Apr 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Mike Tauchman (39) is greeted by right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after hitting a three run home run in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
April 21, 2019
Aaron Judge homered in the first inning but exited five innings later with a left oblique injury as the New York Yankees rolled to a 9-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
After hitting a single in the sixth with his team up 6-1, Judge appeared to feel something as he swung and ran gingerly to first base. After trainer Steve Donahue checked him over, Judge exited the game and was replaced by Tyler Wade.
Speaking to reporters after the game, manager Aaron Boone said that Judge was getting an MRI exam. Asked if Judge could avoid a trip to the injured list, Boone replied, “Probably not. No.”
Masahiro Tanaka (2-1) surrendered a homer to Whit Merrifield in the sixth among the four hits he gave up, but rebounded from a sub-par outing Sunday against the Chicago White Sox with seven strong innings. Judge and Clint Frazier homered in the opening two innings off Royals starter Heath Fillmyer (0-1), and Mike Tauchman and DJ LeMahieu hit New York’s first set of back-to-back homers this season in the fourth.
Brewers 5, Dodgers 0
Christian Yelich hit two more home runs — giving him eight in his last six games and a league-best 13 on the season — as host Milwaukee ended a three-game losing streak with a convincing victory over Los Angeles.
Yelich went deep in both the third and sixth innings against Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-1). Ryan Braun also hit a home run for the Brewers, who had lost their last three games against the Dodgers going back to a series at Los Angeles last weekend.
The high-powered Dodgers offense was held to just two hits in the game and just one hit over five innings against Brewers spot starter Chase Anderson (2-0).
Indians 8, Braves 4 (Game 1)
Max Moroff belted a solo homer in the fourth inning and added an RBI single as part of a six-run fifth as host Cleveland doubled-up Atlanta in the opener of their doubleheader.
Carlos Santana had a run-scoring single among his three hits for the Indians, while Moroff, Greg Allen, Tyler Naquin, Leonys Martin and Jason Kipnis each drove in a run in a fifth inning that saw Cleveland send 11 batters to the plate and score all six runs with two outs.
Corey Kluber (2-2) bounced back after giving up six runs in two of his previous three starts, going seven innings and giving up four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out eight. Braves starter Julio Teheran (2-2) gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Braves 8, Indians 7 (Game 2)
Ronald Acuna Jr. ripped a two-run double to cap a five-run uprising in the ninth inning and Atlanta salvaged a split of the doubleheader and spoiled the season debut of Francisco Lindor.
With the Braves trailing 7-3, Ozzie Albies ripped a two-out, two-run single down the first-base line in the ninth. Adam Cimber (1-1) issued his third walk of the inning before departing in favor of Tyler Olson, who walked Freddie Freeman with the bases loaded to bring Atlanta within one. The late uprising made a winner out of Luke Jackson (2-0), who retired the side in the eighth inning.
Lindor batted in the leadoff position and went 1-for-5 and scored a run — part of the Indians’ five-run spurt in the second inning. The three-time All-Star shortstop was activated prior to the doubleheader after being sidelined since the end of spring training with an ankle injury.
Red Sox 6, Rays 5
Boston’s Andrew Benintendi hit a grand slam and drove in the game-winning run with a ninth-inning sacrifice fly to lead Boston to a win over host Tampa Bay — despite the Rays setting a team record with four triples in the game.
The Rays had runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom half of the ninth, but Boston catcher Christian Vazquez picked off Tommy Pham at first base to end the game.
Reliever Matt Barnes (2-0) earned the win, Ryan Brasier recorded his fifth save and Mookie Betts had two hits for the Red Sox, who won their second straight. Jose Alvarado (0-1) took the loss as the Rays lost their third in a row.
Phillies 8, Rockies 5
Bryce Harper and Andrew McCutchen homered, Phil Gosselin drove in three runs with a double, and Philadelphia topped Colorado in Denver.
Aaron Nola (2-0) struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings for the win, giving up nine hits and walking one while surrendering three runs. Hector Neris got the last five outs for his third save.
