A new NBA MVP, playoff results, baseball scores and more in our Wednesday Sports Update…
** Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is the NBA MVP for the first time in his career. In an emotional off the cuff acceptance speech, he thanked all his teammates and his Mom for making the award possible. LeBron James was the runner-up.
** In the NBA playoffs, the Miami Heat demolish Brooklyn 107-86 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff series. And San Antonio punished Portland 116-92 in Game 1 of that Western Conference series. Tonight Washington is at Indiana up 1-0 and the LA Clippers are at Oklahoma City up 1-0.
** One more NBA note; the Golden State Warriors fire coach Mark Jackson even though his team made the playoffs.
** In Gator sports, the Florida softball team is getting ready for the SEC Tournament tomorrow against Georgia. Gator sophomore Kelsey Stewart was named a first team All-SEC player while pitcher Hannah Rogers and infielder Stephanie Tofft garnered second team honors.
** In the NHL playoffs, Montreal tops Boston 4-2 to go up 2-1 in the series and Minnesota blanks Chicago 4-0 but the Black Hawks lead 2-1 in the series. Tonight, Pittsburgh is at the New York Rangers with the Penguins up 2-1.
** In baseball, Miami beats the New York Mets 3-0 while Atlanta breaks a seven game losing streak by beating St.Louis 2-1. Baltimore beat Tampa Bay 5-3.
** Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks will be inducted into the Tampa Bay Bucs Ring of Honor in a ceremony in September and he will also have his number 55 retired.