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Warriors 115, Rockets 109: The Warriors took Game 2 against the Rockets, 115-109, which means they did what they were supposed to do: win two games at home.
Bucks 123, Celtics 102: The Ringer's Dan Devine on the Bucks' Game 2 win, which evened the series and put Milwaukee back in the driver's seat:
"Giannis Antetokounmpo has made me think about many different things during this breathtaking season ... [Last night], he made me think of a 67-year-old radio essay written by the legendary performer and modern dance choreographer Martha Graham.
"In 'I Am a Dancer,' Graham wrote about how dance is the purest celebration of the miracle of the human body, and that while people might lie with their words, the body's movement never does. 'It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather to all who can read it,' she wrote. 'Every dance is a kind of fever chart. A graph of the heart.'
"And so, when Antetokounmpo ... celebrated a pull-up 3-pointer during a huge Milwaukee third-quarter run with some deep shoulder action, it told the tale. It was 75 and sunny in Giannis' soul, the trend line on the graph was pointing north, and the Bucks hadn't lost the series in Game 1 after all."
📺 Tonight: Trail Blazers at Nuggets, 9pm ET (TNT)
The post positions for Saturday's 145th running of the Kentucky Derby were drawn yesterday at Churchill Downs.
Why it matters: While the starting post doesn't ensure anything for each horse, history does suggest that certain spots bring more success than others.
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From Mike Sykes: A few months ago, ESPN reported that former Phillie Carlos Santana destroyed a TV in the team's clubhouse last season after he caught two teammates playing "Fortnite" in the middle of a game.
Between the lines: Video games are just the beginning, according to former MLB pitcher and author of "The Bullpen Gospels," Dirk Hayhurst.
The backdrop: The Santana news made waves partly because of how popular Fortnite was amongst athletes last year, but clubhouse shenanigans aren't new.
The bottom line: What happens in major league clubhouses, especially during games, remains somewhat of a mystery. But ultimately, it comes down to what kind of culture the team has in place and how well (or poorly) the season is going.
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Liverpool's task in this afternoon's Champions League semifinal against Barcelona is simple: contain Lionel Messi, the greatest soccer player of all time.
⏪ Yesterday: Ajax scored in the 15th minute to put Tottenham in an early hole at home, then held on for dear life the rest of the way to take the first leg, 1-0.
Sharks center Logan Couture scores his first of three goals last night. Photo: Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
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28 years ago today, Nolan Ryan struck out 16 batters on his way to a record seventh career no-hitter. At age 44, he also became the oldest pitcher to accomplish the feat.
Career no-hitter leaders:
Go deeper: Box score from Ryan's final no-hitter
Seven of the 10 first overall picks in the NFL draft this decade have been QBs. In the 1990s, only four of the 10 were QBs.
Answer at the bottom.
Texas high schooler Matthew "White Lightning" Boling of Strake Jesuit College Prep in Houston set a national 100-meter record this weekend with a time of 9.98.
By the numbers: With this time, Boling would have placed seventh in the 100-meter final at the 2016 Olympics.
After a 21-year run, ESPN The Magazine will abandon print in September and go online-only. Nothing like opening one of those massive covers as a kid and diving into an ocean of sports writing.
March 23, 1998: Kobe Bryant, Alex Rodriguez, Kordell Stewart and Eric Lindros graced the cover of the magazine's debut issue.
November 12, 2001: Still hasn't sunk in that Dirk is leaving us after all these years...
September 3, 2012: Miss you, Megatron.
February 19, 2018: Snowboard sensation Chloe Kim landed on the cover in the days leading up to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
See you tomorrow,
Kendall "Hadn't thought about Kordell Stewart in a good eight years" Baker
Trivia answer: Jeff George (1990), Drew Bledsoe (1993), Peyton Manning (1998), Tim Couch (1999)