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Welcome to Monday Morning Tackling

This Sports Section - which will appear every Monday morning - is designed for the more passive sports enthusiast who doesn't really have the time - or interest - staying completely abreast of all that is going on in the wide world of sports, but doesn't want to appear ignorant when standing around the water cooler on Monday mornings. Because we are finding that, the older we get, the less we tend to care about such things. And just as an offensive tackle need only understand that portion of the play that effects his next move, this segment should provide just enough updates to at least help you follow along with the discussion. This information is by no means in-depth, and we find that it is best when used to initiate the conversation: "Hey, what the hell is going on with that Penske team?" Then let the quarterbacks go to work explaining what should have been done - while you plan the rest of the week in your mind.

Here is all you need to know about this past weekend in sports. And you're welcome:

CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX: Pato O’Ward won Sunday’s NTT IndyCar Series rac

e on Belle Isle overtaking Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden – who remains winless this year- in the final 3 laps in his Number 5 Dallara-Chevrolet. Marcus Erickson won Saturday – but nobody will be talking about that.

FRENCH OPEN: Nobody will be talking about this either - because no American can pronounce any of the four finalists’ names- but top-seeded Novak Djokovic defeated number 5 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in Sunday’s men’s finals match of the French Open, or Roland Garros, as the French call it (it seems they have a different name for everything). It’s the 19th career Grand Slam win for the 32-year-old Serbian. Anastasia Pavlyuchkova defeated Barbora Krejcikova in the Women’s Finals.

NBA PLAYOFFS: The Philadelphia 76ers play Atlanta Hawks at 7:30 tonight in game 4 of the Eastern Division semi-final round. 76ers lead this series 2-1. New Orleans Jazz play Los Angeles Clippers at 10:00 tonight in the Western Division semi-final round. The Jazz lead this series 2-1. Tomorrow night the Milwaukee Bucks play New Jersey Nets in game 5 of this Eastern Division semi-final game at 8:30. This series is tied 2-2. The Phoenix Suns swept The Denver Nuggets over the weekend to advance to the Western Conference finals.

NHL PLAYOFFS: New York Islanders defeated Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 yesterday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals. Game 2 is Tuesday night. Montreal Canadiens play Las Vegas Golden Knights tonight at 9:00 PM in their 1st Semi-Final game.

DETROIT TIGERS: The Tigers lose 4-1 to the Chicago White Sox yesterday ending a 3-game weekend sweep- including a 15-2 whooping on Saturday - for the White Sox, who are in 1st place the American League Central. Tigers are in 4th place in that same division and are 26-39 for the season. They take on the 30-34 Kansas City Royals tonight in Kansas City.


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