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MEADOWS DOES IT ALL
Saturday, 7:55 p.m.: Look away. Just look away. -- DK
— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) May 18, 2019
Austin Meadows hit the game-winning home run today but also made this outstanding play at the plate with his arm. 💪
— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) May 18, 2019
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.
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) May 18, 2019
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.
Ohio State has found that a former team doctor was found to have sexually abused at least 177 men under the guise of treating their ailments.
The university also found that college officials knew about the actions for years and did not act to stop them. https://t.co/jVBQy3F4Ve
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 17, 2019
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:
— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) May 18, 2019
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 Stanley Cup 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.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) May 18, 2019
Game 5 is Sunday in San Jose. -- Taylor
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
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 18, 2019
ST. LOUIS TROLLS
Friday, 9:50 p.m.: Spectacular civic trolling by the Cardinals on the Blues' behalf. -- DK
A hand pass to complete the double play! pic.twitter.com/LYe9Ads0j9
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 18, 2019
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
OFFICIAL: John Davidson has been named #NYR President.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 17, 2019
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."
Friday, 9:37 a.m.: The Ravens are beefing up their pass rush by signing Shane Ray and Pernell McPhee.
It’s a one-year deal for Shane Ray in Baltimore.
Now, in less than 24 hours, Ravens have added two pass rushers: Ray and Pernell McPhee. https://t.co/Nn0PiOsUq0
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 17, 2019
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.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 17, 2019
And, hey, the Penguins are now part of this weird stat:
This is the 3rd time in the major sports that there's been a sweep coming off a sweep coming off a sweep:
Tor > Det (2-0)
NYR > Tor (2-0)
Bos > NYR (2-0)
Ari > ChC (3-0)
Col > Ari (4-0)
Bos > Col (4-0)
NYI > Pit (4-0)
Car > NYI (4-0)
Bos > Car (4-0)
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) May 17, 2019
So ... do the Bruins now get swept in the Final? -- Taylor
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