Two new champions, Redick goes Hollywood and baseball shenanigans in the sports moments of the week ::

Two new champions, Redick goes Hollywood and baseball shenanigans in the sports moments of the week ::

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Championship Monday x2

Sports fans were treated to not one, but two winner-take-all championship games on Monday night and both delivered the goods.

The Florida Panthers avoided a historic collapse, edging the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 to capture the franchise’s first Stanley Cup, while the Tennessee Volunteers held on to beat Texas A&M 6-5 and win their first ever College World Series.

The Vols’ title ended a surprising drought; they are the first No. 1 overall seed to win it all since 1999.

It was also the school’s first championship in any sport since 2009 and they needed a pretty spectacular highlight to get them across the finish line.

Hunter Ensley, whom we featured last week for his stunning center field grab against North Carolina, made an equally impressive (and important) play on offense in the seventh inning.

Ensley tried to score from 1st base on a Kavares Tears double in the seventh inning, but looked to be dead meat at the plate. That’s when he somehow (on a dead sprint) pulled off a Matrix-like move to avoid the tag from the catcher and touch home plate to score.

It turned out to be the winning run for Tennessee, who were up 6-1 lead at the time, but had to hang on for a one-run victory.

Things were just as dramatic on the ice as former Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice finally won it all with the Florida Panthers after 26 years of coaching.

After trading a pair of early goals in the first period, Game 7 became the tight-checking, defense-first battle that many expected.

Sam Reinhart’s second period snipe proved to be the difference, as did the play of Florida goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who made yet another incredible save to deny Edmonton’s best chance to tie it up and force overtime.

It was pandemonium in Sunrise, Florida as the final seconds ticked down toward the Panthers’ first championship in their 30-year history … but there were a couple things that ever-so-slightly dampened the mood.

For those watching at home, ESPN did botch the celebration pretty bad when they allowed captain Aleksander Barkov to skate out of frame and completely missed his first Cup raise.

People were mad about that.

They also didn’t really appreciate that Bobrovsky did not win the Conn Smythe Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL playoff MVP.

That honor went to Oilers star Connor McDavid, who did not come out to accept it and couldn’t have sounded less enthused about his individual honor.

McDavid is just the sixth player ever to win the Conn Smythe on a team that did not win the cup and the first non-goalie to do it since 1976.

When you really dig into the numbers, and take a moment to think about what this award is, it really shouldn’t be a surprise that McDavid got this award.

He broke Wayne Gretzky’s all-time record with 34 assists in these playoffs, and delivered back-to-back four point games in Game 4 and 5 (also an NHL record — nobody’s ever done that).

Is it awkward? Yes.

But deserved? Also yes.

I don’t know where McDavid is going to keep that trophy… did he even take it home, I wonder?

JJ Redick hired as Lakers head coach

Former Duke star JJ Redick is back in the spotlight.

After weeks of behind-the-scenes drama, the ESPN analyst and successful podcaster (with LeBron James no less) was hired to be the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

And if the introductory press conference was any indicator, it’s going to be an entertaining run to say the least.

Redick certainly carried himself with a lot more swagger and sarcasm than you’d expect from a first-time coach stepping into one of the biggest jobs in the sport.

In just a few short minutes, Redick mocked concerns about his inexperience, boldly claimed he never talked to James about the job opening (which got a hilarious reaction in the room) and even became an internet meme when he answered a question about math.

We’re still four months away from his first game on the bench!

Redick has always been someone who elicits strong emotions on the basketball court. He was a big-time villain at Duke and, even though he’s obviously very smart, that carried over a bit into his ESPN career.

Redick is a great basketball mind, but he can come off as condescending at times. Mix that with the Lakers and LeBron James media hype train, and we’re likely going to get some fireworks.

Side note: Speaking of the NBA, did you know the draft is Wednesday night? Like, this Wednesday! Am I crazy, or did it really sneak up on us this year?

Courage finally back in the win column

After a strong start to the year, it’s been a struggle for the North Carolina Courage recently.

The squad entered Sunday having lost five of their last seven games, with just one win and one draw.

At long last, they found a breakthrough at home, scoring a 3-1 win at home on Pride Night against the Chicago Red Stars.

