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This Week in Sports :: May 5-9, 2008

Kobe Bryant finally wins the NBA's MVP award and a blind man bowls a perfect game! See what else happened this week!

Kobe Wins MVP

The fairy tale season for the Los Angeles Lakers continued this week as Kobe Bryant was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player on Monday. The award is Bryant's first MVP award in his 12-year career. For the season, Kobe averaged 28.3 points, 5.4 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game as the Lakers finished the season with a Western Conference-best, 57-25 record. Bryant beat out New Orleans guard Chris Paul for the prestigious honor. On Wednesday, Bryant was presented with the award prior to Game 2 of their second round series against the Utah Jazz. The Lakers won that game 120-110 and now have a 2-0 lead against Utah.

Blind Man Bowls Perfect Game

A 78-year-old blind man proved this week that nothing is impossible. Dale Davis of Alta, Iowa nailed 12 straight strikes for a 300 score during a league bowling game last Saturday night. Davis has suffered from an eye disease for the past decade and can only see the ball when he picks it up. His fellow bowlers help him with pin placement. Davis, who bowls twice a week, says he can tell how his throw went by the sound of the ball hitting the pins.

Lee Pitching like an Ace

Cleveland Indians pitcher Cliff Lee has been having the season of his life. After a victory against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night, Lee's record now stands at a perfect 6-0 and has an incredible .81 ERA. Last year, Lee struggled with an abdominal strain and was even sent back to the minor leagues because of his poor play. Coming into the year, he was not even have a guaranteed spot on the Indians roster but has earned himself the Pitcher of the Month award for April! Good for him!

Notes Around the Sports World

  • The Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Paul Maurice on Wednesday. The Leafs finished this season with a 36-35-11 record, missing the playoffs by 11 points.
  • Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets honored an eight year-old cancer victim by writing "Brian" on his sneaker for Game 3 of the Western Conference semi finals. Brian, a Hornets fan, died on Monday from a brain tumor. His was scheduled to attend go to Monday nights Hornets game.
  • Michael Avery from Lake Sherwood, CA, has committed to play basketball at the University of Kentucky. But fans will have to wait four years to see him in the Wildcats' uniform, since Avery is only in eighth grade! The 6'4" phenom hasn't even chose a high school to attend yet! He is the youngest player to commit to Kentucky.

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