PLAYER OF THE DAY

Carter Stewart (Baseball) is a 19-year-old American baseball pitcher and the eighth overall pick of the 2018 MLB Draft. The Atlanta Braves selected Stewart with their first pick, but the two failed to reach an agreement as the Braves had concern of a wrist injury. He was projected to be chosen in the second round of this year’s draft but had a change of heart. Stewart is now in agreement with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League, on a six-year contract worth more than $7 million USD. This deal, expected to be finalized at the end of the month, would make Stewart the first American amateur to join a Japanese team on a long-term deal. This deal is worth much more than the likely deal he would have received had he stayed in the U.S., and now he also has the opportunity to sign with any major league team after his 25th birthday and once his JPL contract is up. People are saying he could just be turning the MLB Draft upside down, so I guess we shall see

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

“Siri, Play ‘Gloria!’ by Laura Branigan”
Why?
(NHL) St. Louis Blues fans started to notice this thing where the song “Gloria” had been playing in the Blues locker room after wins this past season. Fans wanted to be a part of the party, too, so every time the team wins, which has been quite often recently, fans yell “Play Gloria!” And it plays…

Last night, ‘Gloria’ was played loud and clear after it was obvious that the Blues would clinch their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance since 1970. Naturally, “Shipping Up To Boston” was played next as they will face the Boston Bruins for the chance to hoist the Stanley Cup Trophy.

The Blues were up 3-2 in the series and San Jose Sharks were missing key players going into Game 6 — Erik Karlsson, Tomas Hertl, and Joe Pavelski were injured — putting them at a disadvantage even before they got off the plane in St. Louis. David Perron, a Blues left-winger and an 11 year NHL veteran, led the charge and scored the first goal for the Blues after a minute and a half of play. They scored four more times, compared to the Sharks’ lone goal. The Sharks, unfortunately, will be going home before the Finals yet again.

The Bruins-Blues Stanley Cup Final rematch is 49 years in the making and begins on May 27th. Enjoy the time off, for now…

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The Raptors Take Game 4
In a BIG way
(NBA) 
The Toronto Raptors routed the Milwaukee Bucks last night, 120-102 to even the series at two games apiece. Raptors star Kawhi Leonard was fighting through fatigue and a knee injury after a fire performance in Game 3, but Kyle Lowry stepped up to lead the team to a win. He had 25 points, six assists, five rebounds and was clutch from the free-throw line, going a perfect 10-10. 

The Bucks definitely struggled, and so did Giannis — he went 2-for-7 on free throws in Game 3 and 6-for-10 in Game 4. Toronto super-fan, Drake, continued to troll Giannis after he air balled for the second straight game. 

The Bucks will host the Raptors for Game 5 on Thursday, and the Raptors’ win forces a Game 6 on Saturday in Toronto.

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All-Rookie First Team
When you live up to your hype..
(NBA) 
The first five picks of the 2018 NBA Draft comprise the 2019 NBA All-Rookie first team. While it seems somewhat intuitive that this would happen, the last time it did was in the 1984-1985 season. That 1985 All-Rookie first team consisted of Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and three other NBA greats. This puts no pressure on this yeas class: DeAndre Ayton (No. 1) of the Phoenix Suns, Marvin Bagley III (No. 2) of the Sacramento Kings, Luka Doncic (No. 3) of the Dallas Mavericks, Jaren Jackson Jr. (No. 4) of the Memphis Grizzlies and Trae Young (No.5) of the Atlanta Hawks.

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ON THIS DAY

In 1994, the Toronto NBA franchise unveiled the name “Raptors” and their iconic logo. Once upon a time, there was an ‘American’ professional basketball team in Toronto, but it folded in 1947. For almost 50 years, there were no NBA teams in Canada, but in 1993 the NBA announced that Toronto was awarded another chance at a franchise. Vancouver was as well, but the ‘Vancouver Grizzlies’ moved to Memphis in 2000.

Toronto decided to host a nationwide “Name Game” contest, to help fans develop the team’s identity. With Jurassic Park fever in full swing, “Raptors” won, and the logo featured an aggressive, sharp-toothed dinosaur dribbling a basketball. The team colors included “Naismith silver” to honor Canadian James Naismith, who invented basketball in 1891. Fans spent over $20 million in Raptors gear within the first month, but they didn’t have a game scheduled until 1995, a short seven years later…


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