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Former NFL player and ‘kind soul’ Chris Smith dies at 31 | NFL



According to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, former NFL quarterback Chris Smith has died at the age of 31.

“Rest in peace Chris,” Rosenhaus tweeted. “Condolences to his entire family, friends and loved ones. We will miss you.”

The cause of death was not disclosed.

Smith played college football in Arkansas before being selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He also had spells with the Cincinnati Bengals, Las Vegas Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens. He last played in the NFL with the Houston Texans in 2021, but signed with the XFL’s Seattle Sea Dragons in March.

Several NFL players paid tribute to Smith on Tuesday. “Rest in Heaven Chris Smith,” Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku tweeted. “A hero of his hometown and a brother to everyone. Such a kind soul. It’s heartbreaking.”

Former Raiders quarterback Derek Carr shared a photo of them together with the message: “Love you bro.”

Smith experienced tragedy in his personal life. In 2019 his girlfriend Petara Cordero died after being hit by a car. They recently had a daughter.

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Dodgers Betts could play SS when he returns from the paternity list



LOS ANGELES — Mookie Betts, whose wife is expecting the couple’s second child, was placed on the paternity list Tuesday but is expected to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Wednesday’s series finale against the New York Mets. .

When he does, he can return as a part-time buddy.

“We’ll see,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said with a smirk ahead of Tuesday’s game. “Let’s see.”

Chris Taylor injured his left side on Monday and Gavin Lux lost a year with an ACL tear, leaving Miguel Rojas, who is .129/.182/.161 in his first 10 games, as the only shortstop. registry. Taylor did some agility work on Tuesday and didn’t make the injured list; the lack of a spot on the roster led Betts to consider spending some time as a shortstop, a position he had not played since the 2012 minor league season.

Roberts said Betts nonetheless takes ground balls daily at the position and “has been demanding” for a while to start there. Roberts does not believe there will be any specific health risks associated with temporarily running shortstop bettors. Betts has featured as a second baseman and has impressed defensively with 15 starts at that position since joining the Dodgers in 2020. Shortstop is a different beast, of course, but Roberts said Betts “looks very natural there.”

As for what that might say about how few hands the Dodgers have in such a critical position?

“I think it’s just a by-product of what happened yesterday with the CT scan,” Roberts said. “I think when you talk about the third string in any position, there are some things that have to happen that you just have to go through. I hope CT’s case is minimal and we don’t have this conversation, but I don’t know. But if Muki is your third link in anything, I think teams could be much worse.”

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Justin Santiago wins Bonita over Glendora



Smiling and vocally obedient, bearded catcher Garrett Patterson, who has a GPA of 4.5, plays in a band and heads to UC San Diegoright-hander Justin Santiago is definitely undefeated on the mound for Bonita Hai.

He improved to 7-0 and reduced his earned run average to 0.88 hitting 13 hits, passing two and giving up three hits in a 2-0 win over Glendora in Liga Palomares on Tuesday. The biggest challenge came later, when Santiago had to run outside in Glendora to avoid being left behind on a moving school bus.

He committed Long Beach State and a nonchalant senior who probably enjoyed the game, briefly stopped in the fifth inning when a black poodle decided to run onto the field. Bonita is 14-4 overall, 6-1 in the league and tied for first place with Ayala. Patterson finished with two hits. He dropped a no-hitter last week, but his plate lead certainly makes Santiago smile and doesn’t want to disappoint him.

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 9, Loyola 0: Justin Lee scored 13 points and Kai Gonzaga scored the 13th goal. Knights of the 1st rank (21-2).

Harvard Westlake 14, Bishop Alemany 0: Bryce Reiner had a grand slam and five RBIs, and Thomas Leib went four of five to lead the Wolverines to their eighth straight win.

Crespi 7, Saint Francis 1: Chris Arce landed three punches and four RBIs, while Isaiah Magdaleno landed seven out of five to lead the Celts.

Sierra Canyon 6, Chaminade 1: Omar Cisneros finished with three hits for Sierra Canyon.

