>>76ers Take Fultz With Top Pick
(Brooklyn, NY) — Washington guard Markelle Fultz is the top pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. The Philadelphia 76ers selected Fultz number-one overall last night. Fultz averaged 23.2 points in his only season with the Huskies. The Sixers acquired the top selection in a deal with the Celtics earlier this week.
>>Ball, Tatum Go In Top Three
(Brooklyn, NY) — Lonzo Ball is staying in LA. The UCLA guard was selected by the Lakers with the second pick in the NBA Draft. Duke forward Jayson Tatum went third to the Celtics, while Kansas forward Josh Jackson was taken fourth by the Suns fourth. The Kings took Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox to round out the top-five.
>>Bulls Trade Butler To Minnesota
(Brooklyn, NY) — Jimmy Butler is heading to Minnesota. The Bulls are trading the three-time All-Star to the Timberwolves for Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine. Draft picks were also exchanged as part of the deal. Butler averaged 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists last season.
>>Cardinals Fail To Sweep Phillies
(Philadelphia, PA) — The Cards came up short in a bid to sweep the Phillies. They lost Thursday’s finale 5-1 at Philadelphia. Carlos Martinez gave up three runs in six innings, including homers to Freddy Galvis and Tommy Joseph, to fall to 6-and-6. Paul DeJong homered for St. Louis.
>>Cubs Crush Marlins In Series Opener
(Miami, FL) — The Cubs cranked out 16 hits in an 11-1 thumping of the Marlins in Miami. Kris Bryant hit a three-run homer for Chicago in the opener of the four-game set. Addison Russell and Willson Contreras also went deep, while Jake Arrieta tossed seven innings of one-run ball to improve to 7-and-5.
>>White Sox Trounce Twins After Long Rain Delay
(Minneapolis, MN) — The White Sox avoided a three-game sweep with a 9-0 rout of the Twins in Minnesota. Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier each hit two-run homers during a five-run first. Jose Quintana struck out nine over six-and-two-thirds innings to improve to 4-and-8. The four-hour, 50-minute rain delay prior to the game was the longest in Twins history.
>>Cubs Sending Schwarber To Triple-A; Heyward To DL
(Miami, FL) — The Cubs are sending World Series hero Kyle Schwarber to the minors. Chicago has sent the struggling outfielder to Triple-A Iowa. Schwarber is hitting just .171 this season with 12 home runs and 28 RBI in 64 games.
>>Raiders Sign Carr To Contract Extension
(Oakland, CA) — The Raiders are locking up quarterback Derek Carr long term. Carr tweeted yesterday that he has finalized a contract extension with the Raiders. Terms were not released, but multiple outlets report the deal is for five years and worth 125-million-dollars.
>>First Indianapolis Colts Coach Kush Dies
(Phoenix, AZ) — The football world is mourning the loss of coach Frank Kush. He died Thursday at the age of 88. Kush was the first coach of the Indianapolis Colts, guiding the team in their first season here in 1984. Kush was also the longtime head coach at Arizona State. He coached the Colts to an 11-28-and-1 record in three seasons in both Baltimore and Indianapolis.
>>Monster Series Heads To Sonoma
(Sonoma, CA) — The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Sonoma Raceway for the Toyota / Save Mart 350. Qualifying takes place tomorrow afternoon, with the 110-lap, 218.9-mile race to follow Sunday afternoon. Kyle Larson enters the weekend atop the driver standings.