Sunday Sports Post !! WNBA Celebrates Mother's Day + Bosh Baby News & More

While living in Russia as a member of UMMC Ekaterinburg, Candace Parker allows a glimpse into her life as a mom to her 4 year old daughter, Lailaa.

Will Chris Paul Stay Local and Sign With Los Angeles Lakers?

Soon-to-be free agent Chris Paul has a difficult decision looming: does he stay put with the Los Angeles Clippers or does he test the open market, which includes a likely offer from a team that plays in the same arena as the Clippers in the Los Angeles Lakers?

The easy answer is yes, he will stay in L.A. but will sign with the Lakers because the Lakers have been the most stoic franchise in sports history bar none. They are in dire need for a point guard to lead the team into the future since Kobe Bryant isn’t getting any younger and this was likely the end of the road for Steve Nash.

Bringing back Dwight Howard would give Chris Paul additional incentive to switch L.A. teams as by giving him legit big guy who they can re-take the Western Conference back from the San Antonio Spurs and return to dominance sooner than later. Additionally, the Clippers always seem to have a knack for bringing in very good talent but then letting them walk at the end of their contract.

The downside of bringing in Paul is that he has never played a full 82-game season in his eight-year career so far and injuries were the dagger that ended the Lakers’ season. The idea that the Lakers had Chris Paul for about an hour back in December of 2011 on the eve of when the NBA was slated to return from their own lockout that cost the league numerous games is another reason why there is talk of Paul to the Lakers. All and all, if CP3 switches L.A. teams, all the better for the “Lake Show”.

Red Sox honor brave survivor on Mother's Day

Cantara, from southern Maine, serves as Boston's Honorary Bat Girl

By Jason Mastrodonato

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BOSTON -- There are benefits to being a hypochondriac. Had Sunday's Honorary Bat Girl, Christie Cantara, not been so worried, she may have never found out about her breast cancer.

After two doctor's visits in four months left her with no answers -- the lumps she was feeling were simply diagnosed as masses of tissue -- the third visit revealed something else.

"On Valentine's Day they told me it was cancerous," said Cantara, a 41-year-old mother of three from southern Maine. "The next day I had a lymph node checked, and that turned out to be cancerous."

She began chemotherapy two weeks later.

"Maybe for two days after I found out, I was a little wrecked, but after that I was like, 'Let's do it,'" she said. "I was just ready. I was like, 'I have things to do, we need to get this done.' And I've just been really positive, because I've had tons of support."

Cantara's oldest daughter, 19-year-old Kaylee, had support, too, in the form of best friend Lindsey Laverriere, who wrote a letter sharing Christie's story with just five days left in the voting process, which helped select one winner for each MLB team as an Honorary Bat Girl this Mother's Day.

Cantara's powerful story was chosen.

Cantara's three daughters -- Kaylee; Lacie, 9; and Mallorie, 5 -- joined her and Laverriere, along with other family members at Fenway Park on Sunday for a morning filled with interaction with Red Sox players. She was also honored before the game.

Her next chemotherapy session is scheduled for Monday.

Dwayne Johnson thanks Miami doctors; 'The Rock' says he has ‘Abs of steel'

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has much appreciation to offer the medical staff of the University of Miami. The entertainer was in the hospital for an emergency triple hernia surgery and took time to recover for a few days. The star is doing better and even took time to thank the people who helped him during his stay at the hospital. On Friday the star publicly thank the doctor and staff at the facility.

“Thank you to my surgeon Dr. Iglesias & my amazing Univ of Miami medical staff…Sewing my guts back in w/ mesh - triple hernia surgery,” wrote The Rock on his official Facebook pace. “Superman now truly has ABS OF STEEL.”

Already back on his feet, the star attached a picture of him standing next to his doctor, it was obvious how grateful the celebrity was to the man who made him better. Still on a long road to recovery, The Rock might be taking it slow for a few weeks, but he will be back on television real soon. With a new show debuting and rumors of more movies, the entertainer is a fan favorite and everyone is glad to see the star is going to make a full recovery.

Serena Williams defends Madrid title

MADRID -- Serena Williams kept the No. 1, and added No. 50.

Williams beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-4 in the final of the Madrid Open on Sunday to retain her No. 1 ranking and collect her 50th career title, while Rafael Nadal eased by Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 6-4 for his fifth title since returning from a knee injury.

Serena Williams is all smiles while holding her second straight Madrid Open title trophy. Williams beat Maria Sharapova in straight sets.

The second-ranked Sharapova would have overtaken the top ranking with a win, but Williams stormed out to an early lead as Sharapova struggled with her serve.

Despite Sharapova briefly recovering her poise in the second set, Williams' form never dipped as she eased to the title.

"It feels good," Williams said about winning her 50th title. "I don't know how many more I can win. Who knows if I will ever win another title? I just want to live the dream. Hopefully, I can keep it going.

"When you first start out everything is so exciting. Now I expect to win."

Williams improved her record against Sharapova to 13-2, with her only two losses coming in 2004.

The 31-year-old Williams, playing in her first red clay final since 2002, dominated Sharapova from the start as the Russian never managed to steady her erratic serve.

"I started the match really slow and against an opponent like her you can't give her that," said Sharapova, who had won her previous seven red-clay finals. "I wasn't reacting well. I wasn't moving well. Not only the double faults I made, I didn't have a lot of great first serves in. She was really stepping up."

