Good morning. For the first time, one NBA Playoff round features four guys 23 or younger averaging 27+ points per game.
The NBA is in good hands.
In today's Sprint:
🥍 Virginia wins another title.
⚽️ Chelsea beats Man City.
🎾 Osaka moves on from the French.
Trivia:Rafael Nadal has the most men's French Open titles with 13. Who holds the most women's French Open titles?
Billie Jean King
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🥍 The Virginia Cavaliers won a thrilling NCAA men’s lacrosse championship 17-16 over the Maryland Terrapins. With 3 seconds left, Virginia goalie Alex Rode made the save of his life to deny Maryland overtime.
🏎 Twenty years after his first victory, Helio Castroneves won his fourth Indianapolis 500. He’s now tied for the most Indy 500 wins ever.
⛳ Jason Kokrak (-14) outlasted Jordan Spieth (-12) to win the Charles Schwab Challenge. Kokrak went 233 straight events before winning his first tournament. It only took him 16 before capturing this win.
⛳ Clemson’s Turk Pettit won the NCAA men’s individual tournament, becoming the second Tiger to do so.
⚾️ Arkansas claimed the #1 seed in this year’s NCAA Baseball tournament followed by #2 Texas. The SEC (9) and ACC (8) got the most teams in the field. Here’s the full bracket.
⚽️ Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0 to win the club’s 2nd Champions League title. Mason Mount’s perfect through ball led to the game's only goal. More on the game and Chelsea's crazy turnaround tomorrow!
Naomi Osaka, the 23-year-old tennis megastar, withdrew from the French Open after being fined $15k for not speaking to the media.
What sparked the controversy? After announcing she wouldn’t be speaking to the media during the French Open, Naomi skipped her press conference following her first-round win. Important to note she did do a short, on-court interview after the win.
She cited her mental health, writing:
“I am not a natural public speaker and get huge waves of anxiety before I speak to the media. I find it stressful to always try and engage and give the best answers I can.”
“The truth is I’ve suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that.”
Naomi also acknowledged the timing could have been better and revealed she wrote directly to the French Open’s organizers explaining the decision. Here’s a link to her entire statement.
The tourneys respond
All four Major tournaments (Wimbledon, US Open, Australian Open, and French Open) threatened stiffer punishments than just small fines, including potential disqualification and suspension, if Osaka continues to avoid the media.
They argue it’d be a competitive advantage for Osaka as her opponents spend hours speaking to the media instead of training, studying film, etc. They also mentioned the power of media to grow tennis’ popularity.
Zoom out: The Major tournaments want Naomi Osaka, the most recognizable female tennis player in the world not named Serena, playing.
“I want to work with the Tour to discuss ways we can make things better for the players, media, and fans.”
A compromise must understand athletes’ needs while balancing the importance of growing the game through their words and stories. Until that happens, we may not see one of the sport's best players in its biggest tournaments.
NBA Playoffs - First Round
#2 Phoenix Suns100vs. #7 LA Lakers 92
Lakers’ star Anthony Davis went down with a groin injury. He’s considered questionable for tonight’s game 5. Without AD, the Lakers suddenly find themselves playing the underdog.
Series tied 2-2.
#4 LA Clippers 106vs. #5 Dallas Mavericks 81
Kawhi Leonard (29 pts, 10 reb) refused to let the Clippers go down 3-1, both scoring and clamping down on Luka (19 pts, 6 reb, 6 ast).
The Mavs need 7' 3" Kristaps Porzingis to average more than just 3 rebounds per game to win the series.
Quote:“I know being in the house for a year and a half got a lot of people on edge. Stressed out. But when you come to these games, you got to realize these men are human.”
- Kevin Durant commenting on the Celtics fan who threw a water bottle at Kyrie Irving.
Stat:Two years after tearing his Achilles, KD leads the NBA Playoffs in scoring.
Highlight:A fan dove onto the court in last night’s Wizards vs. 76ers game, continuing the streak of fans going crazy as they return to arenas.
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#7 Boston Celtics vs. #2 Brooklyn Nets - 7:30 ET on TNT
BKN leads 3-1
#2 Phoenix Suns vs. #7 LA Lakers - 10:00 ET on TNT
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 7:30 ET on NBCSN
ML: CAR -115
TB leads 1-0
Chicago White Sox (32-20) vs. Cleveland Indians (28-23) - 6:10 ET on FS1
ML: CLE -153
B. Chris Evert won the French Open 7 times, a women's record.
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