The Washington Capitals are one win away from their first-ever Stanley Cup. They defeated Vegas 6-2 in Game 4 and now have a 3-1 series lead. Game 5 is Thursday night in Las Vegas.
Right-handed pitching was the theme of the draft on day one for the Rangers. Texas selected Cole Winn with the 15th pick in the draft. Winn is a right-handed pitcher from Orange Lutheran High School in California. Texas selected North Carolina’s Owen White at No. 55. Though the pair has commitments to TCU and South Carolina, the Rangers “100 percent” expect to sign them both, according to one scout.
The surprise pick of the day went to the A’s, who selected Kyler Murray with the ninth pick of the draft. Murray is slated to be Baker Mayfield’s backup this year as the Quarterback of Oklahoma.
The Rangers were off last night but will host Oakland tonight on 1490 AM and 96.3 FM KPLT. Pregame at 6:30. First pitch at 7:05.
Former San Francisco 49ers legend Dwight Clark has passed away at the age of 61, his wife, Kelly Clark, announced on Twitter Monday. Clark had been battling ALS, a disease he formally announced he’d been diagnosed with last year in March in a letter that was published on DebartoloHoldings.com. Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo issued a touching statement on the passing of Clark on Monday afternoon. Recently Clark, famous for hauling in “The Catch” during the 1981 NFC Championship Game, declared that he believed he contracted ALS due to the rigors of playing football.
A common criticism of ESPN’s baseball coverage holds that the network focuses too much and too often on the New York Yankees. In at least one case, the Yankees seem to agree, and they might take action to change ESPN’s plans. As it stands, ESPN wants to broadcast the Yankees game against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 8 as part of the network’s “Sunday Night Baseball” flagship, in part to boost ratings for their lead-in programming, the All-Star Game selection show. The Yankees, however, want no part of that arrangement, as they must fly to Baltimore and play a doubleheader the next day. The two sides, as well as the league and the union, are negotiating to reach a compromise. But, if one isn’t found, the Yankees could well boycott ESPN’s personnel.
Serena Williams withdrew from the French Open with a pectoral muscle injury, minutes before she was expected to take the court to face Maria Sharapova in Monday’s fourth round. Williams said she would get an MRI today and “see as many specialists as I can” before determining whether she can play Wimbledon in four weeks.
The offseason drama that has infected New England is nearing its end. A day after star tight end Rob Gronkowski revealed that he plans to attend the Patriots’ mandatory minicamp, which begins on Tuesday, star quarterback Tom Brady is expected to attend mandatory minicamp as well, as expected. Both players, the team’s two most important players, skipped voluntary OTAs.