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Raptors seek first series win over Cavaliers

Raptors seek first series win over Cavaliers

CLEVELAND — For the third time in as many postseasons, the Cleveland Cavaliers enter Game 3 against the Toronto Raptors leading the series 2-0. “It’s one game at a time, and that’s the only way we should look at it,” said LeBron James, who in Game 2 became the first player in NBA history to score at least 40 points (43) with 14 assists in a playoff game. Understanding that the series is never won until it’s over. But the Cavs are three-time defending conference champs. The toughness part is the part I didn’t think we played with last night. “If you want to use the word hope … If we’re hoping we win, we shouldn’t be in the NBA,” Casey continued. “That’s not a good word to use if you’re a professional player.” There’s more bad news coming for the Raptors. They didn’t win a playoff game in Cleveland in either of the previous two years, and have lost eight straight to the Cavs in the postseason overall dating to the 2016 conference finals. In Game 1 (Love was 3 of 13), Toronto used the 7-foot bruiser Jonas Valanciunas on Love and gave him fits. “There’s a reason why we are who we are.
Cowboys defeat Iowa to start road series

Cowboys defeat Iowa to start road series

The Oklahoma State baseball team started its last nonconference series of the season with a victory. The Cowboys edged past Iowa 7-6 on Friday night at Duane Banks Field in Iowa City. The Cowboys' bullpen was crucial to the victory. Varela notched his third save of the season. OSU had a 6-0 lead to start the bottom of the third inning, but starter Carson Teel allowed the Hawkeyes (26-16) to score. In the fourth inning, the No. 12 Cowboys increased their advantage when Colin Simpson hit his 15th home run of the season. In the bottom of the fourth, Iowa cut the Cowboys' lead to 7-6. Hawkeye Tyler Cropley hit a three-run home run against OSU's Ryan Van Leeuwen, but the Cowboys' other relief pitchers didn't allow Iowa to score again. OSU continues the series against the Hawkeyes at 2:05 p.m. Saturday in Iowa City.
Colon bit by homer bug in Rangers’ loss to Sox

Colon bit by homer bug in Rangers’ loss to Sox

Colon gave up four solo home runs over seven innings -- including three leading off an inning -- and couldn't keep up with Red Sox starter Rick Porcello in a 5-1 loss at Globe Life Park. The Rangers' only run in six innings off Porcello was on Nomar Mazara's home run in the fourth. Martinez gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead with a home run to open the second. All other hitters were 1-for-19 against him, with the only hit being Devers' second home run, which came with one out in the seventh. So far this season, Colon has allowed a .395 batting average to hitters leading off an inning. Rangers manager Jeff Banister said he doesn't see any issues that can be identified as the cause of Colon's problems to begin an inning. Banister on 5-1 loss to Red Sox 03:02 May 4th, 2018 He is the first Rangers player to hit a home run in four straight games since Mike Napoli on July 1-4 of last season. "He's got pretty good stuff," Mazara said about Porcello. The home run was good, but I got more enjoyment just from facing him just because he's recognized pretty highly in the DR." -- Devers, on facing Colon
Detroit Lions trade Akeem Spence to Miami Dolphins for draft pick

Detroit Lions trade Akeem Spence to Miami Dolphins for draft pick

"That'll be next year," Quinn said. The Detroit Lions general manager continued his quest to stockpile future draft picks Thursday, trading defensive tackle Akeem Spence to the Miami Dolphins for a 2019 seventh-round draft choice. But with a new scheme that values bigger, more versatile defensive tackles, and after acquiring Alabama's Da'Shawn Hand in the fourth round of this year's draft, the Lions found Spence to be expendable. Spence, 6-foot-1 and 307 pounds, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment. The Lions return three starters on their defensive line in ends Ziggy Ansah and Anthony Zettel and tackle A'Shawn Robinson, have added two rotational linemen expected to play big roles this fall and remain in the free-agent market for another addition. They also have Kerry Hyder returning from a ruptured Achilles tendon that sidelined him for the entire 2017 season. Sylvester Williams signed a one-year deal to play nose tackle earlier this spring, and Hand is expected to play both inside and outside as a rookie. Ricky Jean-Francois, Johnathan Hankins and Alan Branch are among the defensive tackles still available in free agency. The Lions, who traded a 2019 third-round pick to the New England Patriots to move up and select Hand, have nine picks in next year's draft. The Dolphins required Spence to take a pay cut to finalize the trade.
OU’s seventh straight title takes drama out of weekend

