Fun Fact of the Day: Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green was the 35th pick in the 2012 NBA draft and he still feels snubbed. He can name all 34 players that were chosen before him.
We have a series, folks. Last night, the Toronto Raptors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-99 to tie up the series 2-2. After going undefeated in their first 2 rounds of the playoffs, the Cavs have lost 2 games straight to the Raptors. The Raptors nearly gave up an 18-point lead in the 2nd half, but Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan brought them back from the brink, and the Drake smack talk ensued.
Ballin’ out of control. The NBA will not suspend Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green for kicking Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams in the gonads, in Sunday's Game 3. Instead, Green’s foul has been upgraded from a Flagrant Foul Penalty 1 to a Penalty 2 and a $25,000 fine. Green said that the kick was accidental and part of the natural follow-through on his shot attempt. Others thought it was an intentional low-blow, especially after Green kneed Adams in his privates, during the 1st game of the series. Regardless on where you fall on kick-gate, you have to agree that the Warriors are better off with Green playing in Game 4. The Thunder lead the series 2-1.
Advantage: Sharks. The San Jose Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 to lead the series 3-2. Now, they are just 1 win away from making it to their 1st Stanley Cup Final. Sharks Captain Joe Pavelski scored 2 key goals to help lead his team to victory. He also leads the league in postseason scoring with 12 goals.
A frightful pitch. Yesterday, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong was hit in the head by a 92-mph fastball thrown by Colorado Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles. Vogelsong fell to the ground with an eye injury and left the stadium in an ambulance. This was only Vogelsong’s 2nd start of the season and there is no word yet on his status. The Pirates went on to beat the Rockies 6-3.
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Deflategate, Part 2319284. New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is appealing the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals decision to reinstate a 4-game suspension for his involvement in 2015’s Deflategate. Tom is seeking a 2nd hearing, this time in front of the entire panel of 13 judges. Don’t expect to see Tom on the field yet… In order for Tom to avoid the suspension, 7 out of 13 judges would have to agree to take the appeal and grant a stay to allow Tom to play until a final decision is made. That said, Tom and the Player’s Association recently brought in a ringer to join the legal team—Theodore B. Olson, who has argued many cases in front of the Supreme Court, including both Bush v. Gore cases.
The NFL’s PR team is working overtime. Congressional investigators report that the NFL tried to improperly influence the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s concussion research. In December 2015, the NFL backed out of a $16M gift to the NIH for a 7-year concussion study, when they found out that one of the Boston University researchers criticized the league in the past. The NFL tried to put the squeeze on the NIH to get the researcher dropped, violating the NIH’s policies against private donors interfering in their peer-review process. Who foot the $16M bill instead? We the taxpayers, of course. #thanksobama
The Western Conference finals continue! Golden State Warriors @ Oklahoma City Thunder—the Thunder lead the series 2-1, 9pm ET on TNT
The Eastern Conference finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue! Pittsburgh Penguins @ Tampa Bay Lightning—the Lightning lead the series 3-2, 8pm ET on NBCSN