Saturday, May 10, 2014

Leadoff with Lee 5.10.14

-In Day 2 of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns made three additions to the team. In the second round at pick 35, they selected offensive tackle Joel Bitonio from Nevada. Bitonio is 6'4", 302 pounds and is said to have a "mean and nasty" style of play. He may outplay Mitchell Schwartz and/or Jason Pinkston and take the starting spot. The third round seen the Browns selecting linebacker Chris Kirksey from Iowa. Kirksey is a hard hitter, but weighing in around 230 pounds some think that he may be able to play safety as well. Lastly on Friday, the Browns traded up into the late third round to pick up running back Terrence West at 30. From Towson, West may appear short in stature at only 5'9", 225 pounds, but makes up for it in speed and powerful running. Many say he comparable to Maurice Jones-Drew. Rounds 4-7 start at Noon today.

-Browns Wide Receiver Josh Gordon faces a 1 year suspension from the NFL after allegedly failing a drug test. The drug he supposedly tested positive for is marijuana. Gordon entered the league in the NFL substance abuse program for testing positive for weed, before being drafted in the supplemental draft, which put him in stage 1 of the program. Josh Gordon then tested positive for "purple drank", a drinkable codeine cough syrup mixture, but was only suspended for 2 games last season for the offense. Purple drank was not on the banned substance list at that point in time. Gordon led the NFL last season in receiving yards with 1,646 yards.

-Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel has been named the new President of Youngstown State University. Tressel was the head football coach for the Penguins from 1985-2000 before leaving to become head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

-The Ohio State Buckeyes football team had 2 players go in the 1st round on Thursday. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected linebacker Ryan Shazier with the 15th overall pick and cornerback Bradley Roby going 31st to the Denver Broncos. On Friday, the San Francisco 49ers selected running back Carlos Hyde in the 2nd round with the 26th pick in the round and 57th overall.

-The Indiana Pacers go up 2-1 in the series as the showed the Washington Wizards some magic last night winning 85-63, in the Eastern Conferece semis. Paul George had a game high of 23 points and 8 rebounds. On the defensive end, Roy Hibbert had 5 rebounds with 3 blocks on top of his 15 points. Washington's John Wall didn't help with 5 turnovers for the game and 6 points. Game 4 will be Sunday night in Washington.

-The late game seen the Los Angeles Clippers taking a 2-1 series lead, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 118-112. It was a very chippy game that seen a lot of shoving and even the bloodying of Blake Griffin's nose. Griffin however had a great game with 34 points. Chris Paul had 21 points and 16 assists, while Jamal Crawford added 20 off the bench. Kevin Durant led all scores with 36 but just wasn't enough to overcome the Clippers. Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka had 23 and 20 points, respectively. Game 4 will be Sunday afternoon in L.A.

-The Cleveland Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 in Tampa yesterday. Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-4 with two runs scored. Mike Aviles was 1-3, but his one hit scored 3 RBIs with his homerun. Corey Kluber started and got the win for the Tribe. He improves back to .500 evening his record to 3-3. Kluber had 9 strikeouts! Can we say lights out?

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