Santa Margherita 7, Mater Dei 6: A four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning ended with a double run by Jake Lavin in Santa Margarita’s comeback to win the Trinity League.

JSerra 4, Servit 2: Dominic Smaldino hit a home run and Jonathan Mendez finished with two hits and two RBIs for JSerra. Matt Champion struck out eight in six innings.

Orange Lutheran 10, St. John Bosco 6: Wes Hanion had two hits and three RBIs for Lancers.

Ayala 10, Claremont 9: Ethan Nunez hit an RBI double in the ninth inning to give Ayala a walkout win. Jake Lemoine and Aiden Erlandsen each had four hits.

4 Agoura, 3 Newbury Park: Ethan Kearney had two hits and three RBIs for Agura.

Westlake 6, Calabasas 3: Kaden Youmans won the Grand Slam in the third inning to lead Westlake.

Yorba Linda 1, Anaheim Canyon 0: A bases-laden walk in the bottom of the 11th inning gave Yorba Linda the win. Jackson Chastain had seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts for the Canyon. Three pitchers teamed up for the shutout of Yorba Linda.

Capistrano Valley 10, Dana Hills 0: The Boston Baro had three hits and four runs for Capistrano Valley. Owen Geiss threw six innings without a score.

Corona Centennial 5, Eastvale Roosevelt 3: Matthew Bernat had three hits for Centennial.

Corona Santiago 3, Corona 1: Jesse Kneipp played the full game to defeat Sam Burgess in a Big League VIII game.

Edison 8, Newport Harbor 6: Brandon Winokur struck out five in two innings of a stellar relief pitch for Edison. He also had two strokes.

Maranatha 13, Christian heritage 0: Cider Canon homered for Maranatha.

Santa Monica 2, Mira Costa 0: Jackson Klein struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings for Santa Monica. Sean Bowker made a save.

Trabuco Hills 2, Mission Viejo 1: Mikey Gray made a save and also landed two punches on Trabuco Hills.

Narbonne 7, San Pedro 4: Anthony Camarena threw two scoreless relief innings, striking out two for Narbonne.

Valencia 8, Sun Valley Poli 1: Michael Mair struck out four and went none in six innings for Valencia.

Warren 3, Gar 1: Angel Cervantes, a sophomore who entered UCLA earlier in the day, led Warren to victory with eight points.

Arcadia 2, Burbank 1: The Apaches won eight innings and went undefeated in the Pacific League. Nando Palencia had a game-winning RBI sacrifice.

Thousand Oaks 3, Oaks Christian 2: The Lancers won the Marmonte League game.

Bishop Amat 18, Gardena Serra 8: Raymond Perez and Luc Viola finished with four hits for Bishop Amat.


Huntington Beach 3, Los Alamitos 2: In a battle between the two strongest teams in the #1 state. 2 Oilers knocked out first place. 1 Gryphons behind pitcher Zoya Prystraiko, a Stanford varsity player who struck out 15 . Laya Lummus broke the 2-2 tie by hitting a home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Anaheim Canyon 5, Esperanza 0: Jessein Gallegos had a shutout with seven hits, four strikeouts and no walks. Irma Urincho had three hits.

Orange Lutheran 11, JSerra 5: Madeleine Armendariz finished with three hits for Ulan.

Villa Park 4, El Modena 3: Audrey Lear scored a double in seventh for the win. She struck out seven for Villa Park.

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2023 NBA Playoffs: Draw, Start Dates, TV Times, Matches and First Round Results



The 2023 NBA playoffs have finally begun. The post-season draw was set on the final day of the regular season, with four first-round series fixed and four more ready to determine the NBA tournament play-in.

The Los Angeles Lakers will host the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 7-8 play-in tournament in the West, with the winner taking 7th seed and a No. 1 tie. . The New Orleans Pelicans will host the Oklahoma City Thunder 8-9, where the winner will play the loser in the Lakers/Wolverhampton Wolverhampton game for second place. 8 seeds.

