Avalanche sweep way to Stanley Cup Final, plus why Dustin Johnson resigning from the PGA Tour is a big deal

Happy Tuesday everyone.

Before we summarize what happened last night, we have some breaking news that we need to go through.

Find out below how Phil Mickelson is making the move to LIV Golf (Lefty has been linked with the league for months and is in the twilight of his career). He’s not the only big name burning for LIV. Early today, Dustin Johnson resigned from the PGA Tour to join LIV Golf. It’s a big deal because as our golf reporter Patrick McDonald explainedDJ, 37, has a lot to lose – he was close to earning a lifetime membership on the PGA Tour, had 20+ wins and was in the middle of his 15th season on tour.

Okay, now let’s move on to the rest of the news.

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Good morning to everyone, but especially to…

AARON DONALD AND THE LOS ANGELES RAMS…

There are good defenders, there are great defenders, and then there are others Aaron Donald. That have rams made sure Donald wasn’t going anywhereAnd you are paying a historic price for it. The angel revised Donald’s contract: He will now receive $65 million guaranteed over the next two years with an option to return in 2024 (for a guaranteed $30 million) or retire.

  • Total at three years and $95 millionit’s the biggest contract ever for a non-quarterback on an annual basis.
  • The contract contains a no-trade clause.

I could list Donald’s achievements forever, but in the interest of time I’ll just list a few for reference:

  • Triple AP Defensive Player of the Year (tie for most all-time)
  • Eight-time Pro Bowler and seven-time first-team All-Pro
  • 98 sacks since joining the league in 2014, most of them in the NFL
  • 423 loads over the last five seasons, 109 more than anyone else

Those last two numbers are mighty impressive, but they don’t even begin to do Donald justice. He operates almost exclusively as a defensive tackle, often competing against doubles and even treble teams. When the Rams needed him most, he came up with crucial pressure Joe Burrow in fourth place in the Super Bowl to win the game.

While the money is astronomical, it’s also a big win for the Rams. Donald had considered quitting this offseason if he did not get a satisfactory deal and the Rams were willing and able to pay the asking price. With almost all of their biggest contributors returning, the Rams will be looking to become the first team to win back-to-back championships since the Patriots in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

… AND ALSO A GOOD MORNING COLORADO AVALANCHE

That avalanche prove almost as unstoppable as an Aaron Donald pass rush. Colorado finished a sweep of the oiler with a 6-5 overtime thriller last night in Edmonton and are in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 2001.

  • Only 1:19 into overtime, Arturi Lehkonen scored the deciding goal and grabbed a rebound after his own tip was stopped by the Oilers goalie mike smith.
  • The Avalanche was down 3-1 after two periods and 4-2 almost halfway through the third period before coming back and forcing OT.
  • Colorado ripped off three goals in a row — one each Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen to take a shocking 5-4 lead.
  • Zack Kassian He then scored a late goal for the hosts to force extra time but it proved futile.

The avalanche offense is absolutely ridiculous. MacKinnon already has 12 multi-point games this postseason, tied for fourth-most in a single postseason all-time. defender Kal Makar had five points (one goal, four assists). The Colorado forecheck is relentless, and there are capable scorers all over the ice. It’s just a great, fun group. And that shows in the postseason.

  • The Avalanche lost two games in these playoffs. That’s the least for any team since every series was a best-of-seven in 1987.
  • The Avalanche are 7-0 going this postseason.

Colorado will compete for its third Stanley Cup in franchise history against the winner of the Lightning Rangers Eastern Conference Finals. New York leads 2-1 and has a chance to bring Tampa to the abyss tonight.

recognitions

And not such a good morning for…

ALL THE QUARTERBACKS TO FACE AARON DONALD

I am sorry.

Not so honorable mentions

Phil Mickelson is joining LIV Golf but still intends to play in Majors 🏌

After long and controversial months Phil Mickelson has officially joined LIV Golfand He is in the field for his first event, which starts in London on Thursday.

  • Mickelson has reportedly agreed to a roughly $200 million deal to join the league, which is in direct contrast to the PGA Tour.
  • PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said players joining LIV Golf will face disciplinary actionand Kevin Well fully retired from the PGA Tour in favor of LIV Golf over the weekend.
  • said Michaelson a statement that he still intends to play in majorsoperated by individual organizations rather than the PGA Tour.

Mickelson has long been associated with the burgeoning league promising big paydays and a more relaxed schedule. He laid down the PGA – like back in February when he rang out on the PGA Tour’s “Insufferable Greed.”.” Later that month, however, it was reported Mickelson called the Saudis “scary mothers ——-” who “have a terrible human rights record”. Mickelson lost several sponsors subsequently apologized and took a break from golf.

He didn’t play the 2022 PGA Championship in Southern Hills (he was the event’s defending champion) and his last PGA Tour appearance – maybe ever? — was at the Farmers Insurance Open in late February where he missed the cut.

Mickelson is by far the biggest name at this weekend’s LIV golf event, although here are a few others:

  • DustinJohnson
  • Louis Osthuizen
  • Kevin Well
  • Sergio Garcia

You can find the complete list here. A player who won’t join? Tiger Woodswho supposedly turned down a nine-figure offer said Greg Norman, CEO of LIV Golf Investments.

MLB Power Rankings: New #1 (and #2!); Angels fall fast ⚾

After a hard weekend in the MLB there is a lot of exercise Power Rankings by MLB expert Matt Snyder, and that includes the first two places. I’ll give you a tip: They share the same city.

  • Cheats:#1: YankeesThey are on their way to 117 wins. I know it’s early, but it’s not *that* early. … #2: Mets – A 6-0 home win followed by a four-game split in Los Angeles? That’s quite a team. A team with two aces on the injured list.”

Here are the entire top 5:

  • 1st Yankees (back: 2)
  • 2nd Mets (back: 3)
  • 3. Dodgers (back: 1)
  • 4. Astros (back: 6)
  • 5. Cardinals (back: 10)

Meanwhile, it’s not such good news for another squad in a two-team city. That Angel were the biggest losers this week, going from 11th to 18th, says Snyder Some big changes should be considered.

  • Cheats:While it’s not necessarily his fault, sometimes firing a manager throws things off balance. Joe Maddonhas accomplished a lot and made a lot of money in baseball anyway.”

What we’re watching on Tuesday 📺

🏒 Eastern Conference Finals Game 4: Rangers at Lightning8 p.m. on TNT
⚾ Dodgers at White Sox8:10 p.m. on TBS
⚽ Angel City FC vs. Dash10 p.m. on Paramount+

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