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Weekly Top 10 Sports News Headlines and Major Events: May 15, 2022

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This Week in Sports Talk (TWIST) is our weekly report on the big sports news headlines and major events, plus a preview of what’s up next. For May 15, 2022, here are the weekly top 10 sports news headlines to know: the big stories and major events in sports news this week in the NFL, the NBA, MLB and more.

weekly top 10 big sports news headlines and major events: May 15, 2022

breaking barriers at Everest

The Wall Street Journal reports that several “firsts” were achieved this week at the top of Mount Everest. An all-Black group of 7 climbers from the U.S. made it to the summit. The members of the Full Circle Everest Expedition hope to highlight the sport and inspire other people of color to take up trekking.

top sports headlines the week of May 15, 2022
Top sports news, events and headlines the week of May 15, 2022.

Also this week, the youngest American woman ever reached the summit of Mount Everest: 18-year old Lucy Westlake of Napierville, Illinois. And a 49-year old woman from Nepal, Lhakpa Sherpa, climbed the peak for a record-breaking 10th time (her first climb was in May 2000).

remembering Bob Lanier

On a much sadder note, basketball Hall-of-Famer Bob Lanier died this week at the age of 73. He was selected first overall in the 1970 NBA Draft by the Pistons, and spent most of his career in Detroit. He finished it playing for the Milwaukee Bucks. Lanier was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992.

Here are 10 other headlines to know from the world of sports this Sunday.

1. NBA Playoff Updates: Eastern Conference Semifinals

Miami Heat, 4 – Philadelphia 76ers, 2

The No. 1 seed Miami Heat have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals after a 99-90 Game 6 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Jimmy Butler scored 32 points in the matchup, winning kudos for consistently showing up strong in the postseason. The Heat will play the Game 7 winner of the Bucks-Celtics semifinal series that will conclude this afternoon.

As for the Sixers, the consensus seems to be that their star Joel Embiid just suffered too many injuries to play at 100 percent. And that James Harden failed to show up, in Games 5 and 6 in particular. In the second half of Game 6, our Sports Desk notes that Harden played only 22 minutes and made only 2 shots (both of which he missed). Media commentator Stephen A. Smith even said there should be an investigation of his performance. “That performance by James Harden requires an investigation. How in God’s name you go 22 minutes in the second half and attempt one shot. It was a horrific performance. Anemic and impotent performance by James Harden.”

Wow. Smith theorizes that this poor performance was planned, implying that Harden shut down intentionally to get Sixers coach Doc Rivers fired. Harden’s fellow players were equally displeased. Joel Embiid had some candid comments about Harden’s age, and Tyrese Maxey was seen throwing a seat cushion after arguing with Harden on the bench. Tough way to end the season.

Milwaukee Bucks, 3 – Boston Celtics, 3

The Round 1 performance of Celtics’ stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, combined with the team’s top-tier defense, gave Boston fans high hopes for this conference semifinal series, even against the defending national champions. The two teams were tied 2-2, and many thought the Celts would take the lead.

But they stumbled badly in Game 5, losing 110-107 and giving the Bucks the series lead instead. Game 5 was a spectacular miss for the Celts: Milwaukee was 14 points behind with 10 minutes to go, and they outscored Boston 11-2 in the final two minutes.

Game 6 saw the Celts fight back in a win-or-go-home situation, stepping up and delivering a 108-95 win in Milwaukee on Friday night. Game 7 is this afternoon, and it promises to be a good one.

2. NBA Playoff Updates: Western Conference Semifinals

Golden State Warriors, 4 – Memphis Grizzlies, 2

This series was arguably the most emotional, dramatic and entertaining to date of all the conference semifinal matchups. In Game 2, Dillon Brooks earned a one-game suspension for a Flagrant 2 foul on Gary Payton II, who fractured his left elbow in the process.

At the start of the week, the Warriors looked like they had it in the bag, with a 3-1 series lead. Many people counted the Memphis Grizzlies out after Ja Morant’s injury (a bone bruise on his right knee) in a Game 3 loss and a subsequent Game 4 loss without him available to play.

But Memphis caught fire in Game 5. Big time. The final score? Grizzlies 134, Warriors 95. That 39-point victory was the largest in team playoff history.

At home for Game 6 Friday night, though, the Warriors pulled it together with a 110-96 win. They advance to the Western Conference Finals and will face the winner of tonight’s Game 7 between the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks.

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Phoenix Suns, 3 – Dallas Mavericks, 3

The Mavericks staved off elimination by the No. 1 seed Phoenix Suns with an 113-86 win Thursday night that forced a Game 7 tonight in Phoenix. Neither team has won on the road this series. Which bodes well for the Suns. But the Mavs’ Luca Doncic has been on fire – so there’s just no telling how it’s gonna go.

Oh, and in other NBA news, the Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic was named the regular season MVP. And Monty Williams was named Coach of the Year after leading the Phoenix Suns to an NBA-best and franchise-record 64-18 regular season.