Charlie Blackmon homered and fell a double short of the cycle and Raimel Tapia also went deep for the Rockies, who had their five-game winning streak snapped. Antonio Senzatela (1-1) gave up four runs on seven hits in six innings. He struck out three and walked one.
Pirates 3, Giants 1 (5 inn.)
Cole Tucker hit a go-ahead two-run home run in his major league debut as Pittsburgh extended its winning streak to five games with a rain-shortened win over visiting San Francisco. The game was called after a 3-hour, 8-minute delay.
In just his third at-bat in the big leagues, Tucker crushed a 2-2 pitch against Giants left-hander Derek Holland (1-3) onto the grass berm beyond the center field wall. The blast, into a stiff breeze, came in the bottom of the fifth, minutes before the infield was covered because of an arriving rainstorm.
The Giants’ Steven Duggar had tied the game 1-1 in the top of the fifth on an RBI single against Pirates starter Jameson Taillon (1-2). San Francisco lost its fourth consecutive game and fell for the fifth time in its past six contests.
Cardinals 10, Mets 2
Miles Mikolas gave up two runs in eight innings and drove in two runs with a second-inning single to help host St. Louis rout New York.
Mikolas (2-1), who led the National League with 18 wins last season, allowed four hits, struck out four and walked two on 100 pitches. Jose Martinez had three hits and three RBIs, Yadier Molina had two hits and two RBIs, and Paul DeJong had two hits and two runs for the Cardinals in the second game of the three-game series.
Mets right-hander Chris Flexen (0-1) was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to start in place of Jacob deGrom, who was placed on the 10-day injured list on Friday with elbow discomfort. He had had an easy first inning, but gave up three runs in the second and two more in the third.
Rangers 9, Astros 4
Texas knocked two-time All-Star Gerrit Cole out of the game after 4 1/3 innings and rolled to a win over in-state rival Houston in Arlington, Texas.
The Rangers scored five runs in the first inning as Cole (1-3) gave up nine runs (eight earned) and nine hits, striking out eight and walking three in what he told reporters was, “probably the worst (start) of my career.”
Danny Santana had three hits and Joey Gallo had two — including his eighth home run of the season — for the Rangers, who got four shutout innings from starter Adrian Sampson before he struggled in the fifth and left the game two outs shy of qualifying for his first major league win. Shawn Kelley (3-0) got the final two outs in the fifth and pitched a scoreless sixth to earn the victory.
Diamondbacks 6, Cubs 0
Eduardo Escobar, David Peralta and John Ryan Murphy each homered, and Arizona got a solid outing from starter Zack Greinke to top host Chicago.
Christian Walker added a career-high four hits and scored a run for Arizona, which earned its fifth win in the past six games. Chicago’s four-game winning streak came to an end as Greinke (3-1) pitched six innings to register his first career victory at Wrigley Field. Diamondbacks right-hander Taylor Clarke earned a three-inning save in his major league debut.
Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish (1-3) gave up three runs — including back-to-back solo homers in the first — on five hits in five innings. He walked three and fanned seven.
Marlins 9, Nationals 3
Miami clinched its first series win of the season, beating three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer and visiting Washington.
Besides the loss, there was more bad news for Washington as third baseman Anthony Rendon left the game after he was hit on his left elbow by a 95 mph fastball thrown by Marlins starter Jose Urena (1-3). Rendon went 0-for-1, ending the majors’ longest active hit streak at 17 games.
Scherzer (1-3) gave up 11 hits — one short off his career worst — and seven runs, six earned. He struck out nine and walked none.
Twins 6, Orioles 5 (Game 1)
Eddie Rosario hit two home runs for the second consecutive game and Byron Buxton had a two-run double to lead visiting Minnesota past Baltimore in the first game of a doubleheader.
