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Robson’s weekly pro sports roundup: 3/31 – 4/7

Jacob Robson takes us through a recap of last week’s sporting headlines.

Jacob Robson, Sports columnist

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AAF Talent Sign NFL Deals, Jets’ Jerseys Receive Mixed Reactions

The Alliance of American Football and its players have been subject to the scouting of many NFL teams this off-season. This week, two notable players made the switch from failing AAF to the NFL.

After the AAF ceased operations on Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns acquired quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who was with the Orlando Apollos before the leagues’ termination. The ex-Carolina Panther had solid performances in the AAF with 11 touchdowns in seven games for the Apollos.  

Rashad Ross, who played with the Arizona Hotshots in the AAF, has signed with the Panthers. The wide receiver, who was the league leader in receiving touchdowns with seven, went undrafted in 2013 before turning out for the Bears and the Redskins as a punt returner.

The New York Jets revealed their new uniforms for the upcoming NFL season on Thursday. After 21 years of the same design, the new Nike uniforms sparked conversation across social media.

The uniforms include a specially developed color made only for the Jets’, dubbed “Gotham green.” The home strips include all green from the helmet to the cleats, whereas the away and alternate colorways are all white and stealth black, respectively. The Jets, who have been struggling of late, hope the new jerseys will serve as a fresh start, and with the acquisition of Le’Veon Bell, they will hope to put an end to their miserable recent campaigns.

 

Celtics Come In Clutch with Win Against Pacers, Westbrook Makes Trip-Dub History

The Boston Celtics overcame the Indiana Pacers on Friday night, winning 117-97. With both teams having matching records and a place for home-court advantage up for grabs, there was a lot at stake.

The triple entendre of Jayson Tatum, Kyrie Irving, and Gordon Hayward all put in solid performances on the night. With 22, 17 and 21 points respectively, the Celtics gained control of the game partway through the second quarter and were on top all the way through to the end.

Hayward was remarkable in shooting, ending up with a perfect 9-for-9 in field goals. However, Boston finished the game 7-for-27 from beyond the arc, a tarnishing stat in an otherwise strong and controlled team performance.

Russell Westbrook made history the same night after sealing a triple-double average for the third consecutive season.

After securing a memorable 20-20-20 game on Tuesday night in memory of his late friend Nipsey Hustle, Westbrook led the Thunder to a 123-110 win over the Detroit Pistons. He finished with 19 points, 15 assists and 8 rebounds, and was also joined by Paul George who scored 30 points in a dominant game from the former Indiana Pacer.

This feat by Westbrook undoubtedly puts him in the higher echelons of the greats that we’ve had the honor to watch on the basketball court. While his personal achievements are second to none, it is unfortunately evident that the only thing that may elude him in his career is a championship ring to his name.

 

Red Sox Routed in Defeat Against Diamondbacks, Yankees Top Orioles

The defending world series champion Boston Red Sox look like a shadow of their former selves through the first nine games of the 2019 MLB season.

The Red Sox were soundly beaten 15-8 by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. Nick Ahmed and David Peralta were heavily involved and were a constant thorn in the Red Sox backs as they scored three and two runs for the Diamondbacks, respectively.

Mookie Betts and Mitch Moreland did their best to reduce the deficit for the Red Sox. Betts had three hits while Moreland hit a home run, but it couldn’t overcome an uninspiring performance by Boston’s pitching brigade.

The New York Yankees, who have been luckier than Boston at the start of this season, overcame the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday which saw them improve to 3-4 on the season.

In the 8-4 win, the Yankees were helped by Gleyber Torres who hit two home runs and returned with a career-high of four hits on the night. Torres was joined by Gary Sanchez and Luke Voit who also hit homers into the crowd. MVP hopeful Aaron Judge had a disappointing night for the Yankees as he didn’t make a hit in any of his five trips to the plate.

 

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Robson’s weekly pro sports roundup: 3/31 – 4/7