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Still Time to Sign up for GSC’s Land Resources Golf Tournament

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The green fairways of Bel Meadow Golf Club in Clarksburg, West Virginia are calling area golfers to the 19th Annual Glenville State College Department of Land Resources Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held on Friday, April 28 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Proceeds from the event will be used to enhance student learning within GSC’s Natural Resource Management programs.

Funds received from the golf tournament will help provide extra tools and equipment for students studying environmental, forestry, land surveying, land management, and other natural resource management programs at GSC.

Multiple prizes are available, including two hole-in-one prizes of $10,000 cash and a STIHL Homeowner’s Package (package consists of a MS170 Chainsaw with 16-inch bar, BG 86 Handheld Blower, and FS70R Trimmer) and a closest second shot prize of a STIHL MS251 Chainsaw. The top three teams will receive cash awards and trophies including $400 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place. Prizes also will be awarded for Closest to Pin, Log Driver Champion, Longest Putt, and Longest Drive.

Participants can enter the scramble golf outing for an entry fee of $80 per person or $320 per team of four. The entry fee includes green fees, cart rental, and lunch. Organizations and individuals are also welcome to sponsor a hole, starting at $100. Sponsors will be recognized in a GSC Department of Land Resources newsletter and will have the name of the person or organization displayed during the event. Checks can be made payable to GSC Land Resources Fundraiser and sent to Glenville State College Department of Land Resources, 200 High Street, Glenville, WV 26351.

For more information and to register, contact the Land Resources Department at 304.462.6370.

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►  WVU’s Izzo-Brown wins Furfari Award as state’s top college coach

The head coach of the West Virginia University women’s soccer team has a message for young girls aspiring to reach the success she’s had after 21 years of coaching.

“Embrace the suck,” Nikki Izzo-Brown told members of the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council during its annual Building Futures Breakfast Tuesday at the Charleston Town Center Marriott.

“Sometimes people think when you run into a road block to stop or it’s a negative thing, instead just embrace it and figure it out. Figure out a way to get around the suck,” she explained.

Izzo-Brown was the featured speaker at Tuesday’s breakfast.

On Monday, she was named the Furfari Award winner as the West Virginia’s top college coach — voted on by members of the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

The award, she said, is not about her. “It’s recognizing myself, but more importantly what my team and my staff have accomplished. It’s never about one person.”

Izzo-Brown lead the Mountaineers to a 2016 runner-up finish in the program’s first-ever NCAA College Cup appearance in 21 years. The University of Southern California defeated WVU last December.

Since joining the conference in 2012, Izzo-Brown, the five-time reigning Big 12 Coach of the Year, has led WVU to eight Big 12 titles.

Next season for the team will be a lot different, Izzo-Brown predicted. She said the girls want to win the championship now more than ever.

“I think once you get a taste of a national championship game and not winning it, you have a little bit more fire in your belly. I think that’s exactly what the girls are going to be motivated because they didn’t win it,” she said.

This is the first time a soccer coach has been named the winner of the Furfari Award.

WVU Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Huggins, WVU Women’s Basketball Coach Mike Carey and WVU Rifle Coach Jon Hammond were finalists for the award.

“That’s important that soccer is making such an impact in our state, but also that I’m up against so many great coaches. To represent all those coaches means a ton to me,” Izzo-Brown said.

During her speech Tuesday, she said it’s important to first have a vision. Her teammates work hard, stay focused and believe in themselves. She said while there’s no secret to success, she believes there are pillars to get there.

“You can’t allow anything to disrupt what you want to do and how you want to accomplish it,” she said. “Just be confident in your abilities and just stay on task.”

The Furfari Award is named in honor of the late sports writer Mickey Furfari.

Izzo-Brown will be honored on May 21 at the 71st Victory Awards Dinner at the Village Square Conference Center in Clarksburg.


►  Greenbrier Classic to Salute First Responders

The PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic will honor first responders for rescue and recovery efforts during last June’s devastating floods in West Virginia.

Officials say on the tournament’s website that police officers, EMS, firefighters, National Guard members and others will be selected to serve as caddies for the tournament’s July 5 pro-am event at The Greenbrier resort. They also will be recognized during ceremonies on July 4.

