The NBA Draft was filled with moves we all saw coming heading into round one, with only one major deal taking place. As LaVar Ball put it "I knew it was happening before it happened." The Philadelphia 76ers took Markelle Fultz as they promised with the top overall pick, while the only team Ball wanted to draft his son, Lonzo, did, as the Lakers did it at No. 2. One minor surprise saw the Boston Celtics hang on to their No. 3 pick to select Jayson Tatum. There were reports that they would use that pick to lure the Knicks into a Kristpas Porzingis trade. Speaking of New York, they were booed out of the stadium for a second straight year by the Brooklyn crowd after selecting an unknown international name in the top 10. This year, it was Frank Ntilikina from Australia. Josh Jackson to the Suns and De'Aaron fox to the Kings rounded out the top 5, which only makes sense, while the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves took the headlines early on. The T'Wolves acquired star Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 pick from the Bulls for the No. 7 pick, Kris Dunn, and Zach Levine. Lauri Markkanen was selected at No. 7 and Justin Patton went at No. 16. The Draft continues with the final rounds taking place on Friday night.
Judge Hits Another Homer, Yankees Suffer Another Loss
The New York Yankees snapped out of their seven-game losing streak and back into first place on Wednesday night, and many thought it would turns things around for them. Unfortunately, they dropped back to the losing side of things on Thursday with a 10-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Albert Pujols had the go-ahead RBI single for Los Angeles during a four-run seventh inning, helping the Angels take the series from the Bronx Bombers. Aaron Judge did connect for his majors-leading 25th home run early on, but that was not enough for New York, who dropped into a tie with Boston for first in the AL East. Cameron Maybin remained red hot for the Angels, including a leadoff home run off of Luis Severino, stealing his AL-high 22nd base, and scoring three times, including the winning run on Pujols' single. The speedster has now reached base in 26 consecutive games. Yusmeiro Petit improved to 2-0 after throwing two perfect innings, while Severino suffered his third loss of the season for the Yankees. The Angels tough road trip continues this weekend in Boston against the Red Sox, while the Yankees stay home to host the Texas Rangers.
Diamondbacks Rout Rockies to Pull Even in Standings
The NL West remains packed with three impressive teams so far, and with the Los Angeles Dodgers sitting a game ahead in first place, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies are left battling for second place for now. Well, the D-backs took care of the Rockies in Denver to pull into a tie for second in the standings following a 10-3 victory. Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Owings both went deep for three-run home runs, helping Arizona take two of three in the crucial series. They have gone 7-1 on their current road trip, have won 12 of 14 overall, and sit a season-high 19 games over .500 on their season. Zack Godley got the start for the D-backs, and recovered from Charlie Blackmon's leadoff home run to go seven innings and allow three runs on four hits and strike out eight in his third win. He also helped himself at the plate with an RBI single in the win. The Diamondbacks will return home to host the Philadelphia Phillies this weekend, and the Rockies head to Los Angeles with another crucial series with the first-place Dodgers.