LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Fernando Torres all lived up to their star billing on Thursday. Tiger Woods took a positive first step towards the doing the same at the U.S. Open.
James had 32 points as the Miami Heat got off to a torrid start in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, going up 25-8 on the road against Oklahoma City. Durant flirted with fouling out but also had 32 points for the Thunder, who drew within a bucket of Miami late in the fourth. The home team couldn't get all the way back, though, and the teams now head to Game 3 on Sunday tied in what is shaping up to a potential classic.
Torres scored the winner in the 2010 Euro final, but he wasn't an integral player two years later in his country's World Cup run after coming off an injury layoff. Torres could be a big factor again, much to the chagrin of Spain's opponents. Torres scored twice as La Furia Roja toyed with Ireland to move closer to advancing to the next stage of the European championships.
Michael Thompson was your typical unheralded Round 1 leader at the U.S. Open, but most eyes were on Woods, looking for his first major since winning the tournament four years ago. Woods was one of the few marquee players to start strongly at Olympic Club in San Francisco, shooting a 4-under 66 to land within three shots of the top of the leaderboard.
Finally, all the traditional stars in Hollywood took a backseat for one more day to the Los Angeles hockey heroes. Get a sense of the welcome the Kings received on the parade route in this stunning panorama from the Los Angeles Times.
If you don't party too hard boys, you could have a shot at becoming the NHL's first repeat champions in 15 years.