The tournament will be held July 6 through 9 on the Old White TPC course.

The floods killed 23 people statewide, including 15 in Greenbrier County. The resort and the town of White Sulphur Springs were ravaged by flooding and last year’s Greenbrier Classic was canceled.

The Greenbrier hotel reopened two weeks after the floods.


►  State Raises Penalty for Punishing Whistleblowers

A revised West Virginia law will increase the possible civil fine from $500 to $5,000 for government employers who threaten or retaliate against whistleblowers.

The measure passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Jim Justice also authorizes firing them instead of the possible six-month suspension under current law.

It clarifies that the fines are owed by the violators themselves, not their agencies, and says a court finding of a violation will be considered official misconduct and can be used for termination.

The law prohibits firing, threatening or retaliating against a worker for making a good faith effort to report about wrongdoing or waste.


►  Serena Williams Fires Back After Joke About Skin Color

Serena Williams fired back against tennis great Ilie Nastase after he made a joke about the skin color of her unborn baby, and she quoted Maya Angelou to do it. “It disappoints me to know we live in a society in which people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments towards myself and unborn child, and sexist comments against my peers,“ Williams wrote on Instagram. She was referring in part to the 70-year-old asking whether the child Williams is expecting with fiance Alexis Ohanian, who is white, will be “chocolate with milk.“ On Monday, Nastase expressed bewilderment to the AP. “I want to know what word I used is racist?“ he asked, adding that Williams is a friend. Williams also referred to Nastase’s treatment of women on Britain’s tennis team—at Fed Cup matches over the weekend, he angrily called Johanna Konta and captain Anne Keothavong “b———.“

Nastase also put his arm around Keothavong and asked for her room number, within ear shot of the press, and berated the chair umpire, all of which got him suspended as Romania’s team captain by the International Tennis Federation and booted from the tournament, reports the Guardian. “I lost my temper,“ he acknowledged to the AP, while calling his punishment “crazy.“ Even as a player, Nastase had been renowned for his temper on the court. In her post, Williams said she supported an ITF investigation of Nastase’s behavior and cited poet Angelou: “Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? You may shoot me with your words ... you may try to kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I rise.“


►  Jeb Bush, Derek Jeter Buying Baseball Team: Report

If multiple reports are to be believed, Jeb Bush will finally be following in his brother’s footsteps—as the owner of a professional baseball team. The presidential also-ran is said to be part of a group—along with former New York Yankee Derek Jeter—that will be purchasing the Miami Marlins for $1.3 billion, Bloomberg reports. Nothing is official—an anonymous source says the sale contract hasn’t been signed yet—but the Miami Herald confirmed the report. Bush and Jeter, as well as at least three other investors, are said to have outbid multiple other groups, including one led by Tagg Romney and former ballplayer Tom Glavine. The Kushner family had also reportedly been close to a deal.

Bush, who tried and failed to buy the Marlins three years ago, will reportedly be the “control person” in charge of franchise decisions for the Marlins. The deal would need MLB approval and could still take months to finalize. The Marlins are owned by Jeffrey Loria, who paid $158 million for the team in 2002. Despite losing money and having some of the worst attendance in the league, the Marlins are currently valued at $940 million. If the reported $1.3 billion purchase price is accurate, it would be “one of the most lucrative franchise flips” ever, Deadspin reports. Loria is apparently selling the Marlins in order to get his estate in order—and also because he’s tired of the team’s constant losing and the criticism that has brought on him.

This Date in Sports History

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April 26


1905 — Jack McCarthy of the Cubs became the only outfielder in major league history to throw out three runners at the plate, each the second out of a double play. The victims were the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 2-1 loss.


1950 — The University of Miami ends the longest winning streak in collegiate tennis by defeating William & Mary 8-1. William & Mary, unbeaten in five years, had won 82 consecutive meets.


1964 — The Boston Celtics capture their sixth consecutive NBA title with a 105-99 victory over the San Francisco Warriors in Game 5 of the finals.


1995 — The Colorado Rockies defeat the New York Mets 11-9 in 14 innings, tying the NL record for innings played in a season opener.


2002 — Odalis Perez of Los Angeles faces the minimum 27 batters in his first career shutout. Perez was perfect for six innings in a 10-0 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.


