The Rory Show

May 20, 2022

By: Carlos Alvarez

Good Morning,

It’s the Rory McIlroy show after Round 1 of the PGA Championship, and plenty of highlights from the NBA, NHL, MLB and WNBA bring us into the weekend. Get pumped for another full weekend of sports…

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McIlroy Shines in Round 1


Rory McIlroy (-5) Holds Outright Lead After Round 1 of PGA Championship


Golfers started carving up Round 1 at Southern Hills on Thursday, and then Southern Hills fought back. It’s a familiar name at the top of the leaderboard after Rory McIlroy (-5) strung together seven birdies in the opening round, including a stretch of four straight on the back-nine. The 2012 and 2014 PGA Championship winner leads outright after Day 1. Meanwhile, only a handful of golfers shot scores at 3-under or better. Big names like Tiger Woods (+4), Scottie Scheffler (+1) and Dustin Johnson (+3) were victims of Southern Hills’ difficult design. The PGA Championship continues today.


Watch: PGA Championship Round 1 Highlights



R. McIlroy (-5)

W. Zalatoris (-4)

T. Hoge (-4)

M. Kuchar (-3)

A. Ancer (-3)

J. Thomas (-3)


Other Notable Scorecards: X. Schauffele (-2), C. Smith (-2), J. Niemann (-2), T. Finau (-1), P. Reed (-1), S. Scheffler (+1), J. Daly (+2), J. Spieth (+2), C. Morikawa (+2), D. Johnson (+3), T. Woods (+4) Full Leaderboard


Round 2 Tee Times (Today)


Additional Storylines

ESPN: Tiger Woods & Rory McIlroy Walked a Different Walk to Open the PGA Championship

USA Today: Rory McIlroy in Full Flight, Takes Early Lead in 104th PGA Championship

PGA: Rory McIlroy Authors Vintage Performance in Opening-Round 65 at PGA Championship



Smart Sparks Boston Blowout


Celtics Backcourt Shines in Bounce-Back Game 2 Win Against Heat (127-102)


It’s a dog fight in the East! The Celtics buried the Heat in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday night (127-102). Boston led by 25 points at halftime and never stumbled. The Celtics were downright perfect, shooting above 50 percent from the field and 3-point range while packaging a stellar defensive performance. Jimmy Butler (29 points) got his buckets for the Heat, but no other Miami player cracked 14 points.


The Boston Backcourt

Meanwhile, Boston’s backcourt was borderline unconscious as the trio of Jayson Tatum (27), Jaylen Brown (24) and Marcus Smart (24) combined for 75 points on 13 threes (13-for-25). Smart was the jack-of-all-trades in Game 2, tallying 12 assists, nine rebounds and three steals alongside his 24 points. The series heads back to Boston all square at 1-1.


Watch: Celtics Blow Out Heat With Game 2 Sharpshooting (127-102)


NBA Playoffs Schedule

Gm 2: Mavericks at Warriors (Fri. 9:00 pm ET)

Gm 3: Heat at Celtics (Sat. 8:30 pm ET)

Gm 3: Warriors at Mavericks (Sun. 9:00 pm ET)


Additional Storylines

NBC Sports: Marcus Smart Does It All in Game 2 Return

CBS Sports: Relentless Celtics Roll Heat to Even Eastern Conference Finals



Late Strike of Lightning


Ross Colton Scores With 3.8 Seconds Left to Lift Lightning Over Panthers; Blues Hand Avalanche First Playoff Loss


Another night on ice saw a wild one in Florida. The Lightning struck down the Panthers by a stunning goal from Ross Colton with 3.8 seconds left in the third period. The late goal gave Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead in the Florida series. Out west, the St. Louis Blues delivered the first loss of the postseason to the Colorado Avalanche thanks to David Perron’s two-goal night. An empty-net goal slammed the door on Game 2 to even the series between the Blues and Avs. We’re deep into Round 2 as the Stanley Cup Playoffs skate on.


Stanley Cup Playoff Highlights

Gm 2: Blues def. Avalanche (4-1) | Series Tied (1-1)

Gm 2: Lightning def. Panthers (2-1) | TBL Leads (2-0)


Tonight’s Schedule

Gm 2: Rangers at Hurricanes (8:00 pm ET) | CAR Leads (1-0)

Gm 2: Oilers at Flames (10:30 pm ET) | CGY Leads (1-0)


Additional Storylines

NHL: Panthers Blow Game 2 on ‘Fatal Mistake’ With Defensive Miscue in Final Seconds

ESPN+: Conn Smythe Watch: Ranking Candidates for Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP



\"⚾️\" MLB: Story’s Historic Night

Plenty of walk-offs and highlights from MLB on Thursday, but Trevor Story’s night for the Red Sox took the cake. Story hit three home runs en route to five runs scored and seven RBIs as the Sox beat the Mariners (12-6).


\"🏀\" WNBA: Ogunbowale Goes Off

The Wings took down the Mercury behind a monster night for Arike Ogunbowale (37 points). The third-year guard went 10-for-10 from the charity stripe with five 3s in the Wings win (94-84).



\"🏈\" The New World of NIL

For everything that has supposedly changed in the college athletics era of name, image and likeness, it has mostly brought the financial transactions that used to happen under the table into the public domain. Enter Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher’s feud on Thursday. (USA Today)


\"🏛️\" 50 Years of Title IX

In 1972, no one dreamed a dry, 37-word clause tucked inside a new education legislation would have such a profound impact. A half century later, it’s time to reflect on how far the quest for equality has come—and where it still has to go. (Sports Illustrated)


\"⚽️\" Analyzing the New U.S. Soccer CBA

The landmark equal pay agreement announced Wednesday by U.S. Soccer and its men’s and women’s national teams is remarkable for many reasons, not least the concessions all three sides made to get this historic deal done. (FOX Sports)





The Must-Watch List

PGA Championship

Southern Hills (All Weekend)


NBA Playoffs

Gm 2: Mavericks at Warriors (Fri. 9:00 pm)

Gm 3: Heat at Celtics (Sat. 8:30 pm)

Gm 3: Warriors at Mavericks (Sun. 9:00 pm)


NHL Playoffs

Gm 2: Rangers at Hurricanes (Fri. 8:00 pm)

Gm 2: Oilers at Flames (Fri. 10:30 pm)

Gm 3: Avalanche at Blues (Sat. 8:00 pm)

Gm 3: Panthers at Lightning (Sun. 1:30 pm)

Gm 3: Hurricanes at Rangers (Sun. 3:30 pm)

Gm 3: Flames at Oilers (Sun. 8:00 pm)


MLB Regular Season

Padres—Giants Series

Yankees—White Sox Series

Dodgers—Phillies Series

Full MLB Weekend Schedule



Mercury at Aces (Sat. 3:00 pm)

Sky at Mystics (Sun. 3:00 pm)

Full WNBA Schedule


UEFA Women’s Champions League

FINAL: Barcelona vs. Lyon (Sat. 1:00 pm)


Premier League (Final Match)

Manchester City vs. Aston Villa (Sun. 11:00 am)

Liverpool vs. Wolverhampton (Sun. 11:00 am)

*Man. City Leads Liverpool (90-89)



All-Star Open at Texas Motor Speedway (Sun. 5:30 pm)


*All Times ET