What a weekend it was! I've always maintained that April is one of the best and most underrated sports months on the calendar. This weekend was no exception as the sports calendar ended in April and began in May on a high note. Here are some of the highlights: New York baseball is back! - The New York Mets currently own the best record in the National League at 16-7 and have proved to be the class of the NL East owning a 7-3 record against their division rivals. Not to be out done, the New York Yankees are currently riding a 9-game winning streak and own the best record in the American League at 16-6. Up next? The Mets host division rival the Atlanta Braves while the Yankees travel north to Toronto for a series with the upstart Blue Jays. How to say no 5 ways - Speaking of the Mets, history was made on Friday night as 5 pitchers combined to throw a no hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies. Tylor Megill led the way with 5 innings pitched, and relievers Drew Smith, Joely Rodriguez, Seth Lugo and Edwin Diaz combined to finish the job. The 159 pitches were the most thrown in a no-hitter and it was the second no-hitter in New York Mets history (Johan Santana, 2012). Draft to the Future - The NFL Draft came to a close Saturday after 7 chaotic rounds that lived up to its reputation going into Thursday. What's next? Teams will hold their rookie minicamps either this week or next, and then the NFL will release their schedule for the upcoming season on May 12th. NBA Playoffs heat up - The conference semifinals kicked off this weekend with Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the Milwaukee Bucks over the Boston Celtics 101-89 in Game 1 and the Golden State Warriors edging out Ja Morant and the up-and-coming Memphis Grizzlies 117-116. Both series have the potential to be great. Tonight, the other conference semis kick off with two intriguing matchups. In the East, the #1 seed Miami Heat will take on the Philadelphia 76ers who will be without MVP candidate Joel Embiid, who suffered an orbital fracture and concussion against the Toronto Raptors in Round 1. Embiid may be able to return as soon as Game 3 or 4 per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. In the other Western Conference semifinals, the #1 seed Phoenix Suns with a rejuvenated Chris Paul will take on the Dallas Mavericks. Both Devin Booker of the Suns and Luka Doncic of the Mavs are back from injuries should make for an exciting back and forth series. NHL Playoffs - Shout out to all of you hockey fans out there, I haven't forgotten about you. The NHL Playoffs kick off this week with 4 games taking place tonight, all on ESPN and ESPN2. As of today the favorites in Vegas are the Colorado Avalanche, the Florida Panthers, the Calgary Flames, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. NASCAR - Yesterday's race in Dover was postponed due to rain and will kick back off today at 12:00 pm. With only 78 of 400 laps completed, leaders Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick will look to maintain yesterday's momentum.
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