Talking Horses: in search of a title-clinching winning nap at Yarmouth

Thanks to Chris Corrigan’s 9-2 winner yesterday, The Guardian has hit the front in the Racing Post’s Naps table …

Oh Lordy, we’re top of the Naps Table with three days to go, thanks to Mr Corrigan’s 9-2 winner yesterday … You know those dreams where you’re playing in a Cup Final and you’re bearing down on goal and someone slides the ball across to you with just the keeper to beat from 15 yards out?

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Warriors complete sweep of Trail Blazers with blowout win in Portland

Golden State dominated from the very start.

The Golden State Warriors sealed a playoff series sweep over the Portland Trail Blazers three minutes into the first quarter of Game 4. It was that ugly.

A 14-0 run started things off, and nothing got better for Portland. It was a reminder of how last season’s winningest team in NBA history added Kevin Durant.

It’s tough to see this team losing in a seven-game series when it shoots as well as it did on Monday night.

Steph Curry was unreal

We’ve grown accustomed to his greatness, but Curry was particularly spectacular in this one.

On 20 shots he scored 37 points and shot 7-of-11 from deep. He danced off the dribble, fired from range, and distributed the ball everywhere. He finished with eight assists and seven rebounds.

He was launching like last year’s Curry, who we’ve seen a lot of as of recently.

There’s not much a team can do when this is going down.

Kevin Durant was on a minutes restriction and it did not matter

After missing two games it was good to see Durant on the floor, but he wasn’t needed.

He scored 10 points on seven shots in 20 minutes and looked good as new.

At full strength, this Warriors team is as nasty as we thought, and Durant was huge contributor to what tied an NBA record for most points in a first quarter in the playoffs. The team scored an astounding 45.

CJ McCollum was ice cold

Portland was able to compete to start this series because its backcourt played out of their minds. Damian Lillard showed up for Game 4, with 34 points on 12-of-24 shooting, but McCollum was nowhere to be found.

The Blazers couldn’t afford anything short of perfection to win a game against the Warriors.

McCollum had a mere six points on 2-of-12 shooting and missed all four of his three-point attempts.

Luckily this team will retain much of its roster, and hope for a full and healthy season from Jusuf Nurkic.

Blazers fans have a lot to look forward to.

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Warriors playoff game and Chance the Rapper were both scheduled on same day

Warriors sweep Blazers, avoid conflict with Chance the Rapper show at Oracle

The Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers will face off in the first round of the playoffs, and the Warriors will almost surely win. They’re a historically good team who just saw Kevin Durant return to the lineup, and an upset seems pretty implausible.

Before the series even started, there was a Chance the Rapper concert scheduled at Oracle during what would have been Game 5. Expecting the Warriors will sweep the Blazers, though, feels a bit presumptuous. No one on Golden State is expecting that, to be fair. But is the NBA? Well, no need to worry because the sweep happened.

If Game 5, had happened, it would have been played on April 26 at Oracle Arena. The same night as the Chance concert.

Chance is getting bigger and bigger, but I initially thought maybe he wasn’t slated to perform at Oracle. I saw him in Dallas last year, and he played at a large concert venue rather than an even larger arena. (Highly recommend it, by the way.) But …

Welp.

We reached out to Warriors PR, and they gave us this statement.

When booking concert events at the arena during a playoff run, we typically schedule contingency dates for that event. The Warriors will have the priority on April 26th.

A formal announcement for the Chance the Rapper show is in the works, pending that the show will be moved.

Good news for you if you have tickets to this show. It’s still on!

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NFL draft 2010 results: Pick-by-pick selections

The 2010 NFL Draft had talent from top to bottom.

The 2010 NFL Draft didn’t have the flashy top of the order fans might’ve liked to see — only four of the first 12 players selected are still with the teams that drafted them — but it was still one of the more talented draft classes from top to bottom in quite some time. It was also a unique draft, in that teams managed to find talented playmakers in virtually every round of the draft.

Round 1 boasted some of the better linemen on both sides of the ball in Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy, Trent Williams, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Mike Iupati. It also saw one of the better safety duos come off the board in Eric Berry and Earl Thomas.

On Day 2, the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, and New Orleans Saints respectively found difference-making superstars in Rob Gronkowski, NaVorro Bowman, and Jimmy Graham in the second and third rounds.

And on the third day of the draft, the AFC North became even more dominant as the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers found two of the biggest steals of the draft in Geno Atkins (fourth-round selection) and Antonio Brown (sixth-round selection).