Rosario, who also reached over the fence at the 364-foot sign in left-center field to rob Chris Davis of a leadoff home run in the sixth, became just the third Twins player to have back-to-back multi-homer games, joining Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett (1987) and Don Mincher (1963). His eight home runs are the most by a Minnesota player in the first 17 games of the season, breaking a tie with Tony Oliva, who had seven in 1966.
Jose Berrios (3-1) gave up four runs, including three home runs, on eight hits over six innings to improve to 4-0 all-time against the Orioles. He walked three and struck out five. Reliever Jimmy Yacabonis (1-1) took the loss, giving up three runs on two hits and a hit batter while recording only two outs in the sixth inning.
Twins 16, Orioles 7 (Game 2)
Rosario hit another home run and Minnesota tied a franchise record with eight home runs to complete the doubleheader sweep with an easy win in the nightcap.
Mitch Garver (five RBIs), Nelson Cruz (four hits, four runs scored) and Jonathan Schoop (four RBIs) each hit two home runs, while C.J. Cron also homered. Rosario’s five home runs over three games tied the Twins’ franchise mark for any three-game span — originally set by Harmon Killebrew (Sept. 21-22, 1963) and later tied by Brian Dozier (Sept. 4-6, 2016).
Martin Perez (2-0) picked up the win for the Twins, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk over six innings while striking out two. Alex Cobb (0-1), making his first start since coming off the injured list after a bout of back spasms, tied his career high by allowing nine runs on 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Blue Jays 10, Athletics 1
Rowdy Tellez and Brandon Drury hit back-to-back home runs in a five-run fourth inning as Toronto overcame an injury to starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker to thump host Oakland.
Even though he left after three innings with a knee injury, Shoemaker teamed with Sam Gaviglio (2-0) and Elvis Luciano on a six-hitter for Toronto’s second consecutive win of the series. Mike Fiers (2-2) took the loss for the A’s, who also were beaten 5-1 by the Blue Jays in the opener of the three-game set on Friday night.
The blowout ended with former Blue Jays slugger Kendrys Morales making his second career relief appearance. Facing his old teammates, he gave up one run on a single, two walks, a hit batter and a sacrifice fly in his one inning.
Reds 4, Padres 2
Right-hander Luis Castillo held slumping San Diego to one run on four hits over six innings as visiting Cincinnati won for the third straight time at Petco Park.
The Padres have lost six in a row and five straight at home. They are down to.500 after an 11-5 start to the season.
Castillo (2-1) recorded nine of the Reds’ 14 strikeouts on the night while issuing one walk. Right-hander Raisel Iglesias struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his fourth save. The Reds scored three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks in five innings against left-handed Padres starter Eric Lauer (2-3).
Mariners 6, Angels 5
Seattle hit four home runs, giving the Mariners 11 in the first three games of the series, and again beat Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels have lost six in a row overall and all five games against Seattle this season.
Mariners center fielder Mitch Haniger homered off Trevor Cahill (1-2) to lead off the game, and Edwin Encarnacion, Domingo Santana and Daniel Vogelbach also homered in the game — giving the team 53 thus far. Seattle has homered in all but one of 24 games this season.
The Angels’ offense, however, kept them in the game, getting 10 hits against Mariners starter Yusei Kikuchi (1-1), who went five innings and allowed four runs to get the victory. Albert Pujols hit an RBI double and solo home run as he tied and then passed Babe Ruth on the career RBIs list. Pujols is now fifth in MLB history with 1,993. Next up is Lou Gehrig at No. 4 with 1,995.
White Sox at Tigers, ppd.
Chicago’s scheduled game at Detroit was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Aug. 6.
–Field Level Media
Apr 20, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Mike Scott (1) makes a three point shot against Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
April 21, 2019
Mike Scott hit a 3-pointer with 18.6 seconds remaining to lift the visiting Philadelphia 76ers past the Brooklyn Nets 112-108 to take a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference opening-round playoff series on Saturday.
Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 31 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and six blocked shots. Embiid, who had been listed as doubtful, started for the Sixers after missing Game 3 with left knee soreness. Tobias Harris added 24 points while Ben Simmons had 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Caris LeVert led the Nets with 25 points while Allen and D’Angelo Russell had 21 apiece. The Nets were without forward Ed Davis, who had a sprained right ankle.
