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nba playoff reaction: paul george, victor oladipo debate rages on

we have never stopped debating the james harden trade, even though it’s clear at this point that you should never trade a talent like james harden, even if you have talents like kevin durant and russell westbrook and even if you still nearly make the nba finals a few years later. i fear we may never stop debating the paul george-victor oladipo trade, either.i mean, it’s a victory for the indiana pacers and general manager kevin pritchard that we call the paul george-victor oladipo trade now — anything less would be rude, and who wants to be rude to oladipo? sunday was a perfect distillation. first, oladipo led the the pacers to an 18-point beatdown of lebron james and the cavaliers. it was james’ first loss in the opening round since 2012. and it felt nothing like a fluke. the pace...





uconn football 2018 preview: it’s year 0.5 for randy edsall

bill c’s annual preview series of every fbs team in college football continues. catch up here!i believe i first saw the term “year zero” in an old dr. saturday piece by matt hinton. 1. term describing a head coach’s first season over a program in disarray, often characterized by extreme youth, lack of depth, high attrition and low expectations.2. unremarkable season later viewed as laying the groundwork for a return to prominence in subsequent seasons.when you write 130 previews a year, this term can be useful. when i’m talking about a pretty bad team breaking in a first-year coach, it allows me to punt. call it year zero, say there’s a chance things work out, and don’t worry about anything more substantive until the next year.of the 21 new fbs head coaches last year, edsall ...





spring game attendance rankings 2018: florida state leads top 10

having nothing better to do with our time, college football onlookers get to spend portions of each april thinking about the sizes of the crowds that show up for the strange walkthroughs that end each team’s spring camp. whichever team has the most fans in the stands is said to be filling the people with hope, while those with straggly crowds are being conspired against by weather, traffic, and invisibility cloaks.we’ll update this after the next round of games, but here’s where things sit at the moment:2018 spring game attendance top 10teamreported spring game crowdteamreported spring game crowdflorida state60,934florida53,015oklahoma52,102clemson50,000texas a&m48,000ohio state47,803virginia tech36,814kentucky36,090auburn28,033south carolina25,500per school announcementsflorida stat...





nfl draft 2018: da’ron payne’s title game had coaches going wild

during alabama’s win over georgia in the title game, you probably watched the main feed. but espn also presents the game on other networks, including a feed in which six head coaches (duke’s david cutcliffe, former texas a&m coach kevin sumlin, northwestern’s pat fitzgerald, colorado state’s mike bobo, ole miss’ matt luke, and oklahoma state’s mike gundy) had a roundtable in real time. it’s an informative way to watch football, and you’ll learn a lot if you find it being replayed on a random offseason night. during the telecast, one name kept coming up when the tide were on defense: da’ron payne. here’s every snap payne played in the title game. payne recorded three solo tackles and six total tackles. he didn’t have a sack, tackle for loss, or qb hurry on the conventi...





2018 nfl mock draft: seahawks could shock everyone taking lamar jackson

the seattle seahawks are at a bit of a crossroads as a franchise. the coaching staff has been overhauled under pete carroll and several popular veterans are gone. that includes defensive stalwarts richard sherman and michael bennett, as the team still waits to hear about the future of kam chancellor.because of the uncertainty now in seattle, this is a critical draft. unfortunately, seattle is without picks in the second and third rounds. in the actual draft, the expectation is that the seahawks will trade back from the 18th pick. but in the sb nation nfl writers’ mock draft, there are no trades. that puts kenneth arthur of field gulls in a tough spot, which leaves him to swing for the fences.18. seattle seahawks: lamar jackson, qb, louisvillearthur: if it’s my mock draft for the seahaw...





boston marathon results 2018: winners and highlights from the race

there’s something special about the boston marathon. maybe it’s the pain of heartbreak hill and how it’s managed to crush even the most gifted runners over the past 121 years. maybe it’s the triumph of women, once barred from the race, gliding across the finish line. maybe it’s because the race is a symbol of strength, a haven where both boston and the running community banded together to support one another after 2013’s bombing.or perhaps it’s because it’s a marquee sporting event you can watch on a monday at the office, alongside the traditional red sox day game that accompanies it.either way, the boston marathon may be the most-watched race in america and definitely one of the greatest days of the year for distance running. the 2018 version will be the latest in a chain ...





jackie robinson day saw mlb profit off racism

remember back when mlb announced the racist chief wahoo logo would be removed from the cleveland indians’ franchise after 2018, and we said it was mostly a move done for the sake of pr, and that mlb was still going to profit off of wahoo for at least a year, anyway? in a turn of events no one could have seen coming, mlb decided to give profiting off racism a go on jackie robinson day.on sunday, jackie robinson day, an annual moment meant to mark the breaking of baseball’s color barrier in 1947, there was a baseball cap available for purchase through mlb’s shop featuring a celebratory jackie robinson patch on cleveland’s hat that uses the chief wahoo logo. this kind of thing should be like anti-matter meeting matter, leading to the hat just poofing out of existence as the two negate...





