PLAYER OF THE DAY

Rafael Nadal (Tennis) is the no. 2 ranked tennis player in the world. This weekend, the Spanish tennis player won his 12th French Open after beating Dominic Thiem, the no 4. player. Nadal took his younger, Austrian opponent down in four sets to capture his latest French Open crown. Nadal’s 12 French Open titles ranks first all-time, the next highest total belongs to Max Decugis (eight). Nadal is now 93-2 for his career at Roland Garros, winning four in a row from 2005 – 2008, five in a row from 2010 – 2014 and now three in a row from 2017 – 2019. He’s cementing himself as the greatest player on clay in Tennis history, and his nickname, the “King of Clay” remains…

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Bruins Force Game 7
Don’t worry, there’s just one more…
(NHL) 
For those who don’t like hockey, don’t worry; it’s almost over. The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs have surely been a long and wild ride, but will end on Wednesday night regardless of the outcome.  

A Game 6 win for the Blues would have ended the Playoffs at home and given them the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. A win for the Bruins would force a Game 7 and bring it back to Boston. 

As we have learned, many times, Boston won’t go down easy. They not only won’t go down easy, but they’ll also take advantage of a dud performance of their opponent. That’s exactly what happened last night in their 5-1 victory over the Blues. Tuukka Rask came up big; the Bruins goalie stopped all but one shot on net. Brad Marchand put a goal and an assist on the board, and noted after the game that the Bruins are “fighting for {their} lives” and are seeing “everyone’s best game.” So naturally, four additional goals from David PastrnakBrandon CarloKarson Kuhlman, and Zdeno Chara helped the Bruins force the 17th Game 7 in Stanley Cup history. The Bruins won the last one, actually, when they beat Vancouver in 2011

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What To Watch
Game 5 of the NBA Finals 
(NBA) 
The Toronto Raptors will go into a home Game 5 tonight with a 3-1 series lead, and the opportunity to win their first title in franchise history. Sounds kind of familiar, right? NHL playoffs? Maybe. At one point, it seemed like the Golden State Warriors just couldn’t lose. Then, they were plagued with injuries; now, they face elimination. Fans are going to be crazy in Toronto, and you can count on Drake putting on some sort of performance. Rory McIlroy is even getting Canadian fans pumped up, after he pulled out his Raptors jersey when he won the Canadian Open.

The Warriors won one in Toronto already, and have even been on the wrong side of the 3-1 before, so their new plan is to make this comeback their own history. 

Kevin Durant practiced with the team and is questionable for Game 5 tonight, and the team has faith they can get him back in his rhythm should he return to the court. Will he return, and will the return hurt or help the Warriors? Sportsbooks still have Toronto winning, so this will be an interesting one. 

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It’s Not All Smiles in Boston
What happened?

(MLB) Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz is in stable condition after he was shot at a club in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Ortiz was born in Santo Domingo and lives at least part of the year in the Dominican. He’s known to frequent the nightlife, car washes, and to be hanging out with friends and family. Investigators aren’t sure whether or not Ortiz was the intended target and if there was motive, but the gunman is now in police custody. According to doctors, Ortiz is out of danger now and expected to make a quick recovery. 

Ortiz, or “Big Papi,” made 10 All-Star teams and won three World Series’ during his 14 years with the Red Sox. He retired in 2016, but is still highly regarded in the Boston, MLB, and professional sport communities. 

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Ortiz’s old buddy, Pedro Martinez, offers thoughts and prayers after the incident

ON THIS DAY

In 1981, Pete Rose tied Stan Musial’s National League all-time hit record by notching his 3,630th career hit. This tied him for the third-most hits all-time behind Ty Cobb, who held the record with 4,191, and Hank Aaron with 3,771.

Rose would go on to pass Cobb and Aaron, and finish his career at the top of the list, with a total of 4,256.

Despite still being the all-time hits king, Pete Rose is not in the Hall of Fame, due to his ban from the league after he was caught gambling on games as a manager back in 1989. 


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