The game became quite chippy with 7:42 left in the third after Embiid committed a hard foul on Allen. There was a lot of pushing and shoving between multiple players on both teams. Dudley and Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler were each ejected in the aftermath of a scuffle and Embiid was given a flagrant 1 foul.
Nuggets 117, Spurs 103
Nikola Jokic racked up 29 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and added eight assists as visiting Denver rolled over San Antonio in Game 4 to even the Western Conference first-round playoff series at two games apiece.
Game 5 in the best-of-seven set will be Tuesday in Denver, with the second-seeded Nuggets’ win Saturday allowing them to reclaim the home-court advantage. The victory snapped a 14-game losing streak for the Nuggets in the Alamo City, dating back to March 2012.
Jamal Murray added 24 points for Denver. Small forward Torrey Craig, inserted into the starting lineup for the first time since Jan. 28, hit for 18 points. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 24 points and nine rebounds, with DeMar DeRozan adding 19 points before being ejected late in the game.
Bucks 119, Pistons 103
Khris Middleton recorded 20 points and nine rebounds to help Milwaukee defeat host Detroit to take a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round series.
Brook Lopez recorded 19 points, seven rebounds and five blocks and Eric Bledsoe also scored 19 points for the top-seeded Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo registered 14 points and 10 rebounds for his third straight double-double in the series.
Detroit’s Blake Griffin had 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists in his first appearance in the series due to a left knee injury. Griffin played with his knee and leg heavily wrapped. Detroit has lost 13 straight playoff games dating back to 2008 to match the dubious NBA mark set by the New York Knicks (2001-12).
–Field Level Media
Apr 20, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz (17) handles the puck during the third period in game six of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Winnipeg Jets at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
April 21, 2019
Jaden Schwartz had a hat trick, and rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington made 18 saves as the host St. Louis Blues eliminated the Winnipeg Jets with a 3-2 victory in Game 6 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series Saturday.
The Blues will face the winner of the Dallas-Nashville series in the next round of the playoffs.
St. Louis became the first home team to win a game in the series, and the first winning team that didn’t need to overcome a deficit.
Dustin Byfuglien and Bryan Little scored for Winnipeg, and goalie Connor Hellebuyck stopped 33 of 36 shots. Both of the Jets’ goals came in the second half of the third period, after they were down 3-0.
Stars 5, Predators 3
Alexander Radulov and Jason Dickinson each scored two goals as visiting Dallas won Game 5 of its first-round Stanley Cup playoff series with Nashville.
The win gives the Stars a 3-2 edge in the series, putting them a victory away from advancing to the second round for just the second time in 11 seasons. The Central Division-winning Predators, meanwhile, are in danger of missing the second round for the first time in four seasons.
Jamie Benn had three assists for the Stars, while Tyler Seguin contributed a goal and an assist. The top line of Radulov, Benn, and Seguin combined for 16 of the Stars’ 26 total shots. The trio has 16 total points in the series.
Capitals 6, Hurricanes 0
Nicklas Backstrom finished with two goals and two assists, and Alex Ovechkin added a goal and two assists as Washington pounded Carolina in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.
The Capitals took a 3-2 lead in the series and can close out the Hurricanes in Game 6 on Monday night in Raleigh, N.C. The winner of this series will meet the New York Islanders.
Tom Wilson finished with a goal and an assist as Washington’s top line — Ovechkin, Backstrom and Wilson — delivered in a big way with four goals and five assists. Evgeny Kuznetsov and John Carlson also added two assists apiece. Goalie Braden Holtby finished with 30 saves, 15 of which came in the second period, to earn the win.
–Field Level Media
Apr 20, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs shooting guard DeMar DeRozan (10) is held back by teammate Patty Mills (right) after being ejected for throwing the ball at referee Scott Foster (48) against the Denver Nuggets in game four of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
April 21, 2019
San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan was ejected during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 117-103 loss to the Denver Nuggets for firing the basketball in the direction of official Scott Foster.
