Today was Opening Day across the majors, and this year sees five Alabama players begin opening day in the majors: Alex Avila (Washington), Matt Foster (Chicago White Sox), Wade LeBlanc (Baltimore), Jimmy Nelson (Los Angeles Dodgers), and Spencer Turnbull (Detroit). LeBlanc’s game was canceled due to weather, and Avila’s due to COVID concerns.
It wasn’t the outing he wanted, but Jimmy Nelson finally made his Dodger debut, as he appeared in a major league game for the first time since September 2019. Nelson spent last season in the Dodger organization, but missed the season with arm and back injuries.
Spencer Turnbull, who actually begins opening day on the non-baseball injured list, has cleared COVID protocols, and has rejoined the team’s facilities in Lakeland. Turnbull will throw a few bullpens in Lakeland before joining the Tigers’ alternate training site in Toledo, as he ramps back up his endurance to rejoin the team in Detroit.
Kira Lewis’ streak of games without a turnover ended tonight at 7 games. He now has 27 assists and 2 turnovers in his last 8 games (148 minutes). Lewis played a career-high 33 minutes for the Pelicans tonight.
JaMychal Green faces the Los Angeles Clippers tonight for the first time since leaving the team this past offseason. Nuggets coach Michael Malone offered some praise for Green in an interview earlier in the day. Green got a salute on the Staples Center jumbotron as well.
Collin Sexton appears on this week’s episode of J.J. Redick’s The Old Man and the Three podcast.
Alex Leatherwood was interviewed on Pro Football Focus’ 2 For 1 Podcast.
Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network shares some information of Jarran Reed knowingly leaving money on the table in leaving Seattle for Kansas City.
Aaron Suttles of The Athletic profiles Mac Jones’ path from high school to potentially being the 3rd pick in the upcoming draft.
The WNBA has a draft profile of Jasmine Walker, who hopes to become the first Alabama player selected in the WNBA Draft since Monique Bivins was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx in Rd 3 of the 2005 draft.
Alana Gonçalo Da Silva’s season in Spain with Melilla La Salle came to an end this past weekend. She penned her goodbye on Instagram, as she’s set to rejoin her Brazilian team for the start of its season.
Maruschka Waldus’ season in Australia came to an end, as Adelaide United finished the regular season in 5th place, one spot out of the playoffs.
Krystal Rivers and Stuttgart advanced to the Volleyball Bundesliga championship series with a Game 3 straight set win over Schwerin.
Quinnen Williams reprised his famous “bless you thank you” interview on TikTok.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill has an answer to the viral Derrick Henry workout clips.
David Palmer and Sherman Williams will be signing autographs Friday and Saturday at Parkway Place Mall. Proceeds will benefit the pair’s Palmer Williams Group, which works with disadvantaged youth.
TENNIS ITF New Delhi 15K, Doubles Quarterfinal: 1-seed Saketh Myneni / A Kadhe defeated Carr / Kotzen 6-4, 7-5. VOLLEYBALL Volleyball Bundesliga SF Gm 3: Stuttgart 3, Schwerin 0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-21); wins series 2-1. Krystal Rivers (STU) – 22 points (9 break points), 20 kills, 1 ace, 1 block point, 53% attack efficience (20-38). GOLF GPro Tour Augusta Open Rd 1 completed. Chip Deason – 72, +2; WD ECGT Rocky Bayou Classic Rd 2: Steven Setterstrom – 74-77--151, 15th Valero Texas Open Rd 1: Robby Shelton – 75, +3, T95 Emerald Coast Classic Rd 1: Trey Mullinax – 70, E, T32 Lee Hodges – 70, E, T32 Davis Riley – 72, +2, T57 ANA Inspiration Rd 1: Cheyenne Knight – 70, -2, T16 Stephanie Meadow – 71, -1, T30 Lauren Stephenson – 71, -1, T30 Kristen Gillman – 72, E, T49 Emma Talley – 76, +4, T103 BASKETBALL Korisliiga Semifinals Gm 2: Helsinki 76, Vilpas 74 (seried tied 1-1). Corban Collins (HEL) – 15 minutes, 5 points (1-2 2pg, 1-3 3pg), 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 2 fouls. Chemnitz 89, Fraport 76. Michael Kessens (FRA) – 17 minutes, 5 points (2-6 FG, 1-2 FT), 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block, 2 turnovers, 3 fouls. Rostock 84, Trier 79. Trevor Lacey (ROS) – 30 minutes, 11 points (1-4 2pg, 1-5 3pg, 6-6 FT), 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 4 turnovers, 1 foul. Champions League Rd of 16 Group L: Zaragoza 90, Nymburk 71. Retin Obasohan – DNP Philadelphia 114, Cleveland 94. Collin Sexton – 33 minutes, 24 points (6-11 2pg, 1-4 3pg, 9-9 FT), 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 3 turnovers, 3 fouls. Orlando 115, New Orleans 110 (F/OT). Kira Lewis – 33 minutes, 9 points (3-10 2pg, 1-3 3pg), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 2 turnovers, 4 fouls. Denver 101, LA Clippers 94. JaMychal Green - 10 minutes, 3 points (1-1 3pg), 1 turnover, 2 fouls. BASEBALL Colorado 8, Los Angeles Dodger 5. Jimmy Nelson – 0.2 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP Los Angeles Angels 4, Chicago White Sox 3. Matt Foster - 0.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K.