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In today's Sprint:
🏈  Lawsuit updates
🏀  Steph cooks
⛳  Lookin' good
Trivia: Peyton Manning joined the Broncos in 2012. How many seasons did he spend with the Colts beforehand?
  1. 8
  2. 10
  3. 12
  4. 14

NFL
Courtroom
Tony Buzbee, a Houston-based lawyer, has filed lawsuits on behalf of 22 women against Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson.
What happened yesterday? Two of the women went public with their claims, putting faces and names to the allegations.
  • Ashley Solis, the original plaintiff and one of the two women to come forward, also filed a criminal complaint with the police.
The allegations claim Deshaun used social media, specifically Instagram and Snapchat, to book massages during which he would make unwanted sexual advances on the masseuses.
An NFL spokesperson called the allegations “deeply disturbing” and added “we take these issues very seriously.”
The defense: Deshaun denied all charges and his lawyer, Rusty Hardin, released statements from 18 other masseuses saying “he never made them feel uncomfortable.”
After yesterday’s public accusations, Hardin released another statement claiming, amongst other things, Buzbee and Solis sought a $100,000 settlement before they filed the initial lawsuit.
Now what?
Both the Houston police and the NFL have launched investigations into the allegations.
The legal process will take months and no NFL team is likely to trade for the superstar before the investigations run their course.
Bottom line: Right now, it’s impossible to know the truth of the situation. Deshaun Watson is either guilty of the charges or this is one of the largest smear campaigns in sports history.

AROUND THE LEAGUES
Chef Curry
Steph Curry is averaging the most points per game (29.4 ppg) since his unanimous MVP season. With him on the floor, the Warriors have the 13th best offense in the NBA. Without him? The worst.
(24-27) Golden State Warriors 122 vs. (32-18) Milwaukee Bucks 121
  • Steph Curry (41 pts, 6 reb, 4 ast) went off, including this ridiculous sequence near the end of the game to beat the Bucks.
(35-16) Philadelphia 76ers 106 vs. (25-26) Boston Celtics 96
  • After being sweeped in the season series it appears the Celtics have a kryptonite… Joel Embiid (35 pts, 6 reb).
(32-19) LA Lakers 110 vs. (20-31) Toronto Raptors 101
  • Tempers flared as the Lakers built an early 34-point lead, resulting in an on-court scuffle and several ejections.
Champions League - Quarter Finals, First Leg
Manchester City 2 vs. Borussia Dortmund 1
  • City youngster Phil Foden scored in the 90th minute to claim the victory, but it wasn’t without controversy. A Dortmund goal was called back because of a penalty that should’ve been on City.
Real Madrid 3 vs. Liverpool 1
  • 20-year-old Vinicius Junior scored two goals to give Real the early advantage. But Liverpool is known for wild second leg comebacks.
Second leg: Wednesday, April 14th
MLB
(1-0) Washington Nationals 6 vs. (0-4) Atlanta Braves 5
  • After a delayed start of the season due to Covid-19, the Nationals came out swinging. The two teams combined for 5 homeruns in the first 3 innings. Juan Soto’s walk-off single won it for the Nats.
NHL
(15-18-8) Columbus Blue Jackets 4 vs. (26-11-2) Tampa Bay Lightning 2
  • Columbus’ Zac Dalpe scored for the first time in *checks notes* four and a half years, helping to knock Tampa from the division's top spot.

WEDNESDAY WATCHLIST
NBA
New Orleans Pelicans (22-28) vs. Brooklyn Nets (35-16) - 7:30 ET on ESPN
Utah Jazz (38-12) vs. Phoenix Suns (35-14) - 10:00 ET on ESPN
Champions League - Quarterfinals First Leg
Bayern Munich vs. PSG - 3:00 ET on Paramount+
Chelsea vs. FC Porto - 3:00 ET on Paramount+
MLB
NY Mets (1-1) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (4-1) - 4:05 ET on ESPN+
NHL
Edmonton Oilers (23-14-2) vs. Ottawa Senators (13-22-4) - 5:00 ET on NBCS
Montreal Canadiens (17-9-9) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (26-10-3) - 7:30 ET on NBCS

WATER COOLER TALK
⚾️  Baseball fans breathed a sigh of relief last night when Fernando Tatis Jr.’s shoulder injury was reported to be minor. The League feared the worst when the star shortstop collapsed after a hard swing. He’ll be back in a few weeks.
⚾️  Nike is bringing its “City edition” jersey concepts from the NBA and NFL to the MLB. The Red Sox revealed their new threads, inspired by the Boston Marathon. It’s the team’s first jersey without any red.
🏀  The Sacramento Kings will offer Bitcoin as a method of payment for all team staff and players, though they first have to clear a few legal hurdles in the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.
🏀  Roy Williams delivered quite the speech congratulating Hubert Davis on becoming UNC’s next head coach.
📺  Stephen A Smith went off on ESPN, his employer, for its Top NBA Players Under 25 list. Understandable as it had LaMelo Ball at #3 ahead of All-Stars like Jayson Tatum and Ben Simmons.
⛳  Augusta is looking good heading into Masters weekend.

TRIVIA ANSWER
D. Manning played 14 seasons with the Colts before leaving for Denver. He won a Super Bowl with both teams.

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