5 storylines to follow of Knicks-Hawks first-round matchup
The Hawks aren’t the juiciest matchup for the Knicks. They didn’t have an All-Star this season, and largely operated out of the spotlight as a smallish market team. Nobody is giving them a chance to win the NBA title, similar to the Knicks. But there are intriguing storylines to this 4-v-5 series, the type of narratives that add to the entertainment and drama. Here are five to ingest. Who is Playoff Julius Randle?There are players who rise to the occasion of the postseason, who elevate their game (Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, Dame Lillard) and those who’ve folded in the biggest moments (Chris ...
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Mike Sielski: Dear Sports, Let us cover you like we used to. For our sake and yours.
Whenever I think back over the COVID-19 pandemic and the degree to which it has changed how my colleagues and I do our jobs, I think of John Hightower. Remember John Hightower? Wide receiver. Boise State. The Eagles selected him in the fifth round of last year’s draft. He played 13 games and had 10 receptions. During the season’s final eight weeks, he pretty much disappeared. He was targeted just three times over a four-week stretch and was inactive for three consecutive games thereafter. He might not make the Eagles’ roster this year. I think of John Hightower because of the Eagles’ opener la...
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Scott Lauber: Joe Girardi is exasperated with the Phillies. What will Dave Dombrowski do about it?
It bubbled up Saturday night when three errors prompted Joe Girardi’s postgame plea to “just catch the ball.” But it boiled over Sunday when the manager got into an ire-raising dugout exchange with second baseman Jean Segura after another error, and then needed to use sore-shouldered Bryce Harper because there wasn’t a healthy player on the bench. Forty-one games into the season, Girardi is exasperated with how the Phillies are playing and the state of the roster. By the end of the weekend, he could no longer conceal it. The question now is what will Dave Dombrowski do about it? Girardi got hi...
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Armando Salguero: Myles Gaskin begins defense of his Dolphins starting RB job. He must beat this challenge.
Myles Gaskin did a good job last season overcoming things he knew were going to be issues. In that regard, Gaskin showed something in his second NFL season that all the great running backs always have — great vision. He knew he had to rise from the bottom of the depth chart to win a starting job. And he did that. He knew he had to improve significantly from a rookie season in 2019 in which he wasn’t really a factor, and he did that, too. But it was the things Gaskin didn’t see coming that were problems. “He missed a number of games last year due to injury,” coach Brian Flores said, “but when h...
For openers, Avalanche too much for Blues
The Blues are used to the underdog role by now. Just ask Brayden Schenn. “Obviously people are writing us off, but in our locker room we believe in ourselves,” Schenn said Monday afternoon. The absence of leading scorer David Perron — he remains on the NHL COVID list — only adds to that the “writing.” But by now they’ve had so many injuries (and now) COVID-19 issues, they’ve developed a type of herd immunity. Just ask coach Craig Berube. “Yeah, I think there’s a lot of character on this team,” he said. No Perron? No Vince Dunn? No Jake Walman? No problem. At least that was the Blues’ intention...
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Yu Darvish, Padres’ big 3 pound Rockies for 4th straight win
The Padres’ top three continued to do their part to make sure the team thrived while playing without its other big three. And Yu Darvish did his part to give the bullpen a rest, throwing seven scoreless innings in a 7-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday at Petco Park. The trio of Trent Grisham, Manny Machado and Jake Cronenworth did the bulk of the work in putting up three runs in the first inning to get the Padres on their way to their fourth straight victory and sixth in seven games. Grisham led off the bottom of the first with a triple to right-center field, and Machado followed b...
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Nick Madrigal’s 1st career homer and Danny Mendick’s grand slam highlight the Chicago White Sox’s 16-4 pummeling of the Minnesota Twins
MINNEAPOLIS — Nick Madrigal hit the first home run of his major-league career as the Chicago White Sox pummeled the Minnesota Twins 16-4 on Monday at Target Field. Madrigal lined a 1-2 J.A. Happ fastball over the wall in left-center in the third inning for a solo home run. He went 3-for-5 with a walk and two RBIs as the Sox opened the three-game series in impressive fashion. Danny Mendick added a grand slam in the fifth. The Sox had 18 hits. Madrigal, Mendick and Yermín Mercedes provided the power for a team missing its home run leader, José Abreu. The first baseman is expected to miss the ent...
Jon Lester and Kyle Schwarber return to Wrigley Field in the Chicago Cubs’ 7-3 win over the Washington Nationals
CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs manager David Ross let out a boisterous laugh when he heard the question. How strange is it game-planning against former Cub and close friend-turned-opposing pitcher Jon Lester? “It’s extremely, extremely awkward,” a smiling Ross said before Monday’s game versus the Washington Nationals, which the Cubs went on to win 7-3. Ross called it business as usual in going over every detail about Lester and how to take advantage of him, just as the Cubs would for any starting pitcher they face. Lester’s six seasons in Chicago (2015-20) didn’t change that approach, regardless of ho...
Gerrit Cole makes history but Yankees lose second straight to Rangers
It was a gorgeous first inning for the Yankees, as Gerrit Cole made history by striking out the side and three singles produced a 1-0 lead over the Rangers. From there, it wasn’t so pretty. Cole broke the four-day-old MLB record for most consecutive strikeouts with a walk at 61, but he was catching too much of the plate Monday night. He gave up five runs on five hits, including two homers, and the Yankees lost 5-2 to the Rangers. When Joey Gallo walked to break Cole’s record streak, ball four skipped past Kyle Higashioka and Gallo sprinted to first base before tripping on the bag and wiping ou...
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Early home runs provide big cushion, SF Giants survive another bullpen scare to beat Reds
When the Giants take the field, the only thing more concerning than a big deficit seems to be a big lead. Seriously. Wilmer Flores, Mike Yastrzemski and Mauricio Dubón each hit home runs while starter Logan Webb tossed six shutout innings, but the Giants still played a nail-biter and needed to use their best reliever, Tyler Rogers, to close out a too-close-for-comfort 6-3 win over the Reds. A Giants club that’s lost four games it has led after six innings and is 0-6 in games that have been tied after seven dealt with more bullpen issues on Monday as lefty Jarlín García gave up a run in the sev...
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