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DeMarre Carroll scored 24 points in a huge Atlanta win over Brooklyn, Mizzou Softball completed an incredible late comeback to sweep Northern Iowa, and the NFL Draft finally begins tonight.

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MUTIGERS.COM Sanchez, Roth Home Runs Lift No. 11 Mizzou to 10-9 Victory Over UNI

Sanchez promptly deposited a 1-0 pitch just to the left of the center field scoreboard (her second grand slam of the season) to tie the game at 9-9. After a groundout, Roth worked a full count and then turned on a 3-2 pitch and hammered it deep over the left field fence to plate what would be the game-winning run.

While not always pretty, No. 11 MU softball team sweeps Northern Iowa - CDT | Blake Toppmeyer

No. 11 Missouri (37-11) hasn’t lost a midweek game this season, but it has come close. It needed a two-out seventh-inning rally to beat Southeast Missouri State 2-1 on March 11.

Roth delivered the two-run walk-off single. Three weeks later, MU trailed Saint Louis 6-5 entering the bottom of the fourth before winning 10-6. After Wednesday's close call,

Coach Ehren Earleywine had a philosophical discussion with his players. "The question I wanted them all to ponder is, ‘What is it that motivates you to play softball? Because you need to re-engage with whatever that is,’" Earleywine said.

MUTIGERS.COM Softball Fan Primer for Action-Packed Weekend

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Post Spring SEC Quarterback Situation - Team Speed Kills

Maty Mauk has the job down at Mizzou, though the Tigers are hoping that his 2014 play was just a sophomore slump. he did well in relief of James Franklin in 2013, but his numbers were down across the board in 2014. Some of that was probably due to losing some key receiving targets, but then again, that corps has a lot of question marks this year too.

Help is on the way: SEC East - SEC Blog - ESPN

Missouri: DL Terry Beckner Jr. It should come as no surprise that "D-Line Zou" landed the nation's No. 1 defensive tackle and No. 2 player overall, but Beckner is only the second ESPN 300 defensive lineman to sign with Missouri since Sheldon Richardson in 2009. The coaching staff is hoping he can make a similar impact to Richardson his first year on campus. They don't necessarily need Beckner to start right away, but they are expecting him to play early. He's simply too good not to keep off the field.

"He's simply too good not to keep off the field." - ESPN needs to hire kristina

Take Two: Which SEC team made the most progress this spring? - SEC Blog - ESPN

As far as replacing Ray and Golden, I've learned to trust Missouri's ability to develop defensive linemen. They don't call it D-Line Zou for nothing. Remember that this time a year ago it was Kony Ealy and Michael Sam in need of being replaced. This time around, there's reason for optimism with Harold Brantley standing out at defensive tackle and defensive ends Charles Harris and Marcus Loud both having good springs. Harris led the team in sacks over the scrimmages (3.5) and Loud was only a hair behind (3). With both being sophomores, we're only starting to glimpse their potential. If Josh Augusta can capitalize on his considerable athleticism for a big man and Rickey Hatley can emerge as a starter, Missouri will have options up front.

MUTIGERS.COM Annual TSF Thank-A-Thon a Big Success

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The Hawks' junkyard dog cleans up well - NBA - ESPN

In other words, it’s been a DeMarre Carroll kind of series.

The Hawks gained a 3-2 edge over Brooklyn on Wednesday night in Atlanta with a 107-97 win, and Carroll was once again Atlanta’s most complete contributor. He scored 24 points -- his third consecutive game with 20-plus on greater than 50 percent shooting from the field -- grabbed seven rebounds, dished out three assists, plucked two steals and didn’t turn the ball over once. For the series, the Hawks are now 42.9 points better per 100 possessions when Carroll is on the floor, and this is one of those instances when the eye test corresponds precisely with the data.

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You should probably be following Jack Peglow on twitter because he's in Chicago and will be trying to provide us some insight from the NFL Draft.


(All times CDT)

  • Round 1: Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m. on ESPN and NFL Network
  • Rounds 2-3: Friday, May 1, 6 p.m. on ESPN and NFL Network
  • Rounds 4-7: Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m. on ESPN and NFL Network

NFL instructs ALL broadcast partners not to tip draft picks on Twitter

In years past, CBS’s Jason La Canfora emerged as the top pick tipper on Twitter, which earned him quite a bit of hateful social media abuse.  However, that will not be the case this year.  The NFL has instructed all of its broadcast partners (CBS, Fox, and NBC included) not to spoil picks this year according to a memo obtained by The Big Lead.  And when the NFL asks its broadcast partners for a favor, the networks that are paying it billions of dollars to televise its games usually listen.