3. How about those Mets? Yep, they’re still on fire.

In what seems to be becoming a weekly norm five weeks into the MLB regular season, we can once again report that the New York Mets are having a dream season so far.

Top sports news, events and headlines the week of May 15, 2022.

As of this posting, the Mets sit atop the NL East, with the second-place Phillies 5.5 games back. The Amazins’ have the second best record in the Major Leagues at 23 – 12.

4. Yanks on top in AL East and MLB.

So, if the New York Mets are number 2, who’s at the top? We are happy to report that as of this posting, the New York Yankees have the best record in baseball at 24 – 9. Jeez! It’s about time.

top sports headlines the week of May 15, 2022
Top sports news, events and headlines the week of May 15, 2022.

Actually, it’s a fine time to live in New York if you live for MLB. Our ever-observant Sports Desk notes that at this moment, the combined record of the two New York franchises – the Yanks and the Mets – is 47 – 21. Or 26 games over .500. Meanwhile, Chicago’s two teams, the Cubs and the White Sox, are 28 – 36. Or 8 games under .500. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – it’s a baseball Tale of Two Cities.

This week, the pinstripes’ slugger Aaron Judge hit his first career walk-off home run in a game against their AL East rivals the Toronto Blue Jays.

And one more statistic of note, also courtesy of our Sports Desk: this is the 5th best start by the Yankees in their history. Every other time they have started with this kind of record, they have ended up in the World Series. And all but once, they won the series. Is this a good omen? Will there be a subway World Series, with the Yanks versus the Mets? Ya heard it here first.

5. Angels rookie Detmers throws a no-no; Ohtani hits grand slam

Meanwhile, they’re playing some amazing baseball on the West Coast, too. The two MLB LA teams – the Dodgers and the Angels – have a combined record of 43-25, or 18 games over .500. 

Reid Detmers, the LA Angels’ 22-year-old rookie – making just his 11th career MLB start – threw a no-hitter last night against the Tampa Bay Rays in Los Angeles’ 12-0 win. CBS Sports reports that he had never even pitched more than six innings in a Big League game. Detmers is the youngest Angel ever to throw a no-no, and the youngest in MLB since Aníbal Sánchez in 2006.

Also this week, the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani recorded his first grand slam in either his Major League Baseball or Nippon Professional Baseball career – and his second multi-homer game of the season – on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Let’s see: the Angels have Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani on their roster. Taylor Ward is performing at a Mike Trout level so far this season. They also have Noah “Thor” Syndergaard. And now this rookie throwing a no-no. Sure seems like they might be a real force this year. Don’t get too comfortable, fellow Gotham dwellers.

6. NFL 2022-23 schedule is out

The NFL revealed the schedule for its upcoming regular season this week, and there’s plenty of buzz following the primetime broadcast of the announcement.

Week 1 games to watch

The Super Bowl defending champions, the LA Rams, will host the Buffalo Bills for the lead off Thursday night game. The Bills and quarterback Josh Allen are among the top contenders to reach the big game this season (Caesar’s Sportsbook has them as the favorite to win the Super Bowl this year). Further suspense will be added as Bills’ outside linebacker Von Miller plays against the team he just left in free agency this off season.

The Dallas Cowboys will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in prime time Sunday night in their first game of the season (just like last year). Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will be looking to reaffirm his place in the upper echelon without Amari Cooper. But all eyes will be trained on the newly “unretired” Tom Brady, 45 years old and still going strong.

Other fun facts?

  • The Detroit Lions have played on Thanksgiving Day every year since 1934. They’ll host the Buffalo Bills this season. The Dallas Cowboys have played on Thanksgiving since 1966 – they’ll host the New York Giants. And the New England Patriots will visit the Minneapolis Vikings in primetime – watch for Bill Belichick to be just a bit grumpier than usual over missing dinner at home.
  • For the first time, there will be a Christmas Day triple-header in the NFL, presumably to take some viewers away from the NBA. One of the games is the Bucs at the Cardinals. Our Sports Desk notes that Tom Brady won’t like being away from his family on the holiday (and that this may be Commissioner Goodell’s attempt at revenge for Deflategate).
  • The Bucs and Seahawks will play the first ever NFL game in Germany, in Munich on November 13. There will also be 3 games in London this season.
  • The Chicago Bears will be spending December at home. They don’t play even one road game during the month of December, marking the first time that’s happened to them since 1964.
  • The Chiefs will become the first team in NFL history to open a season with eight straight games against teams that finished above .500 the prior season.
  • The four AFC West teams are currently scheduled to make a total of 19 primetime appearances in 2022, which is tied for the second-most in the Super Bowl era.
  • This season will mark the first time ever that Amazon Prime Video has exclusive rights to Thursday Night Football. 29 of the league’s 32 teams will be making an appearance on the streaming service.

winners and losers

CBS Sports rates the winners and losers based on the difficulty of each team’s schedule as follows. Winners: Minnesota Vikings. Philadelphia Eagles. New York Giants. Seattle Seahawks. Losers: Arizona Cardinals. Las Vegas Raiders. Atlanta Falcons.

save these dates!