Sharapova committed five double faults in her first three service games, dropping the first two as Williams eased to a one-set lead. Her shaky serve let Williams gear up and land several winning shots before closing out the first set with a floating return that clipped the line.

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Sharapova earned and converted her first break point to open the second set, opening up a 3-1 advantage.

But the former No. 1-ranked player's serve again betrayed her as she hit another double fault to cede back her break after Williams had set up three break points with her precise groundstrokes.

Williams closed out the final after Sharapova recorded her eighth and final double fault before hitting the ball long to give up her fifth service game.

Last year, Williams won here on the experimental blue clay surface that was removed after complaints from players that it was too slick.

Williams said the move back to red clay meant the tournament was a good warm-up for the French Open starting at the end of the month.

"This court is definitely different," she said. "It plays like Roland Garros and that is a plus. So I think it is great preparation."

Players love swinging pink for Mom in fight vs. cancer

Major League Baseball uses Mother's Day to promote breast cancer awareness

Players, managers and team personnel around baseball honored their mothers, wives, sisters, grandmothers and plenty more on Sunday for Mother's Day. And, in some cases, that recognition extended to some players' influences on the diamond.

"She was my first coach growing up," Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said of his mother, Jeri. "She coached me until I was 8 or 9, maybe a little older. She always worked hard, got me to every practice. She made a lot of sacrifices."

More players league-wide paid homage to the women who have made sacrifices and been influential in their lives, as teams also raised awareness for breast cancer. Some players used special-edition Louisville Slugger pink bats, while many more wore batting gloves, wristbands and other equipment brandished in pink.

"It's nice to be able to honor the cancer survivors in this way," Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay said of his pink bat. "I always look forward to this. And it being Mother's Day -- that's special too."

Jay used a pink bat in St. Louis' matinee game against the Rockies. Two years ago, Jay gave his bat to his mother. This season, he'll give the game-used bat to a family friend who is battling cancer.

It's a cause Cardinals manager Mike Matheny can appreciate. His grandmother, Luella Keefer, of Leon, W. Va., is a six-time cancer survivor at age 89.

"She's been through so much and she's so strong," Matheny said.

The pink bats have been the most vivid annual show of support. You can personalize your own pink Louisville Slugger at the Shop, and $10 from the sale of each bat will be donated to MLB Charities in support of the fight against breast cancer. As has been the case each year since 2006, game-used pink Louisville Sluggers will be auctioned exclusively on to raise further funds.

"I just love going out there and using the bat and hoping that the bat gets some hits for my mom," Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips said. "That would be nice, also. It just means a lot to swing the pink bat. Hopefully my mom is watching, and all the mothers out there know we're thinking about our moms.

"I love representing my mom. If it wasn't for my mom, I wouldn't be the athlete and the man I am today. It's to show all the moms out there that we think about them, and we try to represent and show the love towards them. That's what it's all about. If it wasn't for the women in this world, nothing would be created."

Again this year, Major League Baseball is recognizing 30 women, who, out of thousands, were selected in the Honorary Bat Girl contest, which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease. The winners, one per MLB club, are being recognized on the field at Major League ballparks Sunday or during an alternative date for away clubs. In addition to the winners, you can read all the entries at

Winners were selected by fan votes on, along with feedback from a guest judging panel that included Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, MLB Network host and reporter Sam Ryan and Maria Menounos of Extra TV.

During MLB's annual recognition on Mother's Day, Honorary Bat Girls took part in pregame activities, were honored during an on-field ceremony and received pink MLB merchandise and two tickets to the game.

To further demonstrate their support for this cause, players and on-field personnel wore the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms and also wore pink wristbands Sunday. Commemorative base jewels and dugout lineup cards also were pink.

"I think Major League Baseball does a great job of celebrating Mother's Day," Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "We get to use the pink bats, as well. Obviously it's celebrating Mother's Day, but also a great cause of breast cancer awareness. I think everybody understands the importance of it. Speaking for myself, I enjoy it and I'm sure a lot of guys do."

Paris St-Germain clinch French title, Real Madrid row rumbles on
By Andy Brassell European football expert

There may be continuing uncertainty over their coach Carlo Ancelotti's future, but what is beyond doubt is that Paris St-Germain are Ligue 1 champions.

They sealed a first French league title in 19 years thanks to a solitary Jeremy Menez goal at Lyon, a fine 53rd-minute finish from Thiago Motta's pass.

David Beckham got in on the act as a late substitute for Menez, and became the first English player to win a championship in four different countries (England, Spain, USA and France).

Despite the absence of the suspended trio of Thiago Silva, Salvatore Sirigu and Marco Verratti, it was fairly comfortable for PSG against the youthful Champions League chasers.

"We deserved it," a delighted Ancelotti told French television on the pitch after the game, as his players celebrated.

Lyon's defeat means Marseille - 2-1 winners over Toulouse on Saturday - qualify directly for the Champions League group stages and that Lille, Nice or St Etienne could yet steal third spot from them.

Basketball Wives' Adrienne Bosh Is Expecting a Baby! — Report

We're big fans of this latest baby news!

Basketball Wives star Adrienne Bosh and husband Chris Bosh are expecting a baby, according to the Miami Herald.

This will be the couple's second child.

Their son, Jackson, just celebrated his first birthday this week! We hope he saved us some cake.

Word about the newest bundle of joy spread at a Haute Living magazine event in Miami on May 9.

Chris plays for the Miami Heat and is currently in the second round of the NBA playoffs with the team. Congrats to the happy couple!


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