Happy Monday! Still angry about that Kentucky Derby finish? Me too.
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We're going to keep things light this morning. No in-depth story at the top. No massive playoff recap. But rather, a simple question: Who are the 10 best players in the NBA?
But seriously, who are the 10 best players?
Newsflash: If everyone I just mentioned is a top-1o player, that leaves just one spot open, which of course goes to Mr. LeBron James.
The bottom line: The NBA is loaded with superstar talent, which makes it extremely difficult — and also extremely fun — to identify the 10 best players.
P.S. ... Determining the top five players is even harder.
D.J. Uiagalelei, widely considered the best quarterback in the 2020 recruiting class, committed to Clemson yesterday. The six-foot-four-inch Bellflower, California, native was also considering Oregon.
Why it matters: Uiagalelei will follow in the footsteps of the No. 1 QB in the 2018 recruiting class, Trevor Lawrence, who followed in the footsteps of Deshaun Watson, widely considered the No. 1 QB in the 2014 class.
The backdrop: The "Quarterback U" moniker has been used by sportswriters for decades. In some cases, it implies that the school routinely recruits top prospects who flourish in college; in other cases, it's more about how those prospects end up doing in the NFL.
Manchester United's slim chances of finishing in the top-four in the Premier League — and earning a place in next season's Champions League — ended with an embarrassing 1-1 draw at last-place Huddersfield yesterday.
The big picture: On the heels of this dismal end to the season, the most worrying thing for the once dominant club is that "there is no guarantee things will get better any time soon," writes ESPN's Rob Dawson.
P.S. ... Liverpool's dramatic 3-2 win over Newcastle on Saturday means Manchester City can't afford a loss or draw against Leicester City today (3pm ET) if they want to win the league.
For the first time all season, every team is playing at least six games this week. Let's take a look at the top performers thus far as baseball gets into full swing.
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The bracket for the 2019 NCAA men's lacrosse tournament was released last night, with No. 1 ranked Penn State — which has never won a tournament game — earning the top overall seed.
In the women's bracket, Maryland — which fell to Northwestern in the Big Ten championship yesterday, but went 18-1 on the season — earned the top overall seed.
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21 years ago today, 20-year-old Kerry Wood threw his historic 20 strikeout game, tying Roger Clemens' major league record in just the fifth start of his career.
Details: In addition to striking out 20 batters, Woods tossed a one-hitter and didn't allow a single walk in a shutout performance.
The Hurricanes' sweep of the Islanders was only their second in franchise history, with the last one coming in 1986 against the Quebec Nordiques.
Answer at the bottom.
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"Imagine turning a sport inside out with one of the most thrilling victories you'll ever see, and then basically saying: Well, that was cool. Now it's time to do something different."
Background: Van der Poel is the reigning world champion in the winter sport of cyclocross, which is basically a steeplechase through mud. And in the summer, he shifts to mountain biking, where he's considered a top contender for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Driving the news: It's what happened over the last few months, however, that has installed van der Poel as cycling's "reigning unicorn prince," writes Gay.
The bottom line: One cycling writer compared van der Poel's classics debut to a "meteorite blazing across the night sky."
See you tomorrow,
Kendall "Horse racing stinks" Baker
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