2005 — Alex Rodriguez hits three home runs and drives in a career-high 10 runs to lead the New York Yankees over the Los Angeles Angels 12-4.


2008 — Michigan tackle Jake Long is selected by the Miami Dolphins with the top pick in the NFL draft. St. Louis takes Chris Long of Virginia second.


2009 — France’s Frederick Bousquet sets a world record in the 50-meter freestyle, becoming the first person to break the 21-second barrier. Bousquet sets the record at the French championships finishing in 20.94 seconds.


2012 — Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is selected first in the NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III goes second, by the Washington Redskins.


2012 — The Charlotte Bobcats finish with the worst winning percentage in NBA history after a 104-84 loss to the New York Knicks. The Bobcats’ 23rd consecutive loss leaves them with a winning percentage of .106 (7-59) in the lockout-shortened season. The record was set 39 years ago, when the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers finished 9-73 (.110) in a full regular season.


2014 — Wladimir Klitschko toys with Alex Leapai and knocks him out in the fifth round to retain his four heavyweight belts in Oberhausen, Germany.

GSC Land Resources Department Planning Annual Golf Tournament

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Planning is underway for the 19th Annual Glenville State College Department of Land Resources Golf Tournament to be held on Friday, April 28 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Proceeds from the event, which will take place at the Bel Meadow Golf Club in Clarksburg, West Virginia, will again be used to enhance student learning within GSC’s Natural Resource Management programs.

Funds received from the golf tournament will help provide extra tools and equipment for students studying environmental, forestry, land surveying, land management, and other natural resource management programs at GSC.

Multiple prizes are available, including two hole-in-one prizes of $10,000 cash and a STIHL Homeowner’s Package (package consists of a MS170 Chainsaw with 16-inch bar, BG 86 Handheld Blower, and FS70R Trimmer) and a closest second shot prize of a STIHL MS251 Chainsaw. The top three teams will receive cash awards and trophies including $400 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place. Prizes also will be awarded for Closest to Pin, Log Driver Champion, Longest Putt, and Longest Drive.

Participants can enter the scramble golf outing for an entry fee of $80 per person or $320 per team of four. The entry fee includes green fees, cart rental, and lunch. Organizations and individuals are also welcome to sponsor a hole, starting at $100. Sponsors will be recognized in a GSC Department of Land Resources newsletter and will have the name of the person or organization displayed during the event. Checks can be made payable to GSC Land Resources Fundraiser and sent to Glenville State College Department of Land Resources, 200 High Street, Glenville, WV 26351.

For more information and to register, contact the Land Resources Department at 304.462.6370.

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►  Tennis Great’s Response to Serena’s Pregnancy: Racism

Most people respond to news of a pregnancy with congratulations, but a septuagenerian tennis great is catching heat for allegedly responding to Serena Williams’ baby news with commentary about the baby’s biracial heritage. “Let’s see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?“ Ilie Nastase reportedly told a news conference on Friday, ahead of the Fed Cup. Nastase, 70, is the captain of Romania’s women’s tennis team, and is now under investigation by the International Tennis Federation, which says in a statement that it “does not tolerate discriminatory and offensive language.“ Further, “We are aware of alleged comments made by Romanian Captain Ilie Nastase and have begun an immediate investigation so that we have the full facts of the situation before taking further and appropriate action.“

Nastase followed one controversy up with two more Saturday: he began cursing at two British players and an umpire, promptly getting himself ejected from the game for unsportsmanlike conduct. Nastase then reportedly cursed out the British journalist who reported his comments about Williams; Eleanor Crooks posted video of the incident, in which he allegedly says “Why did you print that?“ and called her “stupid.“ The ITF says it has stripped Nastase of his captain’s title and he won’t be further involved in the Fed Cup. NBC notes that during his playing heyday in the 1970s, Nastase was nicknamed “Nasty.“


►  At London Marathon, a Record Falls

Kenyan runner Mary Keitany broke Paula Radcliffe’s women-only marathon world record on Sunday with a third victory in London, reports the AP, while Daniel Wanjiru won the men’s race for the first time. The 35-year-old Keitany completed the 26.2-mile in 2 hours, 17 minutes and 1 second to shave 41 seconds off Radcliffe’s 12-year-old mark. The retired British athlete still remains a world-record holder. Radcliffe fought six years ago with the IAAF to ensure her 2003 marathon time of 2 hours, 15 minutes, 25 seconds—with two male pacemakers—was still recognized as a record rather than just a world-best. Keitany was on track to break that outright world record halfway through Sunday’s race, but the pace eased up. She still ran to victory to seize the women-only record. Tirunesh Dibaba was 55 seconds behind Keitany while fellow Ethiopian, Aselefech Mergia, was third.

