PLAYER OF THE DAY

Noah Syndergaard (MLB) is a right-handed pitcher for the New York Mets. On Thursday, he threw a 1-0 shutout in his game against the Cincinnati Reds. The one run? His own opposite-field home run. Syndergaard pitched the entire game, had no runs against him and is the only player on the Mets to have scored a run. This is extremely rare  — the last time it happened was two years ago by Stephen Strasburg, and it had been two years since the one before, and two years since the one before that. Bob Gibson, a legendary pitcher, achieved six of these in his career, so ESPN is saying that Syndergaard threw a Bob Gibson and wants to make sure you tell everyone because this is HUGE. 

It was a very happy Thorsday at Citi Field yesterday afternoon.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

NBPA shows support for Kanter 
What happened?
(NBA) 
Enes Kanter is a Turkish center for the Portland Trail Blazers. In 2017, the Turkish government cancelled his passport and sought a warrant for his arrest. He is effectively banned from returning to his home country for being an outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and supporter of Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Turkish government considers the leader of a terrorist organization.

Although he has a green card, Kanter opted out of a trip to London when he was with the Knicks and a trip to Toronto with the Blazers for a fear of his safety. 

We bring this up again now because last night, the Blazers played the Nuggets in Game 2 of their series in Denver. Kanter played a vital role in the Blazers’ 97-90 win, so naturally Denver fans were chanting “Kanter sucks.” One fan may have taken it too far, shouting, “Go back to Turkey, oh wait, you can’t!”  Kanter took to twitter to reply to that comment and also a tweet from the NBA Turkey Twitter account which excluded him from a list of the top performers in that game. 

The NBPA issued a statement claiming that they fully support their players “using their platforms to stand up for their beliefs and the principles they support.” *Cough,* NFL, *cough.*  The NBA also showed their support by cutting ties with the NBA Turkey Twitter account and stating that fans in Turkey could still watch Kanter and the Blazers on NBA League Pass and NBA TV International.

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Here’s Kanter’s response to the fans who jeered him during Game 2 in Denver

#ForTheGame
For what game?
(NWHL) 
200+ of the most talented women’s hockey players in the world, including the biggest stars from Team USA, will boycott professional hockey due to low pay and low support. If you didn’t know there was professional women’s hockey, you aren’t alone. The CWHL, the Canadian professional league, folded earlier this year because the “business model” was “unsustainable.” This left the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) as the last professional women’s hockey league in North America, leaving women uncertain about their future in the sport.

Yesterday, the players took to social media to announce they will not be playing in a professional league next season. They don’t make a sustainable living, earning as low as $2,000 a year — yes, a year — and do not have health insurance. Hockey players with no health insurance. Interesting…

They are asking for support of the NHL in “financial and infrastructure” resources. They are hoping that since the NHL will not have to choose between supporting the CWHL and the NWHL, the collective announcement from players will put enough pressure on the NHL to act. They launched a campaign on Twitter and Instagram to use social media for good.

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Here’s the NWHL’s official statement in response to its Players’ Association

Embiid’s got moves; Avs get defensive
Enough about the tough stuff
(NBA) 
The Philadelphia 76ers played seamless basketball in their 116-95 win against the Toronto Raptors. Star Joel Embiid performed a windmill dunk in the fourth quarter and ended the game with 33 points and a number of interesting celebrations


(NHL) The Colorado Avalanche tied their series against the San Jose Sharks last night when goalie Philipp Grubauer had a 32-save shutout, the first in his playoff career. The Boston Bruins tied theirs as well, with a 4-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Three-out-of-four NHL playoff series are deadlocked at two games apiece, but the Hurricanes are on the cusp of a four-game sweep and a win tonight would seal the deal. 

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Oh what a night it was for Embiid

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY

The San Francisco 49ers selected Dre Greenlaw with a fifth-round draft pick last weekend. The coolest part came moments after, when a dad took to Twitter to thank Greenlaw for something he did as a freshman in college. Gerry Daly posted a series of tweets explaining the story of how his daughter was at the same party as Greenlaw when she was a freshman and a male student was “all over” his daughter and tried to “steer” her out the door. Greenlaw intervened and stayed with her until her friend arrived and was able to get her home safely. You don’t hear stories like this often, but we need more guys like Dre. 

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ON THIS DAY

In 1936Joe DiMaggio (MLB) made his major league debut and showed the baseball world there was a new sheriff in town right off the bat. “The Yankee Clipper” swatted three hits, including a triple, to fuel a win for the Yankees vs. the St. Louis Browns. The Associated Press wrote that day:

“The black-haired quiet lad who came up from the Pacific Coast heralded as the find of a decade, has been accepted into baseball’s upper crust after a debut that was impressive as his lavish advance notices.”

And what an accurate portrayal that turned out to be.

DiMaggio enjoyed an illustrious, Hall-of-Fame career from that point forward. He’ll forever be renowned as one of the greatest New York Yankees of all time and is best known for his record 56-game hitting streak in 1941. A hitting streak requires a batter to notch at least one hit per game played, so in other words, Joe DiMaggio went 56 straight games without going hitless – a feat that many believe will never be broken. Apparently some records are not meant to be broken.

Watch this clip to learn more about the “Yankee Clipper’s” career

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