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Playoffs, Kerr off the court and more sports news

By J.A. HaglApril 24, 2017

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NBA PLAYOFFS

Cleveland Cavaliers is the first team to make into the second round of the playoffs, after a four-game sweep of the Indiana Pacers. Golden State Warriors are on the verge of a sweep against the Portland Trail Blazers. Warriors and Trail Blazers will play tonight at 9:30 pm. The Houston Rockets are one more game away from clinching a second berth spot. Houston leads Oklahoma 3-1 heading into Game 5. San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies are tied 2-2. Toronto Raptors are tied with the Milwaukee Bucks 2-2.  LA Clippers are tied with the Utah Jazz. Top-seeded Boston Celtic is tied with No.8 Chicago Bulls. Washington Wizards leads the Atlanta Hawks 2-1.

IN PAIN: STEVE KERR OUT

Golden State Warrior head coach Steve Kerr stepped away from coaching Game 3 and now Game 4 of the first series of the playoffs due to illness. Kerr stepping away from coaching might be indefinite for the rest of the postseason. He has been suffering from botched back surgery from 2015 for two years. The spinal fluid leakage has caused him headaches and nausea. Kerr missed over games in the 2015-2016 season due to pain. Assistant coach Mike Brown is filling in for Kerr.

DEMARCUS BACK TO DALLAS

Started as a Cowboy and now DeMarcus Ware is ending his 12-season career as a Cowboy. Well, sort of. Although Ware ended his final season playing as a Denver Bronco, he signed with the Dallas Cowboys on Monday so he can retire as a Cowboy. Ware recorded 117 of his 138.5 career sacks as a Cowboy, making him the franchise's all-time leader in sacks and forced fumbles. Of his nine official years as a cowboy, he attended seven Pro Bowls.

2017 NFL DRAFT

If you’ve been in an NFL drought since the oh-man-oh-man Super Bowl, the NFL draft begins on Thursday. The Cleveland Browns get the No. 1 overall pick. And Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is expected to be the No. 1 draft pick. The second and third rounds are scheduled for Friday night. Fourth through the seventh rounds are scheduled for Saturday, April 29 on the ESPN and NFL Network.

STANLEY CUP BOUND

The second round of the NHL playoffs is set to hit the ice April 26. NY Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburg Penguins, Washington Capitals, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers are making it to the second round.