>>Akron Names Groce Head Hoops Coach
(Akron, OH) — Former Illinois men’s basketball coach John Groce is returning to the Mid-American Conference. Groce has been named the new head coach at Akron. The 44-year-old was fired from Illinois last month after five seasons. He went 95-and-75 with the Fighting Illini, including an 18-and-14 record this past season.
>>Westbrook Falls Just Short Of Record-Breaking Triple-Double
(Memphis, TN) — Russell Westbrook is one rebound short of history. Westbrook finished with 45 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists in the Thunder’s 103-100 win over the Grizzlies. Westbrook remains tied with Oscar Robertson for the most triple-doubles in a single season in NBA history. He has four chances left to collect his 42nd of the year.
>>Wade May Return Before End Of Season
(Philadelphia, PA) — The Bulls could get a big weapon back for their playoff push as Dwyane Wade may be able to return in the next few days. Wade was initially ruled out for the rest of the regular season due to a fractured right elbow, but he was able to practice yesterday. He will not play in tonight’s game against the Sixers.
>>Tigers-White Sox Rained Out In Chicago
(Chicago, IL) — Yesterday’s game between the Tigers and White Sox was also rained out in Chicago. The game will be made up May 26th as part of a doubleheader. The teams were also rained out on Monday. The Tigers and Sox will wrap up the shortened season-opening series today.
>>Cardinals, Cubs Rained Out, Re-Scheduled For Today
(St. Louis, MO) — The Cardinals and Cubs will try again today to finish their three-game series after yesterday’s game at Busch Stadium was rained out. Both teams were originally scheduled to be off today. Lance Lynn will oppose John Lackey at 12:45 p.m. The Cards host the Reds starting tomorrow.
>>Cardinals’ Piscotty Clears Concussion Protocol
(St. Louis, MO) — The Cardinals are getting good news on outfielder Stephen Piscotty. He has passed MLB’s concussion protocol and has been cleared to play. Piscotty left Tuesday’s game against the Cubs after being hit in the head with a ball thrown by Chicago’s Javier Baez while sliding safely into home.
>>Indians Sweep Rangers On Lindor’s Grand Slam
(Arlington, TX) — The defending American League champions remain unbeaten. Francisco Lindor belted a go-ahead grand slam during a five-run ninth as the Indians shocked the Rangers 9-6 in Texas. Lindor homered twice to help Cleveland sweep the season-opening, three-game set.
>>The Masters Begins Today
(Augusta, GA) — The Masters begins today at Augusta National. The first major of the PGA season tees off at 5 a.m. Eastern, featuring a purse of 10-million-dollars. Danny Willett is the defending champion. World number-one Dustin Johnson injured his back yesterday in a fall, leaving his status uncertain.