Hill leads Vikings past Morgan Park


Hill leads Vikings past Morgan Park

By Clyde Travis

With only one starter returning from last years team, Morgan Park was no match for senior-laden Homewood Flossmoor, which beat the Mustangs 57-47 in the Chicago Public Schools Shootout Saturday at the UIC Pavilion. No. 17 H-F (4-1) was up just 21-20 at halftime, but opened a 39-33 lead after three quarters.The Vikings got the first double-digit lead of the game 45-35 on a basket by Delvon Rencher with 4:36 remaining in the fourth quarter. Morgan Park (1-1) pulled within 49-43 on back-to-back baskets by Billy Garrett Jr., but they could not get any closer. We played a very unselfish team game, H-F coach Jim McLaughlin said. They suffered a heartbreaking loss against Bloom and that really got their attention. Maurius Hill led the Vikings with 16 points and seven rebounds. Tyrone Sherman had 15 points and six assists, while Rencher added 14 points and six rebounds.McLaughlin singled out Sherman for his excellent play: He has been a four-year varsity player and this may be one of his best games. He ran the offense and played some great defense on Garrett.Garrett, who was the focal point of the Viking defense, led all scorers with 18 points. Xzavier Taylor scored eight points and had a game-high 13 rebounds for Morgan Park. Mustangs coach Nick Irvin said his team did not match Homewood-Flossmoors intensity. We did not run our offense and execute the way we know we can, he said. Take nothing away from H-F, I was very disappointed with the way we played. We have to learn to be more aggressive, but we are a young team and we will get better as time goes on.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa is heating up, but even a red-hot Sosa doesn't automatically equal wins for the Cubs.

Slammin' Sammy notched his first multi-homer game in 1998 in a 9-5 loss to Kevin Millwood and the Atlanta Braves. Sosa drove in 4 of the Cubs' 5 runs on a solo shot in the 4th inning and a three-run shot in the 8th. 

Sosa tallied 830 feet of homers in the game, with his first blast going 410 feet and the second shot measured at 420 feet.

The big game bumped Sosa's overall season slash line to .337/.411/.551 (.962 OPS) with 11 homers and 35 RBI.

Fun fact: Mickey Morandini hit second for the Cubs in this game and went 4-for-4, but somehow only scored one run despite hitting just in front of Sosa all game. That's because Morandini was caught stealing to end the 3rd inning, leaving Sosa to lead off the 4th inning with a solo blast.

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Anyone who lived through the Michael Jordan Bulls remembers those games when he was putting up tons of points, but the Bulls were still struggling overall.

Steve Kerr referenced one of those games to give advice to Kevin Durant during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The TNT broadcast caught the conversation and aired it late in the third quarter.

"When MJ was with the Bulls, we had a playoff game," Kerr began the story. "He kept trying to score and he was scoring, but we weren't getting anything going. Phil Jackson said 'Who's open?' He said, 'John Paxson.'"

Paxson famously hit the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals to clinch the series. Kerr, who later hit his own championship-winning shot on an assist from Jordan in 1997, was trying to get to get his teammates involved.

"I want to trust your teammates early," Kerr said. "What you're doing is you're getting to the rim and then you're trying to hit him. I want you to trust the first guy and then move. Still attack, still look to score, but trust these guys, OK?"

Watch the video above to see the interaction.

Durant scored 29 points in Game 5 to lead the Warriors, but Houston took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win.