The SEC keeps its football format, the NBA and NHL playoffs get exciting, an NBA owner is in trouble and a big finish in NASCAR highlights our Monday Sports Update…
** In a vote of SEC schools, the league announced it will keep its eight game football format with one permanent non-division opponent. However, now added is a strength of schedule component that mandates all league teams play a game against an ACC, Big 10, Big 12 or Pac 12 school. Florida already does that by playing FSU each year.
** The Miami Heat go for the sweep tonight as they play the Charlotte Bobcats; a win puts the Heat in the second round in the Eastern Conference. In games Sunday, Golden State belts the LA Clippers 118-97 to tie the series 2-2; Toronto tops Brooklyn 87-79 to tie that series 2-2 and Washington downs Chicago 98-89 to go up 3-1. Tonight, Atlanta is at Indiana and San Antonio is at Dallas.
** Speaking of the Clippers, team owner Donald Sterling is in hot water for some alleged racist remarks he made in taped recorded conversations. Even his own players had a form of protest before their game with Golden State on Sunday.
** In the NHL playoffs, the NY Rangers beat Philadelphia 4-2 to go up 3-2 in the series; Chicago beat St.Louis 5-1 to win that series and Anaheim beats Dallas 5-4 to win that series. Tonight, three more games on tap.
** Joey Logano wins the NASCAR race in Richmond on Saturday. He beat Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch.
** The Gator men’s golf team finishes 12th at the SEC Championships in Georgia. Alabama won the title for the third straight time.