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Virginia shooting victim Mike Hollins returns to field for Cavaliers spring game



No college football game in the spring has been more significant than running back Mike Hollins of Virginia, who returned to the playing field five months after a mass shooting injured him and killed three of his teammates.

Hollins got the first carry of the game on Saturday and ran seven yards to a standing ovation. via ESPN. He finished the game with 40 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, all in the first half.

Following this touchdown, Hollins paid tribute to his late teammate D’Sean Perry by putting the ball in his name.

“It’s great to be back. It’s a blessing,” Hollins said. in a video posted by Virginia.

It was an emotional day for everyone involved in the Virginia program that canceled the remaining games of the 2022 season following the deaths of Perry, Devin Chandler and Lavel Davis. Junior. Players and coaches grappled before the game and were clearly emotional.

Mike Hollins plays again for Virginia. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)

Hollins, who had 215 yards and two touchdowns in nine games last season, was hospitalized for a week after the shooting took place on a bus after a school trip. He later said that he ran right into the shooter and was shot while running.

As he recalled, he narrowly escaped an injury that would almost certainly have ended his football career:

“I felt like he hit me on the back,” Hollins said. “But I just knew I wasn’t going down without a fight. I found a medical student and it was God again. She was there to help me. pulse until the ambulance came… I think I got hit in the small intestine, kidney, and they were trying to see if it hurt my bladder. What.”

No matter how much carry Hollins sees in the upcoming season, he’s already picked up a big win.


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)

* if it is needed

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Riley Gaines applauds accusations of spreading violence at SFSU event



Riley Gaines, a former NCAA swimming champion who barricaded herself in a classroom at San Francisco State University amid a violent scene of pro-transgender protesters, responded to a memo from Associate Student Chapter President Karina Zamora regarding the incident.

In a memo, Zamora said that the Gaines event, sponsored by Turning Point USA, “promoted discriminatory rhetoric against trans female athletes.” Zamora apologized to the students who were met by the police despite the chaos at the event.

“I, as president of the student association, condemn and oppose the hate speech and violent propaganda spread by TPUSA and Riley Gaines, as well as the confrontational behavior of campus officials,” the memorandum reads.


Swimmer Riley Gaines barricaded herself in a San Francisco State University room after she claimed she was attacked while speaking at a college event hosted by a popular conservative organization. (Riley Gaines via Twitter/Getty Images)

“As president of the Associated Students and on behalf of the organization, I call on President Lynn Mahoney and her administration to take charge and hold a public forum to learn how harmful these tactics are to our student community. I urge campus administrators to take action. work with our students and the community to review and change current policies and practices to raise student voices and protect our student body, including being transparent in public exchange with the AS Board of Directors on how the university plans to move forward with a plausible course of action.”

There was no mention of an apology to Gaines in the memo. But the former NCAA swimming star reacted to the memo on her Twitter account.

“The police presence was excessive and inappropriate.” … “Violence Spread by Riley Gaines.”

“All to share my life experience of competing with men and why it is harmful not to play sex-protected sports… At the very least, we can agree that SFSU should be held accountable.”

Associated Students serve as student government at SFSU.

Gaines barricaded herself in a room at the university Thursday night after she said she was physically assaulted after speaking to students about saving women’s sports at a Turning Point USA and Leadership Institute event on campus.

Louis Barker, Riley’s husband, said he had brief conversations with her while she barricaded herself in the room for nearly three hours.


“She told me that she was hit several times by a guy in a dress. I was shaking. “She was under police protection and she was still run over by a man in a dress.”

Gaines shared footage she took of herself, which shows how the police kicked her out of the hall under a flurry of verbal attacks from detractors surrounding her.

“Prisoners run an orphanage at SFSU… I was ambushed and beaten twice by a man,” Gaines tweeted. “This is proof that women need spaces that are safe from sex. Reassures me even more that I am doing everything right. When they want you to be quiet, speak louder.”

Footage released to social media by the Golden Gate Xpress, the school’s newspaper, shows a small protest ahead of Gaines’ arrival at school on Thursday night.

Other footage from the online store shows how the protest grew and eventually became so chaotic that police led Gaines out of the room and down a hallway and barricaded him in a separate room.

While she was being moved to a safer location, protesters were videotaped chanting phrases like “go to hell home” and “transgender women are women” while displaying transgender flags on the walls of the school.

Former University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines speaks during a rally on January 12, 2023 ahead of the NCAA convention in San Antonio.

