Friday facts in case you missed it

NBA

  1. The Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat met for game 3 of their series on Friday night. Atlanta overcame a second half 16-point deficit to edge out the top-seeded Heat 111-110. Trae Young has struggled through the first 2 games of the series but hit a floater with 4.4 seconds left in the game to give the Hawks the 1 point lead. Young led the way for the Hawks with 24 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. The series now sits at 2-1 in favor of Miami. Game 4 is Sunday night in Atlanta.

TRAE WINS IT FOR THE ATL HAWKS 🧊#NBAPlayoffs presented by Google Pixel pic.twitter.com/JThNbcfb39 — NBA (@NBA) April 23, 2022

  1. The defending NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks dominated the Chicago Bulls 111-81 to make the series 2-1 in their favor. The Bucks led be 24 in the 2nd quarter and remained in control the remainder of the game. Grayson Allen contributed 22 points and 6 rebounds making five 3-pointers. Giannis Antetokounmpo also added 18 points. Bobby Portis got the start with Middleton out and finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds despite pain in his right eye from a hit in Game 2. Game 4 is Sunday night in Chicago.

Giannis muscles his way to a slam 🔨 pic.twitter.com/NTbXkyLDxv — NBA TV (@NBATV) April 23, 2022

  1. The Phoenix Suns manage to overcome Devin Booker’s absence and beat the New Orleans Pelicans 114-111. The Suns Chris Paul scored 19 of his 28 points in the 4th quarter and Deandre Ayton contributed 28 points and 17 rebounds to give top-seeded Phoenix the 2-1 lead in the series. Game 4 is Sunday night in New Orleans.

Chris Paul is near automatic in the mid-range! Clutch bucket after clutch bucket for @CP3, he has 15 points in Q4.#NBAPlayoffs presented by Google Pixel on ESPN pic.twitter.com/XYSd7NX4R0 — NBA (@NBA) April 23, 2022

  1. Saturdays Playoff schedule : Philadelphia 76er’s at Toronto Raptors – 2:00pm EST, Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz – 4:30pm EST, Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets – 7:30pm EST, Memphis Grizzles at Minnesota Timberwolves – 10:00pm EST.

MLB

  1. The Boston Red Sox middle infield made some spectacular plays on Friday night in their 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Xander Bogaerts made a brilliant catch and contributed 3-hits while Trevor Story made 3 key defensive plays. Game 2 of the series is Saturday night.

GO UP AND GET IT, XANDER! 🤯 pic.twitter.com/MkkhIjyumN — Red Sox (@RedSox) April 23, 2022

The @RedSox middle infield is making all the plays tonight! pic.twitter.com/Mw9mCIuz8s — MLB (@MLB) April 23, 2022

  1. Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox shortstop, will be suspended for 1 game and fined an undisclosed amount of money for being caught giving the fans the middle finger during the first game of a double header at Progressive Field. The incident took place in the midst of a tough game for Anderson who made 3 errors in Chicago’s 11-1 loss to the Cleveland Guardians. He is appealing the suspension and will be allowed to play until his appeal is decided.

*note to self* don’t compare Tim Anderson to Pete Rose pic.twitter.com/TrT3keuGOA — Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) April 21, 2022

  1. Chicago Cubs outfielder, Clint Fraziers tough ride continues after missing the last 82 games of last season because of vertigo. Frazier was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Wednesday, with apppendicitis.

NHL

  1. Robin Lehners, Vegas Golden Nights goaltender, will under-go season ending surgery for a major knee injury he suffered on March 8th. The Knights will now be counting on 24-year-old rookie goaltender Logan Thompson to get them into the playoffs. The rookie has a 2.56 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in his 15 games this season.

  1. The Minnesota Wild set 4 franchise record and tied a 5th in their 6-3 win Friday night over the Seattle Kraken. Kirill Kaprizov had a goal and 3 assists to become the first player in Minnesota franchise history with at least 100 points in a season. Joel Eriksson had 2 goals and 1 assist, Mats Zuccarello, Ryan Hartman and Nicolas Deslauriers all scored, and Kevin Fiala had a team-record 5 assists for Minnesota, which also established all-time bests with its 50th win and 107 points.

FIALA HAS 5 ASSISTS 😵#MNWild x #SeaKraken pic.twitter.com/Qq4gp1XE82 — Bally Sports North (@BallySportsNOR) April 23, 2022

  1. The Edmonton Oilers have locked in their postseason spot for the 3rd consecutive season with a 6-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. The Oilers can finish now higher then 2nd in the Pacific Division after their rival Calgary Flames clinched first place on Thursday.

When you're headed to the #StanleyCup Playoffs. 😎 pic.twitter.com/LozXISUlyQ — NHL (@NHL) April 23, 2022

NFL

  1. New York Giants are looking to trade 2021 first round draft pick Kadarius Toney. Toney reportedly did not show up for offseason program raising questions about where he and the franchise stand with each other. Although offseason team workouts are voluntary, 2nd year players rarely skip them.

  1. Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have restructured the quarterbacks contract to free up $9-million in cap space. Brady is set to become a free-agent in 2023.

  1. Although Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals dont appear to be close on making an extension deal the GM says there is “zero chance” that the franchise will trade their quarterback.

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