“It was very fast pace and I tried to follow it,“ Keitany said. The women’s marathon was missing its defending champion. Keitany’s compatriot, Jemima Sumgong, tested positive for the blood booster EPO in February. The men’s race saw the 24-year-old Wanjiru winning his first major marathon in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 48 seconds. That was nine seconds faster than Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, while Bedan Karoki was third. The men’s and mass race had a royal start, with Prince William, wife Kate, and brother Harry pressing a button to sound the klaxon. There was a British winner in the wheelchair race, with David Weir storming to his seventh victory. The 37-year-old retired from track competition last year after the six-time Paralympic champion failed to medal at the Rio Games. “It’s the first time I’ve felt comfortable in years,“ Weir said.


►  College Freshman Killed During Hammer Throw Event

A track and field event ended in tragedy Saturday afternoon in Illinois. A 19-year-old freshman volunteering at a competition held at Wheaton College was accidentally hit by a hammer during the hammer throw event. WCPO reports the “hammer” is actually a metal ball that’s attached to a grip via a steel wire; it weighs 16 pounds for men and 8.8 pounds for women, though it hasn’t been reported which size hammer hit Ethan Roser.

The Chicago Tribune reports Roser, who had transferred to the school in January and planned to become a minister, was pronounced dead at the hospital. “We are deeply grieved, but, because of our faith in Christ, not without hope,“ says Wheaton College President Philip Ryken in a statement. Roser’s father, Rev. Mark Roser, echoed that faith-based reaction: “We know he’s with Jesus, and the fact that he’s in paradise is a great source of comfort to us.“

In Sports….

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►  Be good sports at Little League games

Little League baseball is alive and thriving across the country with its lush green grass, perfectly striped infields, fresh air and sunshine.

Kids learn what I consider the best game in sports as coaches pass on their knowledge while trying to teach the difficult skills and rules of the game.

It’s fun at first, but then something happens at the Minor/Major league levels.

The game becomes all about winning. Period. Some of the worst observers come to Little League baseball games, where there are clearly awards and championships to win, swearing loudly and challenging the officials calls. If you can’t control yourselves and act responsibly, stay home.

The boards responsible for these venues should provide security to show rude, inconsiderate people out of the park. There is no room in today’s society for this type of public stupidity. Especially in a family-oriented activity where competition is supposed to be good clean fun and sportsmanship rules.

Be part of the solution. Offer your time like these league officials, coaches, managers, umpires and “team moms” do. Volunteer for snack bar duty or make a donation to the league. Their job is not easy. It is very busy after a day’s work, taking kids back and forth to school, homework, chores and other interests. Hot and cold weather, preparing meals, making sure the kids have all their gear together.

If you take part you’ll have a different perspective and maybe an appreciation for the work this really is. Kids’ sports are a great opportunity for exercise and fresh air. Socializing and making new friends while learning teamwork and camaraderie playing a fun game. Some lifetime friendships are forged on that field.

Let’s face it folks, it takes a lot of energy to be mean and spiteful. Why put you or anyone else in that position? Show up, participate, engage the other families with positive energy and enjoy the moment.


►  Cycling Champ Hit by Van, Killed

Michele Scarponi, who won the Giro d’Italia in 2011, died after a collision with a van while training on Saturday. He was 37. Scarponi was training near his home of Filottrano, near Ancona, Italy when he was hit by a van at a crossroads, Team Astana said. According to Italian media reports, the Astana cyclist died on the spot and was unable to be revived by emergency services. Team Astana called it “a tragedy too big to be written” in a statement, per the AP. “We left a great champion and a special guy, always smiling in every situation, he was a real milestone and a landmark for everyone in the Astana Pro Team,“ it added.

