PLAYER OF THE DAY

CC Sabathia (MLB) recorded his 3,000th major league strikeout last night. Sabathia is a lefty pitcher for the New York Yankees and a 19-year MLB veteran nearing the end of his potential Hall of Fame career. He is the 17th pitcher in MLB history to accomplish this feat, and only the third southpaw (left-handed pitcher – and yes, feel free to impress your co-workers with that word today). After a team-wide celebration, Gary Sanchez — the catcher who caught Sabathia’s 3,000th strikeout — handed him the ball in congratulations. Sanchez said that moment will be one he will remember forever. That makes two of them. Sabathia’s first strikeout was in April 2001. In February, Sabathia underwent knee surgery and an unexpected angioplasty before announcing he would retire at the end of the 2019 season. 

No… Thank YOU, CC

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Throwback to *67
& prank calls & impressions
(NFL) 
Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim received a call just hours before he was set to announce his No. 1 overall draft pick. It sounded like Jon Gruden, the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, trying to trade for the No. 1 pick. Turns out, it was comedian Frank Caliendo, a longtime friend of Keim’s and a really good  Jon Gruden impersonator. Keim said he contacted Mike Mayock, the Raiders GM, because he genuinely thought the three or four trades with the Raiders were legit, before finding out it wasn’t Gruden on the other side of the conversation. He’s also impersonated several NFL media personalities, including Adam Schefter, who caught on and reached out to Caliendo to find out what he was doing. Nothing like being prank called before one of the most important moments of your career… 

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If you haven’t seen Frank Caliendo’s Jon Gruden impression, do yourself a favor and check it out

Houston, we have a problem 
What’s the sitch?
(NBA) 
The Milwaukee Bucks tied their series against the Boston Celtics last night. Superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 29 points and added 10 rebounds. They outscored the Celtics 34-25 in the third quarter, propelling them tovictory. The Houston Rockets, on the other hand, lost their second game in a row to the Golden State Warriors. All five Warriors starters scored double-digit points to earn themselves a 2-0 lead in the series. There was a lot of hype leading up to these games, as Rockets’ stars Chris Paul and James Harden are healthy and playing well. Harden actually got hit in both eyes and “can barely see,” but that’s not stopping him. The Warriors could come out with a sweep with just two more wins, but the teams head back to Rocket territory, and maybe the home fans will help Houston out.

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Here’s a recap of last night’s NBA Playoff action

(NHL) And just in case anyone asks, the Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks took 2-1 leads in their series’ last night. The Blue Jackets won their first second-round home game in franchise history with their win against the Boston Bruins. The Colorado Avalanche had the momentum all game, but the Sharks took the lead late in the third period and got an empty-netter to seal the 4-2 win. 

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Necessary and Reasonable
Like a snack
(Running) Caster Semenya is a South African, two-time Olympic championship runner. She is also hyperandrogenous, a medical condition that affects 5% to 10% of women, which results in her having elevated levels of testosterone. Semenya challenged proposals brought by the International Association of Athletics Federations, the governing body of international running and other athletics, designed to enforce limits on testosterone levels of female athletes with differences in sexual development. The court decided that yes, the rules are discriminatory, but they are also necessary and reasonable means of “achieving the IAAF’s aim of preserving the integrity of female athletics.” Semenya feels personally targeted by the IAAF, but this decision will not hold her back. This will be known as a landmark gender case in sports. 

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ON THIS DAY

In 1991Rickey Henderson (MLB) became the greatest base stealer of all time after he stole his 939th base. He surpassed Lou Brock, who previously held the record with 938 steals. Henderson played in the major leagues from 1979 to 2003 and had a record 1,406 career steals. He also recorded 2,295 runs, the most in MLB history. Ty Cobb is second for most runs in his career with 2,245. Henderson not only broke the records, but he shattered them. You could even say he stole them…

Here’s the iconic moment when Rickey became the stolen base king

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