Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

PLAYER OF THE DAY

Cale Makar (NCAA) is a 20 year old sophomore defenseman for theUniversity of Massachusetts men’s hockey team. On Friday, he won theHobey Baker Award, the most coveted award in college hockey. Winners are not chosen based on raw skills or stats, but they are selected for their character and everything they do. On Saturday, he played in the NCAA men’s hockey championship for the team’s first time in school history. On Sunday, the Colorado Avalanche brought him up to help the team in the playoffs. On Monday, he scored his first NHL goal against his home team, the Calgary FlamesTalk about a solid weekend… 

In 2017, Makar was selected fourth in the NHL draft, the highest selection in UMass history. This season, he led his team to its first No. 1 ranking, its first Frozen Four, and he became the first defensemen to lead his conference in scoring (49 points in 40 games). Makar has made strides in college hockey, and if you are following the NHL playoffs, keep an eye out for this one. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

About last night…

We do(n’t) want to talk about it…

(NBA) The Golden State Warriors are familiar with making history. In 2016, they won 73 games in the regular season…and then lost a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals. No team had ever done either, and the latter inspired atreasure trove of internet memes for those well versed in schadenfreude.So get ready for this one, internet trolls. On Monday, the top-seeded Warriors held a 31-point lead over the Los Angeles Clippers (oh no, not 3-1 again). Somehow, the eighth-seeded Clippers — who had a 0.01% chance of winning at that point, rallied back for a 135-131 win in one of the greatest statistical comebacks in sports history. No team had ever led by 31 in a playoff game and lost. Naturally, Twitter nearly exploded.

To add injury to insult, Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins may have torn his left quad after missing almost much of in 2017-18 with a torn Achilles. Coach Steve Kerr said Cousins will be out “a while” with a “significant” injury. As if Monday’s loss didn’t rattle Golden State enough, this certainly doesn’t help.

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Zion makes it official

When you’re not sad about leaving college behind…

(NCAA) After tormenting college basketball players with his superior size, strength and skill, Duke star freshman Zion Williamson declared Monday that he’ll enter this year’s NBA Draft, where he’ll almost certainly be the No. 1 overall pick.

Williamson had a phenomenal college career by the numbers: he averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks on 68% shooting. Besides the numbers, he became only the third freshman to ever win the Naismith Award for the nation’s best player. His team didn’t have the success many expected, though, losing in the Elite Eight to Michigan State. The loss hardly matters for Zion’s legacy; he was one of themost captivating players in college basketball history, and he has a chance to become a superstar in the NBA.

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Boston Marathon sees photo finish

How close was it?

(Marathon) Six years after the tragic bombing at the world’s oldest marathon, Lelisa Desisa, who won his first of two Boston Marathons in that 2013 race, was on pace to win again this year with a lead heading down the final stretch.

It wasn’t enough to outlast Lawrence Cherono, who dashed ahead for a winning time of 2:7:57 — just two secondsfasterthan Desisa. It was tied for the third-closest finish ever, and that was only after Desisa eased up knowing he’d lost to Cherono, who had never before won a major marathon. In the time they finished the Boston Marathon, you wouldn’t have even finished one of The Lord of the Rings Movies.

Worknesh Degefa won the women’s division in 2:23:31, pulling ahead of the pack early and running alone for nearly 20 miles of her first Boston Marathon win.

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NFL Superstar QB Gets PAID

$taying Put in $eattle

(NFL) Russell Wilson is now the highest paid player in the NHL after an agreement was reached with the Seattle Seahawks. Five years ago, Wilson led the Seahawks to their lone Super Bowl win in a rout of the Denver Broncos. Next year, he was set to hit the free agency market, which rarely happens for superstar quarterbacks. He had given Seahawks management a self-imposed deadline of Monday night to get a deal done or he wouldn’t sign an extension…at all. Trade rumors were flying around for the Seattle star. In the end, Wilson and the Seahawks agreed to a four-year, $140-million deal with $65 million guaranteed. Get that money, Russ!

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ON THIS DAY

In 2000Tom Brady was the 199th pick in the NFL draft. Yes, one-hundred-ninety-nine. The year before, the New England Patriots lost six of their eight final games and were an overall mess. Their head coach, Pete Carroll, was fired and Bill Belichick was hired to replace him. Brady was a tall and lanky kid, and many teams were turned off by the “lack of athleticism” shown during his tenure as the University of Michigan quarterback. The Patriots decided to take Brady late in the draft, a move that became known as the biggest steal in NFL Draft history. After joining the Patriots, Brady set the record for most Super Bowl wins, leading the team to SIX championships in the past 19 seasons. A true GOAT!

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