2018 nba playoffs: victor oladioo used cavs owner’s slight to drop 32 on cleveland

cavaliers owner dan gilbert said the indiana pacers “could have done better” when it came to trading away paul george in 2017. now one of the key assets in that trade is responding -- and he’s backed cleveland into an 0-1 corner in the 2018 nba playoffs.pacers’ guard victor oladipo said gilbert’s comments “added fuel to the fire” when he dropped a game-high 32 points on the cavs to send the eastern conference’s four seed to a surprising 98-80 upset loss. the performance more than doubled oladipo’s career high in the postseason.“i already had fuel,” oladipo told reporters after his victory sunday. “you could say it added fuel to the fire. … that was so long ago. it came up recently obviously because we’re playing the cavs in the series. i’m aware of what he sai...





boston marathon 2018: time, tv schedule for monday's race

the 122nd running of the boston marathon is set for monday, and features some of the best chances for an american winner in a long time. galen rupp is the favorite among american men, but it’s a strong group overall this year. on the women’s side, desiree linden, jordan hasay, and molly huddle are worth keeping an eye on, among plenty others.monday’s 26.2-mile race begins at 8:30 a.m. et and will be broadcast nationally by nbcsn, with local coverage on cbs wbz-tv in boston. online can be had via nbc sports, fubotv or, locally, cbs boston. the important times are 9:32 a.m., when the elite women’s group starts, and then 10 a.m., when the elite men’s group starts.the elite women are expected to finish in the 11:50-11:59 a.m. window, while the elite men will cross the line sometime a...





wild vs. jets 2018: schedule, scores, and live stream for nhl playoffs

the winnipeg jets are in the playoffs for just the second time since their 2011 move north, and they’re looking to make good on the best regular season in their revived history. standing in their way will be a minnesota wild team that will have to prove it can survive without injured star ryan suter and turn eric staal’s career renaissance into a series win.the jets will have home-ice advantage after finishing second in the central division with a 52-20-10 record. the wild were right behind at 45-26-11. what happened during the regular season? winnipeg didn’t have much trouble with its divisional foe in 2017-18. the jets won the season series 3-1, winning their home games by an aggregate score of 11-5. the wild have some momentum, however — they won the last time these teams met in...





monday is looking much colder but drier for the food city 500 at bristol

rain forced nascar to postpone the rest of the food city 500 at bristol motor speedway to monday afternoon. the race is scheduled to restart on lap 206 at 1 p.m. edt monday afternoon. to be honest, given the data late saturday night into early sunday morning i didn’t think nascar had a chance to get 205 laps complete but there were enough breaks and an outstanding job by the nascar air titans to get the track raceable during those breaks. that’s one of the reason we had odds of racing at around 20 percent. while not likely there was still a chance. looking ahead to monday, the weather looks to be much colder as temperatures will be in the low 40s most of the afternoon. any fans going to the race will want to dress warm. winds will be strong and out of the west between 10 to 20 mph and ...





blue jackets vs. capitals 2018: schedule, scores, and live stream for nhl playoffs

the washington capitals and columbus blue jackets are matched up in the first round of the 2018 nhl playoffs, with game 1 getting underway on thursday night. sitting atop the metropolitan division, the capitals finished the year with a 49-26-7 record and 105 points. finishing the season at 45-30-7, the blue jackets tallied 97 points and finished fourth in the metropolitan. they rode a 10-game winning streak late in the season into the playoffs. what happened during the regular season? the blue jackets and capitals met four times this season, with washington claiming a 3-1 lead in the series. the capitals won the first three meetings in close fashion before the blue jackets roared to a 5-1 win in their final regular-season meeting.who are the key players? washington boasts future hall of fa...





timberwolves vs. rockets 2018 results: james harden scores 44 points in narrow houston win

the final game 1 of the first round kicked off on sunday night as the no. 1 seed rockets faced off against the no. 8 seed timberwolves. it was a game of runs by both teams, and a game where minnesota showed plenty of resilience as a scrappy underdog. this is a timberwolves that has lost 11 games in a row in houston and got down 11 points early, but continued to compete the entire game.the part that may be troublesome for the timberwolves moving forward is that while the game was close, all players not named james harden went 3-of-25 from behind the three-point line. it’s hard to imagine the rockets will shoot that poorly again, especially in this series.the encouraging part for minnesota is that karl-anthony towns only had eight points, shooting 3-of-9 from the floor. they can assuredly ...





