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Hot Button: Ohio State knew, Meadows owns Bronx, give Blues a hand

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MEADOWS DOES IT ALL

Saturday, 7:55 p.m.: Look away. Just look away. -- DK

PREAKNESS WINNER?

Saturday, 5:43 p.m.: They apparently have a sense of humor at the Associated Press. Who figured? The AP put out this story soon after War of Will won The Preakness Saturday.

That was, of course, a tip of the cap to the replay-delayed finish of the Kentucky Derby.

OSU DOCTOR ABUSED ATHLETES

Saturday, 3:30 p.m.: An independent investigation at Ohio State has revealed a physician who worked with the school's sports teams sexually abused some 177 male athletes under the guise of treating them. Worse, school officials knew about it via a number of complaints and did nothing.

Given the fallout from similar problems in recent years at Penn State and Michigan State, a lot of people could be in big, big trouble. And the university had better be ready to start doling out financial payments.

The doctor in question, Richard Strauss, killed himself in 2005, so he cannot be brought to trial for his abuse. -- Lolley

PROSECUTORS APPEAL KRAFT RULING

Saturday, 1:05 p.m.: Patriots owner Robert Kraft Jr. won an appeal earlier this week to have the video of him with an alleged prostitute in a sting in Florida thrown out.

Not surprisingly, prosecutors in the case have appealed the ruling that police in the case did not properly monitor the video they planted at the massage parlor in Jupiter, Fla. If the video is banned from the hearing, all charges would likely be dismissed not just against Kraft, but the other 24 men who were charged with misdemeanors in the case. Two operators of the spa were charged with felonies. -- Lolley

THE WRIGHT MINDSET

Saturday, 2:20 a.m.: Kris Wright ran into some issues in his first race in the British F3 Championship. This weekend at Snetterton, he's looking to improve on his F3 debut. The mindset behind his second outing? Improve on his times, keep learning the car, and make up ground on the rest of the field's experience in British racing, not their place in the standings.

My story on Wexford's F3 presence. -- Sunday

CUTCH'S EYE TEST

Saturday, 1:14 a.m.: Andrew McCutchen had a fine game for the Phillies last night, including his first home run in 70 plate appearances:

But this breakdown of how he's currently got the best eye in baseball is a much neater tale. -- DK

CUP FINAL SCHEDULE SET

Friday, 11:24 p.m.: With the Blues and Sharks set to play in at least six games, the  Final will begin on May 27. -- Taylor

BLUES TIE IT

Friday, 10:50 p.m.: The Blues tied the Western Conference Final series, 2-2, after defeating the Sharks 2-1 in Game 4. Ivan Barbashev opened the scoring just 35 seconds into the game, and Tyler Bozak extended the lead later in the first period. Tomas Hertl brought the Sharks within one in the third period, but the rally fell short. Jordan Binnington earned the win with 29 saves on 30 shots.

Game 5 is Sunday in San Jose. -- Taylor

BRYANT'S ERUPTION

Friday, 11:21 p.m.: Kris Bryant's lost his power? Uh, no. The Cubs' slugger whacked three home runs in as many innings tonight in D.C., adding onto a 26-game on-base streak. Dude's good. -- DK

ST. LOUIS TROLLS

Friday, 9:50 p.m.: Spectacular civic trolling by the Cardinals on the Blues' behalf. -- DK

J.D. BACK IN NEW YORK

Friday, 9:04 p.m.: Oh, baby! John Davidson, the Hall of Fame broadcaster and CEO/president of the Blue Jackets the past seven years, is heading back to New York to become the Rangers' president. That always felt inevitable. -- DK

BEST BASEBALL UNIS?

Friday, 6:25 p.m.: MLB.com did a player poll on which team has the best uniforms. And the Pirates did quite well. -- DK

THE CORNER BURN

Friday, 2:16 p.m.: Josh Norman, the Redskins' terrific corner, said this today on NFL Network of the job Dave Gettleman's doing as the Giants' GM: "I think we need to put him on salary. I think we need to put him on salary. I mean, they need to protect Dave Gettleman at all costs up in New York, for sure. All costs, because he's winning for us, geez Louise."

PASS-RUSH PRIORITY

Friday, 9:37 a.m.: The Ravens are beefing up their pass rush by signing Shane Ray and Pernell McPhee.

Ray, a former first-round pick, has battled injuries throughout his four-year career, never starting more than eight games in a season. In 2016, he posted eight sacks and displayed some of his potential, but he's notched one sack each in 2018 and 2017. Ditto for McPhee, who tallied four sacks in zero starts in each of 2016 and 2017 and zero sacks in zero starts last season with the Redskins.

McPhee was originally drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by... the Ravens. -- Hunter 

BRUINS SWEEP CANES

Thursday, 10:54 p.m.: The Bruins have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final after sweeping the Hurricanes. Tuukka Rask pitched a 24-save shutout in the Bruins' 4-0 Game 4 win. David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand each scored a goal, and Patrice Bergeron scored twice.

And, hey, the Penguins are now part of this weird stat:

So ... do the Bruins now get swept in the Final? -- Taylor

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