPL title came down to the wire, and a Canadian continued to impress in Italy.
Since it was an exceptionally busy day in sports, let's get down to business — here are your top five stories from Sunday:
1. Despite this centre-ice shot from Derek Morris that fooled Jonathan Quick, the Kings managed to extend their winning streak to six games after this Dustin Brown game-winner. L.A. now boasts a sparkling 9-1 playoff record and they're a perfect 6-0 on the road.
2. The Toronto Blue Jays (19-16) continued their slide against the struggling Minnesota Twins (10-24), suffering a 4-3 loss. Canadian hurler Scott Diamond (2-0) handcuffed the Blue Jays' batters while Toronto pitcher Ricky Romero (4-1) failed to record a strikeout for the first time in 101 starts. Diamond's fellow Canadian Joey Votto also had a pretty nice Sunday — after hitting two home runs in his first two at-bats, he hit a grand slam and racked up a career-high six RBI in a 9-6 Reds win over Washington.
3. The Staples Center is going to be a busy place for at the next couple of weeks. The Los Angeles Clippers joined their arena neighbour Lakers in the second round of the NBA playoffs by topping the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 7 of their conference quarter-final series. That means the Lakers, Clippers plus the L.A. Kings will be sharing playoff accomodations for at least the next couple of weeks. For the sake of organizers, there better not be any overtime for the arena switchover next Sunday when the Kings play at noon PT and the Clippers at 7:30.
4. The English Premier League title came down to the last few seconds of injury time, literally, for winners Manchester City. They snatched it away from the clutches of crosstown rival Manchester United thanks to two goals in injury time against the Queens Park Rangers to win the game, and the EPL title by virtue of goal difference over Man U.
5. A Canadian is in Italy and he's looking pretty good in pink. Victoria's Ryder Hesjedal retained the overall leader's jersey at the Giro D'Italia with an 11th-place finish in the eighth stage. Hesjedal is the first Canadian ever to lead the long-distance bicycle race.
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