College Basketball: The Lexington Herald Leader reports longtime official John Cahill is retiring. The 60-year-old Cahill who has officiated games for 40 years, will still be involved with officiating as the supervisor of officials of the new Big East Conference. Cahill worked 11 Final Fours and was on the national championship game this year when Louisville defeated Michigan. The Albany, New York native is a lawyer by trade.
College Football: One of the newest members of the SEC is expanding its stadium. Texas A&M plans to expand Kyle Field from its current capacity of over 82,000 to 102,500, making it the largest stadium in the SEC and the third largest in the nation behind Michigan and Penn State. The expansion will begin following the 2013 season and be completed before the start of the 2015 season.
MLB: The Cincinnati Reds open a weekend series against the Chicago Cubs this afternoon at Wrigley Field, St. Louis continues its series at Milwaukee this evening, with Atlanta opening a weekend series with the NY Mets.
NBA: The playoff schedule features four possible closeout games, as four teams can all advance with Game 6 wins.
In Eastern Conference play, the Pacers will visit Atlanta with a 3-2 lead while the Knicks are in Boston and will try for a third time to finish off the Celtics.
Western Conference action has the Thunder in the same position as the Knicks, having won the first three games of their West quarterfinal against Houston, only to see the Rockets win the last two. The Grizzlies have won three straight over the Clippers and will try to finish off LA in Memphis.
NHL: Tonight’s playoff schedule features four games. The Pittsburgh Penguins will
try to build a 2-0 lead on the New York Islanders following a Game 1 win on Wednesday. Also in the East, Ottawa will try to grab a 2-0 series lead against Montreal.
In the West, the Chicago Blackhawks take a 1-0 series advantage into a home game against the Minnesota Wild and the San Jose Sharks will try for another victory following a home win over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 on Wednesday