June 24, 2022

Happy Thursday everyone. I hope you are well.

Let’s cut to the chase.

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Hello everyone, but especially to…

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THE COLORADO AVALANCHE

The avalanche will play for the Stanley Cup tomorrow night in front of their home fans, thanks to the heroism of a guy who hadn’t even played in over two weeks. Nazem Kadri escaped a gunshot Andrei Vasilevsky over half of overtime to give Colorado a thrilling 3-2 win and a 3-1 series lead.

  • Tampa Bay Antoine Cirelli opened the scoring after just 36 seconds. In the second period, Nathan MacKinnon evened things up on the power play, but Victor Hedman gave the hosts the lead early in the third period.
  • André Cogliano leveled at two at the start of the third period, and in the extra period, Kadri — playing his first game since Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals due to a thumb injury – scored the winner.
  • Had the result gone the other way, Vasilevskiy would have been history. He stopped 34 shotsmany dramatically. Darcy Kuemper was outstanding in net for Colorado with 37 stops.

It’s the 37th time a team has taken a 3-1 lead in a Stanley Cup final. Thirty-five of the previous 36 to do so went on to lift the Cup. All eyes will be on Colorado when the Cup hits the building Friday night.

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Happy NBA Draft Day! Here’s everything you need to know 🏀

The NBA is certainly not wasting time: Exactly one week after the Golden State Warriors become NBA champions, the NBA Draft will take place tonight At New York.

The debate for pick #1 has been heated, and we’re still not 100% sure which direction it will go, but our experts argued for four candidates: Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero, Jabari Smith and Jaden Ivey. The most popular choice may surprise you.

Here’s NBA reporter Colin Ward-Henninger’s take:

  • Ward Henninger: Holmgren’s rise is a cut above. Smith lacks playing potential – Holmgren can flourish beautifully in that department. Banchero’s suspect as a 3-point shooter and on defense – Holmgren has a soft shot and is one of the best rim-protecting prospects we’ve ever seen. … He has already proven that he can perform at the highest level of amateur basketball, and he also has the most room for improvement among the top three prospects.”

However, it is not Holmgren who is at the top of the draft expert Kyle Boone’s latest draft.

  • Bone: “There are at least *some* concerns about the diversity with which Black-smith will score in the NBA – he struggled with the edge in college and was primarily used as a catching and shooting weapon – but his positional size and above-average shooting are among a prospect’s most translatable skills in that class. At 6-10, it’s a sniper threat from anywhere in the field and a very safe bet to be a valuable two-way player in the NBA.”

Here’s Kyle’s complete top five.

  • 1. Magic: Jabari Smith, SF, Auburn
  • 2. Thunder: Chet Holmgren, C, Gonzaga
  • 3. Rockets: Paolo Banchero, PF, Duke
  • 4. Kings: Jaden Ivey, SG, Purdue
  • 5. Pistons: Keegan Murray, PF, Iowa

While the top of the draft naturally receives the most attention, I like to dive deeper into the draft because teams can find key pieces there. The Warriors got major contributions from Draymond Green, Jordan Poole, Kevon Looney and Gary Payton II during their title run; all four were drafted on the 28th or later or, in the case of Payton II, were not drafted at all. So be sure to check out our experts’ thoughts on chooses after the lottery who could be stars, second round flightsand undrafted rookies who could still make rosters.

As for everything else…

Jerami Grant went from the Pistons to the Trail Blazers 🏀

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On the eve of the NBA Draft, we got a big trade from one of this offseason’s most wanted players: Jerami Grant is heading towards the Trail Blazers. here are the details:

The Trail Blazers receive:

  • SF Jerami Grant
  • 2022 46th overall pick via Detroit

The pistons receive:

  • 2022 36th overall pick via Portland
  • 2025 first-round pick via Milwaukee (protected Nos. 1-4)
  • 2025 second-round pick via Portland
  • 2026 second-round pick (best pick between Portland and New Orleans)
  • $21 million trade exception

Grant averaged 9.3 points per game in his first six seasons, then rose to 22.3 in 2020-21, his first season in Detroit (he only played 47 games due to a calf strain. At 28 and entering the final year of his contract, Grant has not enough matches Detroit’s rebuilding schedule, and it’s to Portland’s advantage, NBA expert Jack Maloney wrote in his trade notes.

Blazers might not be doneThat is.

Snyder will be subpoenaed; Goodell testifies about the working environment of commanders 🏈

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodel testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee yesterday regarding the Commanders‘ work environment – including accusations of sexual harassment of women by team executives – under the leadership of the team owner Daniel Snyder.

Snyder was not in the hearing, but committee chair Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (DN.Y.) said she will issue a subpoena for Snyder to testify next week.

  • Goodell said he had no authority to remove Snyder as owner. This would require 24 of the 32 owners to vote to remove it. He also countered Maloney’s claim that Snyder was not held accountable for his alleged role in Washington’s work environment, saying Snyder did not attend recent owners’ meetings or participate in the day-to-day operations of the commanders.
  • Maloney revealed that the committee “discovered evidence that Mr. Snyder conducted a parallel investigation to target his accusers, shift blame to others, and influence the NFL’s own internal review.”
  • She also said the committee’s investigation “confirmed the Commanders Secretly Created Lewd Cheerleader Videos for the private enjoyment of Daniel Snyder.”

The franchise was fined $10 million and Snyder resigned from day-to-day operations last July following Beth Wilkinson’s investigation into the team’s workplace. The report, however, remained secret, much to the dismay of those representing the team’s former employees. In February, the United States House Oversight Committee asked NFL releases investigation findingsa request that Goodell has repeatedly refused to accede to, citing the privacy of former employees.

Rest in peace, Tony Siragusa and Jaylon Ferguson

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There have been two other shocking deaths in the sports world. Tony Syragusawho played a dozen seasons in the NFL and spent more than a dozen as a broadcaster, died yesterday aged 55.

  • Siragusa began his career with the Foalsfor whom he played from 1990 to 1996. He played for the crows from 1997 to 2001, winning the Super Bowl in the 2000 season.
  • Siragusa then spent 2003-2015 as a secondary analyst for FOX. Known for his humor as a player and broadcaster, he earned the affectionate nickname “The Goose”. Here’s how former NFL teammates and personalities reacted to the news.
  • The cause of death was not immediately known.

It wasn’t the Ravens’ only franchise loss: 26-year-old linebacker Jaylon Ferguson died late Tuesday eveningannounced the team yesterday morning.

  • Ferguson was a third-round pick from Louisiana Tech in 2019.
  • Ferguson holds the FBS record with 45 career sacks; he won C-USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2018.
  • He appeared in 38 games for Baltimore, recording 67 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
  • Police said there were no signs of trauma or foul play. The cause of death is currently unknown.

What we’re watching on Thursday 📺

🏀 NBA Draft7:30 p.m. on ESPN/ABC
🏀 wing fever8 p.m. on CBS Sports Network
🏀 Mystics at the Storm10 p.m. on CBS Sports Network

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