Thursday night's winners ranged from the obvious in Anthony Bennett, to the Pelicans in New Orleans, and the Timberwolves in Minnesota -- but who was the night's biggest loser? Charlotte Bobcats: Well, at least they're used to being here. Not only did they reach for a player, but they reached for a guy who could wind up being a block magnet. And he may not be considerably better, at least immediately -- than Byron Mullens. Think about that. In a draft with so many good scoring weapons, they took a big with huge concerns about his ability to finish at the rim despite his size. Just not a great look with them taking Cody Zeller. (CBS Sports) Comment
As it turns out, officially, Ruben Tejada will have to earn back his job. The shortstop, who is expected to start playing rehab games this weekend, will not have his starting spot handed to him when he is ready to return from a right quad strain. Omar Quintanilla has earned the right to play, Terry Collins said. "Based on what we've seen right now, Ruben's gotta earn it back, he's gotta go play, get his game together, get himself in really top shape, and we know he can, but there there is no reason why we're gonna take this kid out of the lineup unless it's fatigue right now," the Mets manager said. ... Quintanilla, who was re-signed as a free agent to back-up Tejada this season, was hitting .300 in the nine games leading into [Thursday's game.] (New York Daily News) Comment
Tampa Bay's self-inflicted loss will most likely wind up being another team's gain. On the open market, provided the term is right, Vinny Lecavalier will be highly sought after. Toronto, Montreal and Detroit are expected to be among the heavy-hitters in the line-up, offering somewhere in the neighborhood of three years at $4.5 to $5 million per season. However, if that's the going rate the list of teams interested will grow considerably. ... In the meantime, on the trade front, there is a ton of activity leading up to Sunday's Draft. The teams and players in play is seemingly growing by the hour. Names like Dion Phaneuf, David Perron, Dave Bolland, Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff and Roberto Luongo are all notables. (TSN.ca) Comment
Anthony Bennett of UNLV celebrates after being selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The day after seven former world No. 1 players were knocked out of Wimbledon, current men's No. 1 Novak Djokovic easily beats the U.S.' Bobby Reynolds to move into the third round.