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  • NBA Playoff Ratings Have Taken Bizarre Step Back in 2019 Without LeBron James

    12 Up "If you've ever wondered what LeBron James means to the NBA, look no further than the playoff ratings, which have gone into the gutter without LeBron. James missed the playoffs for the first time in 13 years, and the ratings have tanked without him. Not only are some..." April 20

  • Lakers want 2nd Lue, Williams meetings

    ESPN "Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Ty Lue and Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka met on Friday for approximately 90 minutes to discuss the franchise's coaching vacancy, league sources told ESPN. The conversation was described as relaxed and broad, a prelude to what the..." April 20

  • Raptors star Kawhi Leonard played through sickness vs. Magic

    Sporting News "Kawhi Leonard played through some adversity in Friday's win over the Magic. The Raptors star logged 37 minutes despite missing his team's last two practices with an illness, coach Nick Nurse told reporters after Toronto's 98-93 win over the Magic. Leonard..." April 20

  • Lillard calls out Schroder for timing of late-game taunt

    Blazer's Edge "The Trail Blazers’ offense unraveled in the fourth quarter allowing the Thunder to secure a crucial Game 3 victory to push the series to 2-1. Reserve guard Dennis Schroder attempted to add salt to Portland’s wound by mocking Damian Lillard’s signature “Dame time”..." April 20

  • Paul George irritates Blazers with dunk at buzzer in Game 3

    Larry Brown Sports "Paul George added an extra element of intrigue to the Portland Trail Blazers-Oklahoma City Thunder playoff series with a gratuitous act at the end of the contest. As the seconds were ticking down on the clock with the Thunder up 120-108 in Game 3 on Friday night, George styled with a..." April 20

  • Glazer: League discussed making field larger

    Bleacher Report "One solution the NFL has explored to make the game safer is increasing the length and width of the playing field.  Per The Athletic's Jay Glazer, the topic was discussed at the NFL owners meetings in March. "It was brought up, the players have gotten bigger,..." April 20

  • Seahawks G.M. admits trading during draft is “kind of fun”

    The News Tribune "First, it was grinding through negotiations on the richest contract in NFL history, for Russell Wilson. At the same time, the Seahawks were (and are) fielding trade offers for top pass rusher Frank Clark in case one blows them away. That’s while they continue talks to try to get..." April 20

  • Donovan McNabb sees next two years as critical for Carson Wentz

    NBC Philadelphia "Everyone has an opinion on Carson Wentz, even the former franchise quarterback of the Eagles, Donovan McNabb.  This morning, 5 was on CBS Sports Radio with Zach Gelb and spewed his take on Wentz, one that doesn't offer the new franchise quarterback much of a..." April 20

  • Raiders still trusting some pre-Gruden executives to be in the draft room

    Pro Football Talk "When the Raiders sent home their scouting staff a week before the draft, it was a vote of no-confidence from coach Jon Gruden and General Manager Mike Mayock for the scouts, most of whom were hired when Reggie McKenzie was running the front office. But Gruden and Mayock still have..." April 20

  • Antonio Brown's contract demands nixed offer of first-round pick?

    Yardbarker "Antonio Brown‘s offseason has produced numerous headlines, that spree continuing after his arrival in Oakland. But not a ton of clarity emerged on what other offers the Steelers received for their perennial All-Pro wide receiver. The Raiders swooped in after the Bills’..." April 20

  • Baseball isn’t baseball without Francisco Lindor

    Let's Go Tribe "Francisco Lindor returned to Cleveland yesterday. For now, it’s just an evaluation while the teams starts their weekend series against the Atlanta Braves. It was unlikely that we would see him smiling around the bases last night, but the rain made sure that never happened...." April 20

  • Yankees' Sanchez 'way over' Morrison's past HR Derby comments "Logan Morrison once bristled that he -- and not the Yankees' Gary Sánchez -- should have been invited to participate in the Home Run Derby. Two years later, the Yankees may ask the veteran first baseman to take a few swings for them. The club announced on Friday that it..." April 20

  • Jays' Stroman defends Tim Anderson: 'Normal slang trash talk in our culture'

    The Score "Marcus Stroman isn't keeping quiet about the one-game suspension handed down to Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson for his reported use of racist language during a recent benches-clearing incident with the Kansas City Royals. The Toronto Blue Jays right-hander took to social..." April 20

  • Vlad Jr. says 'it’s obvious that I’m ready' for MLB call-up "While Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s callup date to the Majors remains unclear, MLB Pipeline's No. 1 prospect told reporters Friday that he is feeling healthy and is focused on his current work with Triple-A Buffalo instead of looking too far ahead. “I’m not..." April 20

  • A's looking to lock down Matt Chapman after Khris Davis extension

    Yardbarker "If the A’s had their way, they’d probably already have made at least one additional long-term investment. The club has tried to lock down third baseman Matt Chapman in the past to no avail; he has only continued to boost his value in the meantime. But he says..." April 20

