Ty Jermone was first underclassman to declare for the NBA. Virginia teammates Kyle Guy and De’Andre Hunter made the same move a day later. Yesterday the Cavaliers 6-9 forward Mamadi Diakite says he will skip his senior season for a chance to make “big bucks” in pro basketball.In a week national champion Virginia is changing from a team favored to repeat to another level, rebuilding.Suspension is not an issue as Louisiana State re-instated Athletic Director Joe Alleva. Next came news that instead of being the school’s AD, Alleva will be lowered to something referred to as “Assistant to the LSU President for donor relations.”In the NBA playoffs, news that Golden State center DeMarcus Cousins will not require quad surgery, but will miss the Clippers series.He suffered the injury in the opening period of Monday’s wild
contest. Andrew Bogart will replace Cousins in the post, beginning tonight.The Dodgers have hit a home run in 13 consecutive home games this season, and 19 more if the final Dodger Stadium games of 2018 are added.A. J. Pollock broke a 0-0 tie with a three home run last night that paved the way for the Dodgers 3-2 victory over Cincinnati.With a pair of wins versus Oakland in Japan March 20-21, Seattle rushed to the top of the AL West with a 13-2 record. Like an apple thrown in the air by a dude named “Newton,” what goes up must come down. The Mariners are now mired in a six game losing streak - and every loss was in front of local fans. Cleveland ended the home stand with a 1-0 win.Although the Mariners still have (barely) the major league in runs scored, their average per game has dropped five per start.A major league leading streak of a home run in their first 20 games of
2019 ended this week. The explosive offense has vanished.The downturn could easily reach seven straight as Seattle travels to Los Angels Angels.Mike Trout, in his 15 games, is hitting ,366 with five homers and a dozen RBI.Houston’s 10-game win streak snapped last night when Oakland’s Matt Chapman hit a home to carve a 2-1 triumph over the Astros.There were a number of other very low scoring games - Philadelphia 3-2 over the Mets, Dodgers 3-2 versus Cincinnati, and both Arizona and Pittsburgh also posted 3-2 wins against Atlanta and Detrot, respectively.Tampa Bay’s Ryne Stanek again started versus Baltimore, pitched one scoreless inning and was replaced by normal rotation hurler Yonny Chirinos who pitched the next five innings.Does Stanek get credit for another start and win; the Rays costed to an 8-1 conquest of the Orioles.Cole Hamels (Cubs) and Carlos Carrasco (Indians) pitched a combined 14-scoreless innings Wednesday.
A trio of games in the NBA tonight, and in each playoff series teams are all 1-1.This is unexpected as both Golden State and San Antonio should be playing vs Los Angeles Clippers and Denver with 2-0 leads in their first round best of seven.The Warriors blew a 31-point third period lead in a 135-131 loss to the Clippers, the largest playoff rally in NBA anals.The Spurs managed to waste 19-point third period edge in a 114-105 setback versus the Nuggets.Doubtful the 76ers and Nets will again total 268-points.Click Sports Forecast for ODI forecast.