Black and Gold Gazette
Sports NewsWednesday, May 16, 2012 By Fer Driemeyer
In Professional sports news, rookie NFL draft picks are beginning to sign their contracts, the NBA play offs are still in session, golf is in full swing, and Olympic athletes are getting ready for Summer 2012. It is an exciting time for sports fans. Number one overall NFL draft pick Andrew Luck signed his rookie contract recently, a four year $22 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts. Luck, a 3 year starter out of Stanford, was taken by the Colts to replace future Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning, who was released and later signed with the Denver Broncos. Luck is an NFL ready QB already, and the Colts expect a lot out of him in his first season. Former Montana Grizzly wide receiver Jabin Sambrano also signed with the Colts, and his former teammate Trumaine Johnson signed with the St. Louis Rams. In NBA play off news, the second round has begun. The Miami Heat are facing the Indiana Pacers, the Philadelphia 76ers are facing the Boston Celtics, the Las Angeles Lakers are taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the San Antonio Spurs are taking on the Las Angeles Clippers. The Heat and Pacers series is tied at 1-1, the Boston and Philadelphia series is in the favor of Boston 2-1. In the West, the Spurs are up 1-0 on the Clippers, and the Thunder are 1-0 on the Lakers. The X factor in the Heat series is LeBron James, who is the MVP of the league, he puts his team on his back. The X factor in the Boston series is Kevin Garnett, who has turned back the clock and is stepping his game up extremely. He is carrying his team right now. In the west series, the X factors are Tim Duncan of the Spurs, and Kobe Bryant of the Lakers, both still dominating this late into their careers. In golf news, we are still waiting for Tiger Woods to show up. The Olympics are right around the corner, and I know we all are waiting to watch Michael Phelps dominate again. He won 8 gold medals 4 years ago, and he is ready to do it again. The Olympics also feature a variety of different events that interest fans, from basketball, to track and field, to gymnastics. That's all for sports news, for more info, watch SportsCenter.