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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Toronto at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: LA Dodgers at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Seattle at LA Angels, 11 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Philadelphia at Brooklyn, 8 pm. (TNT)
NBA: Denver at San Antonio, 9 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Golden State at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: St. Louis at Winnipeg, 8:30 p.m. (USA)
NHL: Vegas at San Jose, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
— The mystery of the Lombardi Trophy dent has been solved.
Gronkowski’s teammates explained what happened in an oral history of the incident shared by the Patriots on Wednesday.
.@RobGronkowski left a mark on this organization.
And on the sixth Lombardi. pic.twitter.com/t5IVTyCXcA
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 17, 2019
When Julian Edelman was throwing warm-up pitches before throwing one of the ceremonial first pitches, Gronkowski squared up to bunt with the trophy as the bat.
And the baseball won.
— Chad Gravat (@chad_gravy) April 18, 2019
As Jason McCourty said of the mark left by the retired tight end, it is “Gronk’s parting gift.”
The Drake Curse, as it is known, struck his hometown Toronto team when he showed up at the game and brought the Leafs bad luck.
The #DrakeCurse IS REAL! McGregor lost to Khabib with Drake by his side, the Italian soccer club, AS Roma, loses after the players began to take pictures with Drake, and FINALLY, the leafs lose to the bruins in game 4 while DRAKE WAS WATCHING AND CHEERING FOR THE LEAFS! pic.twitter.com/fGDmfmdHoq
— Toronto Maple Leafs (2-2) (@TheLeafsSeason) April 18, 2019
— Maggie Pearce (@chicalatina88) April 18, 2019
We are done!
— leafs2dacup (@leafs2dacup) April 18, 2019
NOOOOOO! Drake is sporting a LEAFS JERSEY!
— Lukas Weese (@Weesesports) April 17, 2019
The rapper will likely not be invited back to any more games for a long time.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “(Irving) is a hard cover. When he’s breaking you down and you’re forced to have to help, he’s finding guys on the perimeter and (in) transition and they’re hurting us with threes.” — Pacers coach Nate McMillan, on Kyrie Irving