North Carolina fell behind early, but answered right back when Tyler Lussi slotted home the equalizer in the 16th minute.

In the second half, Ashley Sanchez put the good guys on top for good thanks to an impressive strike from the top of the box her first goal since March.

Then it was Meredith Speck providing some insurance with her first goal since tearing her ACL last season.

With just two games left until the seven-week Olympic break, the Courage are still in playoff position as the No. 6 seed.

This Saturday’s game against the Washington Spirit (who are unbeaten in their last six) will be one to watch as North Carolina tries to build some momentum and confidence with their young squad.

USMNT blanks Bolivia to open Copa America

The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team is already hard at work going for some pre-Olympic hardware.

Team USA is hosting this year’s Copa America tournament, and opened with a bang Sunday against Bolivia.

Team captain Christian Pulisic unleashed a gorgeous highlight-reel goal in the third minute to stake the home squad to an early lead.

Then, it was Folarin Balogun (a former England international) adding another goal just before halftime as the U.S. cruised to a 2-0 victory.

It wasn’t the sharpest performance, especially in the 2nd half as Team USA missed a couple of great chances, but as Brazil taught us on Monday night (they drew 0-0 with Costa Rica), you can never take a win for granted.

Especially on the international stage.

Next up is another should-be win against Panama on Thursday in Atlanta.

Then on Monday, it will be a showdown with Uruguay in Kansas City that will likely decide the group winner.

Clark vs. Reese III: Angel’s revenge

Lakers legend Magic Johnson is notoriously bad at social media, but his latest post could prove to be spot on:

“When I think about Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese’s impact on the game, they remind me a lot of Larry Bird and me.”

Obviously, there’s a long way to go before Clark/Reese can live up to the Bird/Magic rivalry, but the foundation is certainly there.

Sunday was the third time that Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese met on the WNBA stage and, just like the other two times, it was appointment viewing.

Clark played well, posting 17 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and four steals for the Indiana Fever, who sought their third straight win over the Chicago Sky this season.

Angel Reese simply refused to let that happen.

After getting into it with NaLyssa Smith (and waving the referee off like a boss), Reese played her best game as a pro with a career-high 25 points to go with 16 rebounds as the Sky erased a 15-point deficit and came back to win by one, 88-87.

When asked how she was able to lead the comeback, Reese’s answer was simple: “I’m a dog. You can’t teach that.”

Just like you can’t manufacture this kind of rivalry.

The Sky and Fever have had their three games decided by a combined 10 points this year, and every single one has produced a storyline that entered the mainstream.

I wasn’t around when Johnson and Bird were rookies, but I do know that national interest in the two of them elevated the NBA to a new level of popularity that it had never seen before.

Sure feels like that’s what’s happening with these two rookies in the WNBA.

Magic got this one right.

Major League silliness

With so many games in each baseball season, there’s lots of chances to see something strange and we had several this week. Some good, some bad and some ugly.

We start with the good on Monday night, as the Philadelphia Phillies turned a triple play in their win over Detroit.

But not just any triple play. This was a 1-3-5 triple play, something that hasn’t happened in the majors since 1929.

(Special shoutout to Tigers infielder Zach McKinstry for making this happen because he had no idea what was going on.)

Now to the bad, which gave us a historic moment late Saturday night.

The Colorado Rockies walked off for an 8-7 win over the Washington Nationals thanks to a pitch clock violation!

It was close, but Nats closer Kyle Finnegan did take too long before a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning.

I felt bad for Finnegan until I heard this stat: It was his ninth pitch clock violation this season alone. Nobody else has more than five.

It’s not like he hadn’t been warned.

Finally, the ugly. And for the Chicago White Sox, that’s been happening a lot this season.

The Sox are worst in the majors with a 21-59 record because they simply cannot get out of their own way.

Our latest example comes from Friday’s game against the Tigers.

Down by one, with a man on in the bottom of the ninth , Andrew Benintendi hit a fly out to left-center field.

No big deal except Paul DeJong, who was the runner on first, forgot how many outs there were and didn’t tag up.

The Tigers threw it back to the infield for a game-ending 8-6-3 double play.

It’s going to be a long summer on the South Side.

We’ll see you next week.