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NBA DRAFT DAY CHAT, TRADE RUMORS AND MORE ...PLUS MLB MIDWEEK NEWS & NOTES
Okay, so is this a case of "where there's smoke, there's fire" ... or not?
The trade rumors are making their way 'round the NBA here in the lead-up to Thursday's NBA Draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn - there was a semi-blockbuster deal on Tuesday where the Los Angeles Lakers traded G D'Angelo Russell and F/C Timofey Mozgov to Brooklyn for C Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick in Thursday's draft -- and among the biggest/high-profile names being bandied about are Chicago's Jimmy Butler, New York Kristaps Porzingis, Los Angeles Clippers F Blake Griffin and San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge.
Youth Must Be Served With The Pitt Panthers
The Pitt Panthers were as interesting as any team in college football last year. On a good day they could be the only team to beat eventual national champion Clemson. Or to knock off Penn State, a game that ultimately cost the Nittany Lions a Playoff berth. On other days...well, they could lose to Northwestern in a bowl game and end up 8-5. What does 2017 hold for Pitt football?
A lot of change is where it starts. Third-year head coach Pat Narduzzi must replace quarterback Nathan Peterman, running back James Connor and an elite pass-rushing defensive end in Ejaun Price. In a balanced ACC Coastal Division losing those kinds of playmakers is enough to turn up the pessimism in Las Vegas. The market has responded, with Pitt’s Over/Under win prop being a meager 6.5, lower than six other conference schools.
If you want to believe in the Panthers, the focal point question is this—how quickly can they get underclassmen contributing? Pitt traditionally has lagged behind other ACC Coastal rivals—notably North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Miami in recruiting, to say nothing of the powers on the opposite side of the conference (Clemson and Florida State). But Narduzzi has changed that.
The last two Pitt recruiting classes—the only two under this head coach—have at least been on a par with the program’s main divisional rivals. Narduzzi has brought needed stability to a program that has gone through four head coaches and two interim bosses over the last seven years. At the close of spring practice, only five sophomores were penciled into the starting lineup. We’ll see how quickly that changes if the veterans don’t play well in early tests against Penn State and Oklahoma State.
Athletics designate C Vogt for assignment
The Oakland Athletics designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment on Thursday.
Raiders QB Carr signs five-year deal reportedly worth $125M
Quarterback Derek Carr took to social media on Thursday to announce that he has finalized a contract extension with the Oakland Raiders.