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This Week in Sports :: April 14-18, 2008

Apr 17, 2008

Miguel Tejada is a few years older than you think and the Lakers claim the top spot in the West coming into the playoffs. See what else happened!

Tejada Lies About Age

This week, ESPN caught Houston Astros star Miguel Tejada telling a fib. Ever since he was brought over from the Dominican Republic by the Oakland A's in 1993, Tejada has claimed he was 17 years old when he was actually 19. On Tuesday, ESPN busted Tejada by showing him a copy of his birth certificate. After getting caught, Tejada walked out on the interview. On Thursday, he told ESPN he did it under the advice of his coach in the Dominican Republic. He said, "I was a poor kid, I wanted to sign a professional contract, and that was the only way to do it. I didn't want or mean to do anything wrong. At the time, I was two years older than they thought." The Astros don't seem to mind the lie too much, as Tejada is one of the game's best players and has the potential to win MVP this season.

Kobe Takes the Number One Spot

It has been one crazy last week in the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers finished the season strong winning their last four games. They were able to squeak past the New Orleans Hornets for the top spot in the Western Conference. The Lakers' rise to the top is definitely a surprise considering Kobe Bryant demanding to be traded at the beginning of the season. But the emergence of second-year center Andrew Bynum and the trade for Pau Gasol made a huge difference. Kobe has also been enjoying his best season as a pro and is a top candidate in the MVP race. The Lakers will play the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The Nuggets barely got in the playoffs after a neck and neck race for the final spot with the Golden State Warriors.

More Underclassmen Declare for the Draft

Now that the college basketball season is done, more and more underclassmen have thrown their names in the NBA Draft. This week super freshman and potential number one pick, Derrick Rose of Memphis has announced he is going pro. Another freshman who is projected as a top three pick, Michael Beasley of Kansas State has declared himself eligible for NBA millions. The UCLA duo of Russell Westbrook and All American freshman Kevin Love both announced they are making the jump as well. Both are expected to be first round picks in this June's draft.

Notes Around the Sports World

  • After 13 seasons, Steve McNair of the Baltimore Ravens has decided to retire. He spent his first nine years with the Tennessee Titans before finishing his career in Baltimore. McNair has thrown for 174 touchdowns and more than 31,000 yards in his career.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins are cruising through the NHL Playoffs as they swept the Ottawa Senators - the same team that embarrassed them last year.
  • Two non-playoff NBA teams wasted no time in making changes to their team. On Thursday, the Milwaukee Bucks fired interim coach Jim Boylan and the Milwaukee Bucks parted ways with coach Larry Krystkowiak as well.
  • As of Friday, the New York Rangers are winning the series 3-1 against their cross town rivals, the New Jersey Devils. The Rangers have a chance to close out the series on Friday night.

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