Friday, April 27, 2018

What Did You Miss Thursday?

--The Vegas Golden Knights blew the doors off of San Jose in the first period of Game 1 of their 2nd round Western Conference matchup.  The Knights had a 4-0 lead and went on to win 7-0. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh got three goals in the third to beat Washington 3-2 in the opener of that Eastern Conference matchup.

--The National Hockey League would prefer if Boston Bruins star Brad Marchand refrained from licking, nuzzling or cuddling his opponents.

In Game 1 of the Bruins' first-round series victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, Marchand made highlight reels when he appeared to lick the face of Leafs forward Leo Komarov. Or at the very least, nuzzled him. The NHL felt Marchand's actions were a little less cute. A league spokesperson confirmed a Sportsnet report saying the NHL demanded Marchand not repeat that particular antic again. A message was communicated to Marchand through the series' supervisor of officials Mick McGeough.

--Everett beat Tri-Cities 3-1 to take a 3-1 lead in the WHL West final.  The Silvertips can wrap it up on home ice Saturday.

--The Cleveland Browns have selected quarterback Baker Mayfield out of Oklahoma with the first overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

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The move comes as somewhat of a surprise as the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner wasn't mentioned among the possible top picks until Wednesday, but vaulted to the top of the board in the last 24 hours.

Mayfield, who is among the most accomplished pivots in college football history, becomes the sixth quarterback the Browns have drafted since 2010.   The complete first round of the draft can be found here

The highlight of the first round may have come at pick 28 when it came time for the Pittsburgh Steelers to make their selection.  Coming out to make the pick was Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier.  He walked on stage to announce the selection just five months after a severe spinal injury suffered during a game.

--Tiger Woods' May calendar filled up quickly.

The 42-year-old committed to both THE PLAYERS Championship and Wells Fargo Championship via Twitter on Thursday, occupying his schedule for the next two weeks.

Tiger is a two-time winner at THE PLAYERS, picking up titles in 2001 and 2013. This will be his first trip back to TPC Sawgrass since 2015 and 18th appearance of his career.

THE PLAYERS Championship begins Thursday, May 10 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Next week's Wells Fargo Championship will be Tiger's first event since he tied for 32nd at the 2018 Masters.

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