The Miami Heat take on the Atlanta Hawks 7-8 in the East, with the winner playing the Boston Celtics in the first round. The Toronto Raptors take on the Chicago Bulls 9-10 in the East. The winner of the Bulls/Raptors then faced the loser of the Heat/Hawks for first place. 8 seeds.

Read more about NBA play-in rules here.

We already know that the Philadelphia 76ers will play the Brooklyn Nets 3-6 and the Cleveland Cavaliers will take on the New York Knicks 4-5 in the East. In the West, the Sacramento Kings will play the Golden State Warriors 3-6, while the Phoenix Suns will play the Los Angeles Clippers 4-5.

Here are the matches we know so far in the East:

No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. 8. Miami Heat, best of seven episodes

No. 2 Boston Celtics vs. No. 7 Atlanta Hawks Best of Seven Episodes

No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers vs. No. 1 6 Brooklyn Nets Best of Seven Series

No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 5 The New York Knicks Best Of Seven Episodes

Here is the matchup that we still know in the West:

No. 1 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 8 Minnesota Timberwolves Best of Seven Series

No. 2 Memphis Grizzlies vs. 7 Los Angeles Lakers Best Of Seven Episodes

No. 3 Sacramento Kings vs. No. 6 Golden State Warriors Best Of Seven Episodes

No. 4 Phoenix Suns vs. No. 5 Los Angeles Clippers Best of Seven Series

NBA playoff bracket 2023

2023 NBA Playoffs: Start Dates, TV Times & More

Saturday, April 15

Game 1: No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers vs. #1 6 Brooklyn Nets, 1:00 p.m. ESPN

Game 1: No. 2 Boston Celtics – Atlanta Hawks, 3:30 p.m. ESPN

Game 1: No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 5 New York Knicks, 6 p.m. ESPN

Game 1: No. 3 Sacramento Kings vs. No. 6 Golden State Warriors, 8:30 pm, ABC

Sunday, April 16

Game 1: No. 2 Memphis Grizzlies vs. 7 Los Angeles Lakers, 3 p.m., ABC

Game 1: No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. 8 Miami Heat, 17:30, TNT

Game 1: No. 4 Phoenix Suns vs. No. 5 Los Angeles Clippers, 20:00, TNT

Game 1: No. 1 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 8 Minnesota Timberwolves, 10:30 pm, TNT

2023 NBA Tournament Schedule and Play-in Dates

11 Apr

Game 1: Atlanta Hawks 116, Miami Heat 105

Game 2: Los Angeles Lakers 108, Minnesota Timberwolves 102

12 Apr

Game 1: Chicago Bulls 109, Toronto Raptors 105

Game 2: Oklahoma City Thunder 123, New Orleans Pelicans 118

14 Apr

Game 1: Miami Heat 102, Chicago Bulls 91

Game 2: Minnesota Timberwolves 120, Oklahoma City Thunder 95

Schedule and results of the playoffs of the first round

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. 8Miami Heat (TBC)

Game 1: Heat @ Bucks | Sunday 16 April | 5:30 pm ET (TNT)
Game 2: Heat @ Bucks | Wednesday 19 April | 9:00 pm ET (NBATV)
Game 3: Bucks @ Hit | Saturday 22 April | 7:30 pm ET (ESPN)
Game 4: Bucks @ Hit | Monday 24 April | TBD
*Game 5: Heat @ Bucks | Wednesday 26 April | TBD
*Game 6: Bucks @ Hit | Friday, April 28 | TBD
*Game 7: Heat @ Bucks | Sunday 30 April | TBD

No. 2 Boston Celtics vs. #1 7 Atlanta Hawks

Game 1: Celtic 112, Hawk 99
Game 2: Hawks @ Celtics | Tuesday 18 April | 7:00 pm ET (NBATV)
Game 3: Celtics @ Hawks | Friday, April 21 | 7:00 pm ET (ESPN)
Game 4: Celtics @ Hawks | Sunday 23 April | 7:00 pm ET (TNT)
*Game 5: Hawks @ Celtics | Tuesday 25 April | TBD
*Game 6: Celtics @ Hawks | Thursday 27 April | TBD
*Game 7: Hawks @ Celtics | Saturday 29 April | TBD

