Saturday, April 7, 2012
Top Things to Know for Saturday
Stats & Info insights into this morning's top sports stories
1. OLD AND YOUNG ATOP THE LEADERBOARD: Fred Couples and Jason Dufner enter the weekend as co-leaders at the 2012 Masters Tournament. At 52 years old, Couples is the oldest player to ever hold the 36-hole lead at the Masters. Dufner, who has yet to win on the PGA TOUR in 161 career starts, has held a share of the lead in three of the last five rounds at the majors.
2. WOODS STRUGGLES AT MASTERS: Tiger Woods carded a 3-over 75, his worst second-round score at the Masters. It also tied his second-worst score as a pro at the Masters. Woods failed to birdie a par five Friday, his third round at the Masters in which he failed to birdie a par five (fourth Round in 2008, first Round in 2003). Woods has never won a major when outside the top-five through 36 holes.
3. WEAVER MAKES UP FOR PUJOLS' DONUT: In his much-anticipated Los Angeles Angels debut, Albert Pujols went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. He was the lone Angels starter without a hit. But the Angels still won on the strength of Jered Weaver and his eight-inning, 10-strikeout performance. FROM ELIAS: Weaver is only the third pitcher since 1900 to throw at least eight scoreless innings with 10 or more strikeouts and no walks on opening day (Bob Gibson, 1967 (9 IP, 0 R, 13 K) and Chris Short, 1968 (9 IP, 0 R, 10 K).
4. BATTLE FOR BEST RECORD GETS EVEN TIGHTER: The San Antonio Spurs extended their win streak to 10 with a 128-103 win against the New Orleans Hornets. It’s their second win streak of at least 10 games this season (won 11 straight previously), and the second consecutive season in which San Antonio tallied multiple double-digit win streaks. In Indiana, the Oklahoma City Thunder fell to the Indiana Pacers, creating co-leaders atop the Western Conference for the first time since January 6 (Thunder were tied with the Denver Nuggets).
5. A TON AT STAKE ON FINAL DAY OF NHL REGULAR SEASON: Saturday marks the final day in the NHL’s regular season. All 16 playoff spots are accounted for, with seeding still to be determined. The wildest race is in the Pacific Division, where the Phoenix Coyotes lead the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks by a point. Phoenix has never won a division title since joining the NHL as the 'original' Winnipeg Jets in 1979. The Presidents’ Trophy is also up for grabs, with the New York Rangers owning the tiebreaker over the Vancouver Canucks should the teams finish the regular season tied in points. And Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning (59 goals) will try to become the 39th player in NHL history to score 60 goals in a season.