May 31st, 2022 was highlighted by former Pro Bowl DL Akiem Hicks signing a one-year deal with the Buccaneers. Oscar Gonzalez became the only player in Cleveland history to record four multiple-hit games in their first five career GP, future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols walked off the Padres with a sacrifice fly, while Atlanta continued to struggle as the Diamondbacks erased a 6-2 deficit and ultimately won on Cooper Hummel’s GW-RBI. San Francisco also dealt Philadelphia yet another heartbreaking loss behind Joc Pederson’s 11th-inning moonshot.

See what happened in sports on May 31st last year, headlined by Russell Westbrook‘s triple double and Hachimura‘s dagger 3PM to help the Wizards avoid a sweep, Utah’s Game 4 victory behind a late 10-0 run to take a commanding 3-1 lead, and Jacob DeGrom showcasing his skill on both sides of the ball as well as what happened in sports on May 31st, 2020 ft. MLBPA’s 2020 proposal for a 114-game season starting on June 30th and Forbes releasing a ranking of the highest-paid athletes. 

WHAT HAPPENED IN SPORTS OVERVIEW: This daily sports post includes real headlines only (no clickbait rumors), all of the best highlights, interesting facts & records from around the NFL, NBA, & MLB, the main games to watch, notable birthdays, and a quick recap of significant events on this day in sports history.

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PUJOLS WINS IT AGAIN

 

D-BACKS WALK OFF BRAVES

 

 

GIANTS TAKE DOWN PHILS

 

BUCS ADDING A PLAYMAKER

 

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NBA: SG Moses Moody, Golden State Warriors (turns 20)

NFL: S Nasir Adderley, Los Angeles Chargers (25)

MLB: SP Shane Bieber, Cleveland Guardians (27)

MLB: 2B/IF David Fletcher, Los Angeles Angels (28)

NFL: WR Jordy Nelson, Retired after 2018 (37)

NBA: PG Nate Robinson, Retired after 2016 (38)

MLB: SP Jake Peavy, Retired after 2016 (41)

MLB: MGR Dave Roberts, Los Angeles Dodgers (50)

NFL: QB Joe Namath, Hall of Fame (79)

2018: Despite a Playoff career-high 51 points from LeBron James, the Cavaliers lost NBA Finals Game 1 to the Golden State Warriors after George Hill’s missed game-winning free throw led to JR Smith’s mental error when he forgot the score with less than 5 seconds left in the game

2007: LeBron James scored 29 of Cleveland’s final 30 points, including 25 straight as the Cavs defeated the Detroit Pistons in 2OT to take a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals that led to King James’ 1st NBA Finals appearance

1998: Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls defeated Reggie Miller’s Indiana Pacers in Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 to clinch their 3rd straight Finals and 6th straight during MJ’s final 6 full seasons with Chicago. This was Jordan’s final winner-take-all game where his 36.8 PPG in such games is the most all-time

1993: Down 2-1 to the New York Knicks and after a poor showing in Game 3, Chicago Bulls SG Michael Jordan scored 54 points to even the series and shift momentum. This is the highest-scoring performance against the Knicks in NBA postseason history to this day

1991: The New York Knicks announced the hiring of Pat Riley as their new Head Coach. The Knicks won at least 1 Playoff series in all 4 of Riley’s years as HC in NY including a Finals visit in 1994

1983: The Philadelphia 76ers swept the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals to win their 3rd championship in franchise history. C Moses Malone’s famous “Fo’ Fo’ Fo’” consecutive sweeps prediction nearly came true, as the 76ers lost just one single game throughout the postseason

 

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