Scarponi is survived by a wife and twin sons. He had returned home after finishing fourth in the Tour of the Alps on Friday in Trento. He won the first stage on Monday. Scarponi had tweeted a photo Friday night, with his sons on his back and the caption: “Even if only for a day I thought I’d bring home two leaders’ jerseys.“ Scarponi—who was awarded the 2011 Giro trophy after Alberto Contador was stripped of the title because of doping—had been named as Astana’s leader for the upcoming Giro d’Italia, which starts in less than two weeks, after Fabio Aru pulled out with a knee injury. “An infinite tragedy. Words don’t exist. Rest in peace my friend,“ Aru tweeted.

This Date in Sports History

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April 24

1945 — Albert B. “Happy” Chandler, junior Senator from Kentucky, is elected baseball commissioner by a unanimous vote of the major league club owners. Chandler is elected to a seven-year term and succeeds Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who died in November 1944.


1963 — Bob Cousy ends his 13-year career by scoring 18 points as the Boston Celtics win their fifth consecutive NBA championship, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 112-109 in Game 6.


1967 — The Philadelphia 76ers win the NBA championship in six games with 125-122 comeback victory over the San Francisco Warriors. Billy Cunningham scores 13 points in the final 12 minutes as the 76ers overcome a five-point deficit entering the fourth quarter.


1974 — Tampa, Fla. is awarded the NFL’s 27th franchise.


1993 — George Branham III becomes the first black bowler to win a PBA Triple Crown event when he beats Parker Bohn III 227-214 in the Tournament of Champions.


1994 — David Robinson scores 71 points to win the NBA scoring title as the San Antonio Spurs end the regular season with a 112-97 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Robinson, the fourth NBA player to score more than 70 points in a game, edges Orlando’s Shaquille O’Neal for the scoring title.


1996 — Petr Nedved scores a power-play goal with 44.6 seconds left in the fourth overtime, ending the longest NHL game in 60 years and giving the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.


1999 — Patrick Roy makes a season-high 42 saves while leading Colorado over San Jose 3-1. It’s the 100th playoff win for Roy, the most in NHL history.


2002 — Ottawa’s Patrick Lalime ties an NHL record by recording his third consecutive playoff shutout, defeating Philadelphia 3-0.


2003 — Petr Sykora scores 48 seconds into the fifth overtime as Anaheim outlasts Dallas 4-3 to win the opener of the Western Conference semifinal series. The game is the fourth-longest in NHL history.


2005 — Andres Nocioni has 25 points and an NBA rookie playoff-record 18 rebounds in Chicago’s 103-94 victory over Washington.


2006 — Joe Sakic scores his NHL playoff-record seventh overtime goal, tipping in a shot at 4:36 of the extra period to give Colorado a 5-4 victory over Dallas.


2010 — Jamaican Usain Bolt dazzles a capacity crowd with a lightning-fast final leg, overtaking USA Blue’s Ivory Williams to win the 4x100-meter relay at the Penn Relays. A quartet of Mario Forsythe, Yohan Blake, Marvin Anderson and Bolt finishes in 37.90 seconds for Jamaica Gold, setting a Penn Relays record. Trailing entering the final leg, Bolt takes the handoff and finishes the final 100 meters in an unofficial time of 8.79 seconds.


2016 — Klay Thompson scores 23 points and the Golden State Warriors set an NBA playoff record with 21 3-pointers to overcome another injury to Stephen Curry and beat the Houston Rockets 121-94 for a 3-1 series lead. The Warriors made eight 3s in the third quarter alone to set a franchise playoff record for 3-pointers in a period. Thompson led the way from long range, going 7 of 11, and Draymond Green made four.

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►  Hockey Linesman Knocked to Ice Sues Player for Millions

An NHL linesman who hasn’t been able to work since he was knocked to the ice from behind by Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman last year is suing the player and the team for $7.5 million. Wideman cross-checked Don Henderson as he was returning to the bench during a game against the Nashville Predators on Jan 27, 2016, CTV reports. Wideman said afterward that it was unintentional and he felt “awful” about it. He received a 20-game suspension, the second-longest in NHL history for an attack on an official, though it was later reduced to 10 games by arbitrators.