DeRozan was called for an offensive foul after charging into Denver guard Gary Harris with 5:01 remaining. He then leaped in the air and spun and sent the ball flying to the left of Foster.
DeRozan headed to the exits with the Spurs trailing 110-92. He scored 19 points in 34 minutes.
The series is tied 2-2 after Saturday’s result. DeRozan’s status for Game 5 is unclear as he figures to draw a fine with the possibility of a suspension.
–Field Level Media
Apr 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) rounds second base after hitting a solo home run in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
April 21, 2019
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge exited Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Royals with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning with a left oblique injury.
Already with a home run in the first inning — his fifth of the season — Judge singled to right field in the sixth but appeared to feel something on the swing. He gingerly ran to first base and was lifted from the game after a brief consultation from trainer Steve Donahue.
Manager Aaron Boone told reporters afterward that Judge was getting an MRI exam. Asked if Judge could avoid a trip to the injured list, Boone replied, “Probably not. No.”
New York began the game with 12 players on the injured list, including Giancarlo Stanton (strained left biceps), Gary Sanchez (strained left calf) and Luis Severino (right rotator cuff inflammation).
–The Cleveland Indians activated All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor from the 10-day injured list ahead of his team’s doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves and designated veteran Hanley Ramirez for assignment.
Lindor, who suffered a right calf strain before spring training play began and later sprained his left ankle, hit .417 with two home runs, a double and two RBIs in three games in a rehab stint with Triple-A Columbus.
Lindor is a career .288 hitter who delivered career bests with 38 home runs and 92 RBIs last season. The three-time All-Star finished second in the voting for Rookie of the Year in 2015. Ramirez was hitting just .184 with a double and two home runs in 49 at-bats this season.
–The Boston Red Sox placed right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list with a loose body in his right elbow, a move retroactive to Thursday.
The Red Sox called up left-hander Bobby Poyner from Triple-A Pawtucket in a corresponding move. They face the Rays in Tampa Bay on Saturday night.
Eovaldi has yet to get a decision and sports a 6.00 ERA in four starts this season, the first of a four-year deal he signed with Boston in the offseason. The 29-year-old was 6-7 with a 3.81 ERA in 22 games (21 starts) in 2018 but was 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA after being acquired by the Red Sox from Tampa Bay in late July and turned in a superb postseason for the eventual champions.
–A day after the New York Mets placed ace Jacob deGrom on the injured list, he threw in the outfield and told reporters he “felt completely normal.”
He played catch from 120 feet in the outfield at Busch Stadium in St. Louis and reported a positive outcome.
The team announced Friday that deGrom would undergo an MRI exam on Monday, but that is now up in the air, manager Mickey Callaway told reporters. DeGrom will meet with team medical director Dr. David Altchek in New York, who will make the call on the MRI.
–The Pittsburgh Pirates placed center fielder Starling Marte and shortstop Erik Gonzalez on the injured list, one day after the two were hurt in a fierce collision chasing after a pop fly.
Marte suffered a bruised abdominal wall while Gonzalez fractured his left clavicle in the collision during Friday’s win over San Francisco. Marte was placed on the 10-day IL and Gonzalez went on the 60-day IL.
Pittsburgh recalled shortstop Cole Tucker and outfielder Bryan Reynolds from Triple-A Indianapolis. Both players started Saturday’s game against the Giants in their major league debuts.
–Pitcher Gio Gonzalez opted out of his contract with the Yankees and intends to become a free agent, MLB.com reported.
Per the terms of Gonzalez’s contract, the Yankees have 48 hours to grant his release or add him to the roster. If he is put on the roster, Gonzalez will be paid a $3 million base salary, along with $300,000 per start.
In three starts at Triple A-Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he as a 2-1 record with an ERA of 6.00.
