PLAYER OF THE DAY

Gleyber Torres (MLB) is a rising star shortstop for the New York Yankees. Last Friday, he was hit in the elbow with a pitch and had to take off Sunday to recoup. Did it slow him down on Wednesday? Nice try. The 22-year-old smashed three homers in a double-header vs. the Orioles, bringing his career OPS to 1.300 in 19 games against Baltimore. (‘OPS’ stands for ‘on-base plus slugging’ and measures ability of a player both to get on base and hit for power.) Of his eight home runs this season, six have come against Orioles pitchers. What’d the O’s ever do to you, Gleyber? He also joined the great Joe DiMaggio as the youngest Yankee to hit three home runs in one day. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Jets Say Good-Bye To Their Front Office
It’s about time…
(NFL) In a shocking move Wednesday, the New York Jets cut ties with general manager Mike Maccagnan and VP of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger. This comes after what CEO Christopher Johnson called a “deep dive” of the team’s 4-12 season in 2018.

It probably would have been smart to do a deep dive before the NFL Draft, which came just three weeks ago. Instead, rumors leaked about a power struggle between Maccagnan and coach Adam Gase. Gase is now the interim GM until the team hires a new one, likely Eagles executive Joe Douglas, who’s reportedly tight with Gase.

Gase reportedly didn’t want the team to pay star running back Le’Veon Bell as much as they did this offseason. Maccagnan paid him anyway, which reportedly was the last straw in the front office demise. This could make things a little awkward when Bell and the Jets report for camp.

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Memphis wants Morant
Grizz going for Ja
(NBA) The Grizzlies may not have won the (NBA Draft) lottery on Tuesday, but they at least won the mini-Powerball by jumping to the No. 2 overall pick in June’s draft. In that spot, they’re reportedly “locked in” on Murray State guard Ja Morant, assuming superhuman Zion Williamson goes No. 1 to New Orleans.

Morant, if you remember, was a beast in the NCAA Tournament, recording a triple-double (at least 10 of three counting stats – points, rebounds, assists, etc.) in the first round and capturing the heart of underdog-loving fans nationwide. He’s no underdog now; barring some sort of miracle, he’ll be the second overall pick after an unheralded high-school career and seemingly lackluster freshman season in college. Talk about a glow-up.

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Bucks buck Pistons; Sharks nip Blues in OT controversy
Never stop, playoffs!
(NBA) The nightcap yesterday came in Milwaukee, where the Bucks trailed for 37 of 48 minutes against the Toronto Raptors. Two Raptors — Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry — scored at least 30 points to give their team a 13-point lead and a 7-point edge heading into the fourth quarter. But behind unlikely Game 1 star Brook Lopez’s 13 fourth quarter points and playoff career-high 29 points, the Raptors could not hold onto their late game lead and absolutely fell apart to hand Milwaukee a 108-100 Game 1 win.

(NHL) There was just as much drama in hockey, as the Sharks bested the Blues on a controversial overtime goal. The Blues led 4-3 with just over a minute left before Sharks’ Logan Couture — who’s been insane this series — tied it. Then in overtime, San Jose’s Erik Karlsson scored after teammate Timo Meier passed the pick with his hand toward the goal. That’s definitely not legal. The refs missed it, no surprise here, and NHL officials said it was a “non-reviewable play.” Sorry Blues fans — the NHL knows you got cheated, but you lost anyway.

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ON THIS DAY

In 1985, Michael Jordan was named the NBA Rookie of the Year. After a stellar three-year career at North Carolina that included a game-winning shot in the NCAA title game as a freshman (yes, he was that good), Jordan took the NBA by storm as a rookie, hitting four game-winners and making the All-Star team while averaging 28.2 points per game. That’s a lot. He went on, of course, to become widely regarded as the greatest basketball player to ever live, with six NBA titles, an iconic sports brand and a whooole lotta records.


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