IS THERE SUCH THING AS A WORLD SERIES HANGOVER?
Panic time? Remember when the Red Sox and Yankees were supposed to battle for the top spot in the American League East? We know it’s early, but both teams are below .500, and the reigning champions especially might be facing a real wake up call. Our experts took a shot at diagnosing the issues each team faces as they face off again tonight in New York. Read More
THINGS TO CARE ABOUT
How the Clippers stunned the Warriors … Golden State should go out of its way to never achieve any lead involving the numbers 3 and 1. It didn’t end well for them against the Cavaliers in 2016, and it definitely did not end well for them against the Clippers, as they blew a 31(!)-point lead in Game 2 on Monday. How in the blazes did the WARRIORS, of all teams, lose a game with a lead that every other NBA team (and possibly some college squads) could hold? We have the immediate oral history right here. Read More
The end of a unique career … You’ve probably seen some of UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi’s viral floor routines on YouTube, so it shouldn’t surprise you that the Bruins’ program is one of the most successful in college gymnastics. In large part that’s due to coach Valorie Kondos Field, who brought an unconventional approach to the highly structured sport. As her final year as head coach comes to an end, D’Arcy Maine took a look at Field’s approach of putting people before winning — which happened to result in a whole lot of winning. Read More
Everyone wins! If by “everyone” you mean “Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.” The team and its franchise quarterback signed a humongous extension Tuesday, right before Wilson’s deadline to sign a new deal had passed. Seattle is making a big commitment to Wilson, but Brady Henderson thinks this is the rare extension that both the player and team should love. Read More
THINGS TO WATCH
Max Kellerman speculates about Kobe Bryant’s involvement with the Lakers, saying Kobe still has more power over the organization than it appears.
Oliver Bjorkstrand nets the go-ahead goal as the Blue Jackets sweep the top-seeded Lightning in the first round.
“I go out there, I try to be the best defender on this f—— planet.”
— Patrick Beverley, after the Clippers’ comeback against the Warriors on Monday night. Read More
On this date in 1955, Roberto Clemente made his MLB debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Puerto Rico native won four batting titles, 12 Gold Gloves, made 15 All-Star teams, won an MVP award, and dedicated much of his time off the field to charity before a tragic airplane crash claimed his life in 1972. He was so highly regarded as a person and a player that he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in a special election the next year.
WHAT’S ON TONIGHT?
Red Sox at Yankees (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): So now that you’ve read our roundtable on what’s wrong with these teams, you should watch them live so you can find out for yourself! Even when they’re struggling, Red Sox-Yankees matchups are still appointment television. It’s a rivalry that’s over a century old, and one slow start doesn’t counteract the passion and history these teams bring to the table.
Pacers at Celtics (7 p.m. ET, TNT), Pistons at Bucks (8 p.m. ET, NBATV), Jazz at Rockets (9:30 p.m. ET, TNT): The Pistons and Jazz will be looking to rebound from ugly Game 1 losses — their margins of defeat were a combined 67 points. The Pacers fared better against the Celtics, but you’re not going to win many games when you score only 74 points.
SportsCenter Special: 2019 NFL Schedule Release (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2): It’s the time of year again when NFL fans find out how steep of a hill their teams will have to climb in order to actually make the playoffs. We’ll have instant analysis on the winners and losers from the NFL’s big schedule release.