  • Both No. 1 seeds ousted in Round 1 for 1st time in expansion era

    The Score "The Colorado Avalanche eliminated the Calgary Flames from the postseason in five games Friday night with a one-sided 5-1 victory. Along with the Tampa Bay Lightning's sweep at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets, it marked the first time both No. 1 seeds lost in the first round in the..." April 20

  • Several Liiga Champions Looking To Make NHL Jump

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Finland’s Liiga had their own version of the Tampa Bay Lightning this season, only one that has gotten the job done in the playoffs thus far. Karpat, the defending Liiga champion, has been unstoppable all season long. Building off the success of their 2017-18 campaign, the team was the..." April 20

  • Steve Yzerman on why he had 'no hesitation' returning to Red Wings as GM

    Sporting News "Mark April 19, 2019, as the date No. 19 returned to Detroit. Steve Yzerman, who played in 1,514 games in a Red Wings uniform over 22 seasons, was introduced as Detroit's new general manager and executive vice president Friday afternoon. Yzerman won three Stanley Cups with Detroit..." April 20

  • Bruins' Cassidy: Matthews' goal 'looked like goaltender interference'

    Mass Live "When the crowd saw presumably the same replay on the TD Garden scoreboard’s video screen, that the officials were looking at below, the fans seemed to think the call was about to go their way. There was contact between Zach Hyman and Bruins goalie Tuukka before Auston Matthews..." April 20

  • Why there's plenty of work ahead for Yzerman in return to Detroit

    The Score "Steve Yzerman is widely considered the best architect in hockey after building the Tampa Bay Lightning into a juggernaut during his eight-year run in south Florida. But now the brilliant executive faces a difficult task as the newly-minted general manager of the Detroit Red..." April 20

  • Real Madrid set to agree 'new kit deal worth a staggering £1.25bn'

    Daily Mirror "Real Madrid are on the brink of extending their kit agreement with Adidas in a move that will earn them a staggering £1.25billion over the next 12 years. The Spanish giants see their current deal with the German manufacturer expire next year, but they have been in discussions to..." April 20

  • Manchester United will listen to offers for Romelu Lukaku in summer rebuild

    The Telegraph "Manchester United are prepared to listen to offers for Romelu Lukaku this summer, with the Belgium striker open to a move away from Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is gearing up for what he has promised will be a “ruthless” overhaul and Lukaku could be one of those..." April 20

  • Real Madrid still dream of signing Neymar "Karim Benzema arrived at Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 and, at the same time, Cristiano Ronaldo touched down in the Spanish capital. Last summer though, the Portuguese decided to leave, departing as the club's most prolific scorer with 451 goals. Benzema, to his credit, has..." April 20

  • Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha insists he should be playing in Champions League

    Daily Mail "Wilfried Zaha has revealed he is ready to leave Crystal Palace this summer. In an exclusive interview with Sportsmail, Zaha put the big clubs on alert by outlining his ambitions to play for an elite side in the Champions League and challenge for trophies. The 26-year-old..." April 20

  • Sane, Jesus and EIGHT Man City players demand transfer after Tottenham defeat, according to Spanish press

    The Sun "SPANISH media report Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus are just two out of a possible eight players that have asked to leave Manchester City this summer. Neither player started in the dramatic 4-3 win against Tottenham as the Citizens crashed out of the Champions League on away..." April 20

  • Michigan State basketball star Cassius Winston returning for senior season

    Detroit Free Press "Coming off a Final Four run and Big Ten title, Mateen Cleaves announced he would return to Michigan State for his senior season on May 6, 1999. Eleven months later, he led the Spartans to Tom Izzo’s only NCAA title. Cassius Winston hopes to repeat the feat, making the same..." April 19

  • Five-star forward Matthew Hurt commits to Duke men's basketball's Class of 2019

    The Duke Chronicle "With Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish all declaring for the NBA draft, Duke needs to reload its wing lineup. Friday afternoon's announcement will go a long way towards filling those minutes with more star power. Matthew Hurt announced his commitment to play for the..." April 19

  • Miller, Wade won't have to testify in hoops trial

    ESPN "A judge in a federal court ruled Friday that Arizona coach Sean Miller and LSU coach Will Wade will not have to testify in next week's federal trial into college basketball corruption. Miller and Wade were subpoenaed by Steven Haney, attorney for former agent-runner Christian..." April 19

  • Mike Anderson accepts St. John's head-coaching job, sources say

    Newsday "St. John’s search for a new basketball coach is over. Former Arkansas coach Mike Anderson was offered and accepted the job on Thursday night and will be introduced at a Friday news conference, multiple administration sources told Newsday. The sides agreed to terms in..." April 19

  • LSU replaces embattled LSU athletic director Joe Alleva with Scott Woodward from Texas A&M

    CBS Sports "LSU and athletic director Joe Alleva on Wednesday finalized an agreement to have Alleva step down from his AD job and transition into a "special assistant to the president for donor relations" role with the Tigers. "We are grateful to Joe for his years of service and dedication..." April 19