The Shawinigan Cataractes weren't exactly accomodating hosts, brushing aside the Edmonton Oil Kings in Memorial Cup action on Thursday. Meanwhile, New York Rangers coach John Tortorella wasn't too concerned about facing elimination Friday, LeBron James's day was fit for a king, and CBC Sports Weekend host Scott Russell suggests some worthy candidates to carry the Maple Leaf at the London 2012 Games.
1. Down 3-2 in their Eastern Conference final against the New Jersey Devils and staring at potential elimination in Game 6 (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 8 p.m. ET) , the New York Rangers aren't exactly feeling the pressure. Instead, head coach John Tortorella says he likes his team's mindset heading into the tilt. Will this series go to Game 7?
2. The Cataractes made it look easy against the Oil Kings, knocking them out of the Memorial Cup in a tiebreaker with a 6-1 triumph. The host Cataractes set themselves up for a semifinal date on Friday night with the QMJHL rival, defending champs the Saint John Sea Dogs. Shawinigan benefited from a well-balanced attack, with six different players finding the score sheet.
3. With the 2012 London Summer Olympics fast approaching, Scott Russell stirred the Canadian flag-bearing pot by offering up a more-than-worthy list of five high profile choices to do the honours. Canadian women's soccer team captain Christine Sinclair, show-jumping hero Ian Millar, decorated wrestler Carol Huynh, Canadian triathlon pioneer Simon Whitfield and king of diving Alex Despatie are Scott's Fab Five. Who do you think should get the nod?
4. King James's subjects helped spur the Heat forward's spectacular day, as he was the leading vote-getter for the All-NBA team. He received 118 of a possible 120 votes from a panel of writers and broadcasters. The 27-year-old then took to the court and helped lead the Miami Heat to an inspired 105-93 win over the Indiana Pacers and a berth in the Eastern Conference finals — without the help of Chris Bosh (injury) or Udonis Haslem (suspension). James scored 28 points in the contest but it was teammate Dwyane Wade who really starred, pouring in 26 by the break for a game-high 41.
5. He's ruled the clay courts throughout his career, and Rafael Nadal is gunning for a new standard this time around. The Spaniard will be looking to win his record seventh title at Roland Garros. The likes of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer may stand in his way. The draw for the French Open will be held Friday, with Canadian bomber Milos Raonic finding out his assignment, among others.
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