Former University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines speaks during a rally on January 12, 2023 ahead of the NCAA convention in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)


The publication also shared images showing some TPUSA employees being detained and taken out of the protest site. Chris Trudell, assistant dean of student affairs, reportedly tried to defuse the situation.

Kyle Morris of Fox News contributed to this report.

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It was ugly, but the Lakers overcame this belated mistake and made it to the playoffs.



News, notes and observations from Tuesday’s preliminaries while we’re still reeling from a completely crazy game showdown between the Lakers and the Timberwolves:

It was ugly, but the Lakers are moving on.

  • What a wild game in Los Angeles. For three quarters, the Timberwolves — without Rudy Gobert, without Jayden McDaniels, a barely functioning Timberwolves — looked poised to force the Lakers into Friday’s playoff game just to make the playoffs. Karl-Anthony Towns outplayed Anthony Davis. Mike Conley dominated D’Angelo Russell. Los Angeles’ vaunted defense allowed Minnesota to shoot 51.7% from the floor and 41.1% from three-point range. Towns had foul trouble in the fourth quarter, the Wolves’ offense fell through, and the Lakers, who beat Minnesota 29–16 in the fourth quarter and overtime, walked away with a 108–102 overtime victory.
  • It was also a roller coaster for Davis. He fought early and dominated late. He finished with 24 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks, but narrowly missed it by entering Conley’s touchdown zone with 1.4 seconds left in regulation, sending Conley to the line for three crucial free throws. However, Davis helped keep Towns clear in the fourth quarter and overtime.
  • Speaking of zero points, after Conley knocked down a 3-pointer with 6:01 left in the fourth quarter to give Minnesota a 95–88 lead, the Wolves again failed to score before Conley’s free throws with one-tenth of a second left. Great Lakers defense. Worse than wolf attacks.
  • On Tuesday, both teams made 45 passes. Austin Reeves turned the ball over at the end of the fourth quarter. Seconds later, Kyle Anderson brought it back. LeBron James threw the ball into Conley’s hands late in overtime, which set up Taurean Prince for what could have been a draw game. It was an exciting game. Just not very good.
  • Towns missed a big opportunity. For a team that had no chance of being competitive in Tuesday’s game with two starts, Towns’ early brilliance had Minnesota in its roster. But he got a stupid fifth foul early in the fourth quarter and spent the rest of the time seemingly terrified that he would get his sixth. He let Davis lock him in the post and looked lost when the Lakers switched Austin Reeves to him on the perimeter. Towns has played well since coming back from injury last month, but the end of this game was terrible.
  • Yuk, Anthony Edwards. The Wolves All-Star game was 3 of 17 from the floor, including 0 of 9 from the free throw line. He forced shots, made sloppy passes (four) and looked out of place in his 43 minutes. Minnesota will need to regroup Edwards by Friday if they want to make the playoffs.
  • Big game for Dennis Schroeder, who picked up the Lakers when Russell was struggling and knocked down what could have been the game-winning 3 if Davis hadn’t beat Conley in the closing seconds. Schroeder prospered upon his return to Los Angeles, and his performance in the game (21 points and plus 22) showed his worth.

On the east side…

  • A .500 team under Nate McMillan, which became a .500 team under current coach Quinn Snyder, Atlanta has always had the firepower, especially in the backcourt, to put up such a 116-105 victory over the Heat to lock no. 7th place. But what a mess in Miami. The Heat are one of the most disappointing teams this season. 1 spot last season that will need to be won later this week to qualify for the playoffs. Miami’s offense is still terrible (43% off the floor, 32% from three-pointers against the Hawks), and coach Eric Spoelstra can’t count on anyone other than Kyle Lowry off the bench. By the way, in the last two seasons, Atlanta has been 3-0 in the preliminary matches. Do not mess with the Hawks during the game.
  • How many were the Hawks, five-point underdogs who entered the Eastern Conference 7-8, rocking the heat on the road? Miami hit the first bucket in the first quarter… and never led again. A fourth-quarter rally that reduced Atlanta’s lead to seven was quickly cut short as the Hawks kept the win. Atlanta’s Trae Young scored 25 points, Dejonte Murray added 18, and all four minutes played were in double figures. Shellac on wires.
  • Key numbers from Hawks Heat? Try a rebound where Atlanta crushed Miami 63-39 on the boards, including 22-6 on the offensive glass. The Hawks also scored 64 points in paint (vs. 46 for the Heat) and lost 26–6 on second chance points. Hey.

the last word

Young with the final word and a bit of criticism from Miami’s Jimmy Butler: “I know Jimmy guaranteed the dub, so I really focused on making sure that didn’t happen.”

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