Sports News for Thursday April 21, 2016

>>Eagles Get Second Pick From Browns

(Philadelphia, PA) — The Eagles are moving up to the second overall pick in next week’s NFL Draft. The Eagles have acquired the number-two selection from the Browns in exchange for five picks. The Rams acquired the number-one pick in a deal with the Titans last week.

>>Panthers Rescind Franchise Tag From Norman

(Charlotte, NC) — The Panthers are rescinding their non-exclusive franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman. The move immediately makes Norman an unrestricted free agent. Panthers GM David Gettleman says the move was made after it became clear that a long-term deal was not attainable.

>>Colts Sign Two Offensive Tackles

(Indianapolis, IN) — The Colts are shoring up their offensive line with the signing of tackles Kevin Graf and Mitchell Van Dyk. Graf’s last stint in the NFL ended when he was released by the Eagles last preseason. Van Dyk spent last year on the Steelers’ injured reserve list. Neither player has ever played in an NFL game, but bring depth to a thin Colts’ offensive line.

>>Three More Routs In NBA Playoffs

(Undated) — The Cavaliers, Heat and Clippers all had no problem taking 2-0 leads in their respective first-round series. Cleveland clobbered Detroit, 107-90. The Heat hammered the Hornets, 115-103, and the Clippers trounced the Trail Blazers, 102-81.

>>T’wolves Name Thibodeau New Head Coach

(Minneapolis, MN) — Tom Thibodeau [[ TIB-oh-doh ]] is the new head coach of the Timberwolves. The former Bulls head coach was formally hired last night. He will also serve as the team’s president of basketball operations. “Thibs” went 255-and-139 in five seasons with the Bulls.

>>ESPN Fires Curt Schilling

(Bristol, CT) — ESPN is parting ways with outspoken former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling. He recently shared a post on Facebook supporting a North Carolina law mandating that people in public buildings use the bathroom that matches the sex listed on their birth certificates.

>>Blues Try To Advance Tonight

(St. Louis, MO) — The Blues will try to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight. They host the Blackhawks in Game Five of their Western Conference quarterfinal, leading the best-of-seven matchup three-games-to-one. Faceoff from Scottrade Center is at 8:30 p.m.

>>Blackhawks’ Shaw Suspended For Yelling Gay Slur

(New York, NY) — The NHL is suspending Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw one game for yelling out a gay slur from the penalty box during Tuesday’s Game Four loss to the Blues. He’s also been fined five-thousand-dollars and must undergo sensitivity training. Shaw did issue an apology.

>>Cards Hold Off Cubs To Avoid Sweep

(St. Louis, MO) — Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer in the first inning and the Cardinals went on to beat the Cubs 5-3 at a rainy Busch Stadium. The game was delayed more than three hours by rain in the middle of the seventh inning. Yadier Molina went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run for the Redbirds, who avoided a three-game sweep. Anthony Rizzo went deep and drove in two for the Cubs.

>>Cardinals At Padres Tomorrow

(San Diego, CA) — The Cardinals are off today. They open a seven-game road trip tomorrow night with the first-of-three against the Padres in San Diego. Adam Wainwright puts his 0-and-2 mark up against Andrew Cashner, who is 0-and-1. St. Louis will also visit Arizona for four games on this trip.

>>Cubs At Reds Tonight

(Cincinnati, OH) — The Cubs continue their road trip tonight as they begin a four-game series against the Reds in Cincinnati. Reigning NL Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta starts for Chicago seeking his fourth win, while Cincinnati sends Brandon Finnegan to the mound. First pitch is set for 6:10 p.m.

>>White Sox Edge Angels Behind Sale

(Chicago, IL) — Chris Sale combined with two relievers on a four-hitter as the White Sox edged the Angels, 2-1. Sale allowed just two hits and an unearned run over seven-plus innings to run his record to 4-and-0. David Robertson notched his sixth save. Tyler Saladino homered in the first inning and Alex Avila scored on an error in the fifth.

>>White Sox Wrap Up Series With Angels

(Chicago, IL) — The White Sox wrap up their four-game series with the Angels this afternoon. Chicago is 10-and-5 after winning the last two in the set. John Danks will get the start on the bump for the Sox. The Halos will send out Jered Weaver.

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