In a lawsuit filed in Calgary, Henderson claims he suffered a concussion from being “violently struck,“ along with injuries to his head, neck, shoulder, and right knee, reports TSN. He says he has also suffered depression and still hasn’t been cleared to return to the ice. The linesman, who is suing for medical expenses and loss of future earnings, says that before the hit, he had officiated at more than 1,200 NHL games without missing a single one due to injury.


►  Attorney, Authorities Battle Over Aaron Hernandez’s Brain

Aaron Hernandez’s brain is being turned over to his family after his lawyer accused authorities in Massachusetts of “illegally” keeping it from them, NBC News reports. According to Reuters, the former NFL player’s family plans to donate his brain to the CTE center at Boston University, where it will be used for research. They also want to know if Hernandez had CTE and if that could explain his violent behavior, the Washington Post reports. CTE, which is caused by repeated blows to the head, can only be diagnosed after death. It can cause aggression, dementia, and more while also making sufferers more likely to take their own life.

Hernandez killed himself in his prison cell while serving a life sentence for murdering an acquaintance in 2013. He was acquitted in an unrelated double murder less than a week ago. Authorities had turned Hernandez’s body over to his family but held onto his brain. Hernandez’s attorney, Jose Baez, accused authorities of keeping the brain to destroy evidence, but the district attorney’s office says they needed to hold onto the brain until the chief state medical examiner made an official ruling on Hernandez’s death. Now that asphyxiation by hanging has been confirmed, the brain is being turned over to the family.


►  Hernandez Left 3 Suicide Notes

Though a prison official initially said Aaron Hernandez left no suicide note, three notes were in fact found in his cell at Massachusetts’ Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, reports the Boston Globe. A statement from Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. confirmed the handwritten notes were found next to a Bible in the cell following his death, ruled a suicide by the state medical examiner on Thursday. But a rep for Early wouldn’t say to whom they had been written. Sources tell TMZ that one was addressed to the general public. However, sources tell CBS Boston that there was a note each for Hernandez’s mother, fiancee, and 4-year-old daughter, reading, “I love you and please don’t cry.“

The investigation has found Hernandez was alone in his cell when he used a bed sheet to hang himself sometime after 8pm Tuesday, the last time he was checked by guards before being found dead around 3am. A lawyer for Hernandez says the former NFLer spoke to his fiancee on the phone until 8pm. The corrections officer who found Hernandez has apparently been “detached with pay” after admitting to missing a 2am check, per CBS Boston. It reports cardboard had been stuffed into the door tracks of Hernandez’s cell and the floor made slick with soapy water, apparently to impede corrections officers. Hernandez had also written John 3:16 on his forehead and wall of his cell. Sources say he also carved an unknown word in his arm. There were no signs of a struggle, per Early’s statement.

This Date in Sports History

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April 22

1876 — The first official National League baseball game is played, with Boston beating Philadelphia 6-5.


1945 — The Toronto Maple Leafs edge the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 to win the Stanley Cup in seven games.


1947 — The Philadelphia Warriors, behind Joe Fulks’ 34 points, beat the Chicago Staggs 83-80 in Game 5 to win the first Basketball Association of America title.


1962 — The Toronto Maple Leafs capture the Stanley Cup in six games with a 2-1 triumph over the Chicago Black Hawks.


1987 — The NBA grants expansion franchises to Charlotte, Miami, Minnesota and Orlando. Charlotte and Miami join the league in the 1988-89 season; Minnesota and Orlando join in 1989-90.


1988 — New Jersey’s Patrik Sundstrom sets an NHL playoff record scoring eight points — three goals and five assists — in a 10-4 rout of Washington in the Stanley Cup quarterfinals.


1993 — The Pittsburgh Penguins’ 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils extends their NHL playoff record to 14 straight wins.


1994 — Shannon Miller wins the women’s all-around title for the second straight year at the World Gymnastics Championships in Brisbane, Australia. The last woman to win consecutive all-around titles was Ludmilla Tourischeva of the Soviet Union in 1970 and 1974.


1994 — Michael Moorer outpoints Evander Holyfield to win the IBF and WBA titles and become the first left-handed heavyweight champion.


2000 — The Suns-Spurs playoff opener ties an NBA playoff record for fewest points. Phoenix beats San Antonio 72-70. The 142 points tie the record set by Atlanta and Detroit on May 12, 1995.


