There's finally hope for the Commanders, plus previewing the NBA and NHL playoffs

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It’s a brand-new day  for among the NFL’s historical franchises stained by its current past. Commanders owner Dan Snyder has reached an initial, nonexclusive offer to offer the group for $6 billion to Josh Harris and his group of purchasers.

It’s tough to downplay how huge of an offer this is. Snyder purchased the Commanders in 1999 for $800 million and continued to run a once-proud company into the ground.

  • The group has as lots of playoff wins as name modifications (2) under Snyder, who matured a fan of the group. Only the Browns and Lions have less postseason wins over that period.
  • Snyder frequently intervened in the group’s operations, which caused splashy however ineffective gamer acquisitions and coach hirings. Former coach Jay Gruden stated Snyder “would come in off his yacht and make the pick” throughout the NFL Draft, overthrowing the group’s workers department.

The group’s failures on the field, however, pale in contrast to the off-field problems, which vary from awkward to damning to terrible. Here are some current debates:

Long story short, the Commanders went from flagship franchise to laughingstock under Snyder. It will take a while to get things on track, however this is a required advance.

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NBA playoff field is almost completed 🏀


Tomorrow, we start the fantastic, thrilling flight that is the NBA playoffs. Fourteen of the 16 seeds are secured, and the 8 seeds in each conference will join them this evening.

Here are the matches:

  • Bulls at Heat
  • Thunder at Timberwolves (Minnesota has injury problems)

No one was a larger winner Thursday than the Warriors, though: Andrew Wiggins is back and will be offered for tomorrow’s Game 1 versus the Kings.

  • Wiggins has actually not played given that Feb. 13 while handling a household matter.
  • He balanced 17.1 points this season while shooting a career-high 39.6% from 3.
  • Wiggins will likely come off the bench and play 20-25 minutes in Game 1, per reports.

I blogged about Wiggins’ prospective return recently, however here’s how crucial he is: The Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson/Wiggins/Draymond Green/Kevon Looney lineup has a +21.9 net score, without a doubt the very best of any NBA lineup that’s dipped into least 300 minutes this season.

Speaking of lineups, our Sam Quinn had a look at the 6 crucial lineups in the Western Conference. For the 1 seed Nuggets, it might boil down to their bench.

  • Quinn: “The Nuggets don’t need to win these minutes. They need to survive them. There are a number of ways to do that, but this group will hopefully do so through hustle and Jamal Murray‘s individual brilliance. That can’t carry them for 40 minutes. It can keep them afloat for four or five at a time.”

I likewise truly enjoyed James Herbert’s function on a member of the Grizzlies bench, John Konchar.

In the East, Joel Embiid and James Harden have a lots of pressure to carry out, composes our Michael Kaskey-Blomain.

With a wide-open West and 3 dominant groups in the East, this postseason will be incredible. Be sure to stay up to date with specialist forecasts, analysis and more here. In the meantime, here’s the playoff schedule.

Stanley Cup Playoffs sneak peek: Can anybody in the East beat the Bruins? 🏒

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After 30 of the 32 groups were in action Thursday and simply 2 video games this evening, the matches for the preliminary of the Stanley Cup Playoffs are almost set

All season long, everybody has actually been searching for at the record-setting BruinsIs there anybody in the East who can stop Boston? Our Chris Bengel had a look at 3 groups with the very best opportunity to do so, consisting of…

  • Bengel: Maple Leafs — You all know the story, but it has to be repeated here: yes, it’s been the same song and dance when it comes to the Maple Leafs over the past several seasons. If they actually — finally — can make it out of the first round, anything is possible. … Ryan O’Reilly has a boatload of postseason experience and even won a Stanley Cup with the Blues in 2019. … If Auston Matthews and company can produce offensively and Toronto gets solid goaltending, they certainly have a decent chance to take down their Atlantic Division rivals.”

Easier stated than done, naturally, however the postseason is frequently a totally various animal, filled with surprises. It all starts Monday.

Rays tie MLB record with 13-0 start however Springs entrusts injury ⚾


The Rays connected the 1987 Brewers and 1982 Braves for the modern-day MLB record with their 13th successive wins to open the season, however they paid a significant rate for it.

Starter Jeffrey Springs left the video game in the 4th inning of an ultimate 9-3 win over the Red Sox and was detected with left ulnar neuritis.

  • The expect Springs is that it’s simply inflammation of the ulnar nerve and absolutely nothing more. The ulnar security ligament is what is rebuilded throughout Tommy John surgical treatment, so it’s a worrying location to have problems with.
  • Springs will go through more screening today. After a breakout 2022 season, he has actually been even much better early this season: 2-0 record with an 0.56 AGE, 24 strikeouts and simply 4 strolls in 16 innings pitched.
  • The Rays utilized a seven-run 5th inning to rise previous Boston for the series sweep. Harold Ramirez — who led off the inning with a double and later scored — had a three-run double to bust things open. He’s the very first Rays gamer with several doubles in one inning given that 2011.

The Rays’ 13-game winning streak is longest in franchise history, and they’re not scraping by in nail-biters. They’ve outscored challengers 101-30 (+71 run differential). For referral, the 1987 Brewers were +38 through 13 video games, and the 1982 Braves were +32. Here’s whatever to understand about Tampa Bay’s unbelievable start.

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What we’re viewing this weekend 📺

🏀 The NBA playoffs start this weekend. Here’s the schedule.


🏀 Bulls at Heat, 7 p.m. on TNT
🏀 Thunder at Timberwolves, 9:30 p.m. on ESPN


Brewers at Padres, 4:05 p.m. on FS1


Rangers at Astros, 7 p.m. oN ESPN

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