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Everything you need to know about the NBA Draft, plus Avalanche push Lightning to brink

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Avalanche play the Stanley Cup in front of their home fans tomorrow night thanks to the heroism of a guy who hasn’t even played in over two weeks. Nazem Kadri slipped past Andrey Vasilevsky more than halfway through overtime, giving Colorado an exhilarating 3-2 win and a 3-1 series lead overall.

  • Tampa Bay Anthony Cirelli opened the scoring just 36 seconds into the game. In the second period Nathan McKinnon equalized in the majority, but Victor Hedman put the hosts ahead in the third period.
  • Andrew Colliano at the beginning of the third period equalized the score with a score of two, and in the extra period, Kadri — playing in his first game since Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals due to a thumb injury – scored the winning goal.
  • If the result had been different, Vasilevsky would have been in history. He stopped 34 shotsnumerous in an impressive way. Darcy Kemper was a standout in Colorado’s network with 37 saves.

This is the 37th time the team has led the series 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Finals. Thirty-five of the previous 36 have lifted the Cup. All eyes will be on Colorado when the Cup is in the building Friday night.

honorable mentions

  • Shohei Otani did a few more MLB history.
  • Lakers are “greatest threat” add Kyrie Irving.
  • Aaron Judge joined Babe Ruth in some exclusive company.
  • Austin Hayes hit for loop.

Happy NBA Draft Day! Here’s everything you need to know ­čĆÇ

The NBA is definitely not wasting time: exactly one week after Golden State Warriors become NBA champions NBA Draft tonight in New York.

The debate over pick #1 has been heated and we are still not 100% sure how it will go, but our experts prepared case studies for four candidates: Chet Holmgren, Paolo Bankero, Jabari Smith as well as Jaden Ivy. The most popular choice might surprise you.

Here is the opinion of NBA reporter Colin Ward-Henninger:

  • Ward-Henninger: Holmgren’s positives are up a notch. Smith lacks playmaking potential – Holmgren could flourish in that regard. Suspected Banchero in both three-point shooters and defense – Holmgren has a nice shot and is one of the best defensive prospects under the rim we’ve ever seen. … He has already proven he can perform at the highest level of amateur basketball and also has the most room for improvement compared to any of the top three prospects.”

However, Holmgren is not the drafting expert. Kyle Boone’s latest layout.

  • Boone: ÔÇťThere is at least *some* concern about the diversity with which Smith will score in the NBA – he wrestled for the rim in college and was primarily used as a shooting weapon – but his positional size and above-average shooting are some of the most applicable skills a prospect has in this class. At the age of 6-10 he elite shooting threat from anywhere on the court and a very safe bet to be a valuable two-way player in the NBA.”

Here are all five of Kyle.

  • 1 Magic: Jabari Smith, San Francisco, Auburn
  • 2. Thunder: Chet Holmgren, C, Gonzaga
  • 3 Rockets: Paolo Bankero, PF, Duke
  • 4 Kings: Jaden Ivey, SG, Purdue
  • 5. Pistons: Keegan Murray, PF, Iowa

While the top of the draft naturally gets the most attention, I like to dig deeper into the draft because that’s where teams can find key points. The Warriors received a large contribution from Draymond Green, Jordan Poole, Kevon Looney as well as Gary Payton II during the title run; all four were selected 28th or later or, in the case of Payton II, were not selected at all. So be sure to check out what our experts have to say about post-lottery election, who can become a star, interceptions in the second roundas well as unselected rookies who could still make lineups.

As for everything else…

  • Most Promising NBA Ready Players
  • Prospects whose fathers were professionals
  • Bold beret as well as bold predictions
  • Profiles on: Keegan Murray | Johnny Davis | Jean Montero | Patrick Baldwin Jr. | E. J. Liddell | Jalen Williams

Jerami Grant moved from the Pistons to the Trail Blazers ­čĆÇ



On the eve of the NBA Draft, we received a major trade from one of this offseason’s most in-demand players: Straw Grant heading to Trail Blazers. Here are the details:

Trailblazers get:

  • SF Jerami Grant
  • 2022 Detroit 46th overall pick

Pistons receive:

  • 2022 36th overall pick through Portland
  • 2025 First Round Pick via Milwaukee (Numbers 1-4 Protected)
  • 2025 second round selection via Portland
  • 2026 Second Round Pick (best pick between Portland and New Orleans)
  • $21 million trading exception

Grant averaged 9.3 points per game during his first six seasons before jumping to 22.3 in 2020-21, his first season in Detroit (he only played 47 games with a calf strain. At 28, and enters the last year of his contract, Grant is not enough on Detroit’s recovery schedule, and it’s good for Portland, NBA pundit Jack Maloney wrote in his trading estimates.

Blazers may not be doneor.

Snyder will be subpoenaed; Goodell testifies to the situation at the workplace of commanders ­čĆł



NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee yesterday about commanderswork environment – including accusations of sexual harassment against women by team management – led by the team owner Daniel Snyder.

Snyder did not attend the hearing, but committee chair Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (DN.Y.) said she will send Snyder a subpoena to testify next week.

  • Goodell said he did not have the authority to remove Snyder as owner. This would require 24 of the 32 owners to vote to remove it. He also denied Maloney’s claim that Snyder had not been held accountable for his alleged role in Washington’s work environment, stating that Snyder did not attend the recent meetings of the owners and did not participate in the day-to-day operations of the commanders.
  • Maloney reported that the committee “uncovered evidence that Mr Snyder did a shadowy investigation to target their accusers, shift the blame to others, and influence the NFL’s own internal review.”
  • She also said that the committee’s investigation “confirmed Commanders secretly filmed obscene videos with cheerleaders for the personal pleasure of Daniel Snyder.”

Franchise was fined $10 million and Snyder retired from daily activities last July after Beth Wilkinson’s investigation of the team’s workplace. The report, however, has remained sealed, to the dismay of those who represent former team members. In February, the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee demanded NFL releases investigation resultsa requirement that Goodell repeatedly refused to comply with, citing the confidentiality of former employees.

Rest in Peace Tony Siragusa and Jaylon Ferguson


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There have been two more shocking deaths in the sports world. Tony Siragusawho played a dozen seasons in the NFL and worked as a TV host for more than a dozen more, died at 55 yesterday.

  • Siragusa started his career with Colts, for which he played from 1990 to 1996. He played for crows from 1997 to 2001, winning the Super Bowl in the 2000 season.
  • Siragusa then spent 2003ÔÇô2015 as an outside analyst for FOX. Known for his humor as a gambler and broadcaster, he was affectionately nicknamed “Goose”. Here’s how former teammates and NFL figures reacted to the news.
  • The cause of death was not immediately known.

It wasn’t the only loss for the Ravens franchise: the 26-year-old linebacker Jaylon Ferguson died late Tuesday eveningteam announced yesterday morning.

  • Ferguson was selected in the third round by Louisiana Tech in 2019.
  • Ferguson holds the FBS record for 45 career layoffs; he was the 2018 U.S. Defensive Player of the Year.
  • He appeared in 38 games for Baltimore, recording 67 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
  • Police said there were no signs of injury or foul play. The cause of death is currently unknown.

What are we watching on Thursday?

­čĆÇ NBA draft7:30 p.m. on ESPN/ABC
­čĆÇ Fever on the wings8:00 p.m. on CBS Sports Network
­čĆÇ Mystics in the storm10 p.m. on CBS Sports Network


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