2003 — Minnesota and Vancouver become the first teams since 2000 to come back from 3-1 series deficits and win. The Wild take Game 7 in Colorado on Andrew Brunette’s overtime goal for a 3-2 win. The Canucks oust St. Louis with a 4-1 win.


2006 — New Jersey scores a playoff-record five power-play goals in its 6-1 win over New York.


2006 — Wladimir Klitschko stops Chris Byrd in the seventh round of a one-sided fight in Berlin to gain the IBF heavyweight title.


2007 — The Boston Red Sox tie a major league record by hitting four straight home runs in a 7-6 win over the New York Yankees. Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek connect in a span of 10 pitches during the third inning against Chase Wright.


2008 — John Smoltz of Atlanta becomes the 16th pitcher in major league history to reach the 3,000-strikeout plateau in the Braves’ 6-0 loss to Washington.


2014 — Albert Pujols becomes the first major leaguer to hit his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, driving in five runs to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Washington Nationals 7-2.

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►  Report: Fernandez Died With Bible Verse on Forehead

Aaron Hernandez had a Bible verse scrawled on his forehead when he was found hanged in his prison cell early Wednesday, sources tell WBZ. The sources say the former NFL star had the words “John 3:16” on his forehead, along with red marks on his hands and feet. The Bible verse, one of the best known in the New Testament, reads: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.“ Law enforcement sources also say Hernandez may have smoked “K2” synthetic marijuana the night that he died. In other coverage:

  • ABC looks at Hernandez’s life in two Massachusetts prisons, where staff were told to treat him like any other inmate. He reportedly got into gang-related fights in the Bristol County House of Corrections and the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, where he was sent after being convicted of murder in 2015.
  • Kevin Cullen at the Boston Globe recaps what he calls the “squandered life” of the 27-year-old. Despite his success at the highest level of his sport, “Hernandez enthusiastically embraced the ethos of gang life, the guns, the posse, the tattoos. All except one: doing time,“ he writes. “Real gangsters accept prison as a price to pay for the life. In the end, Hernandez couldn’t or wouldn’t.“
  • The Orlando Sentinel looks at early signs of trouble in the three years Hernandez spent playing college football with the Florida Gators.
  • Robert Monroe, one of the jurors who found Hernandez not guilty of a double murder last week, tells the Boston Herald that he is confused by the timing of the apparent suicide. “I thought he was really happy at the verdict. If he hung himself not too long after … clearly, I must have been wrong,“ he says.
  • The AP reports that Hernandez is not believed to have left a suicide note—apart from the Bible verse—and his death is a mystery to people in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, where he grew up. “I just think it got to him—the guilt,“ says local resident Mixson Philip. “Each man has to live with himself. You can put on an act like nothing happened, but you’ve got a soul. You’ve got a heart.“


►  Serena Confirms Pregnancy

A Representative for Serena Williams has confirmed the"Serena Is Pregnant!“ headlines that set the Internet abuzz Wednesday. Earlier, the 35-year-old tennis great posted a photo of herself on Snapchat labeled “20 weeks,“ displaying what Page Six describes as a “growing baby bump.“ Williams, whose baby is due this fall, will now miss the rest of the season, including the French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open, the BBC reports. We now know that Williams won the the Australian Open in January while pregnant—her record 23rd Grand Slam singles title. Williams got engaged late last year to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.


►  Tennis Match Halted by Very Loud Sex

When it comes to tennis, the word “love” isn’t usually quite so literal. SB Nation reports a tennis match between Mitchell Krueger and Francis Tiafoe had to be briefly stopped when the sound of vigorous lovemaking filled the stadium at the Sarasota Open. At first, announcer Mike Cation thought the sound was coming from porn playing on a cellphone somewhere in the stadium—even briefly considering Krueger as the owner of the smutty phone, according to Deadspin.

But it eventually became clear the sex was real and happening in a nearby apartment. Krueger hit a ball in the direction of the sound, and Tiafoe yelled, “It can’t possibly be that good”—both to no avail. “I can still hear it,“ Cation said minutes later. “It’s still going.“ Tiafoe ending up winning the unusually sexy match.

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