Our Sports Desk advises that you mark these games on your calendar and cancel all trips, weddings, parties or other minor distractions so that no one misses what seem sure to be epic matchups and revenge games:

  • Week 1Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football. Russell Wilson’s first game as a Bronco will be against the team he quarterbacked for the past decade. And Thursday night’s Rams-Bills game could be a Super Bowl preview.
  • Week 3 – Legendary quarterbacks meet: Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers at Tampa Bay Bucs and Tom Brady.
  • Week 4Kansas City Chiefs at Buccaneers. This will be the first matchup between the two teams since Tampa Bay’s 31-9 victory over the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. This will be another epic quarterback face-off: Patrick Mahomes versus Tom Brady.
  • Week 6Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs. The two best teams in the AFC play each other. Buffalo’s 2020 season ended in Kansas City one game shy of the Super Bowl. Then last season, the Bills fought into overtime in the divisional round, only to have the Chiefs end their season after winning the coin toss.
  • Week 9: LA Rams at Buccaneers. Tampa Bay’s title defense was ended by Matthew Stafford and the Rams in last year’s divisional round showdown. Time for a rematch.
  • Week 13 – Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals. A rematch of last season’s AFC conference championship. Hey, Joe Burrow! We missed you, dude!
  • Week 17 – LA Rams at LA Chargers. Possibly a Super Bowl preview game, too.

7. Brady to join Fox Sports upon retirement from the NFL

Sharp-eyed readers will note that many of the must-see matchups listed above feature the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady. All eyes will be on the 45-year old as this “unretirement” season unfolds.

But fear not, TB12 will not be far from view whenever he decides to call a real halt to his NFL career. Fox Sports announced this week that they’ve signed Brady to a 10 year, $375 million deal to be a color commentator once he hangs up his cleats for good.

In related news, ESPN is debuting a new NFL broadcast team: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, formerly of Fox.

8. NHL playoffs

There are two Game 7’s tonight, and then the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs will be complete. Here are the winners, the losers, and the teams still in the game.

ATLANTIC division

  • Florida Panthers, 4 – Washington Capitals, 2. Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin was particularly vocal about his disappointment at his team’s postseason performance.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning, 4 – Toronto Maple Leafs, 3. This was a heartbreaker for Toronto. For Game 7, the Leafs were at home. They tied the game. But in the end, once again, they couldn’t make it out of the first round of the playoffs.

METROPOLITAN division

  • Carolina Hurricanes, 4 – Boston Bruins, 3.
  • Pittsburg Penguins, 3 – New York Rangers, 3. The NY Rangers won Game 6 on Friday night, battling back from being down 3-1 and forcing a Game 7 tonight.

CENTRAL division

  • Colorado Avalanche, 4 –  Nashville Predators, 0.
  • St. Louis Blues, 4 – Minnesota Wild, 2.

PACIFIC division

  • Dallas Stars, 3 – Calgary Flames, 3. Game 7 is tonight.
  • Edmonton Oilers, 4 – LA Kings, 3. 

9. No Triple Crown contender this year

Rich Strike, the improbable, 80-1 winner of last week’s Kentucky Derby, will not run the Preakness Stakes on May 21. That means there won’t be a Triple Crown contender this year. The last Triple Crown winner was Justify in 2018.

But at least there was that one shining golden moment last Saturday at Churchill Downs. You know the one we’re talking about: when NBA GOAT Michael Jordan effusively greeted NFL GOAT Tom Brady with a hug at the racetrack, making the entire world just a little bit giddy for a shimmering second or two.

10. Nadal loses at Italian Open and may miss the French

Rafael Nadal was clearly not in good shape on Thursday night in Rome as he lost to No. 16 seed Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the Round of 16. It’s his earliest loss at this tournament since 2008. Ironically, Shapovalov had defeated Nadal in their very first match in 2017, when he was still a teenager. Nadal, 36, is a 10-time winner of the Italian Open, which features a clay court (his optimal surface).

The New York Times reports that Nadal was plagued throughout the tournament by his chronic left foot problem, known as Muller-Weiss disease. The French Open begins on May 22, and despite having started the season with a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, injuries and chronic pain may make it impossible for Nadal to play in the upcoming tournament. Rafa is a fighter, though – so watch this space for further updates.

Weekly Top sports news headlines and major events to know: May 15, 2022

That’s our take on the big sports news headlines and major events, and a preview of the week ahead, including what to know about football, basketball, baseball and more. Stay well and safe out there, dear reader. See you next week.

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Pamela Thomas-Graham is the Founder & CEO of Dandelion Chandelier. A Detroit native, she has 3 Harvard degrees and has written 3 mystery novels. After serving as a senior corporate executive, CEO of CNBC and partner at McKinsey, she now serves on the boards of several tech companies. She’s all in with the Pats, the Warriors, the Red Sox and the Wolverines. Also Naomi and Coco. And Roger. She would like to thank her advisors on the Sports Desk, without whom this column definitely would not be possible. 

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