nhl playoffs: watch blue jackets’ matt calvert overtime goal vs. capitals

the blue jackets took a 2-0 lead in their first-round stanley cup playoffs series against the capitals with a goal by matt calvert at 12:22 of overtime in game 2 on sunday night: linesmen reviewed columbus’ zone entry moments before calvert’s goal, mulling whether calvert had been offside. they decided he hadn’t been, and the goal counted.the teams have now played two ot games to start this series, and both have ended in pain for washington. columbus’ artemi panarinscored to win game 1 on friday. both teams lost leads to bring the game to ot. the capitals had leads of 2-0 and 3-1, and the blue jackets led 4-3 in the final five minutes of regulation. after defenseman zach werenski shot the puck over the glass from his own defensive zone for a delay-of-game penalty, t.j. oshie took a...





rockets vs. timberwolves game 1: this bizarre finish made no sense at all

the minnesota timberwolves had a chance to steal game 1 against the houston rockets on sunday ... and then another chance, and another chance, and another. the rockets eventually won, 104-101, but it came in an absolutely nuts ending featuring one play in particular that i can’t ever remember seeing in a real-life nba game.we can only do it justice by running back through all the ridiculous things that happened. here’s a summary.both teams forget a free throw miss was livejames harden absolutely dominated this game, finishing with 44 points on 15-of-26 shooting. he also shot 7-of-9 from the free throw line, and one of those two misses led to this absolutely baffling situation.there had been a timeout called between the first and second free throw, which threw off everyone’s rhythm. s...





kings vs. golden knights 2018: schedule, scores, and live stream for nhl playoffs

the los angeles kings and vegas golden knights are matched up in the first round of the 2018 nhl playoffs. the kings earned the second wild card slot in the western conference after an up and down season, but are spearheaded by some big names, like anze kopitar and drew doughty. the golden knights, in their first year as a team in the league, might not have as much starpower, but they have considerably more depth.the kings finished the regular season 45-29-8, and with with 98 points. the golden knights, the winner of the western conference, finished their inaugural season 51-24-7, and with 109 points. what happened during the regular season? the golden knights and kings split the season series, winning two games each. this may have marked the first series between these western conference o...





stanley cup nhl playoffs 2018: bracket, schedule, scores, and more

welcome to the 2018 stanley cup playoffs! the defending champion pittsburgh penguins are looking to three-peat, while the las vegas golden knights are making their first appearance after finishing their debut season with 47 wins.here is everything you need to know to keep track of the playoffs from the opening night of the first round through the stanley cup finals: we’ve got regular-season standings, playoff schedules and nhl live stream information, and even the stanley cup playoff bracket.nhl playoff format the format for the stanley cup playoffs has the top three teams from each division (atlantic, central, metropolitan, pacific) receiving an automatic berth to the postseason. the other four playoff spots go to the two wild card teams in each conference.therefore, the top seeds in bo...





pacers vs. cavs 2018 results: indiana stuns us all with an 18-point beatdown

lebron james’ 21-game winning streak in the first round of the nba playoffs is over. led by victor oladipo’s 32 points and four steals, the indiana pacers stormed into quicken loans arena and stunned the cavaliers, 98-80, in game 1.the last time lebron lost a first-round game was may 6, 2012 against the new york knicks as a member of the miami heat. that was by two points in a 3-0 series. this was very, very different, and you have to wonder how cleveland responds. indiana jumped all over the cavaliers from the start, racing ahead to an 18-4 lead and a 33-14 advantage after the first quarter. the cavaliers had flickers of life thereafter, but never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.oladipo was unstoppable, slicing through and around whoever cleveland put on him. more imp...





nba playoffs 2018: indiana pacers aren’t scared of lebron james or the cavaliers

victor oladipo curled around a screen, caught a pass from cory joseph, rose up and splashed a three from the left wing. the shot extended a dwindling pacers lead back to 12 points with fewer than 10 minutes to go in the fourth. it also sent a message to lebron james and a cavaliers team that has made three straight finals appearances and is expected to make a fourth this season:we’re not scared of you.indiana took a substantial 30-10 lead in the first quarter, and even though cleveland jabbed, hooked, uppercut, and threw haymakers into the deficit, the pacers rarely wavered. they hung on, played incredible team defense, played through oladipo and lance stephenson, and pulled away with an 98-80 game 1 win — on the road.for context, consider how unlikely this win is. lebron james has nev...





nba playoffs 2018: indiana pacers were free to be themselves, and they thrived

a week before the 2018 nba playoffs began, indiana pacers fans were treated to a sight they’d seen many times: a david west wide open mid-range jumper. he missed, but this was the type of shot that spawned (and arguably doomed, in a way) the bruising, defensive-minded pacers of the paul george era. ironically, west’s midrange game has found a home with the warriors, who pushed the nba towards modernity by cranking up the pace and 3-pointers en-route to two championships in three years. these days, they’re shooting more midrange jumpers than ever, with scorching accuracy, a reminder that the past can become the future as fast as the future can dismantle the present. today’s pacers aren’t quite as efficient from midrange, but they’ve benefited from taking a similar approach. bria...