Morning Jolt: April 18, 2011
Pau Gasol took only nine shots Sunday, and his lacking game drew the ire of Kobe Bryant. Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins called Gasol soft a month ago, and there was no refuting that on Sunday in the Lakers' 109-100 loss. Gasol played the part and looked it too, leaving the arena with a bandage under his left eye that covered a gash DJ Mbenga had opened. "It's up to me to get myself going, be more aggressive, get myself into rhythm," Gasol said. Someone asked if [Lamar] Odom also needed to hike his scoring, and Bryant made clear that wasn't the problem. "Pau is our guy," he said. "He's next in line and gets the responsibility that comes with it." (Yahoo Sports) Comment
It is a feat the Broncos haven't accomplished in years. The team's top football exec, John Elway, and general manager Brian Xanders say they need four future starters out of this draft. The Broncos' last legitimate four-starter-or-more draft was 2006, when they selected Jay Cutler, Tony Scheffler, Brandon Marshall, Elvis Dumervil and Chris Kuper from among, yes, seven picks. ... Too often there has been a disconnect between the information the Broncos have had and the information they have actually used -- see: Maurice Clarett with a third-round pick or Jarvis Moss with the 17th pick of the 2007 draft, or almost any of the draft-day trades over the last two years. (The Denver Post) Comment
Barcelona playmaker Xavi has accused Real Madrid of "not wanting to play" after part one of an El Clasico quadruple-header ended in a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu. Despite dropping two points in La Liga, Barca midfielder Xavi said his team were happy to have dominated proceedings away from home and said the comeback from 10-man Madrid did not give them extra impetus for the impending Cup final. "In no way will Madrid's morale be higher," said Xavi. "We were the better team, faithful to our playing style and we'll take a lot from the game, despite not getting the three points." (Daily Telegraph) Comment
Kobe Bryant of the Lakers lies on the floor after falling into a row of courtside seats against the Hornets in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
Superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo exchange goals in the clásico as Barcelona ties Real Madrid 1-1 at the Bernabeu.
- SI Vault: More Joe Montana
- 1809 -- 1st run of 2,000 guineas horse race at Newmarket England
- 1946 -- Jackie Robinson debuts as 2nd baseman for the Montreal Royals
- 1951 -- NY Yankee Mickey Mantle goes 1-for-4 in his 1st game
- 1987 -- Mike Schmidt hits 500th home run (vs Robinson-Pirates)
- 1994 -- Cricketer Brian Lara hits 375 runs on 1 day (world record)
- 1995 -- Quarterback Joe Montana announces his retirement from football