About Last Night: Trail Blazers' costly win

It was a painful night for the Portland Trail Blazers, despite extending their winning streak to four games and clinching a playoff berth, outlasting the Brooklyn Nets 148-144 in double overtime.

The sad story centers on the loss of Blazers’ center Jusuf Nurkic, who crumpled to the floor with a gruesome left leg injury early in the second overtime. It’s a severe setback for the Trail Blazers’ chances to advance in the playoffs, which start in less than a month, and devastating for the 7-foot Nurkic, who was having a career season with averages of 15.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.

Jusuf Nurkic is carted off after his left leg buckled as he fought for a rebound.

Nurkic’s stat line for the night highlights his two-way presence in the paint: He had four blocks in addition to 32 points, 16 rebounds and five assists before being carted off on a gurney.

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Gobert sets single-season dunk record with 270th

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SALT LAKE CITY — Rudy Gobert dunked his way to a season-high 27 points and set the single-season NBA dunk record to fuel the Utah Jazz to a 125-92 victory Monday night over the Phoenix Suns.

“I’m not rushing like I used to, and my teammates are doing a great job finding me. When I’m able to finish and draw fouls, it gives them more confidence to pass me the ball,” Gobert said.

Gobert’s alley-oop off a lob from Donovan Mitchell in the second quarter was his 270th dunk of the season. The 7-foot-1 center’s 275 dunks are the most in the NBA since the statistic started being tracked by the Elias Sports Bureau in 1997-98, besting Dwight Howard‘s 269 slams in 2007-08.

Derrick Favors and Ricky Rubio each had 18 points, and Joe Ingles added 14 as the Jazz won for

Nurkic exits in double overtime after suffering serious leg injury

Jusuf Nurkic suffered a serious left leg injury during the second overtime of Portland’s Monday-night game against the Nets, forcing him to exit on a stretcher under the concerned watch of teammates, opponents and fans.

The Blazers big man was attempting to tip in a teammate’s missed shot when he came down awkwardly in traffic, causing his leg to bend between the knee and ankle. He finished the game with 32 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and two steals.

A 2014 first-round pick, Nurkic is enjoying a career year, averaging 15.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steals for the fourth-place Blazers.

NBA.com will have more on this story as it develops.

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When is MLB Opening Day 2019? Complete schedule, matchups for all 30 teams as baseball season begins

The 2019 MLB regular season schedule gets underway this Thursday, March 28 with all 30 MLB teams in action on Opening Day. We’ve got everything you need to know before the season fully gets going. Here’s the Opening Day schedule — a full slate of 15 games. Baseball fans can stream select regional games through fuboTV (Try for free). 

MLB Opening Day schedule: Thursday, March 28 Mets vs. Nationals, 1:05 p.m. ET
Orioles vs. Yankees, 1:05 p.m. ET
Cardinals vs. Brewers, 2:10 p.m. ET
Braves vs. Phillies, 3:05 p.m. ET
Tigers vs. Blue Jays, 3:37 p.m. ET
Astros vs. Rays, 4:00 p.m. ET
Cubs vs. Rangers, 4:05 p.m. ET
Angels vs. Oakland Athletics, 4:07 p.m. ET
Pirates vs. Reds, 4:10 p.m. ET
Rockies vs. Marlins, 4:10 p.m. ET
Indians vs. Twins, 4:10 p.m. ET
Giants vs. Padres, 4:10 p.m. ET
Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m. ET
White Sox vs. Royals, 4:15 p.m. ET

Former Knicks, NYU player Cal Ramsey dies at 81

NEW YORK (AP) — Cal Ramsey, who starred at NYU in the 1950s and went on to play and broadcast for the New York Knicks, died Monday. He was 81.

The Knicks said Ramsey died of cardiac arrest at The Riverside Premier Rehabilitation and Healing Center in Manhattan.

After his playing career, Ramsey worked for the organization as a color analyst and later in community relations. He served as a Knicks ambassador for the last 28 years and had remained on NYU’s basketball staff since 1983.

Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan called Ramsey “one of the greatest ambassadors in New York City basketball history.”

We are deeply saddened by the passing of NYC Basketball legend and former Knick Cal Ramsey, who represented the organization as a player, broadcaster and community ambassador. He had an unwavering love for the game, the city and its people and will be greatly

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McCollum to miss Blazers' four-game road trip

Portland will continue to determine its postseason seeding without its second-best player.

Blazers coach Terry Stotts told reporters on Monday that CJ McCollum will not accompany the team on its upcoming four-game road trip due to a lingering left knee strain suffered on March 16. The road swing includes stops at Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit and Minnesota.

Terry Stotts says @CJMcCollum will NOT go on the team’s upcoming four-game road trip.

— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) March 26, 2019

McCollum is averaging 21.3 points while shooting 46.3 percent from the field, including 38.0 percent from 3. The Blazers’ offensive rating drops from 114.5 to 103.6 when McCollum sits, a mark worse than the league-worst Knicks (104.4).

Portland currently sits fourth in the West, two games ahead of the Clippers and one game behind third-place Houston.

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Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 Pre-Draft visit Tracker – Updated 3/25

Keep tabs on who the Steelers have met with at each stage of the offseason leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, along with almost every other NFL team, are preparing for the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft, and all are doing their diligence interviewing prospects. There are several stages where teams interview prospects, and it can actually start at All-Star games. Teams will take a look at prospects at the Senior Bowl and the Shriner game, but the biggest event is the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.

With All-Star games underway, and the Scouting Combine just around the corner, reports of teams meeting with prospects are raging. We here at BTSC will keep you updated with the prospects who have met with Pittsburgh at every step along the way. The Combine, Pro Days and of course the ever-important Official Pre-Draft Visits.

Check out the latest list below:

Updated 3/25

East/West Shrine Game

Kendall Blanton, TE, Missouri
Justin Hollins, LB, Oregon
Olisaemeka Udoh, OL, Elon University
B.J. Blunt, LB, McNeese State

Senior Bowl Game

Foster Moreau, TE, LSU
Isaiah Buggs, DT/NT, Alabama
John Cominsky, DE, University of Charleston
Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

NFL Scouting Combine

Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State
Alec Ingold, FB, Wisconsin
DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia
Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Devin White, ILB, LSU
Mack Wilson, ILB, Alabama
Florida, DE, Jachai Polite
Washington, CB, Byron Murphy
LSU, CB, Greedy Williams
Florida, CB, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
Washington, CB, Taylor Rapp
Temple, CB, Rock Ya-Sin
Michigan, LB, Chase Winovich

Pro Days

Steelers scouts on-hand at Ohio State Pro Day
Scouts present at Notre Dame Pro Day
Georgia Pro Day brings in Steelers Scouts
Steelers brass in attendance at WVU Pro Day
Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert at LSU Pro Day
Kevin Colbert at Alabama Pro Day
Steelers reps at Temple Pro Day

Official Pre-Draft Visit Rumors

Steelers to hose UMass WR Andy Isabella
Notre Dame WR Miles Boykin set to visit Pittsburgh
Kentucky DB Mike Edwards rumored to visit Steelers pre-draft
Maryland S Darnell Savage reportedly coming to Pittsburgh for pre-draft visist

Official Pre-Draft Visits

Will take place after the Combine

Pre-Draft Visits, By Position

None yet

MLB Opening Day 2019: Previews, depth charts and schedules for all 30 teams as baseball season approaches

The 2019 Major League Baseball season is nearly here. Opening Day is slated for Thursday, March 28 and there’s plenty of intrigue all around baseball. To get you ready for the upcoming season, we’re previewing each team with projected rosters, storylines and more.

We’re keeping all of those previews, as well as each team’s schedule and depth chart below in this handy post so you can stay up to date with everything you need to know before your favorite team throws its first pitch of 2019.

USMNT vs. Chile: Friendly prediction, pick, TV channel, live stream, watch online

The United States men’s national team plays its second friendly of the month on Tuesday as it hosts reigning Copa America champion Chile in Houston. The U.S. is coming off a 1-0 win over Ecuador last week, while Chile fell to Mexico 3-1. This is the second match for new USA coach Gregg Berhalter with a full player pool, but his squad took a bit of a hit after last week’s match with two key players out.

Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:

Friendly: USMNT vs. Chile Date: Tuesday, March 26
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston
TV channel: ESPN2 and Univision Deportes
Streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)  Odds: USA +190 / Chile +140 / Draw +240 Storylines

USA: The U.S. lost Weston McKennie to a ruptured ankle ligament that will keep him out

PJ Washington injury update: Status of Kentucky star remains unclear with Sweet 16 looming

The status of Kentucky star forward PJ Washington remains unclear as No. 2 seed Kentucky prepares for its Sweet 16 matchup on Friday against No. 3 seed Houston in the Midwest Regional. Washington has missed the last two games while recovering from a sprained foot he suffered against Tennessee in the SEC Tournament. Last week, Kentucky confirmed he was in a walking boot for precautionary reasons but he was spotted at Kentucky’s game on the bench wearing a hard cast as a result of a specialist’s recommendation.

Wildcats coach John Calipari said on his weekly radio show Monday that he is still unsure about Washington’s status this week, but did add that he’s expected to shed the cast on Tuesday to determine how far he has recovered to this point.

“We don’t know if PJ is going