Unreal, Gary Neal
NBA: With the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs on the verge of elimination, Gary Neal hit a 3-point shot at the buzzer that sent Game 5 against the Memphis Grizzlies into overtime. San Antonio pulled off a 110-103 win, but Memphis still leads the series 3-2.
The Miami Heat are headed for the Eastern Conference semifinals after eighty-sixing the 76ers 97-91 in Game 5 of their opening-round series. Miami, which won its first playoff series since winning the NBA title in 2006, will face the Boston Celtics in the next round.
The Oklahoma City Thunder took the Denver Nuggets out with a 100-97 victory in Game 5. The Thunder rolled to their first playoff series victory since 2005, when the team was still in Seattle.
NHL: The Boston Bruins had never come back from an 0-2 playoff series deficit, getting ousted all 26 times they'd been in that position. That all changed when they beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in overtime of Game 7 to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
After falling into a 3-1 series hole, the Tampa Bay Lightning came storming back, winning three straight against the Pittsburgh Penguins, including a 1-0 victory in Game 7 Wednesday night to advance.
NFL: U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson could be this season's MVP if the players have any say in the matter. The NFL was hoping that Nelson would keep the lockout in place until they could appeal her decision to lift it. However, she again sided with the players late Wednesday, denying the appeal request and reaffirming that the lockout is now over. Now the NFL will try and get the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis to uphold the lockout while it appeals the fact that it was lifted in the first place. Even so, Nelson says the league must return to business. How quickly that happens, and under what parameters remains murky.