No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers vs #1 6 Brooklyn Nets

Game 1: 76ers 121, Nets 101
Game 2: Nets @ 76ers | Monday 17 April | 7:30 pm ET (TNT)
Game 3: 76ers @ Nets | Thursday 20 April | 7:30 pm ET (TNT)
Game 4: 76ers @ Nets | Saturday 22 April | 13:00 EST (TNT)
*Game 5: Nets @ 76ers | Monday 24 April | TBD
*Game 6: 76ers @ Nets | Thursday 27 April | TBD
*Game 7: Nets @ 76ers | Saturday 29 April | TBD

No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 5 New York Knicks

Game 1: Knicks 101, Cavaliers 97
Game 2: Knicks @ Cavaliers | Tuesday 18 April | 7:30 pm ET (TNT)
Game 3: Cavaliers @ Knicks | Friday, April 21 | 8:30 pm ET (ABC)
Game 4: Cavaliers @ Knicks | Sunday 23 April | 13:00 ET (ABC)
*Game 5: Knicks @ Cavaliers | TBD
*Game 6: Cavaliers @ Knicks | TBD
*Game 7: Knicks @ Cavaliers | TBD

Western Conference

No. 1 Denver Nuggets vs. No. 8Minnesota Timberwolves (TBC)

Game 1: Timberwolves @ Nuggets | Monday 16 April | 22:00 ET (TNT)
Game 2: Timberwolves @ Nuggets | Wednesday 19 April | 22:00 ET (TNT)
Game 3: Nuggets @ Timberwolves | Friday, April 21 | 9:30 pm ET (ESPN)
Game 4: Nuggets @ Timberwolves | Sunday 23 April | 9:30 pm ET (TNT)
*Game 5: Timberwolves @ Nuggets | Tuesday 25 April | TBD
*Game 6: Nuggets @ Timberwolves | Thursday 27 April | TBD
*Game 7: Timberwolves @ Nuggets | Saturday 29 April | TBD

No. 2 Memphis Grizzlies vs. 7Los Angeles Lakers

Game 1: Lakers @ Grizzlies | Sunday 16 April | 3:00 pm ET (ABC)
Game 2: Lakers @ Grizzlies | Wednesday 19 April | 7:30 pm ET (TNT)
Game 3: Grizzlies @ Lakers | Saturday 22 April | 10:00 pm ET (ESPN)
Game 4: Grizzlies @ Lakers | Monday 24 April | TBD
*Game 5: Lakers @ Grizzlies | Wednesday 26 April | TBD
*Game 6: Grizzlies @ Lakers | Friday, April 28 | TBD
*Game 7: Lakers vs. Grizzlies | Sunday 30 April | TBD

No. 3 Sacramento Kings vs. No. 6 Golden State Warriors

Game 1: Warriors @ Kings | Saturday 15 April | 8:30 pm ET (ABC)
Game 2: Warriors @ Kings | Monday 17 April | 22:00 ET (TNT)
Game 3: Kings @ Warriors | Thursday 20 April | 22:00 ET (TNT)
Game 4: Kings @ Warriors | Sunday 23 April | TBD
*Game 5: Warriors @ Kings | Wednesday 26 April | TBD
*Game 6: Kings @ Warriors | Friday, April 28 | TBD
*Game 7: Warriors @ Kings | Sunday 30 April | TBD

No. 4 Phoenix Suns vs. No. 5. Los Angeles Clippers

Game 1: Clippers @ Suns | Sunday 16 April | 8:00 pm ET (TNT)
Game 2: Clippers @ Suns | Tuesday 18 April | 22:00 ET (TNT)
Game 3: Suns @ Clippers | Thursday 20 April | 10:30 pm ET (NBA TV)
Game 4: Suns @ Clippers | Saturday 22 April | 3:30 p.m. ET (TNT)
*Game 5: Clippers @ Suns | Tuesday 25 April | TBD
*Game 6: Suns @ Clippers | Thursday 27 April | TBD
*Game 7: Clippers @ Suns | Saturday 29 April | TBD (TNT)

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