Last Week in Sports (4/23 – 4/29)
This NFL Draft’s Mr. Irrelevant is Trey Quinn, a wide-receiver from SMU, who went No. 256 overall to the Redskins.
Catch up on the draft and more this last week in sports.
NFL Draft Wrap-Up
The Browns made true with the league-wide chatter about their affinity for Baker Mayfield when they drafted the young QB at the number one spot last Thursday. The Giants responded by picking the best player available in RB Saquon Barkley.
Other notable early picks include Sam Darnold heading to the New York Jets, Josh Allen to the Bills, and Josh Rosen to the Cardinals to complete the headliner QB selections. The Broncos, meanwhile, selected Bradley Chubb to join forces with Von Miller in what will clearly be a vicious Denver pass-rush this coming season.
The Patriots surprised us by trading back to the 31st pick in the first round and still passing on Lamar Jackson. Jackson is a QB with incredible speed but who some say lacks the accuracy to compete at a high level in the NFL.
In what was an emotional draft moment, Shaquem Griffin joined his brother Shaquil on the Seattle Seahawks. Shaquem surprised the football world at the combine earlier this year when he ran a sub-4.4 second 40 yard dash and bench pressed for 20 reps despite having a prosthetic left hand.
Only Eight NBA Teams Left
King James had never played in a first round game seven before yesterday, but he seemed as cool as ever. LeBron made his first seven shots from the field, mostly from mid to long range, to get his team ahead from the early moments of the first quarter on Sunday. Indiana would lead only once in what felt like Cleveland’s game from the get-go. Cavs’ forward Tristan Thompson had a marvelous showing, dropping a double double in his first playoff start this year. Behind LeBron’s 45 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists, the Cavaliers advanced to the second round to face the Toronto Raptors. Game 1 of that series is on Tuesday.
The Celtics toppled the Bucks without consequence in game 7 at the Garden on Saturday, as Terry Rozier and Al Horford combined for 52 points. Boston will now face Philadelphia, who disposed of Miami in a gentleman’s sweep last week.
In the west, the Thunder were eliminated by the Jazz in game 6, despite Russell Westbrook dropping 46 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists that game. This first round loss might spell the end for the OKC Thunder’s big three of Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony, while the Jazz are clearly all in on their rookie Donovan Mitchell who balled out with 38 points.
The Rockets and the Warriors both advanced to the second round with ease last week and won their first games of the conference semis decidedly. Those two teams are expected to meet in the western conference finals unless the Jazz or Pelicans can pull off a major upset.
NHL Playoffs’ Second Round Begins
After sweeping the first round, the Vegas Golden Knights looked poised for a Stanley Cup berth. They won their first game of this second round series 7 – 0 against the Sharks behind Marc-Andre Fleury’s insane .977 save percentage in these playoffs so far. While they lost game 2 in double OT, the Golden Knights head to San Jose to see if they can’t win a game or two on the road and continue the incredible and unlikely run.
The Predators tied their series with the Jets 1-1 after a contentious double OT game yesterday. They snuck away with the win behind Filip Forsberg’s 3 assists and 2 goals from Ryan Johansen. The Penguins vs. Capitals series is also tied 1-1 as they head back to Washington, while the Bruins lead the Lightning 1-0.
A 447-foot homer from Gary Sanchez sealed the win for the red hot Yankees yesterday, who won their 9th game in a row. That streak is the longest since June 2012 for America’s favorite team, but it’s hardly a surprise that last year’s AL East champs look even better now with MVP Giancarlo Stanton on the squad.
They’ve outscored their opponents 64-18 over this 9-game stretch and Didi Gregorius leads the team with 5 home runs in that time.
The Red Sox, meanwhile, are the first team in the MLB to 20 wins, snapping the Rays’ 8-game win streak yesterday.