–Field Level Media
Mar 13, 2019; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray participates in positional workouts during pro day at the Everest Indoor Training Center at the University of Oklahoma. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
April 20, 2019
Unlike the 2018 NFL Draft, when the Cleveland Browns kept us guessing until practically draft night, the first overall pick seems to have been preordained for months.
There remain whispers about whether ownership is on board, and as long as the Arizona Cardinals still have Josh Rosen on their roster, we can’t be absolutely certain first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury will draft his former high school recruit, Kyler Murray, with the top pick.
But for now, there’s no reason to expect a late surprise – on that would set off an entirely different chain of events. Even with Murray penciled in at No. 1, it’s anybody’s guess where the other top quarterbacks wind up.
1. Arizona Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
The importance of Murray’s mobility in Kingsbury’s offense is overstated, but if you’re going to hire an offensive coach, why not let him pick his quarterback?
2. San Francisco 49ers: DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
Acquiring Dee Ford won’t change the 49ers’ approach here — Bosa is a perfect complement, as a bigger, powerful end who can win outside and inside as a rusher while also stopping the run.
3. New York Jets: DT Ed Oliver, Houston
The Jets desperately wish to trade down, and most have Quinnen Williams or Josh Allen here if they stay, but don’t rule out roll the dice on Oliver’s unique athleticism.
4. Oakland Raiders: DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
Josh Allen or Devin White could be in play here, but Williams is the best player on the board. A potential shocker cannot be ruled out: Drew Lock.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LB Devin White, LSU
With Josh Allen still available, this is tricky. While the Bucs need more edge rush, Todd Bowles’ scheme creates pressure via blitzes, and White is a classic modern-day linebacker who can blitz, cover and play the run.
6. New York Giants: OLB Josh Allen, Kentucky
Dave Gettleman is never shy about taking the best player available, glaring hole at quarterback be damned.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
T.J. Hockenson would be an option, but Taylor makes too much sense. He fills the Jags’ hole at right tackle perfectly, as a mauler who excels in a power run game.
8. Detroit Lions: TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
Rashan Gary or Montez Sweat could make sense, but Matt Patricia’s defense doesn’t prioritize edge rushers. Instead, the Lions grab a two-way tight end after nearly trading for Rob Gronkowski last year.
9. Buffalo Bills: DE Rashan Gary, Michigan
The Bills addressed a bunch of spots in free agency so they could take the top player on their board. They might hope Hockenson is still there, but with him gone, they grab one of the draft’s best athletes.
10. Denver Broncos: QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
Many believe the Broncos are targeting a second- or third-tier quarterback to develop behind Joe Flacco. Would Haskins slipping to No. 10 change their mind?
11. Cincinnati Bengals: QB Drew Lock, Missouri
This would be bold for a notably conservative organization, but if Zac Taylor wants to pick his QB, it’s hard to argue against him. Devin Bush would be in play if it’s not a QB.
12. Green Bay Packers: OL Jonah Williams, Alabama
The Packers added Billy Turner in free agency, but Williams could be an upgrade at left guard over Lane Taylor while serving as insurance and the successor to oft-injured right tackle Bryan Bulaga.
13. Miami Dolphins: OT Andre Dillard, Washington State
Miami let Ja’Wuan James walk and hasn’t replaced him, so Dillard (or Williams or Cody Ford) could fill the hole at right tackle. Clelin Ferrell would also be a perfect fit in Brian Flores’ defense.
14. Atlanta Falcons: DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
Wilkins would slot in next to fellow Clemson product Grady Jarrett inside as a disruptive penetrator with terrific character.
15. Washington Redskins: DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
With some concerned about his heart issue, Sweat slides a tad, and Washington nabs a dynamic rusher opposite Ryan Kerrigan.
16. Carolina Panthers: DE Brian Burns, Florida State
Julius Peppers is finally retired, and Bruce Irvin isn’t the answer. Burns can threaten early as a situational rusher while adding power to be a full-time starter down the line.