2010 was not the year for quarterbacks, as first-overall selection Sam Bradford, who certainly didn’t live up to his pedigree as the top pick, was far and away the best QB, and even the best value, of the draft class. Among the names who didn’t pan out at the position include Tim Tebow, Jimmy Clausen, and Colt McCoy. Of the 13 quarterbacks selected in 2010, just five remain in the league and only one holds a starting position. Only Tebow has won a playoff game, let alone started one, and he’s playing baseball now.

All in all, the 2010 NFL Draft boasts a solid class, highlighted by several superstars who are still making a difference in games nearly a decade after their initial selections.

Here are all the picks from that draft:

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2017 NFL mock draft database: Which player is each team projected to pick?

Rounding up and compiling mock drafts to predict the 2017 NFL Draft.

Now that the 2016 NFL season is over, all eyes turn to the 2017 offseason. The big event is the NFL draft, scheduled for April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

The Cleveland Browns are at the top of the draft order following their 1-15 season, but they also have the No. 12 selection thanks to a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016. While there’s still time for players to climb up or slide down boards, Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is the near consensus choice to be Cleveland’s No. 1 pick.

By surveying as many mock drafts as possible, we can get a good idea of the directions experts expect most teams to go.

A few notes:

  • This will be updated consistently until draft day.
  • Players selected less than five percent of the time fall in the “others” category.
  • Mock drafts that include trades are not included.
  • With a lot of similar colors, I know some of the slices can be hard to tell apart (sorry, Raiders fans). Hover over or click on the chart and it’ll show the numbers and name for each individual slice. It also can be read like a clock with the names on the right representing the slices clockwise around the chart.
  • All the mock drafts used are listed at the bottom.

No. 1 Cleveland Browns

Most popular selection: Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett

No. 2 San Francisco 49ers

Most popular selection: Stanford DE Solomon Thomas

No. 3 Chicago Bears

Most popular selection: LSU S Jamal Adams

No. 4 Jacksonville Jaguars

Most popular selection: LSU RB Leonard Fournette

No. 5 Tennessee Titans (via Rams)

Most popular selection: Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore

No. 6 New York Jets

Most popular selection: North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky

No. 7 Los Angeles Chargers

Most popular selection: Ohio State S Malik Hooker

No. 8 Carolina Panthers

Most popular selection: LSU RB Leonard Fournette

No. 9 Cincinnati Bengals

Most popular selection: Alabama LB Reuben Foster

No. 10 Buffalo Bills

Most popular selection: Clemson WR Mike Williams

No. 11 New Orleans Saints

Most popular selection: Tennessee DE Derek Barnett

No. 12 Cleveland Browns (via Eagles)

Most popular selection: North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky

No. 13 Arizona Cardinals

Most popular selection: Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes II

No. 14 Philadelphia Eagles (via Vikings)

Most popular selection: Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey

No. 15 Indianapolis Colts

Most popular selection: Temple LB Haason Reddick

No. 16 Baltimore Ravens

Most popular selection: Western Michigan WR Corey Davis

No. 17 Washington

Most popular selection: Temple LB Haason Reddick

No. 18 Tennessee Titans

Most popular selection: Washington WR John Ross

No. 19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Most popular selection: FSU RB Dalvin Cook

No. 20 Denver Broncos

Most popular selection: Wisconsin OT Ryan Ramczyk

No. 21 Detroit Lions

Most popular selection: Missouri DE Charles Harris

No. 22 Miami Dolphins

Most popular selection: Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp

No. 23 New York Giants

Most popular selection: Utah OT Garett Bolles

No. 24 Oakland Raiders

Most popular selection: Florida LB Jarrad Davis

No. 25 Houston Texans

Most popular selection: Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes

No. 26 Seattle Seahawks

Most popular selection: Washington CB Kevin King

No. 27 Kansas City Chiefs

Most popular selection: Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes

No. 28 Dallas Cowboys

Most popular selection: Missouri DE Charles Harris

No. 29 Green Bay Packers

Most popular selection: Wisconsin OLB T.J. Watt

No. 30 Pittsburgh Steelers

Most popular selection: Michigan S Jabrill Peppers

No. 31 Atlanta Falcons

Most popular selection: Michigan DE Taco Charlton/Missouri DE Charles Harris

No. 32 New Orleans Saints (via Patriots)

Most popular selection: LSU CB Tre’Davious White


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How the NFL Draft became such a big deal

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