The Mitchell Report: LeBron, MJ and Duke baseball
Posted April 27, 2014
Thoughts on the sports world I can't share in a 5 minute sportscast. Some Triangle news. Some not.
What we learned this weekend
Duke baseball is legit.
The Blue Devils swept Wake Forest in Winston-Salem and have now won nine straight. Duke has clinched a spot in the ACC tournament for the first time since 2009.
The Clippers likely have a problem.
The biggest story of the weekend, by far, is the racist comments allegedly made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The NBA is looking into a recording posted first by TMZ.com. The Clippers players made a statement by throwing their warmup jerseys at mid-court before the start of their playoff game with Golden State. It will be really interesting to follow this story this week.
NASCAR can be some great drama.
Two guys who finished 18th and 19th at this weekend's race in Richmond are making the biggest news. Marcos Ambrose punched Casey Mears in the face during a post-race brawl in the garage. The race wasn't too shabby either, with Joey Logano using a great move to win a tight one in the final laps.
LeBron "wasn't" looking at MJ during that dunk
The Heat stomped on the Bobcats in Game three of the playoff series in Charlotte. After the game, LeBron James got to answer a question about a steal and dunk in the second half. James appeared to be staring at Michael Jordan just before throwing down a massive dunk. He claims he was not.
“No, no. Don’t start that. Absolutely not, man. Absolutely not,” James said. “I was able to read McRoberts, get a steal and push the lead back up. I absolutely didn’t look at MJ, for sure.”
Stories you may not have heard
Jimmie Johnson did not win at Richmond, but he put together one impressive 5k performance on Sunday morning. Johnson finished the "Jimmie Johnson Foundation" 5k in about 19 minutes. That is good for any runner and especially good for someone who just spent several grueling hours in a car and traveled the night before.
Speaking of running, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick ran a half marathon Saturday in Nashville. He finished in 2 hours and 36 minutes which is a few minutes faster than my personal record in the half. I'm going to have to start training harder!
A great story in Major League Baseball on Sunday as former Charlotte pitcher, Scott Carroll, made his debut in the bigs. He had reconstructive elbow surgery and worked his way back through the minors to pitch for the White Sox. He went 7 and 1/3 innings allowing just one earned run and left the game to a standing ovation. The 29-year-old got the win over the Rays David Price.
Have you seen the really fantastic .gif of the Penguins baby? Meet him in this story.
The story of Lacey Holsworth will melt your heart and break it at the same time. Read more about it here.