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The 2019 NBA Draft has officially come and gone. It was a wild night with a number of trades, surprising risers, and shocking tumbles down the draft for some players.

Of course, some teams had better nights than others, as happens every single year. The reasons for some winners can be vastly different than others. Here are five winners, in no particular order, from the 2019 NBA Draft.

Minnesota Timberwolves

The Wolves traded up from pick No. 11 to pick No. 6 at the cost of Dario Saric and eventually picked up Jarrett Culver with that pick. We won’t know what Culver is for a while, but we do know that new President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas will be aggressive in trying to make things happen. Even if this move didn’t turn out the way the Wolves might have anticipated it to – with their eyes set on Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland – it still shows that they’re going to be bold. This move suggests that more changes are coming to Minnesota, and they could be coming sooner than anticipated.

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers may have had one of the best first rounds of any organization on Thursday night. They landed Darius Garland at No. 5, a player that has loads of star potential and could be a future all-star guard to pair with Collin Sexton. At No. 26 they grabbed Dylan Windler from Belmont who will bring his 42.9% 3-point stroke to a team that needs more outside shooting. Finally, they traded up to No. 30 to grab Kevin Porter Jr. from USC. Porter Jr. had issues while at Southern Cal, as he was suspended during the season for an undisclosed violation of team rules. With that said, he flashed tons of potential to become a star at the NBA level. If he can avoid any off-court issues, he could be the steal of the draft at 30.

New Orleans Pelicans

Well, the Pelicans started the night by drafting Zion Williamson first overall. They also fleeced the Atlanta Hawks when Atlanta traded up for the No. 4 pick to select De’Andre Hunter. The Pelicans also grabbed Jaxson Hayes from Texas with the No. 8 pick and Nickeil Alexander-Walker out of Virginia Tech at No. 17. What David Griffin has done since taking over the basketball operations in New Orleans has been nothing short of amazing. This franchise looks to be set up for the next decade.

Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies grabbed Ja Morant with the second pick, but after that they were successful in grabbing Gonzaga big man Brandon Clarke with the No. 21 pick as well. Clarke slid further than many had projected him to, despite some thinking he could be a lottery pick. Putting that pair with Jaren Jackson Jr. could make Memphis a really fun team for plenty of years to come.

Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks probably overpaid in moving up from No. 8 to No. 4 in their trade with New Orleans. With that said, De’Andre Hunter will be a perfect fit alongside Trae Young and Co. While they had to give up both No. 8, No. 17, and a future first-round pick to make that happen, the Hawks had a plan and made sure they got their guy. The Hawks also were able to grab Duke’s Cam Reddish at the No. 10 spot. Reddish has a high ceiling and could turn into an all-star caliber guy if all goes right. That pick is a bit of a home run swing, but if it pays off, the Hawks will be competing for championships within the next decade.

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Pospisil, Shapovalov engineer Canada historic win over U.S. at Davis Cup




Canada is heading to the quarter-finals at the inaugural Davis Cup Finals after sweeping a pair of singles matches against the United States on Tuesday.

Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., clinched the victory in the best-of-three tie, beating Taylor Fritz 7-6 (6), 6-3.

Shapovalov, ranked a career-high 15th in the world, finished off No. 32 Fritz with an ace.

Earlier, Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil recorded his second major upset in as many days when the world No. 150 beat No. 36 Reilly Opelka 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7).

Later, Americans Sam Querrey and Jack Sock took the doubles match against Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime in a walkover.

Canada (2-0) has now clinched Group F after winning all four of its singles matches against the Americans and Italy.

Seven of the nine sets in singles matches went to tiebreaks, with Canada winning six of them.

It was Canada’s first win against the U.S., in 16 Davis Cup ties. Canada had a match record of 3-70 against the Americans entering Tuesday.

Vasek Pospisil celebrates his upset victory over Reilly Opelka of the U.S. on Tuesday at the Davis Cup Finals in Spain. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The 29-year-old Pospisil, from Vancouver, beat world No. 12 Fabio Fognini on Monday en route to Canada’s 2-1 win over Italy. Pospisil was a late replacement for Felix Auger-Aliassime (recovering from an ankle injury) against Italy.

The six-foot-11 Opelka, known for his big serve, fought off one match point against Pospisil in the second set to tie it at 6-6. But Pospisil rebounded to end it in two sets.

Pospisil, who reached a career-high No. 25 in the rankings in 2014, tumbled down the list after missing the first half of 2019 following back surgery.

But he has shown signs of progress in recent months, upsetting then-No. 9 Karen Khachanov at the U.S. Open before advancing to the round of 16 at the Shanghai Masters.