17. New York Giants (from Cleveland): QB Daniel Jones, Duke
If the Giants don’t love any of the top quarterbacks but — as believed — like Jones, it would be sensible to wait and see if he reaches No. 17.
18. Minnesota Vikings: OL Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
The Vikings might prefer a left tackle — which would bump Riley Reiff to left guard — but with Williams and Dillard gone, they take perhaps the draft’s best interior lineman.
19. Tennessee Titans: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
The Titans’ offense needs an injection of speed, and nobody in this draft has more of it than Brown. Lindstrom would also be in consideration if available.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: LB Devin Bush, Michigan
Bush could land closer to the top 10, but if he slips this far, Pittsburgh should pounce. The Steelers have needed speed at inside linebacker since Ryan Shazier’s injury.
21. Seattle Seahawks: DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
The Seahawks likely hope to trade down, as is their norm in Round 1, but more help on the edge makes sense with Frank Clark’s future unclear.
22. Baltimore Ravens: C Erik McCoy, Texas A&M
A solid, scheme-versatile pivot, McCoy might fit the Ravens better than Garrett Bradbury, who played in a predominant outside-zone scheme at NC State.
23. Houston Texans: CB Byron Murphy, Washington
With Taylor, Dillard and Williams gone, Houston opts to wait on offensive tackle and reinforce a weakened secondary instead.
24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago): TE Noah Fant, Iowa
While the Raiders need more reinforcements on defense, Jared Cook’s departure leaves the team with no receiving threat at tight end. Jon Gruden can’t help himself.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: C Garrett Bradbury, NC State
If Bradbury reaches 25, I love this pick. He would provide insurance for Brandon Brooks (torn Achilles) at right guard and eventually take over at the pivot when Jason Kelce retires.
26. Indianapolis Colts: WR D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi
Metcalf has a wide range of possible landing spots, but his combination of size and speed would make sense for Indy if he gets this far.
27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas): CB DeAndre Baker, Georgia
I could see Gruden gambling on Jeffery Simmons, but since the Raiders already nabbed a defensive tackle in Quinnen Williams, they opt for a cornerback here.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
The Chargers re-signed Brandon Mebane, but he’s 34 and got only a two-year deal. Lawrence would immediately fortify the run defense, with pocket-pushing potential down the line.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: CB Greedy Williams, LSU
Don’t be shocked if they pick a wideout, but with the value not lining up here, the Chiefs add much-needed help to the secondary.
30. Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans): DB Darnell Savage, Maryland
A late riser, Savage can play all over the place — single-high, two-deep, in the box or over the slot — making him a perfect fit in Mike Pettine’s scheme.
31. Los Angeles Rams: OL Cody Ford, Oklahoma
L.A. lost interior linemen Rodger Saffold and John Sullivan and has yet to replace them. Ford would compete at left guard, perhaps starting from Day 1.
32. New England Patriots: TE Irv Smith Jr., Alabama
Smith is a better blocker on the move than inline, so the offense would require some adaptation, but he’s a dangerous receiver who thrives after the catch, which is critical in Josh McDaniels’ horizontal passing game.
–David DeChant, Field Level Media
Apr 20, 2019; Hilton Head, SC, USA; Dustin Johnson tees off from seventh hole during the third round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
April 20, 2019
(Reuters) – World number one Dustin Johnson overhauled halfway leader Shane Lowry to open up a one-stroke advantage after the third round of the windswept RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Saturday.
Johnson, a South Carolina native, shot a three-under 68 in trying conditions to end on 10-under 203, making his move with three consecutive birdies from the 13th and holding on to his lead despite dropping shots at 16 and 17.
Lowry’s lead evaporated with three bogeys on the back nine and he finished with an even-par 71, tied for second on nine-under along with Ian Poulter (67) and Rory Sabbatini (68) at Hilton Head Island’s Harbour Town Golf Links.
Six others were tied a shot further back on eight-under 205.
(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Peter Rutherford)
Mar 23, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Gio Gonzalez (43) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
April 20, 2019
Pitcher Gio Gonzalez opted out of his contract with the New York Yankees and intends to become a free agent, MLB.com reported Saturday.
