Avalanche sweep way to Stanley Cup Final, plus why Dustin Johnson resigning from the PGA Tour is a big deal

Happy Tuesday, everybody.

Before we get to summarizing what took place last night, we have some breaking news to review.

Below, you’ll check out Phil Mickelson signing up with LIV Golf (Lefty has actually been connected to the league for months and remains in the golden of his profession). He’s not the just huge name bolting for LIV. Early today, Dustin Johnson resigned from his subscription on the PGA Tour to sign up with LIV Golf. It’s a huge offer because, as our golf press reporter Patrick McDonald discussed, DJ, 37, has a lot to lose — he was on the cusp of protecting a life time subscription on the PGA Tour, having more than 20 wins, and remained in the middle of his 15th season on trip.

OK, let’s get to the remainder of the news now.

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There are great protective linemen, there are excellent protective linemen, and after that there’s Aaron Donald. The Rams have ensured Donald isn’t going anywhere, and they’re paying a historical cost to do so. Los Angeles remodelled Donald’s agreement: He will now get $65 million ensured over the next 2 years with an alternative to return (for an ensured $30 million) in 2024 or retire.

  • Overall, at 3 years and $95 million, it is the biggest agreement ever for a non-quarterback on a per-year basis.
  • The agreement consists of a no-trade stipulation.

I might go on permanently noting Donald’s accomplishments, however for the sake of time, I’ll list simply a couple of for recommendation:

  • Three-time AP Defensive Player of the Year (connected for the majority of all-time)
  • Eight-time Pro Bowler and seven-time first-team All-Pro
  • 98 sacks because getting in the league in 2014, the majority of in the NFL
  • 423 pressures over the last 5 seasons, 109 more than anybody else

Those last 2 numbers are magnificent excellent, however they do not even start to do Donald justice. He runs practically solely as a protective take on, typically handling double- and even triple-teams. When the Rams required him most, he developed an essential pressure on Joe Burrow on 4th down in the Super Bowl to clinch the video game.

While the cash is huge, this is a big win for the Rams, too. Donald had actually thought about retiring this offseason if he didn’t get an acceptable offer, and the Rams wanted and able to satisfy the asking cost. With almost all of their greatest factors returning, the Rams will attempt to end up being the first string to win back-to-back champions because the Patriots in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.


The Avalanche are showing to be almost as unstoppable as an Aaron Donald pass rush. Colorado rounded off a sweep of the Oilers with a 6-5 overtime thriller last night in Edmonton and are headed to the Stanley Cup Final for the very first time because 2001.

  • Just 1:19 into overtime, Artturi Lehkonen scored the game-winner, putting in a rebound after his own idea was visited Oilers goalie Mike Smith.
  • The Avalanche tracked 3-1 after 2 durations and 4-2 almost midway through the 3rd duration prior to returning and requiring OT.
  • Colorado swindled 3 straight objectives — one each from Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen to take a stunning 5-4 lead.
  • Zack Kassian then got a late objective for the hosts to require overtime, however it showed for naught.

The Avalanche offense is definitely ludicrous. MacKinnon currently has 12 multi-point video games this postseason, connected for fourth-most in a single postseason ever. Defenseman Cale Makar had 5 points (one objective, 4 helps). The Colorado forecheck is ruthless, and there are capable objective scorers all over the ice. It’s simply an incredible, fun-to-watch group. And it’s displaying in the postseason.

  • The Avalanche have actually lost 2 video games this playoffs. That’s connected for least by any group because every series ended up being best-of-seven in 1987.
  • The Avalanche are 7-0 on the roadway this postseason.

Colorado will opt for its 3rd Stanley Cup in franchise history versus the winner of the Lightning-Rangers Eastern Conference Final. New York leads 2-1 and have an opportunity to press Tampa to the verge tonight.

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Phil Mickelson signs up with LIV Golf, however still plans to play in majors 🏌

After a long and questionable last couple of months, Phil Mickelson has actually formally signed up with LIV Golf, and he remains in the field for its very first occasion, which begins Thursday in London.

  • Mickelson supposedly accepted an offer of approximately $200 million to sign up with the league, which runs in direct opposition to the PGA Tour.
  • PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan stated gamers who sign up with LIV Golf will deal with disciplinary action, and Kevin Na resigned from the PGA Tour completely in favor of LIV Golf over the weekend.
  • Mickelson stated in a declaration that he still plans to play in majors, which are run by private companies instead of the PGA Tour.

Mickelson has actually long been connected to the upstart league, which guarantees huge paydays and a more unwinded schedule. In the procedure, he’s put down the PGA — like back in February when he sounded off on the PGA Tour’s “obnoxious greed.” Later that month, however, it was reported Mickelson called Saudi Arabians “scary mother——-” who “have a horrible record on human rights.” Mickelson lost numerous sponsors in the consequences, said sorry and took a break from golf.

He did not dip into the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills (he was the occasion’s safeguarding champ), and his last PGA Tour look — possibly ever? — was at the Farmers Insurance Open in late February, where he missed out on the cut.

Mickelson is without a doubt the greatest name in the LIV Golf occasion this weekend, though here are some others:

  • Dustin Johnson
  • Louis Oosthuizen
  • Kevin Na
  • Sergio Garcia

You can discover the complete list here. One gamer who will not be signing up with? Tiger Woods, who supposedly rejected a nine-figure deal according to LIV Golf Investments CEO Greg Norman.

MLB Power Rankings: New No. 1 (and No. 2!); Angels falling quick ⚾

After a hectic weekend in MLB, there’s a great deal of motion in MLB professional Matt Snyder’s Power Rankings, which consists of both of the leading 2 areas. I’ll provide you a tip: They share the very same city.

  • Snyder: No. 1: Yankees — They are on pace for 117 wins. I know it’s early, but it’s not *that* early. … No. 2: Mets — A 6-0 homestand followed by splitting four games in Los Angeles? This is quite a team. A team with two aces on the injured list.”

Here’s the whole leading 5:

  • 1. Yankees (prev: 2)
  • 2. Mets (prev: 3)
  • 3. Dodgers (prev: 1)
  • 4. Astros (prev: 6)
  • 5. Cardinals (prev: 10)

Meanwhile, it’s not such great news for another team in a two-team city. The Angels were today’s greatest faller, going from 11th to 18th, and Snyder states some huge modifications ought to be thought about.

  • Snyder: Even if it’s not necessarily his fault, sometimes firing the manager jars something loose. Joe Maddon‘s already accomplished a ton and made a lot of money in baseball anyway.”

What we’re seeing Tuesday 📺

🏒 Eastern Conference Final Game 4: Rangers at Lightning, 8 p.m. on TNT
Dodgers at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. on TBS
 Angel City FC vs Dash, 10 p.m. on Paramount+

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