Playing a level down in Challengers earlier this fall, Pospisil captured two tournament titles in the U.S.

WATCH | Canada upsets Italy at Davis Cup: 

Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil notched a pair of upsets to lead Canada to a win over Italy on the opening day of the inaugural Davis Cup Finals. 1:52

Pospisil is now 19-18 in Davis Cup play.

Shapovalov, 20, also has been on a roll. He captured his first career ATP Tour title at the Stockholm Open last month before reaching the final of the Paris Masters.

The winners of each of the six groups and the next two best teams advance to the quarterfinals. Canada will face either Belgium or Australia in the next round.

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Don Cherry comes back with a new show




They may have knocked Don Cherry to the ice with a hit he didn’t see coming.

Now watch him get back up.

You people out there who want the 85-year-old Cherry back, here’s the news you have been hoping for.  You people who wanted him to fade away are out of luck as the former NHL coach of the year is going to be able to exercise his free speech, after all.

Don Cherry’s Grapevine is back once again. This time as a podcast.

Coach’s Corner may be “no more” as his one-time Hockey Night in Canada sidekick Ron MacLean announced on Saturday. Cherry was fired by Rogers and Sportsnet for his “you people” who “come here” comment that was misunderstood and later spun as discriminatory.

Cherry wanted his opportunity to properly explain it. Now he is going to get that chance.

You read it right: Don Cherry and his no-holds-barred views are coming back on the air.

The Toronto Sun has learned you won’t have to wait long for the first installment of the new Grapevine. It will drop Tuesday morning and be available on Spotify and other streaming services every Monday during the hockey season.

And yes, the very first one will address Cherry’s firing from Sportsnet.

“But that’s not all we talked about,” Cherry told me Monday. “We are talking hockey, of course. It’s going to be terrific. In this one I am talking about The Rocket (Maurice Richard), one of the all-time greats.”

One thing for sure about the new show is MacLean will not be in his foxhole.

So who will be?

You may have noticed the word “we” in Don’s comments and since so many scrutinize every word he says and what he means by it, I asked.

Turns out Grapes has a new co-host. And perhaps hosts.

“My son, Tim, is going to do it with me and my grandson Del,” said Grapes. 

At least he knows they won’t turn on him when the waters get rough as MacLean did.

“They did great,” Don said of Tim and Del. ”I think people are really going to enjoy this one and the ones we do down the road.”

Tim Cherry tells me the plan is to tape and post it every Monday.

“That way we cover off what happened on the weekend in hockey,” said Tim. “It’s going to be fun.”

For Don’s fans, who are already missing him and unlikely to tune into whatever Sportsnet comes up with to replace the 38-year-old segment, this will give them the opportunity to hear what he has to say. For Don himself, it will connect him with the hockey fans and players he loves while getting back on horse quickly.

It will be in audio broadcast to start with but Tim says it could grow into a TV-style show with cameras and sponsors.

If The Grapevine title sounds familiar it’s because Don’s television show, which Tim produced, was on the air from 1982-93 — filmed in Hamilton.

The new project will feature Don talking about the NHL and hockey and whatever he wants without any censorship.

If he wants to talk about poppies, he can do it without being fired. If he wants to talk about the troops or cops or firefighters or honour the fallen, no one can tell him to keep his nose out of it.

Mostly the plan is to talk hockey. And he won’t have just seven minutes to get it all out.

“The first podcast is about half an hour,” said Tim.

But if they ever find themselves in a position to need more time, or less, the beauty of podcasts is there are no constricting rules.

It also keeps Grapes in game shape while he considers other potential TV offers and opportunities.

Mostly it’s just the perfect outlet for Don Cherry to do what he does best: Be Don Cherry.

Yes Coach’s Corner is over: The new Grapevine has just been planted. Just call this the coach’s comeback! 

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Injuries sideline Habs Drouin, Byron indefinitely




Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron will be out of the lineup indefinitely as the result of injuries they suffered in Friday night’s win over the Capitals in Washington.

Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron will be out of the lineup indefinitely as the result of injuries they suffered in Friday night’s win over the Capitals in Washington.

Drouin underwent wrist surgery on Monday, and Byron is scheduled to undergo knee surgery on Tuesday.

“We’ll a better idea of a timeline after the surgery,” coach Claude Julien said after the Canadiens practised in preparation for Tuesday’s road game against the Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

The Canadiens recalled Charles Hudon from Laval. He played Saturday against New Jersey and was sent back to the minors after the game.

Julien said Carey Price will start in goal, and he will wait to decide on a goaltender for Wednesday’s home game against the Ottawa Senators.

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