Now, the next move belongs to the Yankees.
Gonzalez signed a minor league contract with the Yankees in March, and under the terms, he could opt out on April 20. The Yankees have 48 hours to grant his release or add him to the roster.
If he is put on the roster, Gonzalez will be paid a $3 million base salary, along with $300,000 per start.
In three starts at Triple A-Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he as a 2-1 record with an ERA of 6.00.
Gonzalez, 33, made his major league debut in 2008 with Oakland. Last season, split between Washington and Milwaukee, he was 10-11 in 32 starts and had a 4.21 ERA.
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FILE PHOTO – Asbel Kiprop of Kenya reacts after winning the men’s 1500 metres final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble
April 20, 2019
(Reuters) – Kenya’s former Olympic 1500 meters champion Asbel Kiprop has been handed a four-year ban for doping, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Saturday.
The 29-year-old, who also won three world championship golds, tested positive for the banned blood booster erythropoietin (EPO) in November 2017.
Kiprop had argued his urine sample, which was taken out of competition, could have been tampered with by his testers, who had tipped him off about their visit and taken a payment from him.
But the AIU, an independent body managing all doping-related matters for athletics, said they were satisfied that there had been no interference and an IAAF Disciplinary Tribunal on Saturday suspended him for four years effective February 2018.
He had been tentatively suspended by the AIU in May last year.
“The (AIU) panel is aware that its order will interrupt, and may even terminate, the athlete’s sporting career and cast a shadow over his impressive competitive record,” it said in a statement.
“But in its opinion the laboratory results viewed in the context of the evidential record and the regulatory framework unit admit of no other conclusion than the case against the athlete is convincingly made out.”
Kiprop can appeal his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). He continues to maintain his innocence.
“There is no justice in the world. Not every prisoner in jail is guilty,” he told Kenyan media on Saturday. “I will consult my lawyer to see if I will appeal at CAS but no matter the outcome I will be back stronger.”
Kiprop was awarded the 1500m gold medal from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing after original winner Rashid Ramzi tested positive for doping. Kiprop won his three world titles in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru and Gene Cherry, editing by Tony Lawrence)
Tennis – Fed Cup – World Group Semi-Final – France v Romania – Kindarena, Rouen, France – April 20, 2019 France’s Caroline Garcia celebrates winning her match against Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu REUTERS/Charles Platiau
April 20, 2019
ROUEN, France (Reuters) – Caroline Garcia kept her composure to beat Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3 6-3 and bring France level at 1-1 with Romania in their Fed Cup semi-final after Simona Halep outclassed Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 6-1 in the opening singles on Saturday.
Garcia produced a rock-solid performance to dismantle the challenge of Buzarnescu in one hour, 27 minutes on the clay surface in the Normandy city of Rouen as two-time champions France bid for their sixth final.
France captain Julien Benneteau opted for Mladenovic ahead of higher-ranked Pauline Parmentier and Alize Cornet for the opening clash against world number two Halep.
World number 66 Mladenovic, however, struggled with her serve and failed to cope with Halep’s more varied attacking style, racking up 35 unforced errors.
“It was really difficult to start the match because of the emotions,” reigning Roland Garros champion Halep said. “It was really tough to start the game, to start the tie.”
The Romanians, aiming for their maiden Fed Cup final after upsetting defending champions Czech Republic in an epic quarter-final in Ostrava, won their only previous Fed Cup tie against France in 1976.
“I’m really happy with the way I played in the second set,” Halep added. “It was much better. It’s difficult to play against Kristina because she cuts the rhythm and I couldn’t find my rhythm.
“In the end, I felt much better, and I can say I was dominating.”
After Sunday’s reverse singles, Garcia and Mladenovic are expected to team up to face Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu in the doubles. The other semi-final pits Australia against Belarus, who are also level at 1-1 after their opening singles matches.
(Reporting by Angel Krasimirov; editing by Tony Lawrence)