Blue Jackets Sweep, Islanders Knock Out Pens, Raptors, Nuggets Even Their Series


April 17th, 2019

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  • CBS Sports reports that the live final round coverage of the Masters was the highest-rated morning golf broadcast in 34 years.
  •  ESPN announced that Peyton Manning will host Peyton’s Places, a 30-episode documentary that is divided into five chapters. Set to air on ESPN+, the series debuts in July and will be released in six-episode chunks through January 2020.
  • The average life span of an MLB baseball is five to seven pitches.
  • Daryl “Moose” Johnston, the former Cowboys fullback and current FOX commentator, also had a side gig as the General Manager of the San Antonio franchise in the Alliance of American Football. Johnston said he was  “misled” about the long-term viability of the league.
  • The yo-yo started out as a weapon in the Philippines during the 16th century before being introduced to the United States as a toy in 1929. It weighed four pounds and had a 20-foot cord.
  • The Washington Kastles are headed to the roof. The professional tennis team will see a 700-seat stadium built on the top of Washington D.C.’s Union Market. The new Stadium will feature VIP Dinner Tables with food offerings by Union Market District restaurants, Premier Courtside Boxes, Baseline Experience and Sideline Experience seats. A sponsor reception area will also be available just off the court for private events and meet-and-greets with players.
  • The NFL estimates that more than 100 children are conceived every year at tailgate parties in the Super Bowl parking lot.
  • Thanks to a $4 million video board, a pool in the outfield, and celebrity chefs roaming the concourse, the aptly named Las Vegas Ballpark is a shining example of the best Minor League Baseball has to offer. The Las Vegas Aviators ballpark cost $150 million was brought to life thanks to an $80 million naming rights deal with Las Vegas tourism officials.


  • 1911 15th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar in race record 2:21:39.6; first of 7 race victories
  • 1916 20th Boston Marathon won by Arthur Roth in 2:27:16.4
  • 1922 26th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar in race record 2:18:10; his 2nd race victory; first of 3 consecutive wins


The New York Islanders close out the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 3-1 win in Pittsburgh, sweeping a playoff series for the first time since 1983.

The Columbus Blue Jackets make history becoming the first team to sweep a Presidents’ Trophy winner after taking out the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4.

Kyle Connor scored the winning goal in overtime as the Winnipeg Jets manage to tie the series at two against the St. Louis Blues, winning 2-1.

The Vegas Golden Knights took a commanding 3-1 lead over the San Jose Sharks, shutting them out 5-0.


The Toronto Raptors defeated the Orlando Magic tonight in Toronto by a final score of 111-82 (franchise’s largest margin of victory in a NBA Playoff game), tying this best-of-7 series to 1 game apiece. Kawhi Leonard led all scorers with 37 points (15-22 FG, 4-8 3pt FG), 4 assists and 2 steals for the Raptors, while Kyle Lowry added 22 points (8-13 FG), 7 assists and 2 steals in the victory. Aaron Gordon scored a playoff career-high 20 points (8-12 FG, 3-5 3pt FG) for the Magic, along with 5 rebounds and 2 assists in the losing effort.

The Denver Nuggets defeated the San Antonio Spurs 114-105 in Denver. Jamal Murray finished with a team-high 24 points along with 4 assists 2 rebounds and 2 three pointers for the Nuggets, while Gary Harris tallied 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 three pointers in the game. DeMar DeRozan recorded 31 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. The Nuggets tie the series up at 1 games each.

The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight in Portland by the final score of 114-94, securing a 2-0 lead in this best-of-7 series. C.J. McCollum led all scorers with 33 points (12-22 FG), 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the Trail Blazers, while Damian Lillard added 29 points (10-21 FG, 4-8 3pt FG), 6 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots in the victory. Paul George scored a team-high 27 points (11-20 FG) for the Thunder with 8 rebounds, while Russell Westbrook tallied 14 points (5-20 FG), 11 assists and 9 rebounds in the losing effort. The Trail Blazers shot 13-32 (40.6%) from 3-point range in the game, compared to 5-28 (17.9%) 3-point shooting for the Thunder. Game 3 will take place in Oklahoma City on Friday, April 19th at 9:30p.m. ET on ESPN.



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