Bucks Sweep, Hurricanes Get A Game 7, Bryce Harper Tossed, 2019 NFL Draft, Mock Draft


April 23rd, 2019

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  • Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, says she is home after surgery to remove a brain tumor. She says the surgery lasted 12 hours and shared other details Sunday on her Instagram account. Earlier this month, she shared that an MRI showed the tumor after she had vertigo spells within the last year.
  • Adidas and Real Madrid are set to sign a massive 12-year deal worth $1.7 billion dollars over the course of the agreement.
  • The WNBA is nearly doubling its national TV exposure with a multiyear deal with CBS Sports. CBS Sports Network will broadcast 40 WNBA games beginning next month when the season opens.
  • The Barstool Classic will hit eight cities in its first year, providing the company’s fans and golfers with the chance to compete for $10,000.
  • San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan was fined $25,000 for flinging a basketball at official Scott Foster in the fourth quarter of Game 4 between the Denver Nuggets and Spurs on Saturday night.
  • Last week’s NFL schedule release set social media, particularly Twitter on fire. Of the 13,447,218 views, videos posted on Twitter drove 10,177,130 views while videos on Facebook drove 3,299,918 views.



  • 1939 Boston Red Sox Ted Williams hits his 1st HR
  • 1950 Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Pete Babando scores Cup-winning goal in double overtime of Game 7 as Detroit Red Wings beat NY Rangers, 4-3 for a 4-3 series win
  • 1954 Hammerin’ Hank Aaron hits 1st of his 755 homers
  • 1962 NY Mets win their 1st game ever, after going 0-9, beat Pirates 9-1
  • 1989 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar plays his last game as a Laker
  • 2005 NFL Draft: University of Utah quarterback Alex Smith first pick by San Francisco 49ers


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  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 41 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat Detroit Pistons 127-104 on Monday night, completing a four-game sweep of the Pistons and advancing to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2001. (Read) by Noah Trister
  • After delivering the knockout blow to the Indiana Pacers with a first-round sweep, the Boston Celtics quickly turned their attention to their next challenge: Getting back to the Eastern Conference finals. (Read) by Michael Marot
  • If the Philadelphia 76ers disappoint in the 2019 NBA Playoffs, the Sixers will consider a huge roster shakeup over the summer. The Sixers could decide to use former No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons as a trade chip to acquire a superstar who is a better fit with Joel Embiid. Who would the superstar be it would be Anthony Davis. (Read) by JB Baruelo
  • According to TMZ Sports, Luke Walton the former head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers is being sued for sexually assaulting a woman, who claims he forced himself on her in his hotel room. (Read) by  


  • For the first time this postseason, the Washington Capitals blew a lead, letting the Carolina Hurricanes sneak back into the game and series, forcing Game Seven on Wednesday night. But before we get there, let’s relive this pain together. (Read) by Peter Hassett
  • The Hurricanes scored three goals in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and beat the Capitals 5-2, heading back to Washington for a Game 7.

  • But when you consider the Toronto Maple Leafs’ roster ahead of their deja vu-showdown in Boston Bruins, a few components need to elevate more than others. Frederik Andersen has been a backbone in net (.950 save percentage at even-strength), even in the losses. Morgan Rielly has performed at a level worthy of the mild local outrage that he was left off the list of Norris finalists. And no one has scored as often as Auston Matthews. (Read) by
  • Tomas Hertl scored a short-handed goal 11:17 into the second overtime to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night, forcing a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series. Just 31 seconds after Barclay Goodrow was called for slashing Brayden McNabb, it was Hertl recovering the loose puck and skating in alone and beating Marc-Andre Fleury with a wrist shot to seal the win and force the deciding game Tuesday at San Jose. (Read) by


  • Chaos occured in New York tonight as Philadelphia Phillies Bryce Harper and Gabe Kapler were absolutely incensed over the strike zone, and were ejected by home plate umpire Mark Carlson.

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks David Peralta hit a bases-clearing triple off Pittsburgh Pirates Kyle Crick (0-1) in the seventh and Christian Walker smacked a two-run homer off Burdi two batters later. (Read) by
  • Gleyber Torres hasn’t even played 162 Major League games yet, and he’s already bloomed into one of the brightest young stars in the game. The Chicago Cubs signed him as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela in 2013. In July 2016, they traded him to the New York Yankees in a deal for Aroldis Chapman. By the start of the ’17 season, he was ranked as the No. 3 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline. (Read) by Sarah Langs
  • After a week of crushing home runs, Christian Yelich and Joey Gallo were announced as MLB’s Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason on Monday. Yelich, amazingly, homered eight times for the Brewers to take home National League Player of the Week honors. Gallo homered four times for the Texas Rangers en route to winning the award in the American League. (Read) by David Adler


Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson smiles during a news conference to discuss his contract extension last week at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

(Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

  • Russell Wilson put his four-year, $140 million contract extension to good use this offseason, gifting each of the Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman $12,000 in Amazon stock, according to ESPN. (Read) by Michael Shapiro
  • According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Raiders may be planning a”surprise” pick with the fourth overall selection, necessitating complete and total secrecy. (Read) by
  • The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that defensive tackle Grady Jarrett has signed his franchise tag tender. If the two sides don’t agree to a long-term deal, the fifth-year lineman will play the upcoming season on a one-year deal for $15,209,000 million. The Falcons still have until July 15 to sign Jarrett to a multi-year contract. (Read) by Adam Maya
  • Whether Robert Kraft is guilty of solicitation may soon become a secondary issue in the legal controversy surrounding videos of the New England Patriots owner in the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla. on Jan. 19 and Jan. 20. Recent developments suggest it is only a matter of time before the videos are released through lawful or unlawful means. If the videos go online, there is no practical way they can be permanently removed from the Internet. Once they are up, they are there for good. (Read) by Michael McCann

  • With just four days until the draft, some decisions are becoming clear while others remain closely guarded secrets. With not enough players deserving of first-round grades to go around, here’s how we see Thursday night playing out. Plus, more analysis of Russell Wilson’s record-breaking deal, ramifications of the Oakland Raiders sending home their scouts and much more from around the NFL. (Read) by Albert Breer
  • It’s officially NFL draft week, and if you have been immersed in the the NBA or NHL playoffs or the start of baseball season and are just tuning in (we forgive you!), then this piece is your introduction to what’s about to go down in Nashville. (Read) by Caleb Friedman
  • With the NFL draft less than a week away, reporters who cover their teams on a daily basis take a crack at predicting how the first round will unfold in The Times’ annual beat writers’ mock draft. Each reporter makes a pick and gives a rationale for that selection. This year’s mock draft has ended. The Arizona Cardinals have the first pick of 2019 draft, and Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic made a somewhat surprising selection. Check out each of the 32 first-round selections. (Read) by

  • Dwayne Haskins’s connections continue to grow, thoughts on how Doug Marrone handled the Jalen Ramsey situation, teams who have expressed interest in Josh Rosen and more.


  • Eight NFL Network analysts go through a full 2019 first round mock draft.

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