Sports round-up: What you missed week of April 17

Reggie Bush regains Heisman Trophy

Reggie Bush, the winner of the 2005 Heisman Trophy, was awarded his trophy back Wednesday morning after it had been stripped from him for the past 14 years. Bush had his award taken away after allegations that he had been receiving benefits from his school, the University of Southern California (USC), throughout his time there.

The Heisman Trophy is awarded each year to the best player across NCAA football, and in 2005, Bush had one of the greatest seasons in college history. Bush ran for over 3,000 yards, added an additional 1,200 receiving yards and totaled 42 touchdowns for USC. 

In the time following the NCAA’s allowance of NIL deals in 2021, there has been a mass campaign from fans, media and former players asserting that Bush should be awarded his Heisman back. In a statement, Bush said, “Personally, I’m thrilled to reunite with my fellow Heisman winners and be a part of the storied legacy of the Heisman Trophy, and I’m honored to return to the Heisman family.”


John Sterling calls it a career

Legendary New York Yankees broadcaster John Sterling retired effective immediately last week, ending his 35-year run as the voice of the team. Sterling called 5,060 consecutive games for the team, was the announcer for five World Series wins and was a 12-time Emmy Award winner.

Throughout his time on the broadcast mic, Sterling became known for his unique home run calls for players, including “An A-Bomb from A-Rod” and “Bern Baby Bern.” He’s called numerous milestones for the Yankees, including Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit, Alex Rodriguez’s 600th home run and CC Sabathia’s 3,000th strikeout.

Prior to the Yankees, Sterling called Atlanta Braves games from 1982-1987, New York Islanders and New York/New Jersey Nets games from 1975-1980 and Morgan State University football games from 1971-1978.


NBA and NHL playoffs begin

Over the weekend, both the NBA and NHL began their 2024 playoffs. Locally, the New York Islanders are facing the Carolina Hurricanes, the New York Rangers are going against the Washington Capitals and the New York Knicks are battling the Philadelphia 76ers. 

The Rangers and Knicks both find themselves up 2-0 in their respective best-of-seven series’, while the Islanders are down 2-0 to the Hurricanes. If the Knicks win their series, they will await the winner of the Milwaukee Bucks vs. Indiana Pacers, while the Rangers would face the Islanders if each team wins their series.

Across the rest of the playoffs, reigning NBA champion Denver Nuggets find themselves up 2-0 on the Los Angeles Lakers, and the reigning Stanley Cup champion Las Vegas Golden Knights are up 2-0 against the Dallas Stars.


NFL draft to take place this weekend

Beginning tonight, the NFL draft will take place through Saturday in Detroit, and the Chicago Bears are expected to take USC quarterback Caleb Williams with the first overall pick. The Bears got the first pick via the Carolina Panthers, who traded them the pick in a package to move up to first overall last year.

The New York Giants hold the sixth overall pick and could either trade into the top three to nab a quarterback, such as Drake Maye or J.J. McCarthy, or stay put and grab a top-tier wide receiver, like Rome Odunze or Malik Nabers. The New York Jets hold the 10th overall pick, and many experts expect them to grab either tight end Brock Bowers or a wide receiver, such as Odunze or Brian Thomas Jr.


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