OU’s seventh straight title takes drama out of weekend

Bedlam rival Oklahoma State and Mother Nature herself couldn’t stop the Oklahoma softball team from winning its seventh straight Big 12 championship. With a tornado warning hovering over Norman, Paige Parker kept her cool and threw a no-hitter as the Sooners romped to an 8-0 run-rule win over Oklahoma State in five innings to clinch the conference title in convincing fashion Wednesday. The Big 12 set up the schedule for the best teams to play each other on the final weekend. While Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas have their eyes set on reaching the NCAA tournament, Oklahoma is shooting for history. With two more wins against Oklahoma State this weekend, the Sooners can finish 18-0. Baylor’s shot to end Oklahoma’s reign as conference champion was effectively over when the Sooners swept the Lady Bears at Getterman Stadium by a combined 18-1 margin March 29-31. Winning eight of their last nine games, the Lady Bears have risen to 15th in the RPI, putting them in position for one of 16 regional host sites. But Baylor likely needs to sweep Texas this weekend and have a good showing in next weekend’s Big 12 tournament to host its second straight regional. The Lady Bears want to play in front of their fans at Getterman Stadium one last time in regionals. They won last year’s regional behind a pair of no-hitters by Gia Rodoni and then stunned Arizona in Tucson in the Super Regionals to reach the World Series for the fourth time in school history.
Way-too-early Cowboys 2019 mock draft roundup: Could Dallas nab this ‘red-zone nightmare’ at WR?

Way-too-early Cowboys 2019 mock draft roundup: Could Dallas nab this ‘red-zone nightmare’ at WR?

We compiled and tracked 70 mock drafts for the 2018 NFL draft. Here's whom experts have the Dallas Cowboys taking. Some notes: -- We've listed the players in order from the earliest experts have Dallas drafting to the latest. Obviously, the later the pick, the more successful the season for the Cowboys. -- All mock drafts are speculation, but these are stretching it even further with the mock drafters predicting where teams will finish, what prospects will and won't enter the draft. [Last update: May 3] Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson WalterFootball.com, with the 9th pick [May 3]: "David Irving has off-the-field problems and will be a free agent entering the 2019 offseason. Collin Johnson, WR, Texas Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, with the 19th pick [April 30]: "The Dallas Cowboys made interesting moves at wide receiver in the 2018 draft--trading Ryan Switzer to Oakland, acquiring Tavon Austin from Los Angeles, not selecting a receiver early--and will head into the upcoming season with a need for a playmaker down the field. Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma WalterFootball.com, with the 20th pick [April 30]: "The Cowboys grab a big-play speed receiver for Dak Prescott. Juwan Johnson, WR, Penn State The Big Lead's Jason McIntyre, with the 29th pick [April 30]: "I loved the Cowboys' 2018 draft, and there's good depth at WR, but the 6-foot-4 Johnson would be the perfect big target for Dak Prescott." Round 2 Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State [with pick No.
OU softball sellouts create high demand for secondary market tickets

OU softball sellouts create high demand for secondary market tickets

“There's a lot of new softball fans. Part of that demand, OU senior associate athletic director Kenny Mossman believes, was created when Oklahoma began officially announcing sellouts. The night the Sooners won the title, OU's ticket office began accepting deposits on 2018 season tickets. Most years, OU sells about 500 season tickets, Mossman said. During the post-WCWS push, the Sooners sold about 200 more. A reserved seat season ticket went for $250, while a season general admission ticket cost fans $150. By the start of the season, over 700 tickets were sold for the stadium that only holds 1,378 people. But with the spike in season ticket sales, OU made the decision to add the bleachers before the season even started. Under a proposed master plan, Marita Hynes' capacity would increase from 1,378 to 2,566, and the seat demand and passion from fans were a part of the reason for the updates. I think people come here because they really get pleasure or enjoyment or some of their hearts are very filled when they watch the style of play.” While Gasso has seen many things change in recent years with the surge in her team's popularity, there's still one thing she hasn't seen — but it might not be too far off.
Wilson suspended three games, out for Capitals in Game 4

Wilson suspended three games, out for Capitals in Game 4

The Washington Capitals forward was disciplined Wednesday for an illegal check to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Aston-Resse 9:38 into the second period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round on Tuesday. Wilson will not be eligible for Game 4 at Pittsburgh on Thursday (7 p.m. The Capitals won Game 3 4-3 and lead the best-of-7 series 2-1. Wilson, who plays on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov, has seven points (two goals, five assists) in nine playoff games. Gersich, 21, had one assist in three NHL games this season, and Boyd, 24, had one assist in eight games. Neither has played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. "We're just going to keep playing," Washington forward Brett Connolly said. "We're having a good series so far, so we've got to focus on tomorrow and hopefully we can come away with another win." "Anything you're going to do after the whistle or behind the play, it's not going to help us win. Our focus is to play the game and let the League do what they have to do."

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