CLEVELAND — Before taking the floor, LeBron James stood in the hallway with his teammates outside Cleveland’s locker room and pounded his chest with both hands.
BALTIMORE — The day looked much the same. There were wastebaskets catching rainwater seeping through the ceiling, cardboard and wood chips and carpets meant to soak up days’ worth of dampness at Pimlico Race Course. The track resembled peanut butter, not dirt, and the fog rolled in as if on cue, producing a thick white curtain as the horses loaded the gate, leaving the race caller to rely on television monitors, rather than what he could see with his own eyes.
KAILUA-KONA — Imagine holding your breath for nearly three minutes, all while diving to ocean depths that force the body to battle increased lactic acid buildup, hypoxia and nearly nine atmospheres of pressure.
WASHINGTON — Jon Cooper’s Tampa Bay Lightning won Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final despite going the equivalent of more than a period without a shot on goal.
BOSTON — The Celtics punched the Cavaliers first and never looked back in rolling to a Game 1 rout.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Gerard Gallant and Paul Maurice do not know each other well despite having their NHL coaching careers overlap for several years.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Jay Monahan might have been overly ambitious when he said he hoped to have next year’s PGA Tour schedule ready to announce at The Players Championship. The commissioner is not in a big rush, and there remain a few moving parts.