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Millions of Americans watched Daniel Jones and Josh Allen become top-10 NFL draft picks last night, just four years after both players were barely even recruited.
Why it matters: Jones and Allen represent a similar path to the NFL — one that involves toiling in obscurity as teenagers before leapfrogging their peers in college.
By the numbers: Including in last night's first-round picks were…
What's next: Second-round mock draft
P.S. ... In much darker NFL news, leaked audio of a conversation between Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill and his fiancée, Crystal Espinal, has been released and the details are disturbing.
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The wait is finally over: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the top prospect in all of baseball, will make his big league debut when the Blue Jays host the Athletics tonight.
Why it matters: Vlad Jr. is baseball's most anticipated young player in years, generating the same kind of buzz that Bryce Harper did earlier this decade.
The backdrop: Vlad Jr. was born in Montreal during his father's stint with the Expos. He grew up in MLB clubhouses and honed his baseball skills by playing against much older kids. In 2015, he signed with Toronto at the age of 16.
The bottom line: Vlad Jr.'s combination of raw power and plate discipline make him a rare talent. And after years hype, he has finally made it to The Show.
Best game this weekend: The Spurs channeled Gregg Popovich's "calm" to beat the Nuggets 120-103 last night and force a Game 7 in Denver on Saturday. ... The Nuggets will be trying to win their first winner-take-all game since 1994 when they famously upset the top-seeded SuperSonics.
Best performance in a loss: Nuggets do-it-all big man Nikola Jokic finished with 43 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists in the loss to push his postseason averages to 23.5 pts (12th in NBA), 11.7 reb (4th) and 9.0 ast (2nd).
Best bulletin board material: The Rockets are flying to the Bay Area today to watch Warriors-Clippers Game 6 and prepare for a potential Game 1 vs. Golden State on Sunday. If the Clippers win, they'll have to fly home, but are reportedly willing to take their chances. I'll let you take it from here, Doc Rivers.
Best thing I read: The Athletic's Darnell Mayberry, who spent years covering the Thunder, wrote an incredibly good piece about where the franchise goes from here. Fascinating look at all the people involved, from the mercurial Russell Westbrook to the pragmatic Sam Presti (subscription).
The Bruins picked up a huge Game 1 victory over the Blue Jackets last night. Photo: Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
After a wacky opening round in which five of the eight teams with home-ice advantage were eliminated, the NHL postseason is down to eight teams and four series:
By the numbers: With so many contenders already eliminated, the Bruins find themselves as the team to beat. Here's how the field stacks up based on regular season stats (which could of course mean very little given what happened last round).
Last night: With the first pick in the 2019 NFL draft, the Arizona Cardinals select QB Kyler Murray out Oklahoma.
10 years ago: With the first pick in the 2009 NFL draft, the Detroit Lions select QB Matthew Stafford out of Georgia.
20 years ago: With the first pick in the 1999 NFL draft, the Detroit Lions select QB Tim Couch out of Kentucky.
50 years ago: With the first pick in the 1969 NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills select RB O.J. Simpson out of USC.
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78 years ago today, an organ was played at Wrigley Field, marking the first-ever performance of live organ music during a Major League Baseball game.
The big picture: Stadium organs steadily grew in popularity over the next two decades. Then, in 1970, the White Sox hired the legendary Nancy Faust, who began the tradition of playing as the batter heads to the plate.
Kyler Murray became the third Oklahoma player since 1985 to be drafted with the No. 1 pick, joining fellow QBs Sam Bradford (2010) and Baker Mayfield (2018).
Answer at the bottom.
The Boston Celtics announced last night that NBA legend John Havlicek died at age 79.
Remembering John: The Celtics took Havlicek out of Ohio State with the seventh pick in the 1962 NBA draft. He played all 16 of his seasons with Boston, where he won eight titles (third-most ever) and made 13 straight All-Star teams (one of nine players to do so).
What they're saying: John's former Celtics teammates shared memories of the all-time great.
🎥 Watch: In Game 7 of the 1965 Eastern Conference Finals, Havlicek made one of the most iconic plays in NBA history, which has been immortalized by the famous radio call: "Havlicek stole the ball! It's all over!"
Today's contest will be held within The Action Network app.
Yesterday's results: 37.9% correctly predicted that over 2.5 Clemson defensive linemen would be drafted in the first round ... 58.9% correctly predicted that there would be under 1.5 top-1o trades ... 5.7% correctly predicted that the Giants would draft Daniel Jones.
Kendall "Vlad Sr. hitting EVERYTHING" Baker
Trivia answer: Auburn: QB Cam Newton (2011); LB Aundray